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    Gerrymander Meander 2: What were they th(dr)inking when they drew these lines? Crowds rally for redistricting reform

    Timonium – Scores of people came out Sunday for a unique protest against gerrymandering in Maryland. The event, the “Gerrymander Meander 2,” visited four different restaurants in Baltimore County. Although the entire route was just 13 miles long from south to north, each stop was located in a different Congressional district – and participants who visited every stop actually crossed district lines seven times.

     

    “Three years ago, full of energy and optimism, the Tame the Gerrymander Coalition hosted the Gerrymander Meander: a relay-run around District 3, highlighting one of Maryland’s particularly strange districts,” explained Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, executive director of Common Cause Maryland. “Today’s event enabled us to experience our gerrymander in a different way by showing how contorted our districts are, slicing their way across our counties and through our neighborhoods.”

    The event also commemorated the birthday of Elbridge Gerry, the namesake of the gerrymander.  Each stop had food specials, contests and guest speakers on redistricting reform.

    Lieutenant Governor Rutherford spoke at the first event. “Our districts are so carved up that they are denying people a voice in the process,” he said. “It is time to stop. Other states have taken action – what are we waiting for?”

    Other guest speakers included Senator Jim Brochin (D-42) and Walter Olson, co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Redistricting Reform. “Maryland is an example of a problem the whole country is going to have to deal with,” said Mr. Olson.

    Members of the Tame the Gerrymander coalition urged the attendees at each stop to get engaged.

    “This meander might only cover 13 miles,” said Ashley Oleson, Administrative Director of the League of Women Voters of Maryland, “but we are in the final stretch of a marathon. For the past three years we have been building momentum for redistricting reform. Now we have to carry this fight over the finish line.”

    The event route started at Le Bistro du Village in Baltimore City, then went to Tark’s Grill in Timonium before visiting Roma’s Café in Cockeysville and ending at The Greene Turtle in Hunt Valley. Between 35 and 45 people joined at each location. Attendees hailed from across the state, including Frederick, Baltimore County and City, Harford, Cecil, Howard, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Prince George’s.  There were participants from nearly every Congressional district in attendance.

    “Redistricting reform is critical to having the business of the people, instead of the business of the political establishment, being taken care of in Congress and in State Houses. That is why No Labels Maryland is proud to be a member of the coalition and a co-host of this event” said Steve Daubresse, No Labels Maryland lead organizer.

    Organizers expressed their excitement with the turnout for the event. “Clearly, this is an issue that resonates with Marylanders. We can only hope that our elected officials are paying attention,” said Lu Pierson, one of the attendees.

    The Tame the Gerrymander coalition will now focus on policy forums scheduled for the fall as they prepare for the 2018 legislative session.

    Pictures of the event can be found online here

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    Tame the Gerrymander is a joint effort led by the League of Women Voters of Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, No Labels Maryland, and No More Gerrymandering in Maryland.

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    Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 02:00 PM · $65.00 USD · 20 rsvps
    Olney Theater in Olney, MD

    THURGOOD

     

     SOLD OUT

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    By George  Stevens, Jr.                             Directed by Walter Dallas

    Starring Brian Anthony Wilson as Thurgood Marshall

    "You do what you think is right and let the law catch up."
    So said Supreme Court Jus
    tice Thurgood Marshall,
    who changed the face of American jurisprudence.

    Spend an evening with the late Justice at this one-man show,
    and consider just how far we've come... or have we?

    Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

    Olney Theatre Center

    Maryland Route 108 (Olney-Sandy Spring Road), Olney, MD

    Directions and Parking: http://olneytheatre.org/more/plan-your-visit/directions-parking

    (click here for our flier.)

    Tickets $65

    Limited number of available tickets!

    Saturday, August 05, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    NRECA - National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

    Local League Training

    League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area is offering a 

    FREE

    Training Workshop for Local Leagues

     

    How do we engage new members?
    How do you mount an advocacy campaign?

     

    Board Management in 2017


    Fundraising 101 * Collecting & Using Data * Using Social Media
    ABC's of a Streamlined League & More!


    Saturday, August 5, 2017
    9:00am - 1pm

    REGISTER AT https://goo.gl/forms/BKwRS46Pdm7SsrO73


    Morning beverages & light refreshments
    Stay for lunch (nearby eatery) if you want to continue the “conversation”


    NRECA – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
    4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22203

    Free garage parking – enter N Taylor Street

    Ballston/MU Metro station – 3 blocks away



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