Progress

This page will be used to share update statements from the working group that will be drafted after every meeting.

Quaker Voice of Maryland | Phone Meeting | Feb. 4, 2020


Members of the Quaker Voice of Maryland organizing group met to discuss the following agenda items:- Share updates on legislative priorities for the 2020 session- Review updates to the legislative priorities flier; will be updated by Quarterly Meeting for distribution.- Discuss Lobby Day opportunities to partner with groups that align with our interests
We will be supporting groups that are sponsoring lobby days that will be advocating for our priority initiatives. Groups include Maryland Alliance for Justice Form (2/26), Interfaith Action for Human Rights (2/19), Chesapeake Climate Action Network (2/17), Strong Schools Maryland (TBD), and Friday's for the Future (either 3/6 or 3/13). Once advocacy dates are finalized we will be sharing those dates with our email contacts and Meeting contacts.
We plan to be updating our events calendar to include lobby days when dates are finalized and important hearing dates for our priority legislation.
We plan to be presenting at Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting in February during the final session.

Quaker Voice of Maryland | Phone Meeting | Dec. 18, 2019


Members of the Quaker Voice of Maryland organizing group met to discuss the following agenda items:- Review legislative priority information resources and possible enhancements/improvements- Delegate leaders for legislative initiatives and discuss how updates will be disseminated around the group / connected Meetings- Discuss Lobby Day opportunities to partner with groups that align with our interests
We will be updating our Legislative Priorities for 2020 handout before the session begins on Jan. 8th so that it can be a resource for Lobby Days and to share with Meetings digitally/in person.
The current version of the handout can be found on our Resources section.
We plan to be presenting at Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting in February; at this point we are not sure how much time will be available for our group but are excited for the opportunity to update Quarterly on the work we have been doing and our plan for the 2020 legislative session.

Quaker Voice of Maryland | Organizing Members Retreat | Oct. 19, 2019


Members of the Quaker Voice of Maryland organizing group met to discuss the following agenda items:- Priority legislation for the 2020 session- Process to continuing outreach to Maryland Meetings- Next steps to prepare for November meeting (11/19/19)
Based off of input from Meetings and Friends that completed our survey we determined the following issues stood out as top priorities:- Climate Justice- Criminal Justice / Prison Reform- Immigration Civil Rights- Gun Violence Prevention & Peace Building
While we discussed many bills to support under each issue, we reach consensus on one bill for each issue that will be our top priority:- Maryland Renews Bill (Climate Justice)- Solitary Confinement (Criminal Justice / Prision Reform)- Override of the Dream Act Veto (Immigration Civil Rights)- Kirwan Commission Bill (Gun Violence Prevention & Peace Building)
Stay tuned for a top priority issues flier posted on our Resources section!