Press Release: Md Working Families Legislative Conference Pushes New Progressive Agenda

Maryland Working Families Legislative Conference
Unites Local Activists, Lawmakers, and Labor Organizers
To Push New Progressive Agenda for MD

Campaign for America’s Future joins with Progressive Maryland, a group
with over 8,000 dues-paying members, to build a progressive agenda for
Maryland’s working families.

Greenbelt, MD — On Saturday, January 19, Progressive Maryland and the Campaign for America’s Future will co-sponsor an important event — The Working Families Legislative Conference — designed to link local Maryland issues with a national progressive agenda. The conference will focus on key local and national issues including: Affordable Housing, Health Care, Living Wage, Public Financing of Campaigns, and Afterschool Programs.

The conference will take place at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center, Greenbelt, MD from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration begins at 10:30 AM and is $10.

Speakers include Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (likely), Congressman Ben Cardin, Congressman Elijah Cummings (likely), Robert Borosage, from the Campaign for America’s Future, State Senator Chris Van Hollen, Delegate Mark Shriver, and Delegate John Hurson.

The Working Families Legislative Conference is part of a series of regionally based Next Agenda conferences, representing a new kind of partnership between CAF and state-level progressive organizations — unity coalitions which are coming together around a progressive action agenda for their state and for the nation.

“We are proud to be helping to co-sponsor this remarkable conference,” said CAF co-director, Roger Hickey. “Through our collaboration with state-level citizen groups, like Progressive Maryland, we are able to rally support for an economic recovery agenda that works for states and for the country. This mission was important before September 11. Now it is essential.”

“We must organize at the grassroots, build power in localities and states, and create in theses ‘laboratories of democracy’ the formula for economic success in Washington, DC.” said Sean Dobson, one of the leaders of Progressive Maryland (301/495-7004).

For more information on the Working Families Legislative Conference and Progressive Maryland visit www.progressivemaryland.org. Information on Campaign for America’s Future can be found at www.ourfuture.org or call 202/955-5665.

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