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Sun May 3, 2015, 06:41 PM

Email Just Now from O'Malley

Wake Up Call

This week in Baltimore should be a wake-up call for our entire nation.

The problem is that we have built an economy that's leaving whole parts of Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York - so many people - behind. People are not being heard they are frustrated; they are angry; and they feel like they are not needed in our economy. Extreme poverty breeds conditions for extreme violence.

We need an agenda for American cities. We need to stop ignoring people of color and we need to stop acting like they are disposable citizens in this nation. That's not how our economy is supposed to work or how our country works.

Ive spent my whole life on criminal justice issues. My very first job out of law school was as a prosecutor on the West Side of Baltimore, a place now familiar from the images of these last sad several days. When I was mayor, we cut down violent crime, but we also improved how we train and police the police, and we made investments in drug treatment programs to strengthen the community.

In Maryland, as Governor, I worked to reduce incarceration to 20-year lows. We were able to reduce our recidivism by 15%, and also at the same time reduce violent crime down to 35-year lows. I signed legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and other minor charges.

This is constant work. It is not done. We still have a lot of work left to do.

I am more inclined and more deeply motivated now to address what's wrong with our country and what needs to be healed and what needs to be fixed.

In Baltimore, we are not defeated as a city, and we are not about to throw in the towel on our country.

Martin O'Malley

PS. I talked about this on Meet the Press today I want to hear from you. Let me know what you think and share this so we can make this work a priority.

http://action.martinomalley.com/page/m/302289d7/4c037376/2e9194af/50a48e50/138478769/VEsH/

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Koinos May 2015 OP
Historic NY May 2015 #1
swilton May 2015 #3
Hutzpa May 2015 #6
Iliyah May 2015 #2
Koinos May 2015 #5
Koinos May 2015 #4
cyberswede May 2015 #7
Koinos May 2015 #9
Agschmid May 2015 #11
cherokeeprogressive May 2015 #8
CaliforniaPeggy May 2015 #10

Response to Koinos (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 06:45 PM

1. Shessh you were the Governor...

apparently you didn't notice along the way.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Sun May 3, 2015, 06:56 PM

3. +++

 

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Sun May 3, 2015, 07:03 PM

6. ^^ This

he must have forgotten, you know, too much presidenting preparation.

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 06:52 PM

2. I think he's going to throw his hat in

This should be very interesting primary season for DEMS.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Sun May 3, 2015, 07:01 PM

5. Sure hope so...

Bernie and Martin running positive campaigns about issues sure sounds good to me.

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 06:58 PM

4. Tipping Point

I believe he did notice and that he did his best to make things better rather than worse. He was a good governor, taxes and all.

But what has happened in Baltimore is indeed a tipping point and a wake up call. Something has changed. Everybody is feeling it. Did you see how the city came together after the charges were announced? The positive and hopeful feelings are real.

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 07:07 PM

7. I caught a couple minutes of O'Malley on MTP - he was good.

I'd be thrilled for him to run - the more voices we have talking about important issues, the better.

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #7)

Sun May 3, 2015, 07:43 PM

9. So true, cyberswede!

This is exactly what democracy is all about.

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #7)

Sun May 3, 2015, 07:51 PM

11. Agree he was good.

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 07:29 PM

8. This makes me smile. n/t

 

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #8)

Sun May 3, 2015, 07:50 PM

10. Me too, my dear cherokeeprogressive!

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