I am taking action to help defeat Rick Santorum.
Gloria Steinem to speak on "Is Feminism Still Relevant?"
Public Access Expose
Minimum Wage meeting Friday Feb 24 at 10AM
Philadelphia Connector Project
Poems Not Prisons- An open Mic benefit for the HR Coalition
Minority Candidates and Elections: Discussing the Challenges and
Defining the Strategies
Philadelphia's Civic Summit on Recycling
Fluoride Controversy / Upcoming Events
C e l e b r a t e Citizens for Consumer Justice over eight years
of direct action
John McCutcheon Concert - A benefit for Jobs with Justice
Invitation to attend Fundraiser for Rep. Veon
EVENTS OCCURING EVERY WEEK: (see below)
Call & write your senator to Prevent
the Imprisonment of Health Care
Stop AOL's email scheme
UFPJ Urges Member Groups and Individuals to Oppose
Notice of Women and War conference
Do You Know Five People Under 30? - FCNL
Medieval Birth Control - Is It for You? - Planned Parenthood
Locked Out Since January 24th
Director of Training/Montgomery Early Learning Centers
Full-Time TV News Producer/Video Editor Wanted for Democray NOW
I am taking action to help defeat Rick Santorum.
Why? Why when Casey is anti-choice and generally a miserable
choice? I have been agonizing over this for more than a
year. I don't want the democrats to take progressive voters for
granted and I don't have any particular loyalty to the D's. So
why? Well if there was ever another face (besides W's) to put in
the crosshairs of the dart board, its Rick's. He has become a
powerful force in Congress and if Casey is elected, at least he won't
be as powerful to implement a crappy agenda. Also, a defeat for
Santorum now takes wind out of his sails for a presidential run in the
future. Can you imagine that!
Notice this is not Philadelphians for Casey. I won't give the man
a dime or the time of day, but I've decided I'll probably vote for
him. I'd love to have more discussion with folks about this,
cause its an agonizing choice. Here's some new ammunition.
Seems like small potatoes compared to the real evil that lurks in the
mind of Santorum, but hey, any port before they blow up over the UAE
scandal! Don't they usually bring the baddies down, not for
"their bad" but for tax evasion?
Because in today's Daily News it was reported that Rick Santorum, our
state's junior senator, financed the purchase of his $643,361
out-of-state home in Northern Virginia with a $500,000 mortgage from a
Philadelphia bank run by one of his major campaign donors.
If Santorum accepted a loan because of his connections to campaign
donors, he could be found be in violation of Senate ethics laws. In
addition to mortgage loan, the Daily News' Will Bunch also found that
Santorum uses PAC funds to pay for many of his everyday purchases
including 66 trips to Starbucks, $338 in gro ceries from Giant
supermarkets and countless trips to Arby's, Wendy's, and Burger King.
Rick Santorum has got to go in the fall 2006 election!
Join me in pledging your vote against Santorum and corrupt Republican
Philadelphians Against Santorum and its grassroots network of
volunteers that plans to identify and turn out 60% of Philadelphians to
vote against Santorum in the fall. Voter turnout is normally pretty low
in non-presidential elections- 60% in Philadelphia would be enough to
help us beat Santorum statewide.
Deborah Zubow, PCCY Child Healthwatch Helpline, 215-563-5848 X17
(voice), dzubow@pccy .org
Gloria Steinem to speak on "Is Feminism Still
7:30 p.m. at Harrison
Auditorium, University of Penna. Museum on February 23.
Sponsored by Penn Consortium
of Undergraduate Women. Free and open to the public
Public Access Expose
Yesterday the Inquirer wrote a major expose on Public Access TV and
highlighted the fight for access in Philadelphia. We are encouraging
folks to write the Inquirer regarding the lack of Access in
Philadelphia and your support of it.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please forward this email and
encourage other to write as well.
George McCollough [mailto:email@example.com] Philadelphia Community Access Coalition
Minimum Wage meeting Friday Feb 24 at 10AM
The next meeting of the Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition
Friday February 24 at 10AM
at PUP 1201 Chestnut St. Room 702.
