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News and Action Summary for April 28, 2017

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Many events scheduled for this weekend and early next week—check below!

Speaking Out in Pennsylvania—We Need Your Support! Consider contributing to our advocacy ministry and supporting this work! 

School to Prison Pipeline—May 9, Harrisburg—sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Also—if you are in the vicinity of Harrisburg: 9th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace—May 8, Harrisburg–NOTE THAT May 8 is the correct date!

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.

And finally—If you appreciate this ministry, we would very much appreciate your support; you can learn how by clicking here.



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

Act Now on Dangerous Gun Legislation

Gerrymandering: House Bill 722’s Coming-Out Party—Encourage Your Rep to Sign On

The Health Care Debate Back on in Washington—Protect Children

PA Legislative Update on Immigration—Tell Legislators to #StoptheHate

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



Tell the EPA to Protect Our Communities from Pollution and Climate Change

Urge PA Senators to Oppose Congressional Review Act

The #BerksKids Don’t Belong in Detention—Take Action

Bureau of Appeals Says Berks Detention Center License Should be Reinstated—Tell the Governor to #ShutDownBerks

Support Extending Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Sign Petition: PA Legislators, Pass the Fair Share Tax



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

Summary of All News Posts Since Previous Update

Join the Week of Prophetic Resistance—May 1-7

PA House Passes Bad Charter School Legislation

Education Advocates Call Charter-School Reform Bill Flawed

Federal Funding Needed for Compassionate Release for Older, Sick Prisoners

Clean Energy As a Vision for Job Growth in PA

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Explains the Politics of Climate Change

The New Version of the GOP Health Care Bill is Even Worse Than We Thought

Latest GOP Health Care Bill Would Raise Premiums for Many, Analysts Say

Immigration Facts—2017

Our Upside-Down Tax System

A Time to Break Silence: MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech—Podcast Presentations Available

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg Welcomes High School and College Students—2017 Summer Intern Program



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

Resources for People’s Climate March (4/29/17)

Events in the coming weeks:

People’s Climate March—April 29, Washington, DC & Other Cities (NOTE: PA buses will be added as we learn about them)

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

Celebrate Clean Energy—April 29, Pittsburgh

Interfaith Immigration Forum—April 30, Lancaster

Prospects for Pakistan & Afghanistan—May 1, Camp Hill

Rise Up! for Immigration Reform—May 1, National

Join the Week of Prophetic Resistance—May 1-7

Environmental Justice Listening Tour—May 2, Harrisburg

The Long Road Back (formerly incarcerated)—May 2, Harrisburg

Fair Districts PA Presentation on Gerrymandering—May 3, Lemoyne

Practicing the Science and Art of Forgiveness: Beginning a Transformative Journey—May 4, Bryn Mawr

Peace: The Next Generation—May 4, Manheim

No God No Master Screening—May 5, Springfield

Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Peace Advocate—May 6, Harrisburg

Rev. Traci Blackmon Speaks at POWER’s Social Justice Revival—May 7, Philadelphia

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

9th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace—May 8, Harrisburg

Walk for Green Jobs and Justice—May 8-22, starting in Philadelphia

Welcoming Center Free Legal Clinic for Immigrants—May 9, Philadelphia

School to Prison Pipeline—May 9, Harrisburg

Environmental Justice Listening Tour—May 11, Allentown

Perspectives on Peace: An Interfaith Dialogue—May 13, Lancaster

Healing Communities Training—May 13, Williamsport

Healing Communities Training—May 13, Harrisburg

Environmental Justice Listening Tour—May 15, Lancaster

Racial Bias in Pennsylvania School Funding—May 17, Harrisburg

Bread for the World Hunger Advocacy Workshop—May 20, Allentown

Environmental Justice Listening Tour—May 23, Delaware County

Environmental Justice Listening Tour—May 25, Philadelphia County



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