Author: Brooke Lierman

Every Election is Essential

Early Voting is October 25 – November 1 at selected location, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Election Day is November 6, 2018 – Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For more information on voting, visit the State Board’s website: https://elections.maryland.gov/

Happy fall! The chill in the air and the costumes in the stores indicate only one thing (at least to me!): it’s almost time to VOTE! And VOTE is something I hope you will do.

The past two months have been so busy  – I’ve attended public safety discussions, guest lectured at college courses and met new medical students, met with advocates to discuss public transportation, community development, abating truck traffic, developing more open space, supporting our institutions like the South Baltimore Learning Center, and I’ve been speaking with bill drafters about legislation for next session (not to mention two meetings of the Joint Cmte to End Homelessness in Annapolis!).  I’ve also spent some time on the weekends outside of the City – knocking on doors around the state talking to voters to make sure they know that we have exceptional State Senate, House, and local candidates running in their district. It is so important that we elect great Democrats from every corner of Maryland so we can ensure we have an effective General Assembly, making positive changes that benefit all Marylanders at a time when our President is doing just the opposite.

Here in Maryland, early voting starts TOMORROW! Early voting is an easy way to make sure you can find time to cast your ballot in this important election. There are two early voting polls in District 46 – the Southeast Anchor Library and Patapsco Elementary School – but you can go to any of the 7 sites in Baltimore.

Make a plan today to Vote Early  so you don’t miss your chance! 

Thursday, October 25 – Thursday, November 1

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Not registered? No problem. You can register to vote during early voting – but only during early voting! Check your registration here.

There are two constitutional amendments on the ballot! I hope you’ll vote YES on Question 1 to create a lockbox and ensure that all revenue from casinos go to education and YES on Question 2 to amend our Maryland Constitution to allow voter registration on Election Day!

I need you to vote – but I also need you to help me spread the word: remind your neighbors to vote and check in to make sure they have! And, if you can, help spread the word in Baltimore during the final weeks of the campaign and on Election Day!

Please click here to sign up to volunteer in Baltimore City or here to donate.

See you at the doors or at the early voting locations! Thank you for all you do to help build a better Baltimore and a better Maryland!

 

Women’s Breakfast for Brooke with Special Guests

It’s time for the annual event where 100+ women come together to meet each other to network, learn about organizations doing work, hear from great speakers and support Brooke!

Save the Date or register now for the 2018 Women’s Breakfast!

October 17, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Teavolve Cafe

This year’s special guests include Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull. We’ll also be joined by many great women who are running for office here in Maryland and are hoping to flip seats from #RedtoBlue or to hold on to a seat and keep it blue.

RSVP HERE TODAY!

If you have questions or would like to let us know you’re coming but not donating online, email sophia@brookelierman.com.

Thank You!

The results are in and I am both excited and honored that the voters of District 46 have elected me as one of the Democratic nominees to the House of Delegates!

We do have two Republican challengers and nothing is assured, but I am excited about this win and so incredibly grateful to voters for giving me their stamp of approval for the word I did during my first term and saying they want me to continue! Thank you!

District 46 – Vote for up to 3

Results by County (53 of 53 election day precincts reported)

Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage
Luke Clippinger
Democratic 1,345 5,242 120 6,707 23.5%
Robbyn Lewis
Democratic 1,346 5,072 112 6,530 22.9%
Brooke Elizabeth Lierman
Democratic 1,643 6,483 141 8,267 29.0%
Nate Loewentheil
Democratic 725 3,233 67 4,025 14.1%
Dea Thomas
Democratic 562 2,372 38 2,972 10.4%

Election Day in Maryland

Tomorrow – Tuesday, June 26 – is Election Day in Maryland! Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. I hope you will take the time to vote (if you haven’t already) and encourage a few friends to vote as well! Find your polling place here.  I hope you will vote for all of Team46 – Senator Bill Ferguson, and Delegates Luke Clippinger, Robbyn Lewis and me, Brooke Lierman.

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#FamiliesBelongTogether

Although our country faces many challenges, right now we are facing an extreme and urgent situation as we confront and demand an end to President Trump’s horrific new policy of separating children and parents as they seek asylum in our country.  Since May 5, more than two thousand children have been separated from their mothers and fathers and placed in the custody of the government. To say that I am outraged, incensed, and heartbroken by this new practice does not do it justice. There are no words to express the devastation that is being wrought on these migrant families or on our country itself. Indeed, every day the situation grows worse as the number of children increases, the resources are not in place to properly care for them, and their health and well-being is permanently damaged. This policy – enacted unilaterally by President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and DHS Secretary Nielsen – is a national and moral outrage. It is shameful.

This Administration’s family-separation policy is unnecessary, immoral, cruel, and contrary to the aspirations of our country. This type of policy has been practiced in the past by slaveholders, Nazis, and morally repugnant governments. It is not a policy that any moral society should countenance. As a state legislator, a parent, and a human being, I will continue to speak up and out against this policy and encourage all Marylanders to do so as well. Our Governor and all our federal elected officials should continue to raise their voices and do all they can to end this horrific policy. Children are not a negotiating tool. I hope that our President, Attorney General, and DHS Secretary will stop this policy and that DHS and other federal employees will actively resist implementing this policy.

Don’t understand what’s happening? Read here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: There are things we can do – and there will be more – so I have created this entry and will continue to update it and add to it as a resource to be shared. Please send me your links, updates, and ideas to add to it as well: brooke@brookelierman.com.

UPDATED AS OF 6/20/18 at 9:30 A.M.

