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Toward the Beloved Community: Updates from the Interim Co-Presidents

The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA) Interim Co-Presidents, the Revs. Sofía Betancourt and William Sinkford and Dr. Leon Spencer, shared this message following their recent time together in Boston:
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May 4, 2017

Posted Friday, July 21

Stand Witness Against White Supremacy

More than ever, it is important to take a stand against white supremacy in all its forms. join us for our weekly Vigil in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, every Thursday at 6 pm. We will speak out against white supremacy, especially as it played out in this election.

Sunday, August 6 —

Next Power Action Team Meeting

We'd like to remind you that there is no POWER action team meeting UNTIL AUGUST. All strategy teams have extended meeting times in July to prepare their year-long strategy plan.

Our next scheduled action team meeting will be:
Tuesday, August 6
7:00-9:00 pm
at the POWER Office
1429 N. 11th St
Philadelphia PA 19119

Each team will have the opportunity to present their plans to the other four strategy teams for input. Dinner will be available at 6:30 pm.

Please note that free childcare offered by certified personnel is available upon request. If you are in need of childcare, please contact info@powerphiladelphia.org by Friday, August 4, with the names, ages, and number of children attending. We encourage you to mark this date in your calendar, more information will be shared in future e-mails.

To register that you'll attend, go to: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/2115/c/10442/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=95945

Thursday, September 14 —

PennFuture Event

RSVP to the below invitation at:

UUPLAN June 2017 Newsletter: June

UUPLAN Legislative Tracking

We are well into the 2017-2018 legislative session in Pennsylvania and many bills and resolutions have been introduced by a variety of legislators. UUPLAN is monitoring over 30 bills based on the research and recommendations of our seven Justice Teams and the positions taken by our many partner groups.

We have created a chart listing the legislative topic, bill number, primary sponsors and where the bill is currently located in the legislative process. You can link to the full text of each bill by clicking on the bill number from this chart.

If you would like to follow specific legislation you can sign up for notifications at LegiScan.com and PA Legal Notifications. In addition, you may want to learn who is funding your legislator - keep track of this information at Open Secrets and Follow the Money.
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Millennials don't Vote? 18-34s See Highest Growth
in 2017 Philly Primary

Philadelphia finally has some good news when it comes to millennials and voting.

The generation that now comprises the entirety of the traditionally voting-averse 18-to-34 demographic turned out to vote at a much higher rate last month than it did in the 2013 city election and at nearly the same rate as during the 2015 election, which was a much more popular mayoral race. On top of that, the 18-to-34 age group increased its turnout more than any other age group between 2013 and 2017. Turnout in general for this year's DA/City Controller election was higher than it had been in 15 years.

The numbers were just released by Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt this afternoon. His office found that 33,686 votes were cast by people aged 18-to-34 as mostly Democrats but also a few thousand Republicans and Democrats. The number represents a 279 percent increase in votes by the same age group from 2013, the last District Attorney/City Controller race.

Huge 279% increase in millennial turnout from the 2013 Primary to 2017 Primary in Philadelphia.
- Al Schmidt (@Commish_Schmidt) 3:14 PM - 6 Jun 2017

Significant 90% increase in millennial vote share from the 2013 Primary to the 2017 Primary in Philadelphia.
- Al Schmidt (@Commish_Schmidt) 3:37 PM - 6 Jun 2017

Now, it's important we not get carried away with the good news. There's still plenty of bad. The fact that 33K 18-to-34 year olds voted is good for just 10 percent turnout, given nearly 350,000 people in this age group are registered. That's much higher than the 3 percent turnout - seriously, 3 percent?! - of 2013 and about the same as the 12 percent in the 2015 mayoral race... but still painfully low.

What was it that made millennials turn out more than last time? At least some of it likely had to do with the candidates. Larry Krasner, Democratic nominee for District Attorney, was considered a Bernie Sanders-esque candidate and drew substantial support in millennial-heavy neighborhoods. Rebecca Rhynhart, Democratic nominee for City Controller, was also an outsider candidate.


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