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CCDC Petitions Notarizing Party

Notarize your petitions for all Chesco candidates at CCDC’s Notary Party!

Sunday, February 14
2:00pm to 6:00pm
West Chester Borough Hall
401 E Gay St
West Chester, PA 19382

This is your opportunity to get petitions notarized at no charge before they are due on Tuesday, February 16th.

Candidates, please send someone to pick up the notarized petitions at the end of the session.

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CCDC newsletter, Jan./Feb. 2016

The CCDC Communications Committee has created a one-page, two-sided newsletter that should be a very useful document for handing out to Democrats during this time of requesting signatures for nominating petitions. It was designed to 1) provide the PA online voter registration link for people changing addresses or parties, 2) help explain the primary election process including the petitions, and 3) offer volunteer opportunities.

We have provided lists of the offices and candidates and also CCDC contact information. The “For more information, please contact” box on the front is for distributors to put their or their zone’s name and contact information or attach a business card.

We would suggest printing a handful for each precinct (the zone may elect to do this collectively) to have with you when you go out. You will need to print just page 1 and then reinsert the printed pages (following your printer directions) to print page 2 on the back if you want to distribute it on just one page.

Thank you and please download the PDF File here: CCDC Newsletter-Vol-I-Issue-1.FINAL 1

–Bill Phifer for the CCDC Communications Committee

Graham On CNN New Day: “You Know How You Make America Great Again? Tell Donald Trump To Go To Hell”

[It isn’t often we feature a (former) Republican presidential candidate, but in case you missed it, this is so well said….(bold, italics, and capitals as in the oridinal)]

Graham President, from New Day on CNN, 12/8/15

Graham: “Trump’s A Race-Baiting, Xenophobic, Religious Bigot. He Doesn’t Represent My Party. He Doesn’t Represent The Values That The Men And Women Who Wear The Uniform Are Fighting For.”

Camerota: “What Is Your Reaction To Hearing What Donald Trump Says?”

Graham: “Disgusted”

“He’s Putting Our Soldiers And Diplomats At Risk, He’s Empowering The Enemy And This Ban…Would Take People… Who Came To Our Side In Iraq And Afghanistan And Who Are Under Siege In Their Own Countries, It Basically Becomes A Death Sentence For Them.”
“I’ve been in the Air Force for 33 years, retired this June. He’s the ISIL man of year by the way. I just got back from Iraq a week ago this Monday… Now we have young men and women in harm’s way all over the world, particularly in the Middle East. They were concerned about this rhetoric because the enemy will use it against us. Continue reading

American Muslim Voters Overwhelmingly Support Democrats

by Saif Alnuweiri, The National Memo, February 9, 2016

An overwhelming majority of American Muslims support Democratic presidential candidates, according to a poll completed by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last week. This isn’t exactly a surprise, given the blatant Islamophobia coming from nearly every Republican presidential candidate, but the poll gave some insight into how the Muslim electorate has shifted, politically, over the past two decades.

The survey reported that a majority of American Muslims, 52 percent, supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. “As an immigrant community, there’s a long memory of the work she has done abroad,” said Robert McCaw, Department Manager of Government Affairs at CAIR. “So, you essentially have two generations of Muslim immigrants who have been exposed to Clinton before they have even heard of Sanders.”

Strong support for Clinton also revealed that American Muslims are not opposed to female leadership, despite familiar tropes by the American right that Islam promotes a rigid, undemocratic and patriarchal social order. “When you look at Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, even Kosovo, these are Muslim oriented countries that have already had female leaders, presidents, and prime ministers,” said McCaw. “So this is nothing new, for Muslims to elect a female leader. This may be something new for America.”

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders placed second in the survey, earning the support of 22 percent of respondents. Sanders was one of the most vocal opponents of the Islamophobic atmosphere many Muslims have been forced to confront since the start of this election cycle. …

keep reading at The National Memo

Chart from the CAIR poll:

CAIR poll

None of us can be bystanders to bigotry

editorial, Daily Local News, 2/9/16, from The Berkshire Eagle, 2/5/16

It’s unfortunate that in 2016 a president of the United States has to speak out against medieval-era religious bigotry. But it was necessary to do so.

Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore to speak about Muslim-Americans’ part in U.S. society and defend them against the bigoted rhetoric of Republican presidential candidates and their followers. The threat from Islamic terrorists like ISIS and al-Qaida is real, but to brand all Muslims because of the actions of a few is not only unfair it is, unfortunately, far from unprecedented in America.

