Want to See a Blue PA Legislature?
Happy Tuesday, Activists! We hope you’re having a great week so far. We sure had a great time canvassing this past Saturday in Bensalem. We were part of a huge turnout of canvassers from all over – from Boston, Maryland, New York, and Philadelphia. Plus all the local Bucks County folks. Everyone wants to help PA turn Blue!
I hope you’ll be part of the group this Sunday and come out for just a few hours so we can help flip this PA House seat to blue to get the ball rolling for November’s elections. Remember, we need to flip only 9 PA House seats and 4 Senate seats. Sign up here.
Don’t forget that a Democratically controlled legislature in Harrisburg will have big benefits for Philadelphia. This is how we get it done!
CALL TO ACTION
DEMAND OUR MOCS ADDRESS THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. office 202-224-6324; email link Sen. Toomey – Phila office 215-241-1090; D.C. office 202-224-4254; email link Rep. Evans – D.C. office 202-225-4001; Phila. office (215) 276-0340; email link Rep. Boyle – D.C. office (202) 225-6111; Phila office (215) 335-3355; email link Trump and Congressional Republicans are already trying to twist the coronavirus outbreak for their political gain. We need to stand up to their tactics and ensure desperately needed resources are sent to the necessary places. Right now, Congress is working to prepare emergency funding to support these efforts. Our MOCs need to hear from us to ensure that the supplemental funding bill stays clean, guarantees a strong public health response that gets everyone the treatment they need, and doesn’t exacerbate harm to vulnerable communities.
Call our members of Congress and tell them: 1) Don’t let coronavirus response funds get used for anything other than coronavirus response (in other words, prohibit transfers for these funds); 2) Don’t include any “riders” that aren’t related to coronavirus response; and 3) Make sure that any vaccines or treatments for coronavirus are affordable and accessible for everyone.
CANVASS IN BENSALEM
You wrote tons of postcards for Harold Hayes in the PA House special election on March 17th. NOW you can canvass for him! Join us this Sunday for a fun afternoon telling Democrats about this special election. Many of them don’t even know it’s happening, and we need to let them know about it. Where: Meetup location – 3034 Knights Rd. Bensalem, PA 19020 When: Sunday, March 8, 12:00 – 3:00 pm. A carpool is leaving from Center City at 11:15. Email us here if you want a ride. RSVP here.
MARCH MONTHLY MEETING
Our next monthly meeting will be on March 25. The subjects will be gerrymandering and the 2020 Census. They are interrelated! Our speakers will include: 1. Andrew Davies of Fair Districts, a group that believes Pennsylvania must reform its redistricting rules to promote competitive elections and partisan fairness. Andrew will describe what gerrymandering is, how it hurts voting rights and how it skews voting results unfairly. 2. Brian A. Gordon, Esq., worked Concerned Citizens For Democracy and led the legal team that successfully sued to end gerrymandering of the U.S. congressional districts in Pennsylvania. Brian will describe how that success was achieved in the PA Supreme Court and what is ahead to end gerrymandering at the state level. More speakers will be added to this impressive list! When: Wednesday, March 25, 6-8 pm Where: Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Sign up with this link.
TEXTING TO PROGRESSIVES – PAYBACK PROJECT
Last week we announced that we will be texting progressives in other states to get them mobilized to work to unseat their targeted Republican senators. We need to postpone this for a few weeks until the texting platform has added capacity. We’ll be back with an update soon!
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We’ve added more voter registration opportunities for all you registration enthusiasts! We’re taking the fantastic job we did in 2018 and making this year bigger and better. Check out our events below and stay tuned for more. Do you live in an apartment building in the city? If so, let us know here if you could talk to us about your building with an eye toward registering voters there.
Apartment Buildings When: Saturday, March 21, 10am – 12 pm Where: Tower Place Luxury Apartments, 1400 Spring Garden St. When: Saturday, April 4, 10am – 12 pm Where: Tower Place Luxury Apartments, 1400 Spring Garden St. When: Saturday, April 4th, 10am – 12pm Where: Park Towne Place, 2200 Ben Franklin Parkway
Free Library of Philadelphia
When: Saturday, March. 28th, 10 am to 2pm (two, 2-hour shifts) Where: Parkway Central Branch, Heim Center, 1901 Vine Street | Philadelphia, PA 19103
First Fridays in Old City Where: Cuttalossa, 47 No. 2nd Street, Philadelphia 19106 When: Friday, April 3, 5:00 – 9:00 pm (two 2-hour shifts) When: Friday, May 1, 5:00 to 9:00 pm (two 2-hour shifts)
Philly AIDS Thrift Where: 710 So. 5th Street, Philadelphia 19147 When: Saturday, April 4, Noon to 2:00 pm When: Saturday, May 2, Noon to 2:00 pm
Kensington Derby & Arts Festival When: Saturday, May 9th, noon to 4:00 pm (pick from two 2-hour shifts) Where: Trenton Ave. from York St. to Norris St. – Exact meetup location TBA
Northern Liberties Second Saturdays Pop-Up Market When: Saturday, June 13, noon to 4:00 pm (pick from two 2-hour shifts) Where: North 2nd Street, exact meetup location TBA
This week we are writing again to voters in North Carolina who may have been dropped from the voter registration rolls. This is such a good cause. We’ll tell them where they can check their voter registration status to get back on the rolls. And for those of you who did this last week, we have LABELS this week for the websites. It goes twice as fast now!
Signed up but can’t make it? Email us here. If you can, bring $5.00 to help defray the cost of postcards. CARDS & COFFEE Where: OCF Coffee House, 2100 Fairmount Ave. When:
Wednesday, March 4, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm RSVP here. Wednesday, March 11, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. RSVP here. Wednesday, March 18, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. RSVP here. Wednesday, March 25, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm RSVP here.
CARDS & COCKTAILS Where: Vicki Miller’s house (Graduate Hospital area). The exact address will be at the bottom of the confirmation email under “Additional Information.” When:
Thursday, March 5, 6-8 pm. RSVP here. Thursday, March 12, 6-8 pm. RSVP here. Thursday, March 19, 6-8 pm. RSVP here. TUESDAY, March 24, 6-8 pm. RSVP here. Note the change of day (Tuesday, not Thursday)
PHILLY COUNTS 2020 — CENSUS ACTION DAYS
Help shape the future of Philadelphia for the next ten years by getting involved with Philly Counts, the City’s initiative to ensure a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census. Every person counted represents $21,000 of federal funding for Philadelphia over the next ten years. Help increase census responses in a really easy way by just hanging flyers on doors during the upcoming Census Days. All volunteers will canvass with a partner and get a short training before they head out. You can sign up here. (The links are fixed.) Canvass Action Day I: Saturday, March 21 Canvass Action Day II: Saturday, March 28 Canvass Action Day III: Saturday, April 4 Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sign up here.