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Charlottesville Vigil -Freedom Isn’t Free

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Indivisible –  Find An Event
Charlottesville Vigil – Freedom Center Newtown PA

Where: State & Center Streets Newtown, PA 18940
When: Monday, August 14, 7:00 PM

Calling all peacemakers!! We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us for a community dialogue to follow at Newtown Friends Meetinghouse on Court Street. Organized by The Peace Center, Rise Up Doylestown and Showing Up for Racial Justice Delaware Valley

Link to event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/163291610904664/?ti=icl

 

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PASD Democratic Candidates Fully Representative

GOP candidates for PASD School board are all from Schuylkil Township.    As is typical of Democratic candidates, they represent a more diverse range of constituents.   Voters from the Borough or East Pikeland may find Democrats are more closely aligned with their interests.

Phoenixville: Jeesely Soto and Blake Emmanuel
East Pikeland: Chris Caltagirone
Schuylkill: Lori Broker

 

 

 

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March for our Environment

MARCH FOR THE ENVIRONMENT–Saturday, April 29th at Noon at the Chester County Courthouse, West Chester.
Rep. and former Mayor Carolyn Comitta will be addressing us around 12:45 about the importance of grass roots action–your voice–in saving the environment. Other speakers include West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley, 2017 mayoral candidate Dianne Herrin, and 2018 PA 6 congressional candidate Chrissy Houlahan.
 
Gather at noon. Please bring signs to show your support of green issues. We will walk to Quaker Hill departing the Court House at 1:30 and reassembling at West Chester Friends Meeting at 2 pm.
For people who want to demonstrate their support of the environment but are unable to attend the marches in DC or Philadelphia. This march is sponsored by the Sierra Club Sustainability Committee.
 
Other local Democratic and Progressive events are listed below:

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Costello Town Halls

We are being urged to attend even if we can’t get in. Numbers will matter here. So, please come if you can and bring a sign on an issue that is important  to you.

From: Concerned Constituent Action Group

From Rep. Ryan Costello’s website:

Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) today announced two town halls during the upcoming April District Work Period. Rep. Costello will host a town hall and a telephone town hall for constituents of Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District. Constituents must register to attend in advance. Instructions on how to register for both events are included below.

Details:
What: Town Hall with Rep. Costello
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Chester County Courthouse
21 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382
To Register: Click here

Parking is available on street or at the Bicentennial Parking Garage at 20 South High Street

What: Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Costello
When: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Dial-in number here
To Register: Click here

Copyright © 2017 Concerned Constituent Action Group, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:

Concerned Constituent Action Group
P.O. Box 172
Hereford PA 18056

Add us to your address book

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Costello ACA Vigil

YOU’RE INVITED!    MoveOn.org
Congressional Stakeout to Save Health Care
Where: Rep. Costello’s West Chester office
When: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. this Thursday and Friday, join us for an hour (or more!)
What: All-day vigils to stop Trumpcare

Under Trumpcare, 24 million Americans would lose health care. The bill is so awful that the uninsured rate would be worse than it was before the Affordable Care Act. But Republican unity on the bill is crumbling. And if just three Republican senators or 22 House members vote against the repeal bill, then there won’t be enough votes for it to pass. As of last night, more than 50 Republican lawmakers had expressed serious concerns about it.

But the bill is moving extremely fast. That’s why we’re hosting Stakeouts to Save Health Care at key congressional offices tomorrow and Friday, March 16 and 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We’ll share health care stories, have signs, and raise our voices together to stop this cruel and destructive bill. Will you sign up for one or more shifts during the vigil in West Chester?
A person holding a sign! YES, I’LL BE THERE! People holding signs!
I can’t make it, but show me other events near me.

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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.

 

 

 

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MegaVote 26Sep16

In this MegaVote for Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed
  • Senate: Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia – Motion to Table
  • House: Legal Challenges to Federal Rules
  • House: Identify Assets of Top Iranians
  • House: Defer Taxing Stock Options for Startups
  • House: Bar Ransom Payments for Hostages

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations
  • Senate: Veto Override of Lawsuits by U.S. Victims of International Terrorism
  • House: Water Resources Development
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations

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Find your Democrat

Type in your address to Find your Dem.

Pa State and US Congressional boundaries are so fluid it is hard to know who your representatives are.   The above links you to your democratic candidate.

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government;…  –Thomas Jefferson, 1789.

Stronger Together — Hillary Clinton

 

 

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Washington Give and Take

Congress is back in GOP hands.  See how they vote.

1. Relax Pollution Controls
Takers: Oil and Gas,  Power plant operators.
Givers: Everybody downwind

2. Unleash banks on those unable to repay.
Allow auto dealers to gouge on loans.
Turn the GAO on the Fed.
Takers: Bankers who want higher rates.
Givers: Folks with auto, home, and small business loans.

3. Refugee Pile on.
Takers: Politicians and Media that feed off Fear.
Givers: America’s reputation of Strength and Compassion.

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Your vote matters: Bell for Chester County Sheriff

Municipal elections affect our lives every day.

James Bell received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and also was a member of the Graduation Class 113 at the FBI National Academy. He spent 8 years in the US Air Force and 38 years in various police departments, beginning in West Chester PA. After retiring from the West Chester police, he served at Valley Township and was Director of Public Safety at Cheyney University; in 2012 he spent 5 months as interim Chief of Police in Coatesville. Presently Mr Bell is a substitute teacher.

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