Weekly Newsletter - Jan. 2, 2018
Happy New Year, Talbot Risers!! - A letter from our Co-Chairs:
Lace up your sneakers and get in shape for the Activist Marathon of 2018 – and I’m not talking running! I’m talking reinvigorating our collective energy and commitment to organize our community to:
• Get progressives elected into office
• Get progressive statewide legislation passed
These are our main goals but there are many ways to accomplish these:
• Endorsing candidates for Congress, governor, county council and state offices
• Voter education, registration and turnout
• Canvassing and phone calling around progressive issues and candidates
• Forums – in the planning stage: (1) opioid crisis and mental health funding, (2) Single Payer, (3) Unfinished Mission of Frederick Douglass
• Participate in lobbying efforts to support statewide progressive legislation, i.e., Fight for $15 Minimum Wage Clean Energy Jobs, Same Day Voter Registration.
• Bring together progressive organizations on the Eastern Shore to multiply our power and impact
• Work in coalition on campaign to amend Talbot County’s property tax revenue cap, pointing out its impact on students and workers and services
• Lobby our members of Congress to renew DACA
• Expose Rep. Andy Harris’ record (through media and other creative ways)
Come to the next general meeting on Jan. 13 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Third Haven Meeting House in Easton to get plugged in to these efforts. It will be a working meeting with a brief general presentation and then breakouts in work areas. We hope you can make it!
Denice Lombard and Ridgely Ochs
Co-chairs, Talbot Rising
This Week's Action Items
#1: URGENT ACTIONS FOR JANUARY '18
Start the year out right and get your activist juices flowing by becoming involved with these opportunities. Remember, Action is the Antidote to Anxiety!! And it is the only way change is accomplished! See below for events all through January, both locally and nationally, to make a difference. There are Women's Marches, Impeachment Marches and local political events.
#2: SUPPORT 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
#3: MAKE A DIFFERENCE - JOIN A COMMITTEE
Get involved in issues that matter to you, from education to the environment to voter rights. Talbot Rising has at least six committees that are pushing a progressive agenda on these topics. It's easy to join and make your voice heard on these and other projects. To find out more and contact the committees, check out the upcoming events section and the bottom of this newsletter.
Jan. 5 - FIRST FRIDAY DEMOCRATIC FORUM
Details: 5-7 pm, 26 West Dover St., Easton
The Talbot County Democratic Forum is sponsoring an evening of food, drink and discussion about the 2018 Elections.
JAN. 9 - FREDERICK DOUGLASS BICENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY COALITION
Details: 6 pm Talbot County Council, South Wing,Talbot County Courthouse, 11 North Washington Street, Easton
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 631-871-2172,firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
We have the great opportunity to have a bus provided for us on the Eastern Shore to attend this launch of legislation on Jan. 15 thanks to Service Employees International Union, Local 1199. What better way to spend the Martin Luther King holiday!
The event will be at 5 pm in Annapolis in the Baltimore County Delegation Room at the House of Delegates. Here is a link with more info about the launch
Here is a link to "register" for the bus to Annapolis (from Salisbury) for the MLK Day Launch. YOU MUST REGISTER BY JAN. 5.
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. Go to this link for info.
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. Go to this link for more details.
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
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.