Weekly Digest

Articles & Actions for Week of  2 October 2017
Save the Dates!
 October 11th 6 to 8 PM, Fundraiser for Senator Bob Casey, PROTECT&ELECT and Barry R Freedman will hold its first fundraiser in support of Senator Bob Casey. See our Facebook page or our website ( for more information or to RSVP.

October 25th 4 to 6 PM, at the Gershman Y PROTECT&ELECT will hold a Healthcare Forum
Healthcare in America- What Now? An expert panel will address challenges in our health care system and open the forum to audience questions. 
Moderator:  Barry R. Freedman, President and CEO, Einstein Healthcare Network Anthony V. Panelists: Coletta, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and President, Facilitated Health Networks, Independence Blue Cross. Ralph Muller, President and CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  David B Nash, MD, MBA, Founding Dean of Jefferson College of Population Health. Allyson Y. Schwartz, former member US House of Representatives, now  President and CEO, Better Medicare Alliance
Space is limited.  Please respond by Oct. 15 to

ELECTION 2017- 2018
Protect & Elect endorses Chrissy Houlahan for PA 6th Congressional District in her campaign to unseat  Ryan Costello, the Republican incumbent. This was a unanimous decision of our Steering Committee after careful thought and meeting with Chrissy in person.  Everyone who met her was enthralled with her abilities and her commitment to represent our democratic values.  For more information and to support her candidacy go to:

Reminder the 2017 Philadelphia Municipal General Election is November 7, 2017.   Protect & Elect endorses Rebecca Rhinehart for City Controller.   

The Center City Residents Association invites participants to the following two events: 

1.       Join the Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) for a District Attorney candidates' debate on Tuesday, Oct. 24th at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel (300 S. 18th St.).  Democratic nominee Larry Krasner and Republican nominee Beth Grossman will appear on stage and take questions from moderator Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Those who wish to attend should get their tickets todayThe event is free and open to the general public. 

2.   Conversation with State Rep Brian Sims, Thurs, Oct 5, 6pm, Baril Restaurant267 S. 19th Street

Additional Phila. DA Candidates’ Debate: Join the League of Women Voters, the Committee of Seventy, and La Salle University for a candidates' debate with Beth Grossman and Larry Krasner.

Gerrymandering:  The Patriot News goes inside the Commonwealth Court battle to end gerrymandered political districts in PA once and for all .

PA Governor’s Race: Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner officially picked up the endorsement of booted White House advisor Steve Bannon, the prominent right-wing populist behind

The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia: Protect & Elect wants to make you aware of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, and we thank Executive Director Peter Pedemonti for this explanation: New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia is an interfaith, multicultural, immigrant justice organization working to build community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status; express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.  We are led by the immigrant community and organized in 26 congregations in Philadelphia, half immigrant, half ally.

Help stop immigration raids: come to New Sanctuary Movement’s vigil on Thurs, October 5,  2:00PM-6:00PM at ICE headquarters, 114 N. 8th Street, Philadelphia.

For more information, to donate and to get involved go to or call 215-279-7000 . you can sign up for email alerts by emailing

The Latest Muslim Ban: Fact Sheet: As the provisions of President Trump’s Muslim Ban that placed travel restrictions on the nationals of six Muslim-majority countries were set to expire on September 24, 2017, President Trump released a Presidential Proclamation that extended indefinitely the ban on several countries and imposed additional restrictions on other countries.

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