- WEEKENDS ARE POLITICAL ACTION:
WE HAVE BANK TAX RALLY IN WASHINGON COMING UP.....WHILE THIRD WAY DEMOCRATS WON'T DO IT WE NEED TO LET THEM KNOW THAT IS WHAT WE EXPECT!!!!
DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL ARE CRITICAL HERE IN MARYLAND AND BALTIMORE. THERE ARE LOTS OF ACTIONS COMING THIS MONTH....CONNECT TO THEM!!!
MAY WILL HAVE A MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR MLK AND JUSTICE.....THIS IS CRITICAL AS LABOR AND JUSTICE ARE UNDER ATTACK......JOIN THE MARCH FROM BALTIMORE TO WASHINGTON!!!!
The most important issue here in Baltimore is organizing for the coming election. We want all the incumbents out of City Hall and Maryland Assembly as they are working for corporations over people. In Baltimore all community organizations work for O'Malley and/or Rawlings-Blake and are headed by people who will promote the 1% agenda. We are organizing communities to develop their own communication network......email lists and Democracy Now groups as we take back Baltimore politics. Remember, we have Referenda to change the City Charter needing petition signatures!!!
WE CAN RUN 20 CANDIDATES BY SIMPLY GETTING 10,000 PEOPLE TO DONATE $20 AND STRONG EMAIL LISTS
PLEASE JOIN THIS MOVEMENT IN MARYLAND.. IT WILL WORK ON THE REAL ISSUES OF HEALTH CARE FOR ALL WHILE MARYLAND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL WAS ONLY A JOHNS HOPKINS CAPTURED ORGANIZATION MEANT TO CO-OPT THIS ISSUE......MARYLAND HAS THE MOST PRIVATE AND PROFIT ORIENTED HEALTH REFORM THAT WILL HAVE MOST PEOPLE IN MEDICAID LEVEL COVERAGE......PUBLIC HEALTH VS HEALTH CARE!!!!
Healthcare is a Human Right Healthy Lives. Healthy Community. This past weekend, leaders from seven counties came together for our very first Statewide Retreat! Healthcare is a Human Right members from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery counties came together at a beautiful farm in Parkton and over the course of three days got to learn from each other and accomplish quite a bit, including:
Telling our own Stories
Leaders from around the state shared how their Right to Healthcare has been undermined as a result of the broken for-profit system and how it is connected to other basic and essential rights. Interactive Study
We discussed our growing economic inequality and had fun exercises that helped us grasp the nature of the current economy based on speculation and privatization over production and investing in people.
Media & Education Committees
We launched our first two statewide committees. One focused on developing media and messaging tools to be used throughout Maryland, the other on developing an empowering curriculum that teaches us the analysis and tools for social change.
All in all, it was a resounding success and a great sign that we are on the right track towards building a true grassroots movement that fights for our basic rights and recognizes that we have what it takes to better our lives and our community!
With that said, we cannot continue this work without your support. If you haven't yet, join one of our committees or start your own! Financial support is also essential as we are clearly in a David vs Goliath situation when compared to the cronyism and lobbying brought on by the Pharmaceutical and Insurance Industry. Show your support and help our fight to ensure all Marylanders have their healthcare needs met! Donate or Become a Sustainer and Help Us Grow Our Movement! In always appreciative solidarity,
Healthcare is a Human Right - Maryland
- MAKE NO MISTAKE.....EDUCATION REFORM IS NOT ABOUT CREATING QUALITY EDUCATION FOR THE MIDDLE/LOWER CLASS. IT IS ABOUT COMPLETELY RESTRUCTURING PUBLIC EDUCATION INTO CORPORATE JOB TRAINING AND WILL TRACK STUDENTS INTO VOCATIONAL STUDIES ACCORDING TO TESTING RESULTS STARTING AT PRE-K.
THAT IS THE POLICY THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT!!!!
- Take Action to Protect School funding
Support HB 1474/SB 958
We Are Powerful When We Act Together!
$ Funding for public schools has not kept pace with inflation since fiscal year 2009, and State aid is now $718 million per year less than it would have been had the original formula been kept.. Average reduction is $850 per student per year. With fewer instructional staff in the face of rising enrollments, the student-staff ratio has risen 3.6%.
$ Funds from gaming have replaced State General Funds and have not been used to enhance or protect school aid.
$ A new governor would be free to eliminate funding for the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI), which helps 13 higher-cost jurisdictions compensate employees fairly. These school systems could lose $130 million if it were cut by a future Governor or legislature.
