Electoral Work and Government Advocacy

Swissvale Community Action Committee advocates for participation in local government and elections. To this end, we create guides for electoral processes, host candidate forums, publish questionnaires, and advocate for action on local issues.

Elections

We've hosted candidate forums and created written candidate guides for both primary elections and general elections since 2018. We have covered elections for offices ranging from Borough Council and School Board Directors to State Representatives and US Congress. We have also chosen to endorse candidates for some elections.

Our latest electoral resource is our Meet the Candidates Guide for the Pennsylvania Primary on June 2, 2020.

Listening to Our Community

In early 2019, we hosted a Community Listening Session, and published a report to review our findings. We also regularly survey our residents for their priorities in local government, and what questions they want to ask of our elected officials.

Also in early 2019, we hosted an open forum with our representatives on the Woodland Hills School Board.

We host quarterly public meetings, which can be found listed on our Facebook page.

Empowerment and Participation

We've developed several resources for residents, including a guide on How to Run for Local Office, a Guide to Borough Council Meetings, and a guide to the Swissvale Annual Budget Meeting.

Advocacy for Transparency and Accountability in Local Government

Our members regularly attend Swissvale Borough Council meetings, advocate for various issues, and publish calls to action on social media. We have consistently advocated for our government to be more transparent, and more receptive to public input. As a result of our advocacy, borough council meetings are now streamed live on social media, and various government reports are now published on the web.

We have also consistency advocated for police accountability. We've surveyed the community for their concerns and priorities when hiring police. We've published a document on residents' rights in police encounters, and a document on Swissvale Police procedures.