Racial Justice Mass Meeting

Saturday, October 14, 2:00-4:00pm

Crispus Attucks Community Center Lancaster
407 Howard Ave, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602

 

Smucker un-endorse TrumpLancaster Stands Up's October Mass Meeting will focus on a topic that needs to be centered in all our work for social, economic, and political change: racial justice.

 

Can you make it to the mass meeting this Saturday?

RSVP on Facebook.

 

Today we are deeply troubled by the intentional stoking of racial prejudice from the highest political office. In the present moment, we see self-identifying white nationalists emboldened and attempting to win converts—across the nation and here in our community. We are committed to standing together against this resurgence of overt racism and hatred.

 

But we understand that racism is much more than slurs or white hoods. Racial oppression is structured into the fabric of our society, public policy, and our economic system—whether it’s the racial wealth gap, our faltering public education system, or mass incarceration.

 

How can we fight something that is so entrenched? How do we effectively dismantle racism, transform our communities, and enact the change necessary to improve people’s lives?

 

The goal of this reflective and discussion-based meeting is to uncover our stake in fighting racism. Hope to see you this Saturday!

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Lancaster Stands Up Endorses in 2017 Elections

LSU Members Voted to Endorse 34 Local and State Candidates on the 2017 Ballot

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We are excited to announce the results of Lancaster Stands Up’s first ever candidate endorsement vote. LSU members voted to endorse 34 candidates in local and state races that will be on the November 7, 2017 ballot. The member-endorsed candidates are listed below.

 

To win Lancaster Stands Up’s endorsement, the candidate had to have won the most votes of all LSU members and also of the members within each candidate’s voting area. Candidates additionally had to cross a critical threshold of votes over abstentions.

 

The 2016 election taught us that we cannot afford to leave politics to the political establishment. We have to breathe new life into our democracy. The way to turn this around is to get ourselves active and organized into a grassroots force capable of applying pressure and pushing back. Lancaster Stands Up has set out to provide opportunities for everyday people to get more involved: to attend public demonstrations, call their elected representatives, write letters to the editor, join a working group, become a Lancaster Stands Up member, go door-to-door, and engage more in elections.

 

Between now and election day (November 7, 2017), we will be canvassing to register new voters and to support the endorsed candidates below. Click here to sign up for a canvassing shift.

 

Lancaster Stands Up is operating as an independent actor in our endorsement process and our work to elect this slate of candidates. As a grassroots independent expenditure operation, we do not coordinate with any candidate or candidate's committee. Click here to read more about Lancaster Stands Up's 2017 endorsement vote.

 

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Lancaster Stands Up's People's Forum VIDEO

Bringing Politics Back to the People: Recap of Our People's Forum & Candidate Fair

 

 

On Saturday, September 16 Lancaster Stands Up hosted a People's Forum with the candidates running in the 2018 primary for Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District. Participants included John George, Jess King, Gary Wegman, and campaign manager Mike Wilson standing in for candidate Christina Hartman. Following the forum was a Meet-the-Candidates Fair with Lancaster municipal and county candidates who will be on the November 7, 2017 ballot. These candidates are introduced at the end of the video.

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Where we’ve come from, where we’re going

A reflection on Lancaster Stands Up’s first candidate endorsement vote 

 

The following reflection is provided by the coordinating team to Lancaster Stands Up members in preparation for the first LSU all-member candidate endorsement vote being held this week (Wednesday 9/27 - Friday 9/29). Rather than weigh in on each candidate individually, this reflection provides an overarching strategic framework for thinking about Lancaster Stands Up endorsements in the 2017 local and state election. All LSU members who became members prior to the announcement of this endorsement vote (9/22) are eligible and encouraged to participate by voting. If you are not a Lancaster Stands Up member, you can find out what it means to be a member and sign up here (and you will be eligible to participate in future endorsement votes).



What is our goal?

