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DAY OF ADVOCACY TALKING POINTS:

1.Support of the ban on "the sale or possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, defined in the bill as 'a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be ready restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.' Military personnel and police would be exempt from the ban." (HR 308)


Firearm homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans ages 1-44.

  • African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population, but in 2007 suffered over 26% of all firearm death-and over 55% of all firearm homicides.
  • Guns, no matter what type, in the hands of the wrong person cause pain, suffering and death.

 

2.Support for the Paycheck Fairness Act, part of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 to provide equivalent safeguards for women as for other victims of workplace pay discrimination.

 

  • For every dollar a man makes, a women makes just $.75. Its time to close the wage gap and help families.
  • Eliminating pay discrimination is good for employees and employers.

 

3.Support for the Affordable Health Care Act signed in 2010 that has given Americans, especially African Americans and the poor, more freedom, more benefits and more control over their health care choices.

 

  • Public health programs should help with quality prevention and care.
  • Public health programs should profit the people and not insurance companies.

 

4.Support for public education and the reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) so that every child received what he or she deserves a great public school.

 

  • Put dignity back into the public school system by listening to educators- test score do not full needs of children.
  • Listen to parents-they support putting in, not taking out funding for public schools.


5.Support for amending the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes.

 

  • The Employee Free Choice Act is critical to putting the economy back on track by supporting American workers.
  • A good faith relationship between employees and employers is good for business, families and the country.

 

6.Support for compassion and recognition for the American Citizenship clause as it currently is provided for in the 14th Amendment that explicitly state that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

 

  • Every child born in the United States should have civil and human rights protection.
  • Ending discrimination towards "the stranger" is a moral imperative.

 

7.Support for genuine investment of resources in assuring the passage of a responsible federal budget that helps millions of families still hurt by unemployment, by sustaining/increasing and not slashing job training and education, infrastructure and technological investments, emergency food and shelter, and home heating assistance.

 

  • Shutting down the federal government should not be an option to a balanced budget.
  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not limited to the least vulnerable.


8.Support for a Constitutional Amendment to reverse of the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United that lifted restrictions on corporate influence in elections and warrant a call for a constitutional amendment to reverse it.

 

  • Corporations are not people.
  • Protect democracy!

 

9.Support for financial literacy and reduce consumer debt reduction that provides for protection from corporate exploitation.

 

  • Invest in a vision that help American Families to become financially successful.
  • Ensure business work with consumers and not against consumers.

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ARE YOU READY TO BE A VESSELS?

 

A NON-PARTISAN CIVIC PARTICIPATION PROJECT

 

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power maybe of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed … we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9; 13a (NKJV)

 

VESSELS are people of faith -- clergy, pastors, ministry and community leaders, men, women and young adults -- firmly committed to increasing civic participation in communities that traditionally have been disenfranchised or discriminated against. VESSELS provides a non-partisan way to engage in the political process that resonates with the identity of faith communities. VESSELS stand firmly against apathy, disengagement and voter suppression tactics. VESSELS create opportunities to conduct non-partisan voter registration, voter information and voter (issue) education to maximize the participation of informed voting age African Americans in the electoral process in every special, local, state, national election.

 

Seven Things African American Pastors, Faith Leaders and Ministries Can Do Consistently and Continually to Ensure Ongoing Civic Motivation and Participation -- Inform Others To:

 

Vote with a vision and values in mind for the environment, schools, families, jobs, a better city, a better county, a stronger state! Equip themselves and others with a spirit of “light to shine out of darkness”! Strengthen the presence of their church and community at every precinct! Stand and support participation in the democratic process! Encourage and embrace their individual and collective power to make wise decisions about representation in the state house, the Governor’s mansion and the halls of Congress. Leave excuses and apathy at home -- they know their vote does count in every election! Step into the voting booth, pause, pray, give thanks for the opportunity to speak with clarity, cast their vote and give praise for good stewardship of one of God’s many blessings -- the right to vote! Micah Leadership Council Micah Leadership Council is a formal network of ministers and emerging faith leaders:

 

 

Between the ages of 25-40 self-identified as progressive engaged in their communities with faith-based organizations and/or places of worship committed to civic engagement and social justice Members of the Micah Leadership Council will have the opportunity to support VESSELS by merging the success of traditional Civil Rights strategies of mobilizing and organizing with today’s communication opportunities and social media networks, bridging the gap between generations, and helping young African American adults recognize the power they wield and the difference they make when they vote!

