Marsha Dabolt

  • Demand Governor Hogan, Hold a Public Townhall to Reveal His Views on Trump's policies

    The letter below written by Nienke Grossman was sent to Governor Larry Hogan on February 3rd, and posted in the Baltimore Sun. Since then, hundreds of Marylanders have signed on, demanding that Governor Hogan tell us where he stands on policies of the Trump administration as they relate to our state and its people. Read it, then sign on below.

    2,385 signatures

    Dear Governor Hogan:

    We are Maryland voters who care deeply about the present and future of our state. We hail from all over Maryland, and we have made thousands of phone calls to your office in the last several weeks seeking your views on a wide range of issues. We are still waiting for your answers.

    As you know, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders may lose their health care and many more risk the loss of important benefits, such as the elimination of lifetime maximums, as a result of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  We are unable to support refugees fleeing death and destruction as a result of the president’s action, and the federal government is threatening to deputize our local law enforcement for the purposes of enforcing immigration law rather than our own criminal laws and to take away funding from sanctuary cities. Our Jewish Community Centers, mosques, churches and public schools have become targets of hateful speech and acts. Also, recent news reports suggest that the new administration may reduce funds for women’s health care and domestic violence shelters, which provide care and refuge to the most vulnerable among us.

    You are our governor. We voted you into office, yet we feel our concerns are being ignored. We deserve to know how you propose to address these issues. What are you going to do about the impending health care crisis in Maryland? What are you doing to help ensure that Maryland continues to be a welcoming place for immigrants and people fleeing from violence and persecution? What do you propose to keep our houses of worship and our schools safe from hate? What do you propose to ensure access to basic women’s health care services and to minimize the harm to victims of domestic violence in the wake of reduced federal funding to shelters?

    Because our phone calls have gone unheeded and many of our Facebook posts have been deleted and blocked, we request that you announce and hold an open town hall meeting to share with us your concrete policy proposals on health care coverage, your views on immigration, and how you will show leadership in response to the uptick in hateful acts in our state and the potential defunding of domestic violence shelters and resources.

    We want to work with you to make Maryland the best state that it can possibly be and to help Maryland rise to the challenges that it will face in the years to come. We need to know where you stand, and we want you to know that we are motivated, we are concerned, and we are not going away.

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  • signed MelFranklin 2016-12-07 19:58:35 -0500

    Sign below! It's time for accountability from our public officials

    Dear Members of the Prince George’s County Council,

    Progressive Prince George’s is a coalition of concerned County residents calling for a more progressive approach to governance and policy in Prince George’s County. We write to you today representing over 14,000 members and supporters within Prince George’s.

    Progressive Prince George's continues to be shocked and disappointed with Councilman Mel Franklin’s dangerous decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol as well as with his previous mishaps with county vehicles that have now come to light.

    The injuries and damage resulting from this and previous episodes demand accountability. When Councilman Franklin was sworn into office, he promised to uphold the laws of our state and county. By choosing to drive impaired, he violated that oath. As residents, we deserve better from our elected representatives and ask Franklin’s fellow Councilmembers to hold him accountable for his actions.

    We at Progressive Prince George’s called Nov. 30 for his immediate resignation, an act of conscience only he can undertake. As Franklin’s fellow Council members you have, we believe, a responsibility to ensure that Mr. Franklins actions are taken seriously so that a bad precedent is not set for future public officials. We believe you should take steps to remove him from committee assignments and make certain that the considerable costs to the county of this and previous incidents, as well as for personal injuries, are personally borne by him and not County residents. We also ask that Council members consider mandating that County vehicles be used only for County business in order to prevent future incidents of this kind.

    We also agree with the call from Maryland’s chapter of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving for Councilmember Franklin to voluntarily install an ignition lock on his vehicle in compliance with the recently passed Noah’s Law. This action will provide a symbol of leadership and atonement for Councilmember Franklin’s mistakes. We hope the members of the County Council will exercise their authority to manage this damage and to take steps to see that, as a person, Franklin receives what help he needs as well as being made responsible for the human and property damage that has ensued.

    With sincere regards

    The Progressive Prince George’s Organizing Committee



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