Want to have a Watch Party for the AFSCME Presidential Debate

Want to have a Watch Party for the AFSCME Presidential Debate

Public service workers in Philadelphia, PA and across the country submitted questions for 2020
presidential candidates. Now, on Saturday, August 3, we want to know if you want to gather to hear candidates’ responses at a local watch party of the Public Service Forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and moderated by HuffPost.
Eighteen presidential candidates are expected, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory
Booker, Gov. Steve Bullock, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill de
Blasio, former Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy
Klobuchar, Rep. Seth Moulton, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Bernie Sanders, business
leader and philanthropist Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and author Marianne Williamson.
This forum will give candidates the opportunity to speak directly with America’s public service workers
who will make their voices heard in this election. As they dedicate their lives to making our communities
stronger, safer and healthier, they have a unique perspective into solving the problems Americans face
every day.

So, how about attending or sponsoring a watch party at noon on August 3 for this event.

Call DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor at 215-893-3761 for more information.

Happy 4th of July – You Can Celebrate in Philly

Happy 4th of July – You Can Celebrate in Philly

Welcome America has designed a new layout for the July 4th Party on the Parkway and July 4th Concert & Fireworks which will offer families and guests an enhanced experience. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will now feature dedicated entry points and a perimeter that will allow guests to enter in a smooth, more orderly fashion, then roam freely to experience all the iconic Party on the Parkway has to offer.

“Spending the day with us on the Parkway will be better than ever before; we are really excited to have our guests take advantage of this expanded layout,” explained Welcome America, Inc. President & CEO Michael DelBene.

All entrances will be open from noon until 9 p.m. Guests are highly encouraged to enter through the Main Welcome Gates at Logan Circle. Other entry points include:

  • 20th Street & the Parkway from both the north and south sides
  • 21st Street & the Parkway from both the north and south sides
  • 23rd Street & Pennsylvania Avenue north side

Entry signage will be clearly visible at all gates, and Wawa Welcome America Ambassadors will be on hand to help guests find their way.

Party on the Parkway runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th and is followed by the July 4th Concert and Fireworks from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Once guests enter the Parkway, they will be able to roam freely and experience all that Philadelphia’s iconic July 4th party has to offer from food and drink, to games and rides, to entertainment. This year’s enhanced family-friendly experience includes the free PECO Kids’ Zone featuring a zip-line, acrobatic dunkers, bungee jumping, games, arts & crafts, storytelling, face painting, and much more.

As always, guests are permitted to bring picnics and small personal coolers.  A full list of prohibited items can be found on welcomeamerica.com/guides.

There will be many food and beverage options available for purchase, and for the 21+ crowd, Welcome America has partnered with VISIT PHILADELPHIA® to feature craft beers from Philadelphia and the surrounding counties along the Parkway.

Entertainment options abound with four stages of music, dance, and more!

  • For the second year, The Chill Moody Music Stage is back on the Parkway on July 4th! This music experience curated by Philadelphia Music Ambassador/Recording Artist Chill Moody, kicks off at noon and runs until 7 p.m. “My goal this year, as always, is to spotlight some of Philly’s rising stars, mix in some love from out of town, and provide an experience I’m sure everyone in attendance will enjoy,” says Chill Moody who will also be performing music from his forthcoming Horns At The Funeral album.
  • The Multicultural Stage will feature multiple culturally diverse dance acts from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Philly area bands will jam on the PA Lottery Philly Groove Stage from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Visit the SugarHouse Casino Freedom Stage for performances of street dance theater, magic, a dance party with DJ Diamond Kuts of iHeartRadio’s Power 99, and The U.S. Navy Band Cruisers from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Resolution in Support of APWU: “US Mail, Not For Sale” Campaign

Resolution in Support of APWU: “US Mail, Not For Sale” Campaign

Whereas, the public Postal Service has its founding principles in the U.S. Constitution, is a national treasure and consistently rates as the most trusted government agency and

Whereas, universal service and fair and reasonable postal rates provide all the people with equal access and equal service no matter who we are or where we live, and

Whereas, the operations of the Postal Service are funded by the users, not taxpayer dollars, and

Whereas, postal jobs have been a source of decent and dignified union jobs for workers of all nationalities including military veterans and others of diverse backgrounds, with equal pay for equal work, and

Whereas, while methods of communication are constantly changing, mail continues to be invaluable to individuals and businesses including letters, cards, periodicals, medicines, catalogs, packages and is vital to the success of ecommerce, and

Whereas, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on June 21st, 2018 unveiled a plan for privatization of the United States Postal Service, that is selling it to private, for profit companies, and

Whereas, in December 2018 the President’s Task Force released their plan to cut costs, including ending collective bargaining rights as a means to make the USPS more attractive for sale to potential private investors, and

Whereas, billionaire and corporate-funded “think tanks” from the Heritage Foundation to the Brookings Institution have promoted either full or partial postal privatization, and

Whereas, postal privatization would enrich a few private companies at the expense of the people of the United States and the public servants that make the Postal Service such a success, and

Whereas, privatized postal services will be based on whether a company can make a profit and would lead to increased rates, loss of universal service to 157 million addresses every day, and would hurt rural residents and urban center residents, and

Whereas, this Resolution is based on and consistent with the active decisions by the APWU National Convention, the highest authority of the union, as well as the mandate of the National Executive Board, therefore be it

Resolved that AFSCME DC 47 goes on record opposing the full or partial privatization of the Postal Service, and be it further

Resolved that AFSCME DC 47 engages the “U.S. Mail, Not For Sale” campaign to share information, promote the website https://usmailnotforsale.org/, collect pledge cards, educate members, the public and elected officials, and finally be it

Resolved that AFSCME DC 47 engages in the fight, joining with labor, community allies, elected officials and the public, in concrete actions to defend the public United States Postal Service.