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Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

33 Arrested at Senator Toomey’s Office

33 Arrested at Senator Toomey’s Office

 

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.

More photos below and even more photos and videos available on our Facebook page — check them out, like the page and follow Delco United.

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

U.S. Congressional Candidates Forum on Gun Policy (PA-5th)

 

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

Schedule
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
David Wertime
Larry Arrata
Ashley Lunkenheimer
Lindy Li
Representative Margo Davidson
Molly Sheehan
Rich Lazer

 

Forum Moderator: Rev. Peter Friedrichs, Pastor of Unitarian-Universalist Church of Delaware County

Forum Panelists:

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.

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Two busloads from Delco join hundreds at State Capitol

 

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:

Penn Live

Pittsburgh TribLive

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Get on the bus to Harrisburg to Demand a Vote

 

We marched in Washington, D.C. on March 24th and sent a powerful message that we intend to take our federal government back from the NRA.

Now, we’re headed for Harrisburg on April 11th, where there is an unprecedented opportunity to pass gun sense legislation and take our state government back from the NRA.

Get on the bus!

Demand a Vote Rally – If not now, when?

Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, PA

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Free Delco United buses leaving from Chester and Media

Buses will depart at 6:30 am SHARP and will return home by 5:30 pm

(Suggested donations of $20 will be accepted but not required)

To register for a seat on a bus, email terry@delcounited.net and indicate if you want to leave from Media or Chester.

Why are we going to Harrisburg now?

For decades, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee was a graveyard where gun sense legislation went to die. The Judiciary Committee never held hearings on our bills, and those bill never made it to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.

After the Parkland shootings and the student uprising, Representative Ron Marsico (Republican, Dauphin County), the Majority Chairman of the PA House Judiciary Committee, announced that he was sponsoring three days of hearings  on gun-related legislation, including the bills that we’ve been pushing for five years.

Marsico’s hearings are a good start, but they are not enough!

We demand a floor vote of the full membership of the PA House of Representatives on state legislation for universal background checks on guns sales, banning bump stocks and similar devices, establishing “red flag” gun violence restraining orders, and banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Please get on the bus to Harrisburg on April 11th and join hundreds of gun sense advocates from Allentown, Erie, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester, and dozens of other cities and small towns across Pennsylvania.

We Demand a Vote – if not now, when?

 

 

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank you for making history!

Thank you for making history!

 

We want to thank many people for stepping up to make history by participating in the transformational ‘March for Our Lives’ on Saturday, March 24th.

Delco United coordinated seven buses that brought over 350 people, including nearly 250 students, into Washington, D.C. to join a throng of 800,000 people demanding gun control NOW. Hundreds more people from Delaware County came out to the local ‘March for Our Lives’ rally held at Rose Tree Park in Media or joined the march and rally in Philadelphia.

We are confident that we were all a part of a “tipping point” moment on Saturday when the majority of the American people – led by the students of this nation — reclaimed our government from the extremist, fear-fueled cabal of the Nation Rifle Association (NRA).

So, let the thanking begin!

Thank you to…

  • The amazing Delco student organizers from Chester STEM Academy, Haverford High School, Penncrest High School, Strath Haven High School, Swarthmore College, and Upper Darby High School who filled the buses from Delaware County.

 

  • The adult allies who supported the students in organizing and serving as resource persons on the buses.

 

  • The many hundreds of generous Delco United supporters who donated over $15,000 to pay for the buses that travelled to Washington D.C. from our county.

 

  • The members of the Delco United Board of Directors who were the backbone of our organizing operation.

 

  • The organizers of the ‘March for our Lives’ rally at Rose Tree Park in Media and for the march and rally in Philadelphia.

 

To read media coverage of the ‘March for our Lives” click on:

Delaware County Daily Times 

Philadelphia Inquirer 

New York Times 

Photos by Delco D.C. Marchers below and more on our Facebook page.

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Demand the Ban POSTPONED due to snow storm

 

Due to the forecast of a severe weather event on Wednesday, March 21, the Demand the Ban action has been postponed.

The event will be rescheduled soon. Please keep monitoring your email, social media, and the Demand the Ban website www.demandtheban.org for details about rescheduling.

Obviously, the event organizers are disappointed about the need to postpone, but we decided to prioritize the safety of our supporters.

Rest assured, this event will happen!

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