Weekly Newsletter - July 9, 2018
This Week's Action Items
#1: SUPPORT BEN JEALOUS' CAMPAIGN
Talbot Rising, along with many other progressive organizations in the state, endorsed and worked hard for the victory of Ben Jealous as Democratic nominee for governor. That effort paid off with a resounding primary victory last month to make him the Democratic nominee against Gov. Larry Hogan. Ben supports Medicare for All, college affordability, targeted education spending and a living wage. Learn more about the issues in the Maryland election, and upcoming events, at www.benjealous.com. Talbot Rising will be actively involved in promoting Ben's campaign to become governor, so stay tuned for upcoming events.
#2: STOP THE SUPREME COURT HIJACK
Whomever President Trump picks tonight for the Supreme Court, you can be sure that nominee will work to limit voting rights, women's rights and side with the administration on a range of illiberal issues. 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. The entire list is unacceptable. Call Sen. Cardin at 202-224-4524 and Sen. Van Hollen at 202-224-4654 and urge them on in this fight. For more background and resources, go to Indivisible's web site.
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July 9, 10, 11 - CHAUTAUQUA 2018: SEEKING JUSTICE
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.
JULY 13 - MIDSHORE PRO BONO LEGAL CLINIC
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.
JULY 17 - MEETING ON BORDER CRISIS
Details: 5:30 pm, Temple B'nai Israel, 7199 Tristan Dr., Easton
Meet to help develop action steps in response to the immigration crisis on the Texas-Mexican border. RSVP to office manager at 410-822-0553
JULY 26 - MIDSHORE PRO BONO ELDER LAW CLINIC
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.
SEPT. 12 - DR. MICHAEL ERIC DYSON
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 email@example.com with the number of tickets you want by July 11.
- News and Updates -
PROOF THAT EVERY VOTE COUNTS
If you needed a reminder of how important voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts, consider the squeaky thin margins in voting throughout Maryland this past primary day:
• 48 votes made the difference in the Talbot County Council race on the Republican side.
• 2 votes made the difference in a Howard County Council race.
• 9 votes is all that separates the two top contenders for Baltimore County executive.
• 2 county council races in Prince George’s County came down to 31 votes and 55 votes.
As the Political Maryland blog points out, about 75 percent of state voters didn't even bother to come out and vote on primary day last month. That leaves a lot of room for progressive candidates to make headway in the 2018 general elections.
IMMIGRATION CHANGE ROILS CRABBING INDUSTRY
The Trump administration's intent to overthrow immigration policy has had a negative effect on the Eastern Shore crab industry. The switch to a guest worker visa lottery system has left the crab industry with a worker shortage. A detailed article in the Baltimore Sun showed how the future is uncertain even after emergency visa programs were put into effect by the Department of Homeland Security.
While a relatively benign problem compared to the separation of families at the southern border, the turmoil indicates a lack of competency in the administration.
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