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Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After Orlando, what do we do?

After Orlando, what do we do?

 

Shock. Grief. Fear.

These are three basic emotions we are all feeling in the aftermath of the horrific shooting that shattered the peace in an Orlando night club in the early morning of June 12th. As the news media has reminded us repeatedly, it was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.

Many supporters of Delco United are wondering, what do we do now?
To begin with, we are promoting three actions that we urge you to take in the coming days that will help to transform shock, grief, and fearinto courage, determination, and hope.

First, call U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-7) at 202-225-2011and demand that he support H.R. 4269, legislation that would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines (See background info and talking points posted below).

Next, come out to a “Vigil for the Victims” of the Orlando mass shooting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15th, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Delaware County Courthouse, 201 W. Front St., Media, PA 19063.  The event will include a “die-in” on the courthouse lawn and a reading of the names of the 49 who were slain. The event is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County and Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy.

Then, join Delco United in a Call to Action for a Federal Ban of Military-style Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazinesoutside the Delaware County office of U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan (D-7) on Saturday, June 18 from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon.  We will call on Congressman Meehan to co-sponsor H.R. 4269.

We will gather at Springfield Friends Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road in Springfield, at 10:30 am, for a brief orientation. We will then conduct a short procession to the office of Congressman Meehan, 940 West Sproul Road in Springfield, for a Call to Action for a Federal Ban of Military-style Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines.

For more information about any of these actions, please email Terry Rumsey or call him at 484-326-1370.

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Background Info and Talking Points for Phone Call to Congressman Meehan

Congressman Meehan told Terry Rumsey, the Co-Chair of Delco United, that the death and destruction in Orlando had not changed his long-standing opposition to banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

When you call Congressman Meehan, let him know that it’s time to take action to prevent hate crimes, terrorism, and mass slaughter by banning military-style weapons and accessories designed for war  — not for use in our community gathering places, our houses of worship, and our schools. Let him know that you want him to co-sponsor H.R. 4269.
Ask to speak to the Congressman but be prepared to leave a message with the staff person.

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rally Rocks the Rotunda!

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On Monday, May 16, 2016, four busloads of Delco United supporters, carrying 135 Delaware County gun sense advocates, departed from Media and Chester and joined over 500 others from across Pennsylvania to pack the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Newly elected State Senator Tom Killion (R-9) said, “In 13 years serving in the House of Representatives, I have never seen a crowd this size in the Rotunda of the Capitol.”

Watch a great video compilation of the event here.

The Delco bus brigades and the big rally at the Capitol received front page coverage in Tuesday’s Delaware County Daily Times. Read the article here.

Also, check out the great television coverage from ABC’s Harrisburg affiliate.

State Representative Leanne Krueger-Brankey (D-161), who was recently endorsed by Delco United as a Gun Sense Champion, greeted the bus riders from Media when they arrived at the Capitol.  State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland (D-159, also serving as Mayor of Chester) joined Chester residents in the crowed Rotunda for the historic rally. Mayor Kirkland and his staff played an instrumental role in supporting the organizing to fill two buses from Chester.

State Representative Jamie Santora (R-163), also endorsed by Delco United as a Gun Sense Champion, was a featured speaker at the rally and called for the House Judiciary Committee to allow a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. Newly elected PA Senator Tom Killion, who had been endorsed by Delco United during his election run, “I can’t wait to start my senate career by moving forward with Senate Bill 1049 (comprehensive background checks bill).”

THANKS TO ALL OF THE SUPPORTERS OF DELAWARE COUNTY UNITED FOR SENSIBLE GUN POLICY WHO TOOK TIME TO GET ON A BUS AND RALLY AT THE CAPITOL MONDAY AND ALSO TO THE INDIVIDUALS, CONGREGATIONS, AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO MADE GENEROUS FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

 

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rally in the Rotunda for Background Checks

 

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Every campaign has a critical, signature moment when it requires an unprecedented show of citizen support to advance a cause to a position where victory becomes possible.

May 16, 2016 is that moment when we need YOU to help pass legislation establishing comprehensive background checks on gun sales in Pennsylvania.

A new public opinion poll released by Franklin & Marshall College reported that 88 percent of Pennsylvanians support comprehensive background checks on gun sales. With the November elections fast approaching, NOW IS THE TIME for our state legislators to hear the voice of the 88 % who want them to act and pass this common sense measure to protect our children and families.

PA United for Background Checks, a statewide campaign of organizations and congregations, is calling for Pennsylvanians from cities, towns, suburbs, and rural areas across the Commonwealth to pack the Capitol in Harrisburg on Monday, May 16th for the Rally for Background Checks. The Pennsylvania Senate and the House of Representatives will both be in session that day.