$ School facilities need over $13 billion in work, but there is no State aid formula. Governor O’Malley and the legislature have met or exceeded the current $250 million goal, but construction costs have risen 40% since the State Treasurer Kopp recommended that target.
The Solution – HB 1474/SB 958
ü The original inflation factor in the Thornton formula would be restored starting in fiscal year 2015.
ü The Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI) would be mandated in statute.
ü The State would adopt a goal of funding school construction aid at $350 million a year, an amount that would equal the inflation-adjusted goal set by Kopp.
To Take Action, Click the Links Below and Compose Your Message
House Speaker Busch Ways & Means Cmte (Email Chairman Sheila Hixson and the Legislators from your area)
Please enact House Bill 1474 to protect funding for public schools. Maryland’s school funding has been falling behind, and now is the time to reverse this trend.
To find your Delegates and Senators go to: mdlect.net
The Thornton Gap
Difference in State funding between 2013 actual amounts and full funding under original Thornton formula for a classroom of 25 students. When Thornton aid does not keep pace with costs, kids from poorer jurisdictions are hurt the most.
Source: Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute
Sources: Maryland Department of Budget and Management and http://www.bls.gov/ppi, PPI for school construction.
Charlie Cooper, Secretary
Maryland Education Coalition
- Saturday, April 20, 2013
- 12:00pm until 2:00pm
- Join Robin Hood in Washington, DC as he and his merry supporters march on the US Treasury, the World Bank & the International Monetary Fund.
Finance ministers from some of the world’s largest national economies – known as the G20 – will be meeting in town, as well as an annual gathering of leaders of the IMF and World Bank.
12 p.m. - Rally at Murrow Park on Pennsylvania Avenue between 18th & 19th streets
12:30 p.m. - March from the IMF and World Bank to the White House and US Treasury.
We will greet the finance leaders with the message: It’s time Wall Street helps pay to rebuild Main Street.
European governments are finally listening to the people and implementing a tax on financial speculation instead of continuing cuts to essential services. We must demand the same in the US.
KNOW WHAT OBAMA'S JOB CREATING INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS........FOREIGN CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES COMING IN WITH THEIR WORKFORCE TO BUILD AMERICA'S ROADS AND RAIL. WHY? BECAUSE US GLOBAL CORPORATIONS ARE EXPANDING GLOBALLY SO THE US MUST ALLOW FOREIGN COMPANIES INTO THE US MARKET IN EXCHANGE.
NO MORE FAILED DEVELOPMENT
Rally for Fair Development in Baltimore!
Saturday April 20, 2013
11am - 1pm
Meet in the parking lot behind 1405 Russell St., Baltimore, MD 21230
We demand Fair Development which produces…
-Good union jobs for Baltimore residents
-Well-funded schools for our children
-Strong communities for everyone
Time and again developers have benefited from public funds, subsidies, and tax incentives. But developers keep breaking the promise of building a better Baltimore.
The Hyatt Regency was constructed with public subsidies on city-owned land. Developer David Cordish pays virtually no rent on his Inner Harbor Power Plant development. Yet both of these developers offer only low-paying temporary and unstable jobs that keep workers in poverty.
Join us for this rally for Fair Development on Saturday, April 20 at 11am!
Like the new campaign facebook page: www.facebook.com/FairDevelopment
Hosted by Communities and Churches United, UNITE HERE Local 7, United Workers, Teamsters, Operating Engineers, Interfaith Worker Justice, and more.
PS - We had a great picket line at BWI Airport yesterdat, thanks to all who came out in support! Plus, check out this article in Tuesday's Baltimore Sun about the campaign at the Hyatt, "Unions focus organizing efforts on service sector workplaces: Unite Here continues campaign to unionize Hyatt Regency Baltimore workers"
UNITE HERE Local 7, 1800 N. Charles Street, Suite 906, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
PREPARE FOR THIS WORKERS/JUSTICE MARCH AS MLK MOVEMENT NEEDED TO REVERSE THIS MESS THAT THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS ......AS ALL MARYLAND DEMOCRATS ARE......KILL ALL OF LABOR AND JUSTICE GAINS MLK FOUGHT FOR.
SADLY, IT IS THE VERY PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO BENEFITED FROM MLK WHO ARE WORKING WITH THE 1% TO KILL THE GAINS.
DO NOT VOTE FOR SOMEONE JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR OR SAY THEY ARE WITH A UNION.......KNOW YOUR CANDIDATE!!!!
