“Show some courage, Baltimore County Council: raise taxes”

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.

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Our Revolution Maryland goes to the (virtual) polls

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.

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Hate has no home here

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.

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ORMoCo’s Laura Kaplan-Weissman, M.D., asks Governor Jay Inslee about medical bankruptcies during 4/10/19 CNN Townhall

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Letter on 2020 Elections in Washington Post by ORMD State Organizer Hal Ginsberg

“In his March 31 Outlook essay, “Why so many saw Mueller as a savior,” Paul Musgrave accurately described the many Democrats and self-described liberals who were desperate for a knight to slay the Trump dragon and so cast aside reason and critical thinking skills. But he could be wrong in describing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) long-range plan to “defeat [Trump] at the ballot box in 2020” as “inspirational” but unlikely to succeed . . .

Read the rest of the letter here.

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Bernie and Bylaws

A large majority of Our Revolution Maryland voters signaled that they want ORMD to endorse Bernie Sanders for President and ratified proposed Bylaws. So we’ve done both. Bernie is our choice to be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020. We will be canvassing, telephoning, texting, writing, and supporting Bernie’s campaign in other states. Many of you have responded to our request for volunteers. If you haven’t already or don’t know how to join the ORMD for Bernie team, just complete this form.

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Our Revolution Howard County has been super-active. In March, they held 2-3 events per week including a large presence at the March 11 March for Our Schools. April looks like ORHoCo will pack just as strong a progressive punch. Join ORHoCo on the Gorman Bridge 4:30 – 6:30 pm Friday April 5 to protest the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies. Click on the image to read it full-size.

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Proposed New Bylaws

ORMD’s State Organizing Committee or SOC took nine months to propose new Bylaws for ORMD going forward. They are designed to foster an organization run by and for its members. Tuesday March 26, the SOC announced their completion. The proposed Bylaws were posted online here and the link was emailed to members with request for approval. There is still time to vote. You can access a ballot here or by clicking on the sample ballot to the right. We will be closing the election noon Sunday.

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Written testimony in support of Healthy Maryland

Testimony to Health Committee Annapolis
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Healthy Maryland

In Annapolis with lots of great progressives to testify for Healthy Maryland. ORMD members include OR – Baltimore Chair Sheila Ruth and ORMoCo members Don BossetDeborah Schumann, Jim and Donna McGee, and Laura Kaplan-Weissman.

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