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
Call & write your senator to Prevent the Imprisonment of Health Care Providers                                                                                              Stop AOL's email scheme
UFPJ Urges Member Groups and Individuals to Oppose Anti-Palestinian Legislation
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 shenanigans here:

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 Relevant?"

        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.
        Write to:  Please forward this email and encourage other to write as well.
George McCollough [] 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 stay.
Contact: []

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 News article
        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 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,,  eventlist:   HYPERLINK "" ,
>plenty of parking for bikes & cars south side of Baltimore ave between 47th & 48th on septa #34 green line surface trolley
- 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.

Panelists include:
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
*A parking lot is available at the corner of 38th and Walnut for a minimal fee.

Philadelphia's Civic Summit on Recycling

        Thursday, March 2nd 7:30 to 9:30 pm
        Friends Select School, 17th Street & Ben Franklin Parkway
Call 215-640-8800 or e-mail
INFO:  for background on the Recycle NOW Philadelphia Campaign.

Fluoride Controversy / Upcoming Events / MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Sat, 3/4 3pm:    Fluoridation Debate (Dr. Connett vs. Dental Assoc)
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 Alzheimer's disease.

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 aor
PROGRAM: Dr. Paul Connett, founder of Fluoride Action Network ( will be speaking on water fluoridation.  Dr. Linda Himmelberger, President of the PA Dental Association has also been invited to present their pro-fluoride position.
        Sat, Mar 4th, 6:30pm: Dr. Connett Speaking on Fluoridation & Incineration
        LOCATION: Faith Temple Church, 1007 W 7th St, Chester, PA Map/Directions:
See: 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation (by Dr. Connett)
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 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 eight years,
during which much was accomplished with so many important friends and allies.

John McCutcheon Concert - A benefit for Jobs with Justice

        >Saturday, March 4, 2006 7:30 PM.
        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 grown-ups, with
childcare available after the break.  Call 215/ 848-6246 (by Feb 27 if possible) to register for childcare or to request sign language interpretation.

>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

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 d'Oeuvres-
        * Your Hosts: Troy Cassel - Lou Freimiller - Jeff Garis - Renee Gilinger - Michael Golden - Harvey Hurdle- Mark Nevins  Pedro Rodriguez - Lauren Townsend - Wendell Young IV
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
Visit Mike Veon's Website to learn more about this key state leader:  OR - Campaign


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 drop-off
children at most locations.  One-on-one tutoring and group tutoring in math and reading available.
To register, call 267-253-5444 or<>. :DHS Prevention Services[]

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.

7:00-9:00 p.m.
International Concerned Friends & Family of Mumia Weekly Meeting
4601 Market St., 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA   For info, call 215-476-5416.

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 time!<>

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

 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

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

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 Weekly Meeting
Uhuru House, 1021 S. 49th St., Philadelphia, Pa   For info, see



Call & write your senator to Prevent the Imprisonment of Health Care Providers

>I'm writing to alert you to pending legislation that would define any
>physician, nurse or social worker who performs services for an
>undocumented worked as an "aggravated felon" and an "alien smuggler",
>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 Nationality act."

>HR 4437 has already passed in the house, and Senator Specter, head of
>the judiciary committee for immigration, under pressure from Senate
>Majority Leader Bill Frist, has been forced to forgo the normal period
>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:

 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

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 America�s 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: (Yanar Mohammed); and (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, Washington, DC
        Who: Citizen lobbyists, Ages 18-30
Themes: Changing U.S. Policy on Iraq, lobbying for nuclear disarmament, and more
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:

 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 immediately!
Take Action >>

Chris Korsmo, Planned Parenthood

Locked Out Since January 24th

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 Centers

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

 Full-Time 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 feeds
and edit visual material from them for each day's program. At least three
years TV news production experience preferred. Excellent camera skills and
editing on final cut pro required. Familiarity with Democracy Now¹s work
extremely important. Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.
* Resumes to Position starting mid-March.Salary based on experience.
* Another 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.