April 25 Newsletter for Bucks County Moveon and Penn Action group
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!
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-
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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas or help.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moveon.org Bucks County Council – Joan King and Sally Witt
Penn Action – Robin Stelly
Sally K Witt
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