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March 21, 2017

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

― Elie Wiesel

 

 

Kent and Queen Anne's Counties Indivisible
Weekly Newsletter, 3/20/17

Click HERE for a copy of the newsletter with resource links.

 

We're experimenting with some different newsletter styles for the most effective communication and action for our group members.  We'd love to know what newsletter format works best.

A. Action items organized by day
B. Action items organized by topic
C. Action items organized by who to call/how to act
D. It doesn't matter, just give me the information!

Go here and tell us what works.
 


We had some good news this week with Governor Hogan coming out in favor of the Fracking Ban in Maryland. http://www.baltimoresun.com/…/bs-md-hogan-fracking-ban-2017… AND A Maryland judge also blocked the second Muslim ban.  http://www.independent.co.uk/…/donald-trump-travel-ban-mary…


Of course, we also got a glimpse of the draconian, anti-government, anti-America budget from 45, so there’s a lot to do, as always. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to resist.

 

We look forward to seeing you at this week’s meeting (March 22, 6 p.m., in the Kent County Library Meeting room). On the agenda:

  • Updates from the task force leaders

  • Planning for the March 31 Town Hall with Andy Harris (we’re coordinating with other local groups and we’ll share that information with you).

  • Saving the Bay???

  • The Big Picture: keeping the faith and looking forward to 2018

 

Also, a reminder about this week’s meeting action: Please bring new feminine hygiene products (pads/tampons) and/or lightly worn, clean bras to help women in our community. We’ll have a collection box waiting for you!

 

Upcoming Events:

 

  • March 21, 4:00 p.m.: Join other Indivisible groups from Maryland to visit our Senators’ offices and share concerns about SCOTUS nominee.  Meet at the Hart Senate Office building on Constitution Avenue.  You can RSVP to Cabin John Indivisible here.

  • March 22, 6:00 p.m., will be the next KQA Indivisible meeting at the Kent County Library meeting room.

  • March 31, 6:00 p.m. (but arrive early!): Andy Harris Town Hall at Chesapeake College; For carpool sign-up, see our website homepage!

  • April 4, 6:00 p.m.: Screening and discussion of George Orwell’s 1984 at Washington College, Norman James Theatre, Smith Hall. This event is open to the campus and the community.

  • April 6, 6:30 p.m.: Queen Anne’s County Democratic Club meeting at the Grasonville Community Center

 

Task Force Update:

 

It is NOT TOO LATE to sign up for a task force to work with others in our community and really make a difference. 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 are especially in need of members who want to work locally on activities and events through the Grassroots Task Force.  If you’re interested in this, please email us at  kqaindivisible@gmail.com to let us know.
 

 

Action Items: Who/What/Why

This week, we’ve organized actions by each of our elected representatives. Generally, it’s advisable to focus on one issue per call, but please feel free to adjust based on your schedule.


Time Sensitive for Maryland:
 

  • Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. This is the paid sick leave legislation Governor Hogan originally promised he'd sign, but is now pledging to veto because he thinks it includes too many businesses. The House has the votes to override it, but the Senate does not at this time. Call Senator Hershey and Governor Hogan and tell them how important this bill is for workers and their families.  

 

  • SB 0835/HB 1362: Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act: This legislation prohibits law enforcement from stopping, arresting, searching or detaining an individual to investigate immigration violations. This would essentially protect our immigrant communities from living in fear that a routine traffic violation could result in them having to show immigration papers, and potentially being deported.  Call Senator Hershey and our delegates in support of this!

 

  • Support the Beagle Bill: a bill that would require the state’s research facilities to make dogs and cats available for adoption once testing is over. This bill is stuck in the Appropriations committee and needs to be moved forward by MONDAY, March 17. Call our rep Jeff Ghrist 410-841-3555 | 301-858-3555 (who sits on the committee)  and the general committee number: 410-841-3407 or 301-858-3407:  http://www.aspca.org/news/free-beagles-maryland-animal-testing-bill-times-out-next-week

 

 

Actions by Lawmaker:
 

 

Rep. Andy Harris

  • What involvement did Russia have in the U.S. election? What are Trump’s ties to Russia? How could they compromise US interests? Will you support an independent investigation in these? Support an independent investigation to preserve the American Democracy.

