Weekly Action Items March 23, 2017

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You are invited to RESISTANCE SCHOOL on Sunday, March 26, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Towson Public Library!

Indivisible North Baltimore County is holding a “Teach-In” AND a “Write-Down”! We will TEACH ways to resist the pending repeal of the ACA , which will include:

  • how to thwart false narratives about the ACA
  • how to write to members of congress about the ACA
  • how to write letters to the editors
  • how to leverage social media to tell stories of truth and resistance

Then we will WRITE our letters and social media posts, so folks will leave having both LEARNED and then ACTED! Bring paper and pen, and/or your laptop.

See you there, and be prepared to SCHOOL the Trump administration’s agenda!

#2 – WRITE TO YOUR MD LEGISLATOR to PASS the Maryland Trust Act

Keep our communities safe AND Support a #HateFreeMD

The Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act (HB 1362/SB 835) is critical 2017 legislation to preserve community trust in law enforcement. It protects public safety and advances our state’s values of welcome and inclusion for all. The bill limits police, school, court, and corrections cooperation with federal immigration authorities. It says that we will not cooperate with a federal registry program based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or origin, and it limits federal immigration presence in hospitals, schools, and courthouses. The bill codifies many practices already in place at the local and county level, ensuring communities across Maryland receive these essential protections.

As Trump Administration policies sow fear throughout immigrant communities, now is the time for Maryland legislators to stand up for a #HateFreeMD and pass the Maryland Trust Act.

How You Can Take Action:

  1. Email and call your state legislators, urging them to pass the Trust Act:
  1. Sign up for alerts from the Takoma Park Mobilization: We are partnering with CASA and other allies. We’ll keep you updated about ways to help:  

How the Maryland Trust Act will Keep our Communities Safe:

When immigrants can trust law enforcement, our communities are safer. Forty-five percent of Latinos and 70 percent of undocumented immigrants say they are less likely to report crimes for fear that police officers will ask them or people they know about their immigration status. Counties that have policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement have, on average, fewer crimes and less poverty.

Uniform statewide policies reduce confusion and fear, extend equal protection to all. The Trust Act codifies many existing practices across Maryland that prohibit local authorities from inquiring about immigration status. The bill creates a bright line between police and deportation authorities, clarifying when to cooperate with federal law enforcement. This will ensure police can focus their time and resources on their top priority: keeping our communities safe.

Data-sharing protections will safeguard the privacy of all Marylanders and prevent discrimination. The Trust Act protects the confidential personal data of Maryland residents from use in federal immigration enforcement or for enforcement of any federal registry based on religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.