Weekly Newsletter - July 4, 2017
This Week's Action Items
#1: COME TO THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING...AND MORE!
After several busy months of activity, this is a great chance to talk about Talbot Rising's path ahead. We'll share results of the member survey on issues and discuss what comes next. The survey got dozens of responses and prompted many thoughtful suggestions. Thanks to all! The gathering is July 8 at the Third Haven Meeting House, 10 am - noon. A Postcard Party for education takes place at 2 pm at the meeting house. (See below for more info.)
#2: SPEAK UP ON HEALTH CARE
The Senate has gone on vacation, thwarted in passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But that doesn't mean the fight is over. Look out for your senators and congressman over the July 4 recess and let them know you oppose any attempt to roll back health coverage. And if you don't see them, call their offices.
Rep Andy Harris: 410-643-5425
Maryland's two senators have been against any repeal. Tell them you support their efforts.
Sen. Ben Cardin: 202-224-4524
Sen Chris van Hollen: 202-224-4654
#3: OPPOSE TRUMP'S VOTER DATABASE PANEL
Last week, President Trump's "Voter Integrity Commission" asked all 50 states for detailed information on voter names, addresses, voting history and partial Social Security information. It's an attempt to buttress Trump's unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election. Many states have refused the request, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh issued an opinion saying it was repugnant. State elections officials agreed and refused to comply.
But Rep. Andy Harris said Trump should withhold money from states that won't cooperate, according to the Baltimore Sun. Tell the State elections board and the AG office you support their decisions.
State Board of Elections: 410-269-2840
Attorney General: 410-576-6300
JULY 8 - TALBOT RISING GENERAL MEETING
We will hold a general membership meeting at the Third Haven Meeting House in Easton, from 10 am to noon. Topics will include the results of our online survey of members and plans for future action. More details to come.
JULY 8 - POSTCARD PARTY
Join us for a Postcard Party at 2 pm, after the general membership meeting at the Meeting House: We’ll provide the postcards, postage, and refreshments. You bring your passion for public education!
We’ll be asking our local, state, and national politicians to support our kids and invest in our nation’s future by providing a high-quality education regardless of zip code.
JULY 15 - ANNAPOLIS RALLY FOR HEALTHCARE
More info is available from the sponsoring group. Search @MarchonMD on Facebook.
JULY 22 - MARCH FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
Details: 9 am - 4 pm, Washington, DC.
Organizers of this march aim to advance a vision of public schools as a place for learning and critical thinking, where children discover their passions and roles as citizens.
- News and Updates -
EXPERTS MAKE CASE FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE
A single payer health care system, or Medicare for all, may be an idea whose time has come. Dr. Jim Burdick, a former transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and author of the book "Talking About Single Payer," published in 2016; Bob Day, who ran Medicaid for Kansas under Kathleen Sebelius before she ran HHS for President Obama, and Mike Pullen, Talbot County attorney for 24 years who is considering a run for Congress, joined host Ridgely Ochs. Together they explored what is wrong with our current health care system and how a government run system would not only ensure everyone got health care coverage but also save money and eliminate waste. You can see the video by clicking here.
CONFUSION CONTINUES AS COURT REINSTATES PARTIAL TRAVEL BAN
After several losses in lower courts, the administration's ban on travelers from six Muslim majority countries had a mixed reception at the high court. The court said people with bona fide relationships with the U.S. from those countries should be allowed, while others would be barred pending further review.
Rep. Harris issued a statement saying: “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case on President Trump’s executive order that would restrict entry into the United States from six countries with a heightened risk of terrorism. While the case is pending, I also support the Court’s decision to allow the President to immediately implement restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals without clear ties to the United States."
However, the administration's rules seem arbitrary, for example, allowing in sons-in-law but not grandparents. And some states like Hawaii are considering a new court challenge.
COME TO THE "MILE IN OUR SHOES" EVENT
The Kent/Queen Anne's Indivisible group on Thursday, July 6, is holding the Mile in our Shoes Event!!! They have been planning and working with other groups for weeks, and it’s finally happening! Please come out (and invite friends and family) to stand up for to protect healthcare access in America.
What? A temporary art installation of 900+ pairs of shoes--the amount to represent the number of people who will lose coverage in Kent County if the ACA is repealed.
Where? Fountain Park, Downtown Chestertown
When? Thursday, July 6, at 7:00 pm
Jeananne Sciabarra, Executive Director, Consumer Health First
Matt Celentano, Deputy Director, Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative
Susan Radke, Catonsville Indivisible
Kathy Appel, President Kuhmerker Consulting Group
Linda Cades, Parent, KQA Indivisible Member