A citizen’s response to Congressman Smucker

If Congressman Lloyd Smucker is to be believed, the McCarthy-era Red Peril is alive and well in Lancaster County. As stated in his recent fundraising email, which I received, “radical groups” and erstwhile “socialists” are “infiltrating” the Garden Spot and imperiling our freedoms. As a case in point, he cites the grassroots organization Lancaster Stands Up.

Protesting Protest Fines (photos)

Lancaster Against Pipelines and Lancaster Stands Up co-sponsored a “Keep Free Speech Free” rally Friday in Binns Park to protest legislation authored by Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin. The bill is designed to charge police response costs to protesters convicted of misdemeanor or felony offenses during protests.

Lancaster Stands Up members discuss group’s aims, ethos

“We’re your neighbors,” Eliza Booth said Wednesday, speaking of herself and her colleagues in Lancaster Stands Up. Booth, Zak Gregg and Kareena Rios spent an hour with LNP’s Editorial Board discussing the progressive grassroots activist group to which they belong and rebutting what they said are mischaracterizations promulgated by political opponents.


Lancaster business group cancels annual meeting at Star Barn amid controversy

Discover Lancaster has canceled its annual meeting that was to be held Thursday at the Star Barn venue in Elizabethtown, according to media reports. The Star Barn has a policy against same-sex and non-Christian couples from holding weddings at the venue, prompting backlash from the community.

Neighbors report having trouble finding affordable, quality housing in Lancaster County

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Some people are reportedly having trouble finding quality, affordable housing in Lancaster County. There’s a community organization trying to change that. Lancaster Stands Up does just that; organizers fight for the people of Lancaster. They recently went door-to-door throughout the city.

Can a Group of Scrappy Young Activists Build Real Progressive Power in Trump Country?

In January 2016, after nearly a decade of living in liberal cities on both coasts, Becca Rast returned home. Intuition told the 28-year-old organizer that it was time to kick-start a political renaissance in the small Pennsylvania city where she grew up.

Protesters speak out against national emergency declaration

Organizers with the advocacy group Lancaster Stands Up held a rally opposing President Trump’s national emergency declaration.

A Grassroots Uprising in Amish Country Begins to Find Meaning in Politics

T he morning after the presidential election in November 2016, Annie Weaver, like millions around the country, was in a stupor. “I remember coming to work that day and I stopped at the Wawa and I didn’t even make eye contact with people, because I couldn’t believe this was the world that we lived in,” she recalled.

They’re Young and They Want Change. Now They’re Ready to Vote for the First Time.

LANCASTER, Pa. – On an overcast afternoon this month, a block party was in full swing, the hot dogs were going fast, and Chris Underhill, freshly graduated from high school, was savoring a new milestone: He had registered to vote for the first time.

Here’s how smalltown Pa. stopped a private prison giant | Opinion

What’s the best way to push profit-seeking corporations out of the public sphere? Don’t let them take over in the first place. Residents of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were thrilled to learn this lesson with their recent victory against Geo Group, a giant of the private prison industry.

Lancaster Shows How to Say No to Geo Group

A Pennsylvania county goes up against a giant of the private prison industry, and comes out victorious. What’s the best way to push profit-seeking corporations out of the public sphere? Don’t let them take over in the first place. Residents of Lancaster County, Penn.

LGBT advocates to rally during conservative Christian author’s speech at Lancaster Bible College

Protesters will gather Tuesday outside Lancaster Bible College ‘s campus, where conservative author and religious liberty advocate Ryan T. Anderson will speak at an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Anderson, author of “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” “What is Marriage?

More than 200 rally to protest Lancaster police Taser use

A crowd estimated at more than 200 people rallied Friday evening on the Lancaster County Courthouse steps to protest a city police officer’s use of a Taser on a 27-year-old man the day before. When an individual is “sitting peaceably … you do not abuse your power,” community advocate Kevin Ressler told the crowd.

Close to 100 protest US Rep. Lloyd Smucker’s funding from NRA, lack of in-person town hall

Standing in a crowd gathered to protest outside an event featuring U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, a J.P. McCaskey High School senior called for changes to reduce gun violence in schools. “Now is when something needs to happen,” said Margarete Davila.

Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First

of the 2016 election, a group of despairing Democrats in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, formed a new political group to ensure that they would never be out-organized locally again. Faith leaders, small-business owners, social workers, nonprofit leaders, teachers, and students joined together as part of the historic dusting-off that was taking place all across the country.

Is This Small City the Future of Democratic Engagement in America?

It’s a fine spring Sunday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and most people in this decidedly pious city in the heart of Amish country are at home or at church celebrating the Sabbath. Even the famous Central Market-with its traditionally dressed vendors, its German delicacies, its Muenster cheeses and cured meats -is closed.