Weekly Newsletter - Nov. 6, 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, email@example.com, if you plan to come and what food you can bring. (There is a kitchen to warm up dishes.)
This Week's Action Items
#1: QUESTION REP. HARRIS AT TOWN HALL
For the first time in several months, Congressman Harris will hold a Town Hall on the Eastern Shore. A prime topic will be HR 1, the proposed GOP tax plan, which cuts corporate taxes while eliminating deductions for state and local income taxes, which 46% of Marylanders itemize. There's also the chance Republican leaders will use the tax bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act one again. The Town Hall is Saturday, Nov. 11, 4 pm at the Wicomico High School in Salisbury.
#2: PUT OUR GENERAL MEETING ON YOUR CALENDAR
Join together with fellow members of Talbot Rising for a party and to hear about upcoming projects, including preparations for the 2018 elections. In case you missed it, see above for more information.
#3: GRAB ONTO AN ISSUE
Get involved in making your voice heard on an issue that matters to you, whether it's the environment, education, voting rights or social justice.Join one of the TR committees or help organize one. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 11 - CONGRESSIONAL TOWN HALL
Details: 4-5 pm, Wicomico High School, 201 Long Ave., Salisbury, MD
Congressman Harris is holding a meeting with constituents to answer questions about the new Republican tax bill, health care and other issues. Please come to express your opinion. If you have a ride to share, please go to our Facebook page to help other members carpool. Let's have a great turnout!
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 towww.climatetimecapsule.org.
- News and Updates -
KICKOFF FOR TR ELECTORAL COMMITTEE
The electoral committee has gotten underway with co-chairs Holly Wright and David King and it will meet Nov. 16. They are focusing on four broad areas related to increasing citizen participation in the electrical process:
1. Voting – voter registration and education.
2. Candidates – leading endorsement process within Talbot Rising for congress, county council, governor; supporting their campaigns.
3. Partnerships – working with other Eastern Shore groups to reach voters on progressive issues and support candidates who represent those issues (i.e., through canvassing and other creative ways) and, most importantly, Get Out The Vote.
4. Legislation – support efforts in Annapolis to expand the franchise, through legislation to streamline voter registration and allow for election-day registration.
Our guest speaker will be Damon Effingham, Legal and Policy Director of Common Cause Maryland. Damon will talk about important legislation to make voter registration easier that you can help support in Annapolis.
Join us to learn how you can get involved.
Location: Third Haven Meeting House, 405 S. Washington Street, Easton
Date: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Feel free to get in touch with either of the committee’s co-chairs with questions:
Holly Wright: email@example.com
David King: firstname.lastname@example.org
EASTERN SHORE ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING
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 email@example.com ASAP. Indicate your preference for: one 6 hour daytime class, or two 3 hour evening classes. Include your phone number. TEXT HERE
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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