Welcome to the Indivisible MD Blogs. A place for Marylanders to connect with Indivisible groups and discuss current events.
Great to see this site up. Four of us from Columbia and Ellicott City spent the morning at the march in Annapolis. Looked like over a thousand people showed up to march from the Dock up to the State House. Lots of fun and good energy.
The marches today were energizing. We got to physically see the resistance. No fake news here!
This site has some great information. I am the point person for an Indivisible group in Ellicott City that we registered with the national group. This was started on by a small group of women on one street. Since the Women's March we have had 20 requests to join our group which is exciting but a bit of an adminstrative challenge. I know you are having a meeting in Ellicott City on Saturday. Some of our members will be attending. Here are some questions and suggestions I think our group would need to be more effective. Can interested people sign up on this site and then also indicate the district or town or city they are from? Perhaps then the a smaller group can work together to attend rallys, make visits to MoC and perhaps have face-to-face meetings? Can this website be the place that generates the action alerts or passes on critical information to inform its members? Who are the organizers of this website? This has a .org website address. Does this have funding attached to it? Is it needed? I ask these questions because I am feeling inadequate in keeping up with the massive amount of emails, filtering them, and then passing them on to others. This website seems to be a good way to develop a better communication system to support effective advocacy in Maryland. Thank you for this support.
Nancy H, as the point person, what area do you cover? Does it include Jessup & Columbia? Also, do you have a contact information to share?
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is taking calls and emails on Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council. Make your opinion known! The article has a phone number and an email address to submit your feedback: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/2/3/1629729/-Senate-Committee-now-taking-calls-on-Bannon-s-appointment-to-Security-Council-Here-s-contact-info
thanks for putting this together. Last week i started a group that has grown to over 20 people already.
We are energized, motivated, and ready to make things happen.
It is comforting to know there are many others fighting the same fight!
Are you looking for more members for your group, Nancy?
My husband and I are planning to go down to DC tomorrow to visit both Senators Cardin and Van Hollen in the afternoon. Who else plans to be there?
Hi Annie, I plan to be at Senator Cardin's office around 2:00 pm depending on traffic and parking. I was also going to visit Van Hollen after Cardin. Hope we are able to meet up.
Yes, we can meet you at Senator Cardin's DC office at 2pm. We will be the ones with a baby.
We visited Senator Cardin's office and spoke with a staffer and did the same in Van Hollens office. Jim, if you're still around we are in the first floor lobby of the Hart building.
Hi Annie, Sorry I did not see your message earlier. I bet you were the nice couple behind me at Cardin's office.
I am planning on going to Senitor Cardin's office in Bowie tomorrow. Would anyone like to join me?
I would like to join you depending on what time you plan to go. Can you meet at the park and ride on Broken Land ark way on the west side?
When works best for you? My schedule is rather flexible this afternoon. My email is email@example.com.
Since the Bowie office closes at 4, I am planning on going at 3pm today.
re: Rep Cummings on national television this evening asking his constituents not to lobby him. He has a point. Better to spend resources commenting at public comments that are open at agencies on rules changes (there will be alot of those to come), or flooding Rep leadership phones to tie them up then someone who already has your back. He is a lock to oppose every move of the Drumpf agenda.
Don't forget within minutes of Drumpf tweeting that nonsense about a voter "fraud" investigation, Rep. Cummings was one of the first to send an official letter of inquiry to all 50 Secretaries of State requesting on official response as to incidents of proven actual voter fraud in their states. Hell, even the alway odious hyper partisan Republican John Husted of Ohio publicly declared it never happens.
So if you do feel compelled to reach out to his office, I would lead with thanking him for the inquiry to the SOS offices and then express your top two or three concerns that are most worrisome no more than that.
I strongly agree Elijah Cummings should be thanked, not criticized. He works as hard as anyone in congress for our rights under the constitution. THANK YOU REP. CUMMINGS.
I think I understand the frustration some may feel when Rep. Cummings says not to lobby him. He does work for us. However, he has a very progressive record and has consistently been doing good things for years. Calling his office to thank him is good, and leading with a thank you if you want to state your position is also good. He won't agree with all of us all the time--I didn't think he should have attended the inauguration, but he did.
