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Weekly Newsletter - Sept. 18, 2017

This Week's Action Items

#1: OPPOSE SENATE ACTION TO GUT HEALTHCARE -- AGAIN
Believe it or not, the Senate is poised this week to once again consider a plan to kill off the Affordable Care Act by cutting Medicaid and transferring healthcare revenues to states as block grants. While Maryland's senators oppose this, call them to encourage their efforts against this last-minute approach:
Sen. Cardin: 202-224-4524; Sen. Van Hollen: 202-224-4654

#2: GET INVOLVED!
Now that the summer is over, there are many events where
you can make a difference and have your voice heard
on a wide range of issues. Check out the calendar below.

Events Rising

Sept. 8 to Oct.1 - HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARTS EVENT Details: Waterfowl Building, 40 S. Harrison St., Easton
An upcoming event will raise awareness about human trafficking. The event will include indoor and outdoor art exhibits, multi-media installations, lecture, panels and films addressing human exploitation. This exhibit is free to the public.

Sept. 20 - BOARD OF EDUCATION
Details: 7 pm, Board of Education offices, 12 Magnolia St., Easton
The school board has refused to honor the contract negotiated three years ago with education staff, denying an agreed-upon cost-of-living increase and restricting previously approved partner benefits.

Please come show your support for teachers and staff. It is critical that BOE Members know we saw how they treated our valuable staff, and that we won't let them breach their contracts again. The contract ratification may have happened for this school year, but it is never too early to tell the BOE that you support higher wages and better benefits for staff.

Sept. 23 - FREDERICK DOUGLASS DAY
Details: 10 am to 4 pm, downtown Easton
The Frederick Douglass Honor Society, the Town of Easton and Talbot County Free Library help celebrate of the life and legacy of Talbot County native Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s most prominent figures in African-American and U.S. history. Enjoy a variety of talks, activities and music. For more information, see www.frederickdouglassday.com or call 410-463-5789 or visit Frederick Douglass Day Facebook Page.

Sept. 24 - IMMIGRATION FORUM
Details: 2 pm, Third Haven Friends Quaker Meeting House, Easton
Discussion on the current state of immigration laws and its impact on families with Charles Wheeler, who grew up in Easton and is now a California-based immigration attorney. He practices and has taught immigration law for over three decades. (See poster below for more details)

Sept. 25 - EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Details: 7 pm, 114 Hughlett St, Easton
Education committee will meet to discuss the Board of Education session and plan next moves.

- News and Updates -

GROUPS PUSH HIGHER GOAL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
With President Trump pulling out of the global climate accords, Maryland environmentalists are pushing for action close to home. They want the state to  require that 50 percent of Maryland's energy come from renewable sources. Last year the legislature overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's veto to boost the state's goal from 20 percent to 25 percent. According to the Washington Post, 
Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery) will sponsor legislation next year to reach 50 percent level by 2030, which four other states have approved.

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CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE STATUE
A petition drive is ongoing to ask the Talbot County Council to remove the Talbot Boys Confederate statue in front of the County Courthouse. Mike Pullen, Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, has asked the council to take this action and has set up an online petition. The debate over the statue has been the subject of discussion for many years prior to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., but now is the time to act. Sign this petition to join the movement. 
These same monuments are coming down in Baltimore and Annapolis.  The Governor of Virginia, in the capital of the confederacy, has ordered every confederate statue in that state removed.  It is finally time for Talbot County and the Eastern Shore to do the correct thing and remove this memorial.

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