Weekly Newsletter - Nov. 13, 2017
COME SHAKE THE TRUMP BLUES ** MEET & EAT & GREET **
Join our next fun and funky General Meeting and Potluck on Nov. 18, 10 am to 2 pm, at Evergreen Easton Point, 770 Port St., Easton.
We need to feed our bodies and souls in these perilous times, so please bring something to eat or drink to share!
But first some business – until 11:30. We will give BRIEF updates on committees and then discuss our plan for the electoral season, giving you plenty of ways, small and large, to plug in. And we’ll recap the Harris town hall from Nov. 11.
And then we have a special guest!! Emily Phelps from the original Indivisible team, currently a Field Communications Associate with Indivisible, will talk about why congressional advocacy is important and inspire us with a report on the current state of the Indivisible movement in the rest of the country.
Emily served as Communications Director to Rep. Bart Gordon (TN-06) during the passage of the ACA and the rise of the Tea Party. She went on to join the press and policy teams of Constitutional Accountability Center. She has worked on seven campaigns, beginning with Gov. Deval Patrick’s in Massachusetts. Recently, Emily was honored to manage media outreach for the teenage leaders of the Inner Harbor Project, a youth-run policing reform group in Baltimore.
Feeling that we never have a chance to just get to know each other and have some fun together, after the meeting we’ll eat, drink and be merry!
Please RSVP to Ridgely Ochs, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you plan to come and what food you can bring. (There is a kitchen to warm up dishes.)
Members of Talbot Rising, including Denice Lombard, Ridgely Ochs and Connie Pullen, show off the giant check awarded to "Billionaires and Big Corporations from the Republicans in Congress'' during the Town Hall held by Rep. Andy Harris in Salisbury this past Saturday.
- News and Updates -
PROGRESSIVE COALITION CHALLENGES REP. HARRIS AT TOWN HALL
Several progressive groups, including Talbot Rising, showed up at Wicomico High School this past Saturday to ask Rep. Harris why he is supporting a new tax bill that gives away a bonanza to big companies and the wealthiest 1% of the nation. The groups banded together in a First District Progressive Coalition to hold Harris to account at the town hall. The groups included Progressive Maryland, Our Revolution Maryland, the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus, Together We Will- Delmarva, Indivisible Worcester MD and Kent/Queen Anne's Indivisible.
Talbot Rising set up a table outside the event to sign up people coming to the high school and distributed information about the group. Once the meeting started, Harris reverted to his usual practice of only answering questions written on note cards and generally would not interact with the audience, except to chide people for speaking out. He was repeatedly challenged in the questions on his support for the tax bill, which heavily favors big corporations and the wealthy, eliminates the state tax, and cuts deductions for most Maryland residents. At times, he seemed to acknowledge the problems of the tax bill, by pointing out that the Senate version may be better than the House bill, which he supports.
In one highlight of the town hall, a group of TR members stood up to hold a sign that said "Listen to Us.' At another point, an activist from the Lower Shore, dressed in a tuxedo and a supporting group presented Harris with a giant $1.5 trillion check to reflect the boon for corporations and the wealthy families who would benefit most. Here's a link to a story covering the session in the Salisbury Times.
Nov. 14 - TR HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: Noon, 111 South Park St., Easton
The health committee will meet to discuss single-payer health care and a possible forum on the subject.
Nov. 16 - TR ELECTORAL COMMITTEE
Details: 7 pm, Third Haven Meeting House, Easton, MD
Come to Talbot Rising's Electoral Committee to learn how you can help get people registered to vote and what you can do to make sure they actually do vote.
Nov. 18 - GENERAL MEETING & POTLUCK
Details: 10 am to 2 pm, Evergreen Easton Point, 770 Port St., Easton
Come to the general meeting and stay for the party to follow. Hear updates on Indivisible, local elections, committees, and more. And bring something for the Potluck Lunch.
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.
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