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Weekly Newsletter, 4/3/2017



“The future depends on what we do in the present”
~ Mahatma Gandhi



The turn out for Rep. Andy Harris’ town hall on March 31 was tremendous!  There was a packed house in the 900+ seat auditorium at Chesapeake Community College.  Lots of press was present from several state and national outlets, including CNN which live streamed the meeting on their website.  We must keep up the momentum and enthusiasm in speaking out for that which we believe is wrong for us, for our neighbors, for our nation, for our future.


Our Members of Congress are preparing for another recess beginning April 8.  This is the time we NEED to let them know what we think and how we feel about the issues they’re considering and the actions that lay ahead of them.  Want to know more about what you can do during the legislative recess? Check out the Indivisible Guide webinar on Reclaiming Recess (scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at 9 p.m.).


Actions for the Week 


  • Supreme Court

    • Both Maryland Senators have publicly stated their opposition to Gorsuch for the Supreme Course, but they’re divided on whether or not to filibuster.  Sen. Chris VanHollen has stated he will support a filibuster; Sen. Cardin has not.  Call Sen. Cardin’s office and tell him to join his Democratic colleagues to filibuster the vote on Gorsuch

    • #NoProbeNoRobe - Not only is Gorsuch questionable as a Supreme Court nominee (the SCOTUS actually ruled against one of his positions on a day we recently testified before Congress), but the Senate shouldn’t even be considering a nominee until we have clear answers on the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia.  Call your Senators to tell them this and if you’re a social media user, spread the #NoProbeNoRobe message.


  • Demand an Independent Probe on Russia

    • The American people deserve a thorough and rigorous investigation into the ties Trump and members of his administration have to Russia.  The U.S. media is showing us that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s relationship with Russia reveals to be more lucrative than originally thought and he’s asked for immunity in exchange for information he has.  However, Rep. Devin Nunes, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, was a part of Trump’s presidential transition team at one time and appears still to be working for the President, not the people.  Call the House Intelligence Committee at (202) 225-4121 and demand that Devin Nunes recuse himself from this investigation.


  • Protect the Environmental Protection Agency

    • The HONEST bill passed the House and will next be considered in the Senate.  The bill is honestly bad for the environment, including the Chesapeake Bay, but Rep. Andy Harris voted for it.  Call Senators Cardin and VanHollen and tell them to oppose it.


  • Trump’s Budget

    • The Federal Budget recently proposed by Trump cuts A LOT.  However, since the House and Senate actually create the federal budget, much of what Trump proposes to cut is not likely to happen.  But, our Members of Congress have to hear from us about what really matters.  Call Andy Harris, Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and tell them about what you think MUST be funded in our federal budget.

  • Maryland Issues

    • The Maryland General Assembly is in the final days of its 2017 session.

      • Call Senator Hershey to request that they pass HB1067 to provide feminine hygiene products to homeless women in shelters

      • Call delegate(s) and senator and ask them to support the HOUSE VERSION of the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act (HB428/SB574).

      • Call Senator Hershey and ask him to ask Senator Zirkin to let HB799 (raising the minimum age for marriage) out of committee & start a discussion on the Senate floor (or propose an amendment) to take the age back to 18 in SB861. You can reach Senator Zirkin directly as the chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee at (410) 841-3131, (301) 858-3131

      • The Senate Judicial proceedings committee is not letting the Trust Act out for a vote, so call Senator Hershey and ask them to pass it out of committee and call the Senate President Miller and ask him to move it along (he actually holds most of the power here): 301-868-6931

      • Call our Delegates and let them know that passing HB909 is very important (both houses pass out but the Senate amended so there needs to be a conference to get a bill that is the same passed). It provides health coverage for us even if the federal Congress decides to take action. Just because the federal legislation failed last week doesn't mean something else might not go through before our state House is back in session next January, we need to be protected!

      • Call Governor Hogan and ask him to sign HB1083 to continue funding Planned Parenthood in Maryland. Rumor has it that he is tallying calls to see where public support lies.410-974-3901 or 1-800-811-8336


Upcoming Events



  • April 4: Screening and discussion of George Orwell’s 1984 at 6 p.m. in Norman James Theatre in Smith Hall on the Washington College campus.  This event is free and open to the public and in support of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

  • April 14: The Pam Ortiz Band, Songs for Our Future concert to benefit Freestate Justice and the LGBTQ Community

  • April 15: Tax Day March

  • April 19: KQA Indivisible Group Meeting, location TBD

  • April 22: March for Science in D.C.:

  • April 29: Climate change march

    • For info on local buses, see:


If you’ve been inspired by watching or participating in various acts of protest and resistance in recent months, check out the Resistance Calendar to find out more about what is happening when, where, why, and how you can get involved!  

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