Join us THIS WEEK as we line up this week to support raising the minimum wage!
MONDAY, February 10
Join the e-phone bank: Take 5 minutes and sign up to make a call and urge the legislature to pass a strong and progressive minimum wage bill. Sign up here.
MONDAYS February 10 and February 17
6:30 p.m. PHONEBANKING to urge calls to legislators
in Baltimore City:
Please RSVP to Molly.Porter@goodjobsbetterbaltimore.org
in Montgomery County:
at Progressive Maryland
35 University Boulevard East, Silver Spring
Please RSVP here.
in Prince Georges County:
at Working Families
7338 Baltimore Ave, Suite 108A, College Park, MD
Please RSVP to Mhanson@workingfamilies.org
TUESDAY, February 11
Hearing on House Bill 295 – “Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014”
House Economic Matters Committee
House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis
THURSDAY, February 13
Hearing on Senate Bill 331– “Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014”
Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis
Our Communities! Our Values! A gubernatorial candidates forum
Israel Baptist Church, 1220 N Chester Street, Baltimore
(Enter at N. Washington Street and E. Preston)
More info at www.bridgemaryland.org
What do the candidates say about fair development and jobs? Raising wages? Opportunities for immigrants? Opportunities for ex-prisoners? Other issues of economic justice?
Are you behind on your loan? Under water? Facing payments you can't afford? Join the fight for housing justice!
Foreclosures are on the rise in Maryland.
While foreclosures are down nationwide, Maryland has seen foreclosures skyrocket 275%, according to RealtyTrac, comparing July 2103 to a year earlier. When it came to overall foreclosure activity, including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, the state had the second highest foreclosure rate in the nation, after default-riddled Florida.
The spike comes despite state efforts in recent years to slow foreclosures, including new laws giving homeowners rights to negotiate directly with lenders and aimed at stopping abuses. But large numbers of underwater homeowners -- particularly in Baltimore and Prince Georges -- are still at risk and need relief.
Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry has introduced a resolution in support of local principal reduction in the Housing and Community Development Committee.
This resolution supports an innovative local principal reduction effort in Richmond, CA that offers permanent relief -- and urges Baltimore City to consider a similar effort. The basic approach creates a local fiscal authority that brings new investors to purchase underwater mortgages at their current fair market price, and refinances people in stable, affordable mortgages that keep them in their homes!
Sadly, Wall Street banks and the Realtors Association are doing everything they can to stop this program. It seems like they benefit when more foreclosures and short-sales happen. Our only antidote to these monied interests is people power, meaning that YOUR presence is so important! Community support to successfully pass this resolution will send a clear message that Baltimore wants real solutions to its foreclosure crisis.
Communities United is a proud member of
We are fighting for a bill that:
1) Raises the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.
2) Indexes the minimum wage to the cost of living, after 2016.
3) Boosts the pay of tipped workers from 50% to 70% of the minimum wage.
Time to Raise Maryland's Minimum Wage!
Below: Communities United's Halloween action for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Costumed members visited chain businesses in Randallstown to support a raise for low wage workers. Over 70% of Maryland's workers who now make less then $10 an hour, are employed by businesses with 50 employees or more -- dominated by national chain stores and restaurants. Communities United is an active force in the Raise MD coalition, and seeks to raise the minimum wage in the Maryland General Assembly in 2014.