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Newtown, PA — Monday, December 31, 2018 — On Thursday, January 3, 2019, as the new Democratic House of Representatives gavels into session in Washington, Pennsylvania Indivisible groups will hold their first demonstration of the year at Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s district office calling for his strong support for the democracy reform bill, H.R. 1.
The rally at Rep. Fitzpatrick’s office is one of several hundred being held by Indivisible groups around the country as part of the “Whose House? Our House!” national day of action. The rallies, held at the local district offices of U.S. Congressional representatives as well as in Washington, are a public demand for support for H.R. 1. As the first bill planned to be introduced in 2019, H.R. 1 is a comprehensive democracy package that includes reforms on voter empowerment and access, money in politics reforms, and corruption fixes.
The rally will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Representative Fitzpatrick’s office at 1717 Langhorne Newtown Rd, Newtown, PA 18940, United States. Hosting the event is Pennsylvania Statewide Indivisible, with co-sponsors Indivisible Bucks County, Indivisible Lambertville/New Hope and Indivisible Lower Bucks. The public is invited to join in support of a more just, representative government and a fair electoral process.
Lauren Lareau and Jimmy Lamb will speak at the event. As candidates who both ran for State representative seats, they are well versed in the challenges faced by partisan gerrymandering of districts and big money in politics as well as the value of greater civic engagement and voter participation.
“Indivisible is excited to celebrate the start of the 116th Congress, and the shift in leadership that this entails,” said Kierstyn Piotrowski Zolfo, PA Statewide Indivisible. “We in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional district need to take advantage of this moment to remind Representative Fitzpatrick of the promises about bipartisanship he made on the campaign trail. A great first step to prove his statements were not just convenient words is for him cosponsor and vocally promote HR1, the new ethics package.”
“Indivisible Lambertville-New Hope, along with thousands of other groups, has been organizing for two years to uphold, defend and protect the country and the constitution we love so dearly,” said Cindi Sternfeld, Indivisible Lambertville NJ/New Hope PA. “The nationwide actions that will be held Thursday will leave no doubt that we are not going away. HR1 puts forth our aspirational, achievable goals for our country. We will remind Brian Fitzpatrick that he is duty-bound to represent the interests of his constituents over the interests of his donors.”
During the 2018 election, Indivisible groups around the state and country were instrumental in getting out the vote, registering voters, campaigning for progressive candidates, and building a grassroots network pushing for progressive policies.
Washington Post Op-Ed: The Democratic majority’s first order of business: Restore democracy – Pelosi and Sarbanes outline need for and elements of HR.1