[EDLING:1048] English Official Language in PA?
David Cassels Johnson
dcj at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Wed Oct 26 21:22:23 UTC 2005
The PA legislature is considering making English the official language of the
commonwealth of Pennsylvania (house bill 2089). The bill has recently
been "tabled" but will presumably come up again. You can find the bill at
or read it at
Regan Cooper, the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Immigration and
Citizenship Coalition Advocating for Immigrants, Migrants and Refugees, notes
that "this is not over, the bill has just been tabled for now. We need to
keep finding more organizations and individuals who can call, write, fax and
visit these legislators to make sure we continue to block this legislation.
Please share the information with your contacts."
The ACLU has submitted a memorandum to the house state government committee. I
wonder if those of us who live in PA could do the same, as linguists,
educational linguists, English teachers, language teachers, or something else?
The bill does make reference to education (Section 2, (8); Section 8, (3,4))
Check it out...
I am attaching the message from Regan Cooper below...
David Cassels Johnson
PhD Candidate, Educational Linguistics
Language in Education Division
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Yesterday, the House State Government Committee voted to table House Bill
>2089 (the legislation that would make English the official language in
>Pennsylvania). The vote was 14-10. Four Republicans joined with 10
>Democrats in voting for the motion to table.
>Here are the legislators who voted yes on the motion to table:
>Republicans: DiGirolamo, Grell, Steil and Watson
>Democrats: Josephs, Bishop, Blackwell, Cohen, Curry, Freeman, Shapiro,
>Thomas, Vitali, and Youngblood.
>The list of Committee Members is again included below. Please call the
>above legislators, especially the Republicans, to thank them for their vote
>to table HB 2089.
>This is not over, the bill has just been tabled for now. We need to keep
>finding more organizations and individuals who can call, write, fax and
>visit these legislators to make sure we continue to block this legislation.
> Please share the information with your contacts. I have also attached a
>copy of the ACLU memo to the committee for your reference.
>Regan Cooper Executive Director Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship
>CoalitionAdvocating for Immigrants, Migrants and Refugees PICC2100 Arch
>Street, 7th FloorPhiladelphia, PA 19103Phone: (215) 832-0809Fax: (215)
>Members of the PA House State Government Committee
>The Honorable Paul Clymer 717-783-3154
>The Honorable Scott Boyd 717-783-6422
>The Honorable Gene DiGirolamo 717-783-7319
>The Honorable William Gabig 717-772-2280
>The Honorable Mauree Gingrich 717-783-1815
>The Honorable Glenn Grell 717-783-2063
>The Honorable David Hickernell 717-783-2076
>The Honorable Scott Hutchinson 717-783-8188
>The Honorable Tom Killion 717-772-0855
>The Honorable Daryl Metcalfe 717-783-7107
>The Honorable David Millard 717-783-1102
>The Honorable Kathy Rapp 717-787-1367
>The Honorable Dave Reed 717-705-7173
>The Honorable Larry Sather 717-787-3335
>The Honorable David Steil 717-772-5396
>The Honorable Katherine Watson 717-787-5452
>The Honorable Babette Josephs 717-787-8529
>The Honorable Louise Bishop 717-783-2192
>The Honorable Thomas Blackwell 717-783-1491
>The Honorable Mark Cohen 717-787-4117
>The Honorable Lawrence Curry 717-783-1079
>The Honorable Florindo Fabrizio 717-787-4358
>The Honorable Robert Freeman 717-783-3815
>The Honorable Sean Ramaley 717-787-4444
>The Honorable Joshua Shapiro 717-783-7619
>The Honorable Curtis Thomas 717-787-9471
>The Honorable Gregory Vitali 717-787-7647
>The Honorable Rosita Youngblood 717-787-7727
>Speaker of the House, the Honorable John Perzel. Phone: 717-787-2016.
>Majority Leader, the Honorable Samuel Smith. Phone: 717-787-3845 Fax:
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