Consumer Health First is seeking volunteers to assist with their September 28 symposium, “Affordability and Quality – Can We Have Both?”.  Assistance is needed with setup, registration, and other tasks.  See the Agenda here.  Volunteers receive complimentary registration!

Send a message for more information and/or to volunteer.

A recent CATO Institute report explains why the horrific murder in Iowa should not be used to demonize all immigrants and distract us from the real threats to community safety.  Immigrants are less than half as likely to commit murder as native-born Americans.  Scarce law enforcement resources should be devoted to solving and deterring the most serious crimes, regardless of who commits them.  Our police were not hired to serve as ICE agents, and diverting them from their primary duties undermines community trust, thus making their jobs even more difficult.

DoTheMostGood (DTMG) will lead a nonpartisan Democracy Bootcamp at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation  (more…)

Tuesday, August 28.  DoTheMostGood is proud to stand in support of Ben Jealous as the next Maryland governor and Susan Turnbull as Lt. Governor. Ben is running for governor with the courage of a civil rights leader and the mind of a business person to fully fund our schools, fix our broken healthcare system, grow an inclusive economy, and stop Trump in his tracks.  We couldn’t be more excited and ready to work for his election. Read the full endorsement here. Find out more about Ben, his vision for Maryland, and why he will be a spectacular governor here. And don’t forget to check out our many opportunities to work for him and all our Democratic candidates here.

Write and call your representatives in Congress; ask them to urge the President to increase the ceiling for refugee acceptance from 45,000 to 75,000 in 2019.

   

   

Each October the President announces how many refugees can be resettled in the U.S., and there are reports he may set that limit even lower than its current abysmal level.  While the world is experiencing the greatest refugee crisis in written history with 22.5 million displaced people, this administration is moving  to reduce the number accepted here, not just by setting low ceilings but also by slowing the resettlement process.  It is projected that fewer than half of the 2018 limit will actually be resettled in the U.S.

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) has provided a sample letter and talking points.  You can learn more about the refugee crisis and U.S. policy from a background papers prepared by the International Rescue Committee and the Refugee Council U.S.A.

Make some calls!

  • Identify yourself and where you live
  • We are facing the worst refugee crisis in recorded history. There are over 22 million refugees, over half of whom are children.
  • The Administration’s goal of accepting 45,000 in 2018 was the lowest in the 38-year history of the U.S. refugee resettlement program, and fewer than half that number have actually been admitted.
  • Please use your influence to urge the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in FY19 and to allocate sufficient resources so that this goal can be attained.

U. S. SENATORS

Senator Benjamin Cardin
D.C. office: 202.224.4524
Rockville office: (301) 762-2974
email Sen. Cardin 
website


Senator Chris Van Hollen
D.C. office: 202.224.4654
Rockville office: (301) 545-1500
email Sen. Van Hollen 
website


U.S. REPRESENTATIVES

Representative John Delaney (district 6)
D.C. office: 202.225.2721
Gaithersburg office: 301-926-0300
email Rep. Delaney

Representative Jamie. Raskin (district 8)
D.C. office: 202.225.5341
Rockville office: 301-354-1000
email Rep. Raskin website

Representative Paul Sarbanes (district 3)
D.C. office: 202.225.4016
Burtonsville office: (301) 421-4078
email Rep. Sarbaneswebsite

Not sure who your representative is? Click here and enter your zip code at the top of the page where it says, “Find your Representative”.

Click here or on the flyer to get to the signup page.

Blue Wave Kickoff Rally on Sept. 15 features Ben Jealous, Brian Frosh, Ben Cardin, Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, Hala Ayala, Michelle Ngwafon and Lots of Ways to Get Active!
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Do you know about Governor Hogan’s big, expensive project to add toll lanes to I-270 and the Beltway in Maryland? Widening these roads puts long-established neighborhoods at risk. The Maryland Transit Opportunities Coalition believes alternative rapid transit projects would be a better investment.  Learn more here.  You can review proposals on the Maryland Department of Transportation page and submit your feedback on the comments page.

Volunteers are needed to help make banners for this important climate action, co-sponsored by  DTMG.

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In our politically charged environment, can we still take action on climate? Or is it too late? Join a webinar hosted by Elders Standing for a Sustainable and Just World for discussion with other environmental activists and tips on actions to address climate change. Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe will provide a view of the complex science connecting our choices today to future impacts on climate, the actions that are being taken to combat climate change, and ways in which we can take action to turn back the trajectory of global warming. Find the full schedule and register here for the next webinar, Wednesday August 22 at 6 p.m.

in Frederick County

Karl Bickel is running for sheriff against the long-term incumbent who uses county police to profile and round up resident immigrants and turn them over to ICE.   Canvass with him Sudays through October 14.

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Marc Elrich

Monday, August 13, 2018. Reflecting the recent turmoil in the race for Montgomery County Executive, DoTheMostGood (DTMG)  took the unusual step of endorsing Marc Elrich for County Executive. Noting that DTMG has never endorsed a candidate, DTMG Executive Director Barbara Noveau observed, “…the situation we find ourselves in, with a newly-unaffiliated candidate having entered the field after the primary result was certified, has created a scenario we never anticipated. We feel it is now incumbent upon us to reaffirm our commitment to work to elect all Democratic candidates by endorsing Marc Elrich for County Executive.”

The endorsement concluded, “Marc Elrich’s proven ability to lead and seek creative solutions to advance the County’s best interests are important attributes that are needed in the next Montgomery County Executive.”

You can read the full endorsement letter here.

Send a public comment by Sept. 30. The State Reinsurance Program will create premium relief for Marylanders who have experienced high rate increases on their health insurance premiums. 

(more…)

In the coming years, federal courts will be hearing cases that involve the basic pillars of our health care system, jeopardizing the health care of millions of people. Between now and 2020, there is a significant chance that the Supreme Court could decide on any or all of four major health care issues:

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Urge Senator Van Hollen to use his position on the Senate Banking Committee to stop this appointment.

(more…)

In a July 25th opinion, Judge Peter J. Messitte of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland denied  a motion filed by the Department of Justice to dismiss case that the District of Columbia and the State of America had brought against President Trump in both his official and individual capacity.  The plaintiffs have alleged that the President has violated the Emoluments Clauses of the United States Constitution by actually or potential receiving, directly or indirectly, payments by foreign, Federal Government, and state governments (or any of their instrumentalities) in connection with the President’s and the Trump Organization’s ownership of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

In a 52-page opinion, the court issued the first judicial decision ever interpreting the Emoluments Clauses. The Court found that the President is subject to both Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution and that the term “emolument” in both Clauses extends to any profit, gain, or advantage, of more than minimal value, received by him, directly or indirectly, from foreign, the federal, or domestic governments. This includes profits from private transactions, even those involving services provided at fair market value.

The court concluded that the plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that the President has been receiving or is potentially able to receive emoluments from foreign, the federal, and state governments in violation of the Constitution and have stated viable claims for relief under both the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses.

The court directed the parties to promptly consult and within twenty-one (21) days submit a Joint Recommendation suggesting the next steps to be taken in the case, including whether any further amendment of the Amended Complaint is necessary, what the time for the President to file an Answer herein should be, what the general outline of any proposed discovery should be, and any other matter the parties deem appropriate to bring to the attention of the Court. Discovery would allow plaintiffs to request the records pertaining to payments to the Trump Hotel by foreign and domestic governments.

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