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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?