This events calendar is sent on the 15th and 30th of each month. It is a grassroots effort to publicize progressive events in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. Please forward this email and share with family and friends!

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Good Government Monthly Focus for August 
(info on government that works for everyone)

Strengthen Democracy by Making Voting Easier

Expand voter participation because we need everyone involved in creating a democracy that works for everyone.* Pass universal/automatic/permanent voter registration. Names are removed only when the voter dies, moves to another state, or is incarcerated. Voters are not purged for not voting.
Article - Why we need Universal Voter Registration.
Video on Automatic Voter Registration.
^ National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (sections 29 and 30) on purging for not voting being against the law.
* Make election day a holiday.
Article - Make election day a federal holiday.
Video - Making Election Day A National Holiday.
* Allow early voting for 15 days before election.
Article - Allow Early Voting.
Article - Early Voting.* Allow every citizen not incarcerated to vote.
Article - FairVote on Felon Voting Rights.
* Move low-turnout odd-year local elections to join even-year elections.
Article - Move to even-year elections to improve voter turnout.
Article - How election timing affects voter turnout, outcomes.
* Allow same day voter registration.
Video on value of same day voter registration.
* Allow online voter registration.
Article on this issue.

* Use Ranked Choice Voting (Instant Runoff) to improve tone and participation.
Video - RCV helps the tone and participation.
Article - Ranked Choice increasing participation.
* More info at Stand Up 4 Democracy
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Monthly Calendar


Tues. Aug. 30 - Lehigh Valley Governmental Meeting Schedules - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Nurture Nature Center in Easton Calendar - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Bethlehem International Institute for Restorative Practices - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Rodale Institute Calendar - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Free Speech TV Online - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Keystone Progress Daily News - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Lehigh Valley Vanguard Magazine - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Bethlehem Food Co-Op News - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 PA Budget and Policy Center Info - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 - Lehigh Valley Humanist Events - HERE!

Tues. Aug. 30 Voters in Pennsylvania can now register online HERE! Spread the word.

Tues. Aug. 30 - Leap Year 2016 Events - Click HERE for info and ideas.

Tues. Aug. 30, 7 PM - Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA) Meeting at TEK Park, 9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville, PA 18031.  Info at 610-682-4300 or themarea@gmail.com, and click HERE! (last Tues of month)

Wed. Aug. 31, 3:30 PM - Lehigh Valley Committee Against State Killing Meeting, at LEPOCO Peace Center, 313 W. 4th St., Bethlehem.  Everyone interested in working to end the death penalty in Pennsylvania is invited to attend.  Call 610-691-8730 for more information. (last Wed)

Wed. Aug. 31, 3:30 PM - Do Your Job Event at Senator Toomey's Allentown Office at 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. calling on the Senator to do his job and allow a vote for Obama's Supreme Court Nominee. Speakers include Jeff Garis (PA Budget and Policy Center) and Adaniesus Marin (Make the Road Action).

Wed. Aug. 31, 5-7:30 PM - Free Film Screening of 'My Brooklyn' at Allentown Public Library with discussion to follow. Click HERE for info.

Wed. Aug. 31, 9 PM - PDA National End Corporate Rule Conference Call - Click HERE for info. (last Wed)

Sat. Sept. 3, Noon - First Saturday Drone Death March in Philadelphia at 
12th and Arch. Info from Marge Van Cleef at 203-804-3013. (1st Sat)

Sat. Sept. 3, 2 PM - Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Conference Call. Click HERE for info. (1st Sat)

Sun. Sept. 4, 10:30 AM - LV Humanist Meeting at the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center, 522 West Maple St., Allentown. Click HERE for info. (1st Sun) 

Sun. Sept. 4, 9 AM - Breakfast Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Click HERE for info.

Mon. Sept. 5, 6:30 PM - Lehigh Valley Food and Water Watch Meeting at Bethlehem Wegman's, Rt. 512. (usually 1st Mon)

Tues. Sept. 6, 6 PM - LEPOCO First Tuesday Book Club at the 
Bethlehem Public Library in the second floor meeting room. Call Mimi Lang for info at 610-866-2407. (1st Tues)

Tues. Sept. 6, 7 PM - First Tuesday "Move To Amend" Local Action Webinar Training. Click HERE for info and to sign up. (1st Tues)

Tues. Sept. 6, 7 PM - Lehigh Valley Gay Men's Chorus Rehearsal at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 N. Center Street, Bethlehem. New people welcome. Click HERE for info. (every Tues)

Tues. Sept. 6, 7 PM - Center for Ethics at Muhlenberg College presents "Resisting the Sacred Canopy over U.S. Ways of War" with Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Co-director of Peace and Justice Studies at Moravian College. Program will be in the Great Room of Seegers Union at Muhlenberg.

