THIS WEEK’S TOP PRIORITIES Casey’s Vote on a 20 Week Abortion Ban Senator Casey is reported to be a “yes” on Senate Bill 2311 (S.2311) a bill that would ban abortion nationwide at 20 weeks. We just fought this battle in PA with SB 3, and luckily Governor Wolf vetoed the bill. Trump will not veto, and the house already passed HR 36 (which does the same thing), so we must end this debate in the Senate. The vote is this Monday, January 29th at 2:00pm! What can you do?
Personal stories have the greatest impact, so we must share those with the Senator Casey. If you have a story about this issue, please consider sharing that story with him. If you know someone who has faced a decision around a late term abortion, please encourage them to consider sharing their story as well.
Call Senator Casey ASAP and ask him to vote no. DC: (202) 224-6324. Additional contact info for faxes and emails can be found here.
Attend rallies in Pittsburgh and Philly. Tuesdays with Toomey events across the state may also target Casey this week for accountability actions, depending on what happens Monday.
Stop Selling Out Dreamers: Pass the Dream Act Now On Monday, 1/22, Democrats scored a major win by securing 6 years of CHIP funding. Unfortunately, Dreamers and immigrants yet again were sacrificed to make that happen. The time for compromise is over. Sen. McConnell “promised” a vote on an immigration bill by Feb 8, and we must hold him and our Democratic Representatives, especially Senator Casey, to that promise.
Tuesday 1/30 will be a day of action demanding passage of a Clean Dream Act. Make the Road and partners will be holding actions in Allentown, Reading, and State College Then, national days of action are planned in DC the week of 2/6, with local actions to coordinate. A list of these actions can be found here. If you do not see an action listed near you, you can use Indivisible’s Dream Action Planning Guide to plan one.
If you cannot attend an action, please call your Senators today: Casey (202) 224-6324, Toomey: (202) 224-4254.
Key points to keep in mind for your actions and phone calls: Every day, 122 Dreamers lose their DACA protections. These Americans, many of whom have lived in this country for over 20 years, lose the ability to financially support themselves and their families, and risk being arrested and deported. 8 out of 10 Americans, including 2 out of 3 Republican voters, support protecting Dreamers. The only ones finding this controversial are the Republicans in Congress. McConnell has demonstrated repeatedly that his promises mean nothing, even to members of his own party.
State of the Union On Jan 30th, the President will deliver his first State of the Union Address. Some coping tools to get you through that evening:
If you’re planning to watch, don’t do it alone! Join a SOTU watching party instead. PennEnvironment is hosting a series of SOTU watch parties in SEPA. Learn about PennEnvironment’s active campaign work and what to watch for in the speech before the SOTU address starts at 9pm, then wrap up afterward by discussing what you can do to defend our environment in 2018.
Rally against his agenda in Harrisburg at the People’s State of the Union, or with immigration advocates and allies at any of the Dream Act actions listed above organized by Casa and Make the Road, with coalition partners across the state. These are part of a nation-wide action that day to claim our own narrative.
Host a postcard writing party for Conor Lamb for PA District 18! Visit bit.ly/FlipThe18th to sign up for more info.
WE WON! On January 22, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared that Pennsylvania’s 2011 U.S. congressional districting map violates the Pennsylvania Constitution and enjoined its use in the upcoming May 15, 2018 primary. The PA Assembly has until February 9th to submit new maps to the Governor, who can reject the maps if he finds them unacceptable. Should the General Assembly and the Governor not agree on the maps be Feb 15, the Court will likely appoint someone to create the maps.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m, St. Joseph's University, Lower Merion: A panel discussion on redistricting with Governor Wolf, a representative of Pennsylvania Department of State, and and local experts on redistricting, including Carol Kuniholm, Chair of Fair Districts PA. RSVP toGovernorsRSVP@pa.govfor exact location. Please note space is limited to 75 and RSVPs are required for attendance.
On February 15th, 8:00 pm, join PA Together for a discussion of redistricting, and what considerations go into “fair” redistricting, with special attention to racial justice considerations. More details and registration link to come.
#TimesUp: Ban Non-Disclosure Agreements from PA Politics Sexual Assault Settlements Rep. Leanne Kruger-Braneky has introduced the #METOO PA State House Act- legislation that would protect the victim and the public in the event of workplace sexual harassment in the PA General Assembly. The bill, HB1965, is currently seeking co-sponsors. Please call your state house rep and ask them to support the bill and become a cosponsor. You can find your house rep here.
Support a Ban on Fracking in the Delaware River Basin Last year, Gov Wolf and the Delaware River Basin Commission passed new regulations that banned fracking in the Delaware River Basin, and makes the dumping of fracking wastewater there almost impossible. They have extended the public comment period on the issue through March 30th; you can leave a comment here. More information is available from the Delaware River Basin Commission.
Protect equitable access to information - Defend Net Neutrality On December 14th, the FCC voted to gut Net Neutrality Rules, opening the way for censorship and inequitable pricing by internet service providers, but late last week, Congress announced that they have the votes to stop it. See our special Action Guide for ways you can protect an open and equitable internet.