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Move Your Money Panel today with VIDEO – Bucks County Moveon and Penn Action

April 28, 2012 3 comments

The “Move Your Money” effort is a simple, straightforward way of holding banks accountable by moving your money and other financial arrangements from the mega-bank offenders to smaller, more responsible institutions. By doing so you’ll help to end “too-big-to-fail,” you’ll be investing in Main Street, not Wall Street, and lending a hand to local businesses.

Plus, you’re likely to have lower fees and better, more personal service. Learn why moving your money to community institutions is important, and what might be in it for you.

If you are not in our area, find similar banks and credit unions where you live!

Move Your Money public panel discussion

MC – Robin Stelly, Penn Action

Panelists:

Frank Arcoleo, MBA, CPA

Bruce Iaocabucci, President, First Federal Bank of Bucks County

Vince Market, CFO, TruMark Financial Credit Union

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great event today with our speakers.  Everyone there learned so much.  Thanks to all who came, and to the panelists who shared with us.

One thing that I learned about Credit Unions that I didn’t know before, is that it is possible for them to widen their market to include people that live, work, worship, or volunteer in a geographic area.  TruMark is in 5 counties, including Bucks County.

I learned that First Federal does a lot of work in Bucks County, and has branches near me in Yardley Boro and Lower Makefield.

If you have questions, post them here or forward to me at sallykwitt@gmail.com.  I will get them to the right person to help you.

((Video is shaky in spots, sorry.  I used a hand held camera and it was a long program.  I didn’t want to miss anything, though)

Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

Robin Stelly

Robin Stelly – Penn Action
http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

April 25 Newsletter for Bucks County Moveon and Penn Action group

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Newsletter for our Bucks County Moveon/Penn Action Core Group

Wednesday April 25

NEXT SATURDAY – Big Event – PLEASE help us get people to come!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move Your Money public panel discussion

WHAT: Move Your Money panel discussion

Hear from local community bankers the benefits of moving your money into community banks

and credit unions.  What’s in it for you?  What’s in it for the community?

Guests: Frank Arcoleo, MBA, CPA

Bruce Iaocabucci, President, First Federal Bank of Bucks County

Vince Market, CFO, TruMark Financial Credit Union

WHERE: Yardley Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, 19067

WHEN:  Saturday, April 28, Noon

Join us for a Move Your Money public panel discussion Big banks used their privileged status to gamble on exotic financial instruments like collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and credit default swaps (CDSs). When their bets paid off, the bankers got huge bonuses. When the bets failed, the US taxpayer took the losses. Heads they win, tails we lose. And nobody – the government, the courts, or the market – has held these behemoth banks accountable for tanking the economy and plunging millions into unemployment.

The “Move Your Money” effort is a simple, straightforward way of holding banks accountable by moving your money and other financial arrangements from the mega-bank offenders to smaller, more responsible institutions. By doing so you’ll help to end “too-big-to-fail,” you’ll be investing in Main Street, not Wall Street, and lending a hand to local businesses.

Plus, you’re likely to have lower fees and better, more personal service. Learn why moving your money to community institutions is important, and what might be in it for you.
PLEASE RSVP and ask your friends to come!
Event URL:http://pol.moveon.org/event/99communitybuild/128748

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 9  Action

99% Spring Bank Protest
Bank of America Newtown (sidewalk in front)
2900 S Eagle Rd
Newtown, PA 18940
Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 12:00 PM
Join us on both sides of the street on the sidewalks in front of the Bank of America at the Villages of Newtown.

More info and RSVP-
http://pol.moveon.org/event/99springaction/129734

Voter Id Project-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past Sunday, John Jordan spoke at Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Bensalem about the Voter Id issues.    I spoke to people as they were leaving, and had Bucks County residents sign the petition to the Commissioners.  We have plans this weekend to do a few more church services.

See the blog post that includes video of John Jordan’s presentation.

http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/bucks-county-focus-vote-id-issue-in-pennsylvania/

We had teams stationed at voting locations in Bristol Borough and the Township to educate people about the new law, and to ask them to sign the petition requesting a County Task Force to help people in the county get to vote in Bucks.  We are looking for people to come with us on Wednesday May 2 at 10 am to go to the County Commissioner’s meeting to present the petitions at the meeting that will be held in Newtown this time.

