Democratic Ideals

Thanks to Georgia, I wrote this Wish List – before the Insurrection. Let’s see how much we can do in the first 100 days, then first 2 years of the Biden/Harris Administration:

  1. Return to Paris Climate Accord, WHO, etc.
  2. $2000 stimulus checks & renewal of CARES Act
  3. Extend & increase all COVID supports
  4. Federal guidelines for COVID, Vaccine rollout, etc.
  5. A Version of The Green New Deal: joebiden.com/climate-plan
  6. Student Debt Forgiveness
  7. Increased Minimum Wage
  8. DACA Enforcement
  9. Improvements to the Affordable Care Act  
  10. Cement Pro-Choice legislation 
  11. Common Sense Gun Laws
  12. Pack the Courts with Progressives
  13. Abolish the Electoral College
  14. Return of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (preferably hosted by Stephen Colbert) & real press briefings!
  15. Imprisonment of 45 and family   
  16. Ban confederate flags and monuments
  17. Destroy neo-nazi/white supremacist groups
  18. Create long-term limits for congresspeople and supreme court judges
  19. Pass laws to counteract every crack Trump stormed through
  20. Tax Amazon & Facebook; Regulate FB & Twitter
  21. Teach debate, civics, & A People’s History in all public elementary schools
  22. Repeal Citizens United, and Corporate Personhood
  23. Cap campaign spending
  24. Police & Immigration Reform
  25. Modern Voting Rights Act
  26. DC and PR Statehood:

January 21, 2021 Addendum: all-of-president-bidens-key-executive-orders-in-one-chart

Ambler Borough Strategic Plan: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy from 2020 to 2050

This Transition Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on July 28, 2020 and by Borough Council on October 20, 2020.

On March 19, 2019 Borough Council passed a Ready for 100% Renewable Energy Resolution, with the intention of transitioning all Borough-owned property away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy sources by the year 2050. Council then asked Ambler’s Planning Commission to develop a Strategic Transition to Renewable Energy Plan, with the intention of turning it over to a professional advocate, perhaps at the county level, who would ensure continuity between the RF100 plans of surrounding municipalities with similar aspirations. This Strategic Transition to Renewable Energy Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on July 28, 2020 and by Borough Council on October 20, 2020.

Planning for the future of renewable energy in Ambler with a data-driven approach can help meet the borough’s challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather events. Both Ambler’s RESOLUTION NO. 2019-03 Ready for 100% Renewable Energy Resolution as well as the development of this Ambler Borough Strategic Plan: Transition to 100% Renewable Energy from 2020 to 2050 are consistent with current guidance at both the state and federal levels. The Borough is already making changes in this direction with Electric Vehicle Chargers, LED Streetlights, and Stormwater Management.  Ambler continues to be a local leader in the field of sustainability, in large part due to the volunteer efforts of our Environmental Advisory Council.

Councilperson Nellie DiPietro says “I’m proud of the way our borough came together to ensure our progress towards sustainability lasts beyond our individual times in office. It was a pleasure working with everyone and I’m so thankful for all their hard work and great feedback!”

The Planning Commission discussed a wide range of options during their public meetings on this topic with Councilperson Nellie DiPietro, Ambler’s County Planner Michael Lowrey, and Code Enforcement Officer Glenn Kucher. Conservation opportunities, potential solar panel locations, electric vehicle availability, and possible ordinance language were all considered. Be sure to check out the full plan on Ambler Borough’s website: boroughofambler.com/ambler-borough-strategic-plan-transition-to-100-renewable-energy-from-2020-to-2050.”

My Get Out the Vote Speech

@ Protestors’ Rights and Networking Rally @ Norristown Courthouse Grounds on 8/16/20

5 Minute Video

“Hello everyone and thank you for coming out today, in this less than perfect weather – but at least it’s not a heat wave. Thanks to Sheridan, Sefi, and Amanda.

My name is Nellie DiPietro and I’m on Ambler Borough Council; I’m also a committee person for the Wissahickon Democrats. I helped them update their website last winter, to prepare for this November. Last November I judged an election, and I was a Poll Watcher before that. This year I sorted mail-in ballots, and signed up to work the polls on November third – even though I myself will be voting by mail like I did a few months ago. I’ve also brought my boyfriend and my son to numerous protests over the years – as a kindof recruiting strategy. And it worked so i highly recommend it.

