Local Refugee Organizations

Local Refugee Support Organizations & Resources Baltimore County Area

Organizations

 Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Refugee Youth Project (RYP) http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/ | Seeks to improve the lives of Baltimore’s youngest refugees by supporting their academic needs; improve their literacy skills, enhance their knowledge of American culture, engage in extracurricular activities, and grow to be confident, caring individuals. Volunteer opportunities http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/

 Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) Baltimore www.asyleewomen.org | AWE provides transitional housing, companionship and community to asylum seekers by offering a safe and nurturing home, opportunities to connect within the larger community and each other. Volunteer Opportunities http://www.asyleewomen.org/volunteer

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Baltimore https://www.rescue.org/united-states/baltimore-md | Provides support for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants. Volunteer opportunities https://www.rescue.org/announcement/volunteer-opportunities-baltimore

Soccer Without Borders sponsors under-served youth and their families (which include refugees). They are looking for volunteers to be family mentors and tutors. http://www.swbbaltimore.org/volunteer-opportunities

Church Groups

 Contact to inquire about congregations that support refugees in your local area.

 Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance (ERICA) Baltimore www.erica-baltimore.org | ERICA helps refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, and other immigrants through educational workshops, material assistance, and one-on-one problem solving.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) Baltimore www.lirs.org |LIRS works with migrants and refugees. If interested in working with the Lutheran Church, call them to see where they support refugees at churches in your area.

St. Matthew Catholic Church Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC) Baltimore http://www.ioscbalt.org/ | The IOSC at St. Matthew Catholic Church is for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, regardless of status or ethnicity.

Catholic Charities Esperanza Center Baltimore http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/immigrants/?referrer=https://www.google.com/ | Staff and volunteers provide services and referrals, ESL education, healthcare, and low-cost immigration legal services to thousands of immigrants each year.

Aleppo Kitchen Project https://www.aleppokitchenmd.com/ Use this website to order catered Syrian food to support local refugee families.

Resources

Catonsville Emergency Assistance http://catonsvillehelp.org/

Southwestern Emergency Services (Arbutus) https://www.facebook.com/Southwest-Emergency-Services-291834380827346/

Gather Baltimore (City) provides food 4 days a week for financially challenged families http://www.gatherbaltimore.org/new/

 Indivisible Immigrant Toolkit https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources/online/immigrant-ally-toolkit/

Maryland Resources for Refugees, Asylees, Asylum-Seekers, and Immigrants http://www.interculturalcounseling.org/community-resources

University of Maryland & World Relief Baltimore Immigration Clinic, Pro Bono Immigration Court Consultation Project https://www.law.umaryland.edu/programs/clinic/initiatives/immigration/icc/ Provides free consultations to individuals who are in removal proceedings before the Baltimore Immigration Court. Staffed by experienced volunteer immigration attorneys from Maryland.

 Compiled October 2017

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Defending DACA Resources

Defending DACA Resources

News sources are reporting that President Trump is considering terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This move would turn our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. Terminating DACA would place the nearly 800,000 DREAMers whom the program allows to work and live legally in the United States at immediate risk of deportation. We need to call on our elected leaders TODAY to keep the DACA program intact. More information at http://defenddaca.com/

Vigils and events are on defenddaca.com and will be posted on United We Dream on Twitter and Facebook. @unitedwedream https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWeDream

DACA Graphics from different organizations for use on social media

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BzwKcEUflSONRG1nUDlQaDZjNjA

DACA Facebook Videos to Share

https://www.facebook.com/AllianceSD/videos/1672248082845918/

OFA The Dream Is Now documentary (30 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqYptDgq3T0

Talking Points if Trump Rescinds DACA

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ztPu-a9bYPwS_RF7lptVTsW9Osq0ahXvqHDxsius1gk/edit

DACA Announcement Reaction Toolkit by Defend Our Dreams

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzwKcEUflSONS3JCc0Z0RTJoX28

Indivisible Guide Call To Action
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/tell-senator-defend-daca-support-durbin-graham-dream-act/

If DACA is Rescinded Media Advisories template from Interfaith Workers Justice

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t1rJ4ebeIB0JbsG6kbeHUhGpE0Fufce54HVGjATouFA

#undocuhope #United4Texas Tweet Sheet

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_TylS_CXMxjx60lpNoSa3xAdqmsy_KaZjh5_87z9P1A

