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Weekly Newsletter - April 30, 2017

 Members of Talbot Rising and the Sierra Club board the buses for the People's Climate March on April 29th. 

Members of Talbot Rising and the Sierra Club board the buses for the People's Climate March on April 29th. 

- This Week's Action Items -

#1: HEALTH CARE
Call Rep. Andy Harris’ offices and demand that he vote against the amended version of the American Health Care Act, HR 1628 (which cuts Medicaid and allows health benefits to be limited) and that he support the Single Payer healthcare bill, HR 676, which expands Medicare for all.  It checks all his boxes to make healthcare affordable, of good quality and accessible. His Capitol number is 202-225-5311. His Kent Island office is 410-643-5425
Here's an article on the single-payer approach:
 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-single-payer-20170112-story.html

#2 OFFSHORE DRILLING
The Trump Administration has issued an executive order expanding access to offshore oil and gas drilling. That's bad news for East Coast beaches and fisheries, including in Maryland. Tell your federal and local leaders this makesnonsense,.action alert when we depend on the coastline for our livelihoods. Send an email to your federal leaders by completing this 

#3: DON'T FORGET
Several other bills that have dire consequences also are pending in Congress. These include HR 610: Vouchers for Public Education; HR 899: Terminate the Department of Education; HJR 69: Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife; HR 785: National Right to Work, which takes aim at unions; HR 83: Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities; HR 808: Sanctions Against Iran. Call Rep. Harris' office to express your opposition.  

Events Rising

May 1st - Education Committee Meeting
Time: 7 pm
Location: 114 Hughlett St., Easton
The committee will hear from Sean Johnson, who is Assistant Executive Director of Political and Legislative Affairs for the Maryland Educators Association, along with others in the field of education.

May 6th - Multicultural Festival
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Idlewild Park
Members of Talbot Rising will have a table where they will share information about our efforts with the community.

May 9th - Outreach Committee Meeting
Time: 6-7 pm
Location: TBD
The Outreach committee will be meeting to discuss efforts to connect with other local groups to find out more about the concerns of local communities.

June 17th - Farmers Market Tabling
Time: 8:30 am to 1 pm
Location: Easton Farmers Market, Harrison Street Public Parking lot
Members of Talbot Rising will have a table where they will share information about our efforts with the community.

- News and Updates -

HELP SUPPORT CROWDJUSTICE
A fundraising effort for the Mid-Shore has been launched on the CrowdJustice site to help people facing immigration issues.  The campaign would fund a staff person on the Eastern Shore to visit the Snow Hill detention center on a regular basis. This part-time staff person would assist with communications between attorneys and detained clients. This effort is called the Vulnerable Population Assistance Project. You can go to this link to learn more and help fund the action. http://www.crowdjustice.org/case/vulnerable-population-assistance-project/  

LINKING TO A LARGER MOVEMENT
Some representatives of the Talbot Rising coordinating committee have been meeting with other progressive groups around the state about ways we might work together. They also attended the LiveStream event of OurRevolution in Silver Spring on April 23 to discuss moving ahead against the Trump administration agenda. The connections with national organizations concerned about the actions of the Congress and the Trump administration help empower our efforts. And you can use these links for more information on state and national efforts, and to see newsupdates. OurRevolution.com and ProgressiveMD.org. .

MC-TV
Talbot Rising has started a series of local cable access video programs on MCTV and YouTube to delve into important issues, including the environment, defense spending, net neutrality, and more! The next one is scheduled for May 8 on climate change. Go to YouTube.com and search for Talbot Rising for all programs. 

CLIMATE MARCH
Dozens of members from the Eastern Shore took buses from Chesapeake College to make their voices heard in Washington, D.C., this weekend. The marchers, along with hundreds of thousands around the world, demanded action to block rollback of environmental  regulations and oppose proposed administration budget and staffing cuts, especially for the Chesapeake Bay. Many thanks to Grace Soltis for organizing the local contingent and buses!!!

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