Senator Casey, Rep. Dent and Rep. Fitzpatrick Update

Pennsylvania Senator Casey(D), Representative Dent (R -15; Allentown), and Representative Fitzpatrick (R-8th District; Green Lane, Marlborough) have all spoken out against the Executive Order on Immigration.

Senator Casey has announced that he will vote NO on the nominations of DeVos (Secretary Education), Sessions (Attorney General), and Pruitt (Secretary of Environmental Protection Agency).

Beginning at  6 p.m. tonight, Monday, January 30, 2017, on the steps of the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.;

Congressional Democrats (Senators and Representatives) will lead a press event and vigil with refugees, immigrants, and members of the community to call on President Trump to reverse the recent hateful, anti-refugee and anti-immigrant executive orders.


Ready to join the fight?

For those ready to join the fight, but overwhelmed by the options or not sure where to start, one of our UPDC members sent in these suggestions;

I have not nailed down one site that I like better than others yet, so these are the sites I’m visiting each day. I think that different sites might meet different people’s needs:
Sign up for text alerts, and then there will be a link to click on that either connects you to the appropriate office or that gives you more information.
Just that – gives you one thing to do each and every day.
Enter your zip code to get pertinent issues in the left, and whom to call on the right. You’ll get background on the issue, contact information, a sample script, and why you are calling this person or agency. This site keeps track of how many more calls you have to make on each issue, and gives you a green check mark when you have completed it!
I’m also liking this little newsletter, written in a very personal style, and has a variety of ideas and action items. Some of these are more like acts of kindness or tips for self-care and surviving these very hard days.
This retired librarian gives a plethora of information every day. Some of the items are simple, like signing an online petition or letting you know about updates in the resistance movement. I have seen 20 items or more in a day, but it helps me keep track with so many balls in the air right now.
I hope this helps! I know I was looking for a list like this about a week ago, and my friend started me off with Daily Action. It does feel good to have these sites to help me through doing something every day. Also, I would say to people that I was really afraid to make phone calls as it was not something I have done very many times in the past. Thus far I have only reached answering machines, and one friendly intern in Brian Fitzpatrick’s office. And I have friends who never make it through their script without crying, but they are stilll making their calls! It makes it less scary to know we’re doing this together.
Thanks E.G. for these great ideas!
Let us know what you are doing to fight the good fight, and make a difference, nationally, and locally. You may comment on this post, or email us your ideas.

Muslim Ban – Action Update

Many may be wondering what, if anything, is being done about the outrageous, unAmerican, and ultimately unConstitutional Executive Order essentially banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S., regardless of 2 year vetting for refugee entry, green card status (10 year visa granting legal status to live in U.S.), family connection (spouse of U.S. citizen), student visa (university student, for example), work visa (those working for Microsoft, for example), those with dual nationalities (e.g. UK and one of seven banned countries),etcetera.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has come out against this Executive Order and his office was reported to be reaching out to the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt to help the two Syrian families currently being detained at Philadelphia Airport.However, according to other news reports, it may be too late;

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the Trump administration may have given two Syrian families reportedly turned away at Philadelphia International Airport “a death sentence.”

NBC Philadelphia is reporting that two Syrian families who arrived at PHL Airport this morning from Qatar “were briefly detained and then sent back on a return 18-hour flight to the Middle East, according to a family member from Allentown, Pennsylvania.” They were reportedly immigrating to the country legally and working to gain citizenship.

rest of report, with complete statement by Mayor Kenney

Pennsylvania Congressman Dent has publicly asked Trump to halt action on the Executive Order;

“This is ridiculous,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). “I guess I understand what his intention is, but unfortunately the order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration. You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world.”

Dent, who represents a large Syrian community in the Allentown area, said he was contacted Saturday by a constituent who had family members turned away early in the morning at Philadelphia International Airport. Six family members who had secured visas and even bought a house in Pennsylvania arrived on a Qatar Airways flight but were returned back within hours, he said.

“This family was sent home despite having all their paperwork in order,” Dent continued, “so this 90-day ban could imperil the lives of this family and potentially others, and it’s unacceptable, and I urge the administration to halt enforcement of this order until a more thoughtful and deliberate policy can be reinstated.”

More Republicans are speaking out against Trump’s refugee ban. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell aren’t among them. – Washington Post, January 28, 2017

Protests are currently being held at several major international airports in the United States, including New York’s John F Kennedy Airport, and Philadelphia International Airport, with many more scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Philadelphia International Airport Protest – Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Terminal A West (Arrivals)

White House No Muslim Ban Protest, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. – Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


10 Actions for the first 100 Days

The organizers of last week’s Women’s March didn’t want to leave people wondering what to do next, after Saturday’s historic march. They have launched an online campaign; 10 Actions for the first 100 DaysCheck out the page for more ideas for collective action; there is also a place to sign up for their email list letting you know directly about “future actions.”


We did it! On January 21, over 5 Million of us worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C., came to march, speak and make our voices heard. But it doesn’t end here – now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes – it’s time to get our friends, family and community together and make history.


