ACTION ITEMS for March 9, 2017, from the 3/8/17 Weekly Wednesday Call-In:
- ATTEND an Indivisible meeting at the Cockeysville Public Library on Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m., to hear a speaker from Planned Parenthood.
- CALL Senators Cardin or Van Hollen to oppose the newest executive order that restricts travel and effectively bans Muslims (phone numbers and a call script below).
- CALL Representatives Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, or (God help you) Harris, to oppose the repeal/replace of the Affordable Care Act (more information below).
- CALL your Maryland Legislator (Brochin, Jennings, Kelley, Zirkin, etc) to support to support SB186/HB229, titled “Environment – Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging – Prohibition on Sale.” Blue Water Baltimore’s Water Blog has the most up-to-date information on this important bill (more information below).
You may ONLY CALL the Senator/Representative/Legislator of whom you are a DIRECT CONSTITUENT. Many offices are now requiring callers to disclose street addresses to make sure callers fall within their districts. Do not waste your time calling a lawmaker outside of your district.
If you know whom to call, go get busy! Bye!
If you need phone numbers, a script, or additional information, keep scrolling:
Find your U.S. Senator and Representative here, as well as your Maryland General Assembly member:
CALL 1: TRAVEL BAN
Ask Senators to ithhold consent on every senate action ranging from legislation to cabinet and Supreme Court nominations until this policy is withdrawn.
D.C. office: 202.224.4524
Can’t get through? Try a regional office. Numbers here.
Still can’t get through? Send an email.
Sen. Van Hollen
D.C. office: 202.224.4654
Can’t get through? Try a regional office. Numbers on the bottom of the page.
Still can’t get through? Send an email.
Staffer: Senator’s office, how can I help you?
You: Hi! I’m a constituent of the senator’s in zip code _____. [MAY HAVE TO GIVE FULL STREET ADDRESS] My name is [NAME] and I’d like to leave a message for the senator.
Staffer: I’m happy to take down any comments you may have.
You: President Trump is again trying to restrict travel and ban Muslim refugees from entering the U.S, and I appreciate the Senator’s previous work on this matter. I want to reiterate that as long as this administration keeps on this white nationalist agenda and pushing unconstitutional and un-American policies, I fully expect the Senator and the other Senate Democrats to withhold consent on every Senate action ranging from legislation to cabinet and Supreme Court nominations.
Staffer: I will pass along the message.
You: Thank you.
CALL 2: SAVE THE ACA and MARYLAND HOSPITALS
Ask Congressmen to persuade Republicans that repealing ACA is a bad idea. The replacement has been rejected by:
American Medical Association
American Hospital Association
American Nurses Association
The Association of American Medical Colleges
Catholic Health Association of the United States
Children’s Hospital Association
Even so, THIS MORNING (3/9/2017), the House Ways and Means Committee met in a pre-dawn session to approve it, moving it a step closer to a full vote. Maryland hospitals stand to lose $2 billion. Tell Congressmen that if hospitals fail then there is no place to go even if we have good insurance policies.
Find your Representative and his contact information here:
CALL 3: PHASE-OUT POLYSTYRENE TO-GO PACKAGING
Contact State Representatives to support SB186/HB229, titled “Environment – Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging – Prohibition on Sale.” Blue Water Baltimore’s Water Blog has the most up-to-date information on this important bill.
Expanded Polystyrene (Styrofoam) packaging is the second most common form of litter in Baltimore and one of the most toxic forms of to-go packaging on the market. As one the largest pollutants in our local waterways and landfills, exposure to the chemicals in Styrofoam can lead to increased risk of cancer in humans and is toxic to aquatic wildlife.
Right now, the Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill (SB186/HB229) to phase out the use of polystyrene to-go packaging statewide. If the bill passes, food service businesses and institutions will no longer serve food in polystyrene foam packaging (cups, plates, clamshells) by January 2018.
Express your support for the expanded polystyrene phase-out. Click here to write a letter to your representatives today telling them to support SB186/HB229