March On Harrisburg 2.0

Since our legislative demands have not yet been met and Representative Daryl Metcalfe continues to refuse to meet with us, we are once again taking a political pilgrimage to the Capitol Building. From November 10 – 12, we will march 36 miles from Lancaster to Harrisburg, which will be followed by two days of rallies and nonviolent civil disobedience.

In the weeks leading to the march, we will be lobbying at the Capitol every session day. Join us in the struggle for democracy. 

The Book of Jonah in Today’s Politics

Demonstrators sitting-in outside PA State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s office. Photo courtesy of March on Harrisburg.

By Rabbi Michael Pollack

In the Biblical worldview, our world has a moral compass, and our history is intimately linked to our actions. Our collective crimes and injustices result in our pain and suffering, and our ancestors called this divine judgment and divine wrath. In the words of the enlightenment philosopher Hegel, “World history is world judgement.” The Bible is a series of historical atrocities interpreted by our ancestors as divine judgement for our collective moral and ethical failures. Our ancestors’ crimes usually included materialist idolatry, injustice, corruption, violence, and  war — all performed in an atmosphere of mistrust and spite. And our weakened society too often turned against itself in civil war, or was unable to fend off invaders like the Assyrians or the Babylonians.

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Citizen Lobbying Day

Join us in Harrisburg as we lobby for our bills. If you are a first-time lobbyist, we will train you and pair you with an experienced March on Harrisburg citizen lobbyist as we hop from meeting to meeting, navigating the Capitol and encouraging legislators to cosponsor our bills, and in some cases, sign on to a risky legislative maneuver.

Register for the September 27th citizen lobbying day here.

Citizen Lobbying Day

Join us in Harrisburg as we lobby for our bills. If you are a first-time lobbyist, we will train you and pair you with an experienced March on Harrisburg citizen lobbyist as we hop from meeting to meeting, navigating the Capitol and encouraging legislators to cosponsor our bills, and in some cases, sign on to a risky legislative maneuver.

Register for the September 26th citizen lobbying day here.

Citizen Lobbying Day

Join us in Harrisburg as we lobby for our bills. If you are a first-time lobbyist, we will train you and pair you with an experienced March on Harrisburg citizen lobbyist as we hop from meeting to meeting, navigating the Capitol and encouraging legislators to cosponsor our bills, and in some cases, sign on to a risky legislative maneuver.

Register for the September 25th citizen lobbying day here.

Fighting to Make Our Votes Count

Carol Kuniholm addressing the press at the Pennsylvania Capitol, with supporters of redistricting reform behind her.

Now that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has returned from summer recess, advocacy groups, like Fair Districts PA and March on Harrisburg, are intensifying their fight for redistricting reform. Explaining the importance of their mission, Carol Kuniholm, chair of Fair Districts PA, said at a recent press conference in Harrisburg:

For the first time in generations, many of our fellow citizens are questioning the underlying premises of democracy itself. … We feel our votes no longer count and our voices are no longer heard. When we look for causes, we see our gerrymandered districts and our lack of choice at the polls.

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Open Conference Call

The movement for democracy in PA is growing and becoming more successful every day. On Thursday, August 31st, from 8-9pm EST, we are hosting our first open conference call. We will discuss where our bills currently are in the legislative process, our upcoming actions and events, and how you can best plug-in to pass our anti-corruption laws to heal our wounded democracy and restore trust to the republic.

To join the call, click on this link on Thursday, August 31st at 8pm.

We have a full calendar of events for our 2.0 campaign: 15 citizen lobbying days in Harrisburg in September and October, a three day March on Harrisburg (starting in Lancaster) from November 10-12, and two days of rallies on November 13 and 14 (likely) featuring nonviolent civil disobedience.

We hope to talk with you soon.

For Love and Democracy,

The MOH Team

March on Harrisburg Protesters Arrested at State Capitol

A protester being arrested. Photo courtesy of March on Harrisburg.

Twenty-three protesters were arrested under charges of disorderly conduct, a summary offense, during a sit-in outside Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe’s office at the PA Capitol Monday, May 22. Five more were arrested on Tuesday. Two were from out-of-state and charged with failure to disperse, trespassing, and disrupting a meeting, as confirmed by Xelba Gutierrez, the outreach coordinator of March on Harrisburg. The two unidentified protesters have an unsecured bail set to $25,ooo and have a hearing on June 5. The other three protesters arrested on Tuesday had lesser charges. The demonstrators were with March on Harrisburg, a nonpartisan  grassroots organization, rallying behind bill HB 39/SB 132 that would place limits on gifts to state legislators. The organization believes that gifts to public officials are a channel for bias and corruption.

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March on Harrisburg: Civil Disobedience

We will be lobbying, protesting and performing pragmatic and creative nonviolence at the Capitol. The goal is to have our bills on banning gifts to legislators, ending gerrymandering and establishing automatic voter registration (AVR) moved out of committee and onto the floor for a successful vote.

To join this civil disobedience movement, register here.