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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Family in NEED

Okay, during the Thanksgiving holidays, I reached out to the community for a couple that was facing a critical time in their lives and unable to purchase food for Thanksgiving and/or for day-to-day survival.  MOUNT RAINIER RESIDENTS responded immediately, and the family was provided sufficient food for two weeks.  They also received a Christmas basket on December 17 along with five other seniors living in Rainier Manor.

TODAY, I received an email from one of my elementary school teachers stating that a mother of two small children came to her in tears.  She had just lost her job, and she and her family would not be celebrating Christmas.  They have no savings, and what they have must be used for their survival.  There will be no Christmas dinner or toys.  So, she called and asked if I would reach out to the community once again for help.

There are two children.  One is in the sixth grade and the other is in the 1st grade.  She did not tell me if they were girls. boys or one of each.  Since time is of the essence, and I did not count them in my food baskets, I am asking the community to ONCE AGAIN PITCH IN and help me help this family.

HOW?  If you can provide a toy, get one that can be used by girls and boys.  Better yet, gift cards (any amount) would be ideal, and the mother could do the shopping.  Gift cards can also be used for purchasing food and even clothes and shoes.

WOULD YOU PLEASE help me help this family in the spirit of this holiday?  YOU may send or bring your gift/donation to Family in NEED, ONE MUNICIPAL PLACE, MOUNT RAINIER, MD 20712.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stay on TOP of your Game...

during this holiday season.  I know it is supposed to be about the birth of "baby Jesus," and some of us will be all up in the spirit.  HOWEVER, there will be those "all up to mischief," and no good will come from them.

Please read what one of my email contacts sent to me on yesterday, and PLEASE take heed.  NOTHING is above some of the people that you meet, greet, and speak with every day.  So, stay on TOP of your game.

ALERT! ALERT!

A member of the community had the entire contents of their "outgoing" mail stolen TODAY!  A check was included and then altered for thousands of dollars and the culprit attempted to cash the check. The bank wisely refused to cash it and confiscated it. However, the culprit now has the bank account number. And, because the bank has no authority to "hold and/or detain" anyone, the culprit walked out of the bank.

Please watch what you place in your outgoing mail box, especially during this holiday season.  Do NOT... NOT... put checks in the outgoing mail. If you do, do NOT... NOT... put the flag up. Most likely you will be getting some mail (junk, if nothing else) and so the postal carrier will probably stop at your box anyway. If at all possible, put any outgoing checks into the nearest blue mailbox or stop by the post office.

Please contact both the police and the postal authorities if this happens to you.


Please be alert!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) PRESENTS...

Senior Days

If you are looking for ways to get in shape, socialize with some of your neighbors, then SENIOR DAYS may just be what you are looking for!


Date and Time:
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8 am-12 noon

Description:
Let's move and get fit. Seniors (Prince George's County residents only) are allowed use of both the fitness center and pool during the above times.

Cost:
FREE

Ages:
60 & up

Location:
Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785

Contact:
301-583-2400; TTY 301-583-2483

THE MOUNT RAINIER ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY IS TAKING PLACE NOW!

Today, many if not all of you should have received a flyer on your door talking abut the ongoing assessment of our housing stock.  Some of you will recall that we last had an assessment back in the late 80s or early 90s.

This survey is being done for a number of reasons, and we want you to know that there will be a number of people walking around the neighborhood with their cameras, notepad, iphone and ipads taking pictures and taking notes about YOUR HOME!  Please be cooperative.  Don't hesitate to ask for IDs and/or call the office, if you are not sure.  They should be able to produce a picture ID, tell you about the project, and what they are doing.  So, what is going on?


THE MOUNT RAINIER ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY IS TAKING PLACE NOW!
December 1–December 22, 2014

WHAT IS GOING ON?

At the request of the City of Mount Rainier, the Prince George’s County Planning Department is conducting an architectural survey of your neighborhood. Between October 20 and December 1, 2014, you will see our project team members walking through your neighborhood taking pictures of houses (from the sidewalk and street) and making note of general characteristics such as the height, architectural style, and lot size of buildings and accessory structures, such as garages.

