Rep. John Sarbanes
600 Baltimore Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
November 18, 2015
Dear Representative Sarbanes:
Some members of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore are voters and supporters of Progressive Democrats of America. Some of us live in District 3. As many families gather this month, please join with us as we celebrate Thanksgiving by being thankful for our rights, our environment, and our jobs.
We appreciate that you will vote no on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the multinational corporate / commercial agreement that would serve special interests while exporting U.S. jobs and hurting our families. The TTP was negotiated in secret with decisive direction from special interests, but without real or significant input from those concerned with the needs of the people including labor unions, environmentalists, healthcare providers, consumer advocates, and the general public. Most of the TPP provisions have nothing to do with trade, but would undermine local and state policies, and even federal sovereignty. You are standing with the people when you vote no on the TPP.
Because the right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights, we urge you to contact Rep. John Lewis’ office at (202)-225-3801 to cosponsor the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R.12), to modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.
Because many families, including retirees, veterans, and others rely on the Social Security program for their basic needs, and because the failure to provide cost of living adjustments (COLAs) has stretched many family budgets beyond the breaking point, we urge you to contact Rep. Jan Schakowky’s office at (202)-225-2111 to cosponsor H.Res.393, “Expressing support for policies to protect and expand Social Security and secure its long-term future in a fair and responsible manner.”
Because justice is a basic value, and because marijuana offers medical properties—while prohibition against marijuana has broken up families, cost taxpayers $billions, and failed to lower crime rates—we urge you to contact Rep. Steve Cohen’s office at (202)-225-3265 to cosponsor the CARERS Act (H.R.1538), to extend the principle of federalism to State drug policy, provide access to medical marijuana, and enable research into the medicinal properties of marijuana.
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
"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