Tues. Sept. 6, 9 PM - PDA National Stop Global Warming Conference Call - Click HERE for info. (1st Tues)

Wed. Sept. 7, 3:30 PM - Lehigh Valley Coalition Against State Killing (LV-CASK) Meeting at LEPOCO Peace Center, 313 W. Fourth St., Bethlehem.  Currently working on supporting the death penalty moratorium in PA.  Everyone welcome. Call 610-691-8730 for info. (1st Wed)

Wed. Sept. 7, 4:30 to 6 PM - Watershed Coalition of the LV Monthly Meeting at Lower Saucon Township Municipal Center, 3700 Old Phila. Pike, Bethlehem. Click HERE for info. (1st Wed)

Wed. Sept. 7, 9 PM - Know Drones Weekly Conference CallClick HERE for info. (Wed. weekly)

Wed. Sept. 7, 8 PM - New Priorities Network Grassroots Organizers' Conference Call. Click HERE for info about the call. Click HERE for info about NPN. (1st Wed)

Wed. Sept. 7, 9 PM - PDA Economic and Social Justice Conference Call. Click HERE for info. (1st Wed)

Wed. Sept. 7, 9 PM - Weekly National Flush the TPP Update Conference Call!  Click HERE to register. (weekly)

Thurs. Sept. 8, 6:30 PM (5:30 dinner at Perkins) - Lehigh Valley Veterans for Peace Meeting at the LEPOCO Peace Center, 313 W. 4th Street, Bethlehem. All veterans and those wanting to become "associate members" are welcome. Contact Phil Reiss at 610-282-8077 or Vince Stravino 610-216-8103 for info. (2nd Thurs)

Thurs. Sept. 8, 4:30 - 5:30 PM - Monthly Bethlehem Peace Vigil at the south end of the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, 3rd and Wyandotte Sts. Call 610-691-8730 for info. (2nd Thurs)

Thurs. Sept. 8, 6:30 - 8 PM - MAREA Environmental Book Discussion at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley. Click HERE for info on book of the month. Click HERE for the MAREA website. (2nd Thurs)

Thurs. Sept. 8, 7 PM - ACLU Lehigh Valley Chapter Meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Click HERE for info. (2nd Thurs)

Thurs. Sept. 8, 7 PM - Dinner and Environmental Movie at the Ship Inn, Milford NJ. RSVP to Susan Schirmer at soupys@att.net. (2nd Thurs)

Thurs. Sept. 8, 9 PM - PDA National End Mass Criminalization Conference Call - Click HERE for info. (2nd Thurs)

Fri. Sept. 9, 10-12 AM - Beyond Capitalism Working Group  at Moravian College Haupert Union Building. Stop at the HUP desk to inquire about the room location as it sometimes changes. (2nd Fri)

Fri. Sept. 9, 7 PM - LEPOCO Popcorn and Politics presents "In Our Son's Name" at the Peace Center, 313 W. 4th St., Bethlehem. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.  For more info. call LEPOCO at 610-691-8730. (usually 1st Fri)

Sun. Sept. 11, 9 AM - Breakfast Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Click HERE for info.

Mon. Sept. 12 - Citizens
 across Pennsylvania will join the Moral Monday National Day of Action in Harrisburg.  A free bus from Cedar Beach park in Allentown will leave at 9 AM (8 15 boarding) for a rally on the PA Capitol steps and return at 2:30 PM​. Register online  now or call 267-314-7987. This video explains the issue. 

Mon. Sept. 12, 11:30 AM - League of Women Voters of Lehigh County Hot Topics Luncheon at the Superior Restaurant, 102 Main St., Emmaus. Cost is $11. Contact Sue Phillips at suemph@verizon.net to register by the previous Thurs. (2nd Mon)

Mon. Sept. 12, 6 PM - Lehigh Valley Caffeinated TV Show Streamed LivePlease join us for our weekly show for local progressive news of national significance. Click HERE! (every Monday)

Mon. Sept. 12, 7 PM - LEPOCO Action Meeting at the LEPOCO Peace Center, 313 W. 4th St., Bethlehem. All members and friends are welcome at this business meeting where the organization's activities are review and set.  Call LEPOCO at 610-691-8730 for info. (2nd Mon)

Mon. Sept. 12, 7 PM - LV Humanist Book Club at Hello Burrito in Bethlehem. Click HERE for info. (2nd Mon) 

Mon. Sept. 12, 9 PM - PDA National ERA 3-State Strategy Conference Call - Click HERE for info. (2nd Mon)

Tues. Sept. 13, Noon to 4 PM - Program on 'The Easton Experience: Learn how one community created economic prosperity through local food and how your community can too!'  Program is at the Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St. Click HERE for info and registration.

