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The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for September 15, 2021
We're back in your media feeds! Cyril Mychalejko is back with Kevin Mahoney to get us caught up on all the craziness in Bucks County.
The incredible disappearing Damsker? What? Rise in COVID numbers got you down? No longer the hero of local right-wing school board members? Worried about ties with Reopen PA? Who knows?
School boards throughout the county continue to go off the rails. Right-wing training camps sponsored by right-wing GOP activists. We're looking at you, Meehan.
And Cyril will give us a little preview of his brand new column.
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Out d‘Coup LIVE | Dawn Curran and Carolyn Sciarrino, Pennridge United School Board Candidates | September 13, 2021
On today’s show I welcome Pennridge United school board candidates Dawn Curran and Carolyn Sciarrino.
Dawn Curran is a teacher at Central Bucks High School West and has two kids, the oldest of which started first grade this fall. Dawn and her husband have been part of the Pennridge community for the past 15 years. Dawn is especially interested in helping Pennridge evolve and rebuild after the pandemic. Specifically, she is interested in enhancing education with the district’s new technology; promoting physical, social, and emotional well-being; and finding new ways to recognize and celebrate diverse backgrounds and experiences of the student body and the community. She comes from a family of teachers and has participated in curriculum writing and leadership activities at Central Bucks, coached several sports teams, is the faculty advisor for her school’s newspaper and the newly formed No Place for Hate leadership committee.
Carolyn Sciarrino grew up in Springfield Township in a close-knit Colombian family. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. in their twenties and ran an electrical repair shop and a hair salon. She carries their values of hard work, respect, honesty, strength of character, and kindness into raising her own family in the Pennridge school district. She and her husband are raising their four young children in the district and she has been a fierce advocate for her children and all the students in the district. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Temple and a master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University. She has worked in foster care, adoptions, school-based educational programs, and in social service with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
Dawn and Carolyn are running as part of the "Pennridge United" slate of candidates that also includes Adrienne King and David O’Donnell, who we had on the show back on August 16. This year's campaign is especially contentious as their opposition has embraced much of the right wing culture war tactics that are infecting school board races throughout Bucks County and across the nation.
Upcoming fundraising event: Next Monday, September 20 there is a Yoga and Wine at Sunset fundraising event in support of Pennridge United candidates. To get information about attending the event you can click right here: Yoga and Wine at Sunset Fundraiser
If you’re looking for ways to get involved and help get the Pennridge United candidates elected to school board, fill out their volunteer sign-up form here: Pennridge United Volunteer Form. You can help out with everything from knocking doors, to phone banking, to writing letters to the editor, to doing research on school board policies.
Out d’Coup | Biden’s Vaccine Mandate; Dems Fumbling Infrastructure; Manchin Family Business; Climate Consequences; PA Spotlight Dunks on Dush; KU Pres Hawkinson Issues Hyperbolic Missive; and more!
President Biden announces a COVID vaccine mandate for all businesses with 100 or more employees. His administration seems to have had it with the politicization of the pandemic. In his address he said: “What makes it incredibly more frustrating is we have the tools to combat covid-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner...We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”
Centrist and right-leaning Democrats’ are waffling on the big infrastructure bill. Writing in The American Prospect, David Dayen has is right: Democrats are bowing to the “curse of artificial scarcity,” allowing right-wing frames about deficits and wrong-headed economic reasoning to whittle away at critical climate and infrastructure investment.
Scientists are finding that animals are literally shape-shifting in response to climate change. But hey, no rush Joe Manchin.
Speaking of Manchin, looks like his daughter is in some hot water. Yup, seems like she was cashing in on the epipen price inflation scandal...uh oh.
Is the paste causing sterility in men? One study showed that Ivermectin may do that.
Senate Democrat Vincent Hughes cited Pennsylvania Spotlight’s research at the end of yesterday’s sham "fraudit" hearing. It was so good it forced Senator Cris Dush to end the line of questioning and gavel out of the hearing. Senator Hughes asked Fulton County Commissioner Stuart Ulsh about an email he sent to fellow committee members asking them to help overturn the 2020 election.
Kutztown University president, Kenneth Hawkinson, warns faculty, staff, and students about an even bigger threat than COVID: discussions about a possible solidarity action in support of Steve Oross and others who the university has denied ADA accommodations for. In a 720 word missive, he sounded the alarm that students and faculty would misconstrue a few people dressed in cover-alls standing on a sidewalk with signs supporting stricter COVID precautions and in support of Steve Oross as an actual biothreat. Wow.
OdC LIVE | Steve Oross - Kutztown U Demands Faculty Member to Choose Between Life and Livelihood
On today's Out d'Coup LIVE special I talk with Steve Oross, Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University. Eralier this year, Oross had a heart transplant and has spent the last six months rehabilitating and recovering from his surgery. While he has made a remarkable recovery, his status as a recent heart transplant patient puts him in a "severe risk" status when it comes to the risk of dying if he contracts COVID-19.
When his doctors cleared him to return to work as long as it was remote teaching, Oross sought out direction for Kutztown University administration and human resources for shifting his classes from in-person to on-line for the fall semester. What followed was a devastating and cruel story of a university administration that has forced Oross to choose between his life and his livelihood. His story is equal parts devastating and enraging.
Don't miss this show and please share it as widely as you can. And there is more you can do to help:
Sign the Open Letter Re: KU COVID-19 Mitigations Fall 2021" - http://bit.ly/KUFall2021Petition
Email KU President Kenneth Hawkinson urging him to provide appropriate ADA accommodations to faculty, staff, and students who are at risk of severe complications and/or death from COVID-19: email@example.com
If you want to reach out to Steve to lend your support or share your story, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will have additional resources and calls for action in the coming days and weeks.
Out d‘Coup | SCOTUS OKs TX Abortion Bounty Hunting; Climate Disasters; Joe Rogan‘s Pasting; Mike Jones‘s Zombies; Steve Lynch‘s 20 Strong Men; Wolf‘s Masks; More
It's Raging Chicken's Friday politics round-up with Kevin Mahoney and Sean Kitchen. It's been quite a week and we're here to dig into it.
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Out d'Coup LIVE | Kierstyn Zolfo from Bucks Co. Indivisible on GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)
On this week's episode, I am talking with Kierstyn Zolfo from Bucks County Indivisible to dig into the myth vs. reality of Republican Rep. Brian Fiitzpatrick's (PA-01) reputation as a moderate. Fitzpatrick's "moderate" credentials have helped garner him endorsements from the PSEA, the PA AFL-CIO, and the Sierrra Club. But what's the real deal here? Zolfo will help us dig into his record in one of the most highly watched Congressional districts in the country.
Kierstyn Zolfo is a resident of Bucks County and a volunteer organizer with Indivisible Bucks County. She also serves on the steering committee of Pennsylvania Indivisible as the Legislative Chair, and in that position edits and contributes to the Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking report, an effort that keeps an eye on the votes and quotes from the Commonwealth's 20 Members of Congress. Kierstyn is originally from New Jersey, but moved to PA when she was an undergrad at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, and has stuck around the area ever since.
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