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Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 5, 2018

This Week's Action Items

#1: SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN
The Congress is pushing the nation to the brink once again, with a potential shutdown looming on Thursday, Feb. 8. The Republicans in the House and Senate are insisting on a punitive immigration bill and massive defense spending. Call Rep. Andy Harris to tell him you want a compassionate budget and immigration policy.
His numbers: DC: 202-225-5311; Kent Island, 410-643-5425; Salisbury: 443-944-8624.

#2: SUPPORT HEALTHY MARYLAND ACT
New legislation being introduced this week in the state's General Assembly would provide that all residents will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance program. Call your state senators and delegates to insist they support the bill. Here are their numbers: Sen, Addie Eckardt: 410-841-3590; Del. John Mautz: 410-841-3429; Del. Christopher Adams: 410-841-3343; Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes: 410-841-3427.

#3: CALL THE BLUFF ON #RELEASETHEMEMO
Congress last week released the misleading Nunes memo attacking the FBI and Justice Department investigations of Russian collusion. But there's a way to counter that. Call your senator and ask that they fight back. They can issue forceful statements warning Trump that firing Mueller would be a red line, and they can use their influence to get the Democratic response to Nunes released. Here's more from Indivisible.org:
https://www.indivisible.org/resource/releasethememo-fake-scandal-designed-obstruct-justice/

Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #4: Stranger Immigration Things
Rep. Andy Harris was among five Republican Congressmen who were reported to be planning a January meeting with right-wing extremist Czech politicians and the SPD party, which takes a virulent anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim stance. The Czech news site Britske listy says that the meeting was canceled because of the budget showdown. But the report raises questions about what they were trying to accomplish by meeting with Tomio Okamura, the leader of the far-right party called  the Movement of Freedom and Direct Democracy. After his election last October, Okamura, a businessman and reality show star who ran as a Czech populist, said, “We want to stop any Islamisation of the Czech Republic, we push for zero tolerance of migration.”
The other congressmen were Steve King (R-IA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). 
This is a new weekly feature spotlighting Andy Harris' record. Send suggestions to talbot.rising@gmail.com.

Events Rising

Feb. 7 - Panel Discussion: Black History
of Talbot County
Details: 6 pm, Oxford Community Center
As part of the Frederick Douglass 200th celebration, the center and John Wesley Preservation Society will host a three-event series. The first is a panel discussion entitled “Black History of Talbot County.” This moderated panel, composed of African-Americans who have lived in Talbot County most of their lives, will entertain questions regarding education, employment, and the role of the black church in Talbot County. The discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. Coffee/tea will be provided. Save the date for the next. Sponsored by John Wesley Preservation Society and African American Museum.

Feb. 8 - TR Electoral Committee
Details: 6:30 pm, Frederick Douglass Room, Talbot County Free Library, Easton
About 25 members have completed voter registration training, and we will be discussing opportunities for putting our knowledge to good use.

Please come with ideas about events and locations in your communities and neighborhoods where you think we could register new voters or have existing unaffiliated voters change party identification.

Feb. 10 - Frederick Douglass Prayer Breakfast - Official Kick-off Celebration
Details: 8 -10 am, The Milestone, 9630 Technology Drive, Easton
Guest Speaker- Pastor Clarence A. Wayman, MC- Professor Dale Glenwood Green
Music provided by John Wesley Wright (Salisbury University), Children Violinists- Director Judy Buxton
Tickets $20
Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Honor Society. For more information about event and tickets, visit fd200.org.

Feb. 10 - Joy Night
Details: 4-6 pm, Union Baptist Church, 223 Glenwood Ave., Easton
Featuring the  UMES Gospel Choir and local choirs. Sponsored by Talbot County NAACP

Feb. 12 - Frederick Douglass at the
Academy Art Museum
Details:  6 pm, Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton
Bill Grimmette has performed Frederick Douglass for the Chautauqua presentations in Maryland and Colorado and other venues for the past 20 years. He is about to embark on a national tour, and this is his first stop. His most recent performance was as King Lear in modern dress at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC and as WEB DuBois for the Maryland Chautauqua in July 2017. Sponsored by Academy Art Museum - $15 Non-member, $12 member

Feb. 14 - 200th Birthday Celebrations
   -- Noon, Talbot County Courthouse
Wreath laying at the Douglass Statue with Douglass Family members. Guest speaker is  Lyndra Marshall, former Chair of the Maryland State Commission on African American History & Culture.  Sponsored by Frederick Douglass Honor Society.
    -- 3 pm, Ribbon cutting celebration to consecrate the Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe, with guest speakers, proclamations, music and more.

Feb. 15 - Lunch and Learn about Douglass Bicentennial
   -- Noon, - Talbot County Free Library, Easton
Coffee and dessert will be provided. Sponsored by Talbot County Free Library
   -- 6 pm, Talbot County Free Library, Easton
Learn about Frederick Douglass and the women in his life. Sponsored by Talbot County Free Library.

Feb. 17 - Family Art Day
Details: 10 am - 1 pm, Academy Art Museum, Easton
Come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Eastern Shore’s civil rights icon by creating a fine art print that features one of his famous quotes, such as “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” or “If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
Free, but registration suggested)  

Feb. 17 - "Digging into the Past: Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!"
Details: 10 am - noon: 4- to 6-year-old children; 1 - 3 pm: 7- to 9-year-old children, 
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum-STEAM Team class
$12 for CBMM members and $15 for non-members. A special four-session pass is available at $40 for CBMM members and $50 for non-members. Need-based scholarships for individual classes are available. Program registration can be made online at bit.ly/STEAMTeam_2018.
  
Feb. 17 -- "Putting Them on the Map: Tracing African American Book History through GIS Technology”
Details: 2 pm, Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels, Dr. Alisha Knight, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, will speak about her work exploring the connection between African American book publishing and geographic technologies. Sponsored by Talbot County Free Library

Feb. 17 - An Evening With Frederick Douglass
Details: 7-9 pm, Avalon Theatre, Easton
Fred Morsell, renowned Frederick Douglass re-enactor at the Avalon Theatre. Free to the Public. Sponsored by Frederick Douglass Honor Society

Feb. 26 - Film Festival: All About Social Change  
Details: 12 - 7 pm, Talbot County Free Library, Easton
The library  presents a day of films about people who shaped and inspired social change. The day will conclude at 6:00 PM with a screening of Alice's Ordinary People, a documentary about Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement. Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. King to the election of Barack Obama. She was best known for fighting segregation in Chicago schools, directing voter registration campaigns and improving job opportunities for African Americans. Sponsored by Talbot County Free Library

- News and Updates -

ACTION HEATS UP IN ANNAPOLIS SESSION
With Gov. Larry Hogan's State of the State address last week, the state capital is heading into full gear. Here are some of the major items from last week: 

SICK LEAVE: A bill to delay the recently approved sick leave law appears to be dead, according to the  Capital Gazette.

TAX RELIEF: Attorney General Brian Frosh to challenge the new federal tax plan that disproportionately hurts high tax states like Maryland, according to the Baltimore Sun. Frosh said he intends to join a New York-led lawsuit challenging the new $10,000 cap on deducting state and local taxes. 

GUN PERMITS: Democrats are trying to abolish a handgun review board, which allows appeals by people who have had handgun licenses denied.  Legislative leaders tell the Washington Post that  the Handgun Permit Review Board has overturned a greater number of decisions since Gov. Hogan took office three years ago.

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Affordable Care Act
Nuclear Weapons
Immigration Assistance
Unionville Anniversary
Local Schools
Single-Payer Healthcare
The Opioid Crisis

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