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Weekly Newsletter - Sept. 10, 2018

- News and Updates -


TALBOT RISING ENDORSES STATE AND LOCAL CANDIDATES
The results are in!
As part of our voter education and outreach effort this election season, we sent out questionnaires to all candidates running for state and local offices.

Many, but not all, candidates responded to our questions.
We shared their answers with Talbot Rising members before conducting a survey on which candidates to support. The results showed overwhelming approval for endorsing these candidates: 
Governor: Ben Jealous
Congress: Jesse Colvin
State Senator, District 37: Holly Wright
State Delegate, District 37B: Dan O’Hare
Talbot County Council:
Keasha Haythe
Naomi Hyman
Pete Lesher
Rose Potter
Maureen Scott-Taylor

We will be working to help these candidates spread their messages over the next two months for this critical election. A lot is at stake, from action in Congress to redistricting in the state to local funding priorities, so please come to the General Meeting on Saturday to find out how you can help make a difference.

This Week's Action Items

#1: VOLUNTEER FOR VOTER REGISTRATION
Talbot Rising has several invitations for voter registration at local events coming up. Please raise your hand if you can help out!
  •  Monday, September 17, there is a Constitution Day event at Chesapeake College; midday.
   • Saturday, September 22, we hope to have a presence at the Frederick Douglass Day events in Easton, from 10 am -- 5 pm.  
Finally, if enough of you are interested, we can have a presence at the Saturday Easton farmers market.
   If you are interested in helping at any of these events, please contact Dave King at dking.dc@gmail.com.

#2: COME TO THE GENERAL MEETING SEPT. 15
Calling all members. With the crucial general election just about two months away, please come to our general meeting to discuss our plans for the fall. We will talk about best ways to work with progressive candidates and continue voter registration efforts. The meeting will be 10 am to noon at the Talbot County Public Library in Easton.

#3: DONATE TO TALBOT RISING
Please consider making a contribution to Talbot Rising to help fund our work registering and educating votes in the 2018 elections. Virtually all of our efforts in the next few months will be on crucial midterm elections at the state, county and national levels. You can learn more by going to www.talbotrising.org.

Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #24: Border Wall Waste

Even after voting to approve a corporate tax cut that will raise the deficit to more than a trillion dollars, Rep. Andy Harris and his Freedom Caucus friends want to spend more money on a border wall. Their major  disagreement is to whether to force it on the country -- and force a government shutdown -- before or after the election.

In an article in Politico last week, here's what Harris' stance: “I have voted for wall funding, I think it’s necessary and in the end, after the election, I’m fine with forcing the issue,” said Harris, who’s advocated for a delayed fight as well.

The Freedom Caucus ignores the fact that a full wall could cost $20 billion and would not work, according to most people. And of course, candidate Donald Trump promised that Mexico would foot the bill. 

Given the Freedom Caucus' stranglehold on the House, it seems the best course is to make sure they are not in power after the election.

Events Rising

SEPT. 12 - MIDSHORE PRO BONO BANKRUPTCY CLINIC
Details: 10 am - 3 pm, Midshore Pro Bono office, 8 S. West St., Easton
Make an appointment for free legal help on issues, at 410-690-8128.

SEPT. 12 - DR. MICHAEL ERIC DYSON
Details: 7 pm, Chesapeake College
Sponsored by Queen Anne’s County Arts Council in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, Talbot County NAACP, Temple B’nai Israel and others. Free to the public with advance ticket.

SEPT. 13 - CAMBRIDGE RALLY FOR HOLLY WRIGHT
Details: 6 pm, Gracie Building, 403 Academy St., Cambridge
Join State Senate candidate Holly Wright for the grand opening of her campaign headquarters in downtown Cambridge. 
If you can’t make this event but want to contribute to Holly’s campaign, please go to her website at www.hollywrightforsenate.com.

SEPT. 13 - FILM: HEALING NEEN
Details: 6-8 pm, Easton HS Auditorium, Easton
Watch the film depicting the journey of Tonier "Need" Cain, who lived on the streets for 20 years through an assortment of struggles, and hear from Tonier herself. Sponsored by Talbot County Schools, Talbot Health Department, and Talbot Department of Social Services.

SEPT. 15 - TALBOT RISING MEETING
Details: 10 am to noon, Talbot Public Library, Easton
Come and get plugged into plans for the midterm elections, learning about the candidates, upcoming events and more.

SEPT. 22 -  FREDERICK DOUGLASS DAY IN EASTON
Details: 10 am to 4 pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University and Assistant Curator at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Spencer Crew has worked in public history institutions for more than twenty-five years. He served as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for six years and worked at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution for twenty years. Nine of those years he served as the Director of NMAH. At each of those institutions he sought to make history accessible to the public through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and public programs.
Includes Music, Food & Retail Vendors, Knowledge Village, Children’s Village and more. Sponsored by Frederick Douglass Honor Society in Partnership with the Talbot County Free Library and the Town of Easton

SEPT. 27 - Talbot County Council Candidate Forum on the Environment
Details: 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Talbot County Free Library, Easton
This forum is co-sponsored by CBF and the League of Women Voters Mid Shore.

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