 

Hastag for all tweets and posts
#DefendDACA and  #RiseAndOrganize

                                            DACA Related Actions

1) CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON

Representatives: 1-888-496-3502
Senators: 1-888-410-0619
*Please call your 1 Representative and then your 2 Senators

Sample Script: “Hi, my name is X and I’m calling from City, State and my zip code is X. I am a person of faith. I’m deeply concerned about the reports that President Trump could end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this week. I support the program and strongly oppose any attempt to terminate or alter it. I urge the Senator/Representative to do everything in his/her power to protect 800,000 DACA-recipients from deportation and support their right to work and study in this country. There are three things I’m hoping your office will do right now. Can the Senator/Representative appeal directly to the President to keep this program in place, issue a public statement of support for DACA recipients, and support a clean passage of S.1615 (DREAM ACT)/H.R.3591, the HOPE Act of 2017?”

IF DACA IS RESCINDED SAMPLE SCRIPT: “Hi, my name is X and I’m calling from City, State and my zip code is X. As a person of faith, I strongly oppose President Trump rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This move is devastating for my community. I urge the Senator/Representative to do everything in his/her power to protect 800,000 DACA-recipients from detention or deportation and push for a pathway to citizenship through the immediate and clean passage of S.1615 (DREAM ACT)/H.R.3591, the HOPE Act of 2017?

2)  DC HUNGER FAST SOLIDARITY ACTIONS

From September 5th-September 8th, United We Dream (UWD) and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) are organizing a hunger fast in Washington, DC to stand in solidarity with DACAmented community members and #defendDACA. DACA recipients will begin a hunger fast on September 5th, the deadline the Texas Attorney General and others have imposed on Trump to cancel DACA or face a lawsuit. It will last throughout the week. Click here to join an action in solidarity to support DACA and TPS. If you are in DC RSVP here for action on September 5th.

From now until September 5th, NAKASEC is holding a 24-hour vigil in front of the White House to defend DACA and save TPS. The action today will also include calls to say #NoMuslimBanEver. Please join us! Sign up to be part of the solidarity fast, vigils and actions

3) Faith Leaders

Faith leaders: We invite you to host solidarity vigils around the country. Click here for a faith vigil toolkit to learn how to host an interfaith vigil and sample media resources to amplify its coverage! For more resources, click here for a DACA mini faith toolkit. You can also connect with local undocumented youth organizations and immigrants rights groups.

Faith communities across traditions have repeatedly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to immigrant youth and their families, advocating for the DREAM Act, writing letters and filing Amicus briefs in support of the DACA program, and calling on all elected leaders to champion policies that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals in the United States.

Follow @InterfaithImm on Twitter and “like” the Interfaith Immigration Coalition on Facebook to receive up-to-date alerts. Please tell us if you take action (opens a new webpage)!

4) ONLINE ACTION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Please tweet @realDonaldTrump and your Senators/Representatives:

  • We are called to #LoveThyNeighbor + welcome the stranger. @realDonaldTrump Dreamers deserve our protection #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • Dreamers are: students, teachers, doctors, small-business professionals & integral to our communities & economies #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • .@realDonaldTrump Ending DACA= loss of $460.3 B from GDP over 10 years + removal of 685,000 workers from economy. #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • .@realDonaldTrump Young immigrants who have long called America their home shouldn’t be stripped of legal status #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • .@realDonaldTrump Faith communities continue to fight to #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA DefendDACA.com

  • People of faith call on @realDonaldTrump to #defendDACA + the 800,000 immigrant youth it protects #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • 800,000 immigrant youth could lose their jobs and stability for their families if @realDonaldTrump eliminates #DACA #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • Over 5 yrs DACA has provided work permits to undocumented youth +invigorated our communities #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA DefendDACA.com

  • With DACA, immigrant youth have been able to purchase homes and support their children. We have to #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • My faith community stands with DACAmented immigrant neighbors & call on Congress + @realDonaldTrump to #defendDACA #Faith4DACA

  • Ave hourly wages rose by 69% after DACA=more tax revenue for cities, states, & U.S. https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=437956#DefendDACA #Faith4DACA @realDonaldTrump

  • 16% of DACA recipients bought houses, 5% started businesses https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=437956 #DefendDACA #Faith4DACA @realDonaldTrump

  • At least 72% of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA beneficiaries https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=437956#DefendDACA #Faith4DACA @realDonaldTrump

Click to tweet at Members of Congress facts about DACA and calls for them to engage. See more resources and ideas for social media action in this Digital Toolkit. 

