By Pete Bannan, Daily Local News, 8/21/16

WEST CHESTER >> Members of the community turned out for the 6th annual Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center’s Community Unity Day Sunday.

In addition to youth basketball, plenty of food and great music, the highlight of the day was the unveiling and public signing of the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge.

In part, the pledge reads:

“Whereas, the people of Greater West Chester value safety and security; we agree to come together when incidents that may be a result of hatred or discrimination based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age and economic status.

Whereas, the community of West Chester values equality not just through policy and protocol but in how we treat each other in our daily lives; we agree to address issues of concern brought to our attention…”

“…as people of good will, we will not tolerate hateful speech or actions toward any individual or group in our community. “

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta said the pledge came in response to several recent local incidents targeting the African-American community. Three cases of hate speech were found at John O. Green Memorial Park in the borough as well as incidents of racist speech at area high schools.

Comitta said members of the community realized it was important to come together to spell out greater West Chester’s commitment to being a welcoming community for all….

read more at Daily Local News

West Chester, Pennsylvania, August 17, 2016

On behalf of the West Chester NAACP and the Mayor of West Chester, the community of greater West Chester is formally invited to participate in the Signing Ceremony of the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge. This ceremony will take place during the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center’s annual Community Unity Day, this Sunday, August 21st at 3pm.

Over the past few months, greater West Chester’s most diverse community leaders have come together to reaffirm our core values. Together their work resulted in creating a Pledge that spells out greater West Chester’s commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming community.

Mayor Comitta stated, “West Chester’s strength lies in our diversity. We are proud to be an inclusive, welcoming community and will always pledge to stand together and take action to make sure every one of our neighbors feels safe and welcome here.”

The Pledge was created in response to several recent local racist incidents targeting the African/American community during a time in our country when anti-Muslim rhetoric, the immigration debate and police/community tension causes great concern.

In the spirit of this agreement, we welcome your participation by both signing the Pledge and assisting us in assuring that greater West Chester remains a welcoming community for all. In recognizing that actions speak, an Action Plan has been outlined and is attached to the Pledge.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday and will be available for any questions you may have.

Carolyn T. Comitta, Mayor

[The Melton Center is at 501 E Miner Street, West Chester PA 19382]

Posted by: wcdem2 | August 14, 2016

Gun Violence Prevention / Melton Center pool

Melton Sept. 25

Posted by: wcdem2 | August 9, 2016

Vacant seat filled on West Chester Borough Council

Daily Local News, 8/07/16

WEST CHESTER >> The vacant seat on the West Chester Borough Council after the resignation of Brian Abbott has been filled by Michael Galey.

On Aug. 2, with a unanimous 5-0 vote, borough council approved Galey’s appointment as the new representative of 3rd Ward.

Galey has been a resident of the 3rd Ward since 2009 and is currently a member of the Zoning Hearing Board and previously was a member of the Planning Commission. He is also a member of the West Chester Democratic Committee.

He is a partner at Fisher & Philips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm.

Abbott resigned from the borough council after moving out of West Chester. Galey will fill the seat until January 2017. A special election will be held this upcoming November to determine who will fill the remainder of Abbott’s unexpired term.

The person elected in November will serve until January 2018.

By DAVID MONTGOMERY, New York Times, JULY 30, 2016

AUSTIN, Tex. — On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman ascended the University of Texas clock tower here with a trunk full of weapons and unleashed 96 minutes of terror that effectively became a template for mass shootings and aroused in the public a new sensitivity to the threat of violence in public spaces.

Mr. Whitman, a 25-year-old student, Eagle Scout and Marine veteran, killed a receptionist and two members of a visiting family inside the tower. He then went onto the observation deck and began spraying sniper fire, turning a tranquil summertime campus into a scene of chaos and death.

