Immigration – get the facts from experts

Immigration INDIVISIBLE HOPE

When:  September 12, 2019, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Peter Becker Community, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438
Immigration remains one of the most hotly contested but least understood topics in the 2020 election. Join us on September 12 for an exciting evening discussing America’s current immigration policies and learning from experts:
• Prof. Rebecca Evans, Politics and International Relations Professor at Ursinus College with a focus on Latin American Politics
• Laurelyn Foderaro, Section Chief with the Refugee Affairs Division of The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Agency (USCIS)
NOTE: she will not represent the US Government at this function.
• Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Esq., Executive Director, HIAS Pennsylvania
Moderator: Josh Camson
The Trump administration has made sweeping changes to the way America handles both legal and illegal immigration: asylum seekers caught crossing illegally must wait across the border in Mexico for adjudication; border officials have decreased the number of asylum cases they process each day, a strategy called “metering”; claims of domestic and gang violence would no longer qualify as grounds for asylum in the US, and most controversially thousands of migrant children have been separated from their parents at the border as a part of a “zero tolerance policy.”
In the meantime, migrants continue to die en route to the border and while in CBP custody.

Justice by Zip code? The cost of poverty to taxpayers

Innocence until proven guilty… but only if you can pay.
Let’s talk about Justice for everyone, regardless of zip code or money. 
When: June 13, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
Where: Peter Becker Community, Maplewood Estates, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville. 
 
Our panelists are:
  • State Rep. Joanna McClinton, Democratic Caucus Chair
  • Dean Beer, Chief Public Defender, MontCo
  • Reuben Jones, Frontline Dads, Inc.
Facilitator: Josh Camson
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On any given day, more than 450,000 people are languishing in jails across the U.S. while they await trial.* Many face low-level charges for non-violent offenses and are stuck behind bars because they can’t afford to pay the bail that would secure their release.
In MontCo, it costs the taxpayer $35,000 EACH DAY to have people sitting in jail while they await trial, according to the Chief Public Defender’s office.
Many poorer defendants can’t post bail, so they remain behind bars until trial. In the meantime, they cannot go to work and often lose their jobs, they cannot care for their families and the entire family will have trouble meeting basic needs, they will miss to pay their rent and often become homeless. Drug addicts will go “cold turkey” in jail instead of being treated.

To end the cash bail system for nonviolent defendants is one of several topics we want to talk about. We need to make the criminal justice system fairer, more efficient, and ensure public safety in the long run. 

 
 We hope we see you there!

Meet Your Candidates

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Indivisible HOPEand Indian Valley Democrats partner once again to introduce local and MontCo Democratic candidates right before the Primaries on May 21:

The meeting is on May 9th, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
at Peter Becker Community, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438 

Meet:
+ Val Arkoosh, Chair of Commissioners
+ Ken Lawrence, Commissioner
+ Jeanne Sorg, Recorder of Deeds
+ Noah Marlier, Prothonotary
+ Virgil Walker, Judge of Common Pleas
+ Henry Hilles, Judge of Common Pleas
+ Julie Munden, Souderton Borough Council
+ Nate Miller, Souderton Borough Council
+ Chelsea Camson, School Board, SASD
+ Bennett Brigaman, School Board, SASD
+ Kevin Shelly, Lower Salford Township Supervisor
+ Bruce Rhoades, Lower Salford Township Supervisor
+ Nicole Spiese, Telford Borough Council
+ Dennis Erb, Upper Salford Township Supervisor

hear them talk, ask questions, and enjoy a conversation afterward with a glass of wine.

Gender Equality

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Invite to our April meeting on

April 11, 2019, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
at Peter Becker Community, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438  

What is Pennsylvania’s agenda for women and why it is important for both, women and men? Two State Legislators and the Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project discuss obstacles and opportunities for women and men.
According to UNICEF, gender equality “means that women and men, and girls and boys, enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities, and protections. It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they are treated exactly alike”.

Speakers are:

  • Mary Jo Daley, Pennsylvania State Representative 148th district
  • Morgan Cephas, Pennsylvania State Representative, 192th distict
  • Carol E Tracy, Attorney and Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project

 

CAROL E TRACY, Attorney and Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project

Carol has been working to advance women’s rights for the past thirty years.  In 1990, she became the Executive Director for the Women’s Law Project, where she has presided over major legal victories in the areas of discrimination in employment, education, athletics, welfare, and reproductive rights.

