Posted by: wcdem2 | February 23, 2017

Kyle Hudson announces candidacy for West Chester mayor

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 2/20/17

WEST CHESTER >> Kyle Hudson, local business owner and co-founder of the West Chester Cinco de Mayo Festival, has announced his candidacy for mayor of West Chester.

“Bringing people together is what it’s all about, and that’s why I am running for mayor of West Chester,” Hudson said Sunday at his official campaign launch event at Fenn’s Coffee Shop. “I’ve been involved in town for a long time, but I thought being involved in politics was bad for business. Today, I know that’s no longer an option.”

Hudson, a Democrat, told the crowd he knows what it’s like to build community.

“Just a little over three years ago I was waiting tables right down the street,” he said. “Then I got on a TV show and won a whole bunch of money. That money allowed me to get involved in our community in a way that just wasn’t possible before.”

In 2015, Hudson worked with members of West Chester’s Mexican community to host a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo Festival, with preparations underway for the festival’s third year. Hudson is also a central member of the Charles A. Melton Center’s “#PoolTogether” initiative, a project that aims to renovate the center’s swimming pool….

read more at Daily Local News

Posted by: wcdem2 | February 21, 2017

Dianne Herrin announces candidacy for West Chester mayor

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 2/19/17

WEST CHESTER >> Dianne Herrin, vice president of a West Chester-based energy consulting firm and a 17-year borough resident, has announced her candidacy for mayor.

“Like so many women and men who are rising up to engage in our democracy, I cannot sit down. I believe — as I have demonstrated for more than a decade through my service to West Chester — that a healthy democracy begins at home,” said Herrin, who is a Democratic candidate.

Herrin will officially announce her candidacy next Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. on the campus of West Chester University. She is vice president of Practical Energy Solutions, a borough-based energy consulting firm, and has served the borough in many volunteer capacities for more than a decade.

Herrin’s platform focuses on tapping into her knowledge of West Chester, relationships with diverse borough citizens and leaders, and managerial experience to fill the important mayoral role as administrative head of the police department.

She will also continue her ongoing commitment to preserve the borough’s historic character and environmental health, and she plans to work with everyone to support West Chester’s local economy while preserving its neighborhoods. …

read more at Daily Local News

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, February 16, 2017

A pro-education rally at 21 West Market St. in West Chester tomorrow Friday Feb. 17, 11:30a.m. to 12 p.m., is specifically directed against House Bill 610, which was introduced in Washington last month.

The bill’s own short description does not do justice to the damage this bill would cause…

read more at Politics: A View from West Chester

Posted by: wcdem2 | February 13, 2017

Rally for Affordable Care Act, West Chester, 2/11/17

Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActAround 100 people gathered at the Court House Saturday Feb. 11 to demand retention of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Speakers eloquently detailed how ACA has impacted their own lives, often making the difference between wellness and sickness or death, and the disastrous that repeal of the ACA would bring for millions of Americans.

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Photos thanks to Cindy Chapman

Posted by: wcdem2 | February 9, 2017

Thank Sen. Dinniman for voting against SB3

What: support Andy Dinniman’s No vote on SB3
When: Friday Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.
Where: 1 N. Church St., West Chester

This week the PA Senate passed Senate Bill 3, an incredibly restrictive abortion ban that would outlaw a commonly used safe procedure as well as all abortions after 20 weeks, which is often too early for pregnant women to find out about tragic fetal abnormalities.

PA Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) voted against SB3; show him your appreciation and thank him for standing up for women’s rights.

Come to a supportive rally outside Senator Dinniman’s local office at 1 N. Church St., West Chester (NE corner of Market and Church Sts.). Bring an appropriate sign if you wish.

We need to show there’s massive support for abortion rights and encourage supportive senators to sustain the upcoming gubernatorial veto override.

Posted by: wcdem2 | February 7, 2017

Which do you believe?

