Talbot Rising


Weekly Newsletter - July 2, 2018

This Week's Action Items

Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire sets up an crucial fight for the future of the country and an important reason to get people to the ballot box in November. Tell your Senators to reinforce their opposition to anyone President Trump nominates from his conservative think tank's short list for the seat. Each and every pick on that list is an extremist who would dismantle our health care and the right to choose. We don’t need to wait to hear who the nominee is—Trump has already put out a list he will choose from, and the entire list is unacceptable. Call Sen. Cardin at 202-224-4524 and Sen. Van Hollen at 202-224-4654. For more background and resources on the fight, go to Indivisible's web site. 

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The House of Representatives keeps failing to do its job to mandate that parents and children seeking asylum be kept together and that they not be detained. Last week the House considered and failed to pass two of its own bills, while the Senate is readying more appropriate measures. Call Rep. Andy Harris' office to demand he support measures for a humane approach to immigration policy. Harris' DC office: 202-225-5311; Kent Island office: 410-643-5425; Salisbury office: 443-944-8624.  And if you see him at any Independence Day events, ask him why he backs the administration's cruel actions.

Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #19: Bad Faith Farm Bill

Rep. Andy Harris voted last month to support a radical farm bill that doesn't really help farmers much, penalizes those in need of food, and isn't even supported by his own colleagues in the Senate.  

The House version of the bill, HR 2, is formally known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act. Harris' statement on the passage says: "Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation to help struggling Americans get back on their feet. This bill enacts common-sense work requirements for the SNAP (food stamps) program."

Meanwhile the Senate voted on a different bipartisan measure by an overwhelming 86-11 vote.

But SNAP already requires able-bodied adults without children to work as part of the program -- this House bill extends it to adults with school-age children. The new provision requires a monthly proof of working at least 20 hours -- increasing red tape as parents try to justify their status and penalizing them if their employer cuts back their schedule for a week. And of course, the kids would lose their food aid as a result.

Furthermore, the House bill cuts aid to farmers and eliminates a conservation program that encourages farmers to conserve air and water quality, according to the Washington Post.

Amazing how often kids and the environment always are targets in House's efforts.

Events Rising

Details: Noon to 1 pm, Talbot County Courthouse Lawn
To honor the Bicentennial Celebration, the Frederick Douglass Honor Society in partnership with the Frederick Douglass 200 Committee and the Talbot County Free Library will be hosting a community reading of Frederick Douglass’s moving speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” This county-wide event will commence on the Talbot County Courthouse Lawn, Saturday, July 7 from noon to 1 pm. Immediately following the community reading, a moderated discussion to explore the meaning and relevance of Douglass’s words today, will be held at the Talbot County Free Library from 1:30 to 3 pm.
This event is free and open to the public, as we gather as many people of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate the legacy, and contribution to the ideals of freedom, justice and equality to be inspired by Talbot County’s native son, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey Douglass.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear from and interact with notable figures in history? Well, in July you can. This summer, join Maryland Humanities at our 24th annual Chautauqua living history series.
“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” With these words, Eleanor Roosevelt asked a complicated question: “what is justice?” Throughout 2018, Maryland Humanities is engaging with this challenging notion. The 24th season celebrates the contributions to the search for justice by bringing three historical activists to life on the Chautauqua stage.

Details: Steamboat Building at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663
Monday, July 9 – Frederick Douglass
Tuesday, July 10 – Eleanor Roosevelt
Wednesday, July 11 – Thurgood Marshall

All performances will begin at 7 pm and will be held outdoors. Please bring folding chair. In case of severe weather, program will be held in the Steamboat Building auditorium.

Details: 1 - 3 pm, Talbot County Courthouse, Easton
Midshore Pro Bono will be offering free legal advice on general civil matters. You need to call to make an appointment at 410-690-8128. Another general clinic will be held July 20 at the Kent County Public Library in Chestertown and again at the  Talbot Courthouse on July 27. For more information, visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Details: 10 am - 1 pm, Talbot County Senior Center,
400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton
Midshore Pro Bono will be offering free legal advice on elder law matters. Call to make an appointment at 410-690-8128.

Details: 7 pm, Chesapeake College.
A distinguished literary figure, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a nonfiction writer, scholar, and renowned speaker on the issue of racism and improving race relations in America. Dr. Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic. He is an African American intellectual who has written or edited over 18 books including books on Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Barack Obama, and Dr. Dyson is also a beloved Baptist minister. An American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, Dr. Dyson is one of our nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals.
Sponsored by Maryland Humanities, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, Chesapeake College, Queen Anne’s Public Library, Frederick Douglass Honor Society, Talbot NAACP, Kennard Alumni Association and the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council.
Tickets are free, but must be requested in advance. Please send an email to ridgely.ochs@gmail.com with the number of tickets you want by July 11. 

- News and Updates -

Benjamin Jealous' victory in the Maryland gubernatorial primary sent a signal that progressive policies would find traction in Maryland this election season, from issues like a $15 minimum wage to Medicare for All. The Maryland Reporter   noted that it was a kickoff for fundraising and political efforts at all levels in the state and that various liberal groups and candidates are uniting on their strategies for the fall. Progressive Maryland, which endorsed Ben Jealous, as did Talbot Rising, called his election win a political earthquake for the state and pointed to the election contest to come. You can read more about it here.
It was part of a trend in other regions of the country as well. Our Revolution also was instrumental in support of progressive candidates across the country, including Jealous, and it helped pull off some notable upsets too.
You can read its report here.

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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