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Weekly Newsletter - July 31, 2017

 Talbot Rising explores the 150th anniversary of Unionville, MD on a program shown on MCTV. To watch the video on YouTube,  click here .

Talbot Rising explores the 150th anniversary of Unionville, MD on a program shown on MCTV. To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

This Week's Action Items

#1: FIND OUT WHAT YOUR NEIGHBORS THINK
Progressive Maryland is planning a mass activity across the state Aug. 4-6 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.

#2: SIGN A PETITION TO CENSURE PRESIDENT TRUMP
The first six months of the Trump administration have been a disaster on many domestic issues. But there is also great concern about the rampant conflicts of interest and devaluation of ethical norms too. fronts. You can sign a petition at change.org to ask members of Congress to censure the president for several transgressions, from firing the FBI director who was pursuing the truth about Russian election meddling to lying to the public to profiting from foreign powers. 

#3: HELP ADVANCE 8 BILLS FOR A POSITIVE AGENDA
Progressives are organizing across the country to advance a positive agenda in Congress to solve the country's problems. Our Revolution is launching a Summer of Progress, asking representatives in Congress to support eight bills that advance these options, ranging from Medicare for All to help with college costs and instituting a living wage. Go to www.summerforprogress.com for more information on all of the proposed measures and how you can get involved.

Events Rising

JULY 31 - SOCIAL, RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Details: 5:45 to 6:45 pm, 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 (sherylartist@gmail.com) for more information. 

AUG. 1 - ELECTORAL COMMITTEE
Details:  7 pm, Panera, Easton
The first meeting of the group will discuss actions such as deep canvassing and voter registration.
Another meeting will be held on Aug. 14, location to be determined.
 
AUG. 3 - TOWN HALL ON WICOMICO MARKER
Details: 6-7 pm, Wicomico Public Library
A town hall is being held on a historical marker for Confederate General John Winder on Wicomico County Courthouse grounds, where the second-to-last man was lynched in Maryland and where slaves were bought and sold. The meeting is
hosted by Standing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva
Here is a link to listen to a public radio report on the subject.

AUG. 4-6 - PROGRESSIVE WEEKEND OF ACTION
Are you ready to find out what your neighbors think? Progressive Maryland is planning a mass effort 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:
8-10:30 am - two people would be ideal
10:30 am-1 pm - ditto

Talbot Rising explores the 150th anniversary of Unionville on a program shown on MCTV. To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

- News and Updates -

THE UNIQUE STORY OF UNIONVILLE, 150 YEARS LATER
Unionville, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, is unique:  A planned community, it was settled by 18 returning black Union soldiers after the Civil War on land they purchased from a prominent Quaker.
Rev. Nancy Dennis, pastor of the St. Stephens AME Church in Unionville; Harriette Lowery, an Easton native and a descendant of one of the founders of Unionville, and Prof. Dale Green, an architectural historian at Morgan State University and also an Easton native, talk with Ridgely Ochs about Unionville's founding and its place in the rich and deep story of African-Americans on the Eastern Shore. Go to YouTube to see the video.

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TALBOT COUNTY SCHOOL LEADERS DISCUSS EDUCATION ISSUES
Kelly Griffith, superintendent of Talbot County schools, and Andy Burke, president of the Talbot County Education Association, sat down last week with Ridgely Ochs to discuss issues and pressures facing local schools at the county, state and national level. 
Both educators say the big issue for Talbot County is whether the tax cap will be raised. Talbot County has the lowest tax rates in the state, although it is one of the wealthiest counties in Maryland. At the same time, more than 40 percent of kids in the schools need some kind of food assistance.  Watch the video on YouTube here.

***GET INFO FROM OUR REVOLUTION AND PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND
Our Revolution Maryland has asked for our entire email list to be a part of their statewide list.  We want to give you the option to receive email from them regarding statewide candidates and issues.  If you wish to be on their email list please email me at denicelombard@comcast.net.
Along those same lines, please also let me know if you wish to receive statewide email from Progressive Maryland. 

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