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News and Action Summary for December 8, 2017
While Giving Tuesday has passed, it’s not too late to support the Pennsylvania Council of Churches and this ministry! Please consider a contribution—one time is terrific, but a recurring contribution of $10/month or more is especially appreciated! You can make your contribution at https://www.pachurches.org/shop/.
The Senate version of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” passed in the wee hours of Saturday morning, November 2. This version is as dangerous, if not more so, than the House version that passed a couple of weeks ago. These bills are now going to conference to resolve differences. One group monitoring this process believes the work will be done within leadership, then rubber-stamped by the conference committee. This legislation is OPPOSED by a majority of Americans, and we can still defeat it—see actions below to learn of the many ways that you can act to urge your legislators to vote against it.
Health insurance open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act starts November 1 and goes through December 15. Go to http://pahealthaccess.org/get-help/ to learn more and/or to enroll. You can also help to Get the Word Out About Opportunities to Enroll for Health Insurance.
Many events scheduled for this weekend and early next week—check below!
Please join us for our Trauma Informed “School to Prison Pipeline” presentation—December 16, Erie
If you are in the Lancaster area, please check this out: Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice—January 13/January 19, Lancaster.
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 email@example.com.
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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!
Join the Cool Congregations Challenge—Deadline December 15
Interfaith Immigration Coalition Seeks Communications Coordinator—Deadline January 5
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:
Lancaster Against Pipelines: Mass Action on Pipeline Path—December 9, Columbia
2017 International Kwanzaa Festival—December 9, Harrisburg
Age is Just a Number: Confronting Ageism and Adultism—December 14, Harrisburg
Caroling Along the Pipeline Route & Holiday Party—December 16, Pequea
Trauma Informed “School to Prison Pipeline”—December 16, Erie
Join National Week of Action to Close Guantanamo—January 6-14
Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice—January 13/January 19, Lancaster
Healing Communities Training—March 17, Lebanon
OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES TO LEARN AND ACT
For postings since the previous Summary…
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