 

turn it aroundAfter the 2016 election, hundreds of Lancastrians gathered together for an emergency community meeting. “How are we going to turn this around?” we asked ourselves. We’ve been busy since then. These past months, Lancaster has stood up in record numbers — for health care, for our immigrant and refugee sisters and brothers, for racial justice, for education, and for a livable planet. At public demonstrations we have numbered in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. And in the months ahead, we will continue to mobilize and to stand up.

 

Uniting to defeat the unique threat posed by Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress has been our number one priority. However, since Lancaster Stands Up’s inception, we’ve been asking ourselves hard questions about how we got to this place as a country. One important factor we have emphasized is the decline of civic and political involvement of everyday working Americans over the past four decades. From volunteering to voting to joining grassroots organizations, we as a people have been less engaged in collective action. It’s no coincidence that this civic decline transpired over the same time period when Wall Street and big business were consolidating control over our political and electoral system.

 

The 2016 election taught us that we cannot afford to leave politics to the political establishment. We have to breathe new life into our democracy. The way to turn this around is to get ourselves active and organized into a grassroots force capable of applying pressure and pushing back. Lancaster Stands Up has set out to provide opportunities for everyday people to get more involved: to attend public demonstrations, call their elected representatives, write letters to the editor, join a working group, become a Lancaster Stands Up member, go door-to-door, and engage more in elections.

 

So, what’s next?

 

Our plan is to put this growing capacity to work to help elect candidates that LSU members vote to endorse. We want to put candidates in power who share our values, and who will fight for all of us.

 

This week’s endorsement vote is the next step. This summer when we polled the full Lancaster Stands Up email list, an overwhelming majority of respondents supported developing a membership structure and endorsing progressive candidates for public office. Our leadership team first took on launching the membership structure, and over the past several weeks 350 people like you have become official dues-paying and voting members. Now we are ready for our first all-members endorsement vote.

 

 

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Nine Months After Election, Lancaster Activists Digging In for Long Term Political Influence

Penn Live did a feature story on Lancaster Stands Up, how this grassroots effort emerged in the wake of the 2016 election, and most importantly how we're "digging in for long-term political influence:"

 

"Lancaster Stands Up is unique among the various local activist groups that sprung up after the election in that they did not lose steam after the initial vigils and rallies. Indeed, on Sunday their rally drew around 1,000 people downtown to talk about the racial issues that exist in light of the previous day's violence and death in Charlottesville, Va."

 

You can read the full article here, which quotes a wide range of people from Lancaster both those directly involved with Lancaster Stands Up, and more established figures in the Democratic Party.

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Winning Power and Advancing a Radical Agenda Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

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This year’s People’s Summit shows it’s not enough to have good ideas. The left needs a strategy to win.

BY KATE ARONOFF

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"2,000 people rally in Penn Square to oppose Trump ban on refugees, immigrants"

"Maham Saeed, a 16-year-old exchange student from Pakistan, worries about lines being drawn that would keep her and people like her out of the United States.

Saeed, who is studying for a year at McCaskey High School in Lancaster, joined more than 2,000 people in Penn Square on Tuesday to rally against President Donald Trump’s orders barring immigrants and refugees from the country."

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Is This Small City the Future of Democratic Engagement in America?

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"Activists in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have embarked on a nonstop campaign to resurrect the practice of progressive politics in the heart of Trump country."

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Lancaster Stands Up to hold Mayoral Forum and “People’s Canvass” voter registration drive

For immediate release -- March 29, 2017

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Lancaster Stands Up to hold Mayoral Forum and “People’s Canvass” voter registration drive

Lancaster, PA -- Since the November 8th election last year, Lancaster County residents have been rallying, demonstrating, calling and confronting their elected representatives, and getting themselves organized under the banner of Lancaster Stands Up. Now the grassroots effort is expanding into the electoral realm, organizing a Mayoral Forum on Lancaster Values and also a People’s Canvass to register voters and talk with neighbors about important issues.

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