Halloween Parade 2015 Update

The Upper Perk Halloween Parade starts at Main and 6th Streets, Red Hill at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 (rain date is Tuesday, October 27th; beginning at 7 p.m.). The parade follows Main Street through three towns and ends 4th Street in East Greenville.

IMG_6508A team of volunteers has been working on the UPDC donkey, and will be decorating the truck this weekend. Those planning on walking alongside the UPDC truck in the Halloween Parade this year may dress in any costume they like or just show up on parade night and borrow a “straw hat.”

It’s always fun to take an evening walk down Main Street with friends, and the night of the Halloween Parade is no exception. So I hope lots of local democrats will decide to join us in walking in the parade,  waving to the crowds lined up along the parade route, and handing out candy to the children we see along the way.

After the parade ends at the East Greenville Firehouse, we’ll walk up Washington Street a few blocks for light refreshments; including cider from a local farm stand and hard cider from a local distributor.

The Democratic Club has been assigned to march in the 7th Division of the parade. The truck must be at the starting position, by Stauffer’s Manufacturing on 6th Street, Red Hill (past Redner’s); walkers are strongly encouraged to be there by 5 p.m. If you want to walk with us, but can’t get there by 5 p.m., you are still welcome to walk with our group, so long as you find us before we step onto Main Street (probably by 6:30 p.m.). Parade participants are encouraged to park in East Greenville by the fire house and take the free shuttle running between the East Greenville Fire House and the parade start in Red Hill (shuttle runs between 4:30 and 5 p.m.) There is very limited parking in Red Hill and NO shuttle will run after the parade. The parade route is approximately 2.5 miles long.

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Documentary Movies – this week only!

Two documentary movies that might be of special interest are showing in our area this week- but only for one night each;

Tonight, Tuesday, October 20th, the documentary This Changes Everything is playing at Civic’s 19th Street Theater in Allentown at 7 p.m.  (527 N. 19th Street, Allentown). There will be a panel discussion following the film. Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth (who has been a guest speaker at UPDC, talking about the impact of fracking) is one of the panelists.

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

And on this Friday, October 23,  the movie Living Downstream is being shown by the Fourth Friday Film Series at the UU Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem at 7:15 PM.

The film is based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic documentary film which follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.

Also, you might be interested in the GMO Free PA Lehigh Valley Chapter 45 minute presentation at 6 PM, just before the film event on Friday, at the same location. The speaker will be Kathy Harrington from the Bethlehem Nutrition Center who has a Masters in Nutrition and Functional Medicine. She will speak on ‘What GMO’s are, their potential effects on our health, and how to eat a non-GMO diet.’  Free and Open to the public.

Don’t forget about 2015 – local races matter. (Volunteer Now!)

November 2015 is when we get to go to polls and vote in local races; town councils, township supervisors, school board members, judges, and Montgomery County Commissioners. Often times these individuals’ actions and decisions make more of a difference in our day-to-day lives than those actions (or inactions) taken in Washington, D.C.  And yet past experience has shown us that too often voter turnout is very low for these non-presidential year elections; and even worst, Republican turnout is often larger than Democratic turnout, which is how we end up with Democrats winning at the top of the ticket but Republicans winning local and state races. And not only local issues, but voter registration, voting laws, and voting machine decisions are made by local officials, district lines are drawn by state officials; and when the legality of gerrymandering and potentially restrictive voting laws is questioned, the state judges decide the question.

All of which is why I am sending out a call for volunteers for this October and November;

Walk with the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club in the Upper Perk Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 25th (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) Sign up here.

Put a yard sign in your front yard, wear a pin, put a car magnet on your car. All these items will be available (free) at tonight UPDC meeting; 7 p.m. at Upper Perkiomen Library in Red Hill. Or contact the club and we’ll make arrangements to get the items to you.

Volunteer for the local Lit Drop on November 1st or November 2nd, 2015. You will be given a local street list and campaign literature to drop off on people’s doorstep (actually, you’ll probably be handing it on the front doorknob). Contact Area 2 Leader Elaine Hannock for more details and to volunteer.

Volunteer on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Stand at your polling place, for a few hours, or for the day, to support the Democratic candidates, and provide information to voters. Contact Area 2 Leader Elaine Hannock for more details and to volunteer.

Most important of all – VOTE!

Getting ready for tonight’s Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Debate

Five (did you know there were five?) candidates will take the stage in Las Vegas tonight, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, for the first in a series of Democratic Party Presidential Debates; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and James Webb. The debate was originally scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., but some news reports have it starting at 8:30 p.m., so be prepared (CNN says coverage begins at 8:30 p.m.) CNN is hosting this week’s debate, and is offering free live streaming of the event (no registration or password required).

There was a Debate Watch Party scheduled to take place at East Greenville Fire House, 4th and Water Streets, hosted by the Bernie Sanders Campaign. Doors were expected to open at 7:30 p.m. (although I am no longer finding that event listed online, it may still be happening).

Just for fun, or if you are watching the debate alone, consider going on twitter; #DemDebate and #Election2016. WARNING – Donald Trump plans on tweeting, for at least the first ten minutes at #demdebate – that may be very amusing or very depressing, depending on one’s perspective.