It is also important for us to keep focussed on what is important--impeding and stopping Trump. Progressive groups (and maybe non-progressive groups?) have a history of splintering and therefore losing power. I think the potential power of Indivisible MD as group is very great. That will mean organization and compromise. But if week stay focussed on our goals we can do that.
Rep. Cummings is an upstanding, value-driven person and full of integrity. I would rather thank him for what he does and has done, than take up his time to speak to him personally. He's got so much on his plate that we don't need to distract him but maybe find out what we can do to help him succeed in the Democratic agenda.
We are fortunate to have mostly decent Senators and Congressmen in Maryland. Don't forget it is still important for them to constantly receive feedback from us. How we want them to vote, what legislation we want to see, what you like about them, and what disappointed you. If we don't give them the feedback, the conservative leaning voters may sway them when they are on the fence about something. If we never say anything then the conservatives have their ear.
I attended the meeting at the Howard County Library, Miller Branch on Jan. 28 and agree with Jim's recommendation to organize Indivisiblemd by Congressional District. I also agree with the recommendation to focus on one issue per week in our efforts to counter the Trump agenda. I am volunteering to help with District 7, and agree that Rep. Cummings is to be thanked and assisted in any way possible to speak out against Trump's actions.
There was an article in the Sunday 1/29 Post Metro section on Daily Action (https://dailyaction.org/). Currently there are 100,000 subscribers getting daily text alerts on an action to take. Actions are researched and decided up on after consulting various knowledgable people including former Obama staffers. Worth checking out and signing up.
I am hosting a post-card writing party on Thursday at 11am if anyone would like to join us.
We will be writing personal stories that have to do with the issues that concern us-- immigration, reproduction, education, you name it!
It will be a good opportunity If there are Indivisible MD or District researchers who would like to collect stories from those group members who are willing to share.
Bring postcard or note card blanks
I am providing some stamps and we can split the cost if we need more.
This is the first of two events like this, so I suspect the first one will be small.
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend
I called both senators and representative Cummings.
Cardin is voting no on Tillerson.
Van Hollen's office didn't answer live - LM asking to vote no on Tillerson and to stand against any Trump initiatives until the executive order banning entry for refugees and the 7 countries was rescinded.
LM for Amy Stratton (Cummings local DM) praising him for participating in the protest last night at BWI and asking for a meeting with him as soon as he would be in the Ellicott City office. Amy previously gave my name and contact info to the scheduling secretary, but (unsurprisingly) I have not heard back.
I sent a letter to the editor this morning referencing Mitch McConnell's op ed article in the WashPost 2/2/2017
Letter to theEditor:
re: “Mitch McConnell “How democratic Senators Should Respond to Gorsuch”. Mr. McConnell, said “The president made an outstanding choice with his nomination Tuesday of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme court.” 1984 is here! McConnell PR statements are alive and well. Mitch tells us what to think. From a progressive perspective, Gorsuch is not an outstanding choice. He is an extremist and an ideologue. He is to the right of Scalia. He is totally unacceptable to the majority of progressives who did not vote for Trump. They did not vote for Trump because they did not support his policies and values.
Judge Gorsuch reflects those same rejected policies and values.
When Judge Scalia died, President Obama, in an effort to not politicize the Supreme Court selected a respected jurist who was a moderate, centrist and who had received accolades from Republicans. The GOP led by McConnell decided that President Obama was elected to a three year term not a four year term and refused to give Judge Merrick Garland a hearing, rejecting President Obama’s right to nominate a Supreme Court judge. Speaking of past history, McConnell fails to mention that Judge Bork was given a hearing and an up and down vote in the Senate.
President Trump could have followed his “better nature” and chosen a nominee who was a moderate but instead selected the most extreme jurist for a Supreme Court that is becoming more and more politicized and losing its credibility with the American people. This is a dangerous game. And Mr. Trump seems to thrive on playing dangerous games.
When will Mr. McConnell look after the institutions of this country rather than seeking power concentration of the GOP. He has contributed greatly to the dysfunction of the Senate with his deliberate strategy of obstructionism and now he is playing with the reputation and credibility of the Supreme Court.
Withdraw this nomination ( it has been done before) and nominate a moderate jurist .
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Does anyone know if Rep. Cummings is having any town hall meetings this coming week? Are there plans to attend as a group?
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