I want to be able to type this recognition for the Maryland School for the Deaf and the 150th anniversary. As a political candidate that touts education as one of the platforms that I vow to push through from K-12, I have to say that MSD and several other schools played a role in my understanding of the importance of education. Education is something that isn’t just learned inside of the classroom – it’s also learned and applied to real-life situations that many people experience daily. “There is a lot of the awareness in the community because of the work Maryland School for the Deaf has done, and by the infusion … of people moving into the area.” Said Chad Baker, who was the Deputy Superintendent before he retired; which is very true – the Maryland School for the Deaf isn’t just a school – but its’ a centerpiece in the heart of Frederick County for the Deaf community – a community that I am proud to be a member of. The school is a home for those who are seeking connection; a community that can rally behind one another and show support for one another. I am an alumnus of the Maryland School for the Deaf and I also want to be able to say “congratulations, MSD – for lasting 150 years” – through perilous times and through golden ages – MSD continued and will continue to stand as a beacon of education for students that continue to move to thrive and excel in what they do best – becoming role models for the next generation and carrying on the torch of education.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I felt that it was important for me to make my position clear on this topic: Abortion – I’m a pro-choice supporter, after being taught by the females in my family, I realized that it’s important for me to show my stance on this issue.
There’s a bill that has been brought to the floor by Delegate Barrie Ciliberti (R-District 4) called “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” – which really limits/prohibit the procedure of abortion done on a fetus that is at the 20-week mark – which is the second trimester.
My position on this piece of legislation is that I OPPOSE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. What really gears my minds is that this bill is being proposed by an individual who happens to have the XY chromosome – a MALE – someone who doesn’t understand what it is like to carry a baby for nine months – someone who doesn’t understand that each woman has experienced some kind of negative effect that can range from being raped, sexually assaulted, or even a victim of molestation/incest. Where do the state have the right to dictate how a woman can handle her own body – let’s keep it real – we men are not in the gynecologist office every day where a female patient could have been told the worst news of their lives – that having a child would put you at greater risk or death due to some underlying factor that we don’t know. Does this bill outline that? NO! Does this bill penalize doctors for honoring the Hippocratic Oath – YES! Does this bill give the government a greater overreach in the conduct of how a woman manages her body – YES! We are not in the business of telling a female what to do with their own bodies, and we are not in the business of making medical decisions for them!
Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade – that case pretty much set the standard for women who are seeking the proper pre-natal medical access – so what we should be doing is asking females – what do you need to help IMPROVE the child-bearing experience? What do you – the Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts, the carriers of our future generations – need? This is unique for me because I attended a forum back in Jan regarding females in prisons and it was hosted by Reproductive Justice Inside – and I left that forum with such a broken heart to hear stories of pregnant women being mistreated in the correctional system – the one system where we have a greater duty to ensure their welfare. With my thoughts being said – I also want to be able to raise the question that this bill hasn’t addressed – and will probably not address – what about transgendered individuals? Are we to sanction the same kind of prohibition on transgendered individuals who still want to become a carrier of the future? What are we doing to ensure that females across the state continue to get the best quality care from medical professionals?
So, I will say it again – I oppose this bill, and I will pledge my fight for women in my district and across the state if elected to serve as your delegate. I welcome all the inputs, advice and suggestion to ensure that we, as a state, can provide better medical services to you in the privacy of your own space as a female, whether you see a midwife, a PA, a PCP, A gynecologist – that’s our job as legislators – to provide the best services, and not to prohibit or infringe on the rights of females all across the state and in my district.
