Weekly Newsletter - Jan. 15, 2018
This Week's Action Items
#1: FIRST ANNIVERSARY -- WOMEN'S MARCHES
Pick a rally, a demonstration or a forum -- we have listed at least six events this month where you can show your displeasure with the Trump agenda. For example, there are many anniversary Women's Marches around the country this weekend, several right in our area. Go to our events section below for all of the action.
#2: OPPOSE A BORDER WALL
President Trump is holding hostage children who were brought to this country by their parents without papers. Now, he is refusing to reconsider his repeal of DACA without spending billions for a border wall. Call your representatives in Congress to make your voices heard. Sen. Cardin: 202-224-4524; Sen. Van Hollen: 202-224-4654; Rep. Harris: 202-225-5311.
#3: FIGHT FOR $15
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.
MONITORING REP. ANDY HARRIS, #1
What was our congressman's reaction to President Trump's racist use of profanity to describe Haiti and African countries? He didn't criticize Trump, he ignored the issue of racism, and incomprehensibly, he tried to make it all about the use of bad language. Here's what constituents were told when asked about his reaction:
"I wasn't in the room, and I don't know what was or wasn't said, but I would hope that the President would minimize his or her use of profanity. But even if the President did use profanity, he would be joining Presidents Obama, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson and Truman -- all of whom used profanity occasionally -- some of whom even used it to describe their political opponents."
This is a new weekly feature spotlighting Andy Harris' record. Send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 16 - TALBOT COUNTY COUNCIL
Details, 5 pm, County Courthouse, Easton
Work Session is being held with county staff on possible changes to the property tax revenue cap, which could allow greater flexibility in school funding and emergency services.
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
JAN. 25 - NINA TURNER AND BEN JEALOUS
Details: 5:30 pm, Devilbiss Hall, Room 123, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus is sponsoring an evening with leading figures in the progressive movement, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and Our Revolution President Nina Turner. Tickets available at LowerShoreProgressive.com.
JAN. 27 - MARCH FOR IMPEACHMENT
Details: 11 am, Start at Seward Circle and march to Lincoln Memorial at Noon
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.
JAN. 27 - BOOK TALK: SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH
Details, 2 pm, Talbot County Free Library, 100 W Dover St, Easton,
Dr. James Burdick will discuss ideas garnered from interviewing health care professionals and his own extensive research. The author describes an optimistic new approach to improving health care delivery to cover every American.
- News and Updates -
MARYLAND IS A BATTLEGROUND STATE IN 2018
Do you need proof that your vote counts? If you think Maryland is not where the action is this year, think again. Because of the importance of redistricting, Maryland is a focus of efforts by both national party organizations. Both the Republican and Democratic national parties are putting resources into Maryland for this year's campaign. The Washington Post reports how the GOP is trying to re-elect Gov. Larry Hogan, and peel away seats in the state's Senate. Read here for more details.
*** GENERAL ASSEMBLY OPENS WITH PROGRESSIVE VICTORY
The Maryland General Assembly opened its legislative session last week with resounding overrides of two of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.
Lawmakers passed a bill requiring businesses to allow a system of paid sick leave for workers. Gov. Hogan had vetoed the measure last year, according to the Baltimore Sun.
That makes Maryland the ninth state in the country to offer these worker protections, the Washington Post reported.
The lawmakers also overrode Hogan's veto of a bill that banned colleges from asking students about any past criminal history.
VOTER EFFORTS HIGHLIGHTED AT GENERAL MEETING
More than 30 people came to the general meeting of Talbot Rising on Jan. 13 and heard about plans for the coming year, including a newly energized electoral effort. As part of that push for the 2018 elections, many members received training from the Talbot Board of Elections on how to conduct voter registration drives.
Over the next several months, Talbot Rising will be conducting activities to make sure that all eligible voters are signed up and made aware of the upcoming votes. For example, the primary election for the county will be held on June 26, and there will be early voting June 14-21. Stay tuned for more on our voter drives.
SEE TALBOT RISING VIDEOS
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
The Opioid Crisis
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