From Maryland or elsewhere: 
  • Join the “Families Belong Together Rally” on June 30th in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Distributed actions will be planned across the country and you can find more information here: https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/search/?.
  • Call our Senators – demand ask them to stop Homeland Security from separating children from their parents at the border
  • Sign and share this petition – This administration has shown signs that it will bend to public pressure. That tells us that if enough of us raise our voices, we can help end family separation.
  • DONATE to organizations doing great work on family separation and immigration – in Texas, nationally, and in Maryland: 
    • Al Otro Lado: https://alotrolado.org/
    • RAICES: https://www.raicestexas.org/
    • CLINIC:  https://cliniclegal.org/
    • Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley:  http://www.catholiccharitiesrgv.org/Home.aspx
    • CASA de Maryland: https://wearecasa.org/
Check out Moms Rising’s Suggestions for Action here.
If you’re in Texas or are willing to travel to Texas:
  • Join the “Families Belong Together Rally” on June 28th in Brownsville, Texas –  South Texas is ground zero for this administration’s inhuman practice of family separation. Federal courts in South Texas have been prosecuting people en mass (up to 60 at a time), which has led to mass family separations. Join ACLU, Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, NWDA, United We Dream and more at a rally in front of the Brownsville Federal Court demanding an end to family separation. (RSVP Here and Share on Facebook). We will have buses leaving from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo – sign up sheets to come!
  • Volunteer at Sacred Heart Church – Sacred Heart Church is working around the clock to help migrants who have been provisionally cleared and released by Border Protection with temporary papers a future court date (and an ankle monitor in tow). After being processed they are dropped off at the McAllen bus terminal where they wait before leaving to their next destination. The church picks up people from the bus terminal, brings them to their welcome center, and offers them their first warm meal, a bath, a change of clothes, hygiene products, a call home, and assistance with translating their paper work and travel itinerary. They need volunteers to help assist and prepare items for families.
  • Join NETA to deliver food/water to asylum seekers stuck at ports of entry or donate to them here – People currently showing at ports of entry seeking asylum are being  denied that right. When they arrive, officers tells them that the port of entry is at capacity and that they’re not processing asylum applicants. This back-log has created long lines of people (+50) who have essentially been living on the bridge, patiently waiting their turn. They’ve been sleeping on the hard concrete floors and have been enduring the Texas heat that reaches up to 110 degrees. Some have been there anywhere from 5 to 17 days, and they arrive with nothing. Join NETA to take these individuals food, water, and other necessities.
  • Be a Volunteer Attorney with ProBar or donate to them here – ProBar, the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project. This is a project of the American Bar Association, and they are currently supporting over 1,000 ‘unaccompanied children’ in detention centers. They’re also working hard to reconnect these children with their parents. They’re looking for volunteer attorneys who could help with these children prepare for credible fear interviews (will take several days to a week), and in the longer term help with assistance for bond cases (some of this work could be remote, but would have to be periodically present). I’ve created the google doc above to try to help them identify volunteer attorneys. If you’re unable to volunteer, you could donate here.
  • Help Texas Civil Rights Project take declarations from families or donate to them here – Everyday, TCRP is taking declarations from families and need help with intake efforts in Brownsville, Laredo, El Paso and Alpine. They’re able to train people and organize legal intakes in these cities. They also need help in McAllen with interviewing families. Note — Volunteers are required to speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistance experience.

2018 Mail: Progress Report

I ran four years ago because I knew that Baltimore City needed strong champions advocating for our families and communities at the state level. We face huge challenges in Baltimore, but we’ve also made important progress over the past four years. My latest mail piece hits mailboxes this weekend and highlights some of the policies I’ve enacted and championed during my first term.

Check it out here.

 

Being a Mom & a Delegate

On this cloudy Mother’s Day, I felt fortunate to be able to spend a couple hours doorknocking with my 5-year-old son, Teddy, in our neighborhood. We had fun knocking on doors, talking to our neighbors, and Teddy was a good sport when I showed him how to shake someone’s hand.

I take being a State Delegate very seriously because I see how fast Teddy and his baby sister Eliza are growing up and I know our kids don’t have a minute to spare – every policy I push, every bill I sponsor, every community I work with – it is all to make sure that our kids have the chance to fulfill their potential.

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2018 Spring Newsletter

Spring has finally made its way to Baltimore – just in time for doorknocking everyday! If you live in District 46, keep an eye out for me and other members of Team 46 as we continue to knock on doors and talk to constituents!  And – mark your calendars now for my Picnic on Sunday, June 3rd –

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2018 End of Session Report

 2018 End of Session Report

After a demanding 90 days, the General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session has ended. From January 10th – April 9th, the General Assembly met to debate and pass bills that affect residents across the State, including the FY19 operating and capital budgets. In addition to my work on our state budget, I championed causes to support our public schools, create more reliable public transit, protect our environment, support working families, and increase public safety. I am so pleased to share this final report of this term with you. To read more about my work, please sign up for my email updates and visit my blog at www.brookelierman.com, or email or call me.  

To download this End of Session Report in a PDF format, click here.

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2018 Annapolis Dispatch #6: FY19 Budget

The weeks and weekends are packed these days! It was a beautiful weekend in Baltimore (although we did get about 10 minutes of snow on Sunday), and I was thrilled to join my colleagues, thousands of Baltimoreans, and many great student speakers at the March for Our Lives in Baltimore on Saturday. We are less than 2 weeks away from the end of session on April 9 and every day is more full of hearings, voting, and floor speeches than the last. Yesterday we passed the FY19 operating budget of the State of Maryland, and I’m going to share a few highlights of that below, as well as an update on some gun and gun violence prevention bills working their way through the Assembly.

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