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Gettysburg Rising is a group of local residents who aim to encourage civic engagement, provide fact-based information, and support policies and legislation that best serve this region.

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We were founded in January 2017 and we meet monthly to encourage civic engagement and hold other community events on an as needed basis. Check our calendar frequently for updates!

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Gettysburg Rising Coat Drive Featured in Gettysburg Times Column

December 10, 2020

Gettysburg Times columnist, John Messeder, wrote about the Gettysburg Rising coat drive in a December 10 column. Generous Gettysburg Rising members contributed almost 80 winter coats and jackets, as well as hats and gloves, for children and teens in partnership with Manos Unidas, which distributed the clothing before Christmas.

Gettysburg Rising Leader Interviewed for Washington Post Article

November 24, 2020

The article delves into recent protests and confrontations that have taken place in Gettysburg since July 4 and includes many Gettysburg leaders and residents with a range of views.

Gettysburg Rising in Recent PennLive Article about BLM

October 25, 2020

Gettysburg Rising's leader, Jenny Dumont, was interviewed recently for this PennLive article about Black Lives Matter protests.

Gettysburg Celebration of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment Noted in Japanese News

September 13, 2020

Our celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment was covered in a Japanese newspaper. Read it in Japanese on the website or read an English translation.

Gettysburg Rising Chair Wins Callie Award

February 21, 2020

Jenny Dumont was one of five women honored and won her award for her advocacy efforts as the leader of Gettysburg Rising. (Gettysburg Times article)

More than 100 People Participate in Women's March

January 20, 2020

Gettysburg Rising and the YWCA of Gettysburg & Adams County co-sponsored the event. (Gettysburg Times article)

Gettysburg Rising Instrumental in Passage of Resolution to Reduce Plastic Bag Use

December 21, 2019

Gettysburg Borough Council adopted a resolution aimed at reducing reliance on single-use bags and other disposable plastic products. (Gettysburg Times article)

Gettysburg Council Leaning Against Plastic Ordinance

June 27, 2019

Council members voiced support for reduced use of plastic shopping bags but were reluctant to impose a fee. Members of Gettysburg Rising's Rise Above Plastic Task Force provided comments at the meeting. (Gettysburg Times article)

Borough Council Discussed Plastic Bag Ban

June 4, 2019

Council members discussed a ban request and petition presented by Gettysburg Rising's Rise Above Plastic Task Force. (Gettysburg Times article)

Gettysburg Rising Promotes Reduced Plastic Use at Green Gathering

June 3, 2019

Participants at the Gettysburg Rising booth brainstormed ideas for reducing use of non-recyclable plastics while learning more about why reducing use is so important. (Gettysburg Times article)

Gettysburg Rising's Plastic Ban Initiative Featured on Fox 43

May 7, 2019

The article notes the work by Gettysburg Rising's Rise Above Plastic Task Force to advocate for a plastic bag and straw ordinance.

Gettysburg Rising Steering Committee Member Writes Letter to the Editor

April 5, 2019

Monica Bajaj, a member of the Gettysburg Rising Steering Committee, wrote a letter to The Gettysburg Times describing the new Rise Above Plastic initiative and why it's needed.

Standing Up to Hate

March 20, 2019

Gettysburg Rising was one of the signatories to a letter to The Gettysburg Times calling on all people to stand against racism and hate.

Family Separation Policy Galvanizes Donation Drive and Immigration Forums

August 3, 2018

A Voice of America article highlighted a donation drive and immigration forums organized by Gettysburg Rising, the nonprofit Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County. The groups were spurred to action in response to the Trump Administration's inhumane policy of separating detained migrant parents from their children.

Third Immigration Forum Focuses on Economic Implications

July 14, 2018

In the third immigration forum hosted by Gettysburg Rising, the nonprofit Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County, speaker Char Weise spoke about the economic implications of immigration. (Gettysburg Times article)

Second Immigration Forum Focuses on Immigration Process

June 30, 2018

The second immigration forum, hosted by Gettysburg Rising, the nonprofit Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County, featured speaker Kathleen Cunniffe Peña, a Wilson College professor, who discussed the dangers of immigration. (Gettysburg Times article)

First Immigration Forum Focuses on the Path to Citizenship

June 23, 2018

The first immigration forum, hosted by Gettysburg Rising, the nonprofit Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, and the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County, featured several speakers discussing what the immigration process is like(Gettysburg Times article)

Gettysburg Rising Leader Responds to Central PA ICE Raids

May 11, 2018

Jenny Dumont, Gettysburg Rising's leader, was quoted in a Hanover Evening Sun article about Gettysburg residents' reactions to the ICE raids.  

Gettysburg Rising Hosts a Forum for State Representative Candidates

April 12, 2018

Watch the forum featuring candidates Marty Dually (D) and Kurt Holland (R), both running for the PA Statehouse 91st District seat.

Jenny Dumont Named Peacemaker of the Year

April 4, 2018

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice gave Jenny Dumont, the leader of Gettysburg Rising, its Peacemaker of the Year award. (Gettysburg Times article)

Gettysburg Rising Hosted Forum on the Confederate Flag

March 5, 2018

The forum included speakers Scott Hancock, associate professor of history and Africana studies at Gettysburg College, and Ross Hetrick, president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society. David Hadley, then a visiting assistant professor of history, moderated the forum. (Gettysburg Times article)

Hundreds Gather in Gettysburg for Women's March

January 22, 2018

Roughly 400 people assembled at the Square for the Women's March, which was organized by Gettysburg Rising. (Gettysburg Times article) 

Women's March Held in Gettysburg

January 21, 2018

ABC27 interviewed Jenny Dumont, leader of Gettysburg Rising, and other members about the Women’s March, organized by Gettysburg Rising.

Gettysburg Residents Gather for Anniversary of Women's March

January 21, 2018

CBS 21 featured coverage of the Women's March on its site.

Watch Video of the Women's March in Gettysburg

January 20, 2018

Watch the speech by Yeimi Gagliardi, board member of the Hispanic American Center, Manos Unidas. Video courtesy of Incaland Interactive.

Manos Unidos Honors Jenny Dumont and Other Community Leaders

December 23, 2017

Manos Unidas recognized community leaders and county commissioners as Amigos de la Comunidad (Friends of the Community) in an annual awards ceremony. (Gettysburg Times article)

Immigration Vigil Featured in Voice of America Article

August 17, 2017

Jenny Dumont, leader of Gettysburg Rising, was featured in a Voice of America article, which also published a photo of participants at a recent Gettysburg Rising immigration vigil.

Gettysburg Rising Vigil Supports Immigrants

May 6, 2017

Gettysburg Rising organized an immigration solidarity vigil, with community residents fanned out on the square in visible and vocal support of immigrants. (Gettysburg Times article)

Central Pennsylvania Groups Organize After Trump Is Elected

February 28, 2017

Gettysburg Rising was featured in a Penn Live article as one of several grassroots groups that began after Donald Trump was elected.