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Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 16, 2017

This Week's Action Items

#1: SUPPORT PAID SICK LEAVE
A new poll shows that most residents of the state support the legislature in its upcoming attempt to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a paid sick leave bill, which would help 700,000 Marylanders. After the veto, Hogan said he would work on a compromise, but nothing has happened. Call Hogan's office at 410-974-3901. Tell him to let workers earn paid sick leave for the good health of the state. Go to Progressive Maryland for more information.

#2: SPEAK OUT OVER COVE POINT
Come to a public hearing Oct. 19 to express your opposition to Cove Point & LNG (fracked gas) export from Maryland: The hearing is 6-10 p.m., Mill Creek Middle School, 12200 Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby, MD.  Maryland's fracking ban does not prevent LNG from being transported or piped through this state for processing and export. Over a year ago, We Are Cove Point requested a safety study (Quantitative Risk Assessment, QRA) for Dominion Energy's refinery, liquefaction train, power plant and export terminal in the Cove Point neighborhood. This plant could impact air and water quality of the Chesapeake and the Eastern Shore. You can also submit comments in writing by Oct. 19: We Are Cove Point.

#3: MAKE A DIFFERENCE -- GET INVOLVED
Are you worried about the direction the nation is are headed? Then get ready to make a difference. Joining a committee is a great way to learn about an issue or to meet fellow activists. We have issue groups focused on environment, immigration, education and more. Look below to find the contacts.. 

Events Rising

Oct. 17 - HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: 7 pm Bozman, MD
Join us to discuss the benefits and costs of a single payer health system and how Talbot Rising might provide a platform for a larger discussion on the topic. Bring any information you have to share with the group. Meeting will be at 23279 Swan Cove Rd., Bozman

Oct. 19 - TR COORDINATING MEETING
Details: 7 pm, Bozman, MD
Please come to a working session to plan activities and initiatives with committee chairs and the steering group. We will hear what the teams are up to and share information about what's ahead this fall. Meeting will be at 23279 Swan Cove Rd., Bozman.

Oct. 21 - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION RESPONSE
TOWN HALL
Details: 2-5 pm, Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
The forum will educate and prepare environmental activists and concerned citizens for the 2018 legislative session in Maryland. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the environmental priorities of state legislators from both parties, environmental advocacy groups, and community leaders who are fighting environmental justice issues in their communities. There will be keynote speeches from Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Seema Kakade, the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic Director.  

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 festiva

Nov 4. - RESIST AND PROTEST
Details: Noon, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., White House
A march to protest Trump administration and its policies.

- News and Updates -

MARYLAND TO FIGHT HEALTHCARE CUTS
The state of Maryland says it will join lawsuits with 16 other states and DC  to challenge President Trump's decision to end cost-sharing payments for ACA insurance. Attorney General Brian Frosh in a statement says that the Trump' administration's actions are illegal and  will increase costs for the federal government by nearly $200 billion over the next decade. It will also result in insurance premium increases for the typical family of 20 percent. 

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HELP ELECT PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES 
You can play a valuable role in helping bold progressives get elected in 2018 – by chairing the Electoral Committee of TalbotRising.  Some important tasks are:  organizing candidate forums, managing the endorsement process within Talbot Rising, and reaching out to young voters.   Whoever snags this volunteer role will be rewarded by knowing you helped maximize Talbot Rising’s impact on the elections for governor, congress and county council AND that your job will wrap up before the 2018 holiday season!
Act now before somebody else steps forward.  If you would just like to discuss the possibility without making a commitment, call Denice Lombard at 410-886-9889 or email at denicelombard@comcast.net.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
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CATCH UP ON IMPORTANT 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
Nuclear Weapons
Immigration Assistance
Unionville Anniversary
Local Schools
Single-Payer Healthcare
The Opioid Crisis

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