You can also find updated contact information (phone numbers and addresses for D.C. and district offices) on our Elected Officials page.

Our Take Action page has been modified to include all posts that fit in this category, to make making a difference a little easier. If you know of events and campaigns happening on a national, state, or local level, email us so that we can help spread the word.

Potluck Dinner this Saturday, Jan 28th!

The annual UPDC Potluck Dinner is this Saturday, January 28th, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The potluck is held at the  Upper Perkiomen Senior Center, 517 Jefferson Street, East Greenville.

This event is free and open to all Democrats in the area.The club provides the plates, napkins, cutlery, and beverages – attendees provide the rest (don’t worry, there is always more than enough good food to go around).
This is always a fun social occasion, with a bit of political talk mixed in – I expect that this year many people will have great stories to share of last week’s Women’s March!

Saturday, January 21st – Women’s March on Philadelphia (and Doylestown, and Reading, and D.C., and…..)!

More than a few busloads of women, and friends, will be heading down to D.C. early Saturday morning for the Women’s March on Washington. The buses are all filled up, but if you are planning on driving down , the starting point for the march will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol. The March is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. And, if you are wondering who is included and welcome to march;

Q: I’m not a woman, am I invited?
A: Yes, the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) is for any person, regardless of gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.

Q: Is the Women’s March on Washington inclusive for women of color? 
A: Yes! The WMW is an evolving effort originally founded by white women. Recognizing the need to be truly inclusive, the National Co-Chairs and Organizers were established to reflect a balanced representation. The team of organizers and volunteers are committed to ensuring that the march reflects women and femme expressive people of all backgrounds.

The Washington Post has more details about Saturday’s March (including information on road closures, parking, and public transportation);

  • The program:
    • 8 a.m.— activities start with images and video on display.
    • 9 a.m. — pre-rally with speakers, music and public service announcements.
    • 10 a.m. — the official rally starts, featuring celebrities including Katy Perry, Cher, America Ferrera and Uzo Aduba
    • 1 p.m. — participants start marching toward The Ellipse where the program will end.
  • The March route: The group will begin to walk from the gathering location around 1 p.m.  and march west on Independence Avenue SW, from 3rd Street SW, to 14th Street SW; then will turn north on 14th Street SW to Constitution Avenue NW; and will march west on Constitution Avenue NW to 17th Street NW, near the Ellipse and Washington Monument, where the events will come an end.

If you’d want to be involved in the movement, but D.C. is too far, there are sister marches planned for Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Reading, among other places nation and worldwide.

The Women’s March on Philadelphia will take place on Benjamin Franklin Parkway; beginning at 10 a.m. at Logan Square, and then proceed a half mile down the street to Eakin’s Oval (in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum), where a rally, featuring speakers and performers , yet to be announced, will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

The Women’s March on Doylestown (“family and ally friendly”) asks people to meet at State & Main (in front of Starbucks) in downtown Doylestown at 11 a.m.

We’ll gather, then march on the sidewalks through town to the Courthouse (Court and Main) for a short rally and back to Starbucks. Stroller friendly route.

SIGN MAKING: Please join us on eve of the inauguration, Thursday, January 18th at Doylestown Borough Hall where local group, Showing Up For Racial Justice, is hosting SIGN MAKING fun for the Women’s Marches at their monthly meeting. More details to be posted soon. (6:30-8:30pm).

Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., you can march in solidarity in Reading, PA;

The Women’s March will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports the march’s goals are welcome to join this peaceful gathering! We will gather at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 21st at City Park. Please RSVP to let us know you plan on attending – we hope to see you there!

Survey – State Senator Bob Mensch

State Senator Bob Mensch is conducting an online survey of his constituents (that’s everyone within the Upper Perkiomen Valley), asking what major state issues matter most to you. There are also questions concerning property taxes, state sales tax, and an opportunity to sign up for his electronic newsletter.

There are a total of five multiple choice questions on this survey – this is a great chance to make your voice heard in Harrisburg.

Looking to run for office in 2017?

There are multiple school board positions, township supervisors and borough council member seats, and mayoral offices up for election, among other local positions in 2017.

If you are a Democrat and thinking about running for local office this year, you should stop by the Area 2 Upper Perk Democratic Party meeting tonight in Pennsburg, at the home of Marjorie Frazier- 211 Seminary Street. Refreshments and conversation starts at 7:00, meeting at 7:30. The Area 2 Committee is made up of the people who can answer your questions about running for office,  help you get on the ballot in the primary, and get elected in the fall. There are multiple school board positions, township supervisors and borough council member seats, and mayoral offices up for election, among other local positions in 2017.

You can make a difference!

Phone calls and emails worked towards pressuring the Republican controlled Senate to delay four cabinet confirmation hearings today (3 of the nominees have not yet been cleared by Office of Government Ethics), and to back down last week from destroying (for all practical purposes) the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The most important factors in making this kind of difference are to call the D.C. office or local office of your Representative and/or Senator, and to talk about one specific issue per call (or email).

Find the list of your federal and state elected officials and contact information here.