“Sometimes we have to do the work even though we don't yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it's actually going to be possible.” -Angela Davis
Greetings KQAIndivisible members,
The folks at Indivisible Guide are reporting that phone calls to Congress up 164 percent in Trump’s first month. Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans have reported these phone calls are impacting their decision making. We are in for a marathon, not a sprint, but you should feel good that your efforts are not going unnoticed! But, be prepared to keep up the work, keep up the calls, and keep up on the current events.
And there are A LOT of current events to keep up on these days. We hope that the items outlined in this week’s newsletter will help you focus your efforts this week.
This week, we’re trying a new structure for our suggested activities. Each day will have a particular area of focus. For each area of focus we'll provide you with one locally-focused and one nationally-focused action. We’re hoping that this might increase our voice: if each day, our elected officials hear from A LOT of us on one topic, they will be more likely to take notice.
(We encourage you to call even more and additional more topics if you have the time and inclination; for ideas, take a look at the options on 5 Calls, Wall-of-Us, Rogen's List, or others, and let those phones RING!)
Upcoming KQA Indivisible Actvities:
1. Ides of Trump Postcard Party: THIS Thursday!!!
A national movement is underway to send President 45 tons of postcards to express opposition to him; the goal is for him to receive them on March 15. Join us at JR’s for a social this Thursday (March 9) from 6:30-8:30. We’ll have some cards and stamps for you to us, along with some light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. If you’re inclined, stop by the bar on your way in for something stronger to help get your creative juices flowing!
2. Rep. Andy Harris recently posted to his Facebook page an invitation to visit Washington, DC during spring break. Some of us will be carpooling to DC to take him up on this invitation during the week of March 13 (during the Washington College spring break). Email us at email@example.com if you'd like more details on this trip.
3. Our next large group meeting will be on March 22 in the large meeting room of the Kent County Library. For this next meeting, we’re asking for donations (in collaboration with a drive by the Washington College Democrats). We’ll be collecting clean and gently worn bras and unused menstrual products to help people in need on the Eastern Shore.
Other Upcoming Events:
This Wednesday, March 8: A Day without a woman (organized by The Women's March on Washington)
Anyone, anywhere, can join in one or all of the following ways:
If you can, take the day off from paid or unpaid labor
Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses)
Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
Find out more here: https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday/
Your KQA Indivisible Action Items for the Week:
1. Act locally: Support the Fracking Ban in MD
SB740 has moved out of the MD House Environment and Transportation Committee and is set for a vote by the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. Call or write the following people in support of SB740.
Governor Larry Hogan: 1-800-811-8336 (toll free in Maryland)
Senate President, Thomas V. Mike Miller: 888-997-5380
Senator Joan Carter Conway, Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org: 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3145
Senator Paul G. Pinsky, Vice Chair, email@example.com: 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3155
And our Senator, Stephen Hershey, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Act nationally (with, of course, lots of local implications)
Time to call “Where’s Andy?” Harris, and address several issues that have a negative impact on our environment.
First, state your disappointment and opposition to H.R. 637, sponsored by dear Dr. Harris himself. This bill seeks to reclassify several chemicals so that they would no longer be regulated nor considered, “air pollutants.” Read more in the Chestertown Spy.
While you have him on the phone, express your concerns about the Chesapeake Bay in light of projected cuts to the EPA.
First, a bit of good news: the Maryland House Ways and Means committee turned down Governor Hogan’s bill asking to set up a commission to oversee “a statewide authority to oversee charter schools. The measure would have allowed the new authority to bypass local school boards in creating charter schools. It would have given the authority broad discretion to exempt schools it licensed from state and local regulations.”http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-charter-schools-20170303-story.html
1. Act locally: Consider planning to attend the Education March on Monday, March 13:
MARCH with hundreds of educators to the offices of your delegates and senator and tell them it’s time— time to vote for the Educators’ Agenda and for progress and fairness in the schoolhouse. Use this link to RSVP: http://action.marylandeducators.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1791&ea.campaign.id=63837&ea.tracking.id=email&ea.url.id=869461&forwarded=true
-Event will start at 5 pm with a speaking program in MAEA's parking lot (140 Main St. in Annapolis) NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia will speak around 5:30; marching up to the State House complex to see our legislators will start about 5:45. More details to come.
-If you are driving into town, there are several parking options near MSEA and the State House Area. Check out the City of Annapolis Parking website here:http://annapolisparking.com/
-Signs will be available, but feel free to bring your own.
2. Act nationally: Rep. Andy Harris has co-sponsored HB 610, but there is ample evidence that much of what this education bill proposes is problematic. Get some facts on this here and call Harris' office to object to the bill.
1. Act locally: Call Larry Hogan’s office and ask him to stand up for the ACA in Maryland.
2. Act nationally: Call Andy Harris before Thursday, March 9 and demand that any ACA repeal plan be reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office. 5calls.org has more information about the Congressional Budget Office, as well as a call script: https://5calls.org/#issue/recGrjFZPDNDIm5Ke.
Civil Rights/Immigration Thursday:
1. Act locally: Call the office of Maryland AG Brian Frosh to support his request to declare MD courts, schools, and hospitals "safe harbors" for immigrants:http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-frosh-immigrant-safe-harbors-20170302-story.html
2. Act nationally: We’re keeping a watch on the Trust in Law Enforcement Bill in the Maryland Senate. In the meantime, call Andy Harris (again) and express your surprise that he would be a co-sponsor of the Federal Immigration Law Campus Compliance Act of 2017. This act could potentially target college students currently covered under DACA, and it will definitely contribute to an unwelcoming climate for schools like Washington College, Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, or any of the community colleges in MD District 1.
45 has issued his updated travel ban, which as we know, is just as unfair and biased as the first. Consider donating to the ACLU to support their efforts in fighting the EO.
1. Keep the pressure on the request for Jeff Sessions to resign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from investigations of Russia’s interference in the election, but that’s not good enough. According to Sessions himself, officials who commit perjury should be removed from office—and his claims to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he hadn’t communicated with Russian officials obviously fit the bill. Call Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen, and Andy Harris to tell them to ask Sessions to resign or ask why they won't. Here's a script calling for Sessions’ resignation and also demanding a broader investigation into the administration’s ties with Russia.
Use the 5 Calls app on our website or on your phone. Pick a topic (or two, or three) that is near and dear to you and make a call to our elected officials about it!