CURIOUS ABOUT WHY WE ARE DOING THIS WORK?

The purpose of this work is to update the inventory of historic properties in the City of Mount Rainier (the last update was completed 25 years ago as part of the historic districting process). It is also part of a larger planning effort to help preserve the historic character of the city and ensure future developmentt is historically and architecturally appropriate and sensitive to your community.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE AND BECOME INVOLVED?

To learn more about this planning project, please visit our website

or contact the project manager:  Zunilda Rodriguez 301-780-2233


Please also stay tuned for more information about our first upcoming community meeting in December!

Citizen input will be solicited throughout this process, so PLEASE stay tune!

PAID INTERNSHIP at Joe's Movement Emporium

Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD has PAID JOB TRAINING!

Are you:
Interested in learning more about theater lighting and sound video and digital production?

Between high school, college,, first job or GED?

Committed to your OWN success?

Interested in job training?

THEN THIS MIGHT JUST BE FOR YOU!

Eligibility Criteria:
Resident of Prince George's County
Between the ages of 17 and 21
Meet household income requirements based on family size

Call for an Interview today!
Shanique McBayne Program Coordinator
301-699-1819

or

Email: shanique@joesmovement.org

Theater Tech
Digital Media
Job Placement
Internships
College Prep

CALL TODAY:  301-699-1819!

Tips to Use During the Holidays and AFTER!

These tips are posted for the Christmas Holidays, but are things to be mindful of throughout the year.  Be careful, be suspicious, and be safe.  Everyone is not as honest as you, and many that you think are, just may not be!

Although there is a lot of joy surrounding this holiday season, it's also the time of year when scammers prey on shoppers.

You've heard of the 12 days of Christmas but keep in the back of your mind 12 possible scams to look out for, as identified by the Better Business Bureau.
12. Holiday surveys: In an effort to take advantage of cash-strapped holiday shoppers, scammers pose as popular retailers, e-mailing fake surveys to consumers and promising a credit to their accounts. Links to the "surveys" are often malicious.

11. Suspicious Santa sites: Steer away of "Santa" websites that request unnecessary personal information. Be especially wary of sites that fail to disclose contact details and privacy policies.

10. Puppy scams: Be careful about buying pets online. Consumers may be unwittingly buying from a puppy mill where dogs have health problems, or they may send money to a scammer and get nothing in return.

9. Fake charities: The holidays create a great opportunity for scammers to solicit donations to fill their own pockets. Beware of solicitations from charities that cannot deliver on their promises or pretend to be representing victims that do not really exist. Review charities first at give.org.

8. Pickpockets: Crowded malls and the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season make it easy for thieves to grab purses and wallets.

7. Fake coupons: Be cautious when downloading coupons. Make sure you are on a trustworthy website. Be suspicious of coupon sites that ask for personal information.

6. Stranded "grandkids": The classic grandparent scam is still ongoing. Consumers should be suspicious of phone calls from a "family member" claiming to need help and asking for money to be wired overseas.

5. Malware e-cards: Links or attachments in e-cards could contain malware. Consumers should make sure their spam filters are set and up-to-date.

4. Counterfeit gifts: Be suspicious of sites that offer the "must have" toys, gadgets or luxury goods at prices that are too good to be true. These deceptive deals, pop-up ads and social media posts often take consumers' money but leave them empty handed.

3. Stolen gift cards: Buy gift cards only from reputable dealers, not online or from individuals. It is easy for scammers to sell a card and pull out the funds before consumers can even give it as a gift.

2. Travel scams: Watch out for unexpected hotel and flight "confirmation" or "cancellation" notices, which trick consumers into clicking unsafe links to stop unreal reservations.

1.  Deceiving deliveries: Do not accept notices about delivery delays or confirmations on unordered packages. Scammers often pose as well-known retailers or shipping companies to gain false credibility and access to consumers' computers.


