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    Disarm Domestic Abusers in Pennsylvania: Pass SB 501 NOW

    Our friends at Moms Demand Action have told us that SB 501 could be voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday 3/19 and go to the floor for a vote on Wednesday 3/21.  We MUST help get this critical piece of legislation passed. Here’s how:

    • Call your legislator in support of SB 501 ASAP.  See our action page for scripts and talking points at http://bit.ly/PASB501.
    • Join Moms Demand Action for a day of action on Tuesday, March 20th in the capitol.  Show our legislators that we support this bill.  More info and RSVP here: https://northeast-moms.ngpvanhost.com/ngpvanforms/11533.
    • Share this Moms Demand Action post about the day of action.
    • Tweet!  
      • Here are the handles for members of the Judiciary committee.  Please make sure to add a “.” at the beginning of the name if you start your tweet with it.  That way it tags them and appears to your followers.  @sengreenleaf, @daylin4congress, @senjohnrafferty @senatorscarnati @senatoralloway @senatorgordner @wayneforsenate @pasenatorguy @senvulakovich @senatorgeneyaw @senlisaboscola @larryfarnese @senatorhaywood @sensabatina
      • It's time to #ProtectPAFamilies and #PassSB501
      • No guns for Convicted Domestic Abusers! #PassSB501 Now! @momsdemand #PALeg
      • Love a Cop and Pass #SB501 Now! #ProtectPAPolice
      • #EndGunViolence #ExpectUs #GunSenseVoters
    • For other actions you can take to fight America’s Gun Violence Epidemic, visit the Fight Gun Violence page on our website at www.patogether.org/fight-gun-violence.

    Fight for Economic Justice in PA: Oppose the preemption of local labor laws

    The House Labor and Industry Committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill HB 861 on Thursday, 3/22. 10am G-50 Irvis. The bill would prohibit local governments from adopting local ordinances requiring private employers to provide their employees paid sick leave, fair scheduling or other benefits.  The bill would cover any local ordinance passed after January 1, 2015, and would allow someone to seek damages in court if they were adversely affected by a local ordinance.

    • If you or someone you know has directly benefited from local labor laws like paid sick leave, please email krubin@patogether.org to share your story.
    • Please call your legislators and tell them that local municipalities should be allowed to govern themselves, and as such, you do not support pre-emption efforts. Find your legislator here: http://bit.ly/PAstatereps.

    #TimesUp in Harrisburg: Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment by Public Officials: Please see the special action page on our website for ways to tell PA Legislators the #TimesUp.  http://www.patogether.org/timesup.html

    HB 2050 and SB 1050, Banning Abortion due to a Down syndrome diagnosis

    Two bills have been introduced that would ban abortions sought as a result of a Down syndrome diagnosis, HB 2050 and SB 1050.  Neither is scheduled for a hearing or vote as of writing of this email, but if anyone would like to meet with legislators, we can send you resources that are being developed by our allies.  If you have a personal story to share, we can connect you to someone who can help you share that story with the right people. Please email krubin@patogether.org for either.


    ACA Anniversary

    On Friday, March 23 - the anniversary of the date Obamacare was signed into law - constituents across the country will gather to remind their elected officials that we haven’t forgotten their votes to strip coverage from tens of millions of Americans, and essential protections from millions more when they voted for either Obamacare repeal or the tax scam bill.  So far, events are planned for Costello’s offices as follows:

    • Costello's West Chester office, 21 Market St #105, West Chester, PA 19382
    • Find details and talking points here.   


    Net Neutrality: Time’s Running Out

    Time is almost up for us to stop the rollback of net neutrality.  Actions you can take to help protect equitable access to the internet:

    • Gov. Wolf is considering an Executive Order imposing Net Neutrality at the state level.  Please call him at 717-787-2500 and tell him you support equitable access to the internet for all Pennsylvanians.
    • Call your state Senator (http://bit.ly/PAstatereps) in support of  SB 1033
    • Call your state house Representative (http://bit.ly/PAstatereps) in support of HB 2062.
    • See if your Congressman is a Net Neutrality supporter (so far only Boyle and Doyle have come out in support of NN).  If he isn’t please call him now and ask him to take action to defend net neutrality at the Federal Level. Go to Battle for the Net to take action:  https://www.battleforthenet.com/.

    For additional actions by issue/topic, please visit the Take Action page of the Pennsylvania Together website.  Thank you Pennsylvania Together for this information!

    Tell Congress to Fully Fund CHIP ASAP

    In December, Congress finally passed a temporary measure that funds CHIP through March.  Unfortunately, many states will run out of funding starting January 19th.  The house resolution that would extend CHIP funding contains highly-partisan cuts to ACA funds as a means of funding CHIP.

    The ultra-wealthy have their tax cut, but every-day Americans are in a position of losing either healthcare for our most vulnerable children or preventative services through the ACA that would lower healthcare costs across the board.

    Tell your Members of Congress that this is not acceptable.  An adequate, long-term, bi-partisan funding solution must be found before January 19th.  5 Calls has more info and scripts.  Please call your Member of Congress today.

    Protect equitable access to information - Defend Net Neutrality

    On December 14th, the FCC voted to gut Net Neutrality Rules, opening the way for censorship and inequitable pricing by internet service providers.  Sen. Markey has started efforts to undo this vote.  Our major task is getting Senator Casey to join him.   See PA Together’s special Action Guide for ways you can protect an open and equitable internet.  

    Public Interest Law Center/League of Women Voters Lawsuit on Gerrymandering  Oral arguments begin on January 17th at 9:30 am in Harrisburg.  This is the next step of the process in having new legislative maps in time for the 2018 primary elections.  A verdict at the end of 2017 declared that the maps, while clearly partisan, were not unconstitutional.  This decision was expected based on previous opinions from the judge, and the case has been escalated to the PA Supreme Court.  Follow along at the PILC website, or sign up for email updates here.  We will bring you opportunities for action as they become available, so please check this document again over the course of the week.  It could make a big difference to the case for supporters of fair redistricting to attend the hearings.  Please RSVP to the Public Interest Law Center here if you plan to attend.

    Oppose Attacks on Immigrants

    DACA will likely be a key bargaining chip in the upcoming 2018 budget discussions.  Congress has until 1/19 to reach a funding agreement to avoid a government shutdown.  Please pressure your members of congress to become Dream Heroes.  5Calls also has numbers, and scripts available.  Follow Make the Road Pennsylvania and CASA to stay up to date on actions.

    Thank you to PA Together for the #CallToAction Information.

    Jan 10, 2018
    #CallToAction Tell Congress to Fully Fund CHIP ASAP In December, Congress finally passed a temporary measure that funds CHIP through March.  Unfortunately, many states will run out of funding starting January 19th.  The house resolution that would extend CHIP funding contains highly-partisan cuts to ACA funds as a means of funding CHIP.

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