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Postcard Writing Party

Postcard Writing Party

Saturday, March 11th @ 1:30

The Eadie’s

475 Valley Park Rd

Phoenixville

Postcards and stamps provided!!!

Can’t make the party? Write and Mail on the 15th!

Then, on March 15th all the postcards will be mailed to Donald Trump publicly expressing our opposition to his policies. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.
Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.
So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.


Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as 
#TheIdesOfTrump
Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let Donnie know how he’s doing. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.

Costello’s Belated Report

Congressman Ryan Costello released a special newsletter.  It is a comprehensive discussion of a number of current issues.  If this were released prior to a face-to-face town hall, the give and take would have been productive if somewhat pointed.

Copied from body of Ryan’s Report 27Feb17.


Welcome to a special edition of my weekly e-newsletter, Ryan’s Report: Asked and Answered. This week I hosted two telephone town halls that connected me to over 100,000 random households across our Congressional District’s four counties.  I also Live Streamed the audio feed on my Facebook page where over 1,000 folks listened and were able to submit questions online.  If you were able to stay on the line and join me, thank you – I hope that you found it informative.  If you didn’t have the opportunity to participate and would like to be called for future telephone town halls, I encourage you to register your phone number here.

For those who were wondering, I pre-announced the date and time of these telephone town halls starting two weeks in advance through Ryan’s Report and on my Facebook page – so for those of you missed that advanced notification or are receiving this message for the first time, I encourage you to sign-up for Ryan’s Report and read it in full each week or follow me on Facebook @CongressmanRyanCostello.

I thought I’d send around some snippets of my answers to some of the questions asked live on the air by constituents across the political spectrum. We covered a variety of important and certainly controversial topics – climate change and the role of the EPA, healthcare and the future of the Affordable Care Act, Russia and the election, education, veterans issues, gerrymandering, Congressional oversight over President Trump – to name a few. I wanted to ensure each of you had a chance to get a sense for my thoughts on the some of the top issues that were discussed and as a reference point given the large number of phone calls, emails, and letters we’ve been receiving.

Continue reading “Costello’s Belated Report”

Costello remains Uncertain

Congressman Ryan Costello will not be pinned down to “a certain forum at a certain time”.  Instead the congressman has evaded “political stunts” by popping up in virtual Town Halls – via telephone and Facebook where participants and questions are pre-registered.

The Concerned Citizens Action Group for PA 6th has scheduled a traditional face-to-face Town Hall for tomorrow, Saturday, 25Feb17, 1-3 PM, at Phoenixville High School.  Mr Costello has said “I already have commitments”.  His planned whereabouts were not reported.

Mr. Costello’s supporters have taken several steps to protect him.  They have insisted that PASD collect fees for use of the High School.  They have registered a complaint with Federal Election Commission.   A spokesman suggested Right To Know requests for “emails and cell phones”.  They have even called out as “unseemly” that a PASD school board member did not disclose his wife’s activities.  Nevertheless She Persisted.

Concerned Citizens has requested that questions be collected prior to Town Hall.  My Question:  Mr Costello claimed to me that only 250,000 have pre-existing conditions covered by ACA plans!  Per USNews an World Report, 1/4 of Americans have pre-existing conditions.  Mr Costello, what is your source for such an absurdly low estimate?

The weather forecast for the Town Hall is heavy rain, outside.  Inside the forecast is uncertain.

Media links: PASD debates fees,  Costello No ShowCostello Declines invite

 

 

Healthcare. In your heart, You know it’s right

♥ HealthCare – In your heart you know it’s right.♥

Rally for ACA was held on Saturday outside Congressman Costellos’ office.   West Chester 11Feb17.

Organizers have announced a Town Hall.   Phoenixville High School 25Feb17, 3-5PM.  Congressman Costello has been invited; but has not yet committed to address these constituents.

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West Chester Saturday Rally #4- ACA, crowd
West Chester ACA Rally Signs 11Feb17
West Chester Saturday Rally #4 ACA Signs 11Feb17
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West Chester Saturday Rally#4, 11Feb17, ACA in USA

 

Saturday: Pre-existing and I Vote.

The Women’s March was the largest worldwide demonstration in history.   West Chester PA also rallied on that first Saturday.

This Saturday we rally again.  1-2PM, Congressman Ryan Costello’s office, 21 West Market, WestChester.  Details about 4th rally.

Congressman Costello was present at that first rally.   At that time he claimed that of 20 million “not covered by employers, Medicare or Medicaid,  only 250,000 have pre-existing conditions”.   Perhaps he will reveal more hard-to-believe facts supporting his position.

Let US Congressman Ryan Costello know we care about healthcare.

URGENT:   The Session for AG vote is tonight, 08Feb17.   Maybe our Congressman Costello has an open line to Senator Toomey?

Ruby Bridges Goes To School

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless She Persisted.”

 

Get Involved! 3 Upcoming events in February

Chester County Democratic Committee
Nominating Convention

Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Stetson Middle School, West Chester, PA
1060 Wilmington Pike (US 202)

CCDC Committeepersons meet to endorse local, county, and judge candidates.  Petition Signing.

Members of the Chester County Committee or their proxies may vote. Other Dems are welcome to ask to be proxies or to attend as observers.   More info: office@chescodems.org.

Progress Summit in Harrisburg, PA

Friday-Saturday, February 17 & 18
The PA Progressive Summit is for anyone with an interest in progressive politics—bloggers, organizers, social justice advocates, union workers, organizational leaders, college organizers and activists from around Pennsylvania.

