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Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 23, 2017

This Week's Action Items

#1: CALL GOV. HOGAN ON COVE POINT
The comment period is over, but you can still make your voice heard on the Cove Point fracked gas export plant, which would cause potential pollution problems for the Chesapeake Bay. Call the governor's office and ask him to order a safety study. The facility is across the bay, almost opposite Blackwater wildlife refuge. You can get more information at www.wearecovepoint.org. Called before? Do it again! His office keeps track of each of these calls: 410-974-3901. A decision on a revised permit is due next month.

#2: HELP A FAMILY WITH EMERGENCY FUNDS
You can donate towards an emergency fund to assist undocumented residents of TalbotCounty 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 IN AN ISSUE
If you care about healthcare, education or the environment, join one of our committees to make a difference. It's a great way to affect the direction of our country and our state, as well as meet neighbors and friends, Look below for a list of committees and issues.

Events Rising

Oct. 24 - WOMEN'S LISTENING TOUR
Details: 6-8 pm, Chesapeake College, Caroline College Center, Wye Mills, MD

Maryland women across the Upper-Shore and Mid-Shore region are invited to speak to Sen. Addie Eckardt and the State Commission for Women about the challenges they face, as women, and what would make their lives better.
Sen. Eckardt, along with the State Commission for Women, wants to hear from the women of the Shore, in their own words, about the needs and concerns they face in their everyday lives.
With this information, a report will be developed with recommendations for improvements in programs, legislation, and policies that impact the lives of Maryland women.
Register at: https://voicesofmarylandwomeneasternshore.eventbrite.com

Oct. 27 - HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: 2 pm, 23279 Swan Cove Road, Bozman, MD
Join us to discuss the prospects for a single-payer health system -- and different ways it might work. All are welcome for a lively discussion.  

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

Nov. 18 - CLIMATE CHANGE TIME CAPSULE
World leaders will gather in November to consider the way forward on climate change after the U.S. announced it would pull out of the Paris treaty.
To mark the day, activists will gather objects to illustrate the world we live in today and put them into time capsules at state capitols and city halls around the country. The time capsules will be opened in 100 years, November 2117. What kind of world will they be opened in? 

Elected officials are invited to contribute to the time capsules, just like anyone else. For all who refuse to uphold Paris...there will be a record of their position in the time capsule.
For more information, go to www.climatetimecapsule.org.

- News and Updates -

LEARN HOW TO WIN FRIENDS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Talbot Rising members are invited to a Climate Messaging Workshop designed with Eastern Shore environmental concerns in mind.  This will take place in February 2018, thanks to Pickering Creek Audubon and Wildlife Conservation Service. The workshop is free and will be at the Pickering Audubon Center.  
It will equip participants with communication techniques proven to resonate with a broad spectrum of our fellow citizens. Participants will practice framing a relevant conversation or presentation that will be memorable, motivating and hopeful to their audience. 
Attendees will learn about local climate impacts: 1) shifting ranges for North American bird populations and 2) salt marsh loss due to sea level rise on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Participants will have an opportunity to interpret climate change through the lens of these specific, local challenges. They will learn about current community-level responses. New climate messengers will practice infusing local challenges and hopeful solutions into a climate story relevant to their personal interests and experiences.
This training is valuable for messaging in person, and by print and letters to the editor. Interested ? Please reply to grace4tr@outlook.com ASAP. Indicate your preference for:  one 6 hour daytime class,  or two 3 hour evening  classes.  Include your phone number.   

*** TALBOT RISING COMMITTEE ROUNDUP

EDUCATION:  Committee members met Oct. 16 to review several issues, including the potential closing of Tilghman Elementary School and the ongoing discussion about raising the property tax cap. The members are also looking into working with Strong Schools Maryland,  an organization whose objectives include  “a state school funding formula that is equitable in the manner it distributes funds, with funding at a level adequate to eliminate the opportunity and achievement gap."

IMMIGRATION: The immigration committee has been involved in several events, Connie Pullen reports. A forum on helping immigrant families at Third Haven Meeting House drew about 20 people to hear Charles Wheeler speak. He is an immigration attorney who grew up in Easton. And committee members volunteered to help staff a session on immigration this past weekend with the Multicultural Resource Center.
 
COORDINATING MEETING: The group met on Oct. 19 with about a dozen members and discussed setting up the next general membership meeting for sometime next month. Details to be determined. Holly Wright and David King have signed on as leaders of the Electoral Committee and began planning for events such as voter registration drives for the 2018 elections.
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CATCH UP ON MAJOR 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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GO ONLINE FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM TR
Find updated events, useful links, and more about Talbot Rising:
• Updated website: www.talbotrising.org
• Videos on healthcare, immigration, opioids and more. Go to YouTube and search for Talbot Rising.
• Follow us on Twitter
• Try out our public Facebook Page 
 

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