We remember the families of Newtown, CT; Delaware County, PA; and across the country who have suffered from gun violence. We rededicate ourselves to the struggle for sensible gun policies that will protect our loved ones.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Springfield Friends Meeting House
1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield PA 19064
Featuring the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
Click here to listen to the Choir.
Candlelight procession to the offices of U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan and PA Rep. William Adolph, both supporters of universal background checks on gun sales, to call on Congress and the Pennsylvania Assembly to enact stronger gun laws.
Vigil along Sproul Road (Rt. 320) to share our message of grief, hope, and determination to make a change.
Brief program at the Meeting House, including a musical performance by the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir and the presentation of handmade tile mosaic artwork to be given as gifts to the survivors of victims in Newtown, CT and Chester, PA via advocacy groups, Sandy Hook Promise and Women of Strength.
Join us in creating art from the heart for Newtown and Chester
Please join us in creating two homemade, artistic gifts for the people of Newtown, CT and Chester, PA as an expression of our ongoing support and commitment. The gifts are to acknowledge the 2-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.
With the help of mosaic tile artist and Delco United supporter, Lynn Fitzgerald, we will participate in a simple, creative process using clay tiles. The final products will be beautiful and unique mosaics with images of Delco United activities and personal messages of support from us to families of gun violence victims. No experience necessary—all are welcome!
Art workshop dates:
Monday, November 17th, 7:00-9:00
Monday, December 1st, 7:00-9:00
Both sessions will be held at:
Springfield Friends Meeting House
1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield PA 19064
Come to one or both!
RSVP’s appreciated: email@example.com
Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy recognizes that part of the reason that we haven’t been able to pass the most basic gun policy reform legislation, nationally or here in Pennsylvania, is because we don’t have enough committed allies in elected office. It’s time for that to change.
Delco United is evaluating candidates for office, making endorsements, and mobilizing members to do the nitty-gritty work of electing people who will stand for common sense gun policies, such as universal background checks on gun sales.
We have targeted three PA legislature races for the 2014 November 4th election and have already made endorsements. Please read our endorsements below and consider getting involved in one or all of the campaigns. Later in the campaign season, Delco United will be doing its own voter education, registration, and turnout work. Sign up to receive alerts on these activities.
John Kane–PA State Senate Candidate in the 26th District.
John Kane is a union plumber and the Business Manager for Local 690 who is committed to acting in the best interests of Delaware County’s working families. Part of that commitment is 100% alignment with Delco United’s legislative agenda, including universal background checks on all gun sales, which are essential for the safety of all Pennsylvanians. At the June 28th Rally for Universal Background Checks, John was visibly moved by the tragic stories of parents whose children were ripped from them by gun violence. In his speech, he had a simple, strong message: “Help is on the way.”
The 26th District State Senate seat is being vacated by longtime State Senator, Ted Erickson. The seat is therefore up for grabs–let’s take it for gun sense!
Get involved in John Kane’s campaign.
Vince Rongione–Candidate for PA House of Representatives in the 163rd District
Vince Rongione is an attorney who has extensive political and governmental experience, including serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for Finance for Admiral Joe Sestak’s first run for U.S. Congress and as Communications Director for U.S. Congressman, Chris Carney (D, PA-10). Part of Vince’s public service philosophy is 100% alignment with Delco United’s legislative agenda, including universal background checks on gun sales. Vince has a deep understanding of public policy and a passionate commitment to meeting the needs of the 163rd District–one of those needs is gun safety in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
The 163rd District State House seat is being vacated by longtime State Representative Nicholas Miccozie. The seat is in play–let’s play to win for sensible gun policy!
Get involved in Vince Rongione’s campaign.
Whitney Hoffman–Candidate for PA State House of Representatives in the 160th District
Whitney Hoffman is an educator and digital media consultant whose experience as a mother and advocate in the local school system led her to seek public office in service of children and families. Part of Whitney’s promise to do what’s best for kids is her 100% alignment with the legislative agenda of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy, including universal background checks on gun sales. That alignment comes through clearly in Whitney’s recent reflection on her participation in the Walk and Rally for Universal Background Checks.
