2018 Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk

Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. Join us on Saturday, September 15, 2018 (**Date is subject to change. We will confirm the walk date at the beginning of March, once the football schedule is confirmed.**) at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland as we walk to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Be a part of a movement turning hope into action, and creating a culture that’s smart about mental health.

Funds raised at the walks will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

For questions or to volunteer, please reach out to annapolisootd@gmail.com.

Anne Arundel County NAACP Pancake Breakfast – 2018

Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to carry out the programs and services each year for the Anne Arundel NAACP Branch.

WISE General Membership Meeting

Please join us for our monthly general membership meeting. Come meet other members, learn about upcoming events, and issues that are important to all of us. Please RSVP below to receive information on location and agenda for that month.

Daily Call to Action: Please come and support community solar in our County. Join Monica ‪on May 23rd‬!!!

Community solar needs your support. There is currently a countywide moratorium on solar projects in Anne Arundel County, which is putting several community solar projects on hold. If this moratorium continues, these projects may not get built and our state’s community solar pilot program will not succeed.

On May 23rd, there will be a public forum in Anne Arundel County. This is your opportunity to tell the County Agritourism Commission to allow the community solar projects that are currently being blocked by the moratorium to move forward.

Can you stand up for solar on Tuesday, May 23rd? 

Here are the details: 

What: Anne Arundel County Solar Forum

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Southern Middle School Cafeteria (5235 Solomons Island Rd, Lothian, Maryland)

RSVPClick HERE to RSVP. And invite everyone you know!

Speaking at the forum is simple. Just tell county representatives why you want solar! Here are some of our favorite reasons to support community solar:

• Community solar increases access to solar power — you don’t have to put panels on your own roof to harness the power of the sun!

• County residents can save money on their electric bills by signing up for locally produced renewable energy.

• The proposed community solar projects in Anne Arundel County will prevent more than 300,000 tons of air pollution from entering our air and water.

Pro-solar voices like yours are needed to show support for community solar – or these clean energy projects may never be built. By speaking at this forum, you will let your elected officials know that their constituents support community solar. Thanks for standing up for community solar on May 23rd! 

Meet and Greet with Pam Luby and Tracie Hovermale

A WISE member and her husband are hosting a Meet and Greet for Pam Luby and Tracie Hovermale at their home in Severna Park.  Please email boeselgail@gmail.com to RSVP.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Daily Call to Action: here are four things you can do right now to say #NeverAgain

From Indivisible:

As we were writing this email, we got news of another horrific school shooting at Santa Fe High School outside of Houston. The Santa Fe High School Shooting in Texas Was the 22nd School Shooting This Year http://time.com/5282496/santa-fe-high-school-shooting-2018/. Reports confirmed that at least 10 people were killed in this tragedy. Here’s what we know: your members of Congress (MoCs) will inevitably make the rounds this weekend with their NRA-bought thoughts, prayers, and inaction. Not. Good. Enough.

As all of our hearts are with the students, teachers, and families of Santa Fe High School, here are four things you can do right now to say #NeverAgain (you can also check out our one-stop resource with all of these asks in one place):

1 Tell your senators to block the NRA’s Top Priority: The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

2 Tell your senators to stop the NRA’s favorite lawyer–Howard Nielson– from becoming a lifelong federal judge.

3 Tell Congress you expect real gun safety reform from your elected officials and you expect them to co-sponsor and support these pieces of legislation.

4 Advocate for common-sense gun reform in your state.

School Shooting Have Already Killed Dozens in 2018

Daily Call to Action: Please call Rep Brown and urge him to stand firmly against puppy mills!

Stop this dangerous bill!

From the Humane Society:

This is urgent. The House of Representatives will begin votes on the current Farm Bill TODAY—and your voice is critical.

As it stands, the bill includes a dangerous amendment from Rep. Steve King that could undo critical state and local laws establishing minimal standards for how animals are treated, including puppy mill dogs.

The puppy mill industry should be dying. But in a single vote, it could come roaring back. We can’t let a handful of Congressmen end any hope that a dog has of getting out of the filthy cage she has been in for years.

While all animals are in grave danger because of the King amendment, there is also an opportunity to insert two pro-animal welfare measures strengthening animal fighting laws (the Roskam amendment) and reforming agricultural commodity promotion programs (the Brat amendment).

Please make a brief, polite phone call to Rep. Anthony Brown at (202) 225-8699 now. You can say, “As your constituent, I urge you to vote for the pro-animal welfare Roskam and Brat amendments to the Farm Bill, but urge you to vote no on final passage of the Farm Bill since it contains the King amendment, which blocks state and local measures protecting animals and consumers.”

