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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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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:

Continue reading “March for our Environment”

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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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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

 

 

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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

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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

 

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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/

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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.