Party to Impeach events in the Philadelphia area join 6,500 others marking Presidents’ Day with calls for impeachment

(PHILADELPHIA, February 14, 2018)—Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer will attend a Party to Impeach event hosted by U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 17—one of more than 6,5000 parties planned across the country as part of an initiative launched to mobilize communities and increase pressure on members of Congress to remove Donald Trump from power.

Tom Steyer is available for interviews on February 16 and 17.

The events that are open to the media include:

  • Saturday, February 17 (9-11 AM:): Representative Dwight Evans (PA-02) will give Steyer a walking tour of the Ogontz Avenue Business Corridor from approximately 9:00AM-9:45AM. That will be followed by a community forum with Evans and Steyer that will include a question-and-answer with those attending.
  • Saturday, February 17 (12-1:30 PM): Party to Impeach with university students from the Philadelphia area hosted at the University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street.
  • Saturday, February 17 (6 – 8 PM): Dinner with campaign supporters at Independence Visitors Center, 525 Arch Street.

Steyer started Party to Impeach—planned over Presidents’ Day weekend—as part of his Need to Impeach campaign, which has grown to include more than 4.7 million supporters since its launch in October 2017 and is considered by political strategists to be a formidable force that can help shape American politics.

He chose to attend events in Philadelphia—where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed—because it’s one of the most politically historic cities in the country and where the foundation of our democracy began.

Said Steyer of the parties: “Impeachment supporters across the country are gathering to send a clear message to all members of Congress: impeach Donald Trump now. Trump has more than met the standard for impeachment, and the only thing holding the process back are members of Congress who are focusing on partisan political considerations over the good of the country and the safety of Americans. If they do not answer the call for impeachment, voters will take note of that in November.”

Said Rep. Evans: “We have sworn to protect the interests of those who elected us to serve. Trump has far surpassed the standards for impeachment, putting the lives of all Americans at risk. I urge my colleagues to adhere to our Constitutional duties to safeguard the pillars of our democracy, along with our constituents’ well-being and safety.”

Fifty-one constitutional law scholars say Trump has committed at least eight impeachable offenses, which, in addition to obstruction of justice, include abusing pardon power, violating the emoluments clause, conspiring with others to commit crimes against the United States, and undermining freedom of the press.

Congressional support for impeachment has also increased, with 66 members—eight more than a previous vote—recently voting in favor of removing Trump from office after he made racist comments while discussing immigration in January.

Among cities where parties will be hosted are: Chicago; Houston; San Diego; Las Vegas; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Detroit; Louisville, Ky.; San Antonio; Indianapolis; Miami; Tucson, Ariz.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Albuquerque, N.M.; and  Salt Lake City, Utah.

For media interested in covering the Philadelphia events, please contact Need to Impeach Head of Communications Erik Olvera at [email protected].

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