PA Stands Up issued the following statement from Ashleigh Strange, lead organizer at Lehigh Valley Stands Up, following the jury’s finding police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all 3 counts for the murder of George Floyd last summer:
Philadelphia -- Online and in the media, Pennsylvania's Republican state legislators are signaling their intention to interfere with the process of counting and certifying the result of the 2020 election. These efforts dovetail with a new lawsuit from the Trump campaign that seeks to overturn the will of Pennsylvania's voters to swear in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. In response, Hannah Laurison, the executive director of Pennsylvania Stands Up, issued the following statement.
PA voters are turning out in record numbers. After local county officials were caught removing and guarding dropboxes in Harrisburg, we're demanding that local and state officials make sure dropboxes are accessible to all.
Pennsylvania Stands Up, a progressive grassroots organization with nine local chapters around the state, passed 1 million attempted voter contacts to elect Joe Biden last week in a battleground state that Donald Trump won in 2016 by just 44,292 votes, together with partners at People's Action and Seed the Vote. Over 112,000 of these attempts have employed a research-backed “deep canvassing” methodology, which relies on personal, values-based conversations aimed at engaging voters’ sentiments and beliefs. Pennsylvania Stands Up State PAC has made an additional 1,000,000 calls with their partners at Turn PA Blue to elect 27 endorsed candidates for the Pennsylvania legislature. Taken together, that means Pennsylvania Stands Up and PA Stands Up State PAC volunteers have attempted 2 million voter contacts in the Keystone State.
This photo above shows Taylor Enterline staging a peaceful protest for racial justice in front of the Manheim Borough Police station this summer. Sunday, police arrested Taylor and Kathryn Patterson, despite eyewitness testimony that they were serving as medics, and a judge has set bail at $1 million in what appears to be a politically motivated attack on the movement for police reform and accountability. We're calling on elected officials to stand up and push back on the trumped up charges Enterline and Patterson are facing.
No matter what we look like or where we live, we all want a fair society where we can go through the day without fearing for our lives or our loved ones, where our families can be whole and our communities vibrant. But once again, the people entrusted to serve and protect are brutalizing and killing us instead.
PA Stands Up is building one of the most powerful independent political organizations in the country, capable of making major gains in the 2020 election and on track to win significant governing power by 2023.
On Friday, Trayford Pellerin was killed by the Louisiana State Police and Sunday, the Kenosha police in Wisconsin shot Jacob Blake 7 times. In light of these events, Hannah Laurison, our executive director, issued the following statement on behalf of PA Stands Up.
A new report from PA Stands Up shows that Pennsylvania voter encountered significant problems in the June 2 primary. More than 13% of survey respondents who requested a paper ballot never received it, less than half of voters surveyed thought their polling was safe, and 5% of respondents were unable to vote as a result of these challenges.
Pennsylvania - Since President Donald Trump won the state of Pennsylvania in 2016 by a razor-thin margin of 44,292 votes, a foremost question among those seeking to unseat him in 2020 has been how to win hearts and minds, particularly around hot-button issues like immigration and race. Since 2019, PA Stands Up has been pioneering the use of "deep canvassing," a strategy that involves empathetic listening and sharing experiences to create human connection and motivate political action. A new study of our efforts in partnership with People's Action and political scientists at Yale and Berkeley University shows that this approach is far more effective than traditional canvassing efforts.
Members of Pennsylvania Stands Up, Women’s Medical Fund, Philadelphia Women’s Centers, and ACLU-PA celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a Louisiana law meant to shut down abortion clinics, while calling on lawmakers' to ensure every person gets the care they need.
This month’s Democratic primary spelled tremendous victories for our movement. All across the Commonwealth, progressive candidates built insurgent campaigns powered by the commitment of everyday working people like us. Join us on Thursday, June 25 for a virtual forum with Democratic nominees Nikil Saval (SD-1) and Shanna Danielson (SD-31) and State Representatives Summer Lee (HD-34) and Elizabeth Fiedler (HD-184) to discuss our path to taking the State House for the people!
In line with the national call to action from the Movement for Black Lives, we are calling for a mobilization around Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the end of slavery following the Civil War. We invite you to join us by taking action from home or in your community the weekend of June 19-21.
Join us for a virtual forum about the nationwide uprising for racial justice and black liberation still unfolding across America. We will discuss the massive protests ignited by the murder of George Floyd. We’ll dig into what this historic moment means and where we go from here to build the movements it will take to win the changes we long for.
Pennsylvania Stands Up powers Saval's major upset of powerful incumbent state senator and propels champions to Harrisburg with more than 513,000 voter contacts. Party front-runner Joe Biden take note: Candidates are running and winning on a bold, progressive agenda.
In a moment of double crisis, with an epidemic of police violence against Black people and a public health pandemic, Michaela Lovegood and Hannah Laurison of Pennsylvania Stands Up issued the following statement.
Join us for a virtual forum on organizing against racism and xenophobia in COVID times. The forum will feature Tobita Chow (People’s Action), Onah Ossai (PA Stands Up), and Mohan Seshadri (Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs), and will be moderated by Hannah Laurison (PA Stands Up).
Join us for a virtual forum on worker struggles in the context of COVID-19. Lisa Frank (SEIU Healthcare PA) will moderate the discussion with Saru Jayaraman (One Fair Wage), Jonah Furman (formerly Bernie Sanders 2020), and Keon Liberato (Local 3012 Penn. Federation BMWED Teamsters).
Join Varshini Prakash, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, on Thursday, April 30th, 7pm, as Pennsylvania Stands Up launches a public forum series focused on the current crises we face, and the opportunity we have in this moment to build a better world together.
We can’t come together in-person right now, but we can still come together. This Saturday, March 21 at 2pm Pennsylvania Stands Up is convening a statewide virtual mass meeting for all of our chapters, members, and supporters. We want to create a space for solidarity, community and replenishing of our energies, and to talk about the road ahead.
The 2020 Fellows Program is a volunteer program for working people across Pennsylvania. Fellows will draw thousands of people who have been disconnected from politics into the political process and build a community of people committed to revitalizing our democracy. Together, we will be able to bring in the thousands of volunteers necessary to win in 2020 and build progressive infrastructure for the long haul.
We're seeking an expert communicator and media practitioner, who is committed to telling the story of organizing and people-powered campaigns. This person will work closely with our local chapter leaders to influence public debate, maintain contact with the press, carry out digital advocacy campaigns, and tell the story of our work for change across Pennsylvania.