Spotlight Events and Actions
Saturday: DTMG Hosts Forum on 'What's Next For Maryland Schools'
Maryland Schools are no longer ranked #1 in the nation, and statewide, our schools are underfunded by $3 billion. The Kirwan Commission has been working for two years on game-changing policies to restore excellence, but ultimately it is up to state government to fund and implement these changes.
Learn what's at stake and how you can use your voice to advocate for change at our forum "What's Next for Maryland Schools" on Saturday February 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington.
Panelists include Sign up here and help restore our schools. Maryland Delegate Jared Solomon (D18); MoCo Board of Education At-Large member Karla Silvestre; and Joe Francaviglia, Partnership Director at Strong Schools Maryland.
Lobby Next Week with DTMG and Strong Schools MD
Join our team members in Annapolis from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up here to represent DoTheMostGood and Strong Schools Maryland on February 12, and you will receive specifics by email closer to the event about where to meet. If you cannot join us on February 12, please choose an alternate date to lobby with Strong Schools Maryland.
Advocate for Prescription Drug Affordability in Maryland
Tomorrow: Join Environmental Legislative Summit in Annapolis
The Maryland Sierra Club, along with several other environmental groups, is co-sponsoring the Annual Environmental Legislative Summit on Wednesday February 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Annapolis. More info is here. You can also attend the Maryland Sierra Club lobby night Monday February 25 in Annapolis.
MoCo Government to Hold Interactive Budget Development Forum
Following a series of in-person community meetings on the budget, the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget is hosting its Balancing Act interactive budget forum on Monday February 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville. Register here.
Poor People's Campaign Plans Meeting in Rockville
The Poor People's Campaign will hold its monthly Montgomery County Region meeting on Tuesday February 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Council Office Building's cafeteria at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.
Support The Ban on Foam Food Containers
Join the Maryland Sierra Club, the Maryland Legislative Coalition and other activists in supporting Maryland HB 0109, which would ban the sale of polystyrene food packaging starting in January 2020. Polystyrene is an environmental hazard, neurotoxin and probable carcinogen. Use this link to send comments to your legislators.
Bill Would Give Counties Greater Say In Proposed Toll Lanes
The Maryland Legislative Coalition is calling for activists to support Maryland HB 0102, which would expand the prohibition of the construction of toll roads, highways or bridges without the consent of the majority of counties affected. The bill should be of interest to anyone opposed to the so-called "Lexus Lanes" proposal to add toll lanes on I-270 and I-495. Find contact information for your legislators here, and if you don't know the names of your legislators, click the "Find Your Legislator" link at the top of the legislators' page and type your address.
Oppose EPA Proposal to Ease Regulations on CO2 Emissions
Comments are due February 19 on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to roll back regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants. Use the "comment now" button on the page for the proposed regulation.
Speak Up on Stabilizing the Individual Health Insurance Market
DTMG MoCo joins the Maryland Health Care for All Coalition, the Maryland Legislative Coalition and Indivisible Montgomery in supporting two health care bills that have been introduced by Maryland legislators.
- HB 0258 / SB 0239 would allow Maryland to tax insurance providers whenever the Federal government fails to tax them according to the provisions of Affordable Care Act. The monies collected would go into the Maryland Reinsurance fund to help stabilize the individual market by lowering the price of insurance in Maryland.
- We encourage you to contact your state senator and delegates and ask them to vote yes on this bill. If you want to provide testimony on this or any bill, click on this link.
Help Refugee/Asylum Seekers with Rides or Donations
DTMG is working with Takoma Park Mobilization's immigration subcommittee and the Montgomery County chapter of the ACLU to assist refugees vetted as asylum seekers who are being sent to our area. Train to be a greeter for arrivals at the Silver Spring bus station or volunteer to drive refugees to Baltimore for check-ins with ICE; contact Roxanne Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct Support for Immigrants has also set up an online donation site here to collect money for legal fees, burner phones, or Lyft rides.
The group is also collecting items for welcome bags for newly-arriving refugees:
- Adult travelers will receive socks, gloves, hats, towels, tissues, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, deodorant, combs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
- Volunteer greeters will offer travelers these add-on items as needed: Water; menstrual care items; boxes of chocolate milk; bags of children's socks (small, medium, large or newborn); children's toothbrushes; kids' journals, coloring books, and crayons; diapers of various sizes; travel-size tissue packs; children's and adults' coats in various sizes; kids' hats and gloves; and travel-ready food (apple sauce, Goldfish crackers, protein bars, and fruit snacks).
- To donate, please contact Gwen Stewart at email@example.com.