We decided at the last meeting to begin to target the leadership of
both houses starting with Senator Brightbill, Senate Majority
Leader. We will be doing outreach and a public action in his
district (Lebanon, PA) Thurs. March 2 and Sat. March 4. We need
people to help out with that work.
Rifts over whether the
minimum wage should be a living wage, an anti-poverty tool, a mechanism
to prevent discrimination or simply abolished are shaping debate in
both houses. The House Labor Relations Committee Feb. 1 sent a bill to
the floor that would raise the minimum wage to $6.25 this year and
$7.15 next year with a cost of living adjustment based on the Consumer
Price Index. Arguing that they need a fuller understanding of how much
an increase of the wage floor would cost, the House voted 105-92 to
send the bill back to the Appropriations Committee where it will likely
Contact: JDoddsPUP@aol.com [mailto:JDoddsPUP@aol.com]
Philadelphia Connector Project
LEADERSHIP Philadelphia is launching a ground-breaking initiative to
identify and map the region's connectors - the leaders next door. We
want to make this as inclusive as possible. We are asking for
your help in getting the word out to as many Philadelphia area
residents as possible.
Here's what's happening:
1. In late January 2006, LEADERSHIP
Philadelphia launched the Philadelphia Connector Project, see Daily
2. This project asks Philadelphia-area
residents to imagine assembling a team of the best local people they
personally know and trust, to help ensure that Philadelphia wins a
hypothetical contest called, "The World's Greatest Place." (This
is all about getting people to envision the future of
Philadelphia!) Participants are contacted by email and asked to
nominate the leaders next door by visiting LEADERSHIP Philadelphia's
website and answering seven questions, and by providing email addresses
and phone numbers for the people they nominate. Those nominated
people will in turn be contacted and asked to do exactly the same
thing, and so on.
3. The deadline for participation in this
project is March 3, 2006. On that date,
state-of-the-art software (designed and managed by Netform, Inc.) will
sort through the names submitted and, using a series of complex
mathematical algorithms, create a "map" of the 100 most connected
leaders within the area.
4. Call to Action: You can help by
completing the survey at http://connectors.netform.com/philadelphia and by forwarding this survey on to other people.
Poems Not Prisons- An open
Mic benefit for the HR Coalition, a prisoners' families organization,
each last Friday
Sagewriters Judith Trustone,
Featuring the work of Anton Forde/Trevor Mattis
Bring your poems, songs, short stories and rants to share at our
monthly open Mic. Raise funds, raise consciousness, raise the roof.
Coffee, tea & treats! This is an alcohol free event, Children
welcome, Prisoners Families update from HRCoalition
The A-Space- 4722 Baltimore
Ave, W. Philly,
February 24th , 7:30,
215-727-0882 leave msg, Afirstname.lastname@example.org,
eventlist: Aemail@example.com- HYPERLINK "http://defenestrator.org/aspace/" , http://defenestrator.org/aspace/
>plenty of parking for bikes & cars south
side of Baltimore ave between 47th & 48th on septa #34 green line
- most events free/we survive on donation, collective meets 3rd Sunday
11am/new ideas welcome
Minority Candidates and Elections: Discussing the
Challenges and Defining the Strategies
Monday, Feb. 27th from 6 pm
to 7 pm at
The University of
Pennsylvania in Stiteler Hall, Room B6 (208 South 37th Street).
This event will focus on the challenges of running for office if you do
not start from a basis of money and privilege. The expert panelists
will address how to win a seat without name recognition, without a
family history in politics, without party support, and without
unlimited funds. The evening will also address the truths of race,
gender, ethnicity, culture that come into play on the campaign trail.
The participants will share their experiences and discuss these
challenges that face minorities when trying to get involved in politics
and offer advice on how to overcome them.
