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Brandywine Battlefield 1, Free Markets 0: Scrapped Chester County housing development a sign of hope for hallowed Revolutionary War site

opinion by Maria Panaritis, The Inquirer, January 5, 2018 — 6:36 PM EST

It was a firefight so consequential that the British sent Gen. George Washington and his troops fleeing and captured Philadelphia just two weeks later. Philly also lost its status as the nation’s capital because of it.

In the annals of local and American history, in other words, the daylong Battle of Brandywine in 1777 was one of the largest of the Revolutionary War. But measured by national parks, monuments, and museums, Brandywine is the forgotten stepchild of the war that introduced the world to modern-day democratic rule.

Until, quite possibly, now.

A few days before New Year’s, residents of Westtown Township, Chester County, cheered as their elected officials spiked a planned Toll Bros. housing development on a 322-acre privately owned parcel known as Crebilly Farm, where portions of the famous battle were believed to have been waged….

continue reading at The Inquirer

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Democracy movement, Jan. 14

quote in email from Good Government PA, 12/27/17:

“When we assert that democracy is possible, of course, we do not mean a perfect democracy — one fully transparent and accountable to all citizens. We agree with William Hastie, America’s first African American federal appellate judge, who noted that democracy is “becoming, rather than being. It can be easily be lost but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.” — from Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want by Adam Eichen and Francis Moore Lappe.

Relevant event in our area:

The democracy movement needs YOU! Interested in getting more involved in the fight to #endPAcorruption and restore democracy in Pennsylvania? Join us for a day of speakers and organizing to learn how to participate in the struggle.

Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S Valley Forge Rd Devon, Pennsylvania 19333-1825 Hosted by March On Harrisburg and Main Line Unitarian Church .

Speakers:

Adam Eichen – Co-author with Francis Moore Lappe of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want

Rabbi Michael Pollack – Executive Director of MarchOnHarrisburg

Adam will be giving a sermon during the service from 10-11, and then we will reconvene from 11:30 – 2pm.

Additional organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and MarchOnHarrisburg will be added. MOH has signed onto William J. Barber, II’s Poor People’s Campaign, a 6-week national campaign that will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience simultaneously at 25 State Capitol buildings across the country, intended to launch a “moral revival” in our national political debate.

After our speakers, we will hold a citizen lobbying training and contact our State Representatives for a meeting on our two pieces of anti-corruption, pro-democracy legislation. We will also be providing training and organizational infrastructure on how to participate in the campaign and/or risk arrest during the six weeks of action.

Childcare, and a light lunch, will be provided.

#CallAVote #KIlltheGerrymander
https://www.facebook.com/events/1929050427411586/

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Urge Governor Wolf to Halt the Mariner East II Pipeline

from Clean Air Council, December 22nd, 2017

The construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline has caused over 100 drilling-fluid spills and has contaminated drinking water supplies, streams, and wetlands in many locations across Pennsylvania. Senator Dinniman has called on Governor Wolf to halt construction of the pipeline until residents’ concerns are addressed. Dinniman’s call for a halt was joined by Senator Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky, with calls from Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.

Call Governor Wolf right now at 717-787-2500 to urge him to halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline. We are working with partner groups to try to get 1,000 calls to Wolf by the new year. Please add your voice now.

Use the script below for guidance. Please leave a message so your call can count.

PLEASE CLICK HERE, FILL OUT YOUR INFORMATION & CLICK “SUBMIT” to help us keep count of how many participated.

call script:

My name is [NAME] from [Town, County] and I am calling to support Senators Dinniman and Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky in their request that you take a leadership role and halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline due to its public safety and environmental risks. Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin have called for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.

As governor, you are in a unique position to protect the environment for current and future generations and have an obligation to ensure public health and safety. I urge you to heed the call of a growing number of constituents and elected officials and immediately halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline until an impartial re-evaluation of the environmental and safety risks is complete.

[see more background info here]

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Human Rights Day

The world recognizes Human Rights Day every December 10, the day on which in 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a document of which world leaders and elected officials need constantly to be reminded. Here is the beginning of the Declaration, from the United Nations site, where you can find background info and download the full text.

UNITED NATIONS
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

PREAMBLE

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and
of the equal and inalienable rights of all members
of the human family is the foundation of freedom,
justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human
rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have
outraged the conscience of mankind, and the
advent of a world in which human beings shall
enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom
from fear and want has been proclaimed as the
highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled
to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against
tyranny and oppression, that human rights should
be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development
of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas
the peoples of the United Nations have in
the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental
human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human
person and in the equal rights of men and women
and have determined to promote social progress and
better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves
to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations,
the promotion of universal respect for and observance
of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas
a common understanding of these rights
and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the
full realization of this pledge,

Now, therefore,
The General Assembly proclaims
this Universal Declaration of Human Rights
as a common standard of achievement for all
peoples and all nations, to the end that every
individual and every organ of society, keeping
this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive
by teaching and education to promote respect
for these rights and freedoms and by progressive
measures, national and international, to secure
their universal and effective recognition and
observance, both among the peoples of Member
States themselves and among the peoples of
territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 01

All human beings are born free and
equal in dignity and rights. They are
endowed with reason and conscience
and should act towards one another in a
spirit of brotherhood.

Article 02

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and
freedoms set forth in this Declaration,
without distinction of any kind, such as
race, colour, sex, language, religion, political
or other opinion, national or social
origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be
made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional
or international status of the
country or territory to which a person
belongs, whether it be independent,
trust, non-self-governing or under any
other limitation of sovereignty….

etc. etc.

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