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July 2020 LSPC Newsletter

Updates:   
 

The July Monthly Meeting was headlined by Delegate Robbyn Lewis of District 46  

Here are the key takeaways.   

  1. This legislative session education reform and funding were the priority.
  2. Hogan vetoed all education bills and the Democrats in the Statehouse and Senate look to override in 2021. 
  3. The ACA (Obamacare) is under threat before the Republican-controlled Supreme Court.  The Maryland General Assembly passed bills that codified ACA protections in state law.
  4. The Legislative Session this year was cut 20 days short due to Covid-19. 
  5. Delegate Lewis is personally involved in health care protections and transit legislation.  She has big plans for 20121 
  6. The big focus for the 2021 legislative session is police reform. The ACLU has released 5 points including ending law enforcement officers’ bill of rights to fix policing in our state.

Banning No-Knock Warrants! 

Over the last month, the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus has been joining community activists to pressure the Salisbury City Council to pass an ordinance that would Ban no-knock warrants and protect fourth amendment rights in Salisbury.  Passing this ordinance is extremely important after the murder of Breonna Taylor and the appalling actions of federal agents black bagging protestors in cities around the country.  

Our organization was able to collect 171 signatures for a petition to the City Council in support of the ordinance. We also successfully gathered a group of supporters to attend the hearing on this important ordinance. Despite the overwhelming support for the ordinance and having an opportunity to lead the state on police reform the City Council decided to kick the can down the road and not move forward on this important effort. Our organizations will take this setback in strive and continue to organize until the ordinance is passed.  

 

Holding Congressman Andy Harris Accountable 

There is no doubt that Andy Harris is the most radical congressman in Washington DC today. Whether It is membership in the far-right Congressional ”Freedom” Caucus or his friendships with well known white nationalists and antisemites like   Congressman Harris consistently promotes values that go against our Eastern Shore way of life and basic human decency. Our organization through the hard work of our communications committee lead by Karen Smith, has been holding Andy Harris accountable by informing the public of his radical beliefs and promoting the common sense progressive policies of our endorsed candidate Mia Mason.   We encourage our members to assist in this effort by following on social media pages and sharing our posts to spread the word.   You can find our social media pages on the social media bar below!  All you need to do is click the icon of the social media site you want! 

The Ocean City Off-Shore Wind Project

There has been a major update on the Off-Shore Wind Project off the coast of Ocean City!  The company building and operating the wind farm Ørsted announced that it would no longer build their interconnection facility on Fenwick Island because the construction site would destroy Undisturbed wetlands. Representatives from Ørstead have informed us that there is currently planning to announce a new location for the interconnection facility in the coming weeks.

As long term supporters of the project, the LSPC respects Ørsted’s commitment to their environmental principles and we look forward to continuing our with them on their goal of bringing good-paying green energy jobs to the Lower Eastern Shore.

 

Successes
 

Good News from one our of elected Progressivesin Pocomoke!  Progressive Pocomoke City Councilmember Todd Nock was elected as the District 1 Representative to the Maryland Municipal League Board.  Congratulations Councilman Nock! 

Congratulations are owed to another elected Progressive! Mayor Jacob Day of Salisbury was elected President of Maryland Municipal League! The election of our mayor is a major victory and point of pride for our region and movement to be able to say that Progressive leaderships from the Lower Eastern Shore is leading an organization municipalities across the state. 


 Earlier this month Governor Larry Hogan proposed devastating budget cuts on educators’ and state employees' health care and wages.   In order to counter this disastrous attack on workers, we started a coalition of local elected officials and organizations that wrote an open letter to State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot asking them to vote against this budget.   We are glad to announce that our efforts were successful and the budget was voted down protecting the pay and benefits of those who kept our state running during the pandemic. We appreciate State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot for holding strong and getting all cuts regarding state employees pulled from the agenda.

To learn more about our efforts to stop the Governor's attack on working people click here: https://www.wmdt.com/2020/06/coalition-calls-on-governor-larry-hogan-to-reconsider-budget-cuts/?fbclid=IwAR2cOGk5WN5S8bse82viuk1X6Mm-NH-hFS9_h3buSt-nOaohfSIUWjQB-Go

Finally, our federal senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin voted yes on Senator Bernie Sanders Amendment to cut the Pentagon’s budget by 10%. These budget cuts to the military complex industry would allow our nation to reorganize our priorities and properly invest in programs that benefit society like education healthcare jobs and housing. While the amendment ultimately failed to pass Senator Van Hollen’s and Cardin’s vote shows that our movement is working and if we keep applying pressure to our elected leaders we can pass progressive legislation moving forward.

Call To Action


The good news is we can defeat Andy Harris in Wicomico, Somerset, Dorchester, and Worcester County as long as we put in the work contacting voters here! 

Our phonebank can be accessed from 8 AM - 8 PM, every day of the week and we will be doing weekly phone banking eve

Join the local phone bank for your County here:

Dorchester: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/105E14G-873355

Somerset: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/DE6104A-639751

Wicomico: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/FE4E14F-796781

Worcester: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/E35E14Q-562594

 
To sign up for this Saturday's phonebank click the link here and sign up for a shift:  https://www.mobilize.us/ourrevolution/event/291001/

Event update 

The LSPC will not be having our regular scheduled monthly in August. Instead, we are having a virtual town hall with Mia Mason on healthcare and other issues, Rural Maryland is facing.

To submit questions for the town hall please send an email with your question to lowershoreprogressivecaucus@gmail.com

To sign up for the event click here: https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/288778/?fbclid=IwAR31OwMWDLrABnVzibnPc8GULd3UsGmpYE46vaxJqNoYCYQ08KSpjjvnogM

 

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