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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 Jun 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Birthday Party June 19th!

“Rise Up” Sing-along Concert & Anniversary Celebration

with Peter Blood & Annie Patterson, editors of the “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” songbooks.

Monday, June 19th

7:00-9:00 PM

Springfield Friends Meeting House/Peace Center of Delaware County

1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield PA 19064

Help us mark four years of passionate and effective advocacy for stronger gun laws with a lively, fun, and inspirational concert of people-power songs about peace, justice, and struggle!

Birthday cake and ice cream after the concert.

About Peter and Annie

Co-creators of the popular songbook “Rise Up Singing” and their new sequel “Rise Again,” Annie Patterson & Peter Blood have played a central role in helping create a quiet revolution of group singing in North America. Annie is a singer -songwriter, banjo frailer and jazz vocalist. Peter worked closely with Pete Seeger to edit his autobiography Where Have All the Flowers Gone. Peter and Annie are currently touring the U.S. & Canada with their new songbook (with 1200 more songs) joined by over 50 musicians who have songs in this new collection.

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Photos from June 2 Wear Orange Rally & Walk

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Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

The Cowardly Lion and Trump

 

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It may be that we cannot fully measure the depth and breadth of our courage until we stare unimaginable danger right in the eye.
Well, we are all about to find out something about ourselves.

We thought long and hard about what to write in this e-mail responding to the election of Donald Trump. We were determined to avoid platitudes such as “it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good” or “the tough get going when the going gets tough” or “we’ll get them next time” or “hit the donate button.”

So, we’ll share a few observations and a personal decision.

  1. The National Rifle Association (NRA) invested heavily in the election of Donald Trump and maintained steadfast support for his candidacy in spite of – or because of – his racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic exhortations. The NRA is one of the bulwarks of Trumpism.
  1. The NRA will expect to be paid back for their loyalty and blood money and the current composition of the United States Congress poses a grave threat to the minimal checks on gun proliferation that have been established in a nation bludgeoned by gun violence.
  1. More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton, a gun sense champion, than Donald Trump, an NRA apologist. Victorious U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R) ran television campaign ads highlighting his support for national background checks on gun sales because he believed that stance would help him win reelection in Pennsylvania. The two leading gun sense champions in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County – Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D) and Jamie Santora (R) – both won reelection. Just because Trump managed to win slim victories in a handful of key states does not alter the fundamental fact that a majority of Americans and Pennsylvanians support sensible gun policies.

Each and every one of us who cares about human rights, peace, and social justice must now figure out how they will fight back in the era of Trump. We understand and respect that this is a time of discernment, discussion, and decision for millions of Americans who care about our country.

After much thought and soul searching, we have decided to stay active with the gun sense movement and fight Trump and Trumpism from that base of operation. We have decided to fight to help preserve the gains of the post-Sandy Hook era and to resist the coming counterattack from the NRA, their Congressional puppets, and their debtor in the White House.

Here is one thing we can say with certainty. We are frightened. We need to find our courage.

If you want to help us to be courageous…and let us help you to be the same…you are welcome at Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy.

Terry Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, Co-Chairs

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