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Weekly Newsletter - Nov. 20, 2017

#1: SAY NO TO THE CORPORATE TAX GIVEAWAY

The Republican-controlled Congress is speeding through a complicated tax revamp that aims to benefit big business and the donor class at the expense of middle-class taxpayers. The House approved its version last week, with Rep. Andy Harris' support. A Senate committee advanced its own bill. But the fight is not over yet! Call Harris' office to tell him you disagree with his vote: Kent Island office is 410-643-5425. DC office is: 202-225-5311.
 

#2: MAKE A PROMISE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Organizations are getting together online to share stories, letters, and videos about actions they will commit to take to help ensure a better environment. Under the umbrella of DearTomorrow, individuals and groups are committing to take personal and group action to fight climate change. Find out more by going to
www.deartomorrow.org/en/toolkit/

#3: JOIN FELLOW ACTIVISTS

As we approach the crucial Election Season of 2018, it's time to ramp up the action to roll back the Trump agenda. Join up with one of the committees or action groups for an issue near and dear to your heart. Check below for committees and contacts.

Events Rising

Nov. 20 - EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Details: 7 pm, 114 Hughlett St., Easton
The Talbot Rising Education Committee will meet at Katie Lowe's house to discuss the tax cap, special education funding and the impact of Congress's tax bill on student loans and college students.

Dec. 3 - MARYLAND PRE-LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT
Details: 10 am to 6 pm, UMBC Engineering Hall
1000 Hilltop Cir., Baltimore

The Maryland Pre-legislative Session Summit will connect NGO's (Non-Governmental Organizations) with grassroots groups and legislators to discuss 2018 legislative agendas. There will be training from 10 am -12 pm on how the MD legislature works and how to effectively meet with legislators. The second part of the day, 1-6 pm, will focus on presentations and time for direct discussions with the various NGO's. For more information, please see the event link below. This is a ticketed event. 

Link to event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/126965797970128/ https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/127095/chk/f96f

Dec. 12 - HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: Noon, 404 Bentley Ave., St. Michaels
Join the discussion at the home of Holly Wright on the campaign for guaranteed health care and the planning for a forum on the opioid epidemic.

- News and Updates -

ORIGINAL INDIVISIBLE TEAM MEMBER GIVES TIPS FOR ACTIVISM
AT GENERAL MEETING IN EASTON

Emily Phelps, from the original Indivisible team, currently a Field Communications Associate, spoke at our general meeting this past weekend and gave interesting insights into the founding of the organization and efforts going forward.
Emily, who is the daughter of Talbot Rising member Holly Wright, said the organization has grown from about 1,000 local groups to 6,000 over the past year.

She said that the energy and activism has been driven by the local groups and was evident in the recent Virginia elections.

She got a number of questions around the topic of  how to be most effective. Emily said that the Indivisible team, who used to be staffers in Congress, recommends calling the local public officials to register your opinions, and showing up at their district offices to get their attention.

She said that for the coming year, in addition to action alerts, there will be endorsements and an Indivisible 435 project  focusing on the midterm elections. You can get more information at www.Indivisible.org.

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.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING COMING UP
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.

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