5) WRITE AN OPINION EDITORIAL IN SUPPORT OF DACA

Please click here for template Op-Eds that you can localize and add personal stories. See a recent Op-Ed in Baltimore Sun by local bishops, and others at www.interfaithimmigration.org/issues/dream-act/.

5) KNOW & SHARE THE MESSAGE TO DEFEND DACA & TPS

For DACA recipients: 5 Things You Should Know

Talking Points

Factsheets & Sample Social Media Posts

Sign On Letters

 

In case you’re going on air today & weekend – TOPLINES[frame – a no decision today as a win for our side and a demonstration of how organizing and pressure can win]

  1. When Trump and the WH took a good look at the human consequences of upending the lives of 800,000 Dreamers, they blinked. And for good reasons: DACA works, those with DACA are Americans in all but paperwork, and it would be heartless and cruel to dash their futures. Clearly, the outpouring of support from business leaders, faith communities, educators, governors, mayors, Democrats and a growing number of Republicans has made it clear that the country stands with Dreamers. This undoubtedly made a difference in this WH decision.
  2. Trump, Republicans in Congress should call on Paxton to back off. Paxton created this unnecessary crisis with an artificial deadline, and he can end it by pulling back. Paxton should focus on the crisis in Texas and not create a new one for the nation.
  3. DACA should be kept in place and Congress should step up and enact a permanent solution – a clean DREAM Act – without delay and without turning Dreamers or the DREAM Act into bargaining chips.

 

No Hate in 21228 Vigil and Rally

When: Thursday August 31st 2017

Where: Immanuel Church of Christ, 1905 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville, MD, 21228

Time: 7-9pm.

Rain or Shine

What to bring: Flashlights battery operated or real candles. While we will have American flags to wave we may run out. If you have some bring them.

FLYER: No Hate in 21228 Flyer

SPEAKERS FOR VIGIL AND RALLY

-Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin/ Community Rabbi
-Danette Zaghari-Mask, Islamic Society of Baltimore
-Pat Young State of Maryland Delegate District 44b Baltimore County
-Catonsville Councilman Tom Quirk
-Reverend Falak Robson Pakistani Pastor from Emmanuel Luthern Church
-Reverend Dr. Ruby Gilliam from the Divine Wisdom Center on behalf of Bishop -Debnam Morning Star Baptist Church
-Charles Syndor III State of Maryland Delegate for District 44b/Baltimore County
-Terri L. Hill State of Maryland Delegate for District 12/ Baltimore and Howard County
-John Olszewski, Jr. former State Delegate and Candidate for Baltimore County Executive
-Zainab Chaudry, Muslim Civil Liberties
-Clarence Lam, State of Maryland Delegate District 12 Baltimore and Howard County
-Robbie Leonard, past chair of Baltimore County Democratic Party and state senator candidate for the Towson area.
-Holly Leon Lierman – Catonsville resident and mother

-E Pluribus Unum

Meeting Notes – Whole Group Meeting August 19, 2017

**Note: Names and email addresses have been withheld from these minutes. Please contact Catonsville Indivisibles (catonsvilleindivisble@gmail.com) for further information on anything below**

Moment of Silence – Solidarity with Charlottesville

Welcome all! Thanks for attending and warm welcome to all new attendees.

Shoutouts/Data Update – Thanks for everything people are doing to resist Trump’s agenda. A snapshot of a few of these things are below:

  • ACA Defenders: Special thanks to those who participated (called, wrote, attended rallies, etc) in defense of the ACA!!! Coffee and snacks are provided as thanks.
  • Phone Banks
    -Quist Phone Bank: ½ dozen people made over 100 calls.
    -Ossoff Phone Bank: 6 people, 78 calls made
    -Dial to defend ACA: 5 people; 276 calls made into Maine.
  • Trainings
    -CASA Bystander Training: Several members went and learned how to observe and collect information.
    -Voter Registration Training: 14 people trained, several members
  • Rallies
    -Numerous to support ACA & attendance for John McCain’s historical vote
    -Women’s March Against the NRA
  • Other
    -Catonsville Indivisibles Picnic:  68 people attending from many organizations, including several representatives and members from Catonsville Indivisibles, Together We Will, Towson Indivisibles, & North Baltimore Co. Indivisibles, great food and company.
    -Attendance at vigil, and shoe donations for Queen Anne and Kent County Indivisible Art Installation Project
    -Official comments in Federal Dockets (Fed Energy Reg Commission to oppose fracked gas pipeline in MD; against US EPA rolling back various environmental regulations)
    -Calls to MOC’s/Scott Pruitt (EPA) in support of keeping the US in the Paris Climate Agreement
    -Shout out to all group leaders for keeping up with everything happening, and for organizing events and the newsletter.

