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Grassroots Uprising in Amish Country Begins to Find Meaning in Politics

Ryan Grim The Intercept
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania might be called Trump Country. It is rural and deeply religious, went solidly for Republicans in 2016, as it had consistently in years past. After Trump’s election we knew we needed a protest and an electoral movement.

Trump, the Republican Party, and Westmoreland County

Margaret Power Political Research Associates
Trump got 63.5 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 32.5 percent in Westmoreland County. The county is now solidly red, but it hasn’t always been. I grew up in Westmoreland County in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the county was solidly blue. Can it change back

There’s No Political Machine That Can’t Be Beat

There’s No Political Machine That Can’t Be Beat Daniel Doubet
Summer Lee, Sara Innamorato and Liz Fiedler faced enormous odds against well-funded opponents. These progressive women took the odds and won ... not by a little but by a lot. They've proven the old analysis that says you have to be a centrist to win is dead wrong.

Pennsylvania Steelworkers Send Lamb to Congress, Revive Progressive Coalition

Kevin P. Lynch Portside
The Lamb victory should give heart to the surging young generation who are struggling so passionately for a better and fairer future. Despite Trump’s pandering on the issue of trade and environmental regulations, miners and steelworkers campaigned for the long-term interests of their class.

This Wasn't Just a Primary Victory. This Was a Revolution - Advances Movement for Racial and Criminal Justice

Will Bunch Philly.com / Philadelphia Daily News
Larry Krasner's victory for Philadelphia District Attorney is huge! Krasner has been the main defense attorney for #BlackLivesMatter and Occupy and has freed 80 prisoners on wrongful conviction charges. He ran to end stop-and-frisk, end cash bail, and treat drug law violators via the public health rather than criminal justice system. A huge victory for the movements against police brutality and mass incarceration - for progressive and racial justice movements nationwide.

Pennsylvania Tax Dollars At Work, Siccing Dogs on Native American Protesters

Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist Philly.com - The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News
A big chunk of money coming out of Pennsylvania is financing the dog siccers and the pepper sprayers -- including tax dollars. It turns out that one of the major investors in Energy Transfer Partners is...the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Records show that as of this June, the commonwealth -- through its pension funds -- owned some 5 million shares of ETP -- valued at some $192 million. That's more than any other governmental or quasi-governmental agency.

Philadelphia’s Forgotten Spirit of 1776

Sam Pizzigati Campaign for America's Future
The struggle for independence upset the “politics of deference.” The colonial elites, explains historian Clement Fatovic, found it “more and more difficult” to reconcile “great disparities of wealth with the animating principles of the Revolution.”

The Stealth Privatization of Pennsylvania's Bridges

Ellen Dannin, Truthout News Truthout
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has decided to sign a 40-year contract to privatize the state's crumbling bridges, but there has been little to no media coverage of the deal and what it will mean for two generations of Pennsylvanians.

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Pennsylvanians Fill State Capitol in Defense of Union Rights

Jan Murphy The Patriot News
Union members in Pennsylvania held a mass demonstration inside the state capital to protest a Republican effort to strip public employee unions of their right to have member dues collected through payroll deduction. The protesters were clear that they see this Republican effort as just the beginning of an attempt to destroy unions and workers' rights in the state.
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