 We demand passage of Senate Bill 1049 and House Bill 1010 – NOW.

Three buses will be taking gun sense supporters from Delaware County on May 16th . THESE BUSES ARE ALREADY FULL! If you are interested in attending the rally, please make plans to drive.  If you are willing to drive others in order to maximize attendance at the rally, please email or call Delco United Co-Chair, Terry Rumsey:  terry@delcounited.net or 484-326-1370.

PA United for Background Checks is counting on a strong showing from Delaware County. We realize you may need to take a personal day off from work, or school, or from other scheduled activities. We are asking you to make that sacrifice and to make those arrangements now.

Thank you!

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

300 Marchers Shout Out! Photos & Video!

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Three hundred (300) people participated in the Shout Out! March & Celebration that was staged in Media, Delaware County, on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland joined Beverly Wright, President of Women of Strength United for Change and the mother of a son lost to gun homicide, and Terry Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, Co-Chairs of Delco United, as speakers at the Kickoff Rally held at the Media Friends Meeting House.  Singer-songwriters Jean Lenke and Dani Ocean provided a musical send off.

A throng of chanting, drumming, and whistling marchers carried a festive array of American flags, banners, and signs through Media on a one mile march that was viewed by thousands of motorists on Baltimore Pike and pedestrians shopping on State Street.  A steady blare of honking horns signaled mass support for the messages displayed by marchers.

After the march, participants returned to the Meeting House to enjoy cake and coffee, warm fellowship, and more music from Jean Lenke and Dani Ocean.

The event received media coverage from the Chester Spirit, theDelaware County Daily Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC 10television.

The Delaware County Daily Times gave front-page coverage and published a video online and a full page of color photographs of the march in the printed edition. Click here for the coverage.

Here are some photos and a video of our own! Click to enlarge.

Check out a short video about the event!

 

Delco United thanks the members of the Media Friends Meeting for opening their Meeting House for the Kickoff Rally and Celebration.  We also want to acknowledge the following people and businesses for their contributions: Nick and Denise Yocco of Seven Stones Café for donating coffee and baked goods; Maria’s Prime Time Bakery for the beautiful cake; George Tate, photographer; Gary Chilutti of Films-4-Good, videographer; and Jean Lenke and Dani Ocean, musicians.
Lastly, we want to lift up the hundreds of people who volunteered before, during, and after the Shout Out!  You are the life blood of this strong and growing gun sense movement.

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Come out for the Shout Out!

Come out for the Shout Out!

 

Save the Date! Rearrange your schedule. Make it a priority.
January 16, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
“Shout Out for the Executive Action”

A March & Celebration to Support
the President’s Bold Gun Sense Initiative

What: Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy is organizing a celebratory public expression of support for our President’sexecutive action to expand background checks on gun sales and other common sense steps to make our communities safer.  We will march with balloons, colorful banners, eye-catching signs, and flags flying. We will make joyful sounds with bells, drums, and human voices!  After the march, we will gather for a Celebration with cake,music, and fellowship.

Why: We need to demonstrate strong and enthusiastic public support in Delaware County for the historic action taken by the President.  We need to represent the overwhelming majority of Delaware County residents who support comprehensive background checks on gun sales.  We need to send a message that the people of Delaware County will be Gun Sense Voters in 2016. We need tocelebrate this victory and come together as a strong, unified, growing movement.

Schedule:

1:00 PM:  Gather at Media Friends Meeting House, 125 West 3rdStreet in Media
1:00 PM to 1:30 PM: BRIEF program with speakers supporting the executive action
1:30 PM to 200PM: 1.0 Mile March through Media on Baltimore Pike & State Street
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM: Return to Media Friends for Celebration

Please RSVP to terry@delcounited.net or 484-326-1370 if you plan to participate.  We need to know how many people will attend in order to plan the event!

Click here to download a color flyer for the event.

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

State Legislators, Sandy Hook Mom, and You

State Legislators, Sandy Hook Mom, and You

 

We want to thank our supporters who gathered in the Parlor Room at the Media Community Center on Sunday, November 8th for a fundraising luncheon to support the work of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy.

About sixty folks enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Justin Rumsey and listened to talks delivered by State Representative Jamie Santora (R-163), State Senator Daylin Leach (D-17), and Nicole Hockley – the keynote speaker – who founded Sandy Hook Promise after her son, Dylan, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

We’re sorry if you couldn’t attend this wonderful event…BUT…you can still support Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy by making an online donation here.

OR

Writing a check payable to “Delaware County United” and mailing it to Delco United, 342 West 4th Street, Media, PA 19063.

 

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