Winning isn’t enough! 

Today, the moral arc of the universe was bent, once again, towards justice, because of you and your constant persistent pressure. Your phone calls, your activism, pressured enough Senate Republicans to say that Graham Cassidy could not pass. #WeKilledTheBill   
Still, the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act is not over. The budget will be yet another assault on healthcare, defunding ACA advertising and more! We’re also aware that the ACA isn’t the answer to every healthcare issue; there are still far too many people, who make too much money, to get the subsidies that make coverage affordable, but too little, to actually afford to pay for coverage on their own. We must continue to look long-term towards enacting a single-payer system that puts healthcare in reach of every American!

Join us for the previously planned healthcare actions that will now pivot to #DACA and move forward on holding Sen. Pat Toomey’s AND his donors, like PPL, accountable, for his commitment to gutting our education budget to fund deportations of immigrant families.

Graham-Cassidy Fight!


On 9/28 we are joining with #paresist to defend Healthcare. Visit http://bit.ly/928acaaction to find an action near you!

The future of healthcare can be decided in less than 4 days, and so we must go all in to show the house and senate that they can not get away with taking healthcare from millions of our people. We will resist, and we will win. 

This coming Thursday, September 28th #paresist coalition has organized a statewide day of action, “Prescription for Commonsense.” We must ensure that our Representatives see, hear, and feel that the movement that swamped phone lines, shut down offices, and stopped multiple versions of these bills is still here, and we’re not going anywhere. There will be over 17 actions statewide, and we must do everything we can to mobilize for them with all our might. The complete list of 9/28 actions can be found here: http://bit.ly/928acaaction

What we need you to do:

– Show Up!!

– Visit the Facebook pages listed on http://bit.ly/pa928savehealthcare and share them through your social media networks. Use the share feature to also invite you Facebook friends directly!!

This is not a time for holding back, we need everyone to do all they can to help build these actions. Even if a Senate vote happens before 9/28, they must still get the house to vote by 9/30. 

We can stop them, but we must keep our foot on the gas!!

Below are talking points for the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill:

This is the worst Trumpcare bill yet: Americans have repeatedly rejected every other version of Trumpcare — and this bill goes even further to cut millions off from insurance and access to basic care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and maternity care.  

Graham-Cassidy-Heller “defunds” Planned Parenthood by preventing Medicaid reimbursements for necessary preventative care, including cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment. This is deeply, deeply unpopular with the public, and was the motivating factor for Sens. Murkowski and Collins to oppose previous Trumpcare bills.

It slashes Medicaid and ends the Medicaid expansions, resulting in millions losing coverage. It ends nationwide protections for maternity coverage and other basic care for women. Under this bill, whether or not a woman has coverage for maternity care or prescription drugs depends on where she lives. Thirteen million women could lose coverage to maternity care under this bill. It also allows insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing condition exorbitant premiums. And it raises premiums on millions by eliminating the tax credits that help middle class families pay for health care.

All of these impacts fall the heaviest on low-income families, people of color, and other people on the margins, and the result will be deadly. 

The decision to ram this bill through within the next two weeks, despite not knowing anything about the impact (no CBO score) makes this clear that this isn’t about “fixing” healthcare, it’s about stripping healthcare from those who need it to fund more tax breaks for the wealthy. 

Women’s Convention – Reclaiming Our Time

COBO CENTER | DETROIT | ​OCTOBER 27-29, 2017

We are the leaders we have been waiting for.​

The Women’s Convention will bring thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 27 – 29, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections.

Tapping into the power of women in leadership as the fundamental, grassroots force for change, the Women’s Convention will bring together first time activists and movement leaders, rising political stars that reflect our nation’s changing demographics, and thousands of women who’ve organized sister marches, huddles, rallies and resistance actions, large and small, since January 2017.

Participants will leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.

The Women’s Convention is the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.

Register now: http://www.womensconvention.com/register.html

For general inquiries, please email convention@womensmarch.com.

#DaringDiscussions


A conversation occurred on this Women’s March Facebook page last night. It centered around the race of those who post. The poster then deleted it, which is a shame.  It’s important to have these #DaringDiscussions.  If the truth is being posted, the race behind it shouldn’t matter. The question was asked because someone felt discomfort. A threat to their privilege. We need to address and confront our own privilege, racism, and bias at every turn in order to crush it systemically. If you are hearing this for the first time, the information below will help you have open dialogue on race. Our national Women’s March team has created an outlet for these #DaringDiscussions you can have a neighbor gathering, food is a great tool for getting together.  Do it with purpose!
https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/community-potlucks

Here are some reading materials specific to the point. 

DETOUR-SPOTTING for white anti-racists

http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/olson.pdf?fref=gc

WHITE FRAGILITY 

http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/view/249

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE BUILT ON WHITE SHAME 

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mercynotsacrifice/2017/02/14/revolution-will-not-built-white-shame/?fref=gc

ACCOMPLICES NOT ALLYS: Abolishing The Ally Industrial Complex

http://www.indigenousaction.org/accomplices-not-allies-abolishing-the-ally-industrial-complex/?fref=gc

WHITE GUILT is actually White Narcissism

View story at Medium.com

NOTHING TO ADD: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions

http://www.wpcjournal.com/article/view/10100

DACA is under attack!!


As you may have heard, there are many signs pointing to DACA’s possible demise this week. Today 6 Republican congressmen sent a letter to the White House defending DACA. None of them were from Pa. 
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/347891-gop-lawmakers-urge-trump-to-keep-protections-for-dreamers

We believe securing memebers of the PA congressional delegation could play a key role similar to how AHCA played out. 

We have set up an action for people to be connected to their Federal Reps office, (which includes them hearing what to say before being connected), and we are asking that you call and share! 