The 160th District State House seat is currently held by Stephen Barrar, who stands alone among Delaware County’s state representatives as the only legislator who opposes universal background checks on gun sales. Not only is Rep. Barrar out of step with the bi-partisan mainstream on this issue, he is actively aligned with gun policy extremists who oppose any gun policy reforms whatsoever. The 160th District race is significant because politicians who side with the interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA need to be sent a message from citizens. Delco United will put its full weight behind a candidate who has the courage and vision to put gun safety on the table as an issue worth fighting for.
Get involved in Whitney Hoffman’s campaign.
On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy held a Walk & Rally for Universal Background Checks on Gun Sales. Turn out was amazing, and the collective demonstration of people power throughout the day was exactly what this movement needed. We are beginning to witness the elements we need for success: persistence, empowerment, and passion.
Over 250 people attended the rally, including 150 folks of all ages, religions, and ethnic heritage who joined the seven-mile walk from the Martin Luther King historical marker at Calvary Baptist Church in Chester to the Providence Friends Meeting House in Media.
See great photos by Daily Times blogger, Mary Ann Feibert
See photos of the event with the front page article in the Daily Times website.
Read the front page article in the Daily Times.
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Signs, banners, flags, tee-shirts, songs, and chants sent a clear message to thousands of pedestrians and drivers in Chester, Nether Providence, and Media during the walk from Chester to Media. “We want Universal Background Checks on Gun Sales – Now.”
Our walkers displayed courage and strong spirit when passing by 75-100 armed counter-demonstrators gathered at Baltimore Pike and Rt. 252. Singing the civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome,” our contingent avoided confrontation with opponents and remained focused on the purpose of the walk.
At the rally, Bob McMahon, Mayor of Media, welcomed the audience and asked for a moment of silence for all the victims of gun violence. Staff members from the offices of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R) and U.S. Congressmen Robert Brady (D) and Patrick Meehan (R) read statements of support for legislation that would establish universal background checks on gun sales.
John Linder, Mayor of Chester; Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFire PA; Movita Johnson-Harrell, mother of a son lost to gun violence; Christine Licata, Pennsylvania Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; and Rev. Anita Littleton, Chairperson of the Chester City-Delaware County Chapter of Heeding God’s Call also presented. Two candidates seeking election to the PA House of Representatives, Whitney Hoffman (D-160th District) and Vince Rongione (D-163rd District), and one candidate running for PA State Senate, John Kane (D-26th District), spoke in favor of universal background checks.
Dassette Cameron, a Chester resident, recited a poem about the pain and trauma of losing friends to gun violence.
The regionally acclaimed Chester Children’s Chorus brought the crowd to its feet with a rousing musical performance to end the program.
June 28th was an amazing day for our local movement to pass sensible gun policies.
Thank you to everyone who organized, volunteered, and participated.
Walkers get organized for the shuttle from Media.
Folks ride the shuttle bus from Media to the Walk start point at Calvary Baptist Church in Chester.
Delco United Co-Chair, Terry Rumsey, explains the Walk from Chester to Media.
Isaiah Littleton sings “Change Gonna Come” to kick of the Walk.
The Walk paused at the Memorial to the Lost, installed by Heeding God’s Call at Chester East Side Ministries.
Walkers gather after rest and lunch at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wallingford
Walkers collect themselves before passing by the counter-demonstrators at Baltimore Pike.
Co-Chair, Robin Lasersohn, introduces the next Rally speaker.
The Chester Children’s Chorus moved the Rally audience to tears.
Chester Mayor John Linder addresses the Rally crowd.
A hand written list of loved ones lost to gun violence is laid out on the lawn.
After the Rally, people gathered to network and organize.