Talking to your neighbors can beat a dangerous pipeline.
In this world of digital communication, knocking on doors can seem old-fashioned, and maybe even a little scary, too. But talking to your neighbors gets results. And it might even stop a giant pipeline company right here in Pennsylvania.
Most people who open their doors are interested and engaged, and they have a simple question: How do we stop Sunoco from building a dangerous pipeline full of explosive, highly volatile liquids through our neighborhood? The answer: We win an election in November.
State officials have given the Mariner East 2 pipeline a thumbs up, but we can still stop this corporate giant by working at the local level. In Uwchlan, Mayme Baumann and Bill Miller are candidates running for the Board of Supervisors, and they have pledged to use municipal law to protect their community.
We asked a few people what it’s like to go out knocking on doors, to show you that you too can make a huge difference to beat this awful pipeline.
Here’s why I’m knocking on doors to stop Sunoco:
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Margaret Quinn: "Mayme and Bill are committed to stopping the pipeline, and talking to my neighbors through phone banking and canvassing is the most effective thing I can do to support them"
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Connor Young: "The pipeline would run through my neighbors' backyards and right next to the school I went to growing up. Mayme and Bill have committed to fighting the pipeline with all they've got, so I want to help them win. The overwhelming support and enthusiasm of my neighbors in Uwchlan has been encouraging from door to door."