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

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Pennsylvania State House Primary Race

Solo = had opposition, but opposition either removed or dropped out
Unopposed = self explanatory 

So why am I posting this? Because all of the candidates in red are Republicans running unchallenged. Yes, I know there are some write-in campaigns, including in the 155th District, where former Democrat Spring City Councilman, James J. Burns, is hoping to unseat Republican Rebecca "Becky" Corbin. But for the most part, there are many districts where Dems have not stepped up. Currently, there are 92 Democrats and 111 Republicans in the PA House of Representatives. If somehow Democrats are able to pick up 19 seats in November, the Dems would have control in the House for the first time since 2010.  Prior to 2007, Republicans held the State House Majority for over a decade from 1995 to 2006.


If you care about education, reproductive rights, equality, jobs, voting accessibility etc., please vote Democrat!