At the Club for Progress, we are fighting to keep Maryland growing and make it the best state to live in. Maryland will have the best public transportation, the best schools, and a government is consistently accountable to the citizens. People will see the value of their tax dollars at work, and our state will be a shining example to the rest of the world of American democracy in action.
One of our biggest focus areas is Baltimore City, because it is one of the areas that needs the most work. However, our commitment is to all 23 counties as well as the city.
What’s wrong with Baltimore City?
Tourists love to visit the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry, but just a short walk inland will reveal an entirely different city; a city where 1 in 4 people are living in poverty. Public schools are underfunded and run-down. High-traffic bridges are falling into disrepair. Over 40,000 homes in the once-neatly planned city are boarded up and vacant. And fully 11.5% of our brothers and sisters are still unemployed.
To us, these statistics are unacceptable. And we understand it’s up to us to make change happen. It’s clearly not going to happen on its own.
What do we do? What CAN we do?
The CFP builds relationships between families, businesses, and government. Only through communication will we achieve the goals that will benefit everyone:
We will bring businesses and jobs to Baltimore City.
We will build affordable and livable homes in Baltimore City.
We will clean up corruption in our city government.
We will reform the property tax to attract residents.
We will promote the creation of new art and music in Baltimore City.
We will work to completely eliminate racism in Baltimore City.
We believe in our small business owners and entrepreneurs. We believe they should not hold back on their ambitions due to fear of competition from big business.
We believe in cleaning up corruption, at home and in Washington.
We believe in fiscal responsibility. We believe in cutting wasteful spending, but keeping and expanding useful programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Universal Health Care.
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and help rebuild? Then you’re ready to join our effort. By working together, we can achieve greater things than if we worked separately. We are a grass-roots organization, because change starts at home. Whether you live in Baltimore City, Maryland, or anywhere else in America, you can stand in solidarity with us and participate in our efforts. We need you. Because the City needs you.