Guest Speaker: Robbie Leonard on recent voter and turnout trends
Robbie spoke about the analysis of historical voter and election information as a cause for optimism in the 2018 mid-term elections. For example in the last 35 out of 38 mid-term elections, the minority party picked up a significant number of congressional seats. This is also more likely when presidential approval is less than 50%. However, despite being optimistic, we must still be cautious. We need to stay aggressive, not be over-confident, and put in the necessary work. It is easy to get discouraged, especially with the recent special elections to fill the empty seats resulting from Trump’s cabinet picks (e.g. Ossoff, Quist, Parnell, Thompson, but, we need to keep two things in mind: 1) those cabinet picks were made because they were safe republican seats where republicans would be reappointed, and 2) the democratic candidates in those races lost by very small margins, especially given the margins the prior November. In Maryland, 2014 was a great year for the GOP – they currently have more seats in the state house/senate than since the 1920s & Hogan is a popular governor. We need to increase voter turnout through voter registration and education on early voting. The importance of knocking on doors and communicating directly with voters cannot be overstated. Phone banks and canvassing are very important. Get involved with Precinct2Precinct, increase group diversity, find out what is important to voters, move past Hillary and Bernie.

  • Large Group Discussion
    The Precinct to Precinct program was explained. This is a program to connect with voters by walking neighborhoods and knocking on doors, to initially, find out what is important to voters, and to later to encourage people to vote. Walk lists are provided for neighborhoods. Training is provided periodically in Towson, or can be arranged by speaking to the District field coordinator.
  • The billboard to highlight Andy Harris’ health care vote was discussed and the design for the billboard was shared.
  • The Catonsville Vigil Against Hate is planned for August 31 from 7-9 pm at the Immanuel Church of Christ on Edmondson Ave. Speakers will include community leaders and representatives. Help is needed with organization.
  • Meeting attendees voted that a monthly meeting is preferable to a bi-monthly meeting, especially to regain momentum following the summer. Therefore a meeting has been scheduled for September 23.

Healthcare Committee Report – Defense of the ACA

  • The committee held several postcard and letter writing campaigns to senators to urge them to vote against the BCRA. Daily letters were written to all senate members regarding negative impacts of the BCRA.
  • Several members visited the GOP senators offices in June and handed them personal story postcards and talked with staffers about the benefits of the ACA.
    Committee members participated in several ACA rallies hosted by MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood, etc., on the grounds of the Capitol.
  • Members attended the Walk in Our Shoes rally in Chestertown, Maryland, sponsored by the Kent and Queen Anne’s County Indivisible Group. One member was a speaker and discussed how Harris’ vote against the ACA was a vote against his constituents.
  • Members coordinated efforts with Housing Works, Inc., and Center for Popular Democracy to support civil disobedience efforts twice in July. Members assisted those arrested at the Senate Office Buildings.
  • Members visited senators on the day of the vote and sat in the Senate gallery to witness the debate of the amendments and the historic vote. They joined the rally outside the Capitol afterwards to hear Senators discuss the ACA and the need to fix the weaknesses in the law.

Upcoming Catonsville Indivisible Events:
Next Full-Member Meetings, September 23 and October 21, 2017, 10 am, Emmanuel Lutheran
Voter Registration Training, Catonsville Library, September 26, 6:30 pm
Voter Registration, October 24, 8-10 am, Maryland Food Bank Mobile Pantry

Other:
Precinct to Precinct Training (1 hour, 2 people minimum needed):
8/26 Saturday in morning
8/27 Sunday in morning
9/1 Friday around 6 or 7
9/8 Saturday in morning
9/9 Sunday in morning

August 27, 5:30-7:30 – How you can help take back America, Canvassing 101, Columbia
https://actionnetwork.org/events/how-you-can-help-take-back-america?source=direct_link

October 27 to 29, 2017 – Women’s Convention (Women’s March), Detroit

Update: Dial to Defend the ACA

Phone Banking to Defend the ACA
3 Nights in a Row!

