Weekly Newsletter - July 24, 2017
This Week's Action Items
#1: SAVE THE WIND FARMS!
Rep. Andy Harris has written into a House appropriations bill a requirement that would effectively block wind farm projects off the coast of Maryland. The action would do this by blocking federal money for siting unless the project is 24 miles offshore. The current projects, already approved by Maryland's utility regulators, would bring 9,000 new jobs to the Eastern Shore. And they are currently planned for 17 to 19 miles offshore. Call Harris and tell him to withdraw the measure: Kent Island office: 410-643-5425; Salisbury: 443-944-8624; DC: 202-225-5311
#2: RALLY IN ANNAPOLIS FOR GUARANTEED HEALTHCARE
The Senate this week is still wrestling with its effort to repeal healthcare. Come to the healthcare rally in Annapolis on Saturday to demonstrate your support for an equitable healthcare system, and to let Gov. Larry Hogan know that he should speak up in the national debate to advocate what's good for his state. See more information on the event here www.talbotrising.org/events-1/2017/7/29/annapolis-rally-for-healthcare and here www.progressivemaryland.org/rallyforhealthcare.
#3: OPPOSE 2018 BUDGET CUTS TO KIDS' HEALTH COVERAGE
While everyone has been paying close attention to the healthcare debate, the House committees have been steadily advancing a draconian budget for next year. The proposed House budget released last week cuts $200 billion in mandatory programs, such as Medicare and Social Security. Another concern regards the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which is due to be reauthorized this coming September. Republicans are reportedly considering using that program as leverage in their negotiations.
Call Speaker Paul Ryan's office to say that kids should not be held hostage to the negotiations: 202-225-3031. And while you're at it, here are some Republican senators you can call to lobby against the ACA repeal:
Sen. Susan Collins: 202-224-2523
Sen. Lisa Murkowski: 202-224-6665
Sen. Robert Corker: 202-224-3344
Sen. Jeff Flake: 202-224- 4521
Sen. Cory Gardner: 202-224-5941
Sen. Ben Sasse: 202-224-4424
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: 202-224-6472
JULY 29 - HEALTHCARE: OUR LIVES ON THE LINE MARCH Details: 10 am to noon, Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis
Join March On Maryland and co-sponsors Take Action AAC and Progressive Maryland for a rally at Lawyer's Mall to take a stand for the health and well-being of our communities and our country! There will be an array of speakers and if time allows, a march around the governor's mansion.
JULY 31 - SOCIAL, RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Details: 5:45 to 6:45, Talbot County Library, Easton
The Social, Racial, and Economic Justice Committee will meet at the Talbot County Library in Easton. All are welcome. Contact Committee chair Sheryl Southwick (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
AUG. 1 - ELECTORAL COMMITTEE
Details: Location TBD
Stay tuned. The first meeting of the group will discuss actions such as deep canvassing and voter registration.
AUG 4-6 - PROGRESSIVE WEEKEND OF ACTION
Are you ready to find out what your neighbors think? Progressive Maryland is planning a mass activity across the state to connect residents with fellow community members through deep canvassing. This is a unique approach to listen to residents about their concerns and values as a way to improve voter turnout and change political opinion. Click this link to RVSP and regional organizers will follow up with additional information.
AUG. 6 - STAND AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Details: Sunday, 4 - 5 pm, Idlewild Park The P.E.A.C.E. (Peace, Education And Community Effort) group of Easton invites all to join them at the fountain of Easton’s Idlewild Park, corners of Washington and Idlewild to stand for the prohibition of nuclear weapons on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
Aug. 19 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FARMERS MARKET
Details: 8 am - 1 pm
Talbot Rising needs a few folks to answer people's questions and listen to their concerns.
Suggested shifts are:
8 am - 10:30 am - two people would be ideal
10:30 am - 1 pm - ditto
- News and Updates -
RACIAL DIALOGUE PROPOSED AT COMMITTEE KICKOFF
The Social, Racial and Economic Justice committee held its first meeting on July 17 and discussed wide-ranging topics, including holding a local dialogue on race in conjunction with the NAACP. Some members cited the Cambridge event, Reflections on Pine, as a possible model. Other subjects included bail reform, and forming a GoFundMe project to help immigrant families visit the detention center in Salisbury. The next meeting of the committee is July 31 (see event notice above).
*** PHONE BANK AND CANVAS OPPORTUNITY
The Talbot County Democratic Party is looking for volunteers to help with canvassing and phone calls.
Since we are a nonpartisan organization, this is reaching out to individuals who may be interested in getting involved in this work.
This is part of the Democratic Party’s Summer of Resistance and Renewal. Recognizing the party lost touch with its base (especially in rural areas), Keith Ellison and Tom Perez initiated this to piggyback on the energy of the resistance movement.
A questionnaire is being used to ask people what issues are important to them, how they feel about the Republican and Democratic parties in Maryland, and what can the Democratic Party do to better their lives. The lists targets Dems that don’t vote between presidential elections, Unaffiliated (independents) and Dems who did not vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Phone banks are 6-8 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. Canvassing is done at your convenience. To participate or for further information email Judy Wixted at email@example.com.
***TRY OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE
Find updated events, useful links, and more about Talbot Rising:
• Updated website: www.talbotrising.org
• Videos on healthcare, immigration and more. Go to YouTube and search for Talbot Rising.
• Follow us on Twitter
• Try out our public Facebook Page
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