U.S. Representative, Chaka Fattah -- 3rd-Ward Republican Ward Leader,
David Oh, who is also a former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney
and former candidate for Council At-Large in 2003 -- Regional Director
of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration, Maria-Quinones
Sanchez -- President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, Zack Stalberg
There will be time at the
end of the panel for questions and answers. If you have any questions,
please contact Anne Mahlum at the Committee of Seventy, 215-557-3600
ext. 103, or firstname.lastname@example.org
*A parking lot is available at the corner of 38th and Walnut for a
Philadelphia's Civic Summit on Recycling
Thursday, March 2nd 7:30 to
Friends Select School, 17th
Street & Ben Franklin Parkway
Call 215-640-8800 or e-mail email@example.com
INFO: www.recyclenowphila.org for background on the Recycle NOW
Fluoride Controversy / Upcoming Events / MARK
Sat, 3/4 3pm: Fluoridation Debate (Dr. Connett vs.
Sat, 3/4 6:30pm: Dr. Connett Speaking on Fluoridation & Incineration
HEALTH PROBLEMS: Chemicals used in the fluoridation of America's public
drinking water supplies are toxic waste by-products. The majority
of these toxic wastes come from the phosphate fertilizer
industry. Fluoride accumulates in the human body. A growing
body of research suggests that fluoride may be associated with
arthritis, ADD/ADHD, thyroid problems, lead poisoning, hip fractures,
bone cancer, kidney damage, infertility, and brain disorders, including
CENSORSHIP: The health hazards and Manhattan Project origins of
fluoridation are among the most censored topics in the U.S. The
issue has appeared at least three times in Project Censored's annual
book of Top 25 Censored Stories.
Sat, Mar 4th, 3pm: Fluoride
Debate (Dr. Connett vs. PA Dental Assoc)
LOCATION: Grove United
Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, PA
http://www.grovechurch.org/directions.shtml aor http://tinyurl.com/8fouz
PROGRAM: Dr. Paul Connett, founder of Fluoride
Action Network (fluorideaction.net) will be speaking on water
fluoridation. Dr. Linda Himmelberger, President of the PA Dental
Association has also been invited to present their pro-fluoride
Sat, Mar 4th, 6:30pm: Dr.
Connett Speaking on Fluoridation & Incineration
LOCATION: Faith Temple
Church, 1007 W 7th St, Chester, PA Map/Directions: http://tinyurl.com/a6t8a
See: 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation (by Dr.
INFO: Mike Ewall, ActionPA/ 215-743-4884/
C e l e b r a t e
Citizens for Consumer Justice over eight years of direct action
organizing in Pennsylvania !
with The Dukes of Destiny
www.dukesofdestiny.com/ jumping blues music
Friday, March 3, 2006, 8:00
pm - Midnight (or 1:00 am, if the joint's still jumpin'!)
The Ruba Hall 414 Green
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
CCJ is now, sadly, closing its doors. It's been a productive
during which much was accomplished with so many important friends and
John McCutcheon Concert - A benefit for Jobs with
>Saturday, March 4, 2006
12-$50* sliding scale
>Unitarian Society of
Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive
John McCutcheon is one of the best progressive singer-songwriters in
the tradition of Woody Guthrie. Pete Seeger says John McCutcheon
is not only one of the best musicians in the U.S., but also a great
singer, song-writer and song leader. And he is committed to
helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world
in a better direction.
*The concert will start with a set for families (kids under 12,
$5-$10 sliding scale). Followed (after a break) by a concert for
childcare available after the break. Call 215/ 848-6246 (by Feb
27 if possible) to register for childcare or to request sign language
>Parking lot: from Lincoln Drive turn northeast onto Johnson St.;
cross Wayne Ave., and turn left into the
USG parking lot just before going over the train tracksfor written
directions see www.usgu.org
Invitation to attend Fundraiser for Rep. Veon
Please join us in our campaign to re-elect one of our best friends in
the PA Legislature
State Representative Mike Veon
March 9, 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
The Black Sheep Pub and
Restaurant, 247 South 17th Street, Philadelphia
Cash Bar - Light Hors
* Your Hosts: Troy Cassel -
Lou Freimiller - Jeff Garis - Renee Gilinger - Michael Golden - Harvey
Hurdle- Mark Nevins Pedro Rodriguez - Lauren Townsend - Wendell
As Democratic whip, Veon is one of the most powerful and influential
people in state government, even though his party is in the minority.
