Secure, Protect, Expand the Vote Event at the Haverford Library

With standing room only at the May 11th Secure, Protect, Expand the Vote event at the Haverford Library, members of the community came out to learn more about the process underway in Pennsylvania to obtain new voting machines (and what options are most affordable as well as secure).

Kadida Kenner of We the People PA and Rachel Murphy of March on Harrisburg also took part in a fruitful conversation led by Jenn Hallam of H-CAN on expanding voting rights and what actions can be taken to protect our Democracy.

Audience members wait to hear Kevin Scoglund of Citizens for Better Elections speak at the event.

Audience members wait to hear Kevin Scoglund of Citizens for Better Elections speak at the event.

During the event, audience members took part in an action to complete a postcard that will be mailed to local officials urging them to select hand-marked paper ballots counted by optical scanners as they are more secure and cost less as the new voting machines that Delaware County will be purchasing soon (the projected timeline for rolling out the new voting machines is the presidential 2020 primary next May).

With voting being the cornerstone of our democracy, attendees joined Indivisible groups in PA-05 to become more informed about current threats to election security and voting rights. Attendees also learned how representatives at state and local levels are responding as well as how they can be prepared to take action to help protect and expand voting rights.

Calls to Action:

Urge Delco to adopt the most secure voting method. Election integrity experts agree that hand-marked paper ballots, scanned by optical scanners, backed by post-election audits is the best system to guarantee elections are secure, accurate, and verifiable. This is the recommendation of Citizens for Better Elections, and it will be a matter of importance as the Delaware County Election Board decides on which system to adopt – a decision that may be in force as early as the 2020 primaries and will determine the system used for the next 10-15 years.

  • Attend the Voting System Expo and show preference for hand-marked paper ballots: June 6, 4:00-6:00 pm; Aston Township Community Center, 3270 Concord Road, Aston, PA 19014.

  • Write the three Election Board members: Mr. Carmen Belefonte (Chairman), Mr. Gerald Lawrence, Mr. Joseph Possenti (Delaware County Bureau of Elections, Government Center Bldg, 201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063): “Dear _____________, Hand-marked paper ballots counted by optical scanners are the systems recommended by election and security experts. They are more secure and cost less. One ballot-marking device per precinct will make the system universally accessible. Please spend our taxpayer dollars wisely. Sincerely, ___________ (your name), _________ (zip code).”

  • Write (as above) to the three Republican members of the Delaware County Council: Mr. John McBlain (Chair), Ms. Colleen Morrone (Vice Chair), Mr. Michael Culp (Delaware County Council, Government Center Bldg, 201 W. Front St, Media, PA 19063).

Speakers:

  • Kevin Skoglund of Citizens for Better Elections, who addressed the need to ensure accurate, verifiable and secure elections

  • Kadida Kenner of We the People PA (a non-partisan campaign to change the direction of PA politics), who addressed the group's push for legislation to expand voting rights

  • Rachel Murphy of March on Harrisburg (a democracy movement focused on passing pro-democracy, anti-corruption laws at the state level), who also shared this group's legislative agenda related to voting rights

Musical guests:

  • The Justice Seekers performed during the action portion of the event as well as at the end. Their uplifting music and positive attitude helped soothe some of the activism fatigue discussed during the event.

The Secure, Protect, Expand the Vote Event was hosted by:

  • Bowling Green Patriots, Delco PA Indivisible, H-CAN Indivisible, Indivisible Lower Merion, Indivisible Main Line South, Indivisible Narberth & Beyond, Indivisible Swarthmore: Moving the Needle, Indivisible Upper Darby & Let People Vote SEPA

View a gallery of photos from the event below:

H-CAN Member Honored for the 2018 Main Line Parent Community's Parent of the Year

Congratulations to Joanna Branch for all her great work and for being honored as a 2018 Main Line Parent Community’s parent of the year. She is the lead in H-CAN’s family programs action group and is the driving force in organizing H-CAN’s Martin Luther King Jr. events at the Haverford Library each January. Read more in the mainlineparent.com.

Video of How to Keep Our Immigrant Communities Safe (H-CAN November 18, 2018 Monthly Meeting)

Watch the video for the talks at the How to Keep Our Immigrant Communities Safe at the November 2018 H-CAN monthly meeting. H-CAN’s Immigration and Refugees action group partnered again with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore to host a community-building event that included 3 guest speakers and a potluck dinner.

End the Awkward: Modern Language & Etiquette For Talking To & About People With Disabilities … And What Not To Say : )

October is "Disability Awareness and Acceptance Month" and in accordance with this designation, H-CAN’s and Stand-up 4 Lower Merion’s (SU4LM) Disability and Accessibility Action Group along with Disability Equality in Education hosted "End the Awkward! Modern Language & Etiquette for Talking To & About People With Disabilities ... And What Not To Say ;)” on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Hope United Methodist Church in Havertown.

H-CAN Racial Justice Action Group Presents Diversity and Inclusion Report to School Board

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, H-CAN's Krista Malott circulated and spoke at the School District of Haverford Township school board meeting about the Racial Justice Group's report on racial tension in our schools and recommendations to combat it. H-CAN members came out to the school board meeting in force to support.

H-CAN Monthly November 18th Meeting (and Potluck): How to Keep Our Immigrant Communities Safe

H-CAN Monthly November 18th Meeting (and Potluck): How to Keep Our Immigrant Communities Safe

For the November 2018 H-CAN monthly meeting, the Immigration and Refugees group is once again partnering with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore to host a community-building event including 3 guest speakers and a potluck dinner. The speakers are from 3 different nonprofit organizations serving local immigrant communities.

H-CAN's Racial Justice Report in Philadelphia Inquirer

On September 26, 2018, the Philadelphia Inquirer published their article “Haverford Schools to face charges of racial harassment at public forum.” The article highlights the Diversity and Inclusion report that members of H-CAN’s Racial Justice group presented to the Haverford school board.

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition Recognizes H-CAN for Educating the Haverford School District to Adopt the Welcoming Schools Resolution

As published in the September 6th Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) newsletter:

"In January, 2017 PICC released the Welcoming Schools Toolkit to provide students, parents, and community members with the information and tools they need to work with their schools to enact policies to ensure that all students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome, safe, and protected in the school environment. We are excited to share that communities have been organizing, and making changes in their local schools…”