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News and Action Summary for October 6, 2017

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Efforts are moving too slowly! Support a Comprehensive Emergency Relief Package for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

Ways to Provide Help to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

Also: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

Both houses in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have gone home, and Governor Wolf plans to borrow from revenues held by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to cover expenses—but it isn’t enough for the state to fulfill its long-time funding for Penn State and other institutions of higher education. Unfortunately, before they left, the House passed a Medicaid bill that we have opposed, requiring recipients to work in order to receive benefits. Learn more about all this below and take action.

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

If you are in the Harleysville area, please check this out: Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice—October 28/November 3, Harleysville. Watch for the upcoming January session in Lancaster. We’d love to see you at one of these events!

And if you are in the Williamsport area, please check this out: A Trauma Informed School to Prison Pipeline Presentation—October 27, Williamsport

Speaking Out in PennsylvaniaWe Need Your Support! Consider contributing to our advocacy ministry and supporting this work! Recurring support is especially important!

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.

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URGENT ACTIONS 

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

Act Now to Stop Gun Violence

Tell Congress: Take the Gun Silencer Bill Off the Table

Tell Congress: Support Temporary Protected Status for Refugees

Tell Congress: Support Increased Refugee Resettlement Goal

Urge Congress to Pass the DREAM Act and Protect Immigrant Youth

Urge Governor Wolf to Veto Harmful PA Medicaid Bill

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NEW & ONGOING ACTIONS

Defund Hate Campaign Releases Videos on ICE and CBP Practices—Take Action

Thank PA Representatives Who Voted NO on Awful Federal Budget

Put Children and