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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.

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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/

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/

 

Penn Action at Congressman Fitzpatrick’s office this week to support Unemployed People in Bucks County

February 17, 2012 2 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showing that there is red tape and restrictions to getting unemployment benefits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mom protesting the potential restriction of having drug testing for unemployment benefits to be paid!  She is a brave and wonderful activist!!

Penn ACTION

“Why is it that in a time when many hard working Americans are struggling to get jobs, public officials call us “free loaders” and attack the Unemployment Insurance as a waste of tax dollars? Didn’t we pay those Unemployment Insurance premiums ourselves?  Why must you further degrade us through drug testing and other senseless application obstacles?”

Those are questions Bucks County resident, Arianne Sellers, asked in an open letter to Congressman Fitzpatrick yesterday.  That’s Arianne in the photo above, delivering to Congressman Fitzpatrick’s office your statements and stories in suppport of the Unemployment Insurance program.

Thanks very much for raising your voice about this important issue.  As the Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Public Advocacy for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches said yesterday, “I want to be optimistic that our members of Congress, including Rep. Fitzpatrick, will support the moral decisions to extend emergency unemployment benefits and payroll tax reductions that are necessary to support our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at a time when they need it the most.”

Thanks to your willingness to speak up, hundreds of thousands of people out of work in Pennylvania and millions around the country have hope that they’ll be able to make that next house or car payment or keep their family above water for one more month.

You can see video of yesterday’s event here: http://youtu.be/pXV9jBmfQc8

You can see photos here: http://photobucket.com/WalkInOurShoes

Thanks for everything you do to put America back to work and protect American families.

Robin Stelly
Organizer,
Penn Action
e: rstelly@pennaction.org
c: 203.216.9719

Written by Robin Stelly from Penn Action:

Fitzpatrick Under Pressure to Support Unemployment Insurance Extension
without Drug Testing Attached
As deadline looms, Bucks County citizens demand passage of bill to
help 173,000 in Pennsylvania

Speakers:
The Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Public Advocacy, Pennsylvania
Council of Churches
Father Ernie Curtin, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Newtown
Arianne Sellers, Bucks Count resident
Frank Arcoleo, Bucks County resident

LANGHORNE, PA — Concerned Bucks County residents rallied outside Rep.
Fitzpatrick’s district office today to demand a clean year-long
extension to Unemployment Insurance and Payroll Tax Cuts. They
delivered dozens of constituent statements in support of the
Unemployment Insurance system and in opposition to drug testing
attached to the program. In December, an agreement was reached
between President Obama and Congress to extend benefits until the end
of February, 2012. An extension through the end of 2012 is currently
under intense debate in Congress.

“Why is it that in a time when many hard working Americans are
struggling to get jobs, public officials call us “free loaders” and
attack the Unemployment Insurace as a waste of tax dollars? Didn’t we
pay those Unemployment Insurance premiums ourselves? Why must you
further degrade us through drug testing and other senseless
application obstacles?” asked Arianne Sellers in an open letter to
Congressman Fitzpatrick. Ms. Sellers is a recent college graduate,
who has experience helping people navigate the Unemployment Insurance
system. “It already is a complicated process to apply for UI with
stringent requirements,” Sellers said.

In addition to the federal legislation, some conservative lawmakers in
Harrisburg are pushing for a bill that would require unemployment
insurance applicants to submit to drug tests or have a GED.

“Republicans are treating thousands of Pennsylvanians like criminals,”
said Penn Action organizer, Robin Stelly. “This is not the time to
handcuff more than 173,000 of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable to
ridiculous tests and requirements that cause them to lose their right
to these benefits.”

“I want to be optimistic that our members of Congress, including Rep.
Fitzpatrick, will support the moral decisions to extend emergency
unemployment benefits and payroll tax reductions that are necessary to
support our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at a time when they
need it the most. And I believe that we have the power in our hands,
as people of faith, to demand better,” Sandy Strauss of the
Pennsylvania Council of Churches stated.

Last month, the economy added over 243,000 jobs in the private sector.
Over the past 23 months the private sector has created over 3.7
million jobs, including 2.2 million in the last year alone.

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Our groups work together to bring awareness and progressive change for Bucks County!

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

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action - Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

BuxMont CFPA - Cathy Leary, Bill Deckert

http://www.cfpabuxmont.org/

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Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
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Yes He Can? Bank Settlement Rally today at Bank of America in Newtown, PA Bucks County

January 19, 2012 6 comments

All over the country Moveon.org had councils running rallies today (January 19, 2012) to show President Obama how seriously we take the Banking/Mortgage Crisis!