Robin’s report –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First one after the morning shifts-

Our amazing volunteers were up and at the polls by 7am today.

Thanks to Darlene H., Brian L., Flora R., Bob M., Eleanor G.,

and Barb S.!   They collected 84 signatures on the petition from

voters of both parties. They handed out literature educating voters

about the Photo ID law requirements for November.
You can see photos of all the volunteers at work this morning

at Penn Action’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PennAction

even if you aren’t a Facebook user.

I also posted the photos at the Community Campaign for Voting

Rights Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/communitycampaignforvotingrights

Please visit and, if you are a Facebook user, click to “like” both pages.

Second one after the evening shifts-

Thanks to our second team of amazing volunteers, we were able to

collect 198 petition signatures this evening at the polls!  That puts

us at 282 for the day.  Our evening team consisted of Cathy L, Bob M.,

Carolyn C., Sue and Pat H., Clare F., Sandy B., Joan K., Sally W.

and Dave R..

Please go the Community Campaign for Voting Rights’ Facebook page to

look at the photos from the day. They are inspirational!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Courier Times reported what we did in part of an article that’s online now.

You can read it here:

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer_news/proving-your-identity-makes-sense-say-many-voters/article_e8250395-3ee0-53d5-9b6b-01c2036d8f77.html

The part of the article that mentions our work today is enclosed below.

Please keep circulating the petition in person and using the link (http://signon.org/sign/county-commissioners)

to get to your online friends and associates.  We’re over 750 signatures over there so

let’s keep the momentum building up to the May 2 delivery.

Thanks again for everything you’re doing to defend voting rights in Bucks County.

eR :)

From the Courier Times:

Volunteers for the Community Campaign for Voting Rights handed out literature — provided by the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition — in Bristol Township and Bristol to educate the public about the voter ID requirement. The organization is a coalition that includes Penn Action, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and MoveOn.org.

Most voters had a general sense of the upcoming voting requirement, volunteer Bob Mason said of the voters he encountered at Bristol Township’s municipal building. However, many didn’t know the specifics of the new law.

Mason said the law is “straight-out voter suppression.”

Supporters of the law, including state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, R-6, argue that the law will prevent voter fraud and that was the main reason behind it.

Mason said he wanted proof of any past voter fraud, so he called Tomlinson’s office and requested that he provide the evidence. Mason said Tomlinson’s office produced paperwork, but none that he said strongly supported voter fraud as a big issue in the state.

Outside the Bristol Township municipal building, Lower Makefield resident Sally Witt, co-coordinator of MoveOn.org in Bucks County, was gathering signatures on a petition urging the Bucks County Commissioners to appoint a task force to explore ways to make getting a photo ID easier.

“The law is passed, so we’re doing damage control,” said Witt. “Many elderly people can’t get the proper documentation to get a photo ID. Also, we’d like to see things like mobile ID studios, vans which go around to senior citizen homes and other places where older people can’t go out and help them get a photo ID.”

Things are really moving along with this project.  It is time NOW to put all the energy and ideas into action.  If you would like to work with us on this project in Bucks County, contact Robin Stelly at pennaction@gmail.com.

You are welcome to join us at events, and at our weekly planning meetings!
Our Core group meets every Wed. at 1pm at Joan and Sally’s house.  New Core members are always welcome.  This is where we plan, keep updated on news from Moveon and Penn Action, and share ideas.  email for directions sallykwitt@gmail.com.  

Getting Letters to the Editor, and Guest Opinions printed is so important.  Let us know if you are willing to write, or if you need help writing one.  Contact Frank Arcoleo Frank.Arcoleo@verizon.net or Bob Mason robmas1@verizon.net for ideas or help.  

Your Coordinators:

Robin Stelly – Penn Action
Joan King, Sally Witt – Moveon.org

We are now doing a weekly newsletter for our larger group.  Sally Witt and Linda O’Connor will be managing the newsletter.  Questions, or suggestions can be sent to loc2000@aol.com or sallykwitt@gmail.com.