These tips are from http://www.kgw.com/story/money/consumer/2014/12/10/12-scams-of-christmas/20223257/

MRBA Throws a Hit Holiday Party and Business Meeting

Last night was the Mount Rainier Business Association (MRBA) meeting.  It was one of the best attended in years.  Kudos and thank yous to the leadership of MRBA, and to the most awesome municipal employees in America, Mount Rainier, Maryland’s employees.  The affair was festive, fun, and very promising for things to come.  The food was absolutely spectacular.  It was open to the public, and if you missed it, YOU MISSED A TREAT!  

The affair was attended Mayor Petrella Robinson and one of her Council persons, Senator Victor Ramirez,, developers, and other distinguished guests along with Councilmember Jesse Christopherson, Delegate-elect Jimmy Tarlau, and, of course, yours truly!  Got a business in Mount Rainier?  Then MRBA is looking for you.   Check them out on  http://www.mountrainierbusiness.com/  If you have a business, I think you will be glad that you did.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gateway CDC's Executive Director Resigns

Dear Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) Members and Friends:

Gateway CDC is facing changes in our organizational leadership. We have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Carole Bernard, our Executive Director, who is moving on to create her own consultancy.

With every change comes the opportunity for us to create a better Gateway CDC, and we need your involvement. We invite you to join us on Friday December 12th, to discuss your concerns and our plans to help create a stronger, more stable organization that supports smart, sustainable growth for all in our communities.

We value your input and look forward to seeing you there.

When: Friday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m - 8:00 pm.
Where: Washington Glass Studios,
3700 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

Program:
- Reception
- Remarks
- Community Comments and Feedback

Show your support by joining the conversation, renewing your membership, or getting involved by serving on a committee or running for the Board.

Kate Davis
Gateway CDC Board President
http://gatewaycdc.org/

TONIGHT's the NIGHT to MEET Some if not ALL of Mount Rainier's Business Community!

Good afternoon MOUNT RAINIER!!!!!

This is another reminder about the Holiday Party / Annual Meeting.... this Wednesday, December 10th @ 6:30 pm @ the MR City Hall.

We are encouraging everyone to GET INVOLVED and be a part of the change happening in Mount Rainier in 2015 (and beyond).

In addition to the holiday celebration, we are electing a new Board of Directors for the business association and we want more business owners to get involved. Our city is a diverse city, and we would like to see more diversity represented on the Board of MRBA as well as being involved in the exciting plans we have for 2015.  It is not to late to nominate someone, including yourself.  

Please RSVP to the attached invitation.


DON'T FORGET..... this Wednesday, December 10th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Our State Delegate Legislative Leadership for 2015

The following House Delegation assignments have been made, and are expected to be formally announced on Tuesday, December 16 during the 5:00 p.m. Public Hearing for Delegation House Bills at the Sports & Learning Complex:  


Delegation Chairman:
Delegate Jay Walker

Delegation Vice Chair:
Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith

Delegation Second Vice Chair:
Delegate Michael L. Vaughn

County Affairs Subcommittee
Chair: Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard, 
Vice Chair: Delegate Diana Fennell
Delegate Ben Barnes
Delegate Darryl Barnes 
Delegate Anne Healey
Delegate James E. Proctor Jr.
Delegate Jimmy Tarlau
  
Law Enforcement & State-Appointed Boards Subcommittee
Chair: Delegate Alonzo T. Washington
Vice Chair: Delegate Michael A. Jackson
Delegate Dereck E. Davis, 
Delegate Barbara A. Frush
Delegate Marvin E. Holmes Jr.
Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk 
Delegate Joseph F. Vallario Jr. 
Delegation Vice Chair Geraldine Valentino-Smith

Bi-County
Chair: Delegation 2nd Vice Chair Michael L. Vaughn
Vice Chair:  Delegate Angela Angel
Delegate Erek Barron 
Delegate Will Campos
Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines
Delegate Tony Knotts
Delegate Kris Valderrama

Delegation Chairman Jay Walker
  

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Supporting the Gateway Arts District CDC

Dear Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) Members and Friends:

Gateway CDC is facing changes in our organizational leadership. We have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Carole Bernard, our Executive Director, who is moving on to create her own consultancy.

