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Weekly Newsletter - Feb. 26, 2018

This Week's Action Items

#1: FIGHT FOR $15 EASTERN SHORE MEETING
Come to the meeting Feb. 28 in Easton and let Sen. James Mathias, who is a key vote on the Senate finance committee, know we care about raising the minimum wage in Maryland! When asked to support this legislation, Sen. Mathias, representing District 28 (Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties) said “find your vote somewhere else.”  The finance committee will make its recommendation March 8. The meeting is 6:15 pm at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

#2. LEARN ABOUT THE POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN
Please join us for an introduction to the Poor Peoples Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival, on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Easton library.   We will do a brief audiovisual presentation and then we will have a discussion about how our organizations, churches and synagogues can plug in to this important national movement.
Please RSVP to denicelombard@comcast.net if you plan to attend.  For more information:www.poorpeoplescampaign.org and see the flyer below.

#3. VOLUNTEER
Join one of our committees to get involved in an issue that you care about and get to know your neighbors at the same time. We have efforts around education, the environment, and the 2018 elections, among other issues.

MONITORING REP. ANDY HARRIS #7: Immigration Inconsistencies

Rep. Andy Harris is holding a Town Hall focused on immigration issues this coming Wednesday, March 1, and it would be good to ask him why he supports regressive immigration legislation. Harris is a co-sponsor of HR 4760, which would severely restrict such current legal moves as family-based immigration. Trump and his allies in Congress derisively call this "chain migration," but it was good enough to apparently allow Melania Trump's family to get permanent residency and a path to citizenship, according to the Washington Post. Good for the Trumps, but not anybody else? 

The bill also eliminates the diversity lottery, calls for DNA testing of immigrants and mandates local law enforcement cooperation with ICE police.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Joppa-Magnolia VFC
at 1403 Old Mountain Road S., Joppa, MD.  

This is a new weekly feature spotlighting Andy Harris' record. Send suggestions to talbot.rising@gmail.com.

Events Rising

Feb. 26 - Rep. Harris Tele-Town Hall
Details: 5:30 pm, call-in
Rep. Andy Harris is holding nine tele-town halls this season. Although not as good as in-person town halls, you can participate by signing up at https://vekeo.com/andyharrismd/

Feb. 26 - Progressive Maryland Lobby Night
Details: 5:30 - 8 pm, Lawyers Mall,
100 State Circle, Annapolis
Come join Progressive Maryland and our organizational allies this coming Monday for a rally and to lobby our elected officials on some of our legislative priorities for the 2018 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session, including:
1. Fight for $15: Fighting to raise the state minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers.
2. Bail Reform: Fighting to prevent the bail industry from trying to force more defendants to come up with money for cash bail.
3. Workplace protections for women, mothers, and fathers.
4. Closing tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthiest Marylanders.
5. Fairness in scheduling practices in the workplace
6. Protecting the ACA and pushing for single-payer
Contact Beth Landry, beth@progressivemaryland.org for more information.

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.

Feb. 28 - Fight for $15
Details: 6:15 - 7:45 pm, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 S. Washington St., Suite 101, Easton.
Come for an evening of speeches, action and celebration as we update everyone on the effort to provide a living wage for our citizens.
 
March 1 - Poor Peoples Campaign
Details: 5:30-6:30 pm, Easton library
Learn about the campaign, which will take place during the spring and summer of 2018.

March 1 - Rep. Harris Immigration Town Hall
Details: 6:30 pm, Joppa-Magnolia VFC, Joppa, MD
Harris will hold an in-person Town Hall focused on immigration issues and pending legislation.

March 2 - Free Legal Clinic
Details: 1 pm, Talbot County Courthouse, Easton
Mid-Shore Pro Bono is offering fewer legal advice on a broad range of civil legal issues. Meet with a volunteer to review your situation. Call 410-690-8128 to make an appointment on March 2, 16 or 30. There will also be an elder law clinic on March 22 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Talbot County Senior Center.

March 19 - FORUM ON OPIOID CRISIS
Details: 7 - 8:30 pm, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 S. Washington St., Easton
What's working and what's not as Talbot County families struggle with this epidemic. Dr. Fredia Wadley, health officer of Talbot County; Dr. Benjamin Kohl, Mid-Shore Programs Director of Eastern Shore Psychological Services, and Connie Pullen, licensed social worker will discuss: The Way Forward for Talbot Families

- News and Updates -

TALBOT RISING FORUM ON MARCH 19: 
WHAT'S WORKING, WHAT'S NOT IN OPIOID CRISIS

The country, state and county are in the grip of an opioids epidemic. In Talbot, eight people died from opioid overdoses from January to September 2017. By comparison, two Talbot residents suffered from alcohol-related deaths in the same period.

And it's not likely to get better soon. Recent Maryland health department data show that fentanyl has overtaken heroin as the deadliest drug in the state, with more than a 500 percent increase in fatalities from 2015 to 2017. 

What are we doing to help those addicted and their families? What treatment approaches work best? What else could we be doing?

Join Talbot Rising  7 - 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 19, at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 S. Washington St., Easton, for an in-depth discussion. 

Dr. Fredia Wadley, head of the Talbot County Health Department, Dr. Benjamin Kohl of Eastern Shore Psychological Services and a lecturer at Washington College, and Connie Pullen, a licensed social worker, will talk about what they are seeing in the trenches, what problems they face,  what treatments appear to work best,  and what could or should be done to stem this scourge.     

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BILL SEEKS AIR MONITORING OF CHICKEN FARMS

Eastern Shore activists are pushing a bill in the General Assembly that would set up a system of monitoring air quality of emissions for chicken farms.  
Ammonia from chicken waste is causing concern in nearby communities over incidences of asthma and other respiratory problems. The Community Healthy Air Act (SB 133), would set up a study to monitor air quality near these factory farms and in the nearby towns. There is a companion bill in the House (HB 26). 

For more information on the issue, you can go to Food and Water Watch.

*** EASTERN SHORE PROGRESSIVES HOLD SUMMIT
More than 20 people from progressive groups across the Eastern Shore met in Easton last week to talk about ways to support each other and coordinate activities. Organized by Talbot Rising members Sandy Coyman and Harvey Zendt, the participants at the gathering discussed working together on issues of common interest, such as raising the minimum wage and organizing candidate forums for the elections this year. Among the groups participating were Talbot County NAACP, Food and Water Watch, SEIU 1199 and the Eastern Shore PAC for Social and Economic Justice.
 
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WATCH TALBOT RISING'S PROGRAMS ON YOU TUBE
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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• Updated website: www.talbotrising.org
• Videos on healthcare, immigration, opioids and more. Go to YouTubeand search for Talbot Rising.
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