I grew up in a small town in rural Alabama where, to the average resident, there were no signs of political activity. It doesn’t help that the Alabama state legislature has been hoarding power since Reconstruction. But nationwide, there’s a huge problem with a lack of opportunity for civic engagement in rural communities presenting challenges to those organizing for social justice. Continue reading “Challenges of Rural Organizing”
It’s been a fast-paced three months, but the Maryland General Assembly concluded it’s 2017 session this week with a string of progressive victories in no small part due to Progressive Maryland’s organizing efforts. Here’s a rundown of major policy victories: Continue reading “Maryland General Assembly Ends with Progressive Victories”
Following last year’s landmark victories in Washington, DC and New York state, the Fight for $15 continues along the eastern seaboard. The fight picks up Tuesday (March 7) as the House hears a bill that puts Maryland’s minimum wage on a path to $15/hour.
Continue reading “Maryland Workers Are Fighting for Survival”
Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people converged on Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Donald Trump’s first full day in office. Continue reading “[Photos] Women’s March on Washington”
On January 20th, Progressive Maryland members participated in the #DisruptJ20 protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Continue reading “Maryland Launches Anti-Trump Resistance with Inauguration Protest”
Throughout its 15-year history, Progressive Maryland has been a staunch advocate for working people and the most marginalized in our society. Continue reading “Community Activists Revive Progressive Montgomery”
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.