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The Rallies Begin

Rosalind Helderman

Activist groups are starting to announce plans to rally in Annapolis, as the legislative session convenes Wednesday.

Maryland IAF, a grassroots group that advocates for affordable housing, living wages and other issues, has announced an evening rally at St. Ann's Parish in Annapolis on Thursday to push for education funding.

The group has three priorities for the year: Using one-third of proposed federal stimulus money to make schools and recreation centers energy efficient; preserving education funding at 2008 levels; and giving mobile home owners the right of first refusal if their mobile home park is put up for sale.

The group says the last item is a way to help struggling families and children that will not cost the state money. Maryland IAF spokeswoman Alisa Glassman said the group expects 350 people to attend the event, including many state lawmakers.

Among those who have confirmed: Recently indicted Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. Dixon has maintained an active public schedule since she was indicted on Friday in case related to her relationship with a city developer.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 12, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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