It’s here! This year’s “Insider’s Guide to Congressional Black Caucus Week” will definitely get you ready for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.
The historic tenth edition of the guide to get you through CBC Week clocks in at more than 30 pages of forums, panels, informational receptions, networking receptions and parties. #CBCWeek #CBCFALC18
Access the guide here:
It’s Here! The Insider’s Guide to Congressional Black Caucus Week 2018
We are pleased to announce the Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus Thirteenth Annual Shadow Day on March 8, 2018. This will be a day long event in which we invite women from all over the state of Maryland to be paired with mentor legislators in the General Assembly. The goal of this program is to allow for women to learn about and become more involved in the legislative process and to see what life as an elected official is like behind the scenes. This will be a great opportunity for women from all over the the state to forge a lasting connection in the Maryland General Assembly and to inspire them to become more involved with legislative process.
APPLY HERE By February 23: https://goo.gl/forms/tYK7eaA1OLvlhtoy2
If you are a mentorship participant, you may RSVP here (link in bio): https://goo.gl/forms/G1YDNeblNx58ddjX2
Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus
Amy Frieder, Chair
Ebony Johnson, Leadership Pipeline Director
Alexandria Appah, Advocacy Director
Alexandra Barnett, Communications Director
Hila Arbell, Programming Director
#YDMWC #youngdemocrats #YDM #democrats #shadowday
#MDWomensForum #YDMWC #Women #Maryland #MDGA17 #Politics “You are wasting your time working in politics!” “A woman will never be President because women are too emotional and make bad decisions!” “What you do in politics doesn’t matter it doesn’t impact me in my life. I’m too busy working and taking care of my family.” This is just a glimpse of the comments I received from a man when I spoke about my passion for politics. I like to be fully transparent. There are still chauvinistic men that exist in this world that absolutely do not respect nor want women in power. To those men and others who think like them I say: “Women lead and we do a damn good job at leading!” I truly love what I do. I love making a difference in this world. I love helping other women not just enter politics but WIN elections. Our voices matter! Women serving in elected positions matter! When women serve in office we get things done!
I had the honor to attend the Maryland Women’s Legislative Forum sponsored by the Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus.
Delegate Aruna Miller, Delegate Pam Queen, Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins, Delegate Angela Angel, Dr. Leana Wen the Health Commissioner of Baltimore, and Elisabeth Sachs of the Job Opportunities Task Force all served on the panel to discuss legislation directly impacting women and immigrants.
Two of the major highlights was the Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act and the Maryland Paid Sick Leave Bill. The Delegates and Advocates informed all women in attendance on how they can support and advocate to help get legislation passed. There was also a discussion on how women can prepare to run for office and ways that women can support political campaigns. Three of the State Delegates
were trained by EMERGE Maryland a women’s organization designed to train and equip women to run for office and win. Another political training organization highlighted was Wellstone.
What steps can you take today to support your local candidates? First find out who your elected officials are and then contact them. Ask how you can help? If you are interested in running for office visit the Maryland board of elections website and educate yourself on the requirements to run for office. Consider taking political training to prepare and build your network. Together we can all work to build a better Maryland!
Websites for more information:
Maryland Board of Elections http://www.elections.state.md.us/
Find Your Maryland Elected Officials http://www.mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6&poptype=find&popid=
EMERGE Maryland http://www.emergemaryland.org/
Maryland Legislative Session 2017 http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/sessions/2017.html
Today I plan to sit at the table with women throughout Maryland to discuss important legislation concerning us at the Maryland Women’s Legislative Briefing. It’s hard to have a voice if you don’t sit at the table. Rape laws matter. The Violence Against Women Act matters. Immigration laws matter. Equality in Pay matters. Family Medical Sick Leave and the minimum wage increase matters. These are all issues we’ve been fighting for years. These are topics we’ll be discussing today. How to push forward on these laws impacting women. Today we will establish “New Visions, New Voices: Charting the Course for Our Future.”
Get involved! If you are interested in joining the movement to chart our future here are steps that you can take:
Run for office.
* Volunteer to help a campaign.
* Apply for positions on the local Task Forces and the Commissions.
* Learn who your Congressional Representatives are and contact them to let them know how you feel about the Executive Orders. Find and contact your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/