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Weekly Newsletter - Dec. 4, 2017

This Week's Action Items

#1: FIGHT THE TAX SCAM
Let your member of Congress know that you oppose the tax bill being pushed along by Congress. The bills will raise taxes for almost a million Maryland residents and increase the national debt by at least $1 trillion.
Plus, it hobbles the Affordable Care Act in an effort to accomplish what the GOP could not through a straight repeal.
Three Ways:
1. Call 1-855-980-2350 to be patched through to a member's office in Washington.
2. Call into Rep. Harris Tele-Town Hall this afternoon. (See events below)
BONUS ACTION: And you can go to a tax rally at the Capitol on Tuesday before Congress tries for  final passage (see events below).

#2: SUPPORT AN OPEN INTERNET
The FCC next week is voting to roll back regulation of the Internet and in the process allow big cable and media companies to throttle competitors' content and charge higher fees. But you can help stop this.  

There are two things you can do: 
--File a public comment opposing this move by going online to: 
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/browse-popular-proceedings
--Attend a Fight for the Net rally at a local store.You can see more information about this in an events listing below or go to: www.battleforthenet.com

#3: GET INVOLVED
If you are fed up with the way that country is being divided and sold off, join together with fellow activists to join a committee. Whether your passion is social justice, the environment or elections, you can make a difference. Check out the Talbot Risingcommittees below.

Events Rising

Dec. 4 -- REP. HARRIS' TELE-TOWN HALL  
Details: 5:40 to 6:40 pm
Congressman Andy Harris will hold a tele-town hall. Intended for residents of Cecil, Harford, Baltimore and Carroll Counties, you can get more information through this link: https://vekeo.com/andyharrismd/

Dec. 5 - RALLY AGAINST TAX SCAM
Details: 11 am, Meet at Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I (like Eye) St. SW, Washington, DC
Activists will demonstrate against the tax scam by marching to the Capitol.

Dec. 7 - FIGHT FOR NET NEUTRALITY
Details: 9 am, Verizon store, Annapolis Harbor Center, Annapolis, MD
The Federal Communications Commission is planning to roll back rules that make currently constrain big corporations and allow small online businesses to flourish. 
You can make your voice hear before the FCC votes on this move next week by demonstrating at the Verizon store. 
https://www.battleforthenet.com

Dec. 12 - HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: Noon, 404 Bentley Ave., St. Michaels
Join the discussion at the home of Holly Wright on the campaign for guaranteed health care and the planning for a forum on the opioid epidemic.

Dec. 15 - MID-SHORE PRO BONO CLINIC
Details: 3 pm, Talbot Court House, Easton
Make an appointment with Mid-Shore Pro Bono to get free legal advice on a civil matters.
Call 410-690-8128

Dec. 21 - PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND ANNUAL MEETING
Details: 6:30 pm, via Video Conference
More information to come

- News and Updates -

GET LEGAL ADVICE FROM MID-SHORE PRO BONO
Mid-Shore Pro Bono is offering free legal advice on a range of civil legal issues. You can meet with a volunteer attorney to receive free legal advice on how to resolve issues. The organization is having several clinics regarding various topics in the next month.
You can make an appointment for a meeting at once of these clinics by calling 410-690-8128

GENERAL CIVIC CLINIC: Dec. 15, Talbot District Court House, Easton
Dec. 19, Chesapeake College Library, Wye Mills
ELDER LAW CLINICS: Dec. 21, Talbot County Senior Center, Easton
BANKRUPTCY CLINICS: Dec. 12, Easton.
For more information, call 410-690-8128
 
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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING COMING UP
Talbot Rising members are invited to a Climate Messaging Workshop designed with Eastern Shore environmental concerns in mind.  This will take place in February 2018, thanks to Pickering Creek Audubon and Wildlife Conservation Service. The workshop is free and will be at the Pickering Audubon Center.  
It will equip participants with communication techniques proven to resonate with a broad spectrum of our fellow citizens. Participants will practice framing a relevant conversation or presentation that will be memorable, motivating and hopeful to their audience. 
Attendees will learn about local climate impacts: 1) shifting ranges for North American bird populations and 2) salt marsh loss due to sea level rise on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Participants will have an opportunity to interpret climate change through the lens of these specific, local challenges. They will learn about current community-level responses. New climate messengers will practice infusing local challenges and hopeful solutions into a climate story relevant to their personal interests and experiences.
This training is valuable for messaging in person, and by print and letters to the editor. Interested ? Please reply to grace4tr@outlook.com ASAP. Indicate your preference for:  one 6 hour daytime class,  or two 3 hour evening  classes.  Include your phone number. 

 

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