Fire Departments across the state have had their funding impacted by COVID-19 restrictions cancelling so many critical fundraisers. We want to do something to help the departments in the 15 counties of the 12th Congressional District. We are organizing a shoe drive fundraiser as a district-wide challenge.
Liz Terwilliger for Congress is providing supplies to departments, promoting the drive, collecting bags of shoes at the end of the drive, coordinating the shipping of collected shoes and distributing proceeds to each participating fire department.
Participating Fire Departments will collect shoes at their fire house, promote the shoe drive, store bags of shoes collected in a dry place out of the weather.
Departments will receive 100% of the funds raised for the shoes they collect. The more a Department collects, the more money they’ll raise.
As an added incentive, the Fire Department that collects the most shoes will get their name on the Firehouse Footgear Challenge Plaque (donated by Woodland Art) and will possess the plaque until next year’s drive.
Shoes have to be clean and gently used or new.
Liz Terwilliger is partnering with Funds2Orgs. They are paying for the shoes collected, by the pound. They are supplying collection bags that hold approximately 25 pairs of shoes. Each bag is worth approximately $10 in proceeds. Shipping will be FREE if we collect 100 bags of shoes combined from all participating departments.
“I urge every voter, no matter what party they support, to go to the polls on May 18 and vote YES on the three most important proposals. Reject discrimination and reject placing extraordinary powers in the hands on any one person.”
On Tuesday, May 18, Pennsylvania expects the same low turnout we usually see in primary elections. If that happens, it would be unfortunate, since this primary will affect every voter in the state, regardless of their party affiliation.
Part of the problem is that thousands of voters are unaware that they are even allowed to cast a vote. Although every taxpayer helps pay for the cost of a primary, Libertarian Party members (like myself), as well as Green Party and other third-party members and independents, often cannot participate in primaries because they are designed to allow the two major parties to choose their candidates. Many third-party voters simply ignore primaries all together. But they shouldn’t this time.
One big exception to the “closed primary” rule, is when referendums are on the ballot, and in next month’s election, everyone can vote on four key referendums that will affect our state constitution.
As usual, they are worded awkwardly, but they contain important proposals that would affect the use of government powers as well as the ability to discriminate against individuals based on their race, color, creed, and other characteristics. This is our chance, as voters, to place important decision-making powers back into the hands of citizens and ensure that all Pennsylvanians are treated fairly no matter what their backgrounds may be.
As a Libertarian, I support individual freedom and reject the notion that a single executive like the governor can suspend the state constitution without answering to the voters or their elected representatives.
For the past year, business and schools throughout the state have suffered from constantly changing, often arbitrary rules that have violated the state constitution and the rights of citizens. The Pennsylvania constitution allows for the temporary suspension of some laws in the case of a serious emergency, and “temporary” is currently defined as 90 days.
When an executive violates the spirit of this law by arbitrarily extending an emergency order as often as he likes, however, we no longer are faced with an emergency. Instead, we have a version of martial law that can last as long as that single person decides. One of the May ballot referendums, therefore, proposes that while a chief executive may declare an emergency (which makes sense), he or she may not endlessly prolong it without permission from the legislature (which follows the spirit of our constitution).
A second proposed amendment would also make this clear: Even under a temporary emergency declaration, a governor would not be allowed to close businesses, shut schools or prevent assembly for indefinite periods of time. Again, this power belongs to the voters and to their elected representatives, not to a single politician.
The third initiative is a joint resolution to prohibit discrimination due to race or ethnicity. This resolution is designed to ensure that our rights are not denied or abridged because of who we are. While it first appeared that not every political party supported this, the resolution now appears to have the backing of every party, as it should.
The fourth referendum proposes to open the volunteer fire department loan system to municipalities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. This simply takes funds away from volunteer departments and shifts it to large Pennsylvania cities, without enlarging the available funding.
I urge every voter, no matter what party they support, to go to the polls on May 18 and vote YES on the three most important proposals. Reject discrimination and reject placing extraordinary powers in the hands on any one person.
Fortunately, the pandemic is reaching its final stages thanks to brilliant technology and the hard work of so many in the medical profession. The damage caused to businesses, students, workers, and families, however, will unfortunately be with us for a long time, largely due to the poor decisions made by a governor who felt he could ignore the will of his constituents and their elected representatives.
It is time to end the dictatorship. Support equal rights. Support our state constitution. Vote yes on the three key ballot initiatives on May 18.
As I see our community begin to return to normality after a year of lock-downs, misinformation, illness, and loss of loved ones there are signs of improved spirits throughout our counties. Our local health care workers have been though difficult trials, and they continue to help us improve with increasingly availability of COVID vaccines that can now be administered to every adult.
The real problems relating to COVID were bad enough. But I found it especially distressing to see politicians take advantage of the crises by circumventing our state constitution to create endless lock-downs, fine small business out of existence, and generating fear and suspicion among neighbors in a bid to consolidate power. On May 18th we will have an opportunity to take back some of this misused power from a governor who has continued to ignore the voice of his constituents.
