"Housing cost increases and displacements are serious issues in Lancaster. It’s so common, in fact, that listing agents advertise the potential to raise rents (and push people out of their home) as a selling point for investors.
Housing cost increases and displacements are serious issues in Lancaster. It’s so common, in fact, that listing agents advertise the potential to raise rents (and push people out of their home) as a selling point for investors.
Happening now: 1000+ rally for 100% fair education funding in the PA State Capitol! Thanks Power Interfaith for organizing across the state for our right to quality public education! #Support #HB961 ... See MoreSee Less
Our government belongs to us, the people. When corporations and the most well-connected among us conspire behind closed doors with elected representatives, the rest of us are left behind. We’re left out of conversations about the future of our communities, land, schools, roads, taxes, and more. This goes beyond party – this is a matter of the corrupting influence of big money.
Government must be for all of us, not for the highest bidder. The No Backroom Deals pledge asks representatives at all levels of government not to sell their time, attention, and vote for a campaign contribution, and to work with integrity towards the best possible future for the residents and constituents of the district.
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Lancaster Stands Up was founded on the idea that our representatives should work for us, their constituents. On Friday, we learned that several Manheim Township Commissioners have taken money from developers with active proposals for new developments in Township. This is deeply concerning.
Last night, we launched our new No Backroom Deals Pledge. It asks that candidates and sitting representatives refuse contributions from individuals and corporate interests that have a financial stake in projects or policy under their authority.
We are disappointed and concerned to hear that members of the Board of Commissioners in Manheim Township have accepted money from the individuals who stand to gain financially from the Oregon Village development.
"By accepting campaign money from the developers and failing to disclose it, Commissioners Kling and Heck have discredited their impartiality in judging the Oregon Village proposal,” Haverstick, of Respect Farmland, said in a statement. ... See MoreSee Less
Commissioners took donations pre Belmont too. Good to see more people care now.
The red flag for me is that they seem to have very deliberately spread the donations amongst the family units and kept them below the limit where they would have to report the extra information. And the sun was deliberately agreed upon, otherwise the last family wouldn’t have given a paltry $5 to make the agreed upon amount. Red flags. This was more than political support, no matter what you want to tell yourself.
With 3rd world countries we’ve been sanctimonious and quick to call that bribery.
This is why the corruption domino has to be first that falls. Campaign finance reform. PA got an F from the electoral integrity project. One of the very few states that had no limits or regulations on campaign funding.
Call your state legislators and demand the Gift Ban bill be passed. HB 1291.
I think there are very good reasons to develop Oregon Village. Don't be so hard on the planners.
Heck and Kling never were impartial!
Well, this explains a lot. The traffic nightmare there is going to be insane if this project completes.
😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣 More corruption! When will it end???
Sorry to say but that’s a pittance of a donation for a “bribery” type donation unless it’s a down payment for larger money.
From what I've heard it was less than $300??? Not a big red flag for me
This crap of money CAN Buy anything to the point of People's livelihoods And Life's Has Got TO Stop.
So when did we stop teaching Gov't & Politics? Legal Bribery
Isn’t this how the game is played across the board? We just call it campaign donations and lobbying like it’s legal. 😕
...do any of you read the articles before reacting to the headlines?
Please do better. We have to.
I just think this is hypocrisy . He has a big Earth Day celebration....
So if a commissioner receives a donation of $245. that should sway his vote? The family has endorsed republicans for many years. What a bunch of crap being stirred up by their opponents.
People are so stupidly apathetic these days, just read the comments. We all deserve an open and honest government and with tRump, people aren't getting the truth/people can't handle the truth, giving license to others to be just as shady. Too many don't give a dam. Too many are too misinformed to make a judgement about any of this, really.
Sadly, in today’s climate, it’s acceptable #Impeach
We're live at Sen. Scott Martin's office calling on him and all our representatives to Raise the Wage in Pennsylvania! Support working families and call Sen. Martin's office to tell him to raise the wage: 717-397-1309 ... See MoreSee Less
Shout-out to Journalist Ryan Grim for shouting-out Lancaster Stands Up in his brand new book, "We've Got People." Grim writes about how people-powered movements found fire in 2016 and the revolution that's happened ever since. From the national stage down to our very own county in south-central PA, the momentum of organized people fighting with each other for each other is only just getting started. ... See MoreSee Less
On this Memorial Day, we remember those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country. We thank them and all military personnel for their service.
Lancaster Stands Up member and veteran Jim Sandoe wrote an Op-Ed in today's LNP + LancasterOnline. In the editorial, he calls for Congress to end the "forever war" with Afghanistan. We stand with Jim in his call for peace. ... See MoreSee Less
Lancaster Stands Up is proud to co-sponsor a march on Scott Martin's office to show our strong opposition to SB 323. The bill is meant to scare and intimidate peaceful demonstrators by imposing unconstitutional fines on regular people if they're convicted of a misdemeanor as minor as jaywalking during the course of the protest. Not only does this bill look to suppress free speech, it also incentivizes law enforcement to make more arrests during protests. Rather than pen bills that would improve the lives working families in his district, Scott Martin proposed a measure that will bring voters and their representatives into direct conflict and discourage folks from getting involved in the political process. We will gather at Binns Park on May 31 to begin a March on Scott Martin's office to stand for free speech and our right as Americans to peaceably assemble.
From the beginning, Lancaster Stands Up has always put working families first. Now, we’re joining the Fight for $15.
Representative Patty Kim has introduced a bill in the PA State House that would immediately raise the minimum wage to $12/hour. Then, over the course of the next five years, the wage would go all the way up to $15/hour.
However, our state senator, Scott Martin, has been silent on this key issue. This is unacceptable.
Right now, we’re collecting stories about life as a minimum-wage worker and how an increased minimum wage would benefit everyone. If you have a story to share, click here and type your experiences. Your story doesn’t have to be perfectly-written -- just your honest story.
Together, we will call on our representative to vote in favor of working families by voting for a $15 minimum hourly wage. Keep an eye out for more information on logistics coming soon.
We will win the Fight for 15, but only if we fight together. Join our efforts here.
What will you do when joblessness increases because businesses cannot afford to pay $15/hr?
That is simply artificial inflation. This boss pays me $15/hr. Has to increase his prices, does not hire help when it is needed, the next guy can’t get a job & the cost of living is increased.
How does this help?