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Weekly Newsletter - Sept. 25, 2017

This Week's Action Items

#1: SOUND THE ALARM ON HEALTHCARE REPEAL
Despite the opposition of many hospitals and health group, the Senate is continuing to consider repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Many experts say this version is the most damaging of all, and would cut funding for Maryland especially hard. In fact, Gov. Hogan has come out in opposition. You can let the Senate know about your opposition by calling Sen. Mitch McConnell's office: 202-224-2541. And for good measure, call friends in key states so they can register their voices: Sen. Murkowski (Alaska) 202-224-6665; Sen. Collins (Maine) 202-224-2523.

#2:  HELP IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
You can help provide emergency funds to assist undocumented residents of Talbot County who are facing potential deportation.  The funds donated will be able to provide  essential resources to a family that desperately needs a legal consultation at $100 to $300, transportation to Snow Hill which can cost $50 to $100, phone cards and money to send to the inmate family member, secure food resources and rent or utility payments and any other issues that arise to assist the family in crisis. Assist the effort by going to the project page for the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center at GoFundMe

#3: GET INVOLVED -- JOIN A COMMITTEE
Whether you're interested in education, politics or the environment, you can make a difference by helping out. Consider joining a committee to take action on issues that matter to you. See the bottom of this email for contact information.

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. 26 - VISIT TO HARRIS' DC OFFICE
Details: 11 am to noon, 1533 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC.
Join members of Progressive Maryland for a visit to Rep. Andy Harris' DC Office to express opposition to the pending Senate healthcare bill. Plus, the children's health program is expiring this week and needs to be renewed. Visit Progressive Maryland for more information.

Oct. 21 - FROLICK FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE
Details: 10 am to 1 pm, Maryland Renaissance Festival,
1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis
Participate in the Guaranteed Healthcare Campaign at the festival.

Latest MCTV program produced by Talbot Rising covers the opioid epidemic.
Watch it at https://youtu.be/TWJv1rp9HYo.

- News and Updates -

LEARN MORE ABOUT TALBOT'S OPIOID CRISIS
The opioid epidemic is felt on the Eastern Shore and in Talbot County, just as much as elsewhere in the state. To find out what was going on in Talbot Ridgely Ochs interviewed four key county officials who see the effects of the opioid epidemic every day and are working closely together to stem its tide: Dr. Fredia Wadley, health officer for Talbot County Health Department;  Joe Gamble, Talbot County's sheriff; 
Kelly Reynolds, the problem-solving court coordinator for the Circuit Court of Talbot County,  and Doug Devenyns, director of Talbot County Department of Corrections.  
Watch the video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TWJv1rp9HYo

*** TR DELIVERS PETITION OPPOSING HEALTH BILL
More than three dozen residents of Talbot County signed a petition asking that Rep. Andy Harris oppose the Senate's Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, which would hurt Maryland disproportionately. The petition, spearheaded by Holly Wright, was delivered Monday morning to Harris' Kent Island office.

If you didn't get a chance to sign the petition, call his offices: Kent Island:410-643-5425; Salisbury: 443-944-8624; DC: 202-225-5311.

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