You Will Make The Difference
Happy Tuesday, Fabulous Activists!
265 DAYS TO THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS
It's another busy week here at Indivisible Philadelphia HQ. We're planning for next week's membership meeting and a lot of actions for victory in the November elections. Remember that elections are not won on Election Day. They are won through a ton of planning and work to get people energized to vote. And that's where you come in! You can sign up for any of the actions below and know that you are doing the noble work to restore our Democracy. How's that for a feel-good moment?! And get started by coming to our February 19 meeting. Details below. (Hint: there will be pizza!)
CALL TO ACTION
Stand up for Lt Colonel Vindman, his brother, and the other impeachment witnesses.
Sen. Toomey – Phila office 215-241-1090; D.C. office 202-224-4254; email link Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. office 202-224-6324; 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 Last week Donald Trump again moved the country in an authoritarian direction by removing from their jobs witnesses who testified against his interests at the impeachment hearings. Autocrats do this, not presidents in a democracy. Call your Members of Congress and tell them you want them to loudly condemn this action. Tell Toomey you are disgusted with his complicity in giving Trump this power, when he voted "no" on conviction in the impeachment trial.
PES Refinery: Make a Call, Make a Difference
Mayor Kenney – 215-686-2181
The final hearing to confirm the PES Refinery site's sale to a company who won't reopen the refinery was supposed to be last Thursday, but fossil fuel forces – including the Trump administration – are trying to get the sale overturned, and the hearing was postponed until this week. Let's make a call to Mayor Kenney to tell him we have his back and will stand with him as he stands up to fossil fuel bullies.
2020 KICKOFF – OUR PLAN TO WIN!
Next week's meeting will be all about our strategy for 2020. And we’ll have pizza! Bring your questions and thoughts. We have a great lineup of speakers.
Kevin (Vin) Arceneaux, PhD from Temple University – Dr. Arceneaux will discuss the best strategies to get out votes and why these strategies work. His research focuses on how people make political decisions. He also has published articles on the topic of the influence of partisan campaigns on voting behavior. This will be a super interesting talk! Andrea Koplove from Turn PA Blue – Andrea will speak about the successes we’ve achieved in the past two years and our big plans for 2020.
Three candidates for state House seats from Bucks County – Marlene Katz (HD 29), Gary Spillane (HD 144), and Ann Marie Mitchell (HD 178).
When: Wednesday, February 19, 6-8 pm Where: Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Sign up with this link.
PHILLY COUNTS 2020 - CENSUS ACTION DAYS
Philly Counts is the City’s initiative to ensure a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census. For every person counted in the census represents $21,000 of federal funding that Philadelphia receives over the next ten years. You can help increase census responses in a really easy way by just hanging flyers on doors. Philly Counts will have three Census Action Days across the city on March 21, March 28, and April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be placing door hangers on over 150,000 homes in Philadelphia. Door hanger canvases are FUN, EASY and an effective way to increase awareness of the importance of the census. All volunteers will canvass with a partner and get a short training before they head out. Canvass Action Day I: Saturday, March 21 Canvass Action Day II: Saturday, March 24 Canvass Action Day III: Saturday, April 4 Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. SIGN UP HERE: Bit.ly/CensusActionVol
We are adding more voter registration opportunities for all you registration enthusiasts! In 2018 you showed up to register voters in huge numbers, and we’re at it again this year. So check out our events below and stay tuned for more. Also, 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 - It’s convenient, and during the cold weather, it’s warm! Park Towne Place When: TOMORROW, February 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm – Only 1 spot left! Where: Park Towne Place, 2200 Ben Franklin Pkwy. Sign up here.
1919 Market Where: 1919 Market Apartments, 1919 Market St. When: Wednesday, February 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Sign up here. Kensington Derby & Arts Festival This is the coolest festival and you should check it out. The event is a Philadelphia-wide attraction where people experience the parade of sculptures and shop with artists and food vendors. You can sign up for a voter registration shift and then go and enjoy the festivities. Or the other way around. When: Saturday, May 9, noon to 4:00 pm (pick from two 2-hour shifts) Where: Trenton Ave. from York St. to Norris St. – Exact meetup location TBA Sign up here for a 2-hour shift. Northern Liberties Second Saturdays Pop-Up Market From street art to live music, the neighborhood comes alive with family friendly activities in restaurants, galleries and shops as well as out on the sidewalks of N 2nd and N 3rd. When: Saturday, June 13, noon to 4:00 pm (pick from two 2-hour shifts) Where: North 2nd Street, exact meetup location TBA Sign up here for a two-hour shift.
This week we’re writing more postcards for Harold Hayes, who is running in the March 17 special election for the District 18 PA House seat. This is how we flip the Harrisburg legislature! HD 18 covers Bensalem Township and surrounding neighborhoods. This is our first HUGE opportunity to flip a state house seat this year, and that’s just what we are going to do! District 18 has been represented by Republicans since 1973 BUT this seat is now open and is ours for the taking. The timing is perfect -- the county flipped to Democratic control in 2019 and Democratic statewide candidates have been winning there for a few years. So let's get to it! All you do is come with your writing hand and good humor. And bring a friend! If you sign up and then find you can’t make it, please email us and let us know. We depend on having the right count! If you can, bring $5.00 to help defray the cost of postcards.
Would you like to start your own satellite postcard event? We can set you up with everything you need to have a postcard party at your home or a coffee shop nearby with family and friends. For more information just let us know here. The more the merrier! CARDS & COFFEE Where: OCF Coffee House, 2100 Fairmount Ave. When:
Wednesday, February 12, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. RSVP here.
Wednesday, February 19, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. RSVP here.
Wednesday, February 26, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm RSVP here.
Wednesday, March 4, 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, February 13, 6-8 pm. RSVP here.
Thursday, February 20, 6-8 pm. RSVP here.
Thursday, February 27, 6-8 pm RSVP here.
Thursday, March 5, 6-8 pm. RSVP here.