woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland backs "Time to Care" bill in rally, testimony in Home 2022-02-23 14:46:01 -0500
Progressive Maryland has testified Feb. 15 in an Assembly hearing in support of Maryland House Bill 8, the “Time to Care” act, which “would give workers up to 12 weeks paid time off to take care of a newborn, themselves or a loved one who has serious medical conditions.” Find out more about the bill and see our testimony below.
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for February 22, 2022 in Home 2022-02-22 13:44:29 -0500
Yesterday would have been the 82nd birthday of the late civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis. Representative Lewis was well-known for encouraging people to make "good trouble" — the kind of trouble that gets stirred up when you fight injustice, as Lewis did with courage throughout his life.
Let's remember to draw inspiration from Rep. Lewis in moments when progressive change feels difficult or distant. We are committed to continuing to organize, agitate, and make good trouble around the issues that affect working people until we live in a society that treats everyone with dignity and respect. We hope you'll stand with us.Read more
woody woodruff published Maryland and the US -- landscape for change, and news you can use. in Home 2022-02-22 10:28:07 -0500
Our leverage for peace seems limited, especially this morning, but we can work for justice here in Maryland and in the nation because when justice is done, peace is more likely. News you can use from Maryland and the progressive-possible landscape in the US are just below:
woody woodruff published Maryland's media/news landscape is changing, especially in Baltimore in Home 2022-02-17 10:09:50 -0500
Where to get news you can use in Maryland? The landscape is shifting under us every day, as this roundup from Baltimore Fishbowl outlines. Financial squeezes on the legacy media all over the world are bringing change, not all of it good, and it's getting harder to tell well-grounded, factual news from misinformation.
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for Monday, February 14, 2022 in Home 2022-02-14 14:24:59 -0500
Happy Valentine's Day! Here's the Weekly Memo from Progressive Maryland — your road map for progressive action in this and coming weeks. We can do it. Change starts today.Read more
woody woodruff published Keeping the pressure on -- news you can use to get state and federal action in Home 2022-02-14 13:28:07 -0500
Where is the love on Valentine's Day? Not much we can (or want to) do about squabbling factions in the state GOP. But pressuring our state and federal officials about people- and family-centered laws and rules, keeping businesspersons' hands out of our pockets and securing our workplaces -- that's in our grasp. Take a look at the work going on at every level and team up with advocates and activists to make change.
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, February 7, 2022 in Home 2022-02-07 14:16:08 -0500
Much of our focus in these cold, early months of 2022 has been on Annapolis, and so far we’ve encountered the good, the bad, and – well – the unsurprising...Read more
woody woodruff published Labor advances make news in Maryland and nationally -- Progressive News You Can Use in Home 2022-02-07 09:45:11 -0500
Biden and Harris visit Upper Marlboro to strengthen workers' organizing clout around the nation. Plus, fighting eviction, wasting taxpayer money on bad financial advice, harsher sentencing vs. harm reduction. These and other news accounts give us all an edge against isolation in workplace and community. Share the news and use it to fight back.
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, January 31, 2022 in Home 2022-01-31 15:01:18 -0500
New bills are still being added to the Maryland General Assembly website every day, but we've identified our broad policy priorities for this legislative session. We will continue to fight for equity in healthcare, for major changes to policing and our justice system, for meaningful drug policy reforms that acknowledge the failures of criminalization, and for measures that combat environmental injustice in its many different forms. Check out this week's memo for plenty of exciting advocacy opportunities!Read more
woody woodruff published Congress is back and MD Assembly still churning in Home 2022-01-31 14:32:40 -0500
News you can use on what our national progressive affiliate People's Action has on the burner -- and what is going down in the Maryland General Assembly. Find pathways and tools to make change below, too...Read more
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, January 24, 2022 in Home 2022-01-24 19:03:15 -0500
This year’s Maryland General Assembly session is well underway, and we’re calling on our representatives to push for the type of bold, progressive legislation our communities deserve. Check out this week's memo for more on how to get involved with our advocacy efforts, electoral updates, and some critical federal-level action items.Read more
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in Home 2022-01-18 17:26:55 -0500
Voting rights across the country are under threat as GOP lawmakers continue introducing voter suppression laws that will disenfranchise millions of American voters in the coming elections. The Senate must act with urgency to protect our democratic institutions. Check out this week's memo for more on how to push for critical federal voting rights legislation, some updates from our endorsed candidates from 2022, an exciting grant opportunity led by our incredible volunteer-run Reentry Work Group, and so much more.Read more
woody woodruff published Navigating the legislative tangle, here in Maryland and in DC in Home 2022-01-17 20:28:32 -0500
The good news is that Maryland wages are going up fast. The bad news is that state and local governments won’t be able to stay competitive because of their lumbering process. “But rising wages — propelled by an unusual churn in the workforce — are going to make it “incredibly difficult” for state and local governments to attract and retain talent, MM reporter Bruce DePuyt reports. It could take activism and pushback to make sure local governments don’t fall short in providing public services.