  • Opposition to extreme cuts in Trump’s proposed federal budget.  Support funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program and  _______________(pick all issues that matter to you!).  See an analysis of budget cuts here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/16/politics/trump-budget-cuts/

  • Object to the replacement for the ACA.  Note the increases in costs of coverage and the tens of millions of Americans who would lose access to health insurance coverage under the proposed AHCA (aka TrumpCare). Here are some statistics that you can use when you make the call.

  • Object to HR610 which takes money from public education, cuts resources and programs, and puts the health and education of our students at risk.

 

Senators Ben Cardin & Chris Van Hollen

  • Oppose HR 985, which passed the House last week.  This bill “creates a web of hurdles for civil rights class actions. First, the bill would make it financially difficult for civil rights attorneys at nonprofits to take on these cases, which are resource-intensive, by delaying and limiting how courts award fees when a case is won. In addition, it would give defendants — the alleged wrongdoers — the right to automatically appeal a judge’s decision that a case can proceed as a class action, something that would disrupt and prolong a case, sometimes from the very onset.” Learn more here: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/03/08/a-critical-civil-rights-tool-is-on-the-chopping-block#.70Q3aRMDz

  • Oppose the recent resolution introduced in the Senate that would overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires internet service providers to get customers’ permission before they sell sensitive customer data.

  • What involvement did Russia have in the U.S. election? What are Trump’s ties to Russia? How could they compromise US interests? Will you support an independent investigation in these? Support an independent investigation to preserve the American Democracy.

  • Opposition to extreme cuts in Trump’s proposed federal budget.  Thank/encourage Senator Cardin to keep up the pressure to reinstate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay program. Support funding for _______________(pick all issues that matter to you!).  See an analysis of budget cuts here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/16/politics/trump-budget-cuts/

  • Object to the replacement for the ACA. Ask for clarification about Senator Cardin’s position, and ask him to be more vocal in his opposition.

  • Oppose Gorsuch for SCOTUS and join the 7 other Senators in committing to a filibuster

  • Thank Senator VanHollen for his ongoing opposition to the AHCA.

 

Larry Hogan 

  • Thank him for supporting the Fracking Ban in Maryland.

  • Ask him to oppose the repeal of the ACA. On Monday, Democratic members of our congressional delegation will be hosting a press conference to put pressure on Governor Hogan to oppose the ACA repeal. Let’s join their voices!

  • HB 1: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. This is the paid sick leave legislation Hogan promised he'd sign, but is now pledging to veto because he thinks it includes too many businesses.

  • Ask about protections for the Chesapeake Bay in light of Trump’s proposal to defund the Chesapeake Bay Program

  • Advocate for public schools in Maryland.  Support the “Protect our Schools Act” and object to any reduction in funding that might divert resources from public schools in Maryland.  Note that under the current voucher system, 78% of students who used vouchers last year were already in private schools.

 

Stephen Hershey

  • HB 1: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. This is the paid sick leave legislation Governor Hogan promised he'd sign, but is now pledging to veto because he thinks it includes too many businesses. The House has the votes to override it, but the Senate does not at this time.

  • Ask about protections for the Chesapeake Bay in light of Trump’s proposal to defund the Chesapeake Bay Program

  • Support SB571 (coming up with a state response to any repeal or change to the ACA)

  • Support SB871, Protect our Schools, when it comes up for a vote.

 

District 36 Delegates 

  • Ask our delegates to SUPPORT: SB574 (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act), HB799 (raising the minimum age for marriage too 18), HB1287 (a commission to study the school to prison pipeline), HB1143 (requiring businesses to provide pay stubs which protects workers, especially immigrants)

 

Petitions

The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation (HB 1416 and SB 962) to raise the state's minimum wage to $15/hour. Show your support by signing the petition here.

 

Indivisible Montgomery will deliver in person a petition requesting an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the role foreign powers played in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Senator Cardin and the other members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on March 28. Sign the petition here.

 

Think you might be interested in running for an elected office at any level? Check out Emerge Maryland.  Not sure you want to run? Why not support their efforts to help train and support progressive candidates with a donation?
 

 

Local Request: A member of our group knows of a local immigrant family who could use some help.  They are in search of a single bed.  If you have one to donate, please contact George Shivers at  410-778-3696 or gshivers2@washcoll.edu.

 

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