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Ep 12 Community

Episode 12 explores strategies for finding and building community. The Trumpster fire unpacks Trump loyalists and what they care about, our Media Minute reviews Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, and the Activist Action provides practical networking advice.

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Episode Nine: Cuba!

We hope you enjoyed coming to Cuba with us.

Political Boot Camp Program: February 25

Political Boot Camp

Kutztown University

February 25, 2017

Thank you to PSECU for funding this event and to FMLA for sponsoring!

9-9:30: Welcome and Announcements

LC RLC Auditorium 135

Colleen Fitzgerald, KU-APSCUF Office Manager, Political Agency and Available Organizations

 

9:30-10:  Speakers’ Panel

LC RLC Auditorium 135

 

10-11:30:  Break Out Sessions [Session One, 10-10:20; Session Two, 10:25-10:45; Session Three, 10:50-11:10; Session Four, 11:15-11:35]

Participants will circulate to each room.  The presenters will stay in their rooms and do their mini-workshop to the four different groups.

LC RLC Conference Room 113A:  Senator Schwank will focus on effective advocacy at the local and state government levels. The legislation and services enacted and provided at these levels of government might have more impact on people’s lives than federal laws or regulations. She would like to help citizens learn how to become effective advocates for the policies they care about.

 

LC RLC Classroom 113B:  Chris Ayala’s focus will be organizing within your community. If you are focusing on building strong local political ties, you have to start with learning more about your community and being an integral part of it. By helping others to organize around their local issues and concerns, you show yourself as someone who not only cares about their community but is part of it as well.

 

LC RLC Auditorium 135:  Sam Bennett’s focus will be how to fundraise and get out the vote!

 

LC RLC Conference Room 113C:  Gail Hoover’s focus will be how to communicate your individual motivation to the public.

11:40-Noon: Open networking

LC RLC Auditorium 135

Thank you to our participants!

Christopher Ayala is the statewide organizer for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). His organizing career began over a decade ago with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) when he successfully helped unionize his workplace; an organization that assists adults and children with autism. Using skills he developed in the United States Air Force and along with his passion for social justice and equality issues; he has successfully organized employees in private healthcare, temporary state employees and day care educators throughout New York State.

 

Sam Bennettcandidate for mayor, Allentown.  Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, author, political strategist, business and civic leader – is best known nationally for her passion to see exponentially more women running for public office and locally for her commitment to the recognition to the women leaders of the civil rights movement.  The past national CEO of the first national organization to financially support women when they run for office, Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run and current national board member of the historic National Women’s Political Caucus,  she continues to be in demand as a national expert, motivational speaker and media personality – from Bangladesh to Brussels, from FOX News to PBS.

Her nationally renowned initiative Name It. Change It. fighting political sexism against women – was born out of Bennett’s 2008 run for U.S. Congress where she was one of the most endorsed challengers in the nation, with an historic number of votes and money raised.  A small business owner and former Fortune 500 nationally ranked sales professional and manager – Bennett’s political career began when she was recruited by Republican and Democratic leaders to run for Mayor of Allentown in 2001 where she lost by 46 votes to a 20-year political incumbent.  Leading the top performing swing region in the country in the 2004 Kerry Bush faceoff, chairing her region’s Democratic party to its first-ever Democratic sweeps, and running for Mayor again in 2005.

 

State Senator Judy Schwank is committed to serving the people of Berks County. Her passion for promoting sustainable growth, prosperity and preserving agricultural integrity has been exemplified through her many accomplishments in public service.

Elected to the PA State Senate in 2011, Senator Schwank serves as Democratic Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and the Health & Human Services Committee.  She is Democratic Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee and a member of Aging and Youth, Local Government, State Government, and Policy Committees. She also serves as Senate co-chair of the Women’s Health Caucus.  She recently was appointed a member of the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  Her legislative initiatives have focused on education, economic development, public health and domestic violence issues.

Judy received her B.S. and M.Ed. in agricultural education from Penn State University.  Judy Schwank recognizes that the needs and concerns of residents of the 11th Senatorial District are not limited by its boundaries.  Her achievements in government, education and nonprofit realms reflect her interest in and advocacy for a brighter future for all Pennsylvanians.

Gail Hooverformer City Council Member, Allentown:

City of Allentown Councilwoman, 2002-2006: Gail served on Council’s Community Development, Public Works, Legal and Legislative and Rules and Chambers. She served on the Allentown Downtown Improvement District Authority, Vacant Property Review Board and the Human Relations Commission, She served several years as President, Hamilton Park Neighborhood Crime Watch.  She is also a member of Old Allentown Preservation Association and the Historical Architectural Review Board. Member of the Lehigh County and Allentown City Democratic Committees, PA-GALA. She is a supporter of PRIDE of Lehigh Valley and FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together. She and her daughter, Phallen, have participated in the Host Family Program for International Exchange Students.

Special thanks to Kutztown FMLA for their help!

 

Expert Extra #1: Dr. Tabetha Bernstein-Danis on Betsy DeVos, IDEA, and students with disabilities

Introducing a new feature: Expert Extra. We will occasionally interview an expert in a field for additional perspective and in-depth information about a particular issue addressed in a podcast episode. If you have additional questions or want more information about something we’ve covered in an episode, please let us know so that we can arrange an Expert Extra!

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Episode 4 Women’s March Roundup

Inside 254 marched in Washington DC with hundreds of thousands of others on January 21, 2017. Episode Three features our roundup discussion, sounds from the march, a Trumpster fire on Trump’s first press conference, as well as our usual Media Minute and Activist Actions. Please listen and share our podcast with your like-minded friends. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and on our web site where we post links and additional information from the current episode. Thank you for listening!

