February Meeting – Election Process


We have a new President! But does this mean all our concerns are eliminated? No, we need to keep working, working on where our influence has the most impact. That is the local level.Why is this important? What can we do exactly? What would it take to step up to the plate? And are our elections actually safe? Speakers will be:

Ken E. Lawrence Jr., Vice Chair Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and Chair of the Board of Elections. 
Bob Solomon, Indian Valley Democrats
– Ken will reflect on the 2020 election during COVID-19 and outline steps to ensure fair and safe elections moving forward.Bob Solomon, Indian Valley Democrats.
– Bob will reflect on the local election, highlight the role of the Judge of Elections and supporting posts. Additionally he will outline how to run for office, organize candidate petitions, and more!Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 pmJoin Zoom Meeting

The PA Supreme Court on voting in 2020:

After a legal battle in Pennsylvania on how we can vote, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has handed down several rulings that will make voting easier in our state.

1. Drop Boxes are legal.  The Court ruled that counties can establish drop boxes for the purpose of collecting Mail-In Ballots.  Montgomery County will have the list of locations for the drop boxes soon and we will post them here.

2. The deadline has been extended for Mail-In votes to be received. Mail-In Ballots, postmarked on or before Election Day (3 November) by 8:00pm, will be counted if received by the County Board of Elections by Friday, 6 November, 5:00 PM.  That is crucial!

3. Voters who received their Mail-In Ballots may change their minds, and choose to vote traditionally at their polling precinct or assigned place on Election Day.  In order to vote in-person, voters must remember to bring the Mail-In Ballot they had received with them to the polling precinct, and void out their Mail-In Ballot by returning it to the Judge of Election, and signing it.

4. For Mail-In Ballots to be counted, the ballots MUST be placed in the secrecy envelope (Please do not write on the secrecy envelope).  If a voter forgets to use the secrecy envelope provided, their ballots will not be counted. DO NOT FORGET YOUR SECRECY ENVELOPE. If you have any questions on how to fill out your ballot, please contact MCDC at (610)272-2000.

5. For those who have requested a Mail-In Ballot prior 1 September they should expect to receive their ballot the week beginning 28 September.  

6.  The county has established satellite offices where citizens can register to vote, apply for a Mail-In Ballot, fill out the Mail-In Ballot, and return their Mail-In Ballots it to the office ALL in the same visit! The locations for the officers are listed below:  

►The Montgomery County Willow Grove Annex, 102 North York Road, Willow Grove; 
►Montgomery County Lansdale Office, 421 West Main Street, Lansdale; 
►Magisterial District Court Office – Lower Merion, 925 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth; 
►Montgomery County Community College, West Campus, 101 College Pottstown; 
►50 One Montgomery County Plaza, First Floor, 425 Swede Street, Norristown.

7. Polling Locations. The majority of Voting Precincts will be reverting back to their original locations. For a complete and up to date listing of your polling locations, please click the link from our County Voter Services office below. This link will be updated with any changes. All voters in Montgomery County will be receiving a notice informing them of their polling locations regardless of if there was a change made.

Check here: https://www.montcopa.org/845/Where-Do-I-Vote

* Information retrieved from Montgomery County Democratic Committee

Protecting our Democracy: Should we be Worried?

With the election less than 100 days away, and early voting beginning next month, many citizens are worried about the strength of our electoral process. Should you be worried?

This Thursday, August 13 join our host Josh Camson and guest Adam Bonin as they discuss the litigation and legislation surrounding the election in Pennsylvania, and answers questions about what the Trump administration is trying to do, such as:

  • Can Trump sabotage the USPS so that ballots arrive too late to count?
  • Can Trump shut down ballot drop boxes to make it more difficult to vote safely?
  • Can Trump coordinate with Russia and any other willing government to hack or interfere with election results.

And most importantly: what can we do to protect the sanctity of our electoral process?

Join in our Zoom call on
Thursday , August 13, 2020 at 7 PM
Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88630684734

Our guest Adam Bonin is an attorney who represents clients in campaign finance, election law, pay-to-play, official ethics, and lobbying compliance matters and has been a leader in efforts on behalf of the rights of online speakers. In 2005-06, he led the fight and achieved a major victory before the Federal Election Commission on behalf of major political bloggers, securing significant new rights for speakers on the Internet to engage in online political speech and advocacy. He has been successful on both sides of ballot access battles, successfully representing candidates for office in defending their right to appear on the ballot as well as removing others from the ballot whose signatures had been procured fraudulently or unlawfully, and has successfully aided clients in post-election recounts and litigation as well, including two tied elections for local office.