RECLAIM DR. KING JR’S DREAM DURING THIS HISTORIC YEAR –
2013 MARKS THE 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1963 JOBS & FREEDOM MARCH
and the 45th anniversary of the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign
On the anniversary of the Poor Peoples Campaign ignite a fight for
2013 POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN & MARCH FROM BALTIMORE TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Download the 2013 Poor Peoples Campaign Leaflet
Beginning on Saturday, May 11th – the anniversary weekend of the
Poor Peoples Campaign, we will hold a civil rights walk and March from
Baltimore to Washington D.C. and arrive in Washington on Sunday, May
We invite people from around the country to join us in Baltimore on
There will be support vehicles to ensure that everyone can
participate, regardless of physical ability.
**We are Marching because...**
**POLICE BRUTALITY & MASS INCARCERATION ARE GROWING **
Baltimore has become the capital of police killings! Since January,
2012, 16 people have been killed by the Baltimore City Police
Department and not a single officer has been indicted. The epidemic of
police terror and abuse are not confined to our city. The Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement has documented that every 36 hours a Black person
is killed by police agencies in this country. Police repression and
racism go hand in hand with the mass incarceration of young people,
mostly of color, who are locked away in prisons across this country.
We march to bring national attention to these issues and to demand
community control of police and an end to mass incarceration. On May
11, 2013 we will link arms with the families of the victims of police
killings to demand that the Justice Department charge killer police.
**POVERTY IS DEEPENING AND THE PEOPLE NEED JOBS, NOT JAILS**
One out of every four persons in Baltimore City lives below the
poverty level. Growing poverty due to continuing depression level
joblessness in every major city in this country and in many towns
underscores the need to revive Dr. King’s fight to end poverty.
Justice minded people everywhere must begin to prepare a united
resistance to stop any and all austerity measures, whether it comes in
the form of cuts to social security, Medicare, unemployment or food
We must renew Dr. King’s call for “Jobs or income now” and
demand that the federal government: 1) bailout the people, not the
banks; 2) provide a massive Works Projects Administration program to
put the people back to work and 3) through Executive Order place a
moratorium on home foreclosures.
**WORKERS RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK**
If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive he would be on the
front line of stemming the tide of right wing attacks on workers and
unions couched in the misleading language of “right to work.” Dr.
King would have been leading sit-ins to win justice for low wage
workers from Wal-Mart to McDonalds. His last days were spent fighting
for sanitation workers rights – this battle is yet to be finished.
On May 11th we will be marching to defend workers’ rights from
Detroit to Atlanta.
**JUSTICE FOR ALL IS NEEDED**
We will march to continue the ongoing struggle to stop racism, end
attacks on immigrants, women and LGBTQ people.
We can no longer be divided from or consider a person as "illegal”
simply because he or she has crossed a border; the fight for justice
is far from over when someone can be profiled and murdered because
they are Black, Latino/a, Native or Asian; it continues when women are
still denied equal rights and LGBTQ people continue to suffer from
violence and bigotry.
**FUND EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE & HUMAN NEEDS, NOT WAR & OCCUPATION**
Dr. King proclaimed very accurately that “every bomb that falls on
Vietnam, is a bomb dropped on our inner cities.” The names of the
targeted countries and occupations have changed. What hasn’t is the
growing trillions spent on the Pentagon that drain the wealth of this
country and that could instead fund healthcare for every uninsured
person, provide education for youth, stop school closings and provide
jobs for all. Not only does war still threaten the people of this
world, but the refusal to deal with ever growing evidence of climate
change, and the insatiable desire to put profits before people,
threatens the entire planet. The only way to build Dr. King’s
beloved community is to end war and put people’s needs before
It is urgent that we reclaim Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy
and begin a new revolution to ignite a people’s movement for not
only civil rights but human rights.
The Occupy movement inspired many, but the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign
in Washington D.C. was, outside of other heroic examples in labor
history, one of the first “occupations.” Let’s bring the
movement together. Join the 2013 Poor Peoples Campaign March!
The campaign to reclaim Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in
this historic year to fight back against police terror, austerity
measures, attacks on workers and student rights was voted and
consented on at the December 15, 2012, National Peoples Power
We in Baltimore invite everyone to join us – from Oakland to
Atlanta, from Detroit to New York. Our problems are the same as your
problems – let’s stand together. If you are interested in
organizing your community, school, or union to be part of this effort
call us at 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835 or email
. To sign on as an endorser of this effort please contact us by phone
Initiated by: Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference and
the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly
2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835