All, with Senate coming back on the floor and a “new” senate bill off to the CBO for a score now is the time to flood the Senate with calls. Of particular importance is Senator Collins of Maine. ACA Defenders have built a Hubdialer program that will allow us to connect directly to voters in Maine and then connect them to their Senator’s office. That’s where you come in and staff the phones!

The Baltimore Indivisible Coalition has a different room reserved for each of three days for us to make calls from; timed to greet Senate on their return. We would love for you to join us but if you can’t make (or you want to do more) the Hubdialer is designed to be decentralized. You can make calls from anywhere!

NOTE: The list pulls from (supposedly) the SEIU members. The turf was (and you may expect to be) friendly and receptive.

LOCATIONS
Sunday July 9th 3pm-5pm at the Miller library 9421 Fredrick Rd, Ellicott City Maryland 21042. Sponsored by: Catonsville Indivisible.

5 People made over 270 calls! We had at least 8 people patched through to call Senator Collins’ office and spoke with at least 20 other people who would be making phone calls.

Monday July 10th 6pm-9pm at AFSCME headquarters located at 1410 Bush Street, Baltimore, MD 21228

Tuesday July 11th 6pm-9pm at Baltimore County Democrats office located at 310 W Alleghany Ave in Towson MD 21204

Please bring a laptop and a cell phone. Please sign up for the Hubdialer prior to coming if possible. You can do so here. We look forward to working with you and helping to defend the ACA against the latest attack!

Update

  • When you dial with Hubdialer your phone number is masked.
  • When you start to make your first call it will automatically connect you, without seeing the script before hand.
  • We’ve added images of the script below to get a sense of what is looks like:

What the script looks like

Second part of the script

3rd Part of the Script

What it looks like between calls. Your data appears.

You find yourself in a rush. It is OK to deviate from the script. I eventually started saying the the following which got better results than going through the long script:

Hi my name is____ and I am a volunteer with ACA defenders and we are asking for your help to defend the ACA. We are concerned that 22 million people will lose healthcare including approx. 119,000 in Maine.  We aren’t trying to sell you anything but we are asking that you please make a phone call to your Senator, Susan Collins.

Is that something you would be interested in doing?

IF YES, I either asked them if they would like to be patched through OR gave them her the Senator’s Phone number.

IF NO, I said “Thank you for your time”.

Writing Letters to the Editor

Opinion pages are one of the most read pages in the newspaper, by all layers of society including public officials. Short form letters to the editor (LTEs, ~250 words) or longer-form opinion editorials (op-eds, ~750 words) are a great way for the public to chime in on important topics and even influence the long-term arc of a particular publication’s coverage.

The LTE or Letter to Editor is a brief but effective way to complement, criticize, correct, complete, or say anything relevant to a recent article. Submit to paper within one week of article’s release if possible, and no later than two weeks.

Suggested format:

  1. Email Subject Line = “Title of original article”
  2. Body of email = URL of original article, then your plain text letter (stay comfortably within word limit – keep it tight)
  3. Full name (plus your title if relevant to discussion)
  4. Home address, email, best phone #
  5. NO: special formatting including italics, special fonts, attachments, or images

The Op-Ed or Editorial Opinion is a submission to the features page and may be in regard to any timely issue. It is often longer than an LTE and must be exclusive to that paper. If not published in 10 days, you can usually re-submit elsewhere, after improving of course.

Individual Submission Requirements

Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)

LTE: letters@washpost.com  (< 200 wds). Include position and reason for concern in subject matter.

Op-Ed form: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/opinons/op-ed/submit/ (< 800 wds). Copy/paste your letter in plain text only and don’t use brackets. Include info about personal interest in the subject in Comments box.

Washington Times (washingtontimes.com)

LTE: yourletters@washingtontimes.com (200-300 wds)

Op-Ed: commentary@washingtontimes.com (< 750 wds)

Capital Gazette
The Capital, Maryland Gazette, Crofton-West County Gazette, Bowie Blade-News_(capitalgazette.com)

LTE: capletts@capgaznews.com (< 300 wds)

Op-Ed: rhutzell@capgaznews.com (< 650 wds). Local writers and then local issues given priority.

