United Voices for Philadelphia is proud to host a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Candidates Forum at the Community College of Philadelphia this Saturday, October 17th, from 12pm to 2pm. All seven candidates were invited, and to date, the following candidates have confirmed their participation: Judge David Wecht (Dem); Judge Kevin Dougherty (Dem); Judge Paul Panepinto (Ind); Judge Christine Donohue (Dem); Judge Judith Olson (Rep); and Judge Michael George (Rep). Complete election information can be found at www.seventy.org.
“The election of state Supreme Court judges is the most importation election the people of Pennsylvania face on November 3,” said Rev. Adan Mairena, Pastor, West Kensington Ministry. “For minority and immigrant groups, it is crucial we pay attention, participate and vote. The decisions the justices make will impact our rights and quality of life in Pennsylvania.”
The forum will be moderated by Kay Kyungsun Yu, a partner of the law firm Ahmad Zaffarese LLC, and will focus on the core issues related to the right to vote, the right to a fair and impartial judiciary, the right to a public education, the right of families to stay together, the right to walk on the street, the right to reproductive health care access, the right to sue when harmed, and the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
“United Voices for Philadelphia is proud to host this event for members of the community, especially those who are often overlooked in these conversations,” said Andy Toy, one of the organizers of the coalition. “It’s our goal to provide the public with as much information as possible in order for them to make informed decisions on issues critical to their daily lives. This is why we find value in an open forum where we can discuss these issues with those who could potentially represent us.”
United Voices for Philadelphia is a coalition which includes diverse voices often underrepresented in mainstream Philadelphia, including Latino, Asian, African, Caribbean, Arab, Muslim, and new immigrants. United Voices hosted a well-attended Mayoral Forum just before the 2015 May Primary providing instant translations in three languages.
The event will take place in the Bonnell Building, and the building’s entrance is off of N. 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets.
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