If you are an activist or student, or know one, looking for a great summer job or internship, please note these rewarding opportunities to work with Progressive Maryland, and please share and forward this. We need Summer Canvassers (full and part-time), a Canvass Director and PM Summer Internships, all based at our Silver Spring State Headquarters. Details.
Marriage Equality was passed this month by France and three more states: Minnesota, Delaware, Rhode Island and France. And across the U.S. support for loving, committed same-sex couples is at a record high 59 percent – a 19 percentage point increase in the last 12 years, according to a Gallup poll released May 23. Read more.
County Council made the wrong decision to fast-track building a new Aspen Hill big-box store. Research shows that Walmart is bad for communities. The neighborhoods where Walmarts open are left with higher poverty rates and more food-stamp usage than places where the retailer does not expand. A study published in the Journal of Urban Economics examined about 3,000 Walmart store openings nationally and found that each store caused a net decline of about 150 jobs as competing retailers downsized and closed. See Walmart would drive away local businesses, PM members’ letter May 8 in The Gazette. Read More.
“As pleased and proud as I feel to be so honored, I have no illusions as to the amount of work and organizing needed to combat the many economic injustices facing the working class and their families in our state and nation,” observed Kate Planco Waybright on being confirmed as Pm’s new Executive Director. “That includes intensive lobbying during General Assembly sessions, campaigning in election years like 2014, and ongoing organizing and outreach supported by our field canvass that will knock on thousands of doors this summer.” Read more.
Working families gain in 2013 General Assembly, PM gears up to enact more priorities in 2014 election yearFeb 22 2013
The 2013 legislative session that concluded April 8 resulted in some significant progressive victories including: repeal of the death penalty, pregnant workers protection, expansion of absentee and early voting plus same day registration, and others. But as the confetti dropped to commemorate Sine Die, it was clear the struggle to secure economic self-sufficiency for working families must continue as intensely as ever in 2014. Meanwhile, Maryland’s income and wealth disparity will continue to reflect that of our nation’s until our lawmakers enact policies that would ensure all share fairly in our economic prosperity. Read PM Education Fund’s report.