Action Alerts


IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION – DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY


SAY NO TO JUDICIAL GERRYMANDERING (HB 38)

HB 38 threatens to undermine the independence of the Judicial Branch of our Commonwealth. This bill will effectively give legislative leaders the opportunity to gerrymander our courts.

HB 38 is a constitutional amendment. This means the bill must be passed in two consecutive legislative sessions and then go before voters at the ballot. It cannot be vetoed by the Governor. If this bill should pass by early to mid February it could be on the ballot as soon as May this year. We must stop this terrible bill or face an extensive and costly campaign to fight it at the ballot box.

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON JUDICIAL GERRYMANDERING (HB 38).

Ready to get started?

  • If you don’t have contact information for your state house representative, look them up here.
  • Use this sample script to prepare your talking points: 

Hello. My name is [give your full name]. I live in [name of city/town/boro]. I’m calling to ask Rep.[last name] to oppose HB 38 and the concept of judicial districts for our high courts.


SAY NO TO PA HOUSE BILL 2207

For six years Fair Districts of PA has asked for an IMPARTIAL independent citizens commission for legislative and congressional districts. Overwhelmingly PA votes want fair districts. Legislative leaders have ignored voters.

Now, HB 2207 has been introduced claiming to be a “citizens” commission. This is NOT the impartial citizens commission voters asked for.

  • It fails to end the conflict of interest that allows party leaders to influence commissioners.
  • It creates a politically appointed partisan commission, not an impartial commission.
  • It alters the PA Constitution to allow one party complete control over redistricting

Here is the good news: Rep. Samuelson is putting forth an amendment that would revive the impartial Citizens Commission Constitutional Amendment for both congressional and state legislative districts. If passed, we would have a real independent citizens commission in 2031.

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY AND TELL THEM PA VOTERS WANT A REAL IMPARTIAL INDEPENDENT CITIZENS COMMISSION.

Ready to get started?

  • If you don’t have contact information for your state house representative, look them up here.
  • Use this sample script to prepare your talking points: 

My name is XXX. I live in XXX. I am calling to ask you to oppose HB 2207 in its present form.   This bill was introduced on Jan 4. It had no public hearings or input. It creates a politically appointed partisan redistricting commission. It does nothing to increase transparency or define criteria in map drawing. I want an impartial independent citizens redistricting commission with strict transparency and map drawing criteria. Please support and vote for Rep. Steve Samuelson’s amendment that would finally give PA voters the Independent Citizens Commission that they have been asking for.


CALL TO ACTION – PHONE CAMPAIGN

Our democracy is in jeopardy. This Call to Action is requesting that on December 21 beginning at 11AM you call Senator Toomey (202-224-4254) and President Biden (202-456-1111) and ask them to make passage for the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Rights Advancement Act a priority.

The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will provide:

  • Early voting
  • Expansion of voting by mail
  • Automatic voter registration
  • Same day voter registration
  • Banning of partisan gerrymandering
  • Protection to voters with disabilities
  • Protection against unlawful voter purges
  • Protection against voter intimidation
  • Campaign finance reform

PLEASE MAKE THE CALLS! 

Here is a script to guide your calls.