More info at Keystone Progress Summit

True Blue Society event:  Dr Matt Kerbel

Thursday, February 23, 6:00 – 7:00pm  social hour, food and cash bar
7:00 – 9:00pm Featured Guest, Dr. Matt Kerbel,
Chair, Political Science Dept of Villanova University
Place: Barnaby’s, 15 South High Street, West Chester PA

Cost: Complimentary for True Blue Society Members and Chair’s Club Members

* Pro-rated True Blue Society Membership from Feb 1 through May 31 for $100 entitles person to this event and remaining True Blue Events

$75 for non-True Blue or Chair’s Club

This is an opportunity to meet other True Blue members, receive important and relevant information from Dr. Kerbel and ask your questions.

For Tickets, visit True Blue WInter Event

Fair Districts PA: Gerrymandering Reform Events Feb 4 & Feb 22

Chester County: Why Maps Matter: Make Your Vote Count

Ever wonder why Congressional Districts 6 and 7 weave around each other and into neighboring counties? Learn more about gerrymandering and redistricting reform with Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA, then spend time organizing with others working for change. Please note that there is a similar presentation at Henderson High School in West Chester on Feb. 22. The library event has seating for 80; the Henderson event will hold 700, so if both work for you, choose the Henderson event.

Saturday,  February 4, 2017   2:00pm – 4:00pm
Exton Public Library
450 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA

Wednesday,  February 22, 2017   7pm – 9pm
Henderson High School Auditorium
400 Montgomery Avenue
West Chester, PA

Learn more at  FairDistricts PA

 

Rally for ACA Tomorrow Jan 28 in West Chester

Rally tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28th at 1 PM at the Old Courthouse, High and Market Streets is West Chester, protesting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without adequate replacement.

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We need big signs! The signs should clearly connect Costello to taking health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and thousands of people in his district.

We need large signs to effectively deliver that message. 2ft x 3ft, or 3ft x 4ft

“Save the ACA” and other colorful call to action signs are great too.

Picture from https://www.facebook.com/Costello-Constituent-Action-Group-1434051296618846/

Solidarity at Noon

West Chester 21Jan17 Noon.   Rally called by Chester County Democratic Committee to show solidarity in the face of the GOP carnage to come.

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An estimated 200 citizens assembled at steps of courthouse for about an hour.  As at any gathering of Democrats the people were diverse, colorful, and stoically cheerful.

Drive by supporters honked hundreds of times.  Smiles and thumbs up were even more frequent.   Of course a few registered their opposition.  Revving engines must be a thing.  At least one sputtered a string of the usual unimaginative 4-letter expletives.

One sign that many agreed with was, “Make America Think Again”.

Congressman Ryan Costello __________

Congressman Ryan Costello quietly slid through the crowd; and back again.   He is over 6 foot tall!  A few folks button-holed him.  I was un-successful in getting him to address the assembly.

I was excited to meet my Congressman.  I was un-prepared.  What followed was initially a failure to communicate.

I asked if he disagreed with the crowd here?   He disagrees with “Trump’s style”.  Huh?  (It’s much more his substance over style).

He asked about my major concern – War I said.  Him too.  South China Sea, Jerusalem,.., Estonia.  He pointedly asked a few times about Estonia.   I mentioned that sanctions lifted would be a green light.  (I should have said: Putin wants his countries back).

He mentioned accountability.  I held that Congress was accountable to constituents.   He responded that “Congress’s job was to hold Executive accountable”.  I suggested Congress’s role is more than policing the president.   At this point Rep Costello said I was argumentative and walked away.

 

A woman approached him. I overheard Rep. Costello respond about healthcare repeal. “Don’t worry 2-to-3 years out”. “Efficient delivery”, “high risk pools”, “Pre-existing condition was the most” salient.  No details since plans lack “specificity”.

Another bite at the apple…

I asked Rep Costello, “specifically”, will those relegated to high risk pools have higher premiums?  There will be a “government backstop”.  He went on: Do I know what the risk pools are? “of those not covered by employer, Medicare, or Medicaid, there are only 250,000 people with pre-existing conditions”. Out of ~20million people on ACA only 1 in 80 have a pre-existing condition??

Rep Costello again told me I was argumentative and didn’t know what I was talking about.

I wish my camera had a good battery.  I hope more and more will come out to show solidarity.

 

 

 

Solidarity Day One

Dear local Democrats, progressives, and others interested:

As an untraditional politician, Mr. Trump does not even bother with the usual hypocrisies. He doesn’t try to sound conciliatory, or make the many Americans on his personal hit list feel even a tad better about his nefarious plans, or reassure foreign countries that he knows what he is doing in his new job.

So, dispensing with the usual hypocrisies ourselves, and abandoning the sort of hope for reasonableness we may have had in 2001 at the beginning of the Bush administration, I think we can feel free to say without hesitation that we don’t like what we see right now on day 1.

Many of you may be protesting in the nation’s capital tomorrow Saturday, or other locations like Philadelphia or Wilmington.

Or if you aren’t going that far, please be aware of this local opportunity to show solidarity with the Women’s March:

Saturday Jan. 21, noon in front of the court house at High and Market Sts., 2 N. High St., West Chester: a gathering in solidarity with Women’s March in Washington. Bring signs or pussy hats. No program, just be there.

There’s a lot to be done. Let’s be there, wherever there is: rallying, social media, writing letters to editors, pressing legislators, talking to neighbors, being or supporting future candidates for office….

Best wishes to all,

Nathaniel Smith – Chester County Democratic Committee