We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El. She was a powerful fighter of racial and social justice and a civil rights leader throughout her life, and she will be greatly missed. We thank her for the wisdom that she bestowed upon us that will continue to impact communities near and far well into the future.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lancaster to remember Dr. Smith-Wade-El and out of respect for her and those who will be attending this service we are moving our mass meeting planned for the same day to January 26th from 2 to 4pm (location to be determined).
We send our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Smith-Wade-El's family during this difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less
This week Lancaster Stands Up members voted by 99% to support Sunrise Movement's #GreenNewDeal. Yesterday, we officially signed on in support of the movement.
Lancaster Stands Up members are among those participating in today's DC actions demanding a right to good jobs and a liveable future. We believe that the #GreenNewDeal is THE path forward to address our growing economic and environmental crisis and that it is up to US to demand leadership from our elected officials.
We stand with everyone in DC today that is fighting for the future!
Rebel HQ Over 1,000 Protestors Storm Congressional Offices, Demand Democrats Take On Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal ... See MoreSee Less
“In the recent midterm election campaign, the proposed abolition of ICE was dismissed by many on both sides of the aisle as a fringe, radical position. ICE is 15 years old; it is not indelible, essential or irreplaceable. Furthermore, it has proven itself incapable of maintaining human rights standards for habitability in its detention centers, or of protecting its detainees from sexual assault, or of adequately reporting such abuses.” ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to the 500 community members and leaders who came together on Saturday to celebrate what we’ve built and to recommit to the work ahead.
We've learned so much these past two years. The strength of our community and moral clarity of our collective vision makes us unstoppable. We're in it for the long haul. Here's to 2019, 2020, and beyond. ... See MoreSee Less
Seventeen months ago, a working mom from Leola made a big decision: to run for Congress. Jess King ran one of the most vibrant Congressional campaigns in the country and in the history of Lancaster County.
Over the past 17 months, thousands of everyday working people across Lancaster and York counties made a similar choice: we chose action over resignation, and solidarity over division. In Jess, we found a leader with political courage. Someone who stands up to the establishment of both political parties. Someone who refused all contributions from corporate Super PACs. A leader who shows up, who listens, and who cares deeply about every person she encounters, regardless of their party affiliation. We found someone who believes that America is for all of us, and who works hard every day to make that aspirational slogan a reality.
Last night, we came up short. But today we’re so proud of the dedicated work our members did to elect Jess King in an uphill race. Together we turned out unprecedented numbers on Election Day: over 112,000 voters in small towns, suburbs, and cities across our district.
When Lancaster Stands Up members voted to endorse Jess King for Congress in December of last year, we knew it was an uphill fight. After redistricting, it seemed impossible. But we decided to trust each other, and throw ourselves even more fully into the work. We started building across our district, knocking doors, organizing town halls, and meeting more and more of our neighbors. This year Lancaster Stands Up volunteers knocked 46,688 doors.
This race took courage and strength from every one of us. In trying moments we didn’t turn on each other, but instead lifted each other up. We listened more than we talked. We affirmed the dignity of every volunteer and every person we encountered at the door.
We are on our way. The road may be long. But because of Jess—and because of all of us—there is a bigger sense of political possibility in Lancaster County than we have ever seen.
Please join us next Saturday, November 17 at Bright Side Opportunities Center to celebrate all we’ve accomplished together, and to vision the work ahead. We’re so proud to welcome Jess King as our keynote speaker. For details and to RSVP, go to lancasterstandsup.org/2years
Thanks Jess, for bringing integrity and honesty back into the election process. Hope to be able to vote for you again in the future!
Yes Jess - a campaign with integrity !
Thank you Jess !
Jess King would have been such a great asset as our representative. She ran a great race. Ethical, moral, upstanding race. It was a pleasure to watch.
I look forward to more great things from Jess!!!
Thank you, Lancaster Stands Up!
Jess..you have shown all of us what energy, integrity, honesty and standing up for all people looks like. I had a text conversation with one of your young volunteers who told me she was too young to vote, but was working for you to energize those of us who could. Keep standing up for all Americans and the young will follow you. Thank you!!
Articulate and admirable candidate...
Jess King would have worked hard for every one of us! I have such respect for the way she ran her campaign. It was a breath of fresh air!
Thank you to all who worked so hard and to Jess King for running.
