Your Reps Contact Information

Sr. Senator Ben Cardin: Contact Form for Direct Email

D.C. Office (202) 224-4524
Baltimore Office (410) 962-4436
Bowie Office (301) 860-0414
Cumberland Office (301) 777-2957
Rockville Office (301) 762-2974
Salisbury Office (410) 546-4250
Southern Maryland Office (301) 860-0414

Jr. Senator Van Hollen: Contact Form for Direct Email

D.C. Office (202) 224-4654

Representative Elijah Cummings: Contact Form for Direct Email

D.C. Office (202) 225-4741 Hours: M-F 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM EST
Baltimore Office  (410) 685-9199 Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM EST
Catonsville Office (410) 719-8777 Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM EST
Ellicott City (410) 465-8259 M-F 8:30AM to 5PM EST
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Getting Press Coverage at Your Event

For local media contacts, please see below link:

https://wordpress.com/post/catonsvilleindivisible.wordpress.com/624

How To Get Press To Cover Your Event (from Indivisible National):

With events and actions revving up this summer, it’s a good time to review your group’s local media strategy. Local media coverage forces your member of Congress and their staff to spend time reckoning with your issues and your stories. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive press coverage guideto help drum up more coverage before your next event! We recommend your group leaders read the full guide, but here’s out quick rundown:

  • Plan an Indivisible event that’s media-friendly. When planning your next event, make sure media coverage is baked in from the beginning. Consider the timeliness of your issue, what visuals you can provide to catch attention, and how your scheduling may impact coverage.
  • Invite media to your local event. We recommend designating a point person for media relations within your group who will handle.
  • No media at your event? No problem. We have lots of tips on how to generate media coverage even when reporters didn’t attend, including sharing photos and video from your event on social media and tagging the reporters you pitched as soon after the event as possible.
  • Consider different types of media. Every reporter will be looking for something different, but journalists from the same kind of media will have similar needs. For example, if you’re pitching a rally to local television and radio outlets, make sure you provide a “mult-box” ready for them to plug into at the event site.

Lastly, make sure your events are registered at indivisible.org/events so we can lift them up too. Any event on the map by Friday at 11:59pm ET will go out in a Saturday email to Indivisibles near your event.

And here’s how you register events:

  1. Group leaders can register events with us at this link.
  2. After registering an event, group leaders will get an email to the email address they provided when they registered, with the subject line “Confirm your local Indivisible event”.
  3. The same link that a group leader clicks to confirm their event will lead them to their host tools. It’s a good idea to star the “Confirm your local Indivisible event” email, as that will be the only place the group leader can find the link to their host tools.

Factors to Consider When Endorsing a Candidate

At the end of the day, you’re endorsing a candidate because you think they’re the best person to hold political office. But making that assessment involves thinking through a lot of factors about who the candidate is, what they stand for, and what their chances are.

Key factors your Indivisible group will want to consider:

VALUES AND POLICIES Candidates should share your values and care about the same bold policies that your group does. What issues does your candidate focus on? What policies do they support? Do they share your values? In order to answer these questions, you may need to define for your own group what’s most important. No one knows your community or your group better than you do, and no one can better assess a candidate than you can. By clearly stating your values, you preferred policies, and what you’re looking for in an elected official, you can help elevate your issues, shape the race and push the candidates to reflect your values.

REPRESENTATION MATTERS Public policy is better when the people at the table reflect the diverse range of backgrounds and experiences of our nation. Americans all have life experiences that impact their understanding of politics and policy, and every elected official—including people of color, women, religious minorities, and disabled and LGBTQ+ Americans—brings their personal background to the table.  When contemplating making an endorsement, we encourage you to recognize the importance of seeking out and supporting candidates from underrepresented groups. A candidate’s race or gender will not be the only factor in choosing whether or not to endorse, but we cannot ignore these factors if we want politicians who truly reflect our electorate and movement.

VIABILITY—BUT ONLY TO A CERTAIN EXTENT Viability is how we describe a candidate’s chances of winning. To be blunt, “viability” is a buzzword for political hacks, and it’s usually used to describe why some upstart candidate has no chance. The thing is, us hacks are often flat wrong. Remember when Trump was considered totally not viable? Yeah. This is why we include the “viability” factor with some strong caveats. In reality, the importance you place on viability depends on the local context and your Indivisible group’s goals. If you’re in a swing district with an open seat, there may be a dozen candidates in the primary, some much stronger than others. Understanding who’s got a strong foundation can help you decide where to focus attention. On the other hand, if you’ve got a front-runner who’s the overwhelming favorite but consistently votes against progressive values, you may want to endorse a longshot progressive candidate—even if they don’t have much of a chance of winning the primary.

(Excerpted from Indivisible Endorsements, A Practical Guide for Endorsing in Primaries and Beyond, https://indivisible435.org/endorsement/)

Rally to Prevent Gun Violence, NRA HQ, April 14, 12-2 pm

Sat., Apr. 14, 12-2 p.m., National Rifle Association headquarters, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax. (Note: Time change.)
Facebook event here.

All area students and the people who love them are urged to join this protest hosted by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Northern Virginia Chapter. Special speakers will be featured and kids from outside Northern Virginia will attend too.  Signs provided.

Vigils are held at the NRA the 14th of each month in memory of the victims of Sandy Hook, Dec. 14, 2012, as a public reminder that the American people want safe and sane gun laws.

Sponsored by the: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF).

Travel down with Catonsville Indivisibles on the metro. UUCF will provide transporation to the NRA from the Vienna Subway Station, or you can drive and park on Fairfax Ridge Road across from the NRA.

Contact Gillian if you want to travel with or meet us there:  catindiv@gmail.com

See link below for more information:

https://uucf.org/ending-gun-violence-vigil/