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Weekly Newsletter - April 2, 2018

This Week's Action Items

#1: SAVE THE DATE:  TR GENERAL MEETING APRIL 21
Spring Into Action is the focus of our General Meeting on Saturday,  April 21 from 10 am to 12 pm, location TBD. Come get plugged in to help progressive candidates’ primary campaigns, both our endorsed candidates – Ben Jealous for Governor and Mike Pullen for Congress – and Talbot County Council.   We will also discuss continuing voter registration efforts and preparing to get out the vote during early voting from Thursday, June 14 through Thursday, June 21.

#2: OPPOSE UNFAIR CRIME BILL
The Maryland Senate is considering a law that would stack the deck against many defendants by creating mandatory minimum sentences on some drug charges.
SB 122 would also allow prosecutors to appeal rulings regarding illegally obtained evidence BEFORE trial, creating barriers for many poorer defendants. You can sign the petition against the bill here, and learn more from Progressive Maryland.

#3: PROTEST THE TAX GIVEAWAY
It's Tax Season, and on the anniversary of the 2017 Tax March, people across the country will come together to demand an end to the TrumpTax, which will raise taxes for 92 million middle-class families, rip health care away from 13 million people, and threaten life-saving programs — all to give tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations. Indivisible, with which we are affiliated, is a partner in the effort. Visit TaxMarch.org to get involved and see what marches are planned.

Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #12: Gun Control Homework

Rep. Andy Harris was at it again, with a town hall last week in Carroll County, where he rejected calls from a teenage student to improve gun control laws. Instead, Harris said the student should go home and write a paper on the subject.

And then, after dismissing the student, he went after the city of Baltimore:
According to the Baltimore Sun: “If we want to do something dangerous today it’s not going to your elementary school, it’s going to downtown Baltimore. That’s what risk is. Over 300 murders a year with a handgun.”

But the article says that 43 percent of guns used in the crimes were from out of state, carried across state lines, which Harris wants to make easier with the carry and conceal reciprocity bill he supports.

Of course, he's a spokesman for the National Rifle Association, which has given him gave him more than $25,000 in campaign contributions over the past several elections.

Events Rising

April 4 - VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
Details: 11 am to 2 pm, Chesapeake College
We will have a table in the student center from 11 am until 2 pm on Wednesdays in April. For the first few weeks we are aiming to have at least two and preferably three people there.

Please contact dking.dc@gmail.com to let us know if you are available for all or part of the three hours on the following dates: 
April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25

April 4-5 - CLIMATE WORKSHOP
Details: 6- 9 pm, Pickering Audubon Center
This Climate Messaging Workshop is designed with Eastern Shore environmental concerns in mind. Thanks to Pickering Creek Audubon and Wildlife Conservation Service for arranging this learning session.
RSVP ASAP to mgillen@audubon.org. 410-822-4903.  

April 13 - NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Details - 2 pm, Worcester County Public Library, Ocean Pines Branch,
Come for a lively book discussion facilitated by Kelley Rouse and Nancy Mitchell of Salisbury University:  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.

April 17  - DOUGLASS LIVING HISTORY PRESENTATION
Details: 2 pm, Worcester County Public Library, Ocean City Branch
How does a runaway slave from Maryland's Eastern Shore end up becoming one of the most influential men in American history? Frederick Douglass comes alive in this presentation by actor, Bill Grimmette to answer this and many more questions about Frederick Douglass.

April 29 - CHOIR CONCERT
Details - 4 pm, Oxford Community Center
Concert with music performed by various local church choirs.

- News and Updates -

TALBOT RISING ENDORSEMENT FOR GOVERNOR
Thanks to all who participated in the electoral recommendation process. We sent out questionnaires to all candidates (more than a dozen) who were running for governor and Congress, regardless of party. And then we shared with everyone on our email list the questionnaires from candidates who responded, along with a link to our online survey that everyone was invited to take. The endorsements reflect those preferences. Here is choice for governor.

TALBOT RISING ENDORSES BENJAMIN JEALOUS FOR GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND
EASTON, MD – Talbot Rising, a progressive, nonpartisan grassroots organization for the Eastern Shore, has announced that it is endorsing Democratic candidate Benjamin Jealous in the election to replace Gov. Larry Hogan.

The organization, which has more than 500 members, believes Benjamin Jealous has the right background and the right policies to help Maryland prosper and provide justice for all its citizens.

Jealous’ guiding principles of fairness and inclusivity will help ensure a commitment that our schools work, work pays and the environment is protected for generations to come. We support his policies, which include ensuring that every Marylander has access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, raising the minimum wage to $15-per-hour, high quality teachers in every classroom, ending the era of mass incarceration and mass student debt, acting to ensure a healthier Chesapeake Bay and putting Maryland on track to achieve 100% clean and renewable energy.

As a business entrepreneur and former head of the NAACP, Jealous has a record of leadership and innovation that can help Maryland solve its problems, build on its unique opportunities and pull together citizens from all walks of life and all corners of the state.
 
*** TAX MARCHES PLANNED
The weekend of Tax Day (which is usually on April 15, but this year is April 17) is a prime opportunity to hold your Republican Member of Congress accountable for their bad vote on the Trump Tax Scam. Tax Day comes at a moment when the momentum is with us. Polling continues to show that more people disapprove of the tax law than support (and the gap is growing). And in the special election in PA-18, Republicans had to abandon their strategy of blanketing the district with tax ads because, even in deep red territory, voters aren’t falling for the Tax Scam. We can seize this opportunity to make it clear that, come November, progressives will be fired up to replace their Republican MoC and repeal the Tax Scam.
What to expect: Our partners at Tax March will be holding 100 events nationwide, and Indivisibles in red districts can join them by using one of our existing toolkits. You can hold a big check presentation to remind your MoC who really benefited from the Tax Scam, or a retirement party to help them celebrate the imminent end of their time in Congress!
 
***VOTER REGISTRATION AT CHESAPEAKE COLLEGE
The votes are in, and it looks like Wednesdays are the best days for our voter registration table at Chesapeake College.  

We will have a table in the student center from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  For the first few weeks it would be nice if we had at least two and preferably three people there.

We'll keep the sign-up system easy for now:  Please just respond to this email to let us know if you are available for all or part of the 3 hours on the following dates:

April 4
April 11
April 18
April 25

We hope to get other tables up and running at high schools an other locations soon, but let's see how this goes first.
Again, many thanks to everyone for your ongoing enthusiasm and help.
Email David King at dking.dc@gmail.com. to volunteer.

Closing Notes:
Thanks to everyone who helped out during the March for Our Lives on the bus registration effort.  

Last minute changes in plan are inevitable and your ability to pivot swiftly and gracefully was truly balletic.  Special thanks to Grace Soltis and Suzanne Carley.

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We want to give a shout out to members of the Bay Hundred Citizens for a Just Society (the “Hedgehogs”) for their work registering young voters at St. Michaels High School and Easton High School.  They’re now looking into high schools in other counties as well as participating in voter registration at Chesapeake College.  Well done! 
  
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WATCH TALBOT RISING ON TV
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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GO ONLINE FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM TR
Find updated events, useful links, and more about Talbot Rising:
• Updated website: www.talbotrising.org
• Videos on healthcare, immigration, opioids and more. Go to YouTubeand search for Talbot Rising.
• Follow us on Twitter
• Try out our public Facebook Page 

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