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DemocracyNow!, 2/3/17

The good news is that President Donald Trump opened Black History Month by mentioning the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The bad news is he doesn’t seem to realize he’s dead. Speaking at a Black History Month event on Wednesday, Trump’s comments suggested he thought Douglass was alive. Douglass was born into slavery around 1818 and died in 1895. We set the record straight with our guest, Kenneth Morris Jr., great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass, and feature an excerpt of James Earl Jones reading one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.”…

keep reading at DemocracyNow! and hear interview with Douglass’s descendant. It sounds as if Sean Spicer doesn’t who Douglass was either. Douglass’s last public speech was in West Chester a couple of weeks before his death in 1895; a fine statue of Douglass was inaugurated in 2013 on the WCU campus (more at Daily Local News).

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By Justin Heinze, West Chester Patch, February 2, 2017

Demonstrators will protest President Trump’s immigration orders in front of U.S. Rep. Costello’s office in West Chester Friday.

WEST CHESTER, PA — Demonstrators will protest President Trump’s immigration orders in front of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s office in West Chester Friday.

The organizing group is called the Costello Constituent Action Group, which has a stated purpose of “demanding that our elected official, Congressman Ryan Costello, take a stronger stance against the discriminatory EO (executive order) against immigration.”…

read more at West Chester Patch

More details: Friday February 3rd: Join the Costello Constituent Action Group for a demonstration at Representative Ryan Costello’s West Chester office. Look for the group at the corner of Market and High, 11:30 am-1pm.

Mission: To protest, speak with staff and hand deliver our letters.

Details: We will protest outside as a large group, then rotate into the office in small groups to speak with staff and deliver letters.

Please bring: Signs and personal letters regarding the following executive orders:
“Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals”
“Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements”

Posted by: wcdem2 | January 31, 2017

Protesters want Costello to keep the Affordable Care Act

by Adam Farence, Daily Local News, 1/28/17

WEST CHESTER >> Roughly two dozen protesters rallied outside of a local Republican congressman’s office in West Chester, hoping to convince him to vote against potentially repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Organized by an group called the Costello Constituent Action Group, protesters began protesting at about 11:30 a.m. in front of the Market Street office of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6.

“I am here because we believe we need to protect the weakest members of our society,” said Paula Terrell, 56, of North Coventry and Owen J. Roberts swim coach. “I’m here to be the voice of our generation.”…

read more at Daily Local News

Please join a pop-up demonstration outside Ryan Costello’s office on WEDNESDAY MORNING Feb. 1 at 11:30 to protest his mealy-mouthed response to Trump’s un-American and unconstitutional attack on immigration law and human rights. We also expect that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to be announced tonight will be worth protesting.

Below see Costello’s evasive blah blah blah. Does he know that immigrants and children of immigrants from those 7 countries have never committed terrorist acts in the US? Does he know that Saudi Arabia supplied 15 of the 9/11 attackers? Does he care that Iraq is our ally and that restricting people on the basis of religion goes against our Bill of Rights? Does he think it is fair for people who have waited up to ten years to be vetted and receive visas to be sent back to the extreme hardship and danger they have been trying to escape?

If he has answers, why isn’t he answering constituents who have been trying to contact him over the past weeks?

Does he hope we will forget about our constitution and others’ human rights during a “comprehensive review” as our country’s reputation plunges abroad? Does he think we will fall for the blandishments of another “compassionate conservative”?

Come and let Rep. Costello know what you think. Bring immigration-oriented signs. Outside his office on the north side of West Market St., just west of High St., downtown West Chester, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday February 1.

Costello has been complaining that “PA-6 is now one of the Democrats’ top targets in the country in 2018.” Maybe there is a reason.

Thanks if you can join us!

As the yard signs say: Hate has no home here!

Here’s your daily practice in reading between the lines of political statements:

Ryan Costello
Press Release, January 29, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) issued the following statement on the President’s Executive Order:

“Job number one of the federal government is to protect the American people, and I support a comprehensive review of this process over the next 90 days, and especially concerning the 7 countries identified by the Obama and Trump administrations as being dangerous terrorist hotspots. This review is something every new administration should be expected to do. But green card holders and those assisting us in the war on terror should not be denied entry, and actions to the contrary must be remedied immediately. America is a country that can go about achieving our security objectives while maintaining compassion.

I interpret these executive orders as temporary. We should all want a robust yet humane process for entry screening, and I am confident we can and will continue the American ethos of welcoming the persecuted and oppressed in a safe and orderly manner, with very strong security protections for our citizens.”

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