Weekly Newsletter - Sept. 3, 2018
THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW
Dear Sisters and Brothers of Talbot Rising,
We are calling on you to commit some time (in any sized chunk) to the success of Progressive and Democratic candidates in the next two months. If each of us creates a ripple, it will lead to our Blue Wave.
We don’t have the luxury of just voting for the right people ourselves. That’s not enough votes. We have to work to get others to vote – by registering them, providing information on where the candidates’ stand, and GETTING OUT THE VOTE.
We know you care about the outcome of November’s election. Jesse Colvin winning a Democratic seat in Congress could be game-changing. Ben Jealous becoming a Democratic governor could be transformative in redistricting after the census.
Our current endorsement process is underway for state and local candidates. Big issues are on the line: an increased minimum wage, universal health care, preserving the Chesapeake Bay, ensuring a good education for all children and many others.
The Democratic Party in Talbot County is implementing a coordinated campaign, including phone banking and canvassing, for ALL DEMOCRATS from Ben Jealous, Jesse Colvin, Holly Wright, Dan O’Hare, on down to our local candidates for County Council, sheriff and others.
Please attend Talbot Rising’s LAST PUSH General Meeting, Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10-12 at the Easton Library to get plugged in. Judy Wixted, Queen of Democratic GOTV, will share the Democratic Party’s analysis and strategy of what it will take to win in November, and have a schedule of phone banking and canvassing you can sign up for.
We will also have some of our endorsed candidates or their representatives at the meeting prepared with specific ways you can help with their campaigns as well as yard signs and literature.
Please make it a priority to join us on Saturday, September 15! There is so much at stake!
Ridgely Ochs and Denice Lombard
Talbot Rising Cochairs
This Week's Action Items
#1: 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.
#2: MAKE AN ENDORSEMENT
Have your voice heard. Today is the last day to vote in the Talbot Rising endorsement straw poll. We have collected issue questionnaires from many candidates for state and local offices and shared them with membership.
You can see those responses and complete the survey by going to the Talbot Rising website.
#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, #23: Failing Grades for Education Bill
Congressman Harris has been flooding voters' mailboxes with big, 8.5- by 11-inch direct mail postcards claiming that he supports quality education. One of the cards quotes him as saying: "I am working to make sure every child has the opportunity to get a quality education that prepares them for a brighter future."
What the postcard (which notes it was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense) fails to mention is that Harris was a cosponsor of Rep. Steve King's notorious bill HR 610, which would gut federal education spending and totally replace it with a voucher system for schools. Called the "Choices in Education Act," the bill would remove the Education Department from overseeing national standards on testing, discrimination and the like.
As a reminder, this bill, according to the official summary, "repeals nutritional standards" that favored fruits, vegetables and low-fact dairy products.
The bill hasn't advanced yet in the House, but just imagine what will happen next year if Congressmen King and Harris get another chance at running Congress.
SEPT. 7 - ORGANIZING EVENTS FOR JESSE COLVIN
Details: 5 - 7 pm, Talbot Democratic HQ, Easton.
First Friday forum. All encouraged to attend to learn about upcoming events.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES:
Saturday 9/8 - Block Party at Asbury United Methodist Church, Easton - Need 2 volunteers per shift for Colvin Table: 11am - 1:30 pm;
1:30 - 4 pm (or whatever time you're available)
Sunday 9/9 - Canvass w/ Caroline County - surrounding counties have been asked to help give a boost to Team Colvin in Caroline - 3-5 pm in Denton. Need 4-6 volunteers (can carpool from Easton). Contact Nancy Andrew for signup.
SEPT. 8 - THE HILL DAY: BLOCK PARTY
Details: 11 am - 5 pm, Asbury United Methodist Church.
There will be space available for any information or advertisements that honor Frederick Douglass. Like last year this will be a community event meant to celebrate "The Hill." For more information please contact Rev. Dartanyon Hines at email@example.com.
SEPT. 7 - OCT. 8 - Shore Explorations: Chesapeake Bay: Land, Water and Life
Details: a month-long immersive exhibition focusing on what it means to be “of the Eastern Shore” at Waterfowl Building/Festival Hall, Harrison & South Sts, Easton.
The inspiration for the exhibition comes from Frederick Douglass, perhaps the best known Eastern Shore native. The renowned social reformer, abolitionist, orator and statesman maintained life-long connections to the Eastern Shore community.
The following events are a part of a series of evening programs held in conjunction with Shore Explorations, Land Water and Life at the Waterfowl Building/Festival Hall.
•Sept. 8, 5 – 8 pm - Book Tour Presentation - The Frederick Douglass Honor Society is pleased to welcome Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor of Black Studies and Personal Chair in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh for a discussion of her new book, If I Survive. The program will focus on the private life of Frederick Douglass as a family man, whose reform work was made possible not only through his own vision and determination but with the support and collaborative efforts of his family. Marking two hundred years since the birth of Frederick Douglass, If I Survive is a collection of previously unpublished essays, speeches, autobiographies and letters written by the women and men in the Douglass family. Working together against a changing backdrop of US slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, the Douglass family fought for a new “dawn of freedom.” The 900-page book includes a Douglass family biography with beautiful, powerful and breathtaking letters, stories and photographs of Frederick Douglass and his sons, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr. and Charles Remond Douglass. Unafraid to die for the cause, each dedicated his life to the emancipation of slavery and to social justice.”
•Sept. 15 - A Celebration and Fundraising Party will be held to honor Frederick Douglass, continue his legacy of building strong children, and fund raise for the Mid-Shore Early Learning Center, a nonprofit childcare center in Easton, MD. This early-evening (5-8 pm) party will celebrate with gratitude Frederick Douglass’ life and legacy for the children of the Mid-Shore, provide much-needed support for the Mid-Shore Early Learning Center, and feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, drinks, and fundraising games (balloon game, 50-50 raffle, silent auction, go fish). Tickets are $60 each or $100 for two, and are available here. Please see our event webpage or Facebook page for more information.
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. 9 - MEET HOLLY WRIGHT, SENATE CANDIDATE
Details: 4-6 pm, 23253 Maple Hall Road, Claiborne
Talbot Rising and the Bay Hundred activist group are holding an event to support Holly Wright, Democratic nominee for State Senate, District 37. This casual get-together will give you a chance to hear Holly's vision for the Eastern Shore. There will be light refreshments and music by the Loblollies. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
- News and Updates -
CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR DEBATE OVER DEBATES
The candidates for Maryland governor disagree not only on the issues, but also on whether to even meet each other for debates.
Ben Jealous, the Democratic nominee, and Larry Hogan, the Republican incumbent, have set different proposals on time, place and other details, according to an article in the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, the campaigns' fundraising disparities are looming large, according to the Baltimore Sun, with Hogan pulling in larger average donations than Jealous.