Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson, MO news coverage screenshots from last night 8/18/14

I'm not a journalist and I'm not there but I captured what I could via KARG Argus Radio's Live Feed   and MSNBC's live coverage 

These are not in chronological order and I haven't had the time to crop them all, and yes they're not the best quality but here they are anyway. 

We all, as Americans, should be paying attention. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

July 2014 Council Minutes and comments

Thanks to another public records request, here are the July 2014 Spring City Borough Council Minutes

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Finance and Ordinance meeting in July and the August Borough Council meeting, so I have no idea what the current status is of the proposed non-discrimination ordinance. When I asked for the Minutes from the Finance and Ordinance Committee meeting, the Borough Manager had this to say:

"There are no formal meeting minutes for the committee meetings.  The activity and discussion of the committee meetings are presented to all council members at the next regularly scheduled council meeting during the committee reports portion of that meeting by the chairman of that committee."

I guess I will have to wait until after the September meeting to find out what (if anything) happened regarding the proposed ordinance. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Spring City Borough Council Meeting - July 7, 2014

Notice: I was at the meeting for less than 15 minutes. Here's the audio recording. I apologize for the sounds of rustling papers, breathing noise and poor sound quality. 

I admit, I haven't been to a Spring City Borough Council meeting since last year. I attended part of the meeting this evening because I had intended to discuss a non-discrimination ordinance that I had e-mailed to the Councilmen and Borough Manager on June 17, 2014. 

The text of the aforementioned email is as follows:

 To the Spring City Borough Councilmen and Manager Rittenhouse,

Attached please find, for your consideration, a copy of Downingtown's Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Adoption of an Ordinance like the attached would be a meaningful measure to protect the civil rights of any LGBT people who either work or live in Spring City Borough. If you have any questions about implementation, please contact Ted Martin of Equality Pennsylvania who is cc-ed on this email.  Mr. Martin and Equality PA have worked with many municipalities on training and taking the necessary steps toward successfully implementing similar laws. Thank you.

So, between June 17th and before 7:30 pm today, I did not receive a reply or an acknowledgement that my e-mail was received, so I had no way of knowing whether or not Council would even discuss the ordinance that I proposed. And usually, the agenda is posted on the official website ahead of time, but it wasn't this evening, so I didn't see it until I picked up a copy at the meeting. Here's a .pdf of the agenda

I invite you to listen to the terrible recording especially the last few minutes where Councilman Shaner was unnecessarily rude to me. 

Special thanks to Chris Cachuela, General Manager of Chaplin's and Chris Weiherer (my husband) for attending the meeting.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Metcalfe the Cowardly Elephant

I just posted Metcalfe the Cowardly Elephant  on Daily Kos. I admit, name-calling is a bit childish but so is standing in the way of something because you don't like or understand it. The knowledge that members of the LGBT community can legally be refused housing and employment through out the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sickens me to no end.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Congratulations to James J. Burns & Best of Luck in November!

It has been confirmed that Jim's write-in campaign during the May Primary for the 155th Legislative District was successful!

For more about Jim, go to the Friends of Jim Burns Facebook Page 

PA Election Watch 2014: 5 Things You Should Know About State House Rep. Becky Corbin (R-155)

Here is some notable info for progressive voters in the 155th District about incumbent, Republican PA House Rep. Becky Corbin:

1.     She voted in favor of Liquor Privatization (HB 790).

2.     She voted in favor of Increasing Corporate Tax Breaks (HB 440). To continue reading, please click here

Tuesday, May 20, 2014