Here’s our accounting report on yesterday’s Demand the Ban action:
One AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was melted down and beaten into a plowshare by the peacemaking blacksmiths from RAW Tools.
300 fired-up gun sense advocates marched from Old First Reformed Church of Christto Senator Toomey’s office located inside the federal U.S. Custom House. The spirited throng of marchers chanted, “United We Stand – Demand the Ban!”and “Senator Toomey you can’t hide – Demand the Ban – or step aside.” The marchers then participated in an energetic rally with more, chants, songs, and speeches calling on Senator Toomey to announce his support for a federal assault weapons ban.
100 or more federal and Philadelphialaw enforcement officers were mobilized behind barricades to make sure that nonviolent constituents were blocked from visiting the taxpayer-funded officeof their own U.S. senator.
33 courageous nonviolent activistswere arrested for attempting to visit the heavily-defended office of Senator Toomey and then refusing to leave until the senator announced that he would co-sponsor S.2095, Assault Weapons Ban of 2017.
12 individuals from Delaware County were arrested as a part of the nonviolent civil disobedience action (Julie Breen, Ralph Ciampa, Bill Clinton, Mary Clinton, Jessica Frankl, Peter Friedrichs, Bonnie Hallam, Robin Lasersohn, Fran Sheldon, Paul Sheldon, Terry Rumsey, and Elaine Vetre).
One U.S. senator and his 99 colleagues were put on notice that a new, inspired movement to ban assault weapons is committed to organizing a nonviolent direct action campaign that disrupts business as usual until these weapons of war and mass terrorism are forever bannedin the United States of America.
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You are invited to attend:
Candidates Forum on Gun Policy
PA – 5th U.S. Congressional District
Sponsored by Delco United, hosted by Swarthmore College
Monday, April 30, 2018
Swarthmore College Campus, Science Center, Room 101
6:30 pm Gathering and visit campaign outreach tables
7:00 pm Forum
9:00 pm Meet candidates available at campaign tables
9:30 pm End
The following candidates have confirmed their participation:
Mary Gay Scanlon
Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland
Representative Greg Vitali
Representative Margo Davidson
Forum Moderator: Rev. Peter Friedrichs, Pastor of Unitarian-Universalist Church of Delaware County
John Linder, former Mayor of Chester; Educator, Board member of Delco United
Movita Johnson-Harrell; Survivor of a son who was murdered with an assault weapon, Founder of the CHARLES Foundation, Supervisor of Victims’ Services for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Offices
Dr. Tyrene White, Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College; Author
Kiera Caldwell, Strath Haven High School student activist
The future of gun policy in the U.S. rests largely with the next U.S. Congress. In our new U.S. Congressional District, which unites Delaware County for the first time in decades, the choice of who will represent us on the House floor is crucial.
Before you cast your vote in the May 15th primary, please plan to attend this Forum, which is exclusively about gun policy.
An estimated 700 gun sense advocates from across Pennsylvania jammed the rotunda of the Capitol in Harrisburg yesterday for the “Demand a Vote” Rally. Those gathered called on the leadership of the Pennsylvania legislature to facilitate a vote on a package of gun sense bills on the floors of the PA House and Senate. Now.
Terry Rumsey, Co-Chair of Delco United, kicked off the Rally by leading the overflow crowd in a series of chants that threatened to blow the roof off of the historic Capitol building.
“VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!” bellowed the spirited throng in a deafening demand for action that sent an unmistakable message to the leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature:
The vast majority of the people of the Commonwealth are tired of common sense gun bills being locked up in a vault in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, where good gun safety bills are sent to die.
A busload from Chester and a busload from Media departed Delaware County yesterday in the early morning dawn and returned home by early evening with the Delco United riders imbued with a new sense of hope and determination that we can take back our State government from the NRA.
Delaware County State Representatives Brian Kirkland (D-159), Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-161) and Jamie Santora (R-163) joined the rally as an expression of support for an immediate vote on bills for universal background checks on gun sales and other common sense gun legislation.
Check out news coverage of the ‘Demand a Vote’ Rally and some more photos:
It was an awesome crowd
Delco reps Leanne Krueger-Braneky (PA House – 161) and Brian Kirkland (PA House – 159) stand with advocates
Delco United Board member, Roy North, with a to-the-point sign
Delco United supporters from Anna’s Place in Chester arrive at the Capitol
CHARLES Foundation founder, Movita Johnson-Harrell and Delco United Co-Chair, Robin Lasersohn
Movita, Delco United Board member, John Linder, and Rep. Leanne Krueger-Brankey
Vote! Vote! Vote!
View from above
CeaseFire PA Board member, Fritz Walker, MC’d the Rally