Happy Easter, Passover, Spring!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Easter, Passover, and spring!  My memories of this time from my childhood is having the ground smell of spring after a long and usually snowy winter.  The grass would be wet, and little buds would be sprouting everywhere. New life, spring, bunnies, eggs, hope, return, freedom and new beginnings are my touchstones at this time.

No matter your practice, I am finding plenty to be hopeful for this Spring as I strengthen the clarity around my values and my resolve to help create a better world that is free and fair for all.

Onward into the month of April!

Blessed be.

–Molly Hermes

The Budget and ICE

This week, Congress is set to pass a continuing resolution (CR) which is the budget that they haven’t been able to agree on. But, instead of funding the government for the next month, they are planning on funding the government through September 2018. Here are some actions to take around this issue from Indivisible.

Link:  March 23 Spending Bill

What caught my attention the most in the above update is the increased funding in ICE officers to carry out the deportation quotas of this President.

One really important thing I learned last year from Asian Americans Advancing Justice is that the only way ICE can be successful in deporting 12 million people is if our local law enforcement cooperates. In California, my town is a sanctuary city and California is a sanctuary state by virtue of the California Values Act (both passed in 2017). What this means is that our local law enforcement cannot do the bidding of this President.

What protections does your community offer? And can you work with others on putting needed protections in place?

Have a good week!

–Molly

Conor Lamb and our Earned Benefits

Hi Everyone,

Conor Lamb (D), Marine and Prosecutor has been declared the winner for PA-18.  The race is headed into a recount and the final votes from overseas won’t be fully counted until next week. More to come. . .

The reason why I supported Conor Lamb (D) in this race is that he vowed to protect our Earned Benefits of Social Security, Medicare, and support full investments in infrastructure and job training that lead to living wage jobs. Link: Conor Lamb (D) Priorities

Values voters are taking to the polls when candidates speak to our common shared values and our candidates are winning. My hope is that my fledgling website will be a voice in articulating our shared values and encourage people to take the electoral action needed to realize them.

Have a good day,

Molly

The National Budget

There is so much going on in the news, but the National Budget is going to make a very big impact on our values. There are so many of my core values not included in that budget. “Deep cuts are expected on Medicaid, housing, nutrition assistance, legal aid, and other programs families rely on.” (link from Indivisible)

Please call your Senators, Congresspersons, State House and State Senate members and say you want a budget that will benefit families. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has written a terrific budget that benefits people:  Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget.

Spend the week reading the budget, picking out your favorite items, and speaking with your family and friends about your priorities. As you feel more comfortable and learn more, consider tweeting, putting your views on Facebook, and writing a letter to the editor. Use your creativity and express yourself to the world! Start a wave of caring and compassion!

Have a great week!

–Molly

Texas Primaries Just Happened

Hi Everyone,

This past week the Texas Primaries happened and so many good candidates are running for office that share my values.  I have spent this morning putting all of my candidate picks together for the races that I think are super important to all of us in this country. If you live in Texas all the better. Check out the candidate picks on my Who is Running page or the links on the side menu bar.

Illinois is up in two weeks!

Have a great week,

Molly