A proposed Maryland state bill (MC 29-19) would enable Montgomery County to investigate and, if it chooses, adopt ranked choice voting (RCV) or approval voting for election of county offices. To make it to the floor of the House, the bill must receive strong support from the Montgomery County (MC) delegation to the State Legislature. 

DTMG Executive Director, Barbara Noveau, testified before a meeting of the MC delegation; you can read her testimony here. You can lend your support by urging your MC State Delegates to approve the bill to enable Montgomery County to consider and potentially implement ranked choice or approval voting for certain county elections. You can also contact County Council members to express your support for majority voting in Montgomery County.

Data from localities that have implemented it show that elections using RCV are popular with voters, increase representation from women and people of color, and are less divisive and less negative than plurality elections.  A full report is available here.  

RCV is supported by local grass roots groups including DTMG, the Woman’s Democratic Club, and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County Maryland, as well as the New York Times and the Washington Post.  You can view a video of the December 15 panel session with the group RCV for Maryland.

Our allies at The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival  urge you to write to members of Congress and ask them to take a strong stand for immigration reform.  The current crisis at our southern border is in large part of our own making through decades of misguided foreign policies, and the thousands of families fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking asylum in the U.S. deserve to be treated humanely, fairly, and with respect.  We are called by a moral mandate to welcome the tired, the weary, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.  

  

Visit the Poor People’s Campaign website for assistance in composing and sending your message.   And PLEASE SHARE with friends living in other states and districts!

  

You can also make donations to organizations that are directly assisting asylum seekers at the border.  The Southern Border Communities Coalition provides a list.

On Thanksgiving weekend 2018 the White House released a Congressionally mandated report,  The Fourth National Climate Assessment,  detailing the impact climate change will have on the country’s land, economy and people if left unchecked. Climate change will disrupt American communities, health, safety, jobs and quality of life unless we take swift action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a sustainable manner, the report says.  Despite the timing of the report’s release on the day after Thanksgiving, it is receiving considerable attention in the press.

Among the reports conclusions are the following:

  • The last 115 years (1901–2016)  is now the warmest period in the history of modern civilization.
  • Global average sea levels are expected to continue to rise—by at least several inches in the next 15 years and by 1–4 feet by 2100. 
  • The incidence of large forest fires in the western United States and Alaska has increased since the early 1980s and is projected to further increase.
  • With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century.
  • Impacts from climate change on extreme weather and climate-related events, air quality, and the transmission of disease through insects and pests, food, and water increasingly threaten the health and well-being of the American people, particularly populations that are already vulnerable.
  • The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades will depend primarily on the amount of greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) emitted globally.

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