With every change comes the opportunity for us to create a better Gateway CDC, and we need your involvement. We invite you to join us on Friday December 12th, to discuss your concerns and our plans to help create a stronger, more stable organization that supports smart, sustainable growth for all in our communities.

We value your input and look forward to seeing you there.

When: Friday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m - 8:00 pm.

Where: Washington Glass Studios, 3700 Otis St, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

Program:
- Reception
- Remarks
- Community Comments and Feedback

Show your support by joining the conversation, renewing your membership, or getting involved by serving on a committee or running for the Board.


Kate Davis
Gateway CDC Board President

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Prince George's Delegation Website Update: New Bills Posted

The following four bills were posted today to the Prince George's County Delegation website.  Please see links below for details.

PG 305-15 - Enabling Legislation - Motorcycle EMT Response

PG 402-15 - Board of Education - Public High Schools - Outdoor Synthetic Turf Fields

PG 403-15 - Authority to Prohibit the Use of Disposable Bags

PG 406-15 – Prince George’s - School Property - Development of Policy for Noneducational Use


Copies of all Bills under consideration by the delegation are available at this link:http://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-view

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Are WE getting what we've paid for at the Social Security Administration Office in Greenbelt?

I wrote this for my Facebook Page, but decided to distribute it differently.  

On yesterday, I went to the social security office to take care of some personal matters and kind of felt like I would not get it done, but I was in the area so I gave it try.

Thus the reason for my post this morning.  Once I found the office (the sign is so small you need a magnifying glass to see it as you turn into the parking lot), proceeded to park and enter the building.  (NOTE:  Remember it rained almost all day long yesterday, AND it was cold outside.)  I saw the people outside in the rain, but thought people were just outside to smoke.

NOT SO.  I approached the door and started to enter, and was told by those outside, you can't go in.  Of course, I asked why not.  They said, they told us to wait outside.  So, no, I was NOT going to wait outside in the rain with the door open, people inside and no legitimate reason other than "they told us to wait outside."  So, I entered the building.  

Immediately, an "armed" guard rushed into the hallway, and proceeded to tell me that I had to wait outside.  I said, sir, why do we have to wait outside in the rain and the cold?  His first answer was because they told me to make everyone wait outside.  And, miss why are you questioning me?  If it was sun shinning outside, I told you to wait outside.  From there he proceeded to lecture me on how people need to learn to obey orders and just do as they are told.  He was doing his job, and I needed to go back outside because he said so.  

I immediately asked to speak to a supervisor or whomever was in charge for there was no reason to ask people to stand outside in the rain and cold.  He refused.  A few others arrived and were told to stand outside in the cold.  I remained inside in the hallway for another five minutes and then join the line outside to see just how long people would be made to wait outside in the rain and cold.

The armed guard left and went inside, and within minutes came back and invited us to come inside, but stay in line.  (NOTE:  there was room inside, but no chairs to sit.  There was a foyer that was large enough to accommodate six or seven people; all of those standing outside in the rain and cold.  There was also LOTS of standing room in the waiting room, but there were no seats.)

After making us stand in line for five minutes, we directed by the armed guard to get a number and get back in line.  By now, he is joined by two other armed guards that are glaring at us in the line.  One of the seated participant's cell phone went off and he answered it.  This led to the next part of my reason for posting this today, and will lead to my contacting my Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Congressman Chris Van Hollen as well as U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, and Senator Ben Cardin.

As soon as the cell phone went off, the armed guard that was directing people to stand outside in the rain and cold, rushed over to the individual and in his loudest voice began to berated and belittle him about having his cell phone on, and threatened to take and keep it if it went off again.  This went on for a few seconds, and then he realized that I had walked up just a little closer, and his tone changed, and he tried to recover from his attack.  The owner of the phone that went off was an older gentleman that I believe was Asian.

