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March On Harrisburg’s Action Toolkit

Come To An Event!

Lobbying Instructions!

Canvass

Write A Letter To The Editor

We also always welcome donations to March On Harrisburg.

Demand Action from our Legislative Leadership

 

 

March On Harrisburg has compiled information that will be useful when you contact the legislative leadership in Harrisburg. The three legislators that we feel are most important to target in order to get our bills out of committee and to a floor vote are Mike Turzai, the Speaker of the House; Daryl Metcalfe, the committee chair for State Government in the House of Representatives; and Mike Folmer, the committee chair for State Government in the Senate.

Clicking on the appropriate legislator will bring you to a brief on how you can be most effective when meeting with these legislators.

Mike Turzai

Speaker of the House

Daryl Metcalfe

State Government Committee Chair
House Of Representatives

Mike Folmer

State Government Committee Chair
Senate

Come To An Event!

Come to an event! We lobby, we march, we protest, we canvass, we do trainings, we do general information sessions, we do benefit concerts, and we do art builds. Explore our entire calendar and sign up for some events!

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Lobby With Us

March on Harrisburg organizes many lobbying days in the State Capitol in Harrisburg. We schedule many meetings throughout the day, divide into smaller groups (always with at least one experienced person in each group), and hop from meeting to meeting gaining support for our bills. Click here or visit us on Facebook to see all our events as well as for when our next lobbying day is scheduled.

Lobbying Instructions

The most effective way to help us move our Legislature toward honesty and integrity is for you to interact with your Legislators. Click here to learn how to lobby your State Legislature.

Join Us

We are a non-partisan citizen group concerned with the level of corruption in politics today.  We know that our representative democracy would represent us better if the voices of special interests carried the same weight as citizen appeal.  We see gifts and choosing of constituents by elected officials rather than the choosing of our politicians by the electorate as the root of all our political discontents.  Our membership represents a broad spectrum of the Pennsylvania electorate.  Our memberships diversity reflects diversity socioeconomically, racially, and in sex and gender.  We represent the people of the commonwealth, and we demand change in our government.

Canvassing

This is a movement, and we need to move a lot of people in order to move Pennsylvania away from corruption and toward honesty and integrity in government. Please get the word out. Hand out flyers to anyone and everyone. Go to a train station during rush hour, a large event, or any place with people and tell people that democracy is coming to Pennsylvania.

        

Write A Letter To The Editor

Gift Ban Bill
(HB 39/SB 132)

Gerrymandering
(HB 722/SB 22)

Automatic Voter Registration
(HB 193 / SB 608)

Public opinion, especially the opinion of constituents, matters to elected officials. To show representatives in Harrisburg that we are watching what they are doing and that we want a vote on SB 22 and HB 722: Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission, SB 132 and HB39: Gift Limitations for Public Officials and SB 608 and HB 193: Automatic Voter Registration. We are targeting representatives that have not been supportive of this legislation through a letter-to-the-editor writing campaign.

Here’s what we need you to do:
Modify one these letter templates, filling in your personal reason for supporting these bills.
E-mail your letter to your local newspaper, specifically the letters to the editor or opinion section.
Post the published article to our Facebook page!

When enough of these articles are published, elected officials will be further pressured to acknowledge our demands.

Depending on your legislators answers and your own personal connections to the bills chose one or more of the templates to guide your letter to the editor.

Gift Ban Bill
(HB 39/SB 132)

HB 39 and SB 132: Gift Limitations for Public Officials

E-mail Title: Pennsylvania Needs Commonsense Gift Reform

To the Editor at _,

HB 39 and SB 132, introduced by Representative Saccone (R-39) and Senator John Eichelberger (R-30), limits gifts to public officials from anyone other than friends and family members. This bill specifically prohibits legislators from accepting gifts from anyone who stands to significantly benefit from a favorable opinion from the State House or Senate, like paid lobbyists. Paid lobbyists and corporations routinely give luxury items like vacations, vehicles, tickets, and everything in-between to politicians, in the hardly-shielded hopes of receiving favorable legislation for their respective industries in return.

***FILL IN: 1-3 SENTENCES ON WHY YOU CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE***

Example: When legislators accept gifts from paid lobbyists, I feel that I cannot trust that my legislator is working on behalf of my community.

Studies show that support by moneyed elites has more impact on legislation than support by the public at large. In order to have a responsive, accountable government, citizens must demand an end to bribery of our elected officials.