Carroll County Times_(carrollcountytimes.com)

LTE (<400 wds) and Op-Ed: cctnews@carrollcountytimes.com

Frederick News-Post_(fredericknewspost.com)

Fill in LTE at: https://fredericknewspost-dot-com.bloxcms-ny1.com/site/forms/online_services/letter/

Delmarva Times_(delmarvanow.com)

LTE: newshub@delmarvanow.com (no word limit)

Baltimore Sun_(baltimoresun.com)

LTE: talkback@baltimoresun.com (< 300 wds printed, but anything with substance may appear online)

Op-Ed: commentary@baltsun.com (600-750 wds)

Baltimore City Paper_(citypaper.com)

LTE and Op-Ed: bsoderberg@citypaper.com

Baltimore Afro-American_(afro.com)

LTE: boulware@afro.com (300-500 wds)

Op-Ed: khigh@afro.com (600-800 wds). Must be relevant to African-Americans.

Wall Street Journal_(wsj.com)

LTE: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com (no limit – keep it tight or they will edit for you)

Op-Ed: edit.features@wsj.com (600-1200 wds). Preface with brief summary of content/perspective.

NY Times_(nytimes.com)

LTE: letters@nytimes.com (150-175 wds)

Op-Ed: opinion@nytimes.com (400-1200 wds preferred but any considered)

Writing Guide

  • Respect the editor’s time and they’ll return the favor. Editors are swamped and notice mostly non-euphemistic language. “I believe…” is useless according to one editor. Be concise, limit argument to one point and close it. Avoid phrases evoking war such as ‘in the trenches’ or ‘waging battle’ because glib use of such terms is not appreciated by vets who know what they really mean.
  • Why do you care? Add punch by invoking personal interest (financial, medical, familial, academic, etc.) Increase potential interest of the readership by sticking to local issues. NO FORM LETTERS! Read the form, put it aside and then write your own. The perspective is yours; this is not the place to speak for the Sierra Club. If you are an expert or public figure, anyone can alert the target legislator, organization, or company to your letter.
  • Debate – don’t argue. One meaningful addition – something unknown/appreciated – is worth more than a general overview that is more common knowledge. Back it up with info, not emotion (never be libelous). Secondary sources are often incomplete and biased. Look for primaries such as scientific research, publications, or interviews. Ranting/restating an alternate point of view disqualifies your letter.
  • Papers prefer a broad sampling so pace your submissions (quality, not quantity). But anything worthy is considered and if not printed, may appear online – a more permanent medium. The more LTE’s received in reference to a particular issue, the more compelled an editor is to print at least one. So if you feel it, write it – no need to delegate submissions amongst ourselves.

Thomas Feyer, opinions editor of the NY Times, sums up how to get printed:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/23/opinion/23READ.html

Sample LTE

For Michael Dresser’s “Hogan holds back on joining Virginia, other states in climate alliance”:

Dear Editor,

Michael Dresser’s June 6 article “Hogan holds back on joining Virginia, other states in climate alliance,” although providing a fairly accurate overview of Governor Hogan’s current position regarding climate initiatives, perhaps fails to stress the baseline nature of the Paris agreement. Of course, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement is disheartening and reprehensible. However, it is crucial to remember that if Hogan decides to honor the Paris agreement he will be agreeing to what is a lowest common denominator of climate action. If Maryland hopes to meaningfully contribute to the fight against climate change, Hogan must not only honor, but go above and beyond the Paris agreement. The article does well to mention the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as well as Hogan’s expressed support of it. As with Paris, though, this initiative is a start to this fight, and not an end. If Maryland hopes to be a leader, we must be constantly looking for ways to push innovation in the clean energy economy rather than merely meet baseline requirements. Doubling the strength of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would demonstrate to the world that Maryland is open to the future of business, which will run on clean renewable energy.

Name, Address, Email, phone

See our Media Contact Page for additional reporters.

Information courtesy of Maryland Sierra Club Op-Ed Tool Kit.

CASA Bystander Training

Several members went to a recent CASA Bystander training. Offered by the Maryland Chapter of CASA here. If you would like to volunteer your skills or abilities at future CASA events, please be sure to complete our Baltimore Ally Resource Assessment.

You can also receive the weekly Ally Eblast.  You can sign up here.

Finally, we’ve included links to some resources below to help you navigate conversations with others as you support and advocate for your immigrant neighbors.