I stay in line and fumed.  I actually got totally pissed off, and by the time I was given a seat, I was at I can't let this go by.  They would not allow me to speak with a supervisor about standing out there in the rain and cold, and NO ONE came out when this armed guard verbally assaulted the person about the phone.

My mouth, without any hesitation, flew into gear.  I spoke to the people, not to the guard.  I said that the incident and the way it was handled was demeaning, unnecessary, and very poorly handled.  I asked them to take action to stop this kind of behavior in a public GOVERNMENT facility that their tax dollars were paying for, and the treatment by staff that was also being paid by THEIR TAX DOLLARS.  I advocated that they all start by calling, writing, and emailing their congressional representatives and reporting this incident.

People chimed in in agreement, but remained civil and in compliance.  The armed guard came back over to explain that he had only been doing what he was instructed to do, and that he had handled the situation in a "professional and courteous manner."  The lady seated next to me had had enough, and called him a liar, and that he had not been professional or courteous.  An argument was about to pursue because the armed guard started to get angry, and I asked the lady to not participate in his madness, but to make the call, send the email or write our congressional representative.  She agreed, and everyone remained quiet.

However, one of the seated participants had started video taping the incident.  Immediately the armed guard started in on him.  The first words out of his mouth were "You are not allowed to use your phone in here."  He responded with "Sir, I am not talking on the phone, I am recording this incident because no one will believe what I just witnessed in this facility."  Of course, he was told that if he did not stop recording, he would be asked to leave because he needed the service for which he had already waited more than an hour to receive.

At 1:00pm, I had to leave (I arrived at 11:45pm), but before leaving, my mouth once again went on autopilot about the incident that occurred, and that people were forced to stand outside in the rain and cold.  I provided the names of their congressional representatives, and took my leave.

As I walked out the door, in my heart of hearts, I knew that they would not do anything about the incident or having to stand outside in the rain and cold.  I turned all the way around and took a long look at the people sitting there, and my heart ached.  They were mostly Black, a number of Hispanics, a small number of Asians, and a few Whites.

They looked beaten down.  They looked like people in a third world country that had been stripped of their rights, and were afraid to speak up or speak out for fear of repercussions.  They desperately needed what they had come to the Social Security Administration to request, and believe me it was NOT a social security card.  These people were mostly old, disabled, retired or otherwise in need of service.

As I looked back into the room, they remained downtrodden and hopeful that they would receive those much needed services, and that I had not made it even harder for them to receive them.  IN AMERICA, this should not be.  At a GOVERNMENT facility set up to SERVE the people from WHOM TAXES AND FICA WERE TAKEN OUT OF EVERY SINGLE PAYCHECK SINCE THEIR FIRST DAY OF WORK TO COVER SUCH A TIME IN THEIR LIVES, this should not happen!

There was NO RESPECT!  There was NO CONSIDERATION!  There was NO HUMANENESS in their actions.  The conduct of the armed guard, and the treatment of those there to receive services (very orderly and quiet, even the small children) were not called for, and should not go uncorrected!  I am certain that the behavior of the armed guard is an everyday occurrence in that facility, and management has its head stuck in the sand.  Collectively, they feel safe because they KNOW no one will report them, and if they did NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE THEM!

Well, I will report them.  Will I be believed?  Maybe not, but I will send this to the press.  I will start a letter writing campaign.  I will test it, post it, tweet it, google+ it.  I will do whatever is necessary to change the behavior at this Social Security Administration Office that is set up to serve me.  

Our representatives cannot be held accountable for this kind of crap, if we don’t tell them that it is going on.  Yes, you may say that they are not going to do anything or that they already know what is going on, but do not care.  My question would be how do you know this?  Have you reported these kinds of incidents?

Most people just complain, get the service, and get out dodge hoping that they will never ever have to go back.  In their case once is enough until something else happens and they find themselves in the same old boat.

