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News and Action Summary for February 17, 2017

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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.

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

Urge Congress to Publicly Oppose Immigration Raids

Visit Congressional District Offices to Stand with Immigrants on February 22

Act to Stop Anti-Immigrant Legislation in PA

Urge Your PA Representative to Co-Sponsor PA Medicare for All Bill



Meet with Senators & Representatives on Refugees—February 16-26, National

Show Your Love for Immigrants by Taking Action to Protect Them

Sign On to Support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Preventing Payday Lending

Tell Your PA Senator You Support Expanded Background Checks

Urge Gov. Wolf to Halt Permits for Pipelines that Endanger Natural Resources

Urge Your Representative to Oppose Action Prioritizing Hunting Over Other Priority Uses of the Refuge System

Stand with Families at Risk for Losing Healthcare



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

Summary of All News Posts Since Previous Update

Trump’s 2-1 Executive Order: It’s (Not) As Easy As 1, 2, 3….

Immigration Raids are Happening—How You Can Prepare

Could This One Simple Idea Stop the Revolving Door to Prison?

‘A Lot More People, I Can Tell You, Will Die for Lack of Medical Care’

Practicing Civic Courage in Our Time

The Promise of Integrated Schools

Resources from Around the Coalition: Presidents’ Day Recess Edition

Become a Citizen Advocate for Conservation and the Environment

Environmental “Fasts” and Events for Lent

PLBC Accepting Scholarship Applications

Join National Days of Prayerful Action on Immigration—February 17-20



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

Ongoing events:

Together to End Solitary—Monthly on the 23rd

100 Days of Faithful Resistance—Check out Activities

Events in the coming weeks: 

Meet with Senators & Representatives on Refugees—February 16-26, National

Join National Days of Prayerful Action on Immigration—February 17-20

Viking Economics—February 18, Harrisburg

Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science: The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone—February 18, University Park

Healing Communities Training—February 18, Chambersburg

March for the Paris Agreement—February 19, Philadelphia

Becoming One: Standing Together—February 20, Pittsburgh

Poor People’s Campaign Webinar: Finding a Way Forward—February 20

Christianity and Consumer Capitalism—February 21, Chambersburg

Town Hall with or Without Senator Toomey—February 21, Allentown

Enhancing Health in Pennsylvania—February 21, Washington

Black History Month: Unforgivable Blackness, the Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (part 2)—February 21, Philadelphia

Healing Communities Information Session—February 23, Harrisburg

Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science: Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us—February 25, University Park

Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness Annual Meeting—February 26, Lancaster

Supporting, Organizing, and Pastoring to our Members (and one another) in this New Political Environment—February 27, Philadelphia

Leffler Lecture: Michelle Norris—February 28, Elizabethtown

Black History Month: Slavery by Another Name—February 28, Philadelphia

2017 Budget Summit—March 2, Harrisburg

DeafCAN! SSP Training—March 4, West Chester

Judy Wicks: In the Spirit of Standing Rock: Protecting What We Love—March 5, Devon

Informational Event on Expungement—March 8, York

LIPW Middle East Interest Group, Bader & Rula Monsour—March 9, Lancaster

Lancaster County Effort for Redistricting Reform–March 9, Lancaster

STAND Against the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline—March 11, Conestoga

Mitch Hescox: Caring for Creation—March 15, Harrisburg

Surveying the Federal Policy Landscape for Women, Children & Families—March 16, Philadelphia

Healing Communities Train the Trainer Training—March 18, location TBA

Water Justice (Trinity Institute)—March 22-24, New York and webcasts

Redirecting the School to Prison Pipeline—March 23, Millersville

Learn More About the Marginalized—March 24, Harrisburg

Learn More About the Marginalized—March 26, Harrisburg

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

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

Hunger and Sound Bites!—April 22, Harrisburg

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

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

Peace: The Next Generation—May 4, Manheim

Healing Communities Training—May 13, Harrisburg



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