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February 27, 2017

“Strength does not come from physical capacity.

It comes from an indomitable will.”― Mahatma Gandhi

 

According to Indivisible, as of last week there were at least two Indivisible groups in every district in the country! Our movement marches on...

 

It’s been just over a month since our group was formed and we’re already seeing our impact locally. This past week, we came in large numbers to the Chestertown Town Council meeting to show our support and concern for the immigrant communities in our area (and we made the local news doing it!). Sincere thanks to those of you who joined us, and especially to those of you who spoke so eloquently and movingly about the effects that 45’s policies might have on these members of our community. You can see short videos of most of these speakers on our Facebook page.

 

We also joined in the series of educational and well-attended town halls on the ACA (without Representative Andy Harris!) organized by another local progressive group, Together We Will Delmarva. We’ve grown to 330+ likes on Facebook, and we’re keeping up the pressure on our local representatives to oppose 45’s agenda. All this, and our task forces are just coming together! Not bad for a group in its infancy.

 

The series of Eastern Shore town halls on the ACA has been so successful that the organizers have decided to hold another series focused on public education and the possible consequences of HB 610. This bill is co-sponsored by our own Rep. Andy Harris. Stay tuned for more information on this.

 

Rep. Andy Harris HAS ANNOUNCED plans for a town hall meeting with constituents on the Eastern Shore.  While he has a series of tele-town halls planned, his office is also organizing an in-person meeting on March 31 in Easton.  Details on time and location are not yet available.

 

We are pleased to see the enthusiasm, not only in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, but across the Eastern Shore  for more information and action on the issues that will impact our communities, our state, and our nation.  If you’re still interested in signing up for a task force to further explore these issues and educate others but didn’t have the chance, please send an email to the appropriate email address:

 

Healthcare Healthcare.KQAIndivisible@gmail.com

Education Education.KQAIndivisible@gmail.com

Environment Environment.KQAIndivisible@gmail.com

Immigration/Foreign policy Foreign.KQAIndivisible@gmail.com

Civil Rights (formerly Marginalized Communities) CivilRights.KQAIndivisible@gmail.com

 

We’ve made some updates to our website, KQAIndivsible.org, that will make it even easier to contact your members of Congress and other offices about issues of concern.  For national issues, try out 5 Calls which you can find here on our website. Just click the issue that you’re interested in, and the website will provide updates, scripts, and numbers to call. It makes daily activism so easy. The site recently added an option so you can respond to 45’s barring of certain media outlets from his press conference last week.  You can even call right from the webpage. Give it a try!

 

We apologize for the email snafu last week.  We’ll be using MailChimp for email communications from now on and hope that it will streamline communications and protect the information shared by our members.

 

Our next large group meeting will be held in March.  Details on time and location will be forthcoming!

 

Actions For The Week of 2/27/2017

 

If you have a busy week: (shorter time commitment)

 

  • Do not let up on the momentum- keep calling our reps and Governor Hogan about the ACA! The 65 has an impressive selection of calls scripts for various issues, including the ACA. You can select which script would best fit your needs, depending on whether your rep is a Republican or Democrat, and whether you use a subsidized plan: http://thesixtyfive.org/theIssues

  • Net neutrality is at risk! Net neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic is treated equally rather than having to pay a premium for “fast lanes”, has been the standard since 2015.  There is now an attack on this that can infringe on online information, education, and communication.  Learn more here then call the FCC and your members of Congress to demand net neutrality be preserved.

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is also at risk.  This bureau has helped Americans recover more than $11 billion dollars since 2011.  There are currently bills in both the House and Senate that would eliminate the protections for consumers provided by this bureau under the Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act.  in Call your members of Congress and demand that they vote against the Senate Bill (S. 370) and House Bill (H.R. 1031).  More info here.  

  • Reince Priebus is trying to discredit journalistic investigation into the Russia-Trump connection. Call your members of Congress and demand that the House and Senate form independent subcommittees to investigate the history, relationship, and impact this connection has on American Democracy. Learn more here.   

 

If you have a bit more time: (medium time commitment)

 

 

If you have some extra time this week:
(and are ready for a more significant time commitment)

 



Get prepared for these upcoming events:

 

Recommended Reading:


Additional sources of information or action items we recommend:

  • https://www.resistancecalendar.org/ - National calendar of events/meetings/protests that is searchable by state or other location

  • http://www.weekly-resistance.online/

  • A woman from Tulsa, OK created the following yard signs and distributed them in her town.  She’s shared this with us and we are preparing to order yard signs for distribution throughout Chestertown.  We will let you know when we’re ready to take orders for the signs; we’ll selling them for the cost of printing.  

     

     

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