• Victoria Miller

Call Senator Casey + Check Out Out Our Upcoming Events

Updated: Oct 3

Happy Friday, Activists!


Here is your Friday roundup covering our events and actions. Sign up for one or two – or more! You can check out this week’s important Calls To Action at this link to Tuesday’s newsletter. We’ll have some more details next week for the November 2 elections.


But first, given all the action in Congress yesterday, including Sen. Manchin’s new $1.5T number for the reconciliation package, we have a quick Call To Action to call Senator Casey and insist he fight for our priorities in what is likely a scaled back reconciliation bill.


As an added incentive to make the calls, we’ve learned that every Friday Senator Casey receives a tally of that week's constituent calls and emails to his offices. These summaries list the topics and views that came in from us. So make the calls and send the emails! They really count! Remember that he’s getting plenty of pressure from corporate lobbyists on the reconciliation bill – they're spending many millions to defeat it – so we need to be the louder voice!


CALL TO ACTION

Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. 202-224-6324 email link

Call Senator Casey and tell him that the Senate version of the reconciliation package must include the critical improvements in the House package.


The Senate package must:

1. Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, using the price other wealthy countries pay for the same drugs as a benchmark.

2. Ensure low cost prescription drugs are available to everyone.

3. Include strong inflation protections & negotiation enforcement, like tax penalties

And tell him to push for the strongest provisions possible to ensure:

* Investments in Climate

* Investments in the Care Economy

* Investments in Housing

Extra info – surveys show that President Biden’s Build Back Better bill is wildly popular across the board. Every recent poll of the reconciliation bill found supporters outnumbering opponents, including Pew (+24), Fox News (+22), Monmouth (+28), and Quinnipiac (+30). Here’s just one:


Here is your lineup of actions and events, with some new ones! CANVASSING

Studies show canvassing is the gold standard for getting out the vote and changing peoples’ view about how often they vote. Join us for some of the easiest canvassing we've found, simply persuading voters to vote in more elections. Try it out!


Canvassing in Philadelphia – Queen Village Area

Sunday, October 17, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

We’ll meet at Cianfrani Park at 8th and Fitzwater Streets. We’ll have a training first and then hit the streets!

SIGN UP HERE


NEW! Canvassing in Philadelphia – Oxford Circle Area

Saturday, October 23, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

We'll meet at Country Club Diner (address in confirmation email) and have a short training first. We provide all the information and materials you need!

We have a carpool going to this location too, so let us know if you would like a ride.

SIGN UP HERE


VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES

Registering voters is critically important to turning out the vote so let’s get it done! Sign up for a two-hour shift:


Clark Park Farmers Market

TOMORROW -- Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

This is a really successful location for us, so sign up!

SIGN UP HERE


Philly AIDS Thrift

TOMORROW - Saturday, October 2, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

SIGN UP HERE


Philly AIDS Thrift

Saturday, October 9, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

SIGN UP HERE


Rittenhouse Square

Saturday, October 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

SIGN UP HERE


NEW! Clark Park Farmers Market

Saturday, October 16, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

This is a really successful location for us, so sign up!

SIGN UP HERE


Philly AIDS Thrift

Saturday, October 16, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

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NEW! Voter Registration on Procrastinators' Night!

We'll be in apartment building lobbies registering voters right before the registration deadline of October 18. Join us on October 17 to get every last person registered for the November 2 elections.


Park Towne Place Apartments

Sunday, October 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

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35 DOORS PROJECT

We’re really getting rolling with this project! Our Neighborhood Leaders are out already engaging with their neighbors to talk about voting and elections. Join this project to be a Neighborhood Leader interacting with voters at 35 addresses in your neighborhood. You’ll go to doors a few times per year and use the information we provide about upcoming elections. You’ll be ready to be the local election expert after our training session and the information and handouts we’ll provide. We’ll also provide the addresses in coordination with you, plus handouts, door hangers, election information – everything you’ll need!

If you want more info or to sign up email us at this link!

POSTCARDS

We are writing postcards to persuade infrequent voters to get out and vote next year to secure Democratic victories for the open U.S. Senate seat and the open PA Governor’s seat. We are writing to every single voter in Philadelphia who does not usually vote in midterm elections.


Here’s how it works –

The hand-written script is only two sentences plus you’ll also write the address. We recommend you order enough cards to write over the next two months.

The packet you receive will include the postcards and the list of addresses. We’ll email you all the instructions and the script. Please order your postcards in multiples of 50.


We ask that you donate $7.00 per set of 50 postcards to cover our costs. But don’t let the donation stop you from ordering the postcard packets. On the other hand, if you can, please consider chipping in a little extra to cover the cost for those who cannot.


Here’s how to sign up –

1. Email us at this link to tell us how many postcards you want.

2. Purchase your 40-cent postcard stamps online at this link or at your local post office.

3. Donate $7.00 per set of 50 postcards at this link. (Plus an extra $5.00 if we are shipping to you.)


Here’s how to receive your postcards –

* If you are in the Philadelphia area, we will deliver the postcard packets to you or you can pick them up. If you haven’t written postcards with us before, please give us your address.

* If you are outside the Philadelphia area, we can ship the packet to you. Please add $5.00 to your donation for shipping costs.


CARDS & COCKTAILS!

Write your cards with the group!

Next Thursday, September 30, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

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TOMORROW's Women's March -- The Women’s March group is holding marches to defend abortion rights in October 2. If you go, tweet to Senator Casey and tell him to co-sponsor the Women's Health Protection Act. Use some version of this tweet: I am showing up to the Women's March today to fight for repro rights.@SenatorCasey #BeBold and stand with your constituents on the right to choose. Two events are planned in Philadelphia -- 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Here are the links to sign up: https://act.womensmarch.com/event/oct-2-2021-march/1747/ https://act.womensmarch.com/event/oct-2-2021-march/1443/

OUR NEXT TWO MEETINGS

1. Deb Ciamacca – Candidate for PA House from Delaware County

You know how important it is to flip PA legislative seats to bring progressive change to our state. Deb Ciamacca is a fantastic candidate who is working hard to do just that. A former Marine and former teacher, she is already canvassing for next year’s election. She will bring her stories from her “listening tour” to this meeting. You’ll learn what it’s like to talk to MAGA voters and learn what’s on their minds, plus her strategy for getting out the vote. Deb has some amazing stories and you’ll be inspired by her story and her energy to make positive change.

When: Tuesday, October 19, at 6:30 pm

Where: Zoom

Sign up here.


2. SAVE THE DATE: Women’s Reproductive Health – Where Do We Go From Here?

This will be an amazing and timely meeting. Our speakers will be Kathryn Kolbert and Julie Kay. They just authored a new book: Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom.

In 1992, Kolbert argued before the United States Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the seminal case that challenged five abortion regulations in Pennsylvania. The ruling modified but upheld the rights established in Roe v. Wade.

Our speakers will talk to us about what this landscape looks like after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Texas anti-abortion law and the cases scheduled to come before it next year. And they’ll offer what we should be ready to do in light of those realities. We are partnering with Turn PA Blue on this event.

When: Thursday, November 11, 7:30 pm

Where: Zoom

The sign-up link will be coming. MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!

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