Guaranteeing Marylanders quality affordable housing is one of our top priorities in the 2023 legislative session. Delegate Vaughn Stewart’s Tenant Safety Act would allow tenants living in a substandard apartment building or complex to join together in one suit against their landlord. Under current Maryland law, each tenant must file their own action even when neighbors are similarly situated.
Delegate Stewart’s proposal would afford renters the right to open a joint escrow account for rent withheld when a landlord fails to provide safe and habitable premises. If the landlord doesn’t remedy the defects, the tenants could file a collective action thereby saving crucial time and money.
Please Call or email your State Senator and Delegates to urge them to co-sponsor Delegate Stewart’s Tenant Safety Act. Tenants should have the ability to protect themselves when their landlord is violating the law. Click here for a list of all General Assembly members by county with phone numbers and email addresses.
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our Revolution Maryland is promoting the Healthy Maryland Program Act sponsored by State Delegate Gabe Acevero. Introduced on January 11th, HB 25 would guarantee healthcare as a human right in Maryland.
If passed, Delegate Acevero’s bill would create a public corporation and a state government office to provide services for Maryland residents by 2025.
The corporation and office would be charged with delivering efficient cost-effective single-payer care by setting standards for eligibility, participation, benefits, payroll premiums and collective negotiations with health care providers. Continue reading →
The words of Dr. King remain as powerful and relevant today as when
they were first written or uttered more than 50 years ago.
On Peace and Justice
1. If peace means accepting second class citizenship, I don’t want it.
2. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it.
3. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don’t want peace.
4. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace.
~ When Peace Becomes Obnoxious, 1956
If the present chasm of hostility, fear and distrust is to be bridged, the white man must begin to walk in the pathways of his black brothers and feel some of the pain and hurt that throb without letup in their daily lives.
~ Chaos or Community, 1967 Continue reading →
When workers and the formerly middle-class are economically insecure, they may turn to authoritarians and extremists who promise them a better life in return for a loss of freedoms.
Over the last three centuries, unions have proven to be a critical bulwark against the corporate elites thereby safeguarding our democracy. In Maryland, however, many public sector workers who wish to bargain collectively do not have that right.
State Delegate Linda Foley (MD-17) is introducing legislation to right this wrong. Continue reading →
With a Democratic Governor and large Democratic majorities in both the upper and lower houses of the Maryland General Assembly, the opportunity to pass progressive legislation here may be better than it is has ever been.
Currently, Maryland allows corporations fined for wrongdoing to deduct from their tax bill any restitution made to the government as part of a settlement.
This unjust privilege greatly reduces both 1) the incentive of corporate officers to comply with state and federal regulations and 2) the net value to taxpayers of any redress these bad actors ultimately pay. Continue reading →
We at Our Revolution Maryland wish you a happy, healthy and progressive New Year!