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Raskin leads Silver Spring vigil to end immigrant family border separation

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Attendees hold candles during a vigil to end family separationsAttendees hold candles during a vigil to end family separations. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVSILVER SPRING — In the face of President Trump’s family separation policy, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) gathered with constituents for a candlelight vigil Friday. 

“The shameful policy separating parents from children is not only a violation of international law, which it is; it’s not only a violation of our treaties on the treatment of refugees; it’s not only a violation of the Constitution of the United States of America,” Raskin said from a stage at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring to a crowd of approximately 200 people. “This policy is not who we are.”

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Hundreds attend Raskin pre-rally

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postersPosters at the Silver Spring Civic Center PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKHundreds of people, ranging in age from those too young to walk to Dr. Anne Riley who described herself as “83 years old and still marching,” packed the Silver Spring Civic Center Saturday morning for pre-rally event prior to the national March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. 

The event, led by U.S Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), offered attendees a chance to gear up for the day’s march. Those who preregistered and paid $20 left the 90-minute rally and climbed aboard one of more than 25 buses that took them to the march in D.C.

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B-CC students organize gun violence forum

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B CC ForumSen. Chris Van Hollen met with students Sophie Cobb, Gabriela Jeliazkov and Julien Cary at a forum at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School to discuss gun violence. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEYWASHINGTON Members of Congress joined three Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School students Tuesday at a forum on gun violence, continuing the student-led debate over guns after a massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and giving the students another opportunity to take their issues to those in power.

“I had my opinion and I had my beliefs and, obviously, I felt very discouraged by the recent presidential election, but definitely I’m seeing that we do have the power to make a difference because prior, I think, I just felt helpless,” said Sophie Cobb, a B-CC senior who helped organize the event with two fellow students, Julien Cary and Gabriela Jeliazkov

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Survivors of Florida school shooting inspire audience at Blair High School event

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Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) stand with survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The survivors met with local high school students at Montgomery Blair High School Monday night.  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) stand with survivors of the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The survivors met with local high school students at Montgomery Blair High School Monday night. PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  SILVER SPRING — Students from various high schools in Montgomery County filled the auditorium at Montgomery Blair High School last night to welcome survivors from the Valentine’s Day shooting that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

As media waited outside during the event, a black van pulled up in front of the school at 7:52 p.m. and one by one, the survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made their way into the building. Also in attendance was Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) representing the Parkland community, and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the organizer of the event. While media were not allowed inside at the request of Montgomery County high school students in attendance, Raskin said survivors would speak with reporters after the event. However, the Parkland survivors left afterwards without speaking to reporters, claiming fatigue.

Around 9:30 p.m., students began to leave the event, some deeply concerned. Sophie Holt, 16, a sophomore at Albert Einstein High School said she attended last week’s school walkout protest and attended this event at Blair because she believes the Parkland survivors’ movement is important and hopefully will change current gun laws.

“There has been so many mass shootings in the past 10 years in this country, we need a change in this country,” said Holt. “The fact that they’re [survivors] willing to stand up there and like, make a difference and get the message across to the country that we really need to make a change, I think that’s really cool,” she said.

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Local politicians turn deaf ears to bipartisan pleas from Trump

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In Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address President Donald J. Trump called for my bipartisanship in hopes to unify the County – a message that local leaders did not receive.

“The first year of the Trump administration has been one of most significant tests of our democracy in our lifetime,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) about Trump’s State of the Union speech. “In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Trump was eager to take credit for things he had nothing to do with and ignore the harm he has imposed on the country over the last year.”

The State of the Union, an annual speech that most modern presidents have given to a joint session of Congress, has become a platform for presidents to speak to the nation directly and talk about their policy achievements and goals. During his speech, Trump highlighted a tax cut he signed in December, decreasing unemployment and increasing economic growth as his main accomplishment. In response Democrats have criticized the Trump’s touted accomplishments saying the majority of the new growth has gone to the nation’s wealthiest citizens.

