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PA Senate Democrats are excited to showcase some of the things we have been doing. From highlighting specific issues, to hosting events and special projects, to stressing the importance of Women’s History Month, to saluting our brave soldiers, you can count on us to bring the important news and issues to the forefront. This section provides information on our work.

Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month, a celebration of the power and hope of recovery. Millions of Americans battle addiction each year. Yet many don’t realize, addiction is a family disease. It affects everyone close to it, not just the individual with the substance use disorder. Sustained recovery from a substance use disorder requires everyone who has been impacted- family, friends, loved ones- to be part of the healing process and ongoing management of recovery.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th to October 15th is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month. The month-long designation is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Hispanic American. There are currently about 896,000 Hispanic Americans living in Pennsylvania, contributing to what makes this commonwealth thrive. The PA Senate Democrats are committed to recognizing the specific needs and issues facing the Latino community. 

Redistricting

Redistricting is the process by which the boundaries of elective districts are periodically redrawn to maintain equal representation on the basis of population. Article 1, Section 2, of the United States Constitution requires that a Census be taken every 10 years for the purpose of apportioning the United States House of Representatives. Census results are used to determine the number of congressional seats apportioned to each state. 

Election  Access and Reform

The integrity of our entire system of government depends on the integrity of our elections. The process for electing our public officials has to be fair, accessible and dependable. No matter where you live or what party you’re registered with, you should have unbridled access to the ballot box.

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and we will be celebrating women from all walks of life throughout the month. We will be highlighting famous female Pennsylvanians who made important contributions to our state and our history, women from PA who are responsible for significant “firsts” for our commonwealth and women who are currently making big impacts in our communities.

Women’s Equality Day

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day! The day commemorates the certification of the 19th Amendment, a historic achievement for women’s rights and equality in our democracy. On this day, we celebrate the trailblazers, activists and advocates who paved the way for women to continue making social, economic, cultural and political achievements. The certification of the 19th Amendment did not guarantee the right to vote for all women, but it did represent forward momentum in removing gender as a barrier to voting.

LGBT Pride Month

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was originally celebrated as “Gay Pride Day”. Now, major cities across the country have extended this day into a month-long celebration, including parades, picnics, parties, concerts, and more.

Military Appreciation Month

Declared by Congress in 1999, May was selected National Military Appreciation Month as a month-long observance honoring the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces. Pennsylvania has a long and proud military history. Today, we are home to nearly one million veterans and we have a 19,000-member Pennsylvania National Guard.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The #MeToo Movement has shown us that sexual harassment in the workplace is far more expansive and complex than many of us realized. We are working with the Governor and the House to craft a comprehensive package that studies sexual harassment, prevents it in the future, and protects its victims in the meantime.

Black History Month

“Future Faces of Black History” is a project intended to highlight African Americans in Pennsylvania that are making positive change in their communities – all as part of Black History Month. Through volunteering, mentorship and public service, these folks are paving the way for a better PA today, tomorrow and always.

Financial Freedom for Working Families

PA Senate Democrats, PA Treasurer Joe Torsella, and tax & financial specialists traveled the state to help you find money that you’re entitled to. Experts were on hand to help with tax information, heating assistance, college savings, unclaimed property and much more! We are so happy to have been able to help so many people around the state!

ACA Mobile Enrollment Tour

When we heard that healthcare for Pennsylvanians was under threat, we quickly organized a statewide ACA mobile enrollment tour and traveled the state to spread awareness and increase enrollment. We were able to meet with, educate and enroll hundreds of folks. It was an amazing opportunity to meet with people in many different walks of life to hear their stories, learn what healthcare means to them, and ultimately, make sure they were covered for 2018.

Portraits of PA

Portraits of PA is a rotating photo gallery produced by the PA Senate Democrats. We aim to connect with Pennsylvanians on a deeper level to explore issues that impact their daily lives. These are your neighbors, your family, your friends, your community. By bringing these issues to life, and sharing these stories, we hope to create real, meaningful and lasting change.