Weekly Newsletter - May 7, 2017
This Week's Action Items
#1: SOUND OFF ON HEALTH CARE, ROUND 2
Rep. Andy Harris voted for the bill to dismember the Affordable Care Act, withdraw guarantees for pre-existing conditions, and throw millions off Medicaid. But the fight is not over by a long shot. The Senate has to act and any bill will likely come back to the House. Call Harris' offices and express your strong opposition. Harris' Capitol number is 202-225-5311. His Kent Island number is 410-643-5425. His Salisbury office is 443-944-8624.
#2: SUPPORT ACTING SURGEON GENERAL
Here's something you can support. Call the White House comments line and express your approval for making permanent the appointment of Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, an African-American woman, as the nation's surgeon general. She was second in command under President Obama's own appointee and recently became acting surgeon general. Trent-Adams, who is the first nurse appointed to the position, has a masters degree and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. Call 202-456-1111 for the comment line, or go online at Whitehouse.gov. By mail: President Donald J. Trump,
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500.
#3: SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
Make a difference in your community by signing up to help spread the word about TalbotRising and its mission. We are reaching out to the community at several events over the next few weeks and need volunteers at tables to hand out information and listen to what is concerning members of the community. Go to www.signupgenius.com and search for postings by firstname.lastname@example.org. Plus, sign up to get event updates.
May 9th - Outreach Committee Meeting
Time: 6-7 pm at 11 Brookletts Ave
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.
May 12th - Town Hall on Education
6 to 8 pm at Salvation Army Richard Hazel Youth Center, Salisbury
Join us for a constituent-led Town Hall on the Future of Public Education. Panelists will be educational experts from Salisbury University and Towson University. Rep. Andy Harris has been invited to attend. Topics to be addressed include a discussion of school choice and voucher programs. Time willreserved for audience Q&A. Open to the public.
June 6th - Clean Water Outdoor Concert
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 24th.
June 11th - Meet Ben Jealous
2 to 3:30pm at The Avalon Theatre
Mark your calendars, this event will be quite exciting!!! - details to follow.
- News and Updates -
IMMIGRANT LEGAL HELP GETTING A BOOST
The Mid-Shore Pro Bono Network is getting closer to its fundraising goal of $2,500 to launch a new project providing greater legal assistance to help protect immigrant residents and their families. The project includes Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Pro Bono Resource Center, the Maryland Access to Justice Commission and several other agencies. The effort is more than halfway there, with two weeks to go. You can help by contributing as well. Go to www.crowdjustice.com and searching for the Vulnerable Population Assistance Project.
A CALL FOR FOR MORE BUDGET SUPPORT FOR TALBOT SCHOOLS
The Education Committee is urging everyone to contact members of the TalbotCounty Council to express support for public education, specifically raising the tax cap to meet the funding needs of our schools. The Talbot County Public Schools budget can be reviewed online (http://www.tcps.k12.md.us/application/files/6814/8916/2085/TCPS_FY18_Budget_March_2017.pdf) and it was discussed during the County Council's public hearings.
Write a letter to the editor, post a message on social media, or contact County Council members directly about funding the TCPS budget entirely. Most property owners will only pay $20 to $50 more per year, and Talbot County will still have some of the lowest property taxes in Maryland. For the cost of a few lattes, we can get that bus for students with special needs, a new boiler for the elementary school in Easton, maintain the student laptop program, acquire smart boards and other peripherals for elementary educators. The county budget will be voted on May 23.
PROGRESSIVE ENERGY AT OUR REVOLUTION EVENT
Our Revolution held a national live streaming event on Sunday, April 23, that featured Ben Jealous, Nina Turner, Larry Cohen and others. Our Revolution Maryland held a statewide meeting beforehand and Talbot Rising and other grassroots groups from throughout Maryland attended and presented reports to the 250 activists in attendance.
Talbot Rising was represented by Mike Pullen, Denice Lombard, Justin Butler, Grace Soltis, Nancy Robbins, Constance Del Nero, and Libby Baer.
Mike Pullen reported on Talbot Rising's organization, membership and activities, including the Harris Town Hall complete with the tombstones memorializing the loss of Internet privacy, Sesame Street and Meals on Wheels, Easton's decision to become a "Welcoming City" to our immigrant population, (which got a shout-out nationally during the Livestream), and TV and YouTube presentations on the Affordable Care Act and brief descriptions of the work of our groups and committees.
It was a great event with lots of engagement and energy and opportunities to share information and network with Our Revolution Maryland and other grassroots organizations throughout the state.