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News and Action Summary for March 24, 2017

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Keep the pressure on!    Calls Still Needed: Tell PA Representatives to Vote NO on ACA Repeal/AHCA.   Grassroots support has brought us to this point. We must act to #SaveOurCare (health care, that is!).

PLEASE JOIN US! EAD 2017: Confronting Chaos, Forging Community—April 21-24, Washington, DC: Friends—your presence at this event is more important this year than ever. If you have never attended, please consider joining us this year. If you have, we look forward to seeing you there! Visit https://advocacydays.org/ to learn more and to find a link to register.

Check out the Actions, Events, Opportunities and Resources, and News Posts below-just click on the links under each category to get to the information. We’ve placed the most critical issues under Important Actions and Issues. To learn about how to keep informed between these updates, go to http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org.

As usual, we understand that there is a lot of information here and in the links provided for further information. Please know that you aren’t expected to act on everything! Just choose the issues that are most important to you and take action. Sometimes you will be directed to action pages of other organizations—don’t worry! These are organizations that we work with regularly and who share a common interest.

Please consider contacting your legislators to thank them when they support your position as well, or to express your disappointment when they don’t. We don’t follow up with them often enough. They need our feedback to understand how we feel. Go to https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5415/getLocal.jsp to find a summary of your federal and state legislators with basic contact information.

Our website is updated regularly—please visit to find updated links, resources, etc. at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org. It is a work in progress, and issue pages continue to be created as time permits. If there is something you would really like to see that isn’t there, please contact us at s.strauss@pachurches.org.

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URGENT ACTIONS 

If you don’t have time for any other actions, please consider taking action on these issues!

Calls Still Needed: Tell PA Representatives to Vote NO on ACA Repeal/AHCA

Act for Release of Berks Families Detained for More Than a Year

Though Temporarily Blocked, Act to Tell Our Senators to Stop the Muslim Ban from Harming Families

Tell PA Legislators to #StoptheHate!

Urge Congress to Publicly Oppose Immigration Raids

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NEW & ONGOING ACTIONS

White House Budget is Devastating for the Environment—Urge Congress to Oppose It

Tell Congress We Can’t Afford to Roll Back Progress on Climate Change

Hold Our Senators Accountable to Protecting the Arctic Refuge from Drilling

Tell Congress: We Need a Budget That Works for All (Petition)

Tell Congress to Oppose Funding for Trump’s Wall, Deportation Force & Detention Centers

Sign Petition—Support Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons

Act to Stop Cuts to Diplomacy and Global Development

Contact Congress: Don’t Loosen Rules on Civilian Casualties/Stop CIA Drone Strikes

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IMPORTANT AND TIME SENSITIVE NEWS!

So Much Happening: Here’s How You Can Keep Informed Between Updates

Summary of All News Posts Since Previous Update

Grassroots Resistance Credited as Republicans Forced to Postpone AHCA Vote

New Report Confirms Assumptions About PA Coverage Losses Under GOP Health Care Plan

State-by-State Analysis of GOP Health Care Plan

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act: A $31 Billion Tax Cut for a Handful of the Wealthiest Taxpayers

President Trump’s Budget Poses Grave Danger to Wellbeing of Hard-Working Poor and Low-Income People—and the Nation’s Economy

Food Stamp Recipients Increasingly Are the Working Poor

PA Lawmakers Call for “Fair Share Tax”

Report: Pennsylvania Women Not On Track for Equal Pay Until 2068

You’re More Powerful Than You Think

Pre-K for PA Organizing Capitol Caravans

Help Sought: Legal Research on PA Gas Pipelines

Applications for Oxfam CHANGE Program for Young Leadership Open till March 31

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EVENTS

For a full listing of events (and events posted between updates), see the Events Calendar at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org (right column).

Ongoing events:

Learn More About the Marginalized—March 24, Harrisburg

Russia, Refugees, Pipelines and Greed: The Blowback of War and Imperialism—March 26, Lancaster

Learn More About the Marginalized—March 26, Harrisburg

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home—March 27, Harrisburg

Refugees, Discipleship, and the Church—March 29, Webinar

York Expungement Session—March 29, York

Redistricting and Representation: How to Solve Pennsylvania’s Gerrymandering Problem—March 30, Bryn Mawr

LIPW Middle East Interest Group, Mae Elise Cannon, CMEP—April 1, Lancaster

Grounding for Civil Disobedience—April 2, Philadelphia

Freedom Seder—April 4, Harrisburg

Screening of The Visitor—April 7, Springfield

Run for Clean Air—April 9, Philadelphia

Solidarity Rally/March to Support the Muslim Community—April 9, Harrisburg

Redistricting, Its History and Future—April 11, Harrisburg

Walking Way of the Cross—April 14, Harrisburg

Faith Climate Action Week—April 17-23, National

Anton Flores on Detention in Georgia—April 21, East Petersburg

EAD 2017: Confronting Chaos, Forging Community—April 21-24, Washington, DC

March for Science—April 22, Washington

Hunger and Sound Bites!—April 22, Harrisburg

Concert of H.O.P.E.—April 22, Harrisburg

Building Power at the Intersection of Race, Economics and Climate—April 22, Philadelphia

SHUT DOWN BERKS Interfaith Witness & Make the Road PA Vigil—April 23, Leesport

People’s Climate March—April 29, Washington, DC & Other Cities

Christian Community Action at the People’s Climate March—April 29

Celebrate Clean Energy—April 29, Pittsburgh

Peace: The Next Generation—May 4, Manheim

2017 Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening—May 7-8, Harrisburg

Healing Communities Training—May 13, Harrisburg

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OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES TO LEARN AND ACT

For postings since the previous Summary…

Resources

Opportunities

Jobs, internships and fellowships

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NEWS POSTS

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