May 20, 2020
Maryland NOW held our first-ever online or virtual Annual State Conference on May 16th using Zoom Video Conferencing Software. We had almost 50 people join us, including a few NOW state presidents from around the country who are looking at this medium to hold meetings.
We were able to welcome our own Congressional Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8) to discuss “Looking Ahead in Uncertain Times – Can We Win?” (please see the link on this post) with Maryland NOW members having the opportunity to ask questions following his remarks.
Maryland NOW’s Annual Conference is our supreme governing body that meets annually to elect state officers and to discuss policy and programs members see as helping move us forward.
Since we have no bylaws process at this time for online voting, our Nominations and Elections Chair, Jennierose D’Elia-Dufour prepared and mailed ballots to all members in attendance and eligible to vote following the conference. The last day to return ballots is May 29th. The results will be published in this space following the announcement of the election outcome.
The Maryland NOW State Council will consider the positions for Action VP and Secretary at their next state meeting, probably held via Zoom Video Conferencing Software. Council members (representing our executive committee and member chapters) will also discuss moving forward with plans for the coming general election cycle and efforts we will want to undertake to elect new national leadership for our country.
If you are interested in joining us in a leadership role (your interest in activism makes you a leader!) please contact Jennierose D’Elia-Dufour at firstname.lastname@example.org or our president, Sandy Bell (email@example.com) for more information.
The recording begins with Rep Raskin’s introduction to the group by MD NOW President Sandy Bell.
April 16, 2020
Maryland NOW is very concerned about the spike in incidents of domestic violence and the increase in suicides over the last month. Directives to stay-at-home and the isolation it brings don’t help either of these situations.
Here are two small posters you can download which contain hotline/crisis line numbers for people struggling with these issues.
Please download them. You may be able to take them to your grocery or pharmacy, your apartment building or condo community, or even around your neighborhood.