Sadly, politicians continue to use this crisis to promote themselves at the expense of the voters. I read, with dismay the press release from our 12th district representative, Fred Keller. Keller is co-sponsoring the awkwardly titled bill, “Saving Hypodermic Injections and Offering Vaccines to Taxpayers Swiftly”.
This bill is an attempt to only allow Americans with proof of residency to receive protection against COVID. This means that anyone in our community who does not carry such papers would presumably be refused this potentially life saving medicine. The unvaccinated people would remain in our community, becoming ill, and possibly infecting others. We have the resources to immunize every adult.
Keller’s bill will likely never come to a floor vote, partially because it is ridiculous, but mainly because it was designed to protect a political career, not the public. Our district has had enough of political posturing and the proposal of new rules that make little sense.
As the Libertarian candidate for Congress in the 12th district I intend to focus on real problems and concerns of my constituents. People like me are tired of posturing and wasted efforts while there are serious problems to be addressed in our community. We need real action; we need real change. We do not need to carry citizenship papers in our wallets. Whenever this has been required in the past, it came to no good end. Stop the posturing. Focus on the health and safety of our entire community. Let’s get past this pandemic and back to work, to school, to living our lives.
“We need more participation, not less, so we can have a government that is of the people rather than one that is imposed upon them”
On April 2nd supporters gathered at multiple events to hear Liz Terwilliger announce her candidacy for congress here in the 12th District. Liz is planning to run as the Libertarian candidate and has plans to promote sweeping changes in her district.
Her announcement speech emphasized the sad state of affairs that she wants to address. “Every time I turn around it seems there’s another behemoth legislative package being proposed or pushed through Congress, explained Liz, “Giant packages of legislation hiding untold overreach and spending in their hundreds of pages!”.
Liz went on to bemoan the laundry list of pushes being considered by Congress, including expanding gun control, more lockdowns and other restrictions on liberty, using the past year’s pandemic as an excuse. “Now there is talk of requiring Vaccine Passports,” observed Liz. “Politicians love to use any emergency as an excuse to create more restrictive laws on all of us.”
The key to representing District 12 in Congress is transparency, says Liz – something that is currently lacking. “Transparency is essential to an engaged electorate, Liz explained, “To me, transparency means knowing who’s behind a bill, the individuals and the special interests. It means knowing what’s in a bill before it is passed into law. It means clear, concise legislation on a single topic so that we, the people, know what’s being debated and are empowered to join the conversation.”
“We need people to feel empowered, to join in the conversation, to feel included and welcome. We need more participation, not less, so we can have a government that is of the people rather than one that is imposed upon them,” said Liz.
Supporters enthusiastically applauded when Liz vowed to “use the megaphone of office to champion the Libertarian principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility, of fiscal conservatism and non-aggression…. I will work to repeal laws that infringe upon our freedoms and will motion to amend legislative packages to remove unrelated items, excess spending or provisions that restrict our liberties.”
Liz will be focusing on building community consensus through the district. Her committee has been working with local partners to promote volunteerism and self-sufficiency. In the coming weeks there will be opportunities for the public to speak personally with Liz to voice their opinions and learn about how she intends to promote the idea of personal freedom throughout her community.
April 24th, after our Clean Up project at the park, it will be nice to have some time to relax and get to know each other. You don’t have to come for the Clean Up to join the Meet Up! Come meet Liz Terwilliger, Libertarian candidate for US House of Representatives (2022). Share some food and your thoughts/perspective on what’s important to you. Liz will be happy listen and to talk about her campaign to restore representation the people of the 12th District. There is no cost to join us! Light refreshments will be provided.
Join us April 24th to Celebrate Earth Day and give back a little to the community by clearing brush and cleaning up litter around the pond at the Marysville Lions Club Park. There will be 3 projects we’ll be working on at this event. 1. Clear vines and low vegetation that is crowding David’s Walk. 2. Trash cleanup on the bank. 3. Cutting the low scrub around the pond. Bring work gloves, clippers or loppers and dress for the weather. We’ll be meeting in the parking area on the south side of the pond at 10am and working until we’re done.
Join us April 18th for good food and stimulating conversation at Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Co in Selinsgrove!
Meet Liz Terwilliger who is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for U.S. House of Representatives from PA’s 12th Congressional District. Share what’s important to you and find out where she stands on issues you care about.
Join us Saturday, April 17th at 9am, as we join Friends of Salt Springs Park to Clean Up the Park! Salt Springs State Park is a beautiful park north of Montrose in Susquehanna County, PA.
Friends of Salt Springs will provide food, beverages, and a T-shirt to all who come out and help with annual chores like:–Rake lawns and flowerbeds–Paint signs–Split, haul, and stack firewood–Dig out fire pits–Scrub picnic tables and interpretive signs–Pick up twigs, branches, stones, trash, flood debris from the campgrounds –Clean out the salt spring–Walk the trails and pick up and prune as needed–Clean up the vegetable garden–And, of course, “much more”! Visit their Facebook post for more information: Click Here