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.
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.
One hundred and five miles in nine days—that is the feat just accomplished by March on Harrisburg’s participants, who marched from Philadelphia to the State Capital in Harrisburg, May 13-21. But the activists do not have time to rest their feet, as they start a four-day lobby and protest at the State Capital, May 22-24.
Join March on Harrisburg’s kickoff rally on Satuday, May 13th. The morning program will include a variety of public speakers and tabling by endorsing organizations, followed by a 9 mile march to Haverford Friends Meeting, 855 N Buck Ln, Haverford, PA 19041.
Rides will be offered back to Thomas Paine Plaza for those who cannot march to Harrisburg.
March on Harrisburg Proudly Presents Speeches By:
-Asa Khalif, Black Lives Matter Movement Pennsylvania Chapter
-Francis Moore Lappe, Author of Daring Democracy
-Art Haywood, Senator
-Sharif Nassef, CAIR Muslim Community Leader
-John Randolf, March on Harrisburg Legislative Director
-Michael Pollack, March on Harrisburg Executive Director
-Interfaith Send Off
Special Live Performance by Diamond Entertainment Co’s Legendary Carl Max as Whitney Houston
930am Marcher Registraton
10am Program Begins
12pm Kickoff the March
Join the organization March on Harrisburg as we march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to fight for democracy by encouraging our legislators to pass laws ending gerrymandering, establishing automatic voter registration (AVR) and banning gifts to legislators.
Along the march, we will hold rallies, teach-ins, nonviolence trainings and canvassing and phone banking sessions. You are welcome to be part of the entire march or to join us on any leg of the journey. Housing and other logistical support are being arranged.
Register for the event here.
Here are the routes for the first days of the march:
Join us as we meet with our legislators and their staff. RSVP yes, and a volunteer organizer will reach out to you with more details. Please note in the comments box whether you have been contacted by an organizer.
Join our organization, the March on Harrisburg, as we meet with legislators and their staff to push for bills banning gifts to legislators, ending gerrymandering and establishing automatic voter registration (AVR) in Pennsylvania.
Register here, and a volunteer organizer will contact you. You can also sign up for one of our weekly training sessions in advance of the Citizens Lobbying Day. Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm and on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 pm.