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News and Action Summary for August 18, 2017
It feels as if we’ve experienced a seismic shift in just one week following the horrific events in Charlottesville, VA last Saturday. We pray for a city and country in crisis. We pray for the family of Heather Heyer and the families of all who were injured and hurt when James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd assembled to show their opposition to racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate. We pray for cooler heads to prevail, and for a change of heart for those who hold such hatred in their hearts. The Pennsylvania Council of Churches has released a statement expressing the need for all Christians to speak out against the hate, and to urge our elected officials to publicly condemn these dangerous ideologies. Read our statement on Charlottesville at A Statement on the Events in Charlottesville, VA and Addressing Ideologies of Hate.
Learn also about another effort we hope to undertake, starting in a small way on September 30: A Civil Tongue: How to Talk About Hard Things Without Yelling at One Another. We are looking for congregations that may be interested.
Many events scheduled for this weekend and early next week—check below!
Check out our newly posted event: Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice—October 1-2, Harrisburg
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you don’t have time for any other actions, please consider taking action on these issues!
NEW & ONGOING ACTIONS
IMPORTANT AND TIME SENSITIVE NEWS!
For a full listing of events (and events posted between updates), see the Events Calendar at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org (right column).
Together to End Solitary—Monthly on the 23rd
Events in the coming weeks:
SHUT DOWN BERKS Interfaith Witness & Make the Road PA Vigil—August 20, Leesport
LIPW Summer Film Series: Thirteenth—August 25, Lancaster
Ministers March for Justice—August 28, Washington, DC
Screening: Suffragette—September 1, Springfield
Remembrance of 9/11: Honoring Those Who Lost Their Lives—September 10, Harrisburg
Get to Know Your Environmental Rights—September 14, Philadelphia
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism—September 14, Lancaster
Salam Neighbor Screening—September 14, Harrisburg
2017 PA Community Alliance Summit—September 18-19, Harrisburg
Child-on-Child Abuse Seminar—October 5, Lancaster
Health Care in Uncertain Times—October 23-24, Harrisburg
Homes Within Reach Conference—December 4-6, Harrisburg
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