Weekly Newsletter - May 30, 2017
- News and Updates -
LETTER TO MEMBERS
Dear Talbot Rising members, from Denice Lombard
I want to give you an update on some changes in Talbot Rising and discussions on plans for our future.
As you know, Mike Pullen is planning to run against Andy Harris. Because of that, he will no longer be a leader in TR. Several people have volunteered to join me as a leadership team to guide the organization. They are Bob Day, Bob Tiernan, Ridgely Ochs and Heather Harvey.
As a new organization Talbot Rising has accomplished a lot so far! It’s time now to plan for The Long Haul – between now and the 2018 election. The leadership team and the Coordinating Committee have been discussing plans for our future work, but we need to hear from you as well. Very soon you will receive a survey by email with 10 questions designed to find out what you think TR should focus on, what issues are at the top of your agenda locally, statewide and nationally, and what you can contribute to TalbotRising going forward.
We will then have a general meeting at the Quaker Meeting House on June 24 or 25 (TBD) to discuss and finalize a plan going forward.
We appreciate each of your commitment to the important work of Talbot Rising and look forward to hearing what you are thinking!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS
A program produced by Talbot Rising and shown on the public access channel MCTV explored in depth the problems of our vast nuclear arsenal and the potential for confrontation with North Korea. The discussion was moderated by Ridgely Ochs, and two experts, Jim Brennan, who worked for the Department of Defense, and Harvey Zendt, who works with Mayors for Peace, which was founded by mayors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The program examined how we got to this stage of a potential showdown and what we should know about it. This is part of a continuing series of video programs on timely topics. Previous issues included health care and immigration. The program is available on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/aXbQ9mLg_XY
IMMIGRATION PROJECT EXCEEDED ITS GOAL
Mid-Shore Pro Bono was able to raise $2,800 toward its Vulnerable Population Assistance Project to help those facing immigration issues. The program, which was funded as part of a CrowdJustice campaign, will help fund an effort to match those in need with help and advice in an immigration matter.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED
The Outreach committee has a number of events needing help to spread the word about our organization:
Sat. June 3 - Clean Water Concert Series
Family Night - Easton - 6-9 pm
Involves children's activity and could use a few more pairs of hands
Sat. June 17 - Juneteenth Celebration - Academy Museum, Easton - 1-4 pm
1 or 2 people requested
Sat. June 24 AND Sat. July 8 - Clean Water concert Series - Easton - 6-9 PM
1 or 2 people requested
This Week's Action Items
#1: SHOW THE IMPACT OF ACA REPEAL
Are you interested in collaborating on creating a graphic representation of the impact of the AHCA if passed? Kent/Queen Anne’s County Indivisible is installing 900 pairs of shoes in a park in Chestertown on July 6 to do this. We have discussed with them and folks from Together We Will - Delmarva (who put on the Kent Island townhall on healthcare and worked with us on the Harris townhall) and we would like to collaborate and have installations in Bel Air, Kent Island, Salisbury and Easton, along with Chestertown. If you are interested in working on this project contact firstname.lastname@example.org
#2: OPPOSE HOGAN'S VETO OF PAID SICK LEAVE
Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed the Healthy Working Families Act, which would have employers above a certain size allow workers to earn time toward paid sick leave. Even though the bill passed handily in the Legislature, Hogan rejected it and wants to set up a study commission ahead of the next legislative session. Let him know that you oppose his action and want him to work with the majorities that passed the measure.
Call his office at 410-974-3901.
#3: MARCH FOR TRUTH
Jun 3, 11 am - 2:00 pm
Lafayette Park, Pennsylvania Ave NW & 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Join a coalition of grassroots organizers and organizations that are demanding an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Donald Trump and his associates.
#4: PROTEST EDUCATION CUTS
The White House’s preliminary budget proposal contains a $9.2 billion cut to the Department of Education with $400 million will be spent to expand charter schools and private and religious school vouchers. Take action to sign a petition opposing the cuts by going to networkforpubliceducation.org
JUNE 3 - CLEAN WATER OUTDOOR CONCERT
Details: 6-9 pm on Harrison Street, Easton
Members of Talbot Rising will have a table where we will share information about our efforts with the community. We will have a table at the concert also on June 24th.
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.
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.