Delco United Co-Founders, Robin Lasersohn & Terry Rumsey
Delco United Members and Supporters,
Five years ago, we were a part of a small group of intrepid individuals who came together in June of 2013 and founded Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy. Since we were the ones who had organized the meeting, our colleagues asked us to be the Co-Chairs and we accepted.
Five years later, the seedling has grown into a tall and sturdy tree, with deep roots and many branches in our community.
Delco United, as we nicknamed our group early on, now has a solid Board of Directors, a healthy bank account for an all-volunteer group, over 2,000 members across Delaware County, and a history of successful electoral, legislative, and public policy action.
So, it’s one of the hardest things we’ve ever done to announce to you that we are stepping down as the Co-Chairs of Delco United.
The easiest thing to explain about our decision is that Terry has a new job as executive director of Witness to Innocence and Robin is assuming the lead role in running Green Seeds, our grant writing business. But this is not just about our new jobs and business responsibilities. It’s about our belief that social justice organizations need a dose of alternate perspectives, fresh ideas, and new leadership at some point to grow beyond their founders and evolve into authentic community-based organizations. Five years is that milestone for Delco United.
That’s why we’re so excited to announce that Jessica Frankl and John Linderare the new Co-Chairs of Delco United.
Jessica is a young, dynamic organizer with boundless energy, and John, the former Mayor of Chester, brings experience and earned respect to their shared leadership. We know they will be a great team. You will be hearing from them directly in the very near future. We ask that you immediately get behind them for the next round in a hard, tough fight to take our state and federal governments back from the grip of the NRA.
OK. It’s time for us the exit this stage. We’ll let others judge the strengths and weaknesses of the job we performed these past five years. We, however, want you to know that we are awed by the commitment, creativity, determination, passion, and resilience that so many of you exhibited as we built Delco United together.
Delco United is your organization. Do it!
Terry and Robin
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.
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.