Her recent work has focused on improving institutional response to violence against women.  Carol is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bryn Mawr School of Social Research.  She has served on numerous boards of non-profit agencies in Philadelphia, is active in the public interest legal community, is the recipient of many awards and honors, and is frequently featured in local and national media.  In June 2017, she was the recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award, a prestigious award that recognizes legal work in advancing the rights of women and girls.  Carol is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from Temple University School of Law.

MARY JO DALEY, Pennsylvania State Representative 148th District since 2013

Mary Jo serves on the House Ethics, Environmental Resources, and Energy Finance and Health committees.  She also serves as Democratic House chair of Women’s Health Caucus.  Pennsylvania was second to last, only behind Mississippi, in electing women, and so Mary Jo and her colleague Rep. Tina Davis co-founded “Emerge Pennsylvania”.  Emerge Pennsylvania is changing the face of PA politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office.

Mary Jo and her husband live in Naberth.  She has an AS degree from Gwynedd Mercy College, BBA from Wharton School and MPA from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1992 she was elected to serve on Narberth Borough Council.  For twenty years she served as a member of the council, eight years as the “lone” Democrat and 10 years as the Council President.

MORGAN CEPHAS, Pennsylvania State Representative, 192th District, Philadelphia County

Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2017 to date.  Her committee assignments are: Aging and Older Adults Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Appropriations and Labor and Industry.  On March 1, 2019, she also started her new role as deputy Democratic Caucus chair for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

Prior to her joining the legislature, Morgan served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to 4th District Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. in Philadelphia after she graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Virginia in 2006.  As Deputy Chief of Staff, Morgan helped ensure the families in the district were able to live, work and play in thriving neighborhoods. Morgan serves on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission for Women. Recently, Morgan has been the recipient of several awards, including being named one of The Philadelphia Tribune Magazine’s “10 Under 40 to Watch in 2016”.

 

 

Turn the Tide on Gun Violence

March 14, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Peter Becker Community, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438

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Indivisible HOPE co-hosts this event with
Orange Wave for Gun Safety to talk about what we have already accomplished and what needs to be improved to save lives.
Speakers are:

  • Movita Johnson-Harrell, candidate for State House and founder of the Charles Foundation
  • Elizabeth Lee and Gitana Wasserman from Orange Wave for Gun Safety
  • Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny

 

Orange Wave – For Gun Safetyis a grassroots organization based in Pennsylvania working to elect representatives who will introduce, sponsor, and support legislation designed to prevent and reduce gun violence.

Movita Johnson Harrell is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School for Social Justice and Social Policy where she earned her masters of social work. For over two decades Movita has advocated for marginalized communities.

Movita is the founder of The CHARLES Foundation (Creating Healthy Alternatives Results in Less Emotional Suffering). The CHARLES Foundation was created in memory of Charles Andre’ Johnson, Movita’s youngest child of four. On January 13th, 2011 Charles, 18 years old, died of fatal gunshot wounds.

Movita has worked nationally to organize to fight gun violence and to educate on and support gun violence prevention legislation. January 2018 Movita was appointed as the Supervisor for Victim and Witness Services at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office by District Attorney Larry Krasner. Movita is candidate for state representative in the HD 190’s special election on March 12, 2019. 

Sean P. Kilkenny was elected in 2015 as the Sheriff of Montgomery County, the third largest county in the Commonwealth. He is a long-serving member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps and the son of a police officer.

Kilkenny served his country as an officer in both the active duty U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve for more than two decades. Now a retired lieutenant colonel, he began his military career as a paratrooper and federal prosecutor in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He has served in Iraq, Kosova, Bosnia, and South Korea. He is currently assigned as the Staff Judge Advocate to the 94th Training Division in Fort Lee, Virginia. He completed an elite program at the U.S. Army War College and earned a master’s degree in strategic studies.

Faith and Politics

What is the role of faith in politics and how much influence should it have? 

The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” However, the phrase “separation of church and state” itself does not appear in the United States Constitution. Faith and religion clearly have an influence in politics but how much influence should it have?

