The Green Amendment

39753290_2147221925328870_965333430654992384_oMaya van Rossum is back!
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.

 

 

Education in PA – issues and how to fix them

 

39967449_1137852549687618_9147399717565497344_oEducation is one of the hot topics this year. In Pennsylvania, we have wide disparities between low- and high-income school districts in per student education funding, and concern over local property tax burdens. In the Souderton School District in particular, the financial burden for the charter school funding model increases every year. There is also no accountability for charter schools to control or reduce costs. These are costs that are reflected on your property tax bill. Only legislators can fix this problem and that’s why you need to be aware of these important issues.

Children are not only our future, this generation is the generation that becomes our doctors and nurses, our engineers and teachers. Let’s learn about what is going wrong and how to fix it.

We are excited to have two experts coming to talk to us.

  • David Lapp, attorney and Director of Policy Research at Research for Action.
  • Kyle Longacre, Program Administrator for College and Career Readiness at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

When: September 13, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Peter-Becker-Community, Maplewood Estates, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438 

David Lapp serves as the Director of Policy Research at Research for Action where he oversees a range of projects at the nexus of education research and policy. He joined RFA after seven years as a staff attorney at the Education Law Center – PA, where he litigated cases and conducted policy research on a wide variety of legal issues related to public education, including school funding, race and disability discrimination, student discipline, and charter school law. At ELC, David also worked to help districts and charter schools revise their Student Codes of Conduct in order to minimize reliance on exclusionary discipline. He also helped create, train, and advise a law student collaborative that provides pro bono assistance to students in Philadelphia public schools who are facing expulsion and disciplinary transfers. David recently taught education law at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He received his JD from Temple Law School, which awarded him the post-graduate Conwell Community Corps Fellowship.  Prior to practicing law, David taught high school social studies for a total of nine years in two different Philadelphia charter schools.

Kyle Longacre is Program Administrator for College and Career Readiness at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, where he heads the MontcoWorks NOW program for youth and youth adult workforce and career development services.  He works to connect schools and businesses to develop and enhance career readiness efforts, close the skills gap, and promote economic and community development through engaging work based learning opportunities.  Recently, Kyle was a collaborator in a national USDA food safety grant to promote education and workforce development efforts, by assisting schools in Kansas, Michigan, and western Pennsylvania.  He served for seven years as an assistant principal at Souderton Area High School and 14 years at Quakertown Community High School as an administrator and high school world cultures and world affairs teacher.

 

 

The Green Amendment

Indivisible HOPE 8.9.2018

We are excited to invite you to hear Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, and author of “The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment” as well as Prof. Richard Wallace, professor of environmental studies at Ursinus College. Come out, meet Maya, pick up a copy of her latest book and learn about the future of environmental advocacy!

When: Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 pm
Where: Peter-Becker Community, Maplewood Estates Main Building
815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438

In the decade’s long fight for a cleaner environment, we’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. People feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces. The solution, argues van Rossum in her book, is to bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority: our state and federal constitutions.

Maya K. van Rossum is a veteran environmentalist and licensed attorney who joined the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in 1994 as executive director and since 1996 has served as the Delaware Riverkeeper, championing the rights of people to a free-flowing, clean, and healthy Delaware River and its tributary streams.

Van Rossum is currently advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation. The Green Amendment includes a powerful foreword authored by Mark Ruffalo.

She grew up in the Delaware River watershed, playing in Ithan Creek, a tributary to the Darby, which is a tributary to the Delaware. After law school, she returned to the Delaware River watershed to take on the role of fighting to protect it, along with each and every tributary stream including her beloved Ithan Creek.

Richard L. Wallace is a professor of environmental studies at Ursinus College and co-director of the college’s Robert and Shurley Knaefler Whittaker Environmental Research Station.

Ending Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania: The Journey Continues 

The courts have now issued a new map with redrawn boundaries but politicians are still fighting to keep our state gerrymandered.
We are all paying the price.

