Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 30, 2017
This Week's Action Items
#1: OPPOSE THE GOP TAX GIVEAWAY
The Republican-controlled Congress is moving toward crafting a huge tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, with tax rates for them going down dramatically. Meanwhile, tax deductions that help Marylanders, like the ones for state and local taxes, are in danger. Call Rep. Andy Harris's office to let him know you oppose this gift to big business. Call his DC office at 202-225-5311 or his Kent Island office at 410-643-5425.
#2: HELP BEAT TRUMP -- IN 2017
You can help defeat Trump's candidate in Virginia this year by canvassing during this upcoming weekend and into November. Efforts will take place Nov. 4 through Nov. 7. Anyone interested in helping defeat the Trump candidate Ed Gillespie should contact Lottie Ash at email@example.com.
#3: GET INVOLVED
Join a committee or a group to help push progress on education, the environment, social justice or voting rights. Take a look at the committees and efforts below to join up.
Nov. 4 - STRONG SCHOOLS MARYLAND
Details: Saturday, 10:30 am, Talbot County Senior Center), 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton
Strong Schools Maryland is the statewide effort aimed at creating a world-class education system for every student in Maryland.
That effort and Talbot Rising participation will be discussed by David Hornbeck – former Maryland State Supt. Of Schools ’76-88; and Philadelphia Supt. Of Schools 1994-2000, along with Evie Frankl – Senior Organizer for Education Justice Campaigns
Center for Popular Democracy and a former D.C. teacher.
Strong Schools Maryland believes all students in the state of Maryland can learn at high levels when given the resources and opportunities to be successful. All Maryland students deserve the opportunity to receive a world class education.
Strong Schools Maryland believes the report "9 Building Blocks for a World-Class Education System" produced by the National Center on Education and the Economy provides a coherent path to elevating the performance of all students in the state of Maryland.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org. Spread the word to other people you think might be interested.
For more information, see www.strongschoolsmaryland.org.
Nov. 7 - KICKOFF FOR MARYLAND PEACE ACTION
Details: 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Busboys and Poets
5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD, 20781
Maryland’s local Peace Action groups are joining together to enhance power state-wide, under the name Maryland Peace Action. Speaker is David Swanson, author, activist, journalist and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Suggested donation of $10. RVSP here
Nov. 18 - GENERAL MEETING (Tentative)
We are planning to have a general meeting with a party afterward. We are targeting Nov. 18 if we can find a venue, which is proving challenging. If you have a suggestion, email email@example.com.
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 -
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR CLEAN DREAM ACTION
You can help move Congress toward taking action to resolve the DACA impasse by calling your representatives in Congress. In the House, ask Rep. Andy Harris to support the Clean Dream Act, HR 3440 and in the Senate S. 1615. While Congress is going around in circles on issues that have little importance, it is putting off crucial work to solve the dilemma of immigrant children who are facing deportation. Even President Trump has expressed a desire to do something about DACA. The Clean Dream Act solves the problem by focusing on the children. Call your officials: Rep Harris: 410-643-5425; Sen. Van Hollen: 202-224-4654; Sen. Cardin:202-224-4524.
*** SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Indicate your preference for: one 6 hour daytime class, or two 3 hour evening classes. Include your phone number.
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
The Opioid Crisis
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