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We will have three panelists, from a Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith background to talk about their perspective:

  • Kerry Hasler-Brooks, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Messiah College, Grantham PA.
  • Rabbi Jason Bonner, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen
  • Rubina Tareen, Chaplin, Alvernia University, Reading, PA

When: February 14, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Peter Becker Community, 
at Maplewood Estates Main Building, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438

Indivisible HOPE podcasts

Indivisible HOPE proudly presents a podcast series to reach out to residents and voters to inform about topics, candidates and upcoming elections.
Although we couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our monthly meetings, we have to acknowledge that we are competing with family time in the evening, and many people cannot attend due to other commitments or obstacles. For those, we will publish our monthly meetings as a podcast.
But we also wanted to add another outlet to go deeper into conversations with candidates or stakeholders in our community to get to know them better.
In our first podcast, we introduce ourselves and tell you why we started Indivisible HOPE. We just published our second podcast and introduce you to Noah Marlier, candidate for the office of Prothonotary in Montgomery County, PA.

You can subscribe to our podcast chanel on Podbean or iTunes.

The Green Amendment

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We are excited to invite you to a presentation, discussion and book signing with the Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum. Come out, meet Maya, learn about the future of environmental advocacy ad pick up her last book

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Peter Becker Community, Maplewood Estates Main Building,
815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438 

About Maya van Rossum:
Maya K. van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network works throughout the four states of the Delaware River watershed (NY, NJ, PA & DE) and at the national level using advocacy, science and litigation. DRN’s main office in Bristol, PA. van Rossum has led DRN for over 23 years. During van Rossum’s leadership, the organization, and van Rossum herself, were the lead plaintiffs that brought forth the legal arguments that inspired the PA Supreme Court to breathe life into PA’s long ignored environmental rights amendment. van Rossum is currently advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation.

 

Vote and Celebrate

The Midterm Elections on November 6 are just one week away and it is probably the most important election we have ever seen. This is not a normal election, and it is not just about Democrats vs Republicans. This election is about civility and decency in this country, and it is about controlling the President’s power with a strong Congress. A Democratic victory in either the House of Representatives or the Senate would give Democrats the power to open investigations into various aspects of Donald Trump’s administration. 

Make sure you vote on November 6!
 
In case you need a ride to the polls, Indivisible HOPE partnered with Indian Valley Democrats to offer rides to the polls. In case you want to offer a ride or need a ride and live in the Indian Valley (Lower Salford, Upper Salford, Salford, Franconia, Telford or Souderton) please fill out this form: https://www.indianvalleydemocrats.org/need-help-getting-to-the-polls/
Please note, this is a volunteer-run open-source project that connects volunteer drivers with anybody who needs a ride in order to vote.  In no event will neither Indivisible HOPE or Indian Valley Democrats be liable to you for any damages.
After the election, CELEBRATE with us the accomplishments over the last year and use this opportunity to enjoy an informal time together.
Indivisible HOPE is sponsoring a Wine & Treat Night and the Indivisible Hope leadership group will be supplying the beverages. 
Guests are asked to bring a dish of finger food treats, savory or sweet. For planning purposes we are asking that you RSVP to this invitation. Please let us know by November 4 to indivisiblehope@gmail.com


When: November 8, 2018 from 7 – 9 PM 

Where: Peter Becker Community, Maplewood Estates, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438 

Meet your Democratic Candidates

Candidate Forum October 2018 final

We are very excited to announce a CANDIDATE FORUM for Democratic candidates.  Indivisible HOPE is partnering with Turn PA Blue and Indian Valley Democrats to host this event

On October 11, at 7 p.m.
At Peter Becker Community Chapel, 800 Maple Ave, Harleysville, PA 19438

(Note! This is not the place we normally meet. The chapel is near the Peter Becker main entrance on Maple Avenue. Extra parking at the school next door.)

Moderator or this event will be Tracey Matisak, an award-winning broadcast journalist with major market television and radio experience.

We are very excited to welcome these candidates:

  • John Fetterman, candidate for Lt. Governor in PA
  • Madeleine Dean, candidate for Congress (PA -4)
  • Maria Collett, candidate for State Senate (PA -12)
  • Linda Fields, candidate for State Senate (PA -24)
  • Steve Malagari, candidate for State House (PA –53)
  • Josh Camson, candidate for State House (PA –147)

The audience will be invited to ask questions.