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Weekly Newsletter - June 13, 2017

 Take the Talbot Rising Survey to help us chart the coming months! More info and link below.

Take the Talbot Rising Survey to help us chart the coming months! More info and link below.

This Week's Action Items

#1: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD BY TAKING THE TALBOT RISING SURVEY
We recently sent out a survey to the entire membership asking what priorities and issues should drive our agenda. Please help shape our future  by answering the survey, which deals with issues, strategy, and asks for suggestions. The cutoff date is June 20. Your answers will help light the way ahead. To take the anonymous survey, click HERE. 

#2: CALL HARRIS AT HIS ROBO-TOWN HALL
Rep. Andy Harris is dodging another real Town Hall with his constituents, instead setting up a tele-Town Hall for the Eastern Shore. The session will take place at 5:30 pm Tuesday, June 20. It's no substitute for face-to-face questioning. But you can still call in and express your opposition to his votes on health care, financial rollback of rules, and more. Sign up in advance at https://vekeo.com/andyharrismd.

#3: STOP THE SENATE'S SECRET HEALTH BILL
The Senate is taking a page from the House of Representatives and is working in secret to fashion a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Don't let them get away with it. The Congressional Budget Office gave the House bill terrible marks, saying it would cause 23 million people to lose health coverage. But you can help derail the Senate's action. Call your senators and urge them to halt all action in the Senate until the bill is killed. Indivisible has an action plan to help guide your lobbying. And the Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare is calling for a week of action in the Senate from July 24-July 1.

Events Rising

JUNE 17 - JUNETEENTH
Details: 1-4 pm Easton
The Academy Art Museum and the Frederick Douglass Honor Society are hosting the 6th annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. The program is free.  For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

JUNE 24 - CLEAN WATER OUTDOOR CONCERT
Details: 6-9 pm on Harrison Street, Easton
Members of Talbot Rising will have a table where they will listen to local concerns.

JULY 2 - IMPEACHMENT MARCH
Details: 10 am, Washington, DC, and other major cities
Various groups that helped organize the Tax Day March in April will meet in the nation's capital to march and call for the impeachment of President Trump. 

JULY 8 - TALBOT RISING MEETING
We will hold a general membership meeting at the Third Haven Meeting House in Easton, planning from 10 am to noon. We will discuss the results of our online survey of members and plans for future action. More details to come. 

JULY 22 - MARCH FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
Details: 9 am - 4 pm, Washington, DC.
Organizers of this march aim to advance a vision of public schools as a place for learning and critical thinking, where children discover their passions and roles as citizens.

- News and Updates -

OUTREACH COMMITTEE SETS ITS GOALS
The Outreach Committee met on June 6, and its chair, Harvey Zendt, said the group is working on several initiatives:  
1. Identification of Point People for churches and other organizations to get the word out about our efforts
2. Venues - development of  a master list of venues to use for events
3. One Pagers - development of brief overviews of germane topics (health care, education etc.) to give to people who want to know more about an issue
4. Ally List - development of a list of organizations that will be partners on various ventures.
 
Please contact Harvey Zendt at hzendt@yahoo.com if you would like to join the committee or have any ideas /questions about its work. 

***WE NEED A WEBMASTER
If you have computer and tech skills, we need your help. Talbot Risingwants volunteers to help develop and maintaining a website to highlight our activities and recruit new members. Anyone interested, please send an email to talbot.rising@gmail.com 

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EDUCATION COMMITTEE PLANS POSTCARD WRITING CAMPAIGN
The Education Committee will host a postcard-writing event in early to mid-July at the Third Haven Friends Meeting House.  The purpose of the event will be to send messages to local, state, and national politicians concerning adequate funding of public education, and the facts about "school choice".  Background information and postcards will be supplied.
 
We need people to help plan this event in the areas of publicity and contacts with PTOs and PTAs, supplies, and   information about issues. 
Please contact Beth Williams, chair of the committee  with ideas at wethbilliams@gmail.com
 
Note: The Education Committee will not meet the first Monday in July in order to focus on the postcard event. 

MEETING WITH PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND
Several members of Talbot Rising met last week with Justin Vest, from Progressive Maryland, a statewide organization with which we are affiliated. Justin gave an overview of activity in other counties throughout the state, including the Fight for Living Wage campaign. He also talked about various training opportunities with the statewide group. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead.

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