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Weekly Newsletter - May 26, 2018

 The General Meeting of Talbot Rising on Saturday featured 10 of the candidates for the upcoming Talbot County Council elections (seated in the chairs at the rear.) From left they are Chuck Callahan, Frank Divilio, Lisa Marie Ghezzi, Keasha Haythe, Naomi Hyman, Pete Lesher, Robin Page, Rose Potter, Laura Price, and Jennifer Williams. The meeting featured discussions about the county's revenue cap, education funding and the $15 minimum wage proposals.

The General Meeting of Talbot Rising on Saturday featured 10 of the candidates for the upcoming Talbot County Council elections (seated in the chairs at the rear.) From left they are Chuck Callahan, Frank Divilio, Lisa Marie Ghezzi, Keasha Haythe, Naomi Hyman, Pete Lesher, Robin Page, Rose Potter, Laura Price, and Jennifer Williams. The meeting featured discussions about the county's revenue cap, education funding and the $15 minimum wage proposals.

This Week's Action Items

#1: VOLUNTEER TO SPREAD THE WORD
Sitting at a table and talking to people at events is fun and interesting and a good way to contribute to the work of Talbot Rising and educating people about the upcoming elections.

We need volunteers to take 1 to 2-hour shifts at the following:
 1. Juneteenth Celebration: Saturday, June 16, 10:00 - 3:00, Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton.
2. People’s Place, adjacent to the Easton Farmer’s Market, will be tables for nonprofits organizations.  It is from 9:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays.  Which Saturdays we will set up depends on volunteers.  So pick your Saturday(s)!
To volunteer, send an email to Constance Lauffer at clriver2002@yahoo.com.

#2: GET READY FOR EARLY VOTING
The primary is June 26, but early voting starts at the Easton Firehouse on June 14 through June 21. Voting hours are 1 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday included. Mark your mark early, and bring out friends and neighbors. 

#3: CALL REP. HARRIS TO PROTECT OUR SHORES
The Trump administration has proposed opening the entire Atlantic Seaboard, including areas off Maryland’s coast, to offshore drilling. Rep. Andy Harris at first was in favor of this plan, but has since expressed opposition to drilling off Maryland’s coast.  Now, an upcoming House vote that could imperil the future of the Trump administration’s reckless and dangerous offshore drilling plan. This vote will be one of Rep. Harris’ first opportunities to step to the plate and protect Maryland from the dangers of offshore oil and gas development.
 
We are asking citizens to please call to Rep. Harris’s office at 202-225-5311 and encourage him to vote for the Pingree Amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill.
 
It’s important for Rep. Harris to know his constituents are watching and expect him to follow through on his pledge to protect Maryland from offshore drilling, so please call and ask Rep. Harris vote YES on the Pingree Amendment. 

Events Rising

May 29 - POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN
Details: 2 pm, Lawyers Mall, Annapolis
Join the next rally for the Poor People's Campaign, a national call for moral revival.
This event will focus on the War Economy: Militarism and the spread of gun violence. For more information, go towww.poorpeoplescampaign.org

June 11- COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM
Details: 6 pm, St. Michaels Middle/High School, St. Michaels
The NAACP will be hosting a candidate forum for the candidates for the seats of Talbot County Council. Those candidates who have confirmed their attendance are: Naomi Hyman, Keasha Haythe, Lisa Marie Ghezzi, Dominic "Mickey" Terrone and Maurren Scott-Taylor. As other candidates confirm, we will provides updates.

June 16 - JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Details: 10 am to 3 pm, Academy Art Museum, Easton
The annual Juneteenth event will feature Carole Boston Weatherford, author;  Dane Miller, spoken word artist; music by DJ ChynaDoll; Sankofa Dance Theater; a family art project, food vendors and more. Co-sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #16 Farms, Crabs and Immigration

Rep. Andy Harris, recently trumpeted his vote against the five-year Fam Bill, along with colleagues in the Freedom Caucus, saying that the Congress needed to address  immigration issues first. Then, he blamed these immigration issues for the loss of temporary workers for the Eastern Shore's crabbing industry.

Here's part of Harris' statement: "I voted against the Farm Bill today because I could not in good conscience vote to advance more legislation through Congress without a resolution to the H-2B visa shortage."

Wait a minute! The lack of temporary workers to pick crabmeat is exactly due to the administration's messed-up immigration policies. It turned the visas into a lottery program, creating uncertainty for seafood processors and everyone else. So Harris should really blame his own President and administration.

A story in the Washington Post reveals these consequences of the Trump immigration stand. In a mindless effort to crack down on immigration -- both documented and undocumented -- the worker visa program has been affected, leaving watermen, farmers and others without the temporary help they need.

Here's a link to the article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/many-maryland-watermen-deny-a-crab-crisis-is-trumps-fault-except-it-is/2018/05/07/0703a6c2-5205-11e8-9c91-7dab596e8252_story.html?utm_term=.a03ea1aeae85.

And the Baltimore Sun reported on the crisis in early May.

Meanwhile Eastern Shore farmers are left in uncertainty about agricultural and trade policies that have depressed crop prices. And the farm bill itself will have to emerge in a less onerous form from the Senate later on. 

Hardly a way to take care of constituents.

- News and Updates -

HELP REGISTER VOTERS
Talbot Rising has been invited to register voters among the clients and staff of Eastern Shore Psychological Services, in Easton. Please let Dave King (dking.dc@gmail.com) know your availability for the following dates and times:
 Tuesday, May 29, 1-4 pm
Thursday, May 31, 1-4 pm
  
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WATCH TALBOT RISING 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.
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• Try out our public Facebook Page 

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