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October 2020
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Public Policy Speaker Series IV:

Senator Ben Cardin
Monday, October 26th | 9:30 am

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From the Desk of David Harrington

"Our Civic Recovery"

Everyone knows that politics is a blood sport full of acrimony and intrigue. Unfortunately, in this blood sport, personal attacks are the norm casting opponents in unflattering terms. This, of course, pushes aside what is most important, the issues; and what most matters to voters-improving our quality of life. Voters, in fact, are spectators in an arena where they do not matter with the intent of keeping them ill-informed instead of being engaged. 

With a month away of making choices that will impact a generation, we are left with name calling and rudeness. Name calling that is disrespectful and rudeness violating every creed that we teach our children. The question that must be asked is: “how did we get here?”

Suggest we got here because of our indifference. For what has been and is at stake, we remain in a posture of indifference and ignorance. Reports cite that 60% read only the newspaper headlines with only 24% going into any depth. Meaning, that politicians and other pundits know that you only care about surface news crafting their message to whet your appetite. This gives the allusion of being informed, when, in fact, you barely understand the depth of any issue. 

We must demand more! Demand that we must be informed over being entertained. Demand that we get unbiased reporting over needless commentary. Further demand civility over combative discourse! Demanding a different climate and dialogue will, hopefully, motivate us to vote and make informed choices. This may be aspirational, but for the sake of our democracy- we must demand better! 

To all those running for office, for our civic recovery- engage in an informed debate that advances our democracy not embarrass it.  


Doctors Community Medical Center (DCMC) 

In the fall of 2012, DCMC opened its Center for Comprehensive Breast Care; one of two breast care centers in Prince George’s County. 

Thanks to our donors, every year in celebration of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have hosted a Pink Ribbon Rally.
The goal of this event is to increase the screenings of all women living in the county but especially African American, Hispanic and African/Caribbean women. 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pink Ribbon Rally will not occur this year but we are still offering free mammogram screenings and we still need your support.

Please consider supporting free mammograms for the women in Prince George’s County click here regarding your donation to the DCMC Foundation.

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