Unfortunately my time blogging for the Moving Maryland Forward Network is coming to an end. I have been blogging for years but this was my first stint as a professional blogger, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t learned a lot. Not just about the differences between professional and recreational blogging, but also a ton about state politics and non-profit operations. My high school combined the class on state and local government with the AP American government class, and since the AP test only requires knowledge of the federal government, we hardly spent any time on the local stuff.
I’m happy to say that I believe the Moving Maryland Forward Network has had a real impact on the session this year. For our four member organizations (The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, The Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute, The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, and the Just Kids Partnership), we have collected almost 20,000 supporters. I wrote about what went well and what didn’t this session in a recent post, but to emphasize, despite major budget issues, the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012 was passed, a number of laws protecting consumer rights were passed, and a report has been ordered on how the Department of Juvenile Services will ensure that youth charged as adults will be not be detained with adults. Thanks to all of our supporters, we really made a difference, and the Moving Maryland Forward Network will continue to do so as it moves into its next phase.
I wish I could keeping blogging for Moving Maryland Forward because I’ve enjoyed working with the amazing people in our member organizations and helping to create a stronger community of progressive non-profit campaigns in Maryland. To end on a positive note, I’ll be attending the Design & Technology MFA program at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC in the fall. I plan to explore the intersections of technology and social justice and I will bring my findings back to Maryland. You might see more of me later, but this is goodbye for now. We’ll always have the laundromat (if you’re not a Simpsons fan...think Casablanca).