2 Saturdays, 2 Marches; March for Science AND Climate Change March

The March for Science is this Saturday, April 22, 2017 in 428 spots around the world. UPDC member Louise Doskow is one of the speakers scheduled for The Philadelphia March for Science,which starts at City Hall and ends at Penns Landing;

We will assemble at 10:00am on the south side of City Hall (Juniper Street). The March will kick-off promptly at 11:00am and will go down Market Street to Front Street, Front Street to Chestnut Street and then over Chestnut Street to Penn’s Landing – Great Plaza.

Entertainment will begin at 11:30am featuring local band, The Really Cooks, and the March for Science PHL speakers will begin at 12noon. The event will end by 2pm.

March locations include Bethlehem (1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Payrow Plaza), Doylestown (noon – 2 p.m. starting at Starbucks, 10 N. Main Street),  Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

The People’s Climate March is next Saturday, April 29, 2017. In addition to Washington, D.C., sister marches will be held in Pottstown, PA, starting at 1 p.m. on High Street in front of The Hill School (801 E. High Street), and in Philadelphia, PA, also starting at 1 p.m. at Thomas Paine Plaza (1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard).

People are marching for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate all around the country:

On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

Posters and flyers for The People’s Climate March can be found and downloaded here.

2 Major Marches in April

The March for Science will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Earth Day) in 428 spots around the world.

The goal of the march itself is to highlight the valuable public service role science plays in society and policy and demonstrate the deep public support for science. The March for Science movement has goals that extend long past gathering a crowd on April 22.  As a lasting national organization, we will encourage marchers to uphold our shared values and take specific actions, including strengthening the bonds between scientists and the public, engaging in ongoing science education, fighting discrimination in our own institutions and our communities, and insisting their legislators propose and enact evidence based policies.

March locations include Bethlehem (1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Payrow Plaza), Doylestown (noon – 2 p.m. starting at Starbucks, 10 N. Main Street),  Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

In Philadelphia:

Folks will assemble at 10:00 a.m. on the south side of City Hall (Juniper Street). The March will kick-off promptly at 11:00 a.m. and will go down Market street to Front street, Front street to Chestnut street and then over Chestnut street to Penn’s Landing – Great Plaza Entertainment will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the March for Science PHL speakers will begin at 12 noon. The event will end by 2 p.m.),

In Washington DC :

Participants can begin congregating at the National Mall at 8 AM. Our event will kick off at 9 AM with a teach-in and rally and end with a march through the streets of DC. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives.

The rally will feature main stage speakers and several large teach-in tents around the Mall where scientists, educators, and leaders from a wide variety of disciplines will discuss their work, effective science communication strategies, and training in public advocacy.

The following week, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing to March for climate, jobs, and justice to mark the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, focused on standing up for social, economic, and climate justice to be held in Washington, D.C.

On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

(They) are still confirming final details on exact march route and meeting locations, but it will be in the vicinity of the White House, Mall, and Capital — all highly accessible areas of Washington D.C.

I have heard of at least one bus trip going from our area down to the D.C. March on April 29th – Call Joan Rosiak at 215 234 9138 ASAP if you want to find out if there are any $40 seats left – there MAY still be room.

Joan R Update on Local Activism

I (Joan) urge everyone to attend any meeting that includes a speaker from Fair Districts PA. Their volunteer speakers explain gerrymandering in very understandable ways, with appropriate detail, and then the speaker outlines what Fair Districts PA  (FDPA) is proposing. This is an issue that must be dealt with in the near future (due to the 2020 census coming up), so there IS some urgency to this, as well as importance. (There will be a meeting in Collegeville at Ursinus College, 601 E. Main Street, on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. Fair Districts PA speaker Dr. Mark Schafer will discuss the history of gerrymandering in PA, its impacts on various communities, and Fair District PA’s proposed plan for redistricting reform. )
Huddles are grassroots groups, that, to my knowledge, were spawned by Indivisible.com (a good website to visit!). One huddle I’ve attended is in the outskirts of Phoenixville and they (FB private group is called “Mountain Movers of Chester and Montgomery Counties”) organized a FDPA speaker to speak at a Pottstown church. This was very successful 35 people were in attendance. They are planning other events, contacting politicians etc, and they have a bus hired for the 4/29/17Climate Change and Justice march in DC. –> Call me at 215 234 9138 ASAP if you want me to find out if there are any $40 seats left – there MAY still be room.
There IS another huddle I’ve heard of but  not yet attended any mtgs or any of their events. Their FB page is also private: “Indivisible Mid-Montgomery County”. They were meeting in Schwenksville I heard, but I have no confirmation of that. (One can also put in one’s zip code at Indivisible.com and discover public groups within 5, 20, 0r 50 miles.)
Also, I have my name on the primary ballot in Upper Frederick for the “Inspector of Elections” position. A small role, but, if any of our members lives in Upper Frederick, would you please ask them to vote for me (Joan Rosiak)?
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Advice from Martin Luther King, Jr’s Daughter, Bernice King

Thanks to UPDC member J.R. for suggesting we post this.

When it comes to opposing President Donald Trump,
Bernice King has some advice.

The daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. shared a now-viral Facebook post Tuesday evening of “wise advice circulating” on how to deal with Trump’s presidency.

1. Use his name sparingly so as not to detract from the issues. I believe that everyone, regardless of their beliefs, deserves the dignity of being called by their name. However, this is a strategic tactic. While we are so focused on him we are prone to neglect the questionable policies that threaten freedom, justice and fairness advanced by the administration.

2. Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;

3. Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;

4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;

5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;

6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;

7. Support artists and the arts;

8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;

9. Take care of yourselves; and

10. Resist!

“When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to ‘The Republican Administration,’ or ‘The Republicans,’” King’s post also advises. “This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.”

Resistance Manual!

Just found this fantastic resource, an online Resistance Manual with pages and links related to many of the major issues on the Trump/GOP Agenda, along with lists of “Essential readings to enhance your understanding of the issues,” a state specific page for Pennsylvania, and lists of additional resources and events. This site is still growing, and appears to be updated on a fairly regular basis.

Nowhere should be regarded as “one stop shopping,” but this looks to be a valuable place to help in the effort to stay informed, to focus on whatever issue most concerns or interests you, and to learn more ways that you can make a difference.

The Resistance Manual is an open-source platform to harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our communities. The Resistance Manual is focused on presenting truthful and actionable information. All content is reviewed for accuracy and relevance before being posted. Already, thousands of pieces of content have been contributed to the site from people all over the country, helping to keep communities informed and ready for the work ahead.


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.