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Activity Group: Resist & Beyond

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Urgent: Stop The United States From Attacking North Korea

1pecenk The United States has been escalating conflict with North Korea recently. Of concern is that President Trump announced today that he plans to meet with all 100 senators on Wednesday, April 26, without their staffers, at the White House. We must send a strong message to the senators that we will not tolerate a US attack on North Korea. The time to do that is now. Use the Capitol Switchboard at 202 224 3121 to call your senators today and tell them that we want peace with North Korea. Negotiate with President Kim Jong-un. Stop US military exercises on the North Korean border. Join us at the White House on Wednesday at 2 pm. See this Facebook page for details. If you can't come to DC, then hold an action locally. -more-


4/23:  This is the week that Congress must pass a budget and get it signed before government shutdown.  Pay attention!  Call everyday to urge restraint in cutting vital programs in order to throw more money at the war machine.

call Congressional switchboard for all DC offices: 1 202 224 3121.

Local offices:

Rep Ryan Costello:510 696 2982
Sen. Bob Casey: 215 405 9660

Sen Pat Toomey: 215 241 1090

Here's Henry Giroux on the state of our union:


4/10/17:More on Syria and what to call your Congressman about at 1 202 224 3121L:

As a candidate, Mr Trump reviled his opponent for squandering US treasure on endless wars.  Now he has wasted millions of dollars on bombing Syria with no Congressional approval and no long-term strategy, just what he was criticizing before.  There are many issues to continue contacting our Members of Congress about, but this may be the most critical this week.  The following website offers a chance to send emails to all three Members of Congress.  I suggest signing this and also calling each one with the same message at 1 202 224 3121.--


4/3/17: Please urge your members of the House to sign the Pocan-Amash-Lieu-Jones letter to force Trump and Mattis to back down from taking the catastrophic step unilaterally of bombing Yemen's port, and force them to seek congressional authorization before proceeding, 1 202 224 3121

Also: Since Trump has blocked federal efforts to rein in climate change, the effort to do so now rests with cities.  Here's what you can do locally:

All-of-us must ensure that our cities continue to protect our environment.

Here’s how:
1. Learn about the Compact of Mayors. Check out this useful FAQ. (5 minutes)
2. Call your mayor’s office and see if your mayor has joined the Compact of Mayors. If not, convince them to join. (10 minutes) (In Phoenixville, 610 933 8801, 8am-4:30 pm)
3. Ask your City Council members to join the National League of Cities’ efforts to combat climate change by signing this letter. (10 minutes)

Way Forward will meet this Wednesday, April 5 at Schuylkill Friends Meeting (37 N. Whitehorse Rd, Phoenixville, PA)  at 6:30 for light refreshments and fellowship.  The general meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.  Please carpool, if you can.

Also: Call your US Senators to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 1 202 224 3121

Gorsuch’s extreme record has left him short of the 60 votes traditionally required to close debate and vote on a Supreme Court nominee. Instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular “nuclear option” and change 230 years of Senate precedent to eliminate the filibuster and ram Gorsuch through with fewer than 60 votes.

Many Republicans are very nervous about blowing up the rules over this one vote—and they should be. If you have Democratic senators, tell them to stand strong, and if you have Republican senators, tell them to back away from the nuclear option. The message is simple: if your Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, you don’t change the rules, you change the nominee!

3/20/17:House Republicans have introduced a bill to “terminate” the EPA.

The EPA is vital for the protection of our planet. Eliminating it could mean the end of clean air. No safeguards for clean water. Climate chaos.

We need your help to defend the EPA from Republican attacks!

Tell your Representative: Stop the attacks on the EPA! Call 1 202 224 3121 or Costello's local office at 610 696 2982

This bill is just the latest in a string of attacks on the EPA. In fact, the GOP has a whole plan to “Make the EPA Great Again.” Their vision of a “Great” EPA is one that can’t eliminate pesticides, can’t use the best science available, and can’t rein in polluters.

It’s clear what House Republicans are trying to do. They want to damage the EPA so badly that it won’t ever be able to recover -- no matter who’s in Congress or the White House.

And they have Donald Trump on their side. Trump’s pick to lead the EPA is Scott Pruitt -- a climate denier who has spent his career suing the agency. He plans to undo the Clean Power Plan and give Big Oil whatever they want. Now House Republicans are helping him.

The EPA has never faced threats like this before. Tell your Representative that you oppose the bill to “terminate” the agency!  Call 1 202 224 3121 or Costello's local office at 610 696 2982

We have a real chance to stop this bill. It’s too extreme even for many Republicans. And even if it passes the House, we’ll push Democrats in the Senate to block it.

Call Congressman Costello to oppose the effort to repeal Obamacare, especially because it targets Planned Parenthood. Here's news about the bill to end ACA:

610 696 2982: Costello's West Chester office

1 202 224 3121: Congressional switchboard, DC

About Resist & Beyond: Participants in this Activity Group are contacting Members of Congress and other elected officials and urging them to resist agendas of hate, greed, corruption and violence. We wish to present a positive vision to our elected officials; hence the name “Resist and Beyond.” 


Some of the members of the new Activity Group are attending the meetings of a similar local group, The Way Forward, which meets alternate Wednesdays.  They break into small groups to study issues such as environment, health care, social justice, community, and political action, and join for announcements of related upcoming events. This group attracted 150 to its first meeting. See



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