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Send The Lorax To PA!

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Inspired by our success with the project “Sending the Lorax to Capitol Hill,” and concerned by President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords, the team members of “Send The Lorax” recognize a need to influence State Government. We are continuing to deliver the books we have to our representatives in D.C., but also believe that delivering our message to State Lawmakers is equally, if not more, important right now.

With this understanding in mind, we are excited to announce the start of our fundraising campaign to “Send The Lorax to PA”! The Pennsylvania legislature has a total of 253 members, 50 Senators and 203 members of the House. We are asking PA Representatives to encourage Governor Wolf to join the US Climate Alliance or to follow the State of Hawaii’s lead and join the Paris Climate Accords. We are asking you, residents of PA (and any others), to donate money for books, as well as to call your PA State Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor Leanne Krueger-Braneky’s resolution to ask Governor Wolf to join the US Climate Alliance. Leanne is a State Representative for Pennsylvania’s 161st District and an advocate for the environment serving on the Environmental Resources and Energy committee in the House. Please help us speak for the trees, our Earth, our Future!

Children are an integral part of this endeavor! Our children are actively involved with fundraising, organizing, writing letters and spreading the word. They also take great pride in personally delivering the books to our Representatives. Under our supervision, they speak to the staffers, tell them what our project represents and explain exactly what we are requesting members of Congress to do. This is about teaching our children how to raise their voices, influence policy, and engage in grassroots, nonpartisan, peaceful democratic action. The growth we have witnessed in our children has been priceless! They have loved each experience and look forward to doing it again! We managed to make democracy look cool! Maybe, just maybe, this seed can grow and spread and we can raise a generation of kids who participate in our great democracy! Please help us to continue this wonderful civics lesson and donate today! Should you prefer to donate by donating a book, please follow this link to our Target charity registry: tgt.gifts/LoraxPA

“Send the Lorax to PA” grew out of the project “Send The Lorax to Capitol Hill.” If you would like to learn more, please see our gofundme page, https://www.gofundme.com/send-the-lorax-book-to-congress. You can also follow us on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/theloraxtodc/ 
We also have a new website! Please check it out at We Speak for the Trees
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I have been meaning to send you all an update! There is a lot going on! First, we are headed to DC again to deliver more books. The next delivery date is February 16, 2018 (President's Day weekend). We will be headed to the Longworth House office building. So far we have delivered over 200 books! Hopefully we will be able to deliver another 100 on this trip!

Second, Cathy Spahr, the founder of this endeavor, has decided to run for the Pennsylvania State House, district 160. This office is currently held by republican, Stephen Barrar, who has been in the office for over 20 years and is highly entrenched. He is anti-environment, anti-women, and a huge fan of Trump. This is going to be a very difficult run. There is another candidate who is also seeking to be the chosen democratic candidate to run against Barrar. Needless, to say, she would love your support- an endorsement is very meaningful! The link to her facebook campaign page is here: https://www.facebook.com/SpahrforthePeople/

This project will not be abandoned as Maureen, Alley, and Sara are on the team as well! For Cathy, this is the next step and protecting the environment and ensuring a future for all children!

Thank you for your support and we would love to have you on our next trip to DC on February 16th!
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So for Giving Tuesday we have put some of our We Speak for The Trees paraphernalia on eBay! Please feel free to check out our stuff, including our new T-shirts and our iconic Truffula Tree hats! By purchasing one of these cool items you are also supporting our cause: Inspiring kids to speak like the Lorax and teaching them how to engage in the democratic process by helping us send the Lorax's message to DC and PA! Here is the link to our eBay store: https://www.ebay.com/usr/wespeak4trees

Thanks so much! We would not have gotten this far without you! I know our message is being received- a friend met Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today and he told us "Hi!" So we are remembered- and that is what we want: Our message to be remembered!

with much love and appreciation,
Cathy
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Just wanted to send an update on our recent activities! On October 16, we went to Harrisburg and had great tour of the Capitol with Representative Stephen Barrar. We surprised Senator Daylin Leach by waiting for him in his office!

On November 4, we participated in an ACLU sponsored event, Resist Hate Fair! This was a fantastic event where we unveiled our new We Speak for The Trees t-shirts! They can be found here http://wespeakforthetrees.org/ourfunstuff.html if you would like to show your support!

On November 13, we went to DC for our 3rd delivery of books. We had a small but determined group. Julien and Charlie were joined by a set of triplets and were happy to show them the way! We delivered over 60 books, finishing off the Cannon House Office Building. We also managed to make it on the news- I woke up to NBC requesting to do a story on us!

Finally, we made sure to leave our legacy by joining the Sunrise Movement in Philadelphia on November 18, for the Climate Legacy Time Capsule Project. It was a privilege to leave the legacies of other groups as well: Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, a letter from Stratford Friends School 6th grade class, and a letter from the 3rd grade class at Media Providence Friends. Julien made the trek down to Philly and was careful to make sure everything made it in the time capsule. What will your legacy be?

Thank you for all your support in our efforts to protect the earth and teach the next generation how to Speak for the Trees! Please share what we do with your friends, and as always, everyone is invited to come with us on a delivery!

With much love and gratitude,
Cathy
Our group for the November 13 delivery
Our legacy for the Time Capsule
Our five seconds of fame!
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Haven't talked to you all in awhile but that doesn't mean we have been resting on our laurels! We held our first ever Loraxpalooza event on September 16! We were excited to team up with three other environmental groups for this event: Moms Clean Air Force, Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, and DelcoPA Indivisible Environmental Working Group. We were also pleased that a local State Representative, Leanne Krueger Braneky (PA 161) came and was one of our speakers. Over 100 turned out for this event- it was a great opportunity to collaborate and get the word out about what all our groups do!

We are returning to Harrisburg to deliver more books on Monday, October 16, 2017. If anyone is interested in coming along be sure to reach out to me! We will also be headed to D.C. to deliver books to members of the House on Monday, November 13, 2017. Again, if anyone is interested, please reach out to me! Be sure to follow us on Facebook where these events are listed! www.facebook.com/theloraxtodc

We are still working to obtain more books for our initiative to Send The Lorax to PA. Please share this with those that might me interested in participating! The environment continues to be under attack by both Scott Pruitt and PA's own legislators! The fight continues on and the more people who participate and lobby their legislators, they may finally listen.... after all the NYT reported that sea turtle populations are on the rise and this is in large part because of continued pressure by those who care!

Thank you for all your support! I hope some of you will be able to join us on one of our delivery trips!
Cathy, Alley, Sara, Maureen & Peggy
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