Tues. Sept. 13, 6 PM - LEPOCO First Tuesday Book Club at the 
Bethlehem Public Library in the second floor meeting room. Call Mimi Lang for info at 610-866-2407. (usually 1st Tues) 

Tues. Sept. 13, 6:30 to 8:45 PM - Alliance for Sustainable Communities Monthly Meeting at Moravian College, HUB, Air Products Room. Open to all interested in the Alliance. Click HERE for info. (2nd Tues)

Tues. Sept. 13, 9 PM - PDA End Wars and Occupations - Redirect Funding Conference Call. Click HERE for info. (2nd Tues)

Tues. Sept. 13, 6 PM - Lehigh Valley Citizen's Climate Lobby Meeting at Northampton Community College Fowler Center, Rm 525, 11 E. 3rd St. Bethlehem. Potluck followed by meeting at 6:30. Info at 610-258-0528. (Tues. after 2nd Sat)

Wed. Sept. 14, 7-9 PM - Allentown Weekly Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Meeting 
at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown. Click HERE for website. (every Wed)

Wed. Sept. 14, 1 to 3 PM - Progressive Democrats of America Monthly Round TableClick HERE for info about the event. Click HERE for live streaming. (2nd Wed)

Wed. Sept. 149 PM - PDA Stop Global Warming Conference CallClick HERE for info. (2nd Wed)

Wed. Sept. 14, 9 PM - Weekly National Flush the TPP Update Conference Call!  Click HERE to register. (each Wed)

Thurs. Sept. 15, 6-8 PM - Democracy for America is looking for people to host a watch party for " The Brainwashing of My Dad". Click HERE for info.

Thurs. Sept. 15, 2016 - United Nations International Day of Democracy - Click HERE for info. (yearly on this date)

Sun. Sept. 18, 9 AM - Breakfast Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Click HERE for info.

Sun. Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 PM - First of Three Workshops on "Constructive Conversations in Difficult Situations: Navigating Differences - Preserving Relationships" at Lehigh Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 4116 Bath Pike, Bethlehem. Other dates are Sept. 25 and October 2. Attend one or more. Free but register with Mary Lou Hatcher at mlhather55@hotmail.com.

Mon. Sept. 19, 7 PM Center for Ethics at Muhlenberg College presents "America's War for the Greater Middle East" with Andrew Bacevich, Boston University. Program will be in Miller Forum in Moyer Hall at Muhlenberg. 

Mon. Sept. 19, 7 PM - Lehigh Valley Sierra Club Meeting at Northampton Community College Fowler Center,  Northampton Community College Fowler 511 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem Southside. Click HERE for more info. (3rd Mon)

Tues. Sept. 20, 9 PM - Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War on PBS. Check your local listing.

Wed. Sept. 21, 8-9:30 PM (EST) - Move to Amend WebinarClick HERE for info. (3rd Wed)

Wed. Sept. 21, 2016 - International Peace Day!
  Click HERE for info. (yearly on this date)

Wed. Sept. 21, 7 PM - Hawk of Mercy - The Story of Rosalie Edge presented at Northampton Community College. 
Award-winning author Dyana Furmansky will share the true tale of the feisty New York socialite and suffragette who filed suit against the National Association of Audubon Societies to get them to do more to protect birds and wildlife. She later founded Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world's first refuge for birds of prey. Click HERE for info.

Fri. Sept. 23, 7:15 PM - Fourth Friday Film Series presents 'Catching the Sun: The Clean Energy Future' at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center Street, Bethlehem. Click HERE for info on the website. (4th Fri)

Fri. Sept. 23 to Sun. Sept. 25 - Desmond Tutu at World Beyond War Event in 
Washington DC. Click HERE for info and registration.

Sat. Sept. 24, Noon to 2 - Horsham Drone War Command Center Protest Rally in Montgomery County at Easton and County Line Rd. A carpool from LV will leave at 10:45 AM from the Hellertown Park and Ride, near Rt. 412 and I-78 behind Turkey hill. Call LEPOCO at 610-691-8730 for info. (last Sat of month)

Sun. Sept. 25. 25, 9 AM - Breakfast Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Click HERE for info.

Sun. Sept. 25, 6:30-8:30 PM - Second of Three Workshops on "Constructive Conversations in Difficult Situations: Navigating Differences - Preserving Relationships" at Lehigh Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 4116 Bath Pike, Bethlehem. Next date is October 2. Attend one or more. Free but register with Mary Lou Hatcher at mlhather55@hotmail.com.

Tues. Sept. 27, 2016 - National Voter Registration Day - Click HERE for info. Click
HERE to become a partner.


