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Weekly Newsletter - July 17, 2017

This Week's Action Items

#1: ONE MORE WEEK TO SAVE HEALTHCARE
The Senate has delayed for another week its vote on a bill that would withdraw healthcare coverage for millions and remove protections for many. The new bill also rewards insurance companies, medical device manufacturers and others with tax cuts. Make your voice heard by calling Sens. Cardin (202-224-4524) and Van Hollen (202-224-4654) to encourage their opposition to the proposed ACA repeal. Call Gov. Hogan to insist he stand up for Maryland: 410-974-3901. And call Rep. Andy Harris while you're at it (numbers below). 

#2: FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION THREATS
Almost every state refused to fully comply with Trump's so-called Voter Integrity panel request for personal data on voters in every state. Maryland's officials also refused. But Rep. Andy Harris said the federal government should withhold funds if states don't cooperate. Call his offices to tell him that's a really bad idea, and ask why he
doesn't support Maryland voters:
DC: 202-225-5311, Kent Island: 410-643-5424, Salisbury: 443-944-8624.  

#3: VOLUNTEER FOR A COMMITTEE!
Consider joining any one of several committees that carry forward important work in the community. From immigration issues to environment and health care, there's a way you can get involved and make a difference on subjects that matter to you. We also created two new committees: the Electoral, and the Social, Racial and Economic Justice groups.  Click here to see the list of committees and their chairs.

Events Rising

JULY 17 - SOCIAL, RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING
Details: 6:30-7:30 pm
The newly formed Social, Racial and Economic Justice Committee will have its first meeting on Monday. If you would like to be on the committee or just attend the meeting contact committee chair Sheryl Southwick (sherylartist@gmail.com) for more information.

JULY 19 - FORUM ON MARYLAND MEDICAID
Details: 6:30-8:30 pm, One Stop Job Market, 31901 Tri-County Way, Salisbury, MD
Share your stories about how Medicaid has affected you and your family. This event is sponsored by several groups.

JULY 22 - MARCH FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
Details: 9 am - 4 pm, Washington, DC.
Organizers of this march aim to advance a vision of public schools as a place for learning and critical thinking, where children discover their passions and roles as citizens.
 
JULY 20-23 - REFLECTIONS ON PINE
Join a weekend commemorating the Civil Rights movement in Cambridge with a four-day series of events. Highlights include a Thursday evening conversation with Gloria Richardson Dandridge, who was a central figure in the movement. There is also a gala dinner on Friday, a community discussion at noonon Saturday, and more. For full details, go to www.reflectionsonpine.org.

- News and Updates -

SIGN UP FOR COURT OBSERVATION PROGRAM
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is launching a Court Observation Project,  part of their Pre-Trial Reform Campaign, funded through an Open Society Institute (OSI) – Baltimore grant.  They are seeking volunteers to observe pre-trial bail hearings and gather specified data (training provided).  This is your opportunity to observe government in action and help collect real-time objective data that will help identify patterns and long term trends within the court system.  It will also make those involved in the judicial process (judges, prosecutors, etc.) aware of the public’s interest in the pre-trial process, and educate communities about the justice system, creating a more informed and involved public.
 
They are looking for people willing to be trained (four hours) and commit to observing at least 4 bail review dockets (approximately 8 hours) between now and Sept. 30. Please contact Jeanne_A_Halpin@hotmail.com for more information.

*** PETITIONS DELIVERED TO ANNAPOLIS
Members of Progressive Maryland brought 800+ signed petitions asking Hogan to take a strong public position on the health care repeal legislation moving through Congress.

Maryland residents would be significantly harmed if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced with the proposed Senate or House bills. Hundreds of thousands of people in Maryland are at risk of losing coverage for health care through Medicaid and CHIP and are at risk of being unable to afford insurance because of pre-existing conditions. Gov. Hogan should not remain silent – again – and allow people to suffer.

Congress has taken a radical step and delayed their month-long August recess by two weeks to try to get a Senate vote on healthcare, among other legislative business.

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