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!
MarchOnHarrisburg is marching on Harrisburg to make corruption illegal!
September 9–11, March on Harrisburg is 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 will either celebrate or engage in nonviolent direct action. This is their fourth march and the first march since May 2019. Please join for however long you can and in whatever ways that make sense. (There are plenty of non-marching ways to plug in.)
Support the Philly Wealth Tax Hearing!
The Philly Wealth Tax would require those who have the most to pay what they owe — with the top 5% wealthiest Philadelphians generating 70% of the revenue.
Tax the Ultra-Rich NOW! Fest in Philadelphia
We The People–PA, 99% PA, PBPC (PA Budget and Policy Center), and several of our partner organizations have been actively planning a big event to happen in southeastern PA very soon! Sign up to stay updated.
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 is time to put our priorities first, not those of wealthy corporations. It is 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 oweFEDERAL UPDATE
The Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan Explained. Are you wondering how and how much this historic act might help you? What the program means for you, and what comes next
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
Show your support for taxing the ultra-rich.The 99% Pennsylvania campaign is inviting organizations to add their names to a letter in support of proposals to tax the ultra-rich. The letter can be viewed here. The letter will be sent to the 20 members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation.
We The People–PA recently concluded our Candidate Training series for state legislature candidates in this upcoming election. We took a deeper dive into many of the specifics of our Roadmap to a New Pennsylvania. We also discussed the importance of endorsing our policy platform as a tool to improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians and to create an economy that works for ALL of us, not just the wealthy and corporations.
We are scheduling our Candidate Forums and will be inviting their potential constituents, who will have the opportunity to get answers about their most pressing concerns, right from the candidates themselves. Stay tuned to your email and our social media accounts for those announcements because they will begin very soon!
SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare PA STRIKE UPDATE: Thousands of nursing home workers are ready to strike tomorrow, September 2. While caregivers from Guardian-owned homes reached a tentative agreement this week with statewide wage scales and affordable healthcare, Comprehensive & Priority are still negotiating in bad faith. No healthcare worker wants to strike. But these caregivers will do whatever it takes to hold owners accountable to residents who deserve better care.
Social media posts:
Ways to support workers:
- Join a picket near you: https://seiuhcpa.org/betternursinghomesnow/#map.
- Send a message of support to the strike line: https://seiuhcpa.org/strikesupport/.
- Donate to the strike fund: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/noworneverstrike.
Register: Movement School is coming to Harrisburg for a Pennsylvania Bootcamp!
On Saturday 9/10 and Sunday 9/11, this bootcamp will bring the organizing strategies, learning methodologies, and national and local network of Movement School to Pennsylvania. Created in collaboration with several partners across the state, they have ensured all content is relevant to running winning progressive campaigns across PA. They are accepting applications now!
The 2022 “State of Working Pennsylvania” report
The Keystone Research Center has released its annual State of Working Pennsylvania report. The report’s overall message: A tight labor market and new union organizing offer new possibilities for Pennsylvania workers. With smart and worker-friendly policies over the next several years, Pennsylvania could enjoy a return to shared prosperity for the first time in decades.
You can find the report and get your downloadable copy right here.
- Report: Tight labor market offers ‘new possibilities’ for Pa. workers – John Micek, Pennsylvania Capital Star
- Progressive think tank offers blueprint for ‘shared prosperity’ in Pennsylvania – Justin Sweitzer, City & State Pennsylvania
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!
HELP US TO HELP YOU
Keeping track of the Commonwealth’s numerous groups and organizations can be a daunting task. To that end, we have launched an online form for you to alert us to any events, actions, social media, news, etc. that you would like us to amplify!
You can also DM us on our social media accounts or email Jay at Grandis@pennbpc.org.
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!
Please be safe during this holiday weekend!
Marc, Nick, Vivienne, Jay, Maddie, and the rest of the WTP-PA team
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