The Maryland ACLU works to ensure that all people in the state of Maryland are free to think and speak as they choose and can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion. We are guided in our work by the United States Bill of Rights and the Maryland Declaration of Rights. The Maryland ACLU acts without partisanship to achieve these goals.
The African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County was founded by a group of African American professionals seeking to increase black voter participation and educate elected officials on issues of importance to African American citizens in the county. The club is a consistent voice advocating on behalf of African Americans to increase minority participation in public affairs of Montgomery County.
Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC) is comprised of students, professionals, and community members who are committed to promoting harm reduction principles and practices in health care, policy, and social services. To that aim, they mobilize peers and colleagues to engage in education, advocacy, and service in the Baltimore area and nationwide. BSHRC is a program of Fusion Partnerships and has chapters at several local universities.
CJPF is a non-profit organization based in Silver Spring, MD. Our mission is to educate the public about the impact of drug policy and the problems of policing on the criminal justice system. We provide information to policy makers and the public to promote innovative ideas about criminal justice issues, including sentencing and drug policy.
Demand Progress is 1.5 million member mass mobilization organization that focuses on civil liberties and progressive causes. We run online campaigns to rally people to take action on the news that affects them — by contacting political leaders, funding pressure tactics, and spreading the word in their own communities. We work in Washington and the states to provide an advocate for the public in all the back-room decisions that affect our lives. In Maryland, we are over 25,000 members strong.
Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels. We work with members of the General Assembly to shape and pass positive legislation in Annapolis and to beat back discriminatory legislation.
The International Women’s Cannabis Coalition was founded with the intent of bringing pro-cannabis women together in an alliance to end cannabis prohibition worldwide. The war on cannabis is a war on families. We as women, wives and mothers, sisters and daughters, the cornerstones of the family unit, are tired of watching our families torn apart, our loved ones die, our children taken, our lives destroyed, over a beneficial and often lifesaving plant. It is the IWCC’s hope that through education, awareness and discussion, people everywhere, even those who do not use cannabis, will come to realize that the greatest harm associated with cannabis is the prohibition against it.
Labor Network for Sustainability is dedicated to engaging trade unions, workers and our allies to support economic, social, and environmental sustainability. LNS provides a community for those in the labor and sustainability movements and their allies who care about economic justice, ecology, and equality. Our members are helping labor become a force for advancing worker interests – while advancing the broader social good.
LEAP is an international organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies. Our experience on the front lines of the ‘war on drugs’ has led us to call for a repeal of prohibition and its replacement with a tight system of legalized regulation, which will effectively cripple the violent cartels and street dealers who control the current illegal market.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization of women and men, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities world‐wide.
The Libertarian Party of Maryland is Maryland’s third-largest political party, uniting more than 13,000 registered voters across the state. We believe in a smaller government that costs less and leaves individuals with more economic opportunity and more personal freedom.
MPP, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, envisions a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm.
The Maryland Green Party is a ballot-qualified political party devoted to running candidates for office on the local, state, and federal level. The Green Party has nominated candidates in every election cycle since being recognized by the state Board of Elections in 2000. The Maryland Green Party is funded solely by its supporters and refuses financial contributions from corporations or PACs.
We are Maryland’s leading statewide advocacy organization focused on reforming the criminal justice system. Every day, we organize around and explore legislative, administrative and systemic solutions to both age-old and contemporary injustices in order to bring about statewide and lasting reform.
Our organization, the Maryland state chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, strives to educate the public and grow the movement toward marijuana legalization in Maryland. We also seek to help build, support and organize NORML chapters throughout the state in order to effectively communicate with one another to work toward our common goal.
Maryland United for Peace and Justice
Maryland United for Peace and Justice is a network of Maryland organizations and individuals created in 1987. We network and work for issues of peace, nonviolence, social and economic justice, environment and real democracy at the federal, state and local levels. We hold an annual peace, justice, and environment conference; we sponsor an annual High School students peace essays and arts contest; we join and organize with other activists and organizations in legislative and other forms of activism; and we help build bridges that link different races, nationalities, ages, women-men, and other populations.
Maryland Working Families is a grassroots independent political organization fighting for a government that represents the values and works for the needs of Maryland’s working families. Maryland Working Families achieves our goals by: developing and electing candidates who share our values; organizing issue campaigns to move progressive legislation; and building a movement of working families to hold our leaders accountable. Maryland Working Families is affiliated with the national Working Families Organization.
We are individuals and organizations organizing to protect our civil liberties and civil rights everywhere by protecting them where we live — in Montgomery County, Maryland.
The Montgomery County Young Democrats are registered Democrats (if we’re able) ages 14-39 who live, work, or go to school in Montgomery County. Our members are passionate about defending the American Dream through democratic political activism, community building, and education. We host monthly membership meetings, undertake local and state advocacy campaigns, work to strengthen the Democratic party, and offer opportunities for professional and leadership development.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
To redefine the liberty movement in America. We aim to restore liberty, personal responsibility, and economic freedom as true American values, to coexist as individuals who respect the rights and sanctity of all persons, to foster an environment that allows each person to pursue his or her individual dreams and happiness without the burdens of unneeded government restrictions.
Out For Justice is an ex-offender, member-led organization that promotes policy reform of policies that adversely affect the ex-offender re-entering into society successfully. Out For Justice strives to change the perception of the ex-offender by promoting the 3 Es, education, empowerment, and engagement. Out For Justice educates the community and its member base on the legislative process. We empower ex-offenders by urging them to use the legislative process to lead the change they want to see. Community members are engaged by OFJ members by supporting ex-offender friendly legislation and participating in OFJ sponsored community events.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.
UFCW Local 400
Representing 40,000 workers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Tennessee working in the food processing, retail, poultry, and textile industries.
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.