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Redistributing the wealth the old-fashioned Donald Trump way…

Congressman Jamie Raskin (D).  PHOTO BY PAUL K. SCHWARTZRep. Jamie Raskin (D).     PHOTO BY PAUL K. SCHWARTZWhenever a Democratic administration attempts to raise the tax rate on the ultra-wealthy among us in an attempt to get them to pay their fair share of the tax burden you will inevitably hear the cries of “redistribution of wealth,” followed by the ultimate buzz word, “socialism.”
Well, the recently-enacted Republican federal tax plan does exactly that, it redistributes wealth. HOWEVER, it does so in a new and innovative way by shifting financial resources from the highly-taxed, so-called “blue” states such as Maryland, New York, Connecticut, California, and New Jersey to the so-called “red” states such as Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama to name just a few.
An individual in Mississippi who ordinarily takes the standard deduction on his federal return will see that deduction rise from the first $12,000 to the first $24,000. Big windfall.
In Maryland, an individual who ordinarily itemizes (because in such a highly-taxed state, state and local taxes are a major item to deduct), those middle class deductions, according to the federal tax plan, are either no longer allowed or significantly capped. Disaster!

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Raskin works to evaluate Presidential mental fitness

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Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)  COURTESY PHOTO Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)       COURTESY PHOTO  While the physical examination President Trump undertook last Friday may not have included an evaluation of the President’s mental health, the discussions of Trump’s mental health and fitness have put freshman Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) in the spotlight to an extent rarely experienced by first-term House members.

Raskin, who voters elected to the House after nine years representing parts of Silver Spring and Takoma Park in the General Assembly, has become a regular on the cable news circuit in the wake of revelations made in “Fire and Fury,” the explosive tell-all book by Michael Wolff, which has shined a spotlight both on Trump’s potential unfitness for office, and on Raskin’s efforts to create a Constitutional process to evaluate the fitness for the office of President, now and in the future. 

But despite the recent attention, Raskin has been talking about evaluating U.S. Presidents’ fitness to serve since last May, when he introduced the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act to establish a permanent body with authority to declare whether the President can discharge the powers and duties of his office.

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Progressive icon mourned by county

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IMG 0297 1Marcus Raskin playing the piano COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN RASKINMarcus Raskin, father of Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and an icon within the progressive community, died Dec. 24 at his home in Washington, at age 83. 

“Generations to come will cherish his memory and be inspired by his remarkable life,” Rep. Raskin wrote in an online statement. “He was a piano prodigy and musical sensation, a born philosopher and magical teacher, a political visionary, organizer and risk-taker.” 

Marcus Raskin was born in 1934 to Russian-Jewish immigrants in Milwaukee, Wis. After briefly studying music at the Juilliard School in New York, he earned his bachelor's degree, and later, his law degree, at the University of Chicago.

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Raskin talks NAFTA reform with advocacy panel

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ROCKVILLE – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) convened a panel Saturday afternoon to discuss the effects of NAFTA on the economy of the United States.

“There’s a lot going on and lots of calamities bearing down on us but there are some big structural questions that still need to be addressed,” Raskin said. “One of them is how do we develop a free trade policy that is also a fair trade policy.”

Since being negotiated and signed by then-Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in 1993, critics argue the North American Free Trade Agreement fails to address trade deficits, transparency, labor conditions, environmental impacts and workers’ rights.

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Panelists answer questions at Chevy Chase town hall on hate crimes

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Chevy Chase Town logoCHEVY CHASE — An energized group of concerned residents, law enforcement, and members of civil rights organizations filled the Jane E. Lawton Community Center on Wednesday night, Sept. 27, gathering for a public forum to discuss the rising number of hate incidents in the community.

The attendees were given information about what to do in the event they or their families are confronted with a hate or bias incident.

Joel Rubin, a member of the Chevy Chase Town Council, moderated the forum. Rubin organized the gathering in reaction to anti-Semitic fliers that had recently been placed outside the front doors of several houses in the usually quiet neighborhood.

“What do you do when hate comes to your town?” Rubin asked in his opening remarks. “This is something I don’t think anyone here in our community expected, and because of that we thought it would be important to have a community discussion about the question of hate in our community.”

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