JOIN THE FIGHT!Upper St. Clair Democratic Committee
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Judicial Candidate Petition Signing on February 27. We had a great turnout!
Next USC Democratic Committee Meeting: Wednesday, April 28 at 7 pm via Zoom. If you would like to participate, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call Senator Pat Toomey and Tell Him to Vote Yes on S1 Bill (For The People Act)
The House of Representatives. has passed HR1 (For The People Act) and now the legislation moves to the Senate for a vote. This sweeping piece of legislation is the most extensive democracy reform agenda since the Voting Rights Act. It would make it easier to vote in federal elections, end congressional gerrymandering, overhaul federal campaign finance laws, increase safeguards against foreign interference, strengthen government ethics rules, and more. Most of these reforms would be implemented for the November 2022 general election, with the exception of some redistricting and public financing changes that would go into effect later. For more information about the S1 For The People Act.
Two amendments to the Pennsylvania State Constitution that will hamper and politicize the state’s ability to respond to disasters will be on the May 21st primary ballot. We strongly encourage you to vote no!
On your primary ballot this year, you are going to see questions asking you for more than your choice for candidates to represent your party in local and judicial offices.
Three constitutional amendments passed the General Assembly, and it is now up to you to determine whether they will be added to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Consider these carefully before you go to vote.
The first question will ask whether you think the Legislature should be permitted to unilaterally overturn a disaster declaration by avoiding the Governor’s input or potential veto.
The Governor plays an important role in the case of a disaster and prematurely ending one for political reasons could threaten our health and safety, our access to Federal resources, our ability to efficiently manage an emergency, and our ability to help those in need. On this amendment, please vote no.
The second question asks whether you think the Legislature should have to approve the extension of a disaster declaration every 21 days.
The management of emergency disasters should not be required to be negotiated with the Legislature. They should be handled efficiently and thoughtfully by the appropriate experts and in coordination with the Federal, State, and Local governments. Legislators should not make this a political process every 21 days. On this amendment, vote no.
The third question asks whether you believe our constitution should be amended to ban any discrimination based on race.
Discrimination is wrong, whether it is based on your skin color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. This amendment signals that Pennsylvania is a Commonwealth where all are welcome. On this amendment, please vote yes (although the Democratic Party will be working to expand legal protections for our LGBT friends and neighbors in the future as well).
The ballot will show these as three separate questions and you will be asked to vote on each one independently from the others as you see fit. The votes for each question will be counted separately and if any of the three questions receive a majority of support among Pennsylvania voters, they will be included in the Pennsylvania Constitution.
It is a lengthy, serious process to amend our constitution and one that we should not take lightly. Think about these questions carefully and the impact they can have on our future.
Wanted: Upper St. Clair Democrats who wish to have a greater role in determining the future of the Democratic Party and the country.
Deciding which candidates, the Democratic Party endorses and supports for elected offices is probably the most important responsibility a committee person has, but it is not the only one. Committee people serve as liaisons between their neighbors and the Democratic Party and its elected officials. The potential impact of a committee person cannot be overstated.
As a committeeperson, you can change the way your district votes. You have the power to help your constituents be better informed and to inspire a higher engagement.
You can help:
- Educate the people in your neighborhood about candidates.
- Inform people about upcoming election timetables and encourage them to vote.
- Distribute mail-in ballot applications to those who either cannot get to the polls or prefer not to vote at the polls.
- Recruit poll watchers to make sure everyone has equal and fair access to vote.
- Address, stuff and deliver envelopes with information to help Democratic candidates.
- And much more….
If the current radicalization of the Republican Party concerns you, then this is your chance to do something about it. Join us to make certain our priorities are reflected in government policies. Start by attending our monthly meetings (fourth Tuesday of every month) and visiting this website on a regular basis.
Current Upper St. Clair Democratic Committee Openings:
Precinct: 1-1, both committee woman and committee man position open
Precinct: 1-2, both committee woman and committee man position open
Precinct: 3-2, committee man position open
Precinct: 4-2, both committee woman and committee man position open
Precinct: 5-1, both committee woman and committee man position open
Precinct: 5-2, Committee man position open
Precinct: 5-3, Committee man position open
If interested or just want to learn more about becoming a committeeperson, please email: email@example.com or Jason Fincke: firstname.lastname@example.org.