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Therefore, Indivisible Hope & Fair District PA is hosting a public education program on reforming Pennsylvania’s redistricting process.  Our state constitution grants voters “free and equal” elections and it’s on us to stop politicians who try to keep our state gerrymandered.

on Thursday, July 12th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
at Peter-Becker-Community, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438 

Speakers are:

  • Jamie Mogil, Attorney and Fair Elections Activist for Fair Districts PA
  • Brian Gordon, Plaintiff Attorney in the Agre v. Wolff case
  • Anne Hanna, engineer/physicist, Georgia Tech who developed a methodology for neutral redistricting

Jamie Mogil will provide an update on the legislation in Harrisburg and she will discuss FDPA’s strategy going forward. In addition, Brian Gordon, a plaintiff attorney in the Agre v. Wolff case will be speaking as will Fair Districts PA activist Anne Hanna. Anne Hanna has been a guiding force in developing a methodology for neutral redistricting. As our journey into the next phase of redistricting reform begins, this program promises to be a fascinating call to action.

Fair Districts PA is a non-partisan coalition of citizens and organizations seeking to reform PA redistricting rules by taking the process out of the hands of party leaders and putting that process into the hands of an impartial, transparent, and accountable citizens’ commission.

 

 

 

BE THE WAVE

 

Turn PA volunteer event B&B .pngThe blue wave is coming to Northwest Montco but we need volunteers to make it happen! Please join Turn PA Blue and Indivisible HOPE and enjoy some food and drink (cash bar) and learn more about what you can do to help flip the state legislature in November!

Thursday, June 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM
at Butcher and Barkeep, 712 Main St., Harleysville, PA 19438 

This event is free, but we ask that you register in advance so that we know how much food to order. You can sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/june-7th-creating-the-blue-wave-in-harleysville.

Rep. Matt Bradford (HD-70) will be there to tell us about the state of things in Harrisburg and why it is so important that we Turn PA Blue. You will also get a chance to meet some of the amazing state candidates who are running this year and find out what you can do to help them win!

Linda Fields (SD 24)
Maria Collett (SD 12)
Josh Camson (HD 147)
Steve Malagari (HD 153).

Meet your Candidates

Meet your Candidates

on Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 7 – 8:30 PM 

at Peter-Becker Community, Maplewood Estates Main Building,
815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 

Candidates are: 

Madeleine Dean, Joe Hoeffel, and Shira Goodman for the 4th congressional district

Maria Collett, candidate for State Senate in the 12th district

Leon Angelichio and Steve Malarari, candidate for State Representative in the 53 district

Josh Camson, candidate for State Representative in the 147th district.

 

Our May meeting takes place right before the Primaries and we want to introduce you to your Democratic candidates.  Several candidates compete in the Primaries and it is super important for you to get to know them to make an informed decision.  But it is not only important for you to be there to listen, it is important to show all candidates that we care and want to have candidates represent us that reflect our values.

Show up and tell them we don’t belong to the sleepy part of Montgomery County anymore! Please try to be there and bring friends!

We are excited to have 7 candidates at our next meeting who want to introduce themselves. All congressional candidates for U.S. Congress who compete in the newly drawn 4th congressional district are among them.

Candidates from the 1st congressional district Steve Bacher, Rachel Reddick and Scott Wallace cannot make it due to a conflict with another event.

Linda Fields who is running for State Senate in 24th district is going to celebrate her son’s grad school graduation that day. Congratulations Linda!

In case you don’t know in which district you are, we will inform you at the beginning of the meeting. The congressional districts have been redrawn and the border runs now through the Indian Valley. Bob Solomon, leader of the Indian Valley Democrats will explain the details at the beginning of the meeting.

We hope to see you next week!

Your

Indivisible HOPE team

 

Gun Control – how to get there

When: April 12, 2018, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. plus a social hour
Where: Peter-Becker-Community, Maplewood Estates Main Building, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438 

In our April meeting we want to focus on gun control and have invited:

  • Shira Goodman, Candidate for Congress in the 4th district and CEO of CeaseFirePA
  • Brian Gordon, Attorney, Lower Merion commissioner and founder of Concerned Citizens for Democracy
  • Reuben Jones, Executive Director of Frontline Dads Inc.

The United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people. Many of us don’t feel safe when we go to school, movie theaters, church or are on the streets when it is easier in this country to purchase a gun than a bottle of wine.

We want to advocate for comprehensive gun control and make sure the second amendment is not used as an excuse for an unlimited right to own guns. It is not a solution to arm teachers and turn our schools into prisons. We feel that we have a moral obligation to save lives, which we believe is a nonpartisan issue.

We hope to see you all there!