For months Progressive Maryland members and allies have been working to raise awareness of the critical need for police reform in Maryland ahead of this year’s state legislative session. Starting as a door-knocking campaign by members of our Prince George’s chapter–Progressive Prince George’s–the movement to bring legislative authority to the public’s demand for police reform has led to the creation of a statewide coalition known as the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability and a showdown at the statehouse with Maryland’s institutions of policing. Continue reading “Maryland Could Lead the Nation on Police Reform”
Prince George’s County has the unique distinction of being the most affluent majority African American county in the United States. While the county enjoys significant levels of black community and political leadership, many of the struggles existing in other black neighborhoods–poverty, unemployment, police violence–persist.
History–like all human endeavors–is complex and often individual nuances are lost in the overarching context of a given time. The complexities of our history are not being adequately reflected in the ongoing debate over Confederate imagery, at least in part, because the symbols themselves are not capable of representing them fully.
Celebrating victories is a crucial part of social justice work. It serves as a form of self-care in the greater struggle, but we must remain cognizant of the work left to be done. June 26th will go down in history as the day marriage equality was won, but it also presented us with strong reminders that this is only the first step.