So a week has passed since the Governor’s State of the State speech – Let’s take a look at this from a different aspect – He has a nine million dollar war chest, he’s running to make history to win a second term as the Republican Governor that hasn’t won re-election since Spiro Agnew was Governor in the early 70s. He has a very high respectable rating as the Governor. He has made a few points that I have to be able to look at with a very fine grain of salt. I have to say that after hearing his state of state – I really wonder if he understands that most of his policies are in some way helping Washington – with his infrastructure plan that really can be reinvested in the counties of Maryland. But some of the things that he mentioned really should be looked at with a very fine magnifying glass – such as the School Accountability Act – when schools work hard to ensure that they are held accountable – what about the role of MSDE? Where will the Accountability start? And who should be punished or taken accountable? There are some bills that I support that does make sense – But he has to be able to understand that people will see this as a re-election promise – I am just saying that he could really have delivered the State of State better – “Maryland is open for business” – Maryland was always open for business – but it also has a chance to be open to anyone who wants to be able to make a better living than where they were previously.
As I type this, I type this with an understanding that we are heading into a different era. We are heading into an era where Fake News has become the norm, Hate is on the rise, and people are just feeling unsure. I leave this message for people with open arms: Love is always here – in our hearts, in our minds, and in our voices. I say that as I continue to try to be the voice of reason among madness – I say that as I continue to try to fight with love, education, and peace with open arms. But let’s not stop asking questions, let’s not stop trying to get the answers.
So today I want to compose this post for several reasons; some of the legislative proposals that are being spearheaded in the 2018 Legislative Sessions down in Annapolis, along with my thoughts of MLK Day.
So, the General Assembly is currently debating a very important issue that I think needs to be addressed: Term Limits. I think it’s very important to be able to address this topic because I think it’s time to impose term limits on the legislators. I believe in imposing term limits because Maryland has really been a beacon of progressiveness when it comes to social liberal issues and fiscal issues. But speaking as a person who is looking from outside in, the lack of term limits can really put a stop to the progress because in a democracy; term limits is what makes a small cornerstone of our great institutions work – George Washington was the first elected President of the United States under the Constitution; and there were no term limits imposed on him; he voluntarily turned over the mantle of power after his second term because he knew that the fight to be independent of a tyranny that was not paying attention to the terms of the citizens. So for the General Assembly to take that issue to the floor; I commend them and I hope that they pass it. I also want to take the time to recognize that the General Assembly did the right thing by overriding the Governor’s veto on the paid sick leave legislation that passed last year.
My thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King in the 21st century is one of the most daily thoughts I have as a black male in the modern era where many different things have appeared and I just feel shellshocked over it; from the 45th president making derogatory terms about various minorities; to insulting other nations and the pride that they harbor for their home. It really makes me wonder so much about the direction that we are going as a nation. As you know, Dr. King made a speech that resonated throughout the National Mall 55 years ago – one of the things that he said in the speech that really needs to reflect on the values of the populous – “But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” — “I have a dream” — Dr. Martin Luther King. So somewhere along the line, we have lost ourselves and we need to find that dream. We need to be able to take a look and see what can we do to provide the proper steps toward that dream.
So, 2018! I must admit that the first week of 2018 has been interesting to say; a lot of things has transpired. But I want to take the time to be able to mention a few things; as my readers are full aware of my political aspiration; I want to let you know that I have officially announced my campaign as we are entering the 2018 election cycle. I will try to make sure that I continue to keep you updated with various things that is going on from my end.
So, I wanted to be able to convey my thoughts about 2017 – 2017 was a year that really has been a blessing and a lesson in one. As one of my dearest friend came up with this quote: “Every lesson is a blessing” – I took that advice and I saw what she meant when she told me that quote; Everything that one does – it’s a lesson and a blessing because you are your own teacher with the right guidance, you can understand the lesson that is being taught and feel blessed by it. Often, I wonder about the direction of life – where are we going; how are we making a positive impact on people that comes into our circle and that leaves our circle. 2017 also created some uncertain moments for me but I realized that having uncertain moments are necessary – because it can either create a make/or break moment for you – When I decided to file my candidacy for public office – I was uncertain about the plan that I created for myself – but I realized that I am doing something that I’m certain about – I’m following my dreams of going into public service – so uncertainty is an good thing; it will enable you to think about the negative – but it will also force you to be reminded of the positive aspects of that doubt; every positive thing will always produce some form of negative feeling – but it will also allow you to be able to take a step back and look at the bigger picture only to realize that some of the things that you have done or started is for you and your ability to follow/chase your dreams.
