This Week's News and What We Can Do
Happy Tuesday, Dear Activists,
Once again we need to begin our newsletter writing about sad news. One more time we see a president offering consoling words about the latest mass loss of life from gun violence, this time in Boulder, Colorado, only days after he did so following the mass shootings in Georgia. These are yet another reminder that our country still does not have reasonable gun safety laws.
We’re sure to hear more “thoughts and prayers” and Republican handwringing over the next few days, without any offer of a single piece of legislation to deal with it. We need to end gun violence now. Tell them (again) that enough is enough. People should be able to shop at the grocery store without fear of being shot. Now that we have the Democratic Trifecta we stand a chance of the Senate ending the filibuster and passing real gun violence prevention legislation, such as the two bills that passed in the House earlier this month. Let’s make calls and tell our senators what they need to do.
CALL TO ACTION
Sen. Toomey – Phila offices: 215-241-1090; D.C. 202-224-4254; email link
Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. 202-224-6324 email link.
For outside PA – Find your Senators’ phone numbers and emails at this link.
Call Senator Casey and tell him we need to eliminate the filibuster and pass real gun violence prevention legislation. And while you're at it, tell him to vote yes on Democracy reform legislation like D.C statehood, S. 51, the THRIVE resolution, and S. 1, the For The People Act.
Call Senator Toomey and tell him enough is enough. We need stronger gun legislation than what he’s proposed. Tell him he must vote yes for comprehensive gun safety legislation like universal background checks and an assault weapons ban, for starters. And while you’re at it tell him he must vote yes for D.C. Statehood and the For The People Act (S. 1).
OUR UPCOMING MEETINGS
1. Meet the District Attorney Candidates THIS THURSDAY
This Thursday, March 25, at 7:00 pm is our D.A. Candidate Forum with the two Democratic candidates for Philadelphia D.A. – Larry Krasner and Carlos Vega. As you know, Larry Krasner is running for a second term and Carols Vega is his opponent in the May 18 primary. We’ll hear from each candidate separately and pose questions to each. This forum will help you decide how to vote!
Do you want to know Senator Casey's thoughts on the important Democracy reform legislation we need? Do you want to hear his list of legislative priorities? Then this is the meeting for you! We will ask the senator all of that and more so sign up here. Do you have a question for Senator Casey? This is your last chance to submit one and you can do it at this link. When: Tuesday, April 6, 5:30 pm Where: Zoom – We will send you the link for the meeting a few days before the event. RSVP here.
Primary Election Deadlines –
· Monday, May 3, 2021: Last day to register to vote
· Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 5 pm: Last day to request an absentee or mail-in ballot
· Tuesday, May 18, 2021: Primary Election Day
· Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8 pm: Completed mail-in ballots must be received by your county election office. Postmarked is not enough.
Don’t forget, even if you signed up to vote by mail last year you’ll need to renew your application again this year, even if you signed up to be on the “permanent” list.
You can sign up on the state website here. Or you can fill out the paper application sent from your local election board.
Poll Worker Training – Tonight
Philadelphia will need poll workers on Election Day. If you are seriously considering being a poll worker, come to this training and find out all about it, including the basic responsibilities/functions, and basic processes.
Tonight, 6:30 to 7:30
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If you signed up for our Virginia postcard project then join us to write them “together” next week. Just a note, this is a smaller project, so we opened it up to writers in Philadelphia and a few surrounding communities. We’ll have more to write soon!
Cards & Cocktails – Next Thursday, April 1!
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Sign up here.
Mark your calendar – Ballot Question Phone Bank with PA Indivisibles
We are setting up a phone banks to call voters across PA and remind them to do vote in the primary elections. We need voters to show up and vote down the constitutional amendments the Republicans in Harrisburg have added to the ballot to reduce the governor’s emergency powers. We will have a statewide PA call in day where Indivisible groups across Pennsylvania will call together on April 10, 1:00-3:00pm. HERE is the link to register.
And as always,
Wear a mask. Keep a distance. Get the vaccine when you can. Stay safe.