Can you sign on to the letter below? Can you help deliver it at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, February 18?
Rep. John Sarbanes
600 Baltimore Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
February 18, 2015
Dear Representative Sarbanes:
Members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore are voters and supporters of Progressive Democrats of America. We ask you to join with us in celebrating Black History Month by cosponsoring important legislation, if you haven’t already. We also urge you to vote against “Fast Track” trade promotion authority (TPA), and to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Please contact Rep. Barbara Lee’s office at (202)-225-2661 to cosponsor H.J.Res. 30: “To require a strategy and report to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.” Rep. Lee said, “As we work to degrade and dismantle ISIL, we must be comprehensive in our strategy. National security experts have clearly stated that there is no military solution to ISIL…we must craft a robust regionally-led, political, economic and diplomatic strategy.”
Please vote against TPA / “fast track,” the TPP, and the TTIP. We support fair trade, however these deals go far beyond trade issues. The TPP has 29 chapters, but only 5 pertain to trade. The rest would override our labor, environmental, consumer, and other policies, putting special interests over the needs of American small businesses and families. Like similar deals, they would eliminate good American jobs. Rather than promote fair trade, they would elevate corporations to sovereign nation status. Legislation for rarely-used TPA will be introduced soon. Good deals aren’t cloaked in secrecy. Only bad deals need “fast track” gimmicks for passage.
Please contact Rep. Mark Pocan’s office at (202)-225-2906 to cosponsor H.J.Res. 25: “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote.” This legislation and resulting amendment would grant U.S. citizens of legal voting age the right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.
Please contact Del. Eleanor Norton’s office at (202)-225-8050 to cosponsor H.R. 317: “the New Columbia Admission Act.” This legislation sets forth procedures for admission into the U.S. of the state of New Columbia, providing full representation for the residents of Washington, D.C.
Please contact Rep. John Conyers’s office at (202)-225-5126 to cosponsor H.R. 676: “To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes.” This legislation would fix flaws in our healthcare system, improving healthcare outcomes, saving lives and money for businesses and taxpayers.
Finally, we are seeking an end to the use of killer drone strikes, which we believe to be illegal and unconstitutional. We ask you to speak out against this assassination program, which ignores any veneer of due process. Consider as well a request for the full, unclassified release of information surrounding the administration’s drone policy.
We look forward to your response. And when you are ready, we would like to meet with you, preferably in Baltimore. But if necessary, we will travel to your D.C. office. We thank you for your consideration regarding these critically important issues, and look forward to ongoing discussion and engagement with you in the coming months.
Max Obuszewski, on behalf of Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore/Fund Our Communities
Apt. 206, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Baltimore 21212
Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs