We have been criss-crossing Maryland and other states in support of Medicare-for-All legislation introduced in the House by Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell and the Senate by Bernie Sanders. I’m in Columbia, South Carolina with the Our Revolution Medicare-for-All Emergency Ambulance tour as I type this on June 21 listening to the extraordinary Nina Turner talk to a room full of Our Revolution South Carolina activists.You can watch and listen to what I’m honored to experience on our recorded livestream right here.
Meanwhile, back in Frederick, Maryland, the News Post published Our Revolution Western Maryland Co-Chair Chris Izzo’s letter in support of Medicare-for-All. You definitely want to check it out right here.
Our Revolution Maryland is thrilled to announce the certification of its newest chapter in Anne Arundel County. Interim Co-Chairs are Dan Piper and Clayton Northcraft.
Dan is a veteran of an early iteration of the Anne Arundel Chapter which he co-led when it met on a few occasions in 2017 and early 2018. Clayton just recently joined the Our Revolution team. Certification as a chapter was based on the continuing involvement since April of dedicated Anne Arundel residents.
At the June 2 meeting, 12 committed activists came and requested certification. Ten participated in the May meeting. On June 2, Sierra Club Maryland’s Matt Dernoga reported on his organization’s Beyond Coal campaign and the ways coal is exacerbating climate change even though we don’t rely on it for a significant percentage of overall energy.
The new members also discussed the issues that are most important to them including but not limited to the climate crisis, Medicarefor-All, and economic justice. The Anne Arundel Chapter will be leading Our Revolution Maryland during Annapolis’s first annual Pride Parade June 29. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meeting is scheduled for July 14. Time and location will be announced shortly
Our Revolution Maryland proudly co-sponsored Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker‘s Townhall Sunday May 10 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. A standing room only crowd of nearly 1,000 people pressed into the Great Hall to hear politicians and activists speak out against Governor Hogan’s awful plan to add privately owned toll lanes to I-495 and I-270. Speaking on Our Revolution Maryland’s behalf, Silver Spring resident Dayo Akinsheye repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet. She was also quoted in both the Washington Post and Maryland Matters. Watch the video here.
Our Revolution Maryland commends Maryland House Democrats for embracing consensus in choosing Delegate Adrienne Jones to be House Speaker. Democrats can be justly proud to have ended Maryland’s shameful 400 year history without either an African American or female House Speaker. Continue reading
Under the auspices of its Elections Committee, Our Revolution Maryland conducted its first election to determine officers April 17 – 24.
Here are your officers:
Chair/President – Bob Muehlenkamp
Treasurer- Jimmy Tarlau
Secretary – Nabulungi (Nabi) Akinshegun
State Organizing Director – Keanuu Smith Brown
Member at Large – Ed Fischman
The Elections Committee is Chair Chris Izzo, Marylin Pierre, and Paul Butterworth.
Our Revolution Baltimore Co-Chair Sheila Ruth‘s op-ed is in today’s Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski last week showed what real leadership looks like in presenting his first budget message.
Keep in mind, he inherited a mess: an $81 million deficit, and, among other things, he discovered that the county has been plundering the retiree health benefits fund to pay for county operating expenses. Not only would it be difficult to pay for any of his priorities, but he had to find a way to close the deficit.
Click here to read the rest of Sheila’s outstanding editorial.
Currently, ORMD members are voting on new officers for the State Organizing Committee (SOC) and signing a petition urging Maryland’s U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmembers David Trone, Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer, and Andy Harris to become co-sponsors of Medicare-for-All legislation. The officers election runs through April 24 and the petition will be delivered at some point during this Congressional session.
If you would like to vote on the candidates running for SOC, your ballot should be accessible via a link in an email sent out at 10 this morning. If you are a subscriber but have trouble finding the ballot, email Hal Ginsberg. If you would like to sign our petition, please click here or on the image to the right.
The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus joined other groups on the eastern shore to condemn recent distributions of white supremacist literature in an April 11 letter to the Easton, MD, based Star Democrat:
The members of the undersigned organizations condemn the dispersal of white supremacist flyers on the Eastern Shore on March 31. In addition to being found in the Rio Vista neighborhood of St. Michaels, as reported in the Star Democrat, flyers with different text – though equally hateful and containing the same organizational name and contact information – were found on Tilghman Island.
Read the entire letter here.