Posted by: Webmaster | April 18, 2018

IMPORTANT SPRING FUNDRAISER!

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The West Chester Democratic Committee invites you to join us for our Spring Fundraiser

 

Monday, April 23, 6 to 8:30PM
The Side Bar, 10 E. Gay St., West Chester
Hearty Appetizers, Cash Bar

$50 per person in advance, $60 at the door
$25 College Student in advance, $30 at the door

BUY TICKETS OR DONATE BELOW

  • Are you concerned about Net Neutrality, Climate Disruption, Guns, School Safety, DACA, Massive Unfunded Spending in DC, Massive Cuts to Medicare & Medicaid, Mariner 2 Pipeline, etc…?
  • Do you want to flip both the PA House & House of Representatives in Washington?
  • Are you really serious about being part of the Blue Wave?

Meet & Mingle with your Neighbors, Candidates, & Democratic Committee members. Discuss your concerns … find out how YOU CAN HELP keep the Blue Wave momentum going.

Buy tickets here online and/or contribute via the DONATE page.

PER PERSON IN ADVANCE

$50.00

PER PERSON AT THE DOOR

$60.00

COLLEGE STUDENT IN ADVANCE

$25.00

COLLEGE STUDENT AT THE DOOR

$30.00

You may also contribute via the DONATE page.

To pay by check, download Spring Fundraiser Flyer and send its Stub and Payment to:
WEST CHESTER DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
ATTN KRISTIN GERLING
37 S HIGH ST
WEST CHESTER PA 19382

Posted by: wcdem2 | March 22, 2018

WCDem fundraiser 4/23/18: join us!

or download pdf here: WC Dems 2018 spring fund
Among invited candidates, our representative in H’burg Carolyn Comitta (D-156) is coming.
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Posted by: wcdem2 | April 11, 2018

180 U.S. Mayors Call for Use of Solar Power

PennEnvironment, April 5, 2018 (West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin is among the 5 Chester County mayors to sign the resolution.)

More PA mayors sign solar power letter than any other state

[Philadelphia, PA] — A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Pennsylvania, are speaking out in support of solar energy. Pennsylvania had more support than any other state in the nation, with 43 signers from municipalities across the Commonwealth.

In a letter released today by the citizen-based non-profit environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment, the mayors resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun.

“Support for solar power continues to gain traction in the eyes of the public,” said Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate for PennEnvironment. “We applaud Pennsylvania mayors for hearing that call to action and rising to the occasion.”

43 Pennsylvania mayors signed the letter, including Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Mayor Theodore Streeter of Gettysburg, and Mayor Matthew Shorraw of Monessen….

read more at PennEnvironment

It’s time again for the Goose Creek Clean-up in West Chester Borough!

Saturday April 21, 2018
9am – 11:30am

Meet at the Public Works Department on Lacey Street for hot coffee, pick up your supplies and a quick welcome before we break up into groups.

Bring your boots or your waders so we can access some hard-to-reach areas.

We will have some family-friendly sections as well as some challenging areas.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER you, your family or your group at http://www.crcwatersheds.org/index.php?s=14 so we know how many shirts to bring.

Select Site 112.

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 4, 2018

Support Carolyn Comitta on a special day!

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 4, 2018

Bayard Rustin on MLK, 1969

“April 4, 1969 will mark the first anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I can think of no better way to observe that Good Friday than to reflect on the meaning of Dr. King’s life and his death, and to rededicate ourselves to the continuation of his work. Dr. King’s philosophy and life’s work were guided by his adherence to the three great principles of nonviolence, democracy, and integration. These principles gave him spiritual courage as well as political direction in the battles of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma and throughout the struggle to integrate public accommodations and abolish Jim Crow. And they also led him to the great insight which was symbolized by the new direction he was moving in at the time of his death. For we must never forget that Dr. King died in a labor struggle. He died in the midst of an effort to organize the Memphis sanitation workers and to win for them union recognition and collective bargaining rights.”

Bayard Rustin, 1969.

(Born in West Chester on March 17, 1912, Rustin became one of King’s closest associates and was chief planner of the famed “I have a Dream” march, more formally March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963)

Posted by: wcdem2 | March 28, 2018

Stephanie Phillips Markstein’s song at the March

Don’t miss it! Listen on YouTube. Still from the video by Jim Salvas:

Posted by: wcdem2 | March 24, 2018

March for our Lives, West Chester rally

March 24, 2018, part of the crowd:

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Visitors line up in front of the Supreme Court while the justices hear arguments on gerrymandering in October. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

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March 19 at 3:20 PM

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Republican legislative leaders in Pennsylvania to block a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state.

The practical impact is the 2018 elections are likely to be held under a map much more favorable to Democrats, who scored an apparent victory last week in a special election in a strongly Republican congressional district. The 2011 map that has been used this decade has resulted in Republicans consistently winning 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats.

Monday’s action was the second time that the court declined to get involved in the partisan battle that has roiled Pennsylvania politics. The commonwealth’s highest court earlier this year ruled that a map drawn by Republican leaders in 2011 “clearly, plainly and palpably” violated the free-and-equal-elections clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

The U.S. Supreme Court deliberated nearly two weeks before turning down the request to stop the map from being used in this fall’s elections. Generally the justices stay out of the way when a state’s highest court is interpreting its own state constitution.

WHAT IS GERRYMANDERING?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/e447f5c2-07fe-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d

Supreme Court upholds new Pa. congressional district map, rejecting Republican challenge

by Jonathan Lai & Liz Navratil, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/19/18 [Good! All Chester County is definitively within one district, PA-06, in line with the anti-gerrymandering principle.]

HARRISBURG — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the new congressional map imposed by the state high court, assuring that the redrawn lines would be used in the 2018 elections.

The action came hours after a federal-judge panel dismissed a similar suit, saying Republican lawmakers who brought it had not legal standing. With the back-to-back rejections — both coming on the eve of the petition-filing deadline for congressional candidates — no legal challenges to the map remained.

The new map lines could have an impact on the makeup of the 2019 Congress, with Democrats hopeful that they could pick up at least a few more seats in Pennsylvania….

keep reading at Philadelphia Inquirer

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