Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician and mother of three. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990 and completing her pediatric residence at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Margaret worked first in hospitals in Carroll County and and then in private practice. In 2007 she stopped practicing medicine to start advocating full-time for a state and federal single payer health care system.
"I view the struggle for health care as part of a broader social, racial, economic and environmental justice movement." - Margaret Flowers
In 2011 Margaret joined Kevin Zeese as co-director of ItsOurEconomy.us in order to educate, organize and mobilize around social and economic justice and democratization of the economy to reduce the wealth divide. In October of 2011 she helped lead the Occupation of Washington DC on Freedom Plaza. She is now the co-editor of PopularResistance.org, which carries on the Occupation by reporting on and helping organize events across the county.
Margaret has been a lead organizer of a campaign to stop the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) for the past 5 years. The TPP would outsource jobs, lower wages, threaten the health and safety of communities and undermine protection of the environment. It has been called "NAFTA on steroids". She co-founded Clean Up The Mines!, a campaign to clean up the more than 15,000 abandoned uranium mines throughout the US that continue to pollute. She was instrumental in the fight to protect net neutrality. She co-founded We Are Cove Point to stop the construction of a gas refinery, power plant and export terminal in Southern Maryland, and she is active with Beyond Extreme Energy, a campaign focused on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She organized the Baltimore Economic Democracy Conference in 2014, which focused on uniting and augmenting efforts to build wealth in communities that have been ignored. And she has been active in supporting movements for racial justice and peace.
Margaret co-hosts Clearing the FOG Radio, broadcasting on We Act Radio, 1480 AM in Washington, DC.
Margaret has appeared on Bill Moyers' Journal, Democracy Now, and Fox Business News as well as many local and international media outlets and documentaries. Her writing is featuring TruthOut, TruthDig, and Alternet.
Margaret lives in the Belvedere Square neighborhood of Baltimore.