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People Across Pennsylvania Celebrate Juneteenth By Demanding Action from Elected Leaders

June 19, 2020

From Erie to Upper Darby, people of all races are calling for investment in Black communities, defunding the police, and the resignation of President Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania Stands Up is responding to the national call from the Movement for Black Lives for a weekend of action to demand transformative change. Our local chapters have held or are hosting in person or virtual events over the weekend in Berks County, Chester County, Erie, York County, Upper Darby, and Lancaster. These are just six of more than a dozen events planned over the weekend with our local and national partners in cities and towns across the state.

"This is a pivotal moment in history," said Michaela Purdue Lovegood, Deputy Executive Director of Pennsylvania Stands Up. "We must decide who we are as a nation: whether we will cave to those who seek to divide us and stoke hate for political gain, or whether we will truly realize the promise that all people are created equal, with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We know where we stand and this Juneteenth, we're calling on our neighbors and elected leaders across the state to stand with us."

Our chapters are united with organizations across the state and nation in making three ambitious demands:

We recognize that real change doesn't come easy and it doesn't come quickly. The 1,200 members of Pennsylvania Stands Up will be working in coming months to pressure elected officials to adopt our demands and to force Donald Trump's resignation or his removal from office by the voters on November 3.

For more information about the events planned over the weekend, or to interview Michaela Lovegood, please contact Jacob Swenson-Lengyel or Colleen Kennedy.