What he says and does matters.?-- Beaver County Times - October 7, 2006
At the State Capitol and in
Beaver County, Veon has earned the reputation of being the champion of
working families, consumers and seniors. His legislative initiatives
have included bills improving and protecting the legal rights of
workers, providing health insurance for retirees, modernizing the
state's auto insurance law, cutting property taxes, giving seniors
access to affordable medicine and increasing life insurance coverage
for Pennsylvania's National Guard Troops.
To RSVP and/or contribute by
mail, contact /mail your contribution to : Committee to Elect Mike Veon
C/O Lauren Townsend - 6367 Columbia Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19151
- 215-939-7621 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Mike Veon's Website to learn more about this key state leader:
www.pahouse.com/veon OR www.mikeveon.com - Campaign
EVENTS OCCURING EVERY WEEK:
Free Tutoring for Children in TANF Families
EPP tutors children at all
grade levels on weekdays and weekends and is able to pick-up and
children at most locations. One-on-one tutoring and group
tutoring in math and reading available.
To register, call 267-253-5444 or<email@example.com>. :DHS
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Talk Radio Program with Sandra
Dungee Glenn (Member, School Reform
Commission) On WURD 900 AM--call in number is 215-426-1310.
6:00-8:00 p.m. Workshop: "Build Your Own Computer"
Nonprofit Technology Resources, 1524 Brandywine St., Philadelphia, Pa
$25 per session To register, call 215-564-6686.
International Concerned Friends & Family of Mumia Weekly Meeting
4601 Market St., 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA For info, call
Noon-1:00 p.m. Vigil- Oppose the Occupation - S. 15th Street above
Locust (because of construction we are standing closer to Walnut
Street)Our presence is very important at this time. Support the
Israeli peace movement and the Palestinian people in this post election
4:30 p.m. Anti-war leafleting and picket
Market & 11th Sts., Philadelphia, PA For info, email
5:00 p.m. Vigil--Women in Black
Swarthmore Train Station, Park Ave. & Chester Rd., Swarthmore,
PA For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:00 a.m. to noon
"Talking Union" weekly call-in radio show, 1340 AM
noon-1:00 p.m. Peace Vigil Rte. 38 & Cherry
Hill Mall Dr., Cherry Hill, NJ
For info, email email@example.com
1:00-2:00 p.m. Protest at Ferber Furs
1708 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA For info, email
5:00-7:00 p.m. Radio Show: "Labor to Neighbor" with hosts
Janet Ryder, Pat Eiding &
Pete Matthews 900 AM WURD--215-634-8065.
6:00-9:00 p.m. Weekly ACT UP Meeting
St. Luke's Church, 330 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA For info, email
7:00-9:00 p.m. Organizing Meeting Toviah Thrift
Shop Chestnut St. (between 42nd & 43rd)
Call (215) 382-7251 or (215) 474-6459 box 1 for more info -
Sponsored by Neighbors Against McPenntrification
7:30 p.m. Books Through Bars Packing Cafe The A
Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Help pack books to send to prisoners. Email
THREE PEACE VIGILS
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Federal Building, 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by House of Grace Catholic Worker For info, email
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Outside Unitarian Society of Germantown
Street: 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Horter) in West Mount
Airy, Philadelphia, PA 19119
- Candles and signs welcome. Let's make them "HONK FOR PEACE!"
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Outside Borders Book Store, Germantown Avenue at
Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
19118 Note: Dress warmly and bring your candle and
sign. (Try this in your neighborhood.)