Tues. Sept. 27, 7 PM - Muhlenberg's Center for Ethics presents 'Ethics, Politics, and the Quest for Justice at Guantanamo: Reflections of a Gitmo Defense Lawyer' at the Miller Forum in Moyer Hall, Allentown. 

Tues. Sept. 27, 7-9 PM - LV Humanists Book Club on  at Pies On Pizzeria, 601 Front St., Catasauqua. Book this month is 'Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists' by Dan Barker. Click HERE for info. (4th Tues)

Tues. Sept. 27, 9 PM PDA Clean, Fair, Transparent Elections Conference Call! Click HERE for info. (4th Tues)

Friday Sept. 30, 7:30 PM - Tavis Smiley at Lehigh University at the Zoellner Arts Center. 


Sat. Oct. 1, 7 PM - "Salsa, Salsa, and Slides: Report from a Cuba Delegation" with Mimi Lang at 1526 Oakland St., Bethlehem. Bring some finger food or a beverage to share.

Sun. Oct. 1, 9 AM - Breakfast Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Click HERE for info.

Sun. Oct. 2, 6:30-8:30 PM - Last of Three Workshops on "Constructive Conversations in Difficult Situations: Navigating Differences - Preserving Relationships" at Lehigh Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 4116 Bath Pike, Bethlehem. You are welcome to attend even if you missed the first two. Free but register with Mary Lou Hatcher at mlhather55@hotmail.com.

Tues. Oct. 4, 6 PM - LEPOCO First Tuesday Book Club at the 
Bethlehem Public Library in the second floor meeting room. Call Mimi Lang for info at 610-866-2407. (1st Tues) 

Thurs. Oct. 6, 9 AM to 5 PM - 7th Annual NCC Peace and Justice Conference at Lipkin Theatre, Northampton Community, Main Campus, Bethlehem. Keynote speaker at 11 AM is Tim Wise on "Challenging the Culture of Cruelty: Understanding and Defeating Race and Class Inequality in America." Free and Open to the public. Click HERE for info.

Fri. Oct. 7, 7 PM - LEPOCO Popcorn and Politics presents "Where to Invade Next" at the Peace Center, 313 W. 4th St., Bethlehem. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.  For more info. call LEPOCO at 610-691-8730. (usually 1st Fri) 

Mon. Oct. 10,2016 - Indigenous Peoples' Day - Click HERE! (2nd Mon in Oct)

Mon. Oct. 10, 7 PM - Bethlehem Food Co-Op Meeting at the UU Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center Street, Bethlehem. Click HERE for info. (2nd Mon. quarterly)

Fri. Oct 14 to Mon. Oct. 17 - US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation Annual Conference in Arlington Va. Click HERE for details.

Sat. Oct. 15, 9-1 PM - LEPOCO Yard Sale at 1526 Oakland St, Bethlehem. 


Sun. Oct. 16, 2016 - World Food Day!  A day of action against hunger when people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger. Click HERE for info. (yearly on this date)

Thurs. Oct. 20, 5:30 PM - 'Rise Together: A March and Vigil Against Domestic Violence' in Allentown starting and ending at the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St. Program following the march will begin at 6:30 PM.

Thurs. Oct. 20, 6:30 PM - Fall meeting of The Weston A. Price Foundation - Lehigh Valley Chapter at the United Steelworkers Hall, Lehigh Street, Bethlehem. Free admission. Click HERE for info.  (3rd Thurs. quarterly)

Tues. Oct. 25, 7 PM - Muhlenberg's Center for Ethics presents "A reading from Consequence: A Memoir" by Eric Fair at the Miller Forum, Moyer Hall, Allentown.

Sun. Oct. 30 - An Environment of Justice Conference on climate change in State College. Click HERE for information.


Tues. Nov. 8 - PA Election Day - Click HERE for info.

Fri. to Sun. Nov. 2016 - Close the School Of the Americas Protest at Fort Benning Georgia. Click HERE for info. (yearly)

Thurs. Dec. 1, 2016 - World AIDS Day - Click HERE for info. (yearly)

Sat. Dec. 10, 2016 - International Human Rights Day - Click HERE for info. (yearly)

Thurs. Dec. 15, 2016 - Bill of Rights Day - Click HERE for info. (yearly)

Fri. Feb. 17 and Sat. Feb. 18, 2017 - PA Progressive Summit. Click HERE for info and registration.

Feb. 20, 2017 - World Day of Social Justice - Click HERE for info. (yearly)


Wed. March 8, 2017 - International Women's Day. Click HERE for info and 
HERE for inspirational video. (yearly)

Wed. March 22, 2017 - World Water Day - Click HERE for info. (yearly on this date)

Mon. June 5, 2017 - World Environment Day - Click HERE for info. (yearly on this date)

Sat. July 1, 2017 - United Nations International Day of Cooperatives HERE! (1st Sat. in July)