 

 

Women’s Political Boot Camp on Feb. 25

Been thinking about running for office? Want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of how to run? Want to just learn more about political campaigning or meet amazing candidates from our local counties? Then join us on February 25 at Kutztown University for a FREE Women’s Political Boot Camp. All are welcome. Information and registration info can be found at our web site, Inside 254.

Women’s Political Boot Camp: Saturday, February 25

The KU Political Boot Camp is aimed to encourage women of all political parties to learn more about how to run for office. Female candidates will be on campus to talk about their experiences running for office. They will also do small group workshops to give other future candidates the information they need. Members of the campus community and beyond are invited to participate.

Click here to register!

9-9:30: Welcome and Announcements

Colleen Fitzgerald, KU-APSCUF Office Manager, National Political Women’s Caucus 

9:30-10:  Speakers’ Panel

10-11:15:  Break Out Sessions

Senator Schwank will focus on effective advocacy at the local and state government levels. The legislation and services enacted and provided at these levels of government might  have more impact on people’s lives than federal laws or regulations. She would like to help citizens learn how to become effective advocates for the policies they care about.

Chris Ayala’s focus will be organizing within your community. If you are focusing on building strong local political ties, you have to start with learning more about your community and being an integral part of it. By helping others to organize around their local issues and concerns, you show yourself as someone who not only cares about their community but is part of it as well.

Sam Bennett’s focus will be how to fundraise and get out the vote!

Gail Hoover’s focus will be how to communicate your individual motivation to the public.

11:15-Noon: Open networking

Thank you to our participants!

Christopher Ayala is the statewide organizer for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF). His organizing career began over a decade ago with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) when he successfully helped unionize his workplace; an organization that assists adults and children with autism. Using skills he developed in the United States Air Force and along with his passion for social justice and equality issues; he has successfully organized employees in private healthcare, temporary state employees and day care educators throughout New York State.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys attending various conventions as both a patron and artisan vendor with his wife Donna.

Christopher has resided in Bethlehem, PA for the last five years with his wife and two of their children.

Sam Bennett, candidate for mayor, Allentown.

Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, author, political strategist, business and civic leader – is best known nationally for her passion to see exponentially more women running for public office and locally for her commitment to the recognition to the women leaders of the civil rights movement.  The past national CEO of the first national organization to financially support women when they run for office, Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run and current national board member of the historic National Women’s Political Caucus,  she continues to be in demand as a national expert, motivational speaker and media personality – from Bangladesh to Brussels, from FOX News to PBS.

Her nationally renowned initiative Name It. Change It. fighting political sexism against women – was born out of Bennett’s 2008 run for U.S. Congress where she was one of the most endorsed challengers in the nation, with an historic number of votes and money raised.  A small business owner and former Fortune 500 nationally ranked sales professional and manager – Bennett’s political career began when she was recruited by Republican and Democratic leaders to run for Mayor of Allentown in 2001 where she lost by 46 votes to a 20 year political incumbent.  Leading the top performing swing region in the country in the 2004 Kerry Bush faceoff, chairing her region’s Democratic party to its first-ever Democratic sweeps, and running for Mayor again in 2005, Bennett’s leadership is always marked by exceptional results.

Today, having saved this architectural treasure from multiple forclosures and decrepitude, Bennett transformed The Historic Benner Mansion into her city’s first and still only bed and breakfast serving as its owner innkeeper.  Additionally, she is completing the second edition of her book “Ascend” on the critical importance of more women running for elected office and most importantly, also running for Mayor of Allentown 2017, the third largest city in PA.

State Senator Judy Schwank is committed to serving the people of Berks County. Her passion for promoting sustainable growth, prosperity and preserving agricultural integrity has been exemplified through her many accomplishments in public service.

Elected to the PA State Senate in 2011, Senator Schwank serves as Democratic Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and the Health & Human Services Committee.  She is Democratic Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee and a member of Aging and Youth, Local Government, State Government, and Policy Committees. She also serves as Senate co-chair of the Women’s Health Caucus.  She recently was appointed a member of the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  Her legislative initiatives have focused on education, economic development, public health and domestic violence issues.

Judy received her B.S. and M.Ed. in agricultural education from Penn State University.  Judy Schwank recognizes that the needs and concerns of residents of the 11th Senatorial District are not limited by its boundaries.  Her achievements in government, education and nonprofit realms reflect her interest in and advocacy for a brighter future for all Pennsylvanians.

Gail Hoover, former City Council Member, Allentown:

City of Allentown Councilwoman, 2002-2006: Gail served on Council’s Community Development, Public Works, Legal and Legislative and Rules and Chambers. She served on the Allentown Downtown Improvement District Authority, Vacant Property Review Board and the Human Relations Commission, She served several years as President, Hamilton Park Neighborhood Crime Watch.  She is also a member of Old Allentown Preservation Association and the Historical Architectural Review Board. Member of the Lehigh County and Allentown City Democratic Committees, PA-GALA. She is a supporter of PRIDE of Lehigh Valley and FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together. She and her daughter, Phallen have participated in the Host Family Program for International Exchange Students.

Special thanks to Kutztown FMLA for their help!

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Episode 3 Nikki Haley and Betsy DeVos

Women’s March Promo Outtake: There’s no laughing in podcasting

Enjoy this brief blooper outtake from our promo recording. And remember, there’s no laughing in podcasting. Follow us on Facebook and see you at the March!

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