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Weekly Newsletter - Aug. 7, 2017

 Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center's Go Fund Me page, raising funds to help local immigrant families in crisis:  https://www.gofundme.com/chesmrc-family-support-fund

Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center's Go Fund Me page, raising funds to help local immigrant families in crisis: https://www.gofundme.com/chesmrc-family-support-fund

This Week's Action Items

#1: SPEAK OUT AGAINST BORDER WALL FUNDING
Rep. Andy Harris and House appropriations committees have approved funding for starting a new border wall. It was part of the Make America Secure Act that includes $1.57 billion for a border wall which experts says is not needed and won't work. Tell Harris that you oppose him on this wasteful measure. Call his offices to speak out: DC: 202-225-5311; Kent Island: 410-643-5425; Salisbury: 443-944-8624.

#2: DEMAND A FIX FOR HEALTHCARE
Now that Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have failed for now, it's time to remind Congress that ACA still is the law of the land. So that means the promises made to citizens to fully fund it need to move forward even as we work toward a future single-payer system. The Senate HELP Committee will soon be taking up measures to stabilize the insurance markets, which have been roiled  by the administration's threats to withhold certain payments. Call the chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (202-224-4944) and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (202-224-2621) and tell them we need a fix now. 

#3: MAKE A DIFFERENCE  - JOIN A COMMITTEE
Get involved in issues that matter to you, from education to the environment to voter rights. Talbot Rising has at least six committees that are pushing a progressive agenda on these topics. It's easy to join and make your voice heard on these and other projects. To find out more and contact the committees, check out the upcoming events section and the bottom of this newsletter. 

Events Rising

Aug. 8 - CAMPAIGN HQ KICKOFF
Details:  5 pm, 36 S. Washington St., Easton
Michael Pullen has declared his candidacy for Congress and is opening a campaign headquarters. To attend the event, go to his website, sign up and RSVP. 

Aug. 14 - ELECTORAL COMMITTEE
Details: 7 pm, Panera, Easton
The committee will meet for its second time to discuss voter registration efforts and results of deep canvassing with Progressive Maryland during the weekend of Aug. 4-6.

Aug. 15 - POSTCARD PARTY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Details: 6 pm, For more information, RSVP to Constance Del Nero, italophile13@gmail.com
Please come to a postcard writing party! There are many actions we can take, including contacting elected officials about S.263, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 a  bill that has been dubbed “The Smoggy Skies Act” by Credo; telling EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that the agency’s delay on the methane rule is a direct assault on American people and the climate; and writing to restaurants that offer plastic straws to customers.  Plastic straws are a huge environmental problem that end up in our waterways and destroy sea life. Please bring your wn et issu and information on how we can take actio!
The party will take place at the home of Co-chair of the Environment Committee, Constance Del Nero. Address given to those who sign up. Please RSVP here.

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:
8-10:30 am - two people would be ideal
10:30 am-1 pm - ditto
Click this link talbot.rising@gmail.com with your availability.

Sept. 20 - TALBOT TEACHERS CONTRACT MEETING Details: 7 pm, 12 Magnolia St., Easton
The county board of education is holding a meeting with the teachers association over a contract dispute. Everyone is encouraged to attend to show their support for teachers.

- News and Updates -

FAMILY GETS EMERGENCY FUNDS AFTER ICE ARREST
In late July, ICE officers picked up two people in Easton as they were starting a painting job in the downtown area, according to information from the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center. This was not apparently as part of a raid, but as orders for detainment. The multicultural center has worked with the family of one of the men for a number of years and many in the community can attest to the fact that they have no criminal record of any kind and have been working and contributing to the community for nearly a decade. The family received a  generous $500 donation from concerned Talbot County citizens. But the family situation is dire with young children and another on the way. For more information about how you can help, go to the center's website at www.chesmrc.org

*** HEALTH COMMITTEE EXPANDS EFFORTS
We are interested in expanding the health committee. 
However critical the fight to keep the ACA has been, there is more to health care than just fixing the current system.  A single payer system, or Medicare for all, is being discussed  more and more as a way forward. 
In the meantime other issues loom: Providing health care in rural areas like Talbot is especially challenging. Mental health and the opioid crisis are also deeply important issues locally and nationally. 
If you are interested in these and other issues, please email us. We hope to have a meeting in September.
Bob Day, health committee chair: robertday44@gmail.com
Ridgely Ochs, Talbot Rising co-chair: ridgely.ochs@gmail.com 

***MID-SHORE PRO BONO OFFERS CIVIL LEGAL HELP
If you know someone who needs  help with a civil legal issue, Mid-Shore Pro Bono is a great resource. People can make appointments with them throughout the Mid-Shore area. In Talbot, they are at the District Court House on Dover Street in Easton every other Friday from 1-3 pm. Call410-690-8128 to make an appointment. Plus, there is a new elder law clinic at the Caroline County Senior Center on the second Thursday of the month from 10 am to noon. For more information, go towww.midshoreprobono.org.

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• Updated website: www.talbotrising.org
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