A higher minimum wage. Paid sick leave. More affordable childcare and prescription drugs. Bail and police reform. These are just a few of the victories that Progressive Maryland has helped to achieve since 2004, affecting thousands of people across the state. Its grassroots approach empowers communities to advocate for reforms to the economic and social systems that oppress them. That means training leaders from marginalized communities – particularly people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, and low-income individuals – in grassroots organizing at the Maryland People’s Leadership Institute. It also means educating everyday voters about how state and city governments affect their lives (from job opportunities to air quality), and how, as voters, they can create positive change. More than 125,000 Marylanders across nine state chapters have joined the fight for justice, demanding a Maryland that works – for everyone.
Gathering feedback from everyday Marylanders across the state on the needs of their communities, Progressive Maryland collaborated with grassroots allies and funding partners on mutual aid work to help communities meet their vital needs.