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.

District 46 Residents on Why They Support Brooke

UPDATED: June 20th, 2018

Serving District 46 during the past four years has been the honor of my life. It has been challenging as our City has struggled through difficult times, and it has been continually rewarding, as I have met and worked with people from around the district to build up our City – break barriers and create opportunities.

I’m constantly inspired, delighted, and moved by the work that Baltimoreans do to make their neighborhoods, communities, and City a better place for everyone to live. It has been a joy and an honor to work with them – and YOU – to do this work.  I am so humbled by the endorsements that I have received from so many of those great people that I have worked with around District 46.

Every other day we’ll add another photo and quote from a District 46 neighbor so check back here throughout the Democratic Primary Election for more Community Endorsements.

Cleo Walker, Cherry Hill

“Often one’s deeds go untold but I find it more fitting to give praise when due. I support Delegate Brooke Lierman because she is a tireless fighter in uplifting and supporting Communities and Residents. Brooke attends Cherry Hill Community Meetings, Participates in our Prayer Walks, Safe Street Shooting Responses, Cherry Hill Public Safety Meeting, numerous Cherry Hill Events and activities that involved youth and adults. Brooke puts others before herself!” – Cleo Walker, Cherry Hill

 

Hap & Cheryl Duffey, Locust Point

“Without Brooke’s untiring efforts on its behalf, Francis Scott Key School’s new library would never have become a reality in 2017. She worked for two years to help obtain the necessary funding from the State, as well as from the Weinberg Foundation, and our students have benefited greatly as a result. She has always been willing to expend as much effort as necessary in helping the Locust Point neighborhood solve some of our more difficult challenges. She is respectful in her approach, yet persists until an issue is resolved. We would be delighted to have her continue representing us as our State Delegate” – Hap & Cheryl Duffey, Locust Point

Liam Davis
“I am proud to support Brooke Lierman and Team 46. Brooke is always accessible when I need her, understands the challenges that my community faces and is helping to put together a plan to address them. She is also the number one advocate this City has for improving our public transit system. Without Brooke’s leadership, MTA would be lost – we need her to keep fighting for better public transit in Baltimore.” – Liam Davis, Greektown

 

Mary Alexander, McElderry Park
Del. Brooke Lierman earns her stripes everyday she’s in office. Her sleeves stayed “rolled up,” as it was evident when I had exhausted all my options to keep my mom out of a nursing home. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects not only my mom but many Marylanders. Brooke was a valuable resource at the state level as she cut through all the red tape and directed me to the person in charge of adult medical daycare. My mom was in fact eligible for adult medical daycare, and I was able to remained full time employed because of Brooke’s efforts. So my mother and I are forever grateful to Brooke and her tireless work.” – Mary Alexander, McElderry Park

 

Claudia Towles
Brooke’s capacity to listen, understand a situation and be a solution seeker is why she has garnered my full support. Thanks to Brooke’s tenacity and leadership, many efforts within the business community to bring resources to our neighborhood have found a true champion.

 

Michael & Seth
Brooke played a huge role in getting us engaged in local politics. She inspired us to shift our focus from national politics to what was actually attainable on a local level. I can walk up and down my street and point things that she facilitated to make better. Brooke is what’s working with our state government and she needs to continue that work so our business and neighborhood can continue to thrive.

 

Sheyla & Aiayana
We know Brooke and her family and know that she is the person we want representing us. She’s a great mom, a thoughtful neighbor, and is passionate about our city. We can rely on Brooke to take the time to listen if we ever have a concern or issue. She’s a great champion for our neighbors and friends in Annapolis.
– Sheyla Laviera and Aiyana Boykin

Mailers, Mailers, Mailers

Have You Seen My Mail?
You may have noticed that other candidates and I are inundating you with mail! That’s because we want you to know what we’ve been doing and why we’re running again. (And of course, the Postal Service needs our support!)
In case you missed any pieces, or would like to see what I have sent this year, check out the images below. We’ll add new ones as they come out as well.
Apologies to all the mail carriers out there – I’m grateful that you are there to help transport our heavy flyers around, especially through all this rain.
Have a question about a piece of mail? Email me: brooke@brookelierman.com
See you at the polls!
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Community Picnic Weather Updates (It’s Still On!)

Friends,

In the event of rain tomorrow,  our plan is to use the playground at Patterson Park Public Charter School located  at the intersection of  Baltimore St. and Belnord.

If the weather cooperates, we’ll be in the Patterson Park Bull Circle, as originally planned.

Remember, the event is from 2pm-4pm tomorrow, June 3rd.

If you still haven’t RSVP’d for the picnic, please do so here to make sure you get updates on where we’ll be meeting, eating, and hopefully enjoying some sunshine!

Get Ready to Vote!

Get Ready to Vote!

 

This post has information about voting in this year’s primary election in June.

 

Need to register to vote or check your registration status? Visit the State Board website here.
*Note that you can register to vote at early voting locations, but not on Election Day (June 26)*

 

Want to vote early? Early voting is so easy! Learn more online here. This year you can vote early from June 14 – 21, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are TWO locations in District 46

 

– The Southeast Anchor Library: 3601 Eastern Avenue

 

– Carter G. Woodson School: 2501 Seabury Road

 

You can also early vote at any other location in Baltimore City – the complete list can be found here.

 

Vote on Election Day, Tuesday June 26: You can vote on June 26 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at your local polling place. To find your polling place, put in your address here.

 

Make a plan to vote – your vote matters! We have big choices this year for Governor, Lt. Governor, and more – so please look at your calendar and make a plan for when you will vote… and bring a friend!
Questions? Email me at brooke@brookelierman.com

Ellicott City – How You Can Help

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend.

If you’d like to help our neighbors in Ellicott City who were impacted with this weekend’s severe storms, please consider the following opportunities to help:

• To contribute to rebuilding businesses in Old Ellicott City, check out http://visitoldellicottcity.com/ec-partnership/donate/

• To give to the Howard County Community Relief fund, check out https://cfhoco.org/…/05/howard-county-community-relief-fund/

• To volunteer in Howard County as part of their disaster recovery efforts, check out https://www.howardcountymd.gov/disasterrecoveryvolunteer

 

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