 

Women of VESSELS According to the Pew Research Center, the voter turnout rate among eligible African American women voters increased 5.1 percentage points, from 63.7% in 2004 to 68.8% in 2008. Overall, among all racial, ethnic and gender groups, African American women had the highest voter turnout rate in November's election -- a first. With African American women making up 53% of the African American vote, they have the potential to shape and effect the 2012 national, state and local elections. The VESSELS project provides African American women with non-partisan, civic engagement tools, techniques, and activities that they can utilize in their respective ministries and communities.

 

For more information on VESSELS or to schedule a training, please email vesselsvote@pfaw.org or call (202) 467-4999 and ask for the VESSELS program.

 

PUBLIC POLICY,PULPIT,PEWS,PEOPLE,POLL=POWER:

 

ARE YOU READY TO VOTE?

Elections happen all the time. Please check the following to indicate your readiness to be a VESSEL and to VOTE!

I am the holder of a valid, legally recognized form of photo identification with my current home (place of resident) address.

I am aware of the expiration date on my photo identification.

I am aware of my polling (voting) location.

I am aware of the dates for upcoming special and general elections so I will not be confused by calls, flyers, and lies.

I am aware of the offices, websites and telephone numbers to call if I have a questions or problem.

I am aware of my right to be a registered voter.

I am aware of my right to vote.

I am aware of my right to have my vote counted.

I am aware of my need to stay informed of voter laws by educating myself and others in my family, neighborhood, place of worship.

I am a US citizen.

I am aware of 5 others who are of voting age I need to speak with and ask:

ARE YOU READY TO BE A VESSEL?

 

ARE YOU READY TO VOTE?

 

TOP 10 THINGS VOTERS SHOULD KNOW AS THEY GO TO THE POLLS:

Top 10 Things Voters Should Know as They Go to the Polls

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power maybe of God and not of us…

 

10. Who and what is on the ballot … Be an informed voter! Know about all the candidates as well as any ballot initiatives.

 

9. Where local polling places are located … Has it changed since the last time you voted? Have you moved? Polls are generally located in public buildings, with voters assigned to locations based on where they reside. Contact your local election office to find your polling place.

 

8. When the polls are open … Polling hours vary by state. Confirm the time with your local election office. Always plan ahead and arrive early with 2 or more voting age persons prepared to vote. Also, if you are in line to vote when the polls close you have the right to cast your vote.

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed

 

7. How to cast your ballot … Before Election Day, ask your local election office which machine you will be using on Election Day. Familiarize yourself and always ask for assistance if you are unsure how to cast your vote. Poll workers are required to provide you with assistance.

 

6. How to cast an absentee ballot … In a timely fashion, properly complete and send in your absentee ballot application and then submit your absentee ballot before the deadline. Be aware of and meet all deadlines for the absentee application and the absentee ballot itself. Contact your local election office if you need assistance.

 

5. How to vote early … Does your state have early voting or is it known as “absentee ballots” that can be requested by phone, in person or by mail? Contact your local election office to find out and take advantage.

… we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9; 13a (NKJV)

 

4. How to vote if you are disabled … Despite HAVA (Help America Vote Act of 2002) reforms, many polling places still aren’t easily accessible to disabled voters or persons with special needs including reading. Contact your local election office for information about accessibility at your polling place and how you will be able to cast your vote.

 

3. How to vote if English is not your first language ... If you require assistance reading an English ballot and casting your ballot on Election Day, in some districts you have the right to receive voting materials in your own language. Contact your local elections office to find out.

 

2. How to vote if you are a formerly incarcerated person (ex-offender) … No federal laws exist on felon voting and therefore the legal ability of people with felony convictions to vote varies from state to state. (Note: I took out the quotations) Check with your local elections office to know your rights – especially if you were convicted of a felony and have fully served and completed your sentence and are no longer on probation or parole. In 13 states and the District of Columbia, your voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison and you can register to vote and exercise that vote.

Believe and speak with your vote!

 

1. What forms of identification are accepted at the polls … In 2008, we saw problems having to do with voters receiving the incorrect type of ballot, improper information from poll judges about what forms of voter ID are required in their state, and much more. Because of new or unfamiliar voter ID laws in some states, new technology that’s not remotely consistent in many jurisdictions from year to year, and the sheer number of voters turning out, we expect more confusion each and every time an election is held. ID requirements vary by state, so check TODAY with your local election office for information on what you’ll need to provide.

