350 People Attend Martic Township Home Rule Meeting

350 people attended Wednesday evening's public meeting about Home Rule in Martic Township.  That's roughly one in every seven township residents.  The massive turnout is a indicator of just how big of an issue the pipeline and Home Rule are in southern Lancaster County.  Read on for a recap of the meeting from Martic SOUL (Save Our Unspoiled Land):

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16 questions Martic residents would like to have answered at tonight's public forum on Home Rule.

Via Martic SOUL (Save Our Unspoiled Land)

"Concerned Martic residents have spent the past 14 months intensively researching ways that our local community can better determine our own future, protect ourselves from unwanted & dangerous industrial projects like the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, and have a greater say in our own township affairs.

Tonight our township supervisors are hosting a public forum entitled “What does home rule mean to me?” Aware that our supervisors have, so far, publicly expressed opposition to Home Rule for Martic—and also aware that strict guidelines for public comment have been placed on tonight’s meeting—township residents have compiled the following public list of questions we’d like to see addressed tonight.

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Pro-Home Rule Conestoga Resident arrested for speaking during public meeting

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Lancaster Against Pipelines 717.974.3095 

Pro-Home Rule Conestoga Resident arrested for speaking during public meeting

Conestoga Township supervisors ordered police officers to arrest Conestoga resident Kim Kann during a public meeting Tuesday evening at the Conestoga Fire Hall. Kann was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after speaking in response to the Supervisors’ presentation on Home Rule.

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Victory! Conestoga & Martic to Continue Pursuing Home Rule

It costs residents a lot of money to defend their community in court.

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The challenges to Martic & Conestoga's Home Rule petitions were overturned today in Lancaster County Court.

Home Rule will be on the May Ballot in Conestoga and Martic!

Judge Joe Madenspacher made the ruling today, and defendants received the news via their attorney.  On Friday, 70 Lancaster residents were in Lancaster County Court watching the proceedings.   The challenge to residents' Home Rule petitions was filed by Barabara Stokes and Drue Miles.  Both Miles and Stokes are connected to current township supervisors and Republican party leadership.  

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Lancaster Residents to Pack Courthouse In Support of Home Rule Campaigns

For Immediate Release:

March 24, 2015 - Press Advisory

Contact:

Call: 717.974.3095 

Email: lancasteragainstpipelines@gmail.com

Lancaster Residents to Pack Courthouse In Support of Home Rule Campaigns

 

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Delaware Nation Retracts Support of AS Pipeline

Lancaster residents wrote letters, made phone calls, and spoke with Delaware Nation officials upon hearing that they had endorsed the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. This public pressure caused the officials to retract their support of the pipeline! When we stand up, we are strong!

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Martic Residents Move to Enact Home Rule

by Ashley Mellinger - Martic Township 

Monday March 10, 2015, local residents of Martic Township joined together for a town hall meeting organized by the non profit community activist group Martic SOUL (Save Our Unspoiled Land). Martic SOUL has been actively educating and raising awareness throughout the community in efforts to stop the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, that is slated to run through Lancaster County.

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Two Weeks Left to Visit "Contested Space: Witness to Place" Exhibit

There are two weeks left to visit Lancaster County artist Robert Lowing's photographic exhibit on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline and fracking. His visceral photos reveal the impact of fracking on counties in northern PA, and document the stories of Lancaster County landowners fighting to stop the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.

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Legal Action taken against citizen groups seeking Home Rule

Conestoga Township supervisor, Becky Miles' husband Drue Miles and Barabara Stokes from Martic Township have filed a challenge to both Martic and Conestoga's Home Rule application that was submitted to the Board of Elections in February. 

Click here to sign the petition showing Lancaster County supports home in Martic and Conestoga.

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"Home Rule is the Answer in Martic Township"

In an Op-Ed with LNP today, Emily Weinstock-Collins announced a campaign for Home Rule in Martic Township.  Home Rule is a form of direct-democracy governance that townships in Pennsylvania may choose to use, rather than a traditional second-class township structure.  

Emily writes:

"The unjust and unethical system still needs to be challenged for the sake of our community as well as for communities all over the country that are exploited and sacrificed for the benefit of corporate America. "

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