So on that note – 2017 was a dear friend to me and I relish every moment of 2017; where I have lost and made new friends, where I have lost myself and found myself again – where I have taken opportunities and made it a blessing and a lesson – I look forward to what 2018 has to offer.
So a few night I decided to look at the special election that was being conducted for Jeff Session’s seat. There were a few signs that this would be a surprise and something to be able to keep a close eye on as the 2018 election comes to the front view. The special election in Alabama really shined a lot on a lot of things from the brand messaging that the Grand Old Party (GOP) delivered was very poor – to the Democratic Brand messaging which they showed that they were the better choice. Also, the special election shined a light on a new demographic: Black Voters; specifically, black female voters who came out and wanted to show their support for the democratic candidate Doug Jones who won. But I want to be able to take the time to congratulate the Senator-Elect Doug Jones; but more importantly I want to be able to congratulate the 49.9% of the population who came out and made their voice heard. That’s the best part about our way of governance, the fact that the republic heard the voices of the citizens of Alabama who rejected the ideology of pedophilia, bigotry, and misogyny that has been promoted by the GOP. One of the things that we need to look at is the concept of Trumpism and how that will end up damaging the country if we do not try to change it with people who care about this country.
Many people are calling the election of Roy Moore and Doug Jones a bellwether of 2018 as they look at the historical win of Scott Brown and the damage that the Democratic Party had in 2010; where they had complete major control of both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. But the Democratic Party managed to make mistakes along the way that costed them that control; but now we understood the consequences of ignoring the stakeholders and the party itself is taking necessary measures to ensure that we don’t ignore them 100%. There was an article that was published in the Slate Magazine that explained that the Doug Jones campaign owes its victory to the 98%; mostly Black females that wanted to send a message and I’m here to say that WE HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR! So, in 2018; we must ensure that all parties involved are heard by a party that wants to take the wheel back and make sure that we fulfill the dreams of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama – a direction that puts America on a path of success; progressive – forwardness.
First off, I want to take the time to apologize for my delay in posting – Life has really become interesting over the last two months, from starting graduate school to working a new job – I have to say that I feel blessed with the support system that I have.
With that being said, I want to be able to take the time to be able to shine the light on the Maryland Election Cycle (MEC) of 2017-2018. As we know, based on history, that the United States Constitution requires the House of Representatives to undergo an re-election cycle every two years to ensure that one party doesn’t become too dominant in that aspect, along with the United States Senate. This year, we have 435 seats that are up for election/re-election, along with 33 Senate seats that is up for election/re-election. To add to that, we have 36 gubernatorial elections that could change the dynamics of the nation in a very riveting year since the surprising upset election results back in November 2016. But I want to be able to shine a light on the election cycle that is currently underway in Maryland.
As many individuals are aware, that the incumbent is Governor Larry Hogan, who has really surprised a lot of individuals within his own party and within the opposition party as well. His popularity rate as of September 2017 hovers in the low 60s which is rare for a sitting Republican governor that occupies the Government House (Governor’s home). But he has managed to push a platform that doesn’t alienate the ideology of both parties, however in a time where issues can be polarized – it doesn’t take much for one to know their stances. I made my informal announcement that I was running for the House of Delegates – working on a formal announcement in the due time. But however the platform that Governor has spearheaded doesn’t really put everyone on that same standing — take the Amazon Bid for example – Howard County, Prince George’s County and Baltimore City has submitted a bid with the full blessing of the Governor – but once again he is honing his focus the central part of Maryland without taking in consideration other counties that needs to be counted – that deserves a seat at the table.
That’s why I’m running for the Delegate seat because it’s time that all counties get heard, get a seat at the table when it comes to statewide issues that eventually affects them; not just Baltimore County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, or Montgomery County. All counties has a voice and we deserve to be at the table. It’s time that we pay close attention to the Main Street communities and not just to the big businesses that is doing division than collaboration. We need to make sure that we can be able to bring that main street approach back to the table and ensure that we are doing all we can to make Maryland a better Maryland.