My regrets for yesterday was that I did not get the guard's name -- my eyes re not what they use to be, and even if he had on a badge, I would not have been able to make out the words because they would not have been big enough.  I also could not find the name of the supervisor or manager on anything, and I have not names of the participants seated in the waiting area.  BUT that will not stop me from bringing this to the attention of those responsible for the Social Security Administration Office at 7401 (C), Lanham, Maryland 20706 (It’s really in Greenbelt off of 193)!


On yesterday, I went to the social security office to take care of some personal matters and kind of felt like I would not get it done, but I was in the area so I gave it try.

Thus the reason for my post this morning.  Once I found the office (the sign is so small you need a magnifying glass to see it as you turn into the parking lot), proceeded to park and enter the building.  (NOTE:  Remember it rained almost all day long yesterday, AND it was cold outside.)  I saw the people outside in the rain, but thought people were just outside to smoke.

NOT SO.  I approached the door and started to enter, and was told by those outside, you can't go in.  Of course, I asked why not.  They said, they told us to wait outside.  So, no, I was NOT going to wait outside in the rain with the door open, people inside and no legitimate reason other than "they told us to wait outside."  So, I entered the building. 

Immediately, an "armed" guard rushed into the hallway, and proceeded to tell me that I had to wait outside.  I said, sir, why do we have to wait outside in the rain and the cold?  His first answer was because they told me to make everyone wait outside.  And, miss why are you questioning me?  If it was sun shinning outside, I told you to wait outside.  From there he proceeded to lecture me on how people need to learn to obey orders and just do as they are told.  He was doing his job, and I needed to go back outside because he said so. 

I immediately asked to speak to a supervisor or whomever was in charge for there was no reason to ask people to stand outside in the rain and cold.  He refused.  A few others arrived and were told to stand outside in the cold.  I remained inside in the hallway for another five minutes and then join the line outside to see just how long people would be made to wait outside in the rain and cold.

The armed guard left and went inside, and within minutes came back and invited us to come inside, but stay in line.  (NOTE:  there was room inside, but no chairs to sit.  There was a foyer that was large enough to accommodate six or seven people; all of those standing outside in the rain and cold.  There was also LOTS of standing room in the waiting room, but there were no seats.)

After making us stand in line for five minutes, we directed by the armed guard to get a number and get back in line.  By now, he is joined by two other armed guards that are glaring at us in the line.  One of the seated participant's cell phone went off and he answered it.  This led to the next part of my reason for posting this today, and will lead to my contacting my Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Congressman Chris Van Hollen as well as U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, and Senator Ben Cardin.

As soon as the cell phone went off, the armed guard that was directing people to stand outside in the rain and cold, rushed over to the individual and in his loudest voice began to berated and belittle him about having his cell phone on, and threatened to take and keep it if it went off again.  This went on for a few seconds, and then he realized that I had walked up just a little closer, and his tone changed, and he tried to recover from his attack.  The owner of the phone that went off was an older gentleman that I believe was Asian.

I stay in line and fumed.  I actually got totally pissed off, and by the time I was given a seat, I was at I can't let this go by.  They would not allow me to speak with a supervisor about standing out there in the rain and cold, and NO ONE came out when this armed guard verbally assaulted the person about the phone.

My mouth, without any hesitation, flew into gear.  I spoke to the people, not to the guard.  I said that the incident and the way it was handled was demeaning, unnecessary, and very poorly handled.  I asked them to take action to stop this kind of behavior in a public GOVERNMENT facility that their tax dollars were paying for, and the treatment by staff that was also being paid by THEIR TAX DOLLARS.  I advocated that they all start by calling, writing, and emailing their congressional representatives and reporting this incident.

People chimed in in agreement, but remained civil and in compliance.  The armed guard came back over to explain that he had only been doing what he was instructed to do, and that he had handled the situation in a "professional and courteous manner."  The lady seated next to me had had enough, and called him a liar, and that he had not been professional or courteous.  An argument was about to pursue because the armed guard started to get angry, and I asked the lady to not participate in his madness, but to make the call, send the email or write our congressional representative.  She agreed, and everyone remained quiet.

