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May 25, 2012 Newsletter for our Bucks County Moveon – Penn Action Group

1.  Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.[1] Formerly known asDecoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2]
2.  We are adding an evening meeting once a month for the summer to allow more people to be involved in our meetings.  If it goes well with the election year heating up, we will of course continue them.
To avoid confusion, we will keep our weekly daytime meeting on Wednesday’s at 1pm, and will add a Monday evening meeting at 7pm the SECOND Monday of the month.
June’s meeting will be on June 11 at 7pm.
The meetings will be at Joan and Sally’s house.  Please RSVP!  sallykwitt@gmail.com
3.  Predatory Lending in PA – you can help stop it!
PLEASE pass along this email to your friends in Pennsylvania!
Of course we need YOU to click through as well!!  Any questions – Robin Stelly
e: rstelly@pennaction.org
c: 203.216.9719


Can you help us stop predatory lenders from coming to PA?  Predatory, payday lending companies are making a push to invade PA and weaken our economy but we’re making progress in stopping them.  Can you take just a moment to help?

Payday loans are an abusive form of lending that traps borrowers into a long-term cycle of debt at rates of 300% annual interest and higher.  Triple-digit interest payday loans have long been illegal in Pennsylvania, whether made at storefronts or online.

But now out-of-state payday lenders like Cash America and Check N’ Go are lobbying furiously to legalize predatory payday loans in Pennsylvania.

If you could send an email to your State Representative today, it would be a huge help in the fight against predatory lending.  Details are here.  The email is ready to go – and easy to edit, if you choose.  When you call the State Rep’s office, all you need to do is ask him/her to vote NO on HB 2191.   Then ask a friend to do the same by sending him/her this URL: http://statevoices.salsalabs.com/o/12/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=334

HB 2191 would roll back our existing consumer protections and allow predatory payday loans carrying rates of 300% or higher.  In Missouri, where payday lending is king, rates can get to over 1900%!  HB 2191 permits a product that is a debt trap by design—it does NOT protect consumers.

Momentum is shifting to our side, but we need your help.  Please take action now to keep predatory lenders from flooding our communities.


(sign your name here)


4.  Lynda Mintz shared this photo and article.  I LOVE IT!

from NY Times

5.  Voting Rights in Pennsylvania
update from Robin Stelly-
As you probably know, at last week’s Commissioners Meeting, the Bucks County Commissioners voted unanimously
to convene a Steering Committee to recommend a plan to educate the general public about Pennsylvania’s new Photo ID
law.  The Committee’s meetings will take place in public.  This significant victory for the voters of Bucks County is a direct result of your work to encourage the Commissioners to do the right thing.  Thank you very much for signing on to the letter asking for the committee as well as public input into its decisions.  Your voice was heard.
Please take a minute now to send a thank you email to the Commissioners.  Their email addresses are:
You can see video of our work toward this great win here.  You can see video of the Commissioners voting for the
creation of the Steering Committee here.
A great letter to the editor about the Commissioners’ decision and written by Doylestown resident and voting rights activist, Rick Howe, appeared in today’s Intelligencer.  You can read it here.
As you know, there’s a lot to do to be sure that everyone who wants to vote in November will be able to do so,
but the Commissioners’ decision is a good step in the right direction.  Penn Action will continue to work with other
groups to help get the word out about the requirements of the new Photo ID law as well as identify people who need
help getting ID.   We’ll update you as the work moves forward.  In the meantime, thanks again for taking this important
action and helping to make a positive difference in the lives of your Bucks County friends and neighbors.
Contact Robin if you would like to help with this ongoing project!
6.  June 14 – House Movie and Discussion at Mike Sullivan’s!
                The Koch Bros out of the shadows and into the spotlight
                               10 shocking facts about the Koch Bros
                                        KOCH Bros. EXPOSED
                                        the 1% at its very worst
                    Come see the movie on June 14th at 7:00pm at
                                      116 Indian Creek Dr
                                       Levittown, Pa    19057
Meet members of the Bucks County Moveon.org and Penn Actions groups. We work to inform and help see positive changes in our area for our families and the county, the state, and the US.

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.  

We are adding an evening meeting once a month on the 2nd Monday at 7pm, same place.  Please RSVP at sallykwitt@gmail.com for each meeting so that we know to expect you.

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.  

Robin Stelly – Penn Action
Joan King, Sally Witt

Moveon.org Bucks County Coordinator –  Mike Sullivan

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.

  1. May 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Nice post on this.

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