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Weekly Newsletter - Jan. 8, 2018

This Week's Action Items

#1: HELP CHART THE COURSE FOR 2018
Come to the next general meeting on Jan. 13 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Third Haven Meeting House in Easton to hear about plans for this year, from pushing change through the state legislature and for working to elect progressive candidates. It will be a working meeting with a brief general presentation and then breakouts in work areas. It's the first step toward making a difference in 2018.

#2: SUPPORT A LIVING WAGE
Everyone deserves a chance to earn a decent living, and that's possible with the Fight for $15. Help support a state law to raise the minimum wage over time. Come to the rally at the State Capitol on Jan. 15 to show your support.  See details below.

#3: ADVOCATE A CLEAN DREAM ACT
Once President Trump announced he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals measure, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers were put at risk of deportation. Call your members in Congress to demand action on this important issue. Call Senators Cardin and Van Hollen to thank them for their support of the Dreamer pledge, and call Rep. Andy Harris and demand that he support a Clean Dream act. His numbers: DC: 202-225-5311, and Kent Island, 410-643-5425

Events Rising

JAN. 9  - FREDERICK DOUGLASS BICENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY COALITION
Details: 6 pm  Talbot County Council, South Wing, Talbot County Courthouse, 11 North Washington Street, Easton

The Talbot County Council will give a proclamation honoring Frederick Douglass and hear the coalition’s request for funding to cover the cost of many of our activities that have been planned thus far.
The coalition is asking folks to purchase and wear a t-shirt to the meeting.  If you want to order a t-shirt for $20, call or email Ridgely Ochs at  631-871-2172ridgely.ochs@gmail.com.

Jan. 11 - INTEGRATION THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES
Details: 7-9 pm, Academy Art Museum, Easton
The Talbot County Democratic Forum presents a program on the  integration of Talbot County Schools. Moderator Constance Morris Hope, with 35 years of experience promoting understanding among people of diverse backgrounds for the U.S. government and international agencies, and featured speakers JoAnn Asparagus Murray and Charles Hines will guide us through our history. Their presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of shared experiences and how lessons learned might guide us today.

Jan. 13 - TALBOT RISING GENERAL MEETING
Details: 10 am to 12 pm, Third Haven Meeting House, Easton.
Come to our first meeting of this very important year for progressives. This will be a working meeting with a brief general presentation and then breakout sessions into smaller groups.

JAN. 13 - VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
Details: 11 am, Third Haven Meeting House, Easton
As an adjunct to our general meeting, officials from the Talbot County Board of Elections will provide training for members who want to help with voter registration. This is a great way to  get more voter engagement in this important election cycle.

Jan. 15 - MARYLAND FIGHT FOR $15 CAMPAIGN
Details: 5 pm, State Capitol, Annapolis
Campaign Kickoff and Rally to launch the legislation to incrementally raise the Maryland state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.
If passed, this legislation would be of profound benefit to low-wage workers in Talbot County and be a small step to addressing poverty.

Jan. 20 - 1st ANNIVERSARY WOMEN'S MARCHES
Details: 11 am to 1 pm, Lawyers Mall, Annapolis
Join the first anniversary Women's March with Take Action Anne Arundel. This year they will be highlighting grassroots and social justice groups that have been doing so much great work over the last year. Speakers from organizations across the state will talk about their missions for 2018 and how people can get involved. March On Maryland specifically is launching March On The Polls, an initiative that begins with voter registration and engagement and culminates in marches to the polls on primary and general election days. RSVP at MobilizeMaryland.com

Also on Jan. 20 in Washington, DC – March on the Polls 2018, 11:00 am – 3 pm, Washington Monument. Note: There are also marches in Philadelphia, NYC and Boston..

Jan. 21 - WOMEN'S MARCH REUNION RALLY
Details: 2 pm, Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD
The Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County, MD is sponsoring a rally to empower women to vote, run for office and help other women.

Jan. 23-24  - TALBOT FAMILY NETWORK
Details: All day, Talbot County Education Center, 12 Magnolia St., Easton
Beyond Diversity seminar offered by Talbot County. For more information, contact
talbotfamilynetwork@talbgov.org443-758-3049


JAN. 27 - MARCH FOR IMPEACHMENT
Details: Noon, Lincoln Memorial
The People's March on Washington is calling for action to hold President Trump accountable for ignoring and abusing laws of the country. Activists will rally to demand his investigation for high crimes and misdemeanors and his removal from office.
For more information, click this link.

- News and Updates -

GENERAL ASSEMBLY STARTS SESSION IN ANNAPOLIS
The Maryland state legislature begins its session this week with a full plate of work over the next 90 days.

In addition to passing an annual budget, the lawmakers will be considering more environmental protection of concern to the Chesapeake Bay area, including forestation, according to an article from the Maryland Reporter. 

Other issues include coming up with state money to fund children's health insurance, since the GOP Congress has stalled renewal of the CHIP program. The Baltimore Sun also says that one adverse effect of the federal tax cut passed in 2017 was that state tax bills will go up for many residents.
Other issues of concern include: 
• Promoting a $15 minimum wage
• Resolving Gov. Hogan's veto last year of a paid sick leave bill
• Coming up with money for Chesapeake Bay restoration given possible federal aid cuts.
• Adding Clean Energy Jobs for Maryland by raising renewable energy goal.
 
We will monitor important action throughout the session.

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WATCH VIDEOS FROM TALBOT RISING
Talbot Rising has produced a series of video programs taped at the Avalon Theater with MCTV. You can watch these informative exchanges on YouTube. Here's your quick program guide and easy links:
Affordable Care Act
Nuclear Weapons
Immigration Assistance
Unionville Anniversary
Local Schools
Single-Payer Healthcare
The Opioid Crisis

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