When Americans get scared, they too often strike out against the “other” at the root of their fears, even if the perceived enemy is a fellow American. The internment camps set up to imprison innocent Japanese-Americans would be a particularly shameful example.

When it comes to Muslim-Americans, the fear-mongers are in full voice this presidential election year, with Republicans outdoing each other in ratcheting up the hysteria level. Donald Trump thinks Muslims should be banned from entering the country. Ben Carson doesn’t believe a Muslim-American should be able to become president. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio want to ban Muslims from the Middle East, where many are victims of both ISIS and the Syrian government. Even supposed moderates like Governor Jeb Bush want to parse refugees for admittance on a religious basis, allowing Christians in and keeping Muslims out.

Discriminating against people on a religious basis is as fundamentally un-American an action as any imaginable….

keep reading at The Berkshire Eagle

The Time-Loop Party

by Paul Krugman, New York Times, 2/8/16, excerpt:

…Think about the doctrines every Republican politician now needs to endorse, on pain of excommunication.

First, there’s the ritual denunciation of Obamacare as a terrible, very bad, no good, job-killing law. Did I mention that it kills jobs? Strange to say, this line hasn’t changed at all despite the fact that we’ve gained 5.7 million private-sector jobs since January 2014, which is when the Affordable Care Act went into full effect.

Then there’s the assertion that taxing the rich has terrible effects on economic growth, and conversely that tax cuts at the top can be counted on to produce an economic miracle.

This doctrine was tested more than two decades ago, when Bill Clinton raised tax rates on high incomes; Republicans predicted disaster, but what we got was the economy’s best run since the 1960s. It was tested again when George W. Bush cut taxes on the wealthy; Republicans predicted a “Bush boom,” but actually got a lackluster expansion followed by the worst slump since the Great Depression. And it got tested a third time after President Obama won re-election, and tax rates at the top went up substantially; since then we’ve gained eight million private-sector jobs….

read the full analysis at New York Times

Action needed to battle climate change, speaker says

By Adam Farence, Daily Local News, 2/2/16,

TREDYFFRIN >> Richard Whiteford, a well-known speaker who says he has delivered hundreds of presentations on climate change, addressed a crowd about the action humans need to take to curb damage to the environment.

“Everything now is the worst we’ve ever seen,” he said.

He said humans are pumping carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate of 100 million tons every 24 hours, and disasters like hurricanes Sandy and Katrina were exacerbated by human impact on climate change.

In order to solve the problem, he said humans needed to take decisive action to limit the amount of CO2 continuously being released into the atmosphere and highlighted reforestation projects taking place all over the world, particularly in the Amazon rainforest, to help remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

“They’re really trying to ramp-up reforestation projects,” he said. “The problem is, trees take a long time to grow.”

He also highlighted a new idea he said was developed by the Citizens Climate Lobby, where oil companies pay a tax when they extract fuel from the ground. However, he said the tax money is given directly to the people instead of going to the government….

keep reading at Daily Local News

Safe water, whether it’s Flint MI or PA fracking

email from Joe Sestak for US Senate, 2/9/16

Real leadership is stopping a crisis from happening, not just responding to the crisis when it happens – unlike Flint, where government “leaders” ignored the people’s lead-filled drinking water until it became a public crisis.

It’s why I was for a moratorium on Marcellus shale fracking in 2010 – and remain so today. 

two years that their water was safe to drink despite discoloration and sickness.

In PA, authorities have allowed methane and multiple fracking chemicals to plague our drinking water for a decade despite warnings.

In Flint, public “leaders” let General Motors change to a safe water supply – but not the people.

In PA, public “leaders” have exempted gas companies’ fracking from drinking water regulation – rather than providing oversight to ensure the people’s water does not become polluted.

People should not have to worry about:

• the safety of their drinking water, whether contaminated with lead or fracking chemicals

• having leaders stand tall for the people, not the powers behind the water’s pollution

In the Senate, I will stand for people above power.

Please contribute to my campaign today to send a leader to the Senate who was trained for 31 years in the Navy on how to stand tall – and avoid crises before they occur.

Muslim and American: Voices from the White House

Whitehouse.gov, February 3, 2016, by Tanya Somanader and Kelly Jo Smart

Summary:
These are the stories of dedicated public servants who have faced discrimination and found hope in the work they do every day on behalf the American people.

Today, President Obama made his first visit to a mosque in America. Speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he said:

“At a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths—we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity. So often we focus on outward differences, we forget how much we share.”

Watch his remarks and keep reading