Btw I voted for Bernie in the last 2 primaries, then wholeheartedly supported Hillary.

After the fateful results of that election, I ran off to Standing Rock because I couldn’t face my conservative family that Thanksgiving (I can face them now, and I encourage you to do the same – make sure everyone you know has a viable plan to vote this year). But what an inspiring camp! The indiginous people of Standing Rock taught me so much about how to peacefully protest in the face of incredible odds. It requires a level of self-discipline and spirituality I’d never experienced before. And they won alot – not everything, but alot. So Water Is Life, along with Black Lives Matter!

When I came back a local committee person started asking me to run for office – and I kept saying “No Thanks” – until I went to DC for the Women’s March of 2017. It was really moving and I had to do something, so I did my research and got on the ballot – and the rest is history!

I’ve learned so much through the whole process – and being on Council is quite eye-opening. My focus has been on sustainability, police accountability, and now – mitigating the effects of Covid-19. Most elected officials love to hear from their constituents, and we’re inspired by your work, your protests, your emails, and your phone calls. So please keep at it.

I’m here today to share with you my obsession with this election, and I’m asking for your help. If you haven’t already, please consider working the polls – in a socially distant manner – to lighten the load of our older neighbors, who might not be able to participate so fully this time around. You can offer to sort mail-in ballots right here in Norristown, or join your local Democratic Committee. Because let’s face it – there is NO third party option this year. And it’s a fight for our very lives. For democracy as we know it. For those less fortunate than us, and for those too young to vote. 

So my friends, the time is now! Let’s give the next 3 months our all – like women suffragettes did 100 years ago. They fought throughout their own pandemic – and won the right to vote in August –  then the country had to be ready to count twice as many ballots by that November election. WE CAN DO IT TOO – AND WE MUST!

Please come to my table afterwards so we can chat, register to vote, or apply for a mail-in ballot. Then run for something next year.

Here’s a big thank you to today’s organizers Sefi and Sheridan! And thank you for your time.”

Ambler’s EAC Helps Me

Ambler’s Environmental Advisory Council has educated me and helped me improve my home immensely over the years. They planted a shade tree in my front lawn, across from the lovely rain garden they helped install. They gave me a large rain barrel for my backyard, and installed a downspout planter off my garage. Now almost all the rain that falls on my property remains there (except my non-permeable driveway, and if the rain barrel overflows). This decreases the quantity of water flowing into storm drains and increases the quality of water entering Wissahickon Creek.

If you would like a rain garden, rain barrel, downspout planter, or permeable pavers – funded by the Growing Greener Grant – please go to this link and follow their lead: https://www.amblereac.org/current-projects/cleanstreamscleanwater/

The level of consistent, creative, challenging work our EAC volunteers put forth year after year is inspiring. Their events, like Earth Days and EAC Conferences, helped me find my solar panel installers (Exact Solar) and the Ready for 100 campaign. The EAC team are not just my neighbors, but also my friends.

On this, one of the hottest days of summer so far, it’s safe to say my panels are happy, but my grass and garden could use a drink. 🙂

7/6/20 update: Now it’s pouring and my lights are flickering. No worries since my solar battery will kick on automatically if needed!

Response to the Death of George Floyd

PRESS RELEASE MAY 30, 2020

CHIEF HOFFMAN’S RESPONSE TO THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD:

What occurred in Minneapolis is deeply disturbing.   The acts committed with disregard for human life were reprehensible.  I was outraged when I viewed the video and observed the way George Floyd was treated, to watch other police officers stand by without intervention, goes beyond inexcusable.  These acts cannot be tolerated; there is certainly a need for accountability.

I want to assure the residents of Ambler Borough that we are committed to providing fair, non-biased policing.  We strive to protect and serve the community with respect and dignity to all our citizens and visitors.  Discrimination based on race, religion, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.  I pledge to continue to work with the community to make Ambler Borough a better place to live and work.  All citizens of Ambler Borough deserve to feel safe and respected.

We are committed to continue to improve our ability to serve the community.  Through on-going police training, open dialogue, and community input, I know we can work together to make Ambler even better.   Our sympathies go out to George Floyd’s family and loved ones.  I know that trust must be earned in our communities, and I will do everything possible to protect and honor your rights.

