We The People – PA eBlast August #2

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Welcome, We The People-PA activists, advocates, and supporters to another edition of our biweekly eBlast! We bring you federal and state legislative news and ways to get involved!

Content Index

  1. Legislative Updates
  2. Upcoming Opportunities to Get Involved
  3. In The News
  4. Call to Action
  5. Sign Off

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

State Update
The PA Senate is in recess until September 19, 2022.

The House is in recess until September 12, 2022.

Sign our petition and tell PA Republican legislators that it’s time to put our priorities first, not those of wealthy corporations. It’s time to give PA workers and businesses the opportunities they need to take care of their families in this tough time and to make large, wealthy corporations pay what they owe.

Federal Update:
The US House’s vote to pass the Inflation Reduction Act makes historic progress on many fronts.

Health care lies at the heart of the Inflation Reduction Act, and the proposals to reduce costs and expand care are overwhelmingly popular with Pennsylvanians across the political spectrum. The Inflation Reduction Act will reduce racial inequities in health care, improve the health and well-being of seniors and people with disabilities, strengthen families, and save lives across Pennsylvania.

Did your representative stand with and for us hardworking Americans, or did they side with big pharma, oil and gas companies, and the ultra-wealthy? Send a note of thanks to Democrats who supported us and NO thanks to Republicans who let us down!

With both chambers currently in recess, here are some key dates:

  • September 6: Senate is back in session
  • September 13: House is back in session
  • September 26: House Remote Voting expires

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED

SPECIAL EVENT: Tax the Ultra-Rich NOW! Fest in Philadelphia
We will share information about the new date and time when the event is rescheduled. On Monday, August 22, we’re gathering for a virtual planning meeting. Organizations are welcome to reach out to us for more information.

Take Action with Shut Down Berks
Join Shut Down Berks in Washington DC where we will be targeting President Biden regarding the current state of immigrant detention in the Northeast. Detention is unnecessary, immoral, and results in family separation and isolation. We’re taking our demands to DC to let President Biden know that we will not be silent while our community is put in cages

The Biden administration’s stated priorities endorsed an immigration system that “welcomes immigrants, keeps families together, and allows people across the country—both newly arrived immigrants and people who have lived here for generations—to more fully contribute to our country.” However, Biden’s actions regarding immigrant detention, such as opening Moshannon and doubling bedspace at Berks, betray this promise and perpetuate the cruelty employed by the Trump administration as a tool for deportation.

MarchOnHarrisburg is marching on Harrisburg to make corruption illegal!
September 9–11, March on Harrisburg members and supporters are marching 35 miles from York to Harrisburg. On September 12, they will be forcing a vote on the Gift Ban on the House floor with a legislative maneuver last used successfully in 1921, and they will either celebrate or engage in nonviolent direct action. This is their fourth march and their first march since May 2019. You’re invited to join for however long you can and in whatever ways that make sense. (There are plenty of non-marching ways to plug in.) Click here to sign up to attend this event!

HELP US TO HELP YOU!
Keeping track of the Commonwealth’s numerous groups and organizations can be a daunting task. To that end, we’ve launched an online form for you to alert us to any events, actions, social media, news, etc. that you’d like us to amplify!

You can also DM us on our social media accounts or email Jay at Grandis@pennbpc.org.

IN THE NEWS

Reimagine Appalachia was in the news, sharing the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act for Pennsylvania and the whole Appalachian region.

“This is a really big deal. This legislation represents a transformative investment in our communities — especially frontline communities which are disproportionately Black or Brown and low-income,” said Dana Kuhnline, campaign manager for “Reimagine Appalachia.”

“Families and workers across Appalachia will benefit significantly from the creation of thousands of good-paying jobs, strengthened energy security, and lower costs on essentials.” Kuhnline said. “We fought to get these historic investments passed, and we’ll also fight to make sure Appalachian communities and other communities hit hard by climate change, energy shifts and historical disinvestments get their due share of the benefits promised by the legislation.”

CALL TO ACTION

We need a more just tax system to build an economy that works for all of us. Until the ultra-rich pay what they owe, it will be impossible for us to ensure that every worker and every family has the housing, child and senior care, and health care they need to be full participants in our economy and common life. Sign this petition to tell Congress they must act!

SIGN OFF

We hope you found this week’s eBlast valuable, and we appreciate your support and the demanding work you all do in your own areas every single day. Keep on keepin’ on!

In Solidarity,
Marc, Nick, Vivienne, Jay, Maddie, and the rest of the WTP-PA team


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The 99% Pennsylvania is a campaign of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, focused on advancing federal policies that will benefit the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians. Ali Feldman is the federal organizing associate for the campaign.

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