We ended up with 43 wonderfully dedicated supporters at the Rally in Bucks County.  It was cold, but exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the message that was delivered to the Philadelphia office of the Obama campaign office about the Pennsylvania signers to the online Petition-

Dear President Obama,
More than 13600 Pennsylvania residents and 358,477 people nationwide have signed a petition that says: “President
Obama: Hold Wall Street banks accountable by fully investigating the big bank fraud that caused the housing
crisis.”
We’re delivering these signatures today to urge you, President Obama, to stand up for the millions of Americans
hurt by Wall Street greed.
We’re counting on you.
Sincerely,
Pennsylvania MoveOn members

We had petitions for people to sign at the event as well, and 23 attendees signed.

The camera got a big wild on this one, but you can see most of the people there, and great messages from Robin Stelly and Bob Mason!

Lynda Mintz talking about Foreclosures and the viewing party January 24 for the State of the Union

Robin Stelly submitted this great overview to the papers after the event!
Penn Action
Press Release For:      
Thursday, January 19, 2012         

Contact: Robin Stelly, c: 203.216.9719, e: rstelly@pennaction.org

Local Residents Hold Protest at Bank of America; Mark Anniversary of Citizens United Decision and Demand President Obama Stand Up to the Big Banks and Order a Federal Investigation

On Thursday, January 19, over 40 supporters of Penn Action and MoveOn.org rallied at the Bank of America in Newtown, PA to mark the one year anniversary of the Citizens United decision and demand that President Obama hold the big banks accountable for the foreclosure crisis by ordering a federal investigation opposing a sweetheart deal that would give them immunity from investigation.

Dozens of Bucks County residents held signs reminding passers by that “Corporations are Not People,” asking for the end of “Corporate Welfare” and demanding an investigation of the financial sector’s role in the country’s foreclosure crisis.  “Corporations are not people.  Corporations have used their status as people to use the amendments from the Bill of Rights to pursue their own selfish interests and this has got to stop,” said Bob Mason of Levittown.  The event was part of a national day of action called “Yes He Can” taking place across the country at Obama for America (OFA) campaign offices in all 50 states and at local offices of some of the biggest banks. Participants called on President Obama to stand strong with the 99% and make sure the big banks are held accountable.

Sally Witt, coordinator of the Bucks County Move On council shared her personal story of foreclosure.  “Foreclosure, like losing your job, has an emotional impact as well as an economic one.  It’s not easy to get over.”

“Millions of American jobs and homes have been lost, but the president has yet to hold the banks accountable for the fraudulent foreclosure practices that nearly torpedoed the economy,” said Robin Stelly, organizer with Penn Action. “President Obama has the power to order a federal investigation and start the year with a real win for the 99% movement. It’s far past time to hold the big banks responsible for the havoc they wreaked on homeowners and the economy.  The one year anniversary of Citizens United decision, which allows corporations like Bank of America to pour unlimited resources into federal elections, is the perfect time to raise these issues again.”
The rally comes after the State Attorneys General have temporarily blocked a sweetheart deal that would have given broad immunity to the banks for their role in the housing crisis.  The president now has the power to decide whether or not to move forward with a full federal investigation that would finally hold the banks accountable.

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Our groups work together to bring awareness and progressive change for Bucks County!

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

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action - Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

BuxMont CFPA - Cathy Leary, Bill Deckert

http://www.cfpabuxmont.org/

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Pedro A. Rodriguez

http://www.saynocuts.org


Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty
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http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

Holiday Party for Bucks County: Moveon.org, Penn Action, and CFPA

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

We had a great time, and got some business done as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our groups work together to bring awareness and progressive change for Bucks County!

BuxMont CFPA - Cathy Leary, Bill Deckert

http://www.cfpabuxmont.org/
Moveon.org Bucks County Council - Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action - Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Pedro A. Rodriguez

http://www.saynocuts.org


Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty
http://www.empireavenue.com/sallykwitt

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

Two Peace Events this month with CFPA- Bucks County Coalition for Peace Action

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

 

12/21 Vigil & 12/29 Celebration

All US Troops Home from Iraq!

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) is planning two events to celebrate the last US troops coming home (finally!) from Iraq.From 4:00-5:00 PM this Wednesday, December 21, CFPA’s Buxmont chapters are having a Vigil at Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick’s Office in Langhorne, PA, which will also witness for bringing US troops home from Afghanistan.

From 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, December 29, the Princeton regional office will host a Celebration of bringing the last US troops home from Iraq at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

If you haven’t already done so, please click on the link abovefor all details, then go to the bottom and use the Registerbutton to reserve for you and any guests. The event is free and open to the public,but we do ask supporters to register, so we know how many to expect.
We are delighted that a number of area leaders who played a major role in CFPA’s grassroots campaign to end this War will offer reflections. If you can volunteer to bring any food or drink to share, please also reply to this email.

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Our groups work together to bring awareness and progressive change for Bucks County!

BuxMont CFPA - Cathy Leary, Bill Deckert

http://www.cfpabuxmont.org/
Moveon.org Bucks County Council - Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action - Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Pedro A. Rodriguez

http://www.saynocuts.org


Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty
http://www.empireavenue.com/sallykwitt

http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

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