Chief Robert Hoffman
AMBLER BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Source:  Ambler Borough Police Department

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®https://montgomery.crimewatchpa.com/amblerpd/6362/post/press-release

COVID-19 Curve

Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you or the ones you love.

In this time of profound uncertainty, I’d like to take a moment to thank our local business and legislative leaders for insisting on social distancing, and figuring out ways to help people protect their friends, family, and neighbors who may have a hard time fighting Coronavirus disease – 2019 (aka COVID-19).

Essential services have always included public transportation, laundromats, sanitation workers, farmers, grocers, caregivers, social workers, teachers, etc., but they haven’t always gotten the respect they deserve. The same can also be said for nurses, pharmacists, scientists, peace officers, fire departments, and the National Guard. Their sacrifice is exceptional.

Everyone is getting creative: parents, churchgoers, journalists, doctors, psychologists, etc. But a great deal of that innovation is based on the internet, and I worry about those with limited access. There’s plenty to worry about right now: employment, markets, politics, relationships, hunger, hygiene, etc. And only so much can be solved by Zoom.

You are important and your needs are paramount. The more your needs are met, the better equipped you are to help others. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you or the ones you love.

We’re destined to feel the whole gamut of emotions many times on this journey, and that gives me pause. I don’t want to upset anyone or judge anything too harshly, but those waters are harder to navigate these days. Some of us will face extremely difficult decisions before these quarantines are over. Most of us will survive. Few of us will thrive.

I pray for this world of ours, from our smallest municipalities to the largest nation-states, and all the woods, water, and wildlife in between. I pray I do no harm. I pray every person who wants to stay sober, safe, and sane remains so. I pray we love ourselves and show each other gentleness. I pray those guns people bought will not be used for any reason whatsoever. I pray for our ability to cope in the face of incredible odds. I know we can rise to this unprecedented occasion.

I’m thankful this is not a World War situation, though there are some striking similarities. I appreciate facts and funny memes, and avoid unsolicited opinions. I sympathize with the losses people are experiencing, both large and small. I wonder how other cultures are managing this situation. I look forward to our lessons-learned sessions when we’re all on the other side of this curve.

Meanwhile, please take a moment to read this article and click the links contained within: Addressing Emotional Responses to Threat of Coronavirus

And our local focus: Mayor Sorg’s March 23rd Community Update

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20/20

Now that the 2019 election cycle has been successfully completed, we’re getting ready for 2020!

I’ve become a Wissahickon Democratic Committee member, representing Ward 3, and I’m ready to initiate Ambler’s new Council members in January – and to take on more responsibility in general. I was a Poll Watcher in May and a Judge of Elections in November. Democracy has truly won my heart.

I believe Greater Philadelphia’s “blue wave” will receive even more national attention in 2020 than it did in 2019, and I want our digital presence to be strong. We’re in the process of updating the following pages:

Wissahickon Democratic Committee’s website
Ambler Democratic Committee’s facebook page
Ambler Democratic Committee’s twitter page

It’s time to kick everything into high gear.

Committee Meeting Changes, Fall 2018

October’s Committee Meeting is being moved to Wednesday, Oct. 3rd @ 7pm because Council will be hosting the second round of interviews for Police Chief on Oct. 2nd.

November’s Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday Nov. 7th @ 7pm since Nov. 6th is Election Day: http://boroughofambler.com/calendar/

All Council Meetings are held at Ambler Borough Hall:
131 Rosemary Ave
Ambler, PA 19002

ps. Our Civil Service page will soon be updated with new Commission members and alternates, and new finalized regulations: http://boroughofambler.com/government/boards-committees/civil-service-commission/

A Letter from Hope

“To the [Gazette] Editor:

This is a letter to the third ward voters of Ambler Borough. Nellie DiPietro is running for council and I feel compelled to write this and let people know what a kind-hearted person she is. I am a neighbor of Nellie’s and we used to see each other and share our love of animals. I got very sick and she heard about my illness.

She came to my home and said she would help me, because she knew I could no longer walk and care for my beloved dog. First she took my dog to see if he got along with her two dogs, then she had to see if he could use and fit through the doggie door. When everything was right she took him to her home where he is today. I am and remain astonished by her kindness.

If Nellie did this for a neighbor in need, can you imagine what she will do for the people in Ambler? She restores my faith in People.

Hope Moffitt, Ambler”

Ambler Gazette, Sept. 29: Letter: DiPietro for Ambler Borough Council