VICTORY! MARYLAND ENACTS LEGISLATION PROTECTING LGBTQ YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”

VICTORY! MARYLAND ENACTS LEGISLATION PROTECTING LGBTQ YOUTH FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY”: Maryland has officially joined the growing number of states and municipalities adopting critical protections for LGBTQ youth. “No child should ever be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy,’” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “This dangerous and inhumane form of child abuse has no basis in science and is uniformly rejected by every major mental health and child welfare organization. Today, Maryland is a better place for countless young people thanks to the many advocates, allies, parents, and survivors who spoke out against this practice and urged their elected officials — Republicans and Democrats alike — to adopt these crucial protections.” Read more from HRC.

2018 LGBTQ Youth Report from UConn

https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/2018-YouthReport-NoVid.pdf

From HRC: BREAKING — HRC AND UCONN RELEASE GROUNDBREAKING SURVEY OF 12,000 LGBTQ TEENS NATIONWIDE: At press conference this morning, the HRC Foundation in partnership with the University of Connecticut released the largest-of-its-kind survey ever of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., revealing the persistent challenges so many of them face going about their daily lives at home, at school and in their communities. Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin),“These harrowing statistics show the devastating toll rejection by family and peers, bullying and harassment, and apathy on the part of too many adults is having on America’s young people. When this administration rescinds guidance protecting transgender students, or when lawmakers attempt to grant a license to discriminate to schools, colleges, and universities, it further erodes the fragile landscape for young people across the nation. Now more than ever, it is crucial for each of us to do all we can to protect LGBTQ youth and ensure they feel valued, equal, and loved.” Read Amy Ellis Nutt’s (@amyellisnutt) piece on the survey in The Washington Post.

Findings from the report include:

• Seventy-seven percent of LGBTQ teenagers surveyed report feeling depressed or down over the past week;

• More than 70 percent report feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness in the past week.

The good news — 91 percent of youth report feeling pride in being an LGBTQ person, and 93 percent are proud to be a part of the community. And three out of five LGBTQ students say they have access to a LGBTQ student club, which has been shown to have a positive impact on the perceptions LGBTQ youth have of their school experiences and can provide support to those who may face hostile environments at home or in their communities. Read the full report here.

Daily Call to Action: Let’s follow these Cove Point steps and tell Hogan we don’t want fracked gas in Maryland!

From We Are Cove Point:

Last week, on short notice, 40 people showed up at the Charles County Board of Appeals meeting to show opposition to reopening the zoning permit for Dominion Energy. In response, the Board decided to move the decision to the next meeting on May 22.

Mark your calendars now and plan to show up on May 22 at 7:00 pm at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St. La Plata, MD. Here is the Facebook Page: Defend the Decision.

We won the fight to stop the Board from permitting the compressor station, now we need to defend that decision because Dominion Energy is not going to give up. They need this station to feed more fracked gas from neighboring states to the export terminal in Cove Point. We must not give up either.

And we are still fighting the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to stop them from giving Dominion Energy a permit for the compressor station. It will take strong action to stop them because they said at the outset they are inclined to grant it (so much for democracy).

Here’s what you can do:

1. Join us Wednesday, May 16 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the lobby of the MDE at 1800 Washington Blvd in Baltimore. We sit and quietly hold signs (and you won’t believe how much that simple action bugs them). This week we will hold a teach in at the MDE. Join us in person to learn more about Dominion Energy’s projects in Maryland or watch the teach in on Facebook Live and share it widely. Sign up here.

2. Submit your public comment to the MDE. Submit your comment here.

3. Call Brian Frosh, the attorney general, at 240-479-9788. We suspect that MDE is moving ahead out of fear of a legal challenge by Dominion Energy. Tell Brian Frosh that his office should be directing MDE to respect Charles County by stopping the permit process, not giving in to Dominion Energy out of fear.

4. Call Andrea Baker, the attorney at the Maryland Department of the Environment, at 410-537-3055. Tell her that MDE should stop the permit process now.

5. Call Governor Hogan at 410 974 3901 and tell him that Maryland says NO to fracking and fracked gas. Stop the permit for Dominion Energy’s compressor station and order a safety study for Dominion Energy’s refinery and export terminal in Cove Point.

We continue to rally outside Governor Hogan’s mansion at 110 State Circle (College Ave side) in Annapolis at noon. Here is the Facebook page.

June will mark one year since Governor Hogan informed us of his decision to deny a safety study of Dominion Energy’s gas refinery and export terminal in Cove Point. We have special plans for the month to help the Governor understand what it’s like to live in a polluted industrial zone. We call it “Hitting Home.”

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in Annapolis at noon on June 7, June 12, June 21 and June 26. Bring your friends and family. We can’t tell you what we’ll be doing on those days yet, but we guarantee they will be creative and fun.

We appreciate all that you do for a cleaner and livable future. We have one more ask. We Are Cove Point depends on your support. We need to raise $1,000 each month to cover our expenses for printing, renting rooms, travel and more. Please donate if you are able. Your donation is tax deductible if you use our fiscal sponsor online.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE and consider becoming a monthly sustainer. Or, you can use Pay Pal or mail a check made out to “We Are Cove Point”  to us directly at P.O Box 101, Lusby, MD 20657.