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Speaking of people who made amazing plans and are maybe backtracking on them, President Biden made some pretty big promises before he was elected. We knew immediately after the inauguration which is why we made him this lil welcome video last year. Well, 440 days later and Biden has several unfinished tasks that he said he would do in his first hundred days. While he withdrew immigrant detainees from 4 states due to substandard conditions, Berks Stands Up members have demanded the same for the Berks Detention Center. While he campaigned on renewable energy, now he’s tapping into our oil reserves. You’ll read more below about his actions on student debt, but the pattern shows what we know. We have a lot of work to do!
Our chapters moved hundreds of people to attend events with Senator Nikil Saval for the Whole Home Repairs bill last month. We got amazing coverage of our actions and got several more co-sponsors! This bill will move quickly with a focus on this year’s budget fight so stay tuned for how you can be a part of the action!
Precinct Committee People
Reclaim Philadelphia organizer Segio Cea was highlighted in an Inquirer story about the Democratic Committee people in Philadelphia. Every precinct in the state of Pennsylvania elects two people to be their representative to the local Democratic (and Republican) parties. The chaos over redistricting and petitioning dates has meant that hundreds of fewer people are running this year than in previous years. Although it is too late to get on the ballot, it is definitely still possible to win this election with a write-in campaign - especially if there aren’t two people on the ballot in your precinct.
The Pennsylvania State House is advancing legislation that will ban trans women from participating in women’s athletics. The legislation is following a pattern of legislation being passed around the country targeting trans athletes. It’s very likely that if the legislation were to pass the General Assembly that it would be vetoed by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. This legislation highlights the real danger of what could happen should a Republican win the Governor’s race in 2022. Send a message to your legislator to support Trans youth!.
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As a special treat, here’s a video of some Sunrise Movement youth birddogging Conor Lamb before his Senate debate with Malcolm Kenyatta last week. John Fetterman was absent again. They’ll have a few more chances to butt heads with ABC27 on April 21st and Indivisible PA on April 27th.This is a new Text block. Change the text.
On Monday, organizers from Lancaster and NEPA joined borrowers from CA, FL, NY, MA, OH and PA in Washington D.C. to press the president to cancel student loan debt. They assembled outside of the Education Department with signs that read, “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay,” or “You are not a loan.” The Debt Collective, an advocacy group focused on debt cancellation, arranged the event. Less than 24 hours later, Biden extended the moratorium by a few months. That’s the power of direct action! There’s still a long way to go and we’ll continue to push Biden to deliver for us.
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