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Moveon.org Bucks County Council – Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action – Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

April 20 newsletter for Bucks County Moveon and Penn Action group – so much going on!

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Newsletter for our Bucks County Moveon/Penn Action Core Group

Friday April 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great success with our Tax Day Action at Wells Fargo and the Levittown Train Station!

I had dental surgery that morning, but everyone did fine without me.  LOL

Robin’s video!

Bucks County Courier Times article and photos of our TAX Day event-
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/protesters-rally-for-equal-tax-rates-on-tax-day/article_bdbad2a0-d27f-5819-bf63-d76979f33f97.html

NEXT Big Event – help us get people to come!!

Move Your Money public panel discussion

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT: Move Your Money panel discussion

Hear from local community bankers the benefits of moving your money into community banks

and credit unions.  What’s in it for you?  What’s in it for the community?

Guests: Frank Arcoleo, MBA, CPA

Bruce Iaocabucci, President, First Federal Bank of Bucks County

Vince Market, CFO, TruMark Financial Credit Union

WHERE: Yardley Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, 19067

WHEN:  Saturday, April 28, Noon

Join us for a Move Your Money public panel discussion Big banks used their privileged status to gamble on exotic financial instruments like collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and credit default swaps (CDSs). When their bets paid off, the bankers got huge bonuses. When the bets failed, the US taxpayer took the losses. Heads they win, tails we lose. And nobody – the government, the courts, or the market – has held these behemoth banks accountable for tanking the economy and plunging millions into unemployment.

The “Move Your Money” effort is a simple, straightforward way of holding banks accountable by moving your money and other financial arrangements from the mega-bank offenders to smaller, more responsible institutions. By doing so you’ll help to end “too-big-to-fail,” you’ll be investing in Main Street, not Wall Street, and lending a hand to local businesses.

Plus, you’re likely to have lower fees and better, more personal service. Learn why moving your money to community institutions is important, and what might be in it for you.
PLEASE RSVP and ask your friends to come!
Event URL:http://pol.moveon.org/event/99communitybuild/128748

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voter Id Project-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin’s report –

1. GREAT NEWS!  Twenty-six people from all over the county showed up at the Commissioners Meeting to make the

case for a task force dedicated to educating the public about burdensome and confusing Photo ID

law.  Many thanks to all who took time from their day to take this important step.  You can

read the Courier Times’ story about the meeting here:

http://www.phillyburbs.com/my_town/bristol/bucks-commissioners-bullied-on-voter-id-law/article_afc548ac-c223-52f6-a613-a7778f902c32.html

You can hear audio of the meeting here: (Public comments are the last hour of the meeting.)

http://buckscounty.org/government/publicMeetings/MeetingAudio2012/CMeeting-04-18-12.wav

The next Commissioners meeting is happening on May 2 in Newtown at the Lockheed Martin facility. 10am.

2. PRIMARY DAY is this Tuesday.  We have a petition to use at polling places in Bristol (enclosed below).

We need people to be at those polls.  So far, we have 9 people signed up.

If you can be at a poll in Bristol on TUESDAY from either 7am – 9am or from 5pm – 8pm,

PLEASE send me an email asap.  Please don’t assume that I already know you want to

help with this effort.  Just email Robin Stelly at pennaction@gmail.com and let me know that you’ll help on primary day and if you want the morning or evening shift.

The goal of Primary Day is to get the word out about the new Photo ID law AND to collect signatures on the petition to the Commissioners to form the task force.  Then, we can ask the people who signed if they’d like to help with the Community Campaign for Voting Rights to educate the public and get people ready to vote in November.

If you are on Facebook, please head over to https://www.facebook.com/communitycampaignforvotingrights

and “like” the page.

3. NEXT MEETING of Community Campaign for Voting Rights is on MONDAY, April 23 at 6:30pm in the Annex of the Norton Avenue First Baptist Church.  Please do you best to join us.  We’ll be talking about the Primary and setting some goals for our neighbor-to-neighbor outreach.  We can’t move forward without you!  Tell a friend!
Things are really moving along with this project.  It is time NOW to put all the energy and ideas into action.  If you would like to work with us on this project in Bucks County, contact Robin Stelly at pennaction@gmail.com.