7:30 p.m. International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
Uhuru House, 1021 S. 49th St., Philadelphia, Pa For info,
Call & write your senator to Prevent the Imprisonment of Health
>I'm writing to alert you to pending legislation that would define
>physician, nurse or social worker who performs services for an
>undocumented worked as an "aggravated felon" and an "alien
>subject to a penalty of "not less than one year in prison". I'm
>referring to HR 4437, a bill "to amend the Immigration and
>HR 4437 has already passed in the house, and Senator Specter, head
>the judiciary committee for immigration, under pressure from Senate
>Majority Leader Bill Frist, has been forced to forgo the normal
>of public debate on this bill and is already working on a "mark-up"
>version of the house bill, which is expected to be introduced next
Thursday, March 2nd.
The only way to influence this legislation before it is submitted to
the senate is to call, write,
and email your senator over the next week and let him know that
as constituents, you oppose this bill.
>It would help to contact to your Representative to thank them for
voting against this bill or express
your disappointment for voting for it.
To see how your Representative voted on this bill, go to: http://www.cirnow.org/content/en/leg.htm
Stop AOL's email scheme
AOL recently announced what amounts to an "email tax." Under this
pay-to-send system, large emailers willing to pay an "email tax" can
bypass spam filters and get guaranteed access to people's inboxes--with
their messages having a preferential high-priority designation.
Charities, small businesses, civic organizing groups, and even families
with mailing lists will inevitably be left with inferior Internet
service unless they are willing to pay the "email tax" to AOL.
Preserve the Internet for everybody. Sign this emergency petition to
America Online http://civic.moveon.org/emailtax/
UFPJ Urges Member Groups and Individuals to
Oppose Anti-Palestinian Legislation
On Friday, the State Department confirmed that the United States has
asked the Palestinian Authority (PA) to return $50 million in
previously disbursed assistance for infrastructure projects in Gaza.
Last Wednesday, the House passed a concurrent resolution reiterating a
US ban on direct assistance to the PA.
Some Members of Congress have urged that the United States go further
than this and adopt draconian economic and diplomatic measures against
the Palestinian people. Of the several anti-Palestinian resolutions
introduced by Members of Congress in the aftermath of the legislative
election, the most far- reaching is H.R.4681, the Palestinian
Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 , introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
(R-FL) on February 1. The resolution currently has 68cosponsors.
Take action this week:
* Get your organization to
endorse a sign-on letter to Members of Congress (see below). To
date, more than 135 organizations have signed this letter. The
deadline for signing on to this letter is Monday, Feb. 27.
* Participate in a national call-in day, Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Save the date!
Notice of Women and War Conference
The Women's Studies Committee of South Texas College is currently
soliticing papers and presenters for our Women and War conference to be
held 18-20 April, 2006. We have already obtained commitments for two
dynamic speakers, Ms. Yanar Mohammed, President, Organization of
Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), and former Capt. (USAF) Joyce
Riley vonKleist, RN, BSN. we are interested in having university and
high school students talk about counter-recruitment campaigns and or
the differences between fantasy (what recruiters say) and reality (what
inductees and "volunteers" learn).
We also might be able to pay the travel and lodging costs of
those attendees who represent student or peace groups that deal with
these issues (via reimbursement). NB the offer for reimbursement can
only be offered to the first group or person who respond, who meet this
narrow criteria - so time IS of the essence.
John Calvin Jones, PhD, JD, South Texas College
(Mid-Valley Campus), Weslaco, TX
Ms. Mohammed will provide a first-hand account of the lives of
women and their families in Iraq since the U.S. invasion and occupation
of March 2003, while Ms.Riley shall provide a lecture on the effects of
Americaï¿½s depleted uranium weapons that cause
illness and cancer in civilians, our troops, and spouses and
children of Iraq war veterans.
To learn more about our speakers please visit the following
websites: http://www.equalityiniraq.com (Yanar Mohammed); and http://www.beyondtreason.com (the work of Joyce Riley on the effects of Depleted Uranium)
Do You Know Five People
Under 30? - FCNL - Friends Comm. on National Legislation
Are you under 30 and eager to learn more about how to lobby your
elected representatives in Washington? Or do you know five people under
30 who might welcome a chance to come to Washington for three days of
workshops, briefings, tours of congressional offices, and hands-on
lobby training? If the answer to either of these questions is
yes, please help spread the word about FCNL's Young Adult Lobby
Weekend, "Your Country, Your Voice." Learn more about lobbying for
peace and justice, FCNL's proven strategy of friendly persuasion on
Capitol Hill, and what works and does not work.
