As winter fades and the promise of Spring blooms, our Democratic party is only stronger and more committed to the progressive ideas we share. Yet, we know that the need is great and the fight continues: to protect our environment, support the health and wages of workers, respect the dignity of our immigrant friends, and support a fair opportunity for Americans from all backgrounds. Here in Maryland, especially in Anne Arundel County, Democrats are planning, organizing, engaging, and moving forward. There is much to do:
- City of Annapolis elections coming up in several short months;
- the Legislative Session winding down; and
- national, state and local issues are needing action every day.
Thanks to the hard work of our state's Democratic legislators, Speaker Busch is able to report good news from the legislature, including:
- a hydraulic fracking ban has passed both houses;
- our public schools will be protected from Hogan's privatization plans; and
- a bipartisan budget, passed with overwhelming support, will ensure that the 2018 budget will fully fund K-12 education and restore after-school funding for poor students.
So what can "do something" Democrats do in the upcoming month of April? New opportunities arise every day. Here are a few:
- Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin will be part of the Community Conversation on Federal Immigration this coming Sunday, April 2nd at First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 171 Duke of Gloucester Street, 1 - 2:30 pm
- Maryland Climate Coalition will be hosting a talk on Sea Level Rise in Annapolis on Thursday, April 20 at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis, 7 -9 pm.
- United Democratic Women of Maryland will be hosting their annual luncheon featuring Congressman John Sarbanes at Perry's Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton on Saturday, April 22. Membership Meeting at 11:00 am, Lunch at noon, and Congressman Sarbanes speaks at 12:30 pm. Just announced, Senator Ben Cardin will be speaking at 11:00 am, so make plans to come early!
- D30 Monthly Meeting offers an opportunity for club members to meet and volunteer for local City of Annapolis Democratic candidates at our next meeting on Wednesday, April 26 at St. Philip's Church, 730 Bestgate Road in Annapolis. Starts at 6:30 with informal mixer.
- 2nd Annual Parren J. Mitchell Dinner sponsored by the West County Democratic Club will be held on Friday, April 28 at Club Meade. Starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50, look under Around D30 for more information about purchasing your ticket.
- Various Democratic Campaign launches occur in April. Check out Around D30 for more information.
- Annual AACDCC Celebration Dinner with DNC Chair Tom Perez will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 PM at the Conference Center at the Marine Institute. For ticket information, go to www.annearundeldems.com
Look for more events in May and into the summer, including door knocking, voter registration drives, and outreach to our newly registered Democratic friends - Be a Do-Something Democrat!