After lobbying almost all State Legislators in Pennsylvania, March on Harrisburg, a nonpartisan organization of Pennsylvanians, marched more than 100 miles last May from Philadelphia to the Capitol to demand a vote on HB 39 and two other pro-democracy, anti-corruption bills. Currently, HB 39 sits motionless in the State Government Committee, chaired by Representative Metcalfe (R-12). Rep. Metcalfe has consistently refused to meet with March on Harrisburg participants and refused to advance a bill from his own party. Currently, March on Harrisburg is continuing to apply pressure to Representative Metcalfe to advance HB 39 and end Pennsylvania corruption. You can sign-up for the struggle for democracy in Pennsylvania at MarchonHarrisburg.org. And please call Rep. Metcalfe’s office at 717-783-1707 to voice your thoughts on unlimited gift giving from lobbyists to State Legislators.

Sincerely,

Name

March on Harrisburg Participant

E-mail

Gerrymandering
(HB 722/SB 22)

HB 722 and SB 22: Independent Redistricting Commission

To the Editor at _,

Gerrymandering is the process by which legislators are able to select their own voters by allowing incumbents to draw their own congressional and state district lines. Pennsylvania has some of the worst gerrymandered districts of any state across the country, ranking second worst in the nation by The Electoral Integrity Project for the way the state draws legislative and congressional district boundaries.

To change that, Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18) and Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) introduced SB 22 (It’s counterpart in the House is HB 722). This bipartisan legislation establishes an independent commission made up of members from both political parties, as well as independents, to draw Pennsylvania’s legislative maps. This bill is not an algorithm that draws perfect squares across the state. It is a human process that uses both software and common sense to create diverse, representative districts that minimize the division of political subgroups and preserve communities of interest, with specific laws which ban drawing districts with the intent to favor a political party or an incumbent legislator.

Gerrymandering secures a given district for one party, meaning that politicians don’t need to appeal to anyone but their own party members. This encourages polarization and diminishes the power and impact of “one person, one vote.” This erodes democracy.

***FILL IN: 1-3 SENTENCES ON WHY YOU CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE***

Note: If you live in the Seventh Congressional District in PA, you are in one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country! Write about it!

March on Harrisburg, a nonpartisan organization of Pennsylvania activists and organizers, marched more than 100 miles last May from Philadelphia to the capitol to demand a vote on SB 22 and two other pro-democracy, anti-corruption bills. 28 activists were arrested for their commitment to good government reform. March on Harrisburg is continuing to fight for this legislation through lobbying, marching, and nonviolent civil disobedience and will not stop until Pennsylvania corruption is a thing of the past. You can sign-up for the struggle for democracy in Pennsylvania at MarchonHarrisburg.org

Sincerely,

Name

March on Harrisburg Participant

E-mail

Automatic Voter Registration
(HB 193 / SB 608)

HB 193 and SB 608: Automatic Voter Registration

To the Editor at _,

According to the Brennan Center, between one-quarter and one-third of eligible voters in the U.S are not registered to vote. That’s a fourth of the population who have no voice in government. Automatic voter registration, HB 193, introduced by Representative Ed Gainey (D-24) (and its Senate counterpart SB 608) allows the state government to use information that it already has to electronically register citizens into a voter database. Any time an eligible citizen interacts with specified government services, that citizen then has the option to register to vote. AVR is less prone to error and it is cheaper. According to a 2008 Pew study, while Oregon’s paper-based system cost over $4 per registered voter, Canada’s electronic system cost the state just 35 cents per voter. Most importantly, AVR casts a wider net to allow more Americans to participate in government, like the two million Pennsylvanians that are eligible, but not registered, to vote.

***FILL IN: 1-3 SENTENCES ON WHY YOU CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE***

Example: Automatic voter registration would make it easier for my grandson to have access to voting because he does not drive.

March on Harrisburg, a nonpartisan organization of Pennsylvania activists and organizers, marched more than 100 miles last May from Philadelphia to the capitol to demand a vote on SB 22 and two other pro-democracy, anti-corruption bills. 28 activists were arrested for their commitment to good government reform. March on Harrisburg is continuing to fight for this legislation through lobbying, marching and nonviolent civil disobedience and will not stop until Pennsylvania corruption is a thing of the past. You can sign-up for the struggle for democracy in Pennsylvania at MarchonHarrisburg.org.

Sincerely,

Name

March on Harrisburg Participant

E-mail

We are a bare-bones organization with a very small and hungry staff that support a broad volunteer network. Please support our inclusive and non-partisan movement dedicated to bringing honesty and integrity into the culture of corruption in Harrisburg.