THIS WEEK’S PRIORITIES

Stop the Atrocities! Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is currently detaining over 53,000 immigrants in overcrowded jails nationwide. This is a humanitarian crisis systematically created by the Trump administration’s draconian policies. Demand Congress act to end this atrocity! Contact your Members of Congress today! Tell them you won’t let this be done in your name!

Support Berks’ immigrant communities: 1. Contact Reading Mayor Scott. (610) 378-5101 and the Berks County Commissioners (610) 478-6136. Remind them they have no obligation to allow ICE agents access to police databases regarding immigrant activity. 2. Contact your elected officials and demand they stand against Trump’s racist policies. 3. Make sure our immigrant neighbors know their rights. Click for more info. Click for Spanish handout. 

Support Emergency Relief. Republicans in Harrisburg were successful in eliminating General Assistance-a program that provided temporary monetary relief for over 11,000 of the neediest Pennsylvanians. Now Democratic lawmakers are trying to revive the program with a new plan called the Emergency Relief Fund.Sponsored by Sen. Katie Muth (D-44) with counterparts in the PA House authoring similar legislation, this fund would replace General Assistance and provide about $200/month for the most vulnerable, e.g. people with disabilities, orphans, veterans, and those struggling with addictions. Contact your PA legislators and express your support for this life-saving program.

Lower Prescription Drug Prices. Ask your Congressperson to cosponsor HR 1046, the Doggett Bill, Click here for your MoC’s contact information.  At the state level ask your state rep to support HB 568 The Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act. Also ask Committee Chair Tina Pickett (R- 110) (717) 783-8238 to bring it up for discussion in the Insurance Committee ASAP and send it back to the House for a vote. In Berks, Rep Gary Day is on the committee, and Rep Tom Caltagirone is a co-sponsor. Click here for your rep’s contact info.

UPCOMING EVENTS        

Berks County Commissioners’ Meeting. Thursday, July 11th - 10:00 AM - 633 Court St., Reading.

Cake & Cards. Thursday, July 11th - 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Michael’s Restaurant, 1121 Ben Franklin Hwy W., Douglassville. Drop in anytime between 4-6 PM to write postcards to your elected officials. Whatever your issue, we have the cards, mailing labels, stamps and talking points. It doesn't get any easier than this, and the cake is on us!

Lights for Liberty. Friday July 12, 7-8:30PM - 1040 Berks Road, Leesport. A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Reading Pride Festival. Sunday July 21 - 12:00 - 6:00 PM - Centre Park, Reading.


 

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