Our bill to extend voting rights to all citizens once they are released from prison (SB340/HB980) has overwhelming passed the General Assembly and is on the way to Governor Larry Hogans' desk.
Now we need to urge the governor to sign it. Please sign this petition to Governor Hogan and follow it up with a phone call today to him TODAY at 410-974-3901. Tell the staff person answering the phone that you support SB340 and urge the governor to sign it. They will ask for your phone number and address, which it is important you share so they know that you are a real, live Marylander. A spokesperson for the governor told MSNBC on Friday that his decision on whether to sign or veto will come very soon so the governor needs to hear from you ASAP!
SB340, a bill that will extend voting rights to all released on from prison, is advancing in the Maryland Senate and is expected to come to a final vote on Monday, March 16 .
Take action today to urge your Senator to vote for SB340
Communities United is leading this fight, having initiated the Unlock the Vote coalition. Our ex-offender organizer Perry Hopkins provided powerful testimony at both hearings. (Center, photo below.)
The campaign for Community Schools in Baltimore is just beginning. See the video, produced by AFT, that documents our launch:
Our October 21 rally for Community Schools was a huge success. Over 300 parents, teachers, community members and kids - lots of kids! - turned out. The kids made the event, helping to lead chants like "Whose Schools? Our Schools!" and "What to we want? Community Schools."
(STAY TUNED: Next action is NOVEMBER 20 -- Early morning school "Walk-in" for Community Schools.)
Momentum is building for tomorrow's rally for Community Schools at City Hall! Nine buses are coming from school communities around the city. You don't want to miss it!
IF it rains, the rally will be inside Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E Lexington St, next door to City Hall.
October 21 4pm City Hall
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October 21 at 4pm
Baltimore City Hall
Maryland schools rank #1. Let's make them #1 in ALL communities!
Baltimore is leading the way with Community Schools!
Communities United is devoted to deep and sustained organizing of Marylanders at the very bottom of our state's economic ladder. Help us leverage $5,000 towards our organizing!
One of our supporters has pledged $5,000 IF we can match that $5,000 dollar for dollar. We have raised $1,910 thus far. Please make a gift of $5, $25 or even $100 to Communities United to help us make this match.
Every $1 you give today will leverage another $1.
The Race is on for Governor!
Our Communities, Our Values must be heard!
Thursday May 8
Candidates forum begins at 7:00pm
Doors open with special music at 6:00pm
Israel Baptist Church
1220 N. Chester Street, Baltimore
(Corner of North Washington and East Preston Streets)
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN HOLDS WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON IMPORTANCE OF RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE
Women from Across Maryland Highlight the Impact a Raise Would Have on Their Businesses, Families, and Communities
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 1, 2014) - TODAY, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown held a women’s roundtable discussion with female business leaders, workers, advocates, faith leaders, and legislators to discuss the impact raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have on the lives of women in Maryland. The Lt. Governor was joined by Senators Nancy King and Catherine Pugh, as well as Delegates Aisha Braveboy and Joseline Pena-Melnyk. Participants also included: Valerie Ervin, Executive Director of the Center for Working Families; Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President of Montgomery College; Sheila Brooks, Founder and CEO, SRB Communications; Barbara Goldberg Goldman, President, Regal Domestics; advocates from the Raise Maryland Coalition; and several Maryland workers.
Legislation to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017 passed the House of Delegates on March 7. The bill is now being considered by the Maryland Senate.