You might be interested in-

1. Important information about a massive rally taking place in Harrisburg on April 28 to protest the relentless attacks on women. This is an organic, multi-organizational rally happening in every single state in the nation, and you can find out more about Pennsylvania’s event at http://wowmarch.org.

2.  This Tuesday, April 24th Democratic volunteers from across Bucks County are urgently needed for a Write-in Campaign in the 142nd House District in Lower Bucks County. We need volunteers to help explain to Democratic voters how to write-in Democrat Harry Arnold for State Representative. It is critical that we obtain a minimum of 300 write-in votes for Harry Arnold so he can become the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 142nd House District. It is absolutely critical that we have a Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 142nd House District.

Please join us at the Middletown County Club 420 N Bellevue Ave Langhorne, PA 19047

NOTE: Please enter through the downstairs entrance on the left side of the building.

We will be there from 7am until 8pm on Primary Election Day April 24th.

Please RSVP by calling Harry Arnold for State Representative Campaign Headquarters at 215-867-9869. You can also contact the Bucks County Democratic Headquarters at 215-348-2140 or  Debbie@Bucksdemhq.com

You are welcome to join us at events, and at our weekly planning meetings!
Our Core group meets every Wed. at 1pm at Joan and Sally’s house.  New Core members are always welcome.  This is where we plan, keep updated on news from Moveon and Penn Action, and share ideas.  email for directions sallykwitt@gmail.com.  

Getting Letters to the Editor, and Guest Opinions printed is so important.  Let us know if you are willing to write, or if you need help writing one.  Contact Frank Arcoleo Frank.Arcoleo@verizon.net or Bob Mason robmas1@verizon.net for ideas or help.  

Your Coordinators:

Robin Stelly – Penn Action
Joan King, Sally Witt – Moveon.org

We are now doing a weekly newsletter for our larger group.  Sally Witt and Linda O’Connor will be managing the newsletter.  Questions, or suggestions can be sent to loc2000@aol.com or sallykwitt@gmail.com.

**********************************

Moveon.org Bucks County Council – Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action – Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

99% Blues

April 5, 2012 Leave a comment

This wonderful video was made by the Moveon council in New Orleans!

 

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Moveon.org Bucks County Council – Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action – Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

This week’s newsletter for Bucks County Moveon and Penn Action group – Make sure and read about the FREE training April 11 for the 99% Spring!!!

April 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Newsletter for our Bucks County Moveon/Penn Action Core Group

Thursday April 5, 2012

(photo – one of our events outside Congressman Fitzpatrick’s office last year)

I would like to get the newsletter out as soon after our planning meeting as possible.  Last week it was Saturday night.  I made sure and get it out today, Thursday because many people celebrate the Spring Holidays.

Have a Happy Easter, Blessed Passover, and a joyous Spring!

Our Core group meets every Wed. at 1pm at Joan and Sally’s house.  New Core members are always welcome.  This is where we plan, keep updated on news from Moveon and Penn Action, and share ideas.  email for directions sallykwitt@gmail.com.

There is NO 1pm meeting on April 11 because of the evening training in Richboro – see below!!

Big Project-

The group of us that have been meeting with people, ministers, social activists, and others for Community Conversations have voted on their first big project to improve the Community in Bristol Township.  The meetitngs are at the Norton First Ave Baptist Church in their Community Center.  Robin Stelly and Joan King worked very hard to start these meetings with Pastor Evans and Martha Miller.

With information and resources from the NAACP and John Jordan, we are now committed to work with other agencies and groups to help people to get the ID’s that they need to vote in November due to the law that was just passed.

Students, the elderly, and people with disabilities are most at risk of losing their opportunity to vote in November.  If you would like to work with us on this project in Bucks County, contact Robin Stelly at pennaction@gmail.com.

Already Happened!

Saturday, March 31 — Rally for Women’s Rights
Great experience!
Photo of Barb Stakes and Joan King at the cold rainy event!

Post with photos and videos-
http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/it-was-rainy-but-crowded-anyway-rally-for-womens-health-rights/

At our weekly Core Group meeting yesterday, Frank gave us an amazing training!

