Weekly Newsletter - June 15, 2018
This Week's Action Items
#1: GET OUT THE (GREEN) VOTE
The most important thing at this moment in the Primary election cycle is to motivate progressives to get out and vote, and tell them why we support our candidates.
We will win only if we generate enough excitement for our candidates and reasons to turn out and vote for them.
We can win if a high percentage of progressives vote in this primary.
To help educate and motivate voters, Grace Soltis has green Sierra Club ballots featuring reasons to vote for Mike Pullen, to be distributed from our tables.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GREEN BALLOTS for PULLEN
Here's your moment to help elect Mike Pullen, who will fight for everything we marched for!
Distribute Sierra Club ballots featuring reasons to vote for Mike Pullen
Contact: Grace at 443 385-0538 a leave a message or firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribute Green Ballots
- at the polls
- in your clubs
- at other public events
Pick up Green Ballots at our table at the Talbot Rising table at Juneenth. Advise when and you can work an hour or 2 at the polls for early voting or election day.
It's most useful to be at the polls when they open, around lunchtime and 5-8 pm.
Grace will provide the green SC ballots and pointers to volunteers who will work the hours they choose at the polls.
Early voting has already started and is from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday included, at the Easton Firehouse, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton. And after you vote, you'll have more time to help encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
#2: DONATE TO TALBOT RISING NOW
Make a contribution to help us support progressive causes and candidates in Talbot County, the state of Maryland, and our country.
Right now major efforts are going towards the 2018 elections.
Your donation will help!
You can make a difference in this election with your contribution right now.
#3: PHONE BANK (& PARTY) ON MONDAY NIGHTS
Come out and burn up the phone lines for candidates we have endorsed:
Michael Pullen for Congress and Ben Jealous for Governor. We will be calling fellow progressives throughout Talbot County on Monday nights, June 18 and 25, from 6-8 pm at 26 West Dover St., Easton. Food, phones and training provided.
# BONUS ACTION: KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER
As the Trump administration pursues a cruel policy of separating families seeking asylum at the border, it's time to call members of Congress to demand they take action. Ask them to support bills to reunite children with their parents and to prohibit future removals:
HELP Separated Children Act, and Keep Families Together Act.
Call Rep. Andy Harris at: 202-225-5311; Sen. Ben Cardin at 202-224-4524; Sen. Chris Van Hollen at 202-224-4654.
Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris #18: Hurting the Chesapeake Environment
If you thought only the EPA was messing up the environment, think again.
Rep. Andy Harris and the House of Representatives just passed what they call a "minibus" (instead of an omnibus bill) appropriations bill: HR 5895. This bill deals with energy, water, military and veterans affairs spending. But within the bill are distressing provisions, like immediate repeal of the Clean Water Rule. That rule, enacted in 2015, aims to control pollution and runoff of upstream waters that flow in major bodies of water, like the Chesapeake Bay.
The administration is already trying to roll this back through an administrative process, but this bill would short circuit that process and relieve the administration of having to explain in public why it wants to get rid of protections against pollution. And the tricky thing is that the bill bundles in needed funding to make it harder to tease out unsavory provisions. The bill also cuts spending for clean energy research by about $500 million.
June 14-21 - EARLY VOTING
You can vote in the primary from now through next week, so that you don't have to wait for June 26, Primary Day. Early voting has already started and runs from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday included, at the Easton Firehouse, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton.
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.
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. For our 24th season, we celebrate 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.
- News and Updates -
Talbot Rising this past spring endorsed candidates for state and federal office in the June 26 primary after reviewing candidate questionnaires and surveying membership. Here is a reprint our our endorsement 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.
CATCH UP ON LOCAL ISSUES
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
The Opioid Crisis
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