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Delco United endorses Krueger-Braneky in the 161st Special Election

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

The Steering Committee of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy is excited to announce that Delco United is endorsing Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D) for State Representative in the Pennsylvania 161st House Legislative District.

A special election will be held in the 161st district on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 to replace former State Representative Joe Hackett (R), who resigned from office in April of 2015.

Ms. Krueger-Braneky is a strong gun sense candidate who supports Delco United’s entire legislative agenda that calls for comprehensive background checks on gun sales, mandatory reporting of lost and stolen firearms; banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and limiting the purchase of handguns to one per month.

“As a mother, I am committed to keeping all Pennsylvania children safe from gun violence. The above legislation [endorsed by Delco United] represents common sense solutions to curbing the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our nation and devastates communities. As the next Representative of the 161st Legislative District, I will stand up for these proposals and take a stand against the NRA.”

 

            — Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Response to Delco United’s Candidates’ Survey

 

We urge all our supporters who live in the 161st district to get out to vote for Ms. Krueger-Brankey on Tuesday, August 4th.

Delco United will be organizing independent efforts to contact voters in the 161st district to inform them about Ms. Kruger-Braneky’s strong support of sensible gun laws and to urge them to vote for her on Tuesday, August 4th.

If you want to volunteer to be part of Delco United’s Summer Election Action Team, contact Terry Rumsey at terry@delcounited.net or 484-326-1370.

We also urge ALL of our supporters – regardless of where you live — to volunteer for and make financial donations to the Krueger-Braneky campaign.

To volunteer for the Krueger-Braneky campaign, e-mail kruegerbraneky@gmail.com

To make a financial donation to the Krueger-Braneky campaign, please make the check payable to Committee to Elect Leanne Krueger-Braneky and mail it to PO Box 22, Swarthmore, PA  19081. We request that you write “Delco United Supporter” on the memo line to let the candidate know that gun policy is your priority.

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Nonviolence Training for the New Gun Sense Movement: Powerfully Peaceful Action in the Face of Armed and Aggressive Opposition

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

 

 

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Facilitated by Michael Gagné

Sponsored by BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy, Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and Lower Merion United

Saturday, April 18, 2015

10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Event is free and lunch will be provided

Friends Center ~ 1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Almost every group in the gun sense movement has – at some time in the last several years – has been confronted by armed and/or aggressive counter demonstrators at one of our public actions.  Understandably, the experience of encountering opponents with weapons slung over their shoulders and who frequently employed intimidating and verbally abusive tactics was unsettling for many of our members – and maybe even frightening.

How do we reclaim public spaces for the gun sense movement while acting with courage, powerful nonviolence, and respect for our opponents’ essential humanity?

RSVP to sign up: terry@delcounited.net or call Terry Rumsey at               484-326-1370

 From the trainer, Michael Gagné:

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“Without struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” – Gandhi

Any group of people, organization, or campaign working for a significant change will confront entrenched interests. Though many of us would prefer to seek common ground and win-win solutions than engage in conflict, it is difficult – if not impossible – to find examples of major policy change coming about without conflict.

This is even more the case when we seek change on issues closely tied to identity (national, cultural, gender, etc.) and in which some feel their basic values are at stake.  The good news is that those of us working for a positive change can dramatically increase our effectiveness in the face of conflict and opposition. Movements of the past and present increase their skills and build their capacity through training (a.k.a experiential, active learning). Through training, we can not only develop our conflict management skills (like managing our own fear, de-escalation, and nonviolent communication) –  we can also study nonviolent strategy and the tools that movements use to grow more powerful in the face of opposition. We hope you’ll join us for an exciting workshop – one geared toward assisting gun control advocates in taking our courageous and effective next steps.

Read about Michael Gagné

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National Divestment Leader to Present on March 2nd

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The next general meeting will be a special presentation and discussion:

“The Campaign to Unload:
the Divestment Strategy within the Gun Sense Movement”

featuring Aaron Black of the Campaign to Unload
Monday, March 2nd
7:00-9:00 PM
Springfield Friends Meeting/Peace Center of Del. Co.
1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield PA 19064

The Campaign to Unload was formed to provide national leadership and coordination to rising demands to remove public and private investments from gun profiteers after Sandy Hook.

Delco United’s divestment work has focused on asking local municipalities to remove taxpayer funded public employee pension funds from companies that manufacture and sell assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines on the commercial market. Aaron’s talk will put this work in context and illuminate how a grassroots movement to remove the economic underpinnings of the irresponsible gun industry can lead to significant reform.

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Aaron Black serves as the Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor to Campaign to Unload. Aaron Black’s ability to mobilize people and build coalitions around a singular issue is unique. In 2011, Mr. Black worked with a small group of activists and organized the game changing tactic that became known as Occupy Wall Street.

During the 2012 Presidential campaign, he was a rapid response coordinator and spokesperson coordinating with the Democratic National Committee, and for Americans United For Change. That same year he started Money Out Voters In, which is a national coalition pushing for campaign finance reform with chapters in numerous locations around the country.

Prior to his work in civic activism and organizing, Mr. Black worked as an independent, award-winning photographer. His photography primarily focused on the effects of economic and income inequality to highlight issues often ignored in the national conversation. He also did photo shoots with high profile celebrities and national political figures such as Radiohead, Outkast, and the Rolling Stones. He currently divides his time between New York City and Washington, DC.

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