The link is:

http://p2a.co/wT3t50I

Or 

http://bit.ly/PaDefendDACA

The March to Confront White Supremacy

THE MARCH TO CONFRONT WHITE SUPREMACY – coalition based action including Women’s March

​Charlottesville to D.C. 8/28 – 9/6

WE MARCH TO CONFRONT WHITE SUPREMACY

We are marching from Charlottesville to Washington DC to demonstrate our commitment to confronting white supremacy wherever it is found. It’s clear that we can no longer wait for Donald Trump or any elected official to face reality and lead. We are coming together to reckon with America’s long history of white supremacy, so that we can begin to heal the wounds of our nation.

WE MARCH FOR JUSTICE & EQUALITY

For years, white supremacist violence, rhetoric, and policies have escalated and intensified – exploding during Donald Trump’s run for president and reaching a boiling point in Charlottesville, as courageous people of moral conscience stood up to an army of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the KKK. 

This is the time for us to stand up for justice and equality. This is the time to confront white supremacy in our government and throughout our history. We demand that President Trump to be removed from office for allying himself with this ideology of hate and we demand an agenda that repairs the damage it’s done to our country and its people.

JOIN FOR A DAY 

http://www.cville2dc.us/the-march.html

MEET US IN DC

http://www.cville2dc.us/dc-action.html

DONATE TO KEEP US FED & SAFE

https://www.youcaring.com/thepeoplesconsortiumforhumanandcivilrights-914108

PITCH IN SUPPLIES 

https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2E6Y6N42D59NA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_4WEOzb1YZ7RTY

http://www.cville2dc.us

Fight For $15 – Labor Day

Pennsylvanians are hard working people but many of us still struggle.

On Labor Day #seiuhealthcarepa and several other groups are holding rallies in support of the Labor movement.

Please consider attending one! Women’s March fully supports Fight For $15 and a livable wage!
FB Events: 

Pittsburgh: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2003011796585713/

Wilkes-Barre: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1284591348329385/

Erie: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/390666141346364/

Allentown: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/137766763490896/

March for Racial Justice 


“White supremacy is indeed rooted in racism and misogyny ― but white women have historically enabled racism even if it came with the cost of misogyny, and on Saturday in Charlottesville, many yet again chose to maintain their white privilege by choosing subordination to white men over solidarity with people of color.” ~HuffPost
It’s time for us to #TrustBlackWomen + stop propping up this Nazi’s toxic masculinity. Shameful. 💔                                           ~Bland, Women’s March Co-Chair

 “How many more of us need to die, suffer, face persecution before you decide to join your brothers and sisters and fight back! Y’all know for me #NotOneMore”                   ~ Maurice Cook, organizer March for Racial Justice

#StopWhiteTerrorism #StandUp 

We will see you ALL here, right?! 

Start organizing buses now! If you need advice on how to get started email pennsylvania@womensmarch.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1601595086527066??ti=ia

#StopWhiteTerrorism


As we all watched, the shame of our country was broadcast to every corner of the globe yesterday from #Charlottesville, VA.  We knew the hate existed, it has bred under the cover of darkness for centuries.  The pushback of the civil rights movement forced it underground, but while we white folks turned a blind eye it grew.  I don’t think any of us can say, with honesty, that we didn’t know it existed.  This was a powder keg, and the match was elected president with these hate groups, these white supremacist terrorists, as his base.  

What we saw also was Americans, of differing faiths, of different colors, of different orientations, of different backgrounds, standing up against hate. In one of the most intersectional displays in our time, we saw resistance on all sides and they collectively said “No!, Not in our country, not on our streets, not in our lives or those of any marginalized person!”

And with that outcry, and outnumbering the hate organizations, we saw the rise of white fragility as a vehicle was driven deliberately into a group of peaceful protestors. A young woman lost her life, 19 more were injured.  Graphic photos and videos flew through internet feeds st lighting speed, live streams showed graphic detail of the murder, the assaults on clergy, the assaults on police officers.  And as the fog cleared vigils formed across the country, immediately last evening solidarity movements started occurring, going on into today and likely into the next few days.  

We are a country at civil war, the battles have been small until Charlottesville.  We have allowed a false narrative on who the terrorists are in the United States.  We will allow it no more.  Join Women’s March in standing up against racism and the actions in Charlottesville, attend a vigil near you, share and use the image provided on your social media, and attend the March for Racial Justice in Washington DC on September 30, 2017 and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of color.  They have been waiting for our support for a long time, let’s not let them down. 




Summer Reset


“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”- Coretta Scott King

The failure of the Senate’s most recent attempt to strip health care from tens of millions of Americans proves yet again that the power of the people truly is greater than the people in power. Thanks to hundreds of thousands of phone calls, letters, meetings, and protests, people across America made their voices heard and changed the course of history. But our work is far from done.

Now more than ever, we must keep our momentum going. The House and Senate will be in recess from July 31st through September 4th. We call on you to meet with your representatives while they’re in the neighborhood to tell them about the issues you want them to address when they return to Washington this fall.

There are myriad issues that profoundly impact our lives on which the voices of women and our allies must be heard. Below, you’ll find resources about each of the Unity Principles that underpin our commitment to an intersectional resistance and to each other. Let them inspire you to educate and compel your representatives to take action. Please join us in using these tools to continue to drive the conversation. Let’s keep organizing from a place of love to shape the world we want to see.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

Know your representatives. Click here to learn who represents you in the House and Senate and commit to scheduling a meeting.

Be your own best advocate. Check out our lobbying guide with tips on communicating effectively with your Reps.

Let your representatives know what issues matter to you using the hashtag #WhatWomenDemand.

Links here:

Bit.ly/AugustReset