However, one of the seated participants had started video taping the incident.  Immediately the armed guard started in on him.  The first words out of his mouth were "You are not allowed to use your phone in here."  He responded with "Sir, I am not talking on the phone, I am recording this incident because no one will believe what I just witnessed in this facility."  Of course, he was told that if he did not stop recording, he would be asked to leave because he needed the service for which he had already waited more than an hour to receive.

At 1:00pm, I had to leave (I arrived at 11L45p), but before leaving, my mouth once again went on autopilot about the incident that occurred, and that people were forced to stand outside in the rain and cold.  I provided the names of their congressional representatives, and took my leave.

As I walked out the door, in my heart of hearts, I knew that they would not do anything about the incident or having to stand outside in the rain and cold.  I turned all the way around and took a long look at the people sitting there, and my heart ached.  They were mostly Black, a number of Hispanics, a small number of Asians, and a few Whites.

They looked beaten down.  They looked like people in a third world country that had been stripped of their rights, and were afraid to speak up or speak out for fear of repercussions.  They desperately needed what they had come to the Social Security Administration to request, and believe me it was NOT a social security card.  These people were mostly old, disabled, retired or otherwise in need of service.

As I looked back into the room, they remained downtrodden and hopeful that they would receive those much needed services, and that I had not made it even harder for them to receive them.  IN AMERICA, this should not be.  At a GOVERNMENT facility set up to SERVE the people from WHOM TAXES AND FICA WERE TAKEN OUT OF EVERY SINGLE PAYCHECK SINCE THEIR FIRST DAY OF WORK TO COVER SUCH A TIME IN THEIR LIVES, this should not happen!

There was NO RESPECT!  There was NO CONSIDERATION!  There was NO HUMANENESS in their actions.  The conduct of the armed guard, and the treatment of those there to receive services (very orderly and quiet, even the small children) were not called for, and should not go uncorrected!  I am certain that the behavior of the armed guard is an everyday occurrence in that facility, and management has its head stuck in the sand.  Collectively, they feel safe because they KNOW no one will report them, and if they did NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE THEM!

Well, I will report them.  Will I be believed?  Maybe not, but I will send this to the press.  I will start a letter writing campaign.  I will test it, post it, tweet it, google+ it.  I will do whatever is necessary to change the behavior at this Social Security Administration Office that is set up to serve me. 

Our representatives cannot be held accountable for this kind of crap, if we don’t tell them that it is going on.  Yes, you may say that they are not going to do anything or that they already know what is going on, but do not care.  My question would be how do you know this?  Have you reported these kinds of incidents?

Most people just complain, get the service, and get out dodge hoping that they will never ever have to go back.  In their case once is enough until something else happens and they find themselves in the same old boat.

My regrets for yesterday was that I did not get the guard's name -- my eyes re not what they use to be, and even if he had on a badge, I would not have been able to make out the words because they would not have been big enough.  I also could not find the name of the supervisor or manager on anything, and I have not names of the participants seated in the waiting area.  BUT that will not stop me from bringing this to the attention of those responsible for the Social Security Administration Office at 7401 (C), Lanhan, Maryland 20706 (It’s really in Greenbelt off of 193)!

You may not need the Social Security Administration now, but one day you will, and you too, will want to be treated with dignity and respect, and receive the best customer service possible!

FOOTNOTE 1:  DO NOT get me wrong, I understand why there are "armed guards" on government properties.  They are to serve and protect the worker, participants (citizens), and facility.  I got that.  However, participants should also FEEL SAGE in their presence, and not THREATENED or INTIMIDATED!  I felt both. 

FOOTNOTE 2:  The Greenbelt Social Security Administration office is the closest one to me in Maryland.  The other Social Security Administration Office is located at 6110 Allentown Road, Suitland-Silver Hill, Maryland, 20746.  I guess one could argue that I could have gone there or I could go there in the future, but I contend that it should not matter which office I choose to use for service.  All should provide quality service to those who come to them for service.


Peace and blessings today and always.