Weekly Newsletter - May 16, 2017
This Week's Action Items
#1: PROTEST AHCA VOTE ON MAY 18
Rally on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 18, to tell members of Congress that you oppose their vote to pass the American Health Care Act (HR 1628). With Congress returning to DC this week, we need to show the Senate how much opposition there is to this attempt to kill health coverage for millions of our fellow citizens. The protest will be on the east side of the Capitol from 11 am to 2 pm. (Supreme Court side, near the Library of Congress) More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716874235276626.
Afterward, we will visit Rep. Andy Harris' office to state our concerns.
#2: TRACK THE TRUTH ON RUSSIA
How often does each member of Congress vote to protect President Trump against a full investigation into his Russia dealings, taxes, and businesses? There's a new website for that: www.trumptruthhiders.com from Moveon.org. Some 15 measures, from resolutions to legislation, have been introduced in the House and forced Republicans to go on the record about Trump’s taxes, Russia, and more. Guess how many times Rep. Andy Harris has voted to protect Trump? Go find out and then call his office. Dial 1-844-818-0223 and enter your ZIP code.
#3: GET INVOLVED
We need volunteers to help spread the word at community events. Meet your neighbors and have fun!
Saturday, June 3
– Easton Farmer’s Market – 8 to 11 am (2 needed) (or you could start at 9.)
Saturday, June 3
– Family Clean Water Concert at Tidewater Inn – 6 to 9 pm (1 needed) Family Night with Kidsinger Jim & the Late Bloomers
Saturday, June 17
– Juneteenth – 1 to 4 pm (2 needed)
Saturday, June 24
– Clean Water Concert at Tidewater Inn – 6:00 to 9:00
(2 needed) Navy Band Sea Chanters
Saturday, July 8
-- Clean Water Concert at Tidewater Inn – 6 to 9 pm (1 needed) The XPDs
JUNE 3 - CLEAN WATER OUTDOOR CONCERT
Details: 6 to 9 pm on Harrison Street, Easton
Members of Talbot Rising will have a table where they will share information about our efforts with the community. We will have a table at the concert also on June 24.
JUNE 11 - MEET BEN JEALOUS
Details: 2 to 3:30 pm at the Avalon Theatre, Easton
Mark your calendars to hear from the former president of the NAACP on activism and more. Volunteers are also needed for this effort to do publicity, make phone calls, and work at the event itself. To help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Immigration Committee discusses the coordination between the Pro Bono Law Center and the Multicultural Center, and what Talbot Rising Members can do to help!
- News and Updates -
PROGRAM EXPLORES IMMIGRATION ON EASTERN SHORE
(View about Video) Members of Talbot Rising explored the issues of immigration on the Eastern Shore in a recent video program shown on MCTV and YouTube. They talked about how local community groups can help residents facing these questions in light of the Trump Administration's actions and the recent decision of Easton to be a Welcoming Town. Panelists included Matthew Peters, director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center; Sandy Brown, executive director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono in Easton; Ivette Salarich, project manager of the Vulnerable Population Assistance Project with Mid-Shore Pro Bono; and Connie Pullen, a social worker and head of Talbot Rising's Immigration Committee. Talbot Rising's Ridgely Ochs moderated the discussion. The Avalon Foundation and MCTV assisted in the production of this program, which you can view above or at this link:
You can also share these documents with families of undocumented workers to help them navigate their options.
FREE LEGAL CLINICS
Mid-Shore Pro Bono has expanded its offerings of free legal help on civil legal issues to Dorchester County on a once-a-month basis. People in need can make an appointment to meet with a volunteer attorney to review their legal issues and receive free advice. In Talbot County: District Court House, 1-3 pm, every other Friday; in Dorchester, the county public library, 10 am to noon, second Friday of the month. Elder law clinics are held once a month as well: In Talbot, at the TalbotCounty Senior Center, fourth Thursday of the month; in Dorchester at the Pleasant Day Adult Day Care Center, third Wednesday of the month. For more information, cal410-690-8128. The group also is raising money for its Vulnerable Population Assistance Project, through crowdjustice.com You can go to the website to donate and help them reach their goal.
LISTEN TO PUBLIC RADIO? READ THIS!
While President Trump's budget plans call for massive tax cuts for the wealthy, it also includes possible cuts for public broadcasting. And Rep. Andy Harris seems to think it's a good idea. In a talk with Current Magazine, he decried programming on National Public Radio as blatantly liberal and said many areas with public radio stations didn't need them. He also wants to defund the Independent Television Service. Call his office to speak up.
MARYLAND OK's BIGGEST WIND ENERGY PROJECTS
The state's Public Service Commission last week approved two offshore wind projects that would produce 368 megawatts of energy off the coast of Ocean City. The two projects are expected to create 9,700 jobs, produce $74 million in tax revenue and eliminate 19,000 tons of climate pollution a year.