(Some of our members at a recent rally in Bristol)

I videotaped it so that you could learn as well.

http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/bucks-county-council-for-moveon-org-and-penn-action-training-for-the-core-members/

Coming Soon!

99% Spring Training – FREE

Next Wednesday – please invite your friends!!

Get trained in important techniques of nonviolent direct action and learn more about the 99% movement. Where: Free Library of Northampton, 25 Upper Holland Road, Richboro, PA 18954-1514 When: Wednesday, April 11 5:30pm (program will begin at 5:30pm sharp) Who: Everyone who wants to learn how to work to defend the shrinking middle class through nonviolent direct action.

Event URL: http://civic.moveon.org/event/99spring/127540

Tax Day Action

Wells Fargo walk to corner across from Train Station
17 Apr , 04:00 PM
We will meet at 4pm at the sidewalk on Levittown Parkway and Route 13 kitty-corner from the Levittown Train Station. We will have signs and chanting. A We will do a “honk and wave” across from the Train Station until 5:30pm. Join us! We will send out an email with sign suggestions a few days before the event.
Status: Public, open for RSVP, 0 Guests (Max 999)
Best way to contact host: Email
Event URL: http://civic.moveon.org/event/taxthe1/128887

Benefit Concert April 20 for Center for Peace Action

http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/benefit-concert-for-cfpa-buxmont-coalition-for-peace-action-april-20-in-levittown-pa/

Move Your Money public panel discussion

Yardley Makefield Library
28 Apr , 12:00 PM
Join us for a Move Your Money public panel discussion Big banks used their privileged status to gamble on exotic financial instruments like collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and credit default swaps (CDSs). When their bets paid off, the bankers got huge bonuses. When the bets failed, the US taxpayer took the losses. Heads they win, tails we lose. And nobody – the government, the courts, or the market – has held these behemoth banks accountable for tanking the economy and plunging millions into unemployment. The “Move Your Money” effort is a simple, straightforward way of holding banks accountable by moving your money and other financial arrangements from the mega-bank offenders to smaller, more responsible institutions. By doing so you’ll help to end “too-big-to-fail,” you’ll be investing in Main Street, not Wall Street, and lending a hand to local businesses. Plus, you’re likely to have lower fees and better, more personal service. Learn why moving your money to community institutions is important, and what might be in it for you.

Event URL:http://pol.moveon.org/event/99communitybuild/128748

More-

Getting Letters to the Editor, and Guest Opinions printed is so important.  Let us know if you are willing to write, or if you need help writing one.  Contact Frank Arcoleo Frank.Arcoleo@verizon.net or Bob Mason robmas1@verizon.net for ideas or help.

Your Coordinators:

Robin Stelly – Penn Action
Joan King, Sally Witt – Moveon.org

We are now doing a weekly newsletter for our larger group.  Sally Witt and Linda O’Connor will be managing the newsletter.  Questions, or suggestions can be sent to loc2000@aol.com or sallykwitt@gmail.com.

 

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Moveon.org Bucks County Council – Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action – Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

Bucks County Council for Moveon.org and Penn Action training for the Core Members

April 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Frank Arcoleo put together a great training for our team on the Economic Dialogue based on the training he attended at US Action.  Frank has an MBA from the Wharton School, and is an amazing resource in our area.

This is an informal video of the training.  You can see the wonderful dedication that Frank and our other team members have in learning, growing, and making a difference!

If you are in the Bucks County, PA area and want to join us.  Email me at sallykwitt@gmail.com.

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Moveon.org Bucks County Council – Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action – Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

 

Bucks County Council for Moveon.org and Penn Action work closely together

October 25, 2011 1 comment

Bucks County is a wonderful place to live and work.

Falls Twp park just before Sunset

 

Core Creek Bucks County Park

A number of organizations are working together to plan and support events and initiatives to help the American Dream.

Some new projects that you might want to be involved in -

Small Business Task Force

Would you be willing to network with business owners and managers in Bucks County to coordinate with our projects?

Here is a craigslist ad for the Small Business Task Force

Street Drama Team

Would you like to demonstrate concepts to the public in a fun and creative way?

Here is a craigslist ad for the Street Drama Team

 

For more information, contact Sally Witt at sallykwitt@gmail.com.

 
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