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News and Action Summary for June 23, 2017

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Senate GOP Releases Its Version of Health Care Bill (June 22)—we’re awaiting more information about what is contained in this bill.

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

Sanctuary Training for Faith Leaders is scheduled for July 8 in Lancaster. 

Our second Trauma-Informed School to Prison Pipeline presentation is scheduled for July 11 in Philadelphia.

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our friend and colleague Audry Crawford, Coordinator of the council’s Leisure Ministry program. Audry had served faithfully with the Council for 31 years.

Read Audry’s obituary and learn more about this faithful servant who has now entered the Church Triumphant.

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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!

The Next Two Weeks in the Senate Are Crucial—Call Our Senators to Protect Medicaid

Call for Increased Pennsylvania Education Funding NOW

Support Increase in PA Pre-K Funding

Calls Needed This Week—Tell Representatives Not to Cut SNAP and Programs that Help Struggling Families

Support Adequate Funding for State Food Purchase Program & Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System



Add Your Comment to the EPA on Methane Stay

Sign Petition to Take On Big Pharma, Drive Down Drug Prices

Sign Petition: Protect the Johnson Amendment

Say NO to Healthcare Repeal



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

Summary of All News Posts Since Previous Update

Senate GOP Releases Its Version of Health Care Bill

League of Women Voters Files Pennsylvania Redistricting Lawsuit

‘Historic Opportunity’: Supreme Court to Hear Partisan Gerrymandering Case

VICTORY: State Supreme Court Rules Leasing Public Land for Fracking Betrayed Government’s Constitutional Duties

Industry Was Doubly Generous With These 13 GOP Senators Now Drafting Trumpcare

Kansas May Have Saved Us All

Besides Eviscerating the Safety Net, Trump Budget Would put States in a Fiscal Bind

A Severance Tax: The Basics

‘The Sky Didn’t Fall’: Study on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

Resources from Around the Coalition: The Health Care Edition

The Gathering Offers Podcasts on Important Political/Theological Issues

Apply Now for EPLC’s 2017-2018 PA Education Policy Fellowship 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:

June is Torture Awareness Month—Things You Can Do

Together to End Solitary—Monthly on the 23rd

Events in the coming weeks:

Iftar with Neighbors—June 23, Harrisburg

LIPW Summer Film Series: From the Ashes—June 23, Lancaster

The Lancaster Stand: Movement Orientation—June 24, Conestoga

The Lancaster Stand: All Hands on Deck Community Meeting—June 25, Pequea

Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit—June 28, Philadelphia

Sanctuary Training for Faith Leaders—July 8, Lancaster

Trauma-Informed School to Prison Pipeline Presentation—July 11, Philadelphia

Free Immigration Legal Clinic—July 11, Philadelphia

Equal Means Equal Screening—July 25, Harrisburg

LIPW Summer Film Series: National Bird—July 28, Lancaster

Be Balanced Women’s Retreat—July 28-29, Morris (northcentral PA)

LIPW Summer Film Series: Thirteenth—August 25, Lancaster

Trouble I’ve Seen:  Changing the Way the Church Views Racism—September 14, Lancaster

Homes Within Reach Conference—December 4-6, Harrisburg



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