Hello, neighbors,

Mary Washington, Delegate and Senator-Elect will be speaking tomorrow
Sunday morning at the VLP at the meeting of the Baltimore Ethical
Society.  Sorry for the short notice, but I hope you can attend.

What: “Legislative Agenda and Ethical Values in Annapolis” by
Senator-Elect Mary Washington
When: 10:30 am, tomorrow Sunday, Dec. 2nd
Where: Village Learning Place, 2521 Saint Paul St.

Meetup: http://meetu.ps/e/G5MZC/1jsJ2/f

In the rough and tumble world of state politics, it can be difficult
to keep your moral compass straight and true. The pressures of getting
re-elected and needing to “cut deals” so as to move forward on issues
of key concern, make it challenging to focus on ethics. Senator-Elect
Mary Washington, Ph.D., has been a leader in fighting for affordable
access to water, protecting families from unfair tax sales and
foreclosures, helping unaccompanied homeless youth get services and
support, marriage equality, protection of transgender Marylanders,
elimination of the death penalty, implementation of the Maryland DREAM
Act, and securing more funding for Baltimore’s public schools. She
will share her legislative agenda for Maryland and how she applies her
ethical values in Annapolis.

Senator-Elect Mary Washington, Ph.D., is an advocate for Maryland’s
43rd District as a legislator, professor, ally, public policy leader
and trail-blazer. Born in Philadelphia, Mary Washington came to
Baltimore due to her scholarly interests and dedication to serving
at-risk populations. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from
The Johns Hopkins University and became an assistant professor at
Lehigh University. She is currently a member of the part-time faculty
at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

In 2010, Mary made history becoming the first openly LGBT
African-American elected official in Maryland – and only the second
such state legislator in the country. Senator-Elect Washington has
passed landmark legislation that bars the inhumane practice of
shackling female prisoners during labor and delivery; sponsored and
passed the nation’s first law protecting social media (Facebook)
password privacy; secured stronger safeguards from electronic
harassment via text or direct messaging; won new restrictions on
price-gouging and abusive treatment of consumers by rent-to-own stores
targeting low-income and minority communities; and passed the state’s
first legislation establishing the community schools model as the
statewide strategy for addressing concentrated poverty. Her work as
Delegate has earned the trust of her colleagues and constituents on
budget and tax issues, as well as, the impact of funding choices on
Maryland’s families.

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