Who is responsible for actually thinking ahead, making plans, keep the state on an even keel? The usual suspects in the State House. Let's keep an eye on them and make sure we don't just hear the forlorn sound of a can being kicked down the road... our path to reminding the legislators who they work for begins here. Read on... we have action plans to work on the gridlock in Congress too...
woody woodruff published Defend our democracy -- make your voice heard with our representatives in Home 2022-01-16 16:09:30 -0500
Our democracy is under attack.
Voting rights are being restricted by hundreds of voter suppression bills GOP lawmakers have introduced across the county in recent months. These new laws are intentionally designed to make it much more difficult for young people, new voters, and people of color to exercise their democratic right.
Take action to keep democracy vital. Call our elected officials and demand an end to voter suppression.
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, January 10, 2022 in Home 2022-01-10 16:52:51 -0500
What a way to start the year, with a big electoral win for our endorsed candidate Edward Burroughs in the special election race for the Prince George's County Council seat in District 8! Check out this week's memo for more on how to get involved with our electoral work, defend voting rights across the country, and challenge our Maryland state leaders to address the current pandemic surge with the urgency it demands.
woody woodruff published The legislature kicks off this week. What's happening, what to do. in Home 2022-01-10 09:04:46 -0500
The General Assembly 2022 Session begins Wednesday. It's an election year. Need we say more? Legislators are not allowed to raise money during the session, but they will be tempted to perform like crazy in hopes of future money between the end of the session in April and the all-important primary elections in late June.Read more
woody woodruff published Anne Arundel may join public Fair Elections effort in Home 2022-01-05 09:40:12 -0500
The Anne Arundel County Council has set in motion a path to a public referendum enabling a Small Donor Funded Elections Program to open up the electoral process to candidates not backed by big money. Progressive Maryland along with Common Cause Maryland and the Maryland Public Interest Research Group are cheering this citizen-initiated process, in which AAC would join five other major state jurisdictions in a publicly funded elections process.Read more
woody woodruff published Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for Monday, January 3, 2022 in Home 2022-01-03 15:10:20 -0500
Dueling messages are swirling around this Thursday's anniversary of Trump's attack on democracy, and we'll be watchful. Meanwhile, Progressive Maryland members have work to do, an annual Membership Assembly this Saturday to prep for and an upcoming General Assembly session. And COVID's not done with us. You'll find what you need to stay safe and take action with your fellow progressives and make real change in Maryland in 2022.Read more
woody woodruff published New year, rather similar mix of good and bad news -- Maryland news you can use in Home 2022-01-03 13:05:16 -0500
The portal of 2022 brings the expectable array of good news (minimum wage increase!), sordid news (Larry Hogan’s messaging stays undercover while his admin’s Covid response and miserable unemployment comp process (don’t trust the process!) get eyeballed unfavorably—plus unpleasant vibes around rising Covid numbers statewide reflecting national trends. Here’s what we’ve got, progressive Marylanders…
Find out more about what you can do in today's Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo.Read more
woody woodruff published Maryland still makes news between holidays: state roundup in Home 2021-12-27 11:04:22 -0500
The Weekly Memo is taking a week off, but we don't want you to miss important news that concerns progressive activists -- and struggling working families in Maryland -- that fall in the hammock between Christmas and New Year's.
Local special elections; inequities in how to get federal money (it's an art!); Maryland's gains in diversity; Maryland COVID data returns from ransomware exile; and more.
A reminder: we swipe a lot of our news coverage throughout the year from the nonprofit news sites Maryland Matters and Maryland Reporter. They deserve your support in this giving time. As Maryland taxpayers you are already supporting the nationally acclaimed Capital News Service at UM's Merrill College of Journalism, where skilled student reporters provide statewide coverage that's used by many of our local papers across the state.
Progressive Maryland's Membership Assembly is Saturday, January 8 and we'll build momentum for the legislative session and a busy 2022. See more below.
Solidarity is critical, in and outside of Prince George's County. Big money and corporate thinking just about run the show and we the people must become the showrunners.