The vote scheduled for October 31  was postponed, so there is still time to call/email MoCo council members!

The Montgomery County Council will soon vote on a resolution to support the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs legislation. The resolution was introduced Oct 17 by Council President Berliner and Councilmember Elrich. So far, Councilmembers Leventhal and Katz have also indicated they will co-sponsor.  Let’s show that Montgomery County residents overwhelmingly support renewable energy by urging every single Councilmember to vote YES.  Targets are Councilmembers Floreen, Hucker, Navarro, Rice and Riemer.

The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative would not only double wind and solar power in Maryland, it would help employ thousands of workers across the state in the renewable energy industry. Read more about it here. 

Please take these two actions:

(Click here to find your council district)

ACTION 1:

Call and email your county council member(s) who have not yet said they will co-sponsor the resolution (Floreen, Hucker, Navarro, Rice, Reimer) and let them know that you support clean energy. (You should also contact all at-large members, who represent everyone in the county)

Call script:  My name is __________ and I am a constituent of Councilmember ____________ and I would like him/her to vote yes on the resolution to increase Maryland’s renewable energy standard to 50% by 2030. Thank you for your time.

Sample email: Subject: MoCo resolution: Vote YES for clean energy Tuesday October 31

Dear Councilmember,

On October 17, Council President Berliner and Councilmember Elrich introduced a resolution to support the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative. This initiative would DOUBLE Maryland’s use of wind and solar power, making sure that half of our electricity comes from renewable sources statewide in the coming years. Baltimore City has already passed this resolution as a way to encourage lawmakers in Annapolis to do the right thing. Now it’s Montgomery County’s turn. In addition, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs legislation would employ thousands of residents across the state in the renewable energy industry with dedicated funding to workforce development and capital investments in the renewable energy industry. The proposed legislation would also end inappropriate state subsidies to trash-to-energy plants across the state. These plants are currently labeled as “clean” energy but in reality use ratepayer subsidies to crowd out the development of more wind and solar power in the state.

I strongly support this initiative and urge you to vote Yes on October 31st to increase Maryland’s clean energy standard and move Maryland forward on clean energy.

Sincerely,

COUNCIL CONTACTS for Action 1:

Nancy Floreen, At-Large, 240-777-7959, Councilmember.Floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov

Tom Hucker, District 5, 240-777-7960, Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov

Nancy Navarro, District 4, 240-777-7968,  Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov

Craig Rice, District 2, 240-777-7955, Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov

Hans Reimer, At-Large, 240-777-7964, Councilmember.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov  

ACTION 2:

Send thank you emails to your Councilmember(s) Berliner, Elrich, Leventhal and Katz and let them know that you support clean energy.

Subject line: Thank you for sponsoring the clean energy resolution!

Dear Councilmember:

Thank you for introducing and supporting a resolution to support the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative. This campaign will combat the climate crisis by raising Maryland’s renewable electricity to 50% by 2030. In addition to reducing climate pollution, it will spur economic development, creating thousands of family-sustaining Maryland jobs. More clean energy will also protect our health, saving our families money on doctors’ bills and preventing asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses.  Investments in workforce development and women-, veteran-, and minority-owned businesses will ensure that low-income communities and communities of color, often the ones who pay the price for our dirty energy, will also benefit from the clean energy economy. In addition, phasing out incentives for trash incineration will strengthen and clean up Maryland’s RPS.

Thank you for standing with your constituents for a clean energy future for Maryland.

Sincerely,

COUNCIL CONTACTS for Action 2:

Roger Berliner, District 1, 240-777-7828,
Councilmember.Berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov

Marc Elrich, At-large, 240-777-7966, Councilmember.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov

Sidney Katz, District 3, 240-777-7906, Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov

George Levanthal, At-Large, 240-777-7811, Councilmember.Leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov

Push Maryland legislators to make public schools work for all students. (more…)

Angry about efforts to sabotage the ACA? Worried about the affect on Marylanders? At the Dcecember 6 DTMG MoCo Strategy Meeting, State Senator Brian Feldman (District 15) and Delegate Ariana Kelly (District 16) will talk about what our state government can do to protect its citizens.

Senator Feldman chairs a commission to monitor and assess the impact of potential and actual federal changes to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Maryland’s Children Health Program (CHIP) and Medicare. He represents western and northern areas of the county. Delegate Kelly, Deputy Majority Whip, serves on the legislature’s Health and Government Operations Committee. She represents Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and southern Potomac.

The meeting will take place Wed. Dec. 6 from 7-9 PM at the home of Pat Levee in Rockville. Sign up below. (Address will be provided after you sign up).

Questions? Contact: Kathy Deerkoski, Katherine.deerkoski@gmail.com, 301-452-4626

ACTION:

If you’d like to join Kathy and Margaret Hadley from DTMG at the next hearing of the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, it is scheduled on December 5 from 1-3 PM in the Health and Government Operations Committee Room, 241 House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD  21401.

Did you know Montgomery County is home to three of the top ten most diverse cities in America, and that Germantown is ranked as the most diverse small city in the United States?

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Our county has the largest Ethiopian population outside of Addis Ababa, and also home to an estimated 100,000 Muslims, yet neither population has a single member of their communities elected to higher office at the county, state or federal level. What does this mean for our county, our residents, our schools, transportation, economic opportunity, and participation in the political process?

Did you know that less than 17% of registered Democrats voted in the 2014 primary? Only about 35% of all Marylanders voted in last year’s presidential primary. If you’re interested in learning more about our  diversity, voter turnout and what it means for our local democracy, please join us on November 8. Our speakers, Hamza Khan and  Deborah Tshiovo will fascinate you as they highlight MoCo’s special place in the national fabric of our democracy, as well as how we can work to increase voter turnout in our county. 

EVENT INFORMATION
Date: Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

Our featured speakers

Hamza Khan is a former officer of the Montgomery County Young Democrats and the co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club. He has worked on campaigns in Montgomery County for the past decade, most recently as national vice chair of Muslim Americans for Hillary. He is the founder of The Pluralism Project, a nationwide organization committed to training & electing candidates hailing from diverse narratives nationwide.  Hamza is also the Immigration/Civil Liberties Co-Lead for Do The Most Good. 

Deborah Tshiovo is the vice president of the new African Immigrant Democratic Club, and a rising star in the African Immigrant community. She is a young leader and activist in the Congolese-American community and a student at the Universities of Shady Grove. Deborah is also a member of the Do The Most Good Immigration/Civil Liberties team.

Sponsored by the ACLU Montgomery County Immigration Civil Rights Group

Find answers to your questions about economic development, housing, and economic trends in Montgomery County in this free event sponsored by the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County.

Thursday,​ ​Oct.26, ​7:00-9:00​ ​PM ​
​Silver​ ​Spring​ ​Civic​ ​Center​ ​
1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring MD 20910

Register for this event on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-going-on-in-montgomery-county-tickets-38545200733


Speakers include:

Casey Anderson
Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board

Nancy Floreen
Councilmember At-Large
Chair,Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee

Questions? Contact Diana Conway at dcconway@erols.com or Brenda Wolff at brenda.wollf@gmail.com

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