Chelsea Police Model HUB – talk with Marla Bellamy

How do we build safer communities and make sure no one is left behind? There is an innovative police model out there that does exactly this. The Chelsea, Mass. Police Model uses community resources to work with families and individuals that are facing difficult challenges and may need services from more than one community agency. The goal is to work together to ensure families and individuals are safe, healthy and have the opportunity to thrive. This model, called The Hub, reduces demands that are currently borne by the criminal justice system, health system, and families by more effectively applying the capacities of our human service partners and our police resources and mitigating those critical upstream risk factors that lead to harm, crime, and/or death.
We have the local expert on this model in our next Indivisible HOPE meeting:
Marla Davis Bellamy
Marla is the director of Philadelphia CeaseFire and the director of Civic Engagement at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy at the Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
Marla will be talking with our host, Josh Camson, Esq. on this unique model that could bring peace and justice to our communities.
When: Thursday, July 9, 2020 @7 pm
Zoom dial in: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88944918493
Marla Davis Bellamy, JD, MGA, is the director of Philadelphia CeaseFire and the director of Civic Engagement at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy at the Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She also has served as executive director of Temple’s Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities and the co-director of the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy. Prior to joining Temple, Ms. Davis Bellamy was the executive director of the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia and served for five years as chief of staff of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Marla earned a law degree at Temple University, a master of government administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Johnson C. Smith University.

No Justice No Peace – Black Lives Matter



We stand together for equality, justice and respect. Systemic racism that infects the structure of our society is real: racism exists in our schools, court systems, workplaces , and police departments.

White people need to listen and learn in order to understand what they can do to break up the racial disparities in our society. 

 In light of the senseless murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, we want to come together and talk together. 

 Please join us to our Indivisible HOPE Zoom meeting on 

Thursday, June 11 at 7 pm 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86910987824

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Jill Dennin, Boyertown School Board member and Democratic Candidate (147th District)
  • Eddie Graham, Esq. Board of Commissioners, Springfield Township and NAACP Political Action Chair, Cheltenham 
  • Hakim Jones, Norristown Councilman & Community Leader
  • State Rep. Steve Malagari, Lansdale (53rd District)  
  • Chief Thomas Medwid, Lower Salford Police
  • Veronica Moeller, Souderton Community Leader
  • Napoleon Nelson, Democratic Candidate (154th District) 

Moderator: Josh Camson, Esq. 


Meeting on Thursday is canceled

In the light of the Covid-19 virus, we are sure you will agree with us that canceling our meeting with Judge Jim Eisenhower this week, Thursday, March 12, 2020, is the right thing to do. Community gatherings of any kind are a risk to expedite the spread.
We will keep you updated if rescheduling to a later time in the year is an option.
Stay safe and healthy!

Rescheduled event: Locked out of Power

Judge Eisenhower is back! We are very pleased that we could reschedule the meeting with him and he will be coming to speak at our March meeting, moderated by Josh Camson.

When: Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7 PM
Where: Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N 2nd St, Souderton, PA 18964 
Screen Shot 2020-02-01 at 12.25.12 PMJudge Eisenhower will talk about equal representation, the impeachment “trial”, fair districting, and the electoral college, and give us a constitutional overview as our nation continues to the on-going struggle for a “more perfect union.”

Judge James J. “Jim” Eisenhower is a well-known and widely respected personality in this field.
A distant relative to Dwight D. Eisenhower, he is an attorney with more than thirty years’ experience in government and the private practice of law. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline by Governor in 2019, and he is a Temple Law professor.

Meeting is canceled

We are very sorry to inform you that we need to cancel our Indivisible HOPE meeting tonight, February 13, at 7 pm. 
Unfortunately, our guest speaker Judge James J. Eisenhower, who was scheduled to speak tonight, had to cancel due to a stomach virus infection he developed last night.
We try to reschedule the evening with him and will update you as soon as possible.
Please accept our apologies with regard to this matter.
We appreciate your understanding!

Judge Jim Eisenhower: Locked Out Of Power vs A Congress for EVERY AMERICAN

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So much to digest: From the impeachment trial, to fair districting, equal representation, and the electoral college, a constitutional overview as our nation continues to the on-going struggle for a “more perfect union.”
We are very fortunate to have a well-known and widely respected personality in this field agreeing to address these issues to our group. Judge JAMES J. EISENHOWER, Professor at Temple Law School will be talking about current national issues and answering your questions.

When: February 13, 2020 at 7 PM
Where: Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N 2nd St, Souderton, PA 18964 

Judge James J. Eisenhower, a distant relative to Dwight D. Eisenhower, is an attorney with more than thirty years’ experience in government, and the private practice of law. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline by Governor Wolf on Jan. 16, 2019.

Judge Eisenhower was a White House Fellow in the Administration of President Bill Clinton where he served on the staff of the National Security Council. He drafted Presidential Decision Directive 42, on international organized crime, and the Executive Order that seized the assets of the Cali cartel, then the world’s largest cocaine distribution network. He was a primary administration liaison to the International War Crimes Tribunal, The Hague, the Netherlands for Bosnia and Rwanda.
Judge Eisenhower was the 2000 and 2004 Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania.
He served the Commonwealth during the administration of Governor Edward G. Rendell as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the Commonwealth’s criminal justice agency and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), the state body that oversees the budget of the city of Philadelphia.
Judge Eisenhower is currently of Counsel to Dilworth Paxson, LLP, where his practice centers upon white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and compliance advice. He is also an adjunct professor at the Beasley School of Law, Temple University, specializing in election law.