 

NEW VOTER ID LAW IN PA:

New Voter ID Law Photo ID required for November 2012 Election

ALL voters will be required to show a photo ID before voting at a polling place

All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise. Acceptable IDs include:

 

Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date) Valid U.S. passport U.S. military ID - active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date Employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, County or Municipal government Photo ID cards from an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning Photo ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes If you do not have one of these IDs and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at a PennDOT Driver License Center. To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what identification and residency documentation you will need to get a photo ID visit PennDOT's Voter ID website or call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (1-877-868-3772).

 

NO ONE legally entitled to vote will be denied the right to do so. If you do not have a photo ID or are indigent and unable to obtain one without payment of a fee, you may cast a provisional ballot, and will have six days to provide your photo ID and/or an affirmation to your county elections office to have your ballot count. If you have a religious objection to being photographed you can still vote by presenting a valid without-photo driver’s license or a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT.

If you plan on voting by Absentee Ballot on the November 6, 2012 General Election, you will need to provide proof of identification. Be sure to see what identification is required by the Voter ID Law.

 

NEW VOTER ID LAW IN PA PENNDOT:

New Voter ID Law

Proof of identification for voting purposes.

 

If a voter does not POSSESS PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING PURPOSES as defined at section 102(z.5)(2) of the Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. § 2602(z.5)(2)) and requires proof of identification for voting purposes, the following applies:

 

You must declare under oath or affirmation by completing the Oath/ Affirmation Voter ID form that you do not possess any of the following forms of identification: In particular,

 

-Identification issued by the United States Government that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.*

 

- Identification issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired (unless issued by the Department of Transportation, then the expiration of the identification cannot be more than 12 months past the expiration date).

 

- Identification issued by a municipality of this Commonwealth to an employee of that municipality that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.

 

- Identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.

 

- Identification issued by a Pennsylvania care facility that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.

 

*In the case of a document from an agency of the armed forces of the United States or their reserve components, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, that establishes the voter as a current member or a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard and that does not designate a specific date on which the document expires, the document must include a notation indicating that the expiration is indefinite.

 

$13.50 fee for acquiring an Identification Card will be waived for individuals completing the Oath/ Affirmation Voter ID form. All identification documentation is still required to obtain an Identification Card as follows:

 

Step1 To obtain a Pennsylvania Photo Identification card, an individual needs to visit a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Driver License Center with a completed Application for an Initial Photo Identification Card; form DL-54A, and the following:

 

Social Security Card AND One of the following: Certificate of U.S. Citizenship Certificate of Naturalization Valid U.S. Passport Birth Certificate with a raised seal PLUS

Two proofs of *residency such as lease agreements, current utility bills, mortgage documents, W-2 form, tax records *Students at least 18 years of age: Accepted proofs of residency include the room assignment paperwork (considered a lease) and one bill with their dorm room address on it. Bank statements, paystubs and credit card bills are all acceptable. Other Individuals who may not have any bills, leases or mortgage documents in their name may bring the person with whom they are living along with their Driver’s License or Photo ID to a driver license center as one proof of residence.

 

Step 2 When their application and supporting documentation have been reviewed and processed, a Driver License Center staff member will direct the applicant to the Photo Center to have their photo taken for their Photo ID card.

 

Step 3 Once their photo has been taken, they will be issued a Photo ID card.

 

AFFIRMATION:

AFFIRMATION THAT VOTER DOES NOT POSSESS PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING PURPOSES By signing this form, I declare under oath or affirmation that (1) I am a registered voter of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and (2) I do not possess any form of proof of identification, as defined at section 102(z.5)(2) of the Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. § 2602(z.5)(2)), that by law must be presented before voting at a polling place. In particular, I affirm that I do not possess any of the following forms of identification: - Identification issued by the United States Government that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.* - Identification issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired (unless issued by the Department of Transportation, then the expiration of the identification cannot be more than 12 months past the expiration date). - Identification issued by a municipality of this Commonwealth to an employee of that municipality that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired. - Identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired. - Identification issued by a Pennsylvania care facility that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired. *In the case of a document from an agency of the armed forces of the United States or their reserve components, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, that establishes the voter as a current member or a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard and that does not designate a specific date on which the document expires, the document must include a notation indicating that the expiration is indefinite. I affirm that I do not have any of the forms of identification listed above and require proof of identification for voting purposes, and I acknowledge that that this affirmation is made subject to the penalties of 18 Pa.C.S. § 4904 (unsworn falsification to authorities), which may include punishment of a fine of at least $1,000, a term of imprisonment of not more than two years, or both. _________________________ ______________________________ Date of Signing Signature of Voter ____________________________________ Printed Name of Voter

APPLICATION FOR INITIAL ID CARD PA:

 

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