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DVC Monthly Orginizer Call and Newsletter

DVC Newsletter – october 2010 – This issue is in PDF Format, so if you don’t already have it you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free in order to view it.

Also for those who are members of the Disability Voting Coalition ….

1.    Mark your calendars for the DVC monthly organizer call: Wednesday, October 20 from 10:30 – 12 noon. All DVC members are welcome to participate in this FREE conference call.

o   Here is the call-in information: The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-352-3799.  The participant code is *3493497* (yes, that is “star” before and after 3493497 — don’t forget the stars).

o   Topic of the call:

§  Election Day preparation

§  DVC request to Auditor General Jack Wagner to conduct a “Performance Audit” of Pennsylvania’s compliance with the voter registration requirements of the National Voter Registration Act

If you would are not a member but would like information on how to join the Disability Voting Coalition of PA, here’s a link to their website ….

http://www.dvcpa.org/

Membership is Free and open to people with all types of disabilities whether they be physical or mental.

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Special thanks to the folks at DVCPA

I would like to take a moment to send a special thanks out to the folks at the Disability Voting Coalition of PA for posting an excerpt and link to a piece I had published entitled “To Vote or Not to Vote …”  it can be found through their site at … http://www.dvcpa.org/j_campbell.asp

Please take a moment to check out the rest of their site while your there and maybe even get involved with their effort to promote voting.

Also if you want to check out more of my published work, there is a graphical link that says “AC Contributor” on it on the right hand side of this screen clicking it will take you to my profile on Associated Content which lists everything I’ve published there.

DVC Meeting reminder (10-13-09) and info about call-in on 8-26-09)

Sorry about the timing of this, I got the email today and didn’t realize it was there until several hours after it arrived.  This includes a reminder about the date change for the statewide meeting and also a notice about a call-in tomorow (Thursday 8-26-09).

Hello Disability Voting Coalition Members!

 I realize that this is a last minute notice but I was out on vacation. I need to let you know two things in this email: 

  1. Statewide Disability Voting Coalition meeting rescheduled to Tuesday, October 13, 2009 in Harrisburg. Some of you may have heard that we were planning a statewide DVC meeting for August 27.Budget concerns made us change the date to October 13. You’ll be hearing more about this meeting in a future email.

     2. Our monthly organizer call will be Wednesday, August 26, 2009 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-352-3799.  The participant code is *3493497* (yes, that is “star” before and after 3493497 — don’t forget the stars).

We will continue our discussion on ways to get more people registered to vote using the National Voter Registration Act. Everyone is welcome! Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

We hold our call on the FOURTH Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 AM – 12 noon

Please plan to join us – we need lots of help from all parts of PA if we are to change things for the better!

Feel free to call me at the number below if you have questions or comments

Thanks to all of you for your support of the Disability Voting Coalition.

Rachel Freund
DVC Project Coordinator

Facts about healthcare reform

  First off I know this is more of a national issue then it is a Pennsylvania specific issue, but it is something that once all is said and done and whatever the final plan is that is put into action, it is something that will effect each and every person in the country in one way or another how exactly that effect will occur I can’t say, but I can say that I’m really to a point where I want to hear facts and not hear about the latest town hall meeting that went haywire.  To me that isn’t news worth focusing on yes eveyone is entitled to their views, but can it be presented by the media in a way that is more like a healthy debate instead of focusing on what ammounts to people making fools of themselves on national TV by yelling and screaming and interrupting the person trying to present information rather then simply listening to what the person(s) have to say before flying off the handle and in some cases becoming physically aggressive towards the speaker?

Ok now that I’ve vented a little I will include a link I received from the whitehouse specifically the president’s office/staff this explains facts about what the President is trying to convery and some of the misinterpretations that are out there …. I hope to add more links as I find more that aren’t glorifying town hal brawls but this is a starting point …..

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/settingtherecord

Keep in mind that just because I post something from the president or any other politician does not mean I agree 100% with what the person, party or office is saying it simply means I’m offering it as something I found to be more productive then the nightly News’  coverage of townhall brawls.

If you have a problem with information that is contained in any of the links, please respectfully contact the person, party … etc. represented by the site you don’t agree with.  As the saying goes you can catch more flies with honey then with vinegar.  Keep in mind that while politician do hold positions of power, they are there because we the American people gave them that power and that we are partially responsible for the political nature of our communitees, states and country because of our choices we make when we choose to vote or not vote for someone.

For folks with any type of disability check out … the Disability Voting Coalition of Pennsylvania for a starting point with regards to disabled folks who want to excercise their right to vote …..

http://www.dvcpa.org/

They’ll get you started with where to register if you haven’t registered already and will guide you through the first steps towards having a stronger voice in our political system.

DVC of PA postpones statewide meeting until October

This is an email I received indicating that the Disability Voting Coalition of PA (DVC) has changed the date of their statewide meeting.  Those planning on attending it should note the change of date.

Friends – We’ve changed the date of our statewide meeting for the Disability Voting Coalition of PA (DVC) to Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 10 am – 3 pm!

 

The DVC is a statewide, cross-disability coalition. We are focused on building participation of people with disabilities in the voting process. DVC is a free membership organization and is a collaborative effort of a hundreds of organizational and individual members.

 

Please join us at the Disability Voting Coalition of PA (DVC) statewide “We Count!” meeting, on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 10 am – 3 pm at the PA Department of Education, 333 Market Street in Harrisburg.

 

At the statewide “We Count” meeting we will

  • Connect  advocates and organizers from all over Pennsylvania and from all parts of the disability community to share ideas and strategies
  • Hear from policy makers who affect the voting and voter registration process
  • Work together on action steps to implement the “We Count” Campaign across PA
    • The “We Count” Campaign will increase the number of voters with disabilities and raise awareness among providers about their role in the voter registration process, in keeping with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)

 

We can help with travel expenses – contact Rachel Freund to find out more!

 

To RSVP or for more information call Rachel Freund, DVC Project Coordinator, at 412-391-3820 or 1-877-391-3820 or at rfreund@mhaac.net When calling, please let us know if you need any accommodations for the meeting.

 Please pass the word along to your networks – thanks!

 Rachel

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DVC Conference Call July 22, 2009

The following info was emailed to me by Rachel Freund of the Disability Voting Coalition It discusses details about a conference call scheduled for July 22, 2009.

We are looking forward to reconnecting with all of you through our monthly organizer call – everyone is welcome! In fact, please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.

We hold our call on the FOURTH Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 AM – 12 noon

Our next call will be Wednesday, July 22, 2009 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-352-3799.  The participant code is *3493497* (yes, that is “star” before and after 3493497 — don’t forget the stars).

On July 22 we will be discussing the recent report on voter registration that went to PA’s General Assembly (House and Senate) and our plans to draw attention to the report and ideas for improving voter registration in our communities.  

Please plan to join us – we need lots of help from all parts of PA if we are to change things for the better!

Feel free to call me at the number below if you have questions or comments – again, I’m sorry for the mix-up over last month’s call. We are doing our best to correct the problems and make the website more accessible and interactive. Look for some exciting changes over the next few months!

Thanks to all of you for your support of the Disability Voting Coalition – we are all “part of the dynamic that is building a better world!”

Rachel Freund
DVC Project Coordinator

Disability Voting Coalition of PA
1-877-391-3820
info@dvcpa.org
www.dvcpa.org

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Rachel Freund
Director, Community Outreach

Mental Health AmericaAllegheny County
1945 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA  15219

P:  412-391-3820 
F:  412-391-3825
W:  www.mhaac.net

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