Thank you Jess! It was an honor to vote for you and I can’t wait to hear what’s next. ❤️
Jess would have represented us well. Her strength, courage, and honesty stood above others in politics. Thank you, Jess King.
we will be there to support Jess’ next move. Our admiration of her ethics in public service continues. She’s the perfect model for the kind of leadership we need moving forward 👍🏼🇺🇸
I was so sad last night, JESS is such a Bright Light in the Darkness that our Government has become. I was so Proud to VOTE for her, and hope she comes back in 2 years with her Honesty and Integrity and gives it another run! Thank You Jess King. You're Amazing! 👍❤🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
We were proud to vote for Jess King! Thanks to her and all the volunteers who truly made a difference!
Jess would have been that rare person - a politician that represents that people - all of the people. Jess I'm so interested to see what you do next.
Yes, a huge thank you to Jess King! 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸
With love and admiration for Jess and for LSU from Chester County.
Your movement has been a source of inspiration and Light to many of us in these difficult times. Thank you for persisting! Lynn from Harrisburg PA
With admiration and respect for Jess King and for LSU .
Lancaster Stands Up has also given groups outside of your community hope and strength during these troubled times. Our best to you, Wendy from Berkeley Calif
Didn’t they say there are 100,000 more Republicans in Lancaster Co than Democrats? The margin is much smaller! Either they didn’t vote or they actually made an intelligent choice!
She’ll be back 👍
I appreciate that Jess ran a pointed and clean campaign throughout. Unafraid to put herself out there among us all and speak with clarity. Her maturity and refusal to make a mockery of her opponent spoke volumes to me. I hope this will not be her last attempt in politics.
I was so very lucky to have Dr. Smith Wade-El as my Psychology of Racism professor at Millersville University in 1990 (she was pregnant back then). Still one of the BEST classes I ever took and I wish everyone had this as a mandatory graduation requirement. You are such a beautiful and smart woman and I send you all my blessings!!
Sending you love and light, Rita. Thank you for planting a seed you won't see bloom. Your dedication is meaningful. ❤
Wow, praying for you and God bless you Rita!
God bless you! Thank you for voting! 🦋🇺🇸🌊❤️ I already voted and no lines in SHREWSBURY, PA!
God bless you and may we inherit your strength of will and courage!!
Thank u 4 sharing
God bless u
Hello Rita, this is Glenn Kellum.
It has been a long time since we had the opportunity to see each other.
I don't want to take to much of your time, but one thing that I should have said to you years ago
and is, you were the most amazingly important person that I have ever encountered.
I didn't realize that at the time because I was a self centered
little child. You were really tough on me at times but it was out of love.
Of course I didn't realize it at the time! Thank you for that brief moment of trying to make me open my eyes. Oh yes, I told my daughters many stories about you when you were working on your doctorate days at U Penn. I'll never forget you Rita.
Get some rest.
I voted early this morning
Although you used to whoop my ego I still love you
💜 thank you for the gift of you.
Thank you Dr. Smith Wade-El . Another piece of your legacy.
Thank you so much. I was one of the lucky people of having been one of your students. You were committed to fairness and equality all your life and I respect that you now spend your energy on helping us to get Jess King elected. God bless you. I am so sorry you became so ill. Maybe a miracle will safe you.
Thank you, Dr. Smith Wade-El. I am deeply touched by your caring commitment. Namaste.
Dr. Smith-Wadel, thank you for your inspirational life and for knowing and showing us what is important. I wish you comfort and love and coming months surrounded by caring family and friends.
So amazing ❤️
Thank you and so powerful for you to record this message.
God Speed Dr. Wade El. I never had you when I was a student at MU—many years ago—but heard from many how much the enjoyed and appreciated you and your classes. Please know that your legacy will live on through every student you have taught! Sending prayers for peace and comfort as you prepare for the next chapter. God bless!
Thank you and God bless!
Thank you and God bless!
I admire your caring and courage. God bless you for your enthusiasm for life. Thank you.
Thank you so much for all you do and have done.
So sorry to hear of your diagnosis. Be with those you love and tell them the stories they need to hear before you no longer are able. Peace to you.
Thank you Professor. Our prayers are with you.
As a former student I say thank you for your commitment! Thank you for your incredible contributions to our school and our community
You've lived your life well. Take care.
Glad you were able to get out and vote. Godspeed.
Bless you Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El you are truly an amazing and inspirational woman.