In the half-century since, Mr. Whitman’s savagery has been echoed in mass shootings on other university campuses and at workplaces, elementary schools, post offices, movie theaters and nightclubs. And what seemed unthinkable in 1966 was re-enacted with alarming repetition in places like Columbine High School in Colorado; Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.; Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.; and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla….

read more at New York Times

Posted by: wcdem2 | July 26, 2016

Carolyn Comitta with fellow convention goers

from Carolyn’s Facebook page, 1) with Ben Franklin and 2) with former US Senate candidate John Fetterman and her campaign manager Lani Frank:

Carolyn and Ben

Carolyn, Fetterman, Lani

Posted by: wcdem2 | July 25, 2016

Carolyn Comitta Needs Volunteers

If you have paid attention to the political activities in the last week, and getting ready to enjoy the drama from this week, you will appreciate just how much is at stake in our upcoming elections. While the Presidential race is very exciting and engaging, and scary, we cannot forget how important the down-ballot races are. In fact, it can be argued that they are more important than a president in our daily lives. State Representatives make decisions about our environment, education, taxes, healthcare, etc. I’m sure you want someone who represents you and your values in Harrisburg.

Carolyn Comitta wants to be your representative in Harrisburg. Her campaign is going very well. Carolyn has been out knocking doors and raising money which will enable her to get out her message to voters, closer to election day. But we need to do more.

We need to double down on our efforts to talk to voters, to make sure they know Carolyn and her values and vision for our future. That is where you come in. If you are getting this email, you may have offered to help Carolyn’s campaign. We need you now. We need people to volunteer to make calls and/or go door knocking, with or without Carolyn, in your neighborhood, to identify those voters who plan to vote for Carolyn in November. Can we count on your help?

Please reply to me (below), letting me know whether you want to make calls or go door to door. You will have a list of neighbors to call or visit. We will provide you with a script, and we will give you support. We will make this fun, and work together, and make sure Carolyn Comitta is your next State Representative. Please let us know that you will help.

Please reply with your name, cell phone number, and days/times available, and whether you will make calls or go door to door, or both. We will follow up with you to get you started and make sure you have the resources to help us. A few hours a week over the next 15 weeks gets us to our goals.

Thank you for all you will do to help Carolyn win!

Lani Frank, Campaign Manager
lanifrank55@gmail.com

Posted by: wcdem2 | July 13, 2016

Proud to stand with Gun Safety Advocates

from Carolyn Comitta, 7/9/16

I am pleased and honored to be endorsed by the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization in our local community, working daily to change the laws enforcing common sense gun safety measures. Led by my friend Tom Buglio, CCCPGV has marched and protested against our local elected officials to call attention to the devastation caused by guns.

I pledge to be a champion for this issue!

I pledge to fight to make universal background checks a reality.

I pledge to bring people together, to build coalitions, to get things done!

Please register on my website to volunteer or make a donation to help spread my message this fall. Please stay in touch. This campaign is going strong, and we WILL win with all your help and support.

I’m ready to serve the 156th District in Harrisburg. With your support, I’ll get there.

Thanks for all you do.

Warmly,

Carolyn

PS I pledge to continue bringing people together to find solutions that will improve our community and help keep people safe.

Posted by: wcdem2 | July 8, 2016

West Chester Dem “Party for the Party” July 17

download pdf here: 2016 Picnic Fundraiser 2
Party WCDems 7-17-16

Posted by: wcdem2 | July 8, 2016

New York Times visits West Chester

excerpt from Trip Gabriel, “Email Issue Only Hardens Political Views in Philadelphia Suburbs,” New York Times, 7/7/16

…Holly Brown, 70, a retiree who owned a clothing and gift store in West Chester, supports Mrs. Clinton and said the furor over her use of a private email server was overblown. “I think there’s a lot of sexism going on,” she said. “There’s very much a double standard.” She noted that PolitiFact had “found her to be the most honest politician in the race.”

West Chester is the county seat of Chester County, north of Delaware County. Two elected Republican officials strolling outside the government building said they did not support Mr. Trump, but asked not to be named because of pressure they might face from fellow Republicans.

Mr. Trump “has proven time and time again he is not the type of person we typically elect to be the highest person in the land,” said one of the officials, who holds countywide office. “I’m not a fan of Secretary Clinton, either.”

He said he would probably write in Senator Marco Rubio of Florida for president….

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