Date: Friday evening, March
31 - Monday afternoon, April 3, 2006
Location: Capitol Hill,
Who: Citizen lobbyists, Ages
Themes: Changing U.S. Policy on Iraq, lobbying for nuclear disarmament,
The FCNL Young Adult lobby weekend offers participants a unique
opportunity to learn the most effective lobbying techniques, hear about
the latest policy developments on Capitol Hill, and put their training
into practice by going on lobby visits on Monday. Registration is
available for "Your Country. Your Voice," at: http://www.fcnl.org/redir/0106young.htm
Medieval Birth Control - Is It for You?
The Christian Coalition, Family Research Council, and their anti-choice
allies have finally found a way to prevent unintended pregnancies. Pay
close attention: Don't have sex. Ever.
Right now, two men stand in
the way of passing the Prevention First Act, which would protect all
women's access to
contraception and reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy. Who are
they? Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) THEY
ARE THE FIRST STEP TO PASSING THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION.
Tell Sen. Enzi and Rep.
Barton to use their common sense and pass the Prevention First Act
Take Action >> http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/prevention_ppol/wx7dung4q5k5nbx?
Chris Korsmo, Planned Parenthood http://www.ppaction.org/network/smp.tcl?nkey=wx7dung4q5k5nbx&
Locked Out Since January
Workers at the Stepan Company in Fieldsboro, New Jersey have been
locked out of their jobs since January 24th as punishment for
organizing a union. negotiate a first contract.
It's clear that Stepan's intent is to bust the union, rather than
obeying the law and negotiating a decent settlement. Among Stepan's
unreasonable demands are its insistence upon another wage freeze for
2006, after three previous years of frozen wages, a 50 percent cut in
sick pay, and a contract provision which allows management to
substantially increase employee health insurance premiums. Please
Forward This Message If you'd like to do more, send this message to as
many people as possible and ask them to send it along to four or five
other people as well. If we can keep this message alive on the internet
we can increase the number of emails that Stepan Company receives. The
more emails sent, the more pressure we put on
management. Your help will play a major role in settling this lockout.
Please ask Stepan Chemicals to end the lockout of their Fieldsboro, New
Jersey workers, who are members of UE Local 155.
Director of Training/Technical Assistance, Montgomery Early Learning
Montgomery Early Learning Centers has announced a job opening for the
position of Director, MELC Division of Training and Technical
Assistance/Southeastern Pa. School Age Child Care Project.
Qualifications include a Master's Degree in areas related to education,
social work and human services, and seven years extensive experience in
program management and community collaboration. Interested candidates
should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TV News Producer/Video Editor Wanted
Democracy Now! a non-commercial, national, daily news hour based out of
Manhattan, NY is looking to hire a full-time TV producer/editor to shoot
news events on location, edit segments for the program, monitor news
and edit visual material from them for each day's program. At least
years TV news production experience preferred. Excellent camera skills
editing on final cut pro required. Familiarity with Democracy
extremely important. Women and people of color strongly encouraged to
* Resumes to email@example.com. Position starting mid-March.Salary
based on experience.
Gov Official who Resigned: Jack Goldsmith:
A former assistant attorney general who, after working in the general
counsel's office at the Pentagon, was tapped to head the Justice
Department's powerful Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) -- known as the
"mini Supreme Court" of the executive branch. There, his opinions
against torture, among other principled stands, brought him into direct
conflict with David Addington, formerly counsel (now chief of staff) to
Vice President Dick Cheney. He became "a rallying point for Justice
Department lawyers who had legal qualms about the administration's
stance" that the President had near-absolute power and "the central
figure in a secret but intense rebellion of a small coterie of Bush
administration lawyers." All of this eventually led him to leave "his
post in George W. Bush's Washington to become a professor at Harvard
Law School." Resigned, Summer 2004.