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Next General Meeting: Students Rise Up!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Delco United General Meeting: Students Rise Up!

Monday, March 5th, 7:00 PM

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Delaware County

145 W. Rose Tree Rd, Media, PA 19063

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, high schools students around the nation –and here in Delco — are getting organized and active around gun policy reform. Their vocal insistence that adults put their safety before the interests of the gun lobby has inspired our movement, forced many elected officials to change their positions, and has the NRA quaking in their boots!

Delco United has been working with local student leaders and educators to send student buses to Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives on 3/24. Students are filling buses from Chester, Penncrest, Haverford, and Strath Haven, and more inquiries are coming every day.  On their own, students are also mobilizing for a national school walk-out on 3/14.

At our next general meeting, come hear from a panel of local students who have taken up the challenge of the Parkland survivors. Hear how we can support them – and them us – in this now-exploding effort to finally, finally bring some common sense to this nation’s regulation of guns.

Our general meetings ordinarily take place at Springfield Friends Meeting House, but because of the anticipated size of the meeting, we have moved the location to the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Rd, in Media.

Helpful links about the emerging student movement for gun sense:

March for Our Lives

Daily Times article about planned student walk-outs

Parkland student leader, Emma Gonzalez’ speech that went viral

Parkland student leader, Cameron Kasky, confronts Sen. Rubio at CNN Town Hall

Article about #NeverAgain movement



Demand the Ban

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


Announcing a Direct Action to DEMAND THE BAN

Make semi-automatic assault weapons illegal nationwide

  • Meltdown and Repurpose an Assault Weapon as a Symbol of Life
  • March to and Legal Rally at U.S. Senator Toomey’s Office
  • Deliver the Repurposed Assault Weapon to Senator Toomey
  • Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to Demand the Ban


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Philadelphia

10:00 am:    Gather at Arch Street Friends Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets Ceremonial meltdown and repurposing of an assault weapon into a Symbol of Life

11:00 am:    Procession to Senator Toomey’s Office, 200 Chestnut Street                        Short walk from Arch Street Friends Meeting House to Senator’s Toomey’s office

11:30 am:     Legal Rally at Senator Toomey’s Office                                                          Demand Toomey’s Co-sponsorship of S.2095, Assault Weapons Ban of 2017

12:00 Noon: Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Action*                                                                     A group of nonviolent advocates will attempt to deliver the Repurposed Assault Weapon/Symbol of Life to Senator Toomey and will occupy his office until he co-sponsors S.2095

Why are we demanding a nationwide ban on rapid firing, semi-automatic assault weapons?

While the profiles of mass shooters vary, their weapon of choice does not. Rapid-firing, semi-automatic assault weapons have been used in multiple mass shootings over the last five years in the United States, causing unimaginable carnage and human suffering. These weapons are designed to kill as many people as possible, in as little time as possible. They are weapons of war that have no legitimate role in civilian life. Enough! We Demand the Ban.

For more information:

Why are we focusing on Senator Patrick Toomey?

When U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) co-sponsored the 2013 Toomey-Manchin bill to expand national background checks on gun sales, he received extremely favorable national media coverage. In 2016, Senator Toomey was endorsed by some national gun violence prevention organizations and individuals, helping the senator win reelection in an extremely close race. It’s time for Senator Toomey to earn his reputation as a national leader to prevent gun violence. Since he has refused to meet with Demand the Ban organizers to discuss a ban on assault weapons, we are mobilizing people from Pennsylvania and throughout the United States to bring the Demand the Ban to Senator Toomey’s office in Philadelphia on March 21, 2018.

 Why are we conducting Direct Action and Nonviolent Civil Disobedience?

Recent public opinion polls have reported that 2 in 3 Americans support a ban on rapid-firing, semi-automatic assault weapons. Yet, our national political leaders refuse to act to protect our children and families. In the great tradition of the U.S. movements for slavery abolition, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and other human rights struggles, we are calling on members of the gun violence prevention movement to take direct action and engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. Gun violence prevention advocates from the Philadelphia-area, across Pennsylvania, and throughout the United States are invited to join us on March 21, 2018.

*Individuals participating the nonviolent civil disobedience action WILL be risking arrest. Any individual participating in the nonviolence civil disobedience action will be required to attend a day-long non-violence training and pledge to adhere to the Action’s nonviolence discipline. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE NONVIOLENCE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ACTION ON MARCH 21st, PLEASE CONTACT: Terry Rumsey at or


 The Demand the Ban Direct Action is being sponsored by:

CHARLES Foundation, Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy, Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, Raw Tools, and The Simple Way


Birthday Party June 19th!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Rise Up” Sing-along Concert & Anniversary Celebration

with Peter Blood & Annie Patterson, editors of the “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” songbooks.

Monday, June 19th

7:00-9:00 PM

Springfield Friends Meeting House/Peace Center of Delaware County

1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield PA 19064

Help us mark four years of passionate and effective advocacy for stronger gun laws with a lively, fun, and inspirational concert of people-power songs about peace, justice, and struggle!

Birthday cake and ice cream after the concert.

About Peter and Annie

Co-creators of the popular songbook “Rise Up Singing” and their new sequel “Rise Again,” Annie Patterson & Peter Blood have played a central role in helping create a quiet revolution of group singing in North America. Annie is a singer -songwriter, banjo frailer and jazz vocalist. Peter worked closely with Pete Seeger to edit his autobiography Where Have All the Flowers Gone. Peter and Annie are currently touring the U.S. & Canada with their new songbook (with 1200 more songs) joined by over 50 musicians who have songs in this new collection.