WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY AGITATOR: WHO’S ORGANIZING ABOUT WHAT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Billionaire son of a pharmaceutical magnate David Blair has been under fire for emptying his pockets in a scheme to seize the Montgomery County Executive seat.
Activists waved “No #MoCoPharmaBro” and “Don’t let Blair buy MoCo Elections” at a County Executive candidate forum Thursday, May 24, at the Interfaith Works Clothing Center.
Other bad news for Blair are the revelations that during his time as CEO of his father’s business, Catalyst Health Solutions, Blair raised prescription prices for an MS remission drug from $400 to $6000. And despite touting himself some kind of business brainiac Blair’s real fortune comes from squeezing the clients of his father’s business, stock jobbying, and selling off the aforementioned company. What a Titan of Industry!
AMAZON TOWN HALL
A packed crowd gathered Tuesday, May 22, at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church to attend a town hall on Amazon HQ2. Sponsors of the event included organizations like ONE DC, Metro DC DSA and Empower DC. It was a large coalition of diverse speakers on addressing a wide range of topics pertaining to Amazon work conditions, the privileged billionaire owner, and the effect it would have on our community.
IMMIGRANTS’ LEGAL AID PASSES, BUT CRITICALLY MAIMED
The Montgomery County Council passed a bill allocating $370,000 in county funds to provide undocumented immigrants persecuted by ICE with legal representation. And group providing legal representation to immigrants living in the county facing deportation are eligible to apply for funding.
However, this was only after the original intended recipient of the funds, Capital Area Immigrant Rights’ Coalition refused the funds, citing the Council’s insistence on a broad list of exclusionary criminal convictions tied to the money.
Public defenders are not considered a right in deportation proceedings because being not having proper citizenship papers is a civil, not criminal, infraction.
“The original funding proposal excluded provision of services to persons convicted of certain serious felonies; however, the Council’s amended proposal added a categorical exclusion for detainees with convictions for misdemeanor, low-level drug, and non-violent offenses. Because this exclusion permits no exceptions, even for people who fear persecution or torture in their home countries and who may thus qualify for asylum or protection under the Convention Against Torture, CAIR Coalition concluded that the proposal was too restrictive.”