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Onstage at Progressive Maryland's Awards Gala Jan. 28 were Executive Director Kate Planco Waybright, 
emcee/radio host Marc Steiner, Board President Elbridge James, and keynote honoree Ben Jealous, 
retiring NAACP President and CEO.

Onstage at Progressive Maryland's Awards Gala Jan. 28 were Executive Director Kate Planco Waybright,
emcee/radio host Marc Steiner, Board President Elbridge James, and keynote honoree Ben Jealous,
retiring NAACP President and CEO.

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Awards gala honors Jealous, Walmart activists, lawmakers

Other honorees included two labor activists and former Walmart employees, who were wrongfully fired for their efforts to organize for better conditions and livable wages for retail workers. The two were part of a workers' rights campaign called OUR Walmart, Organization United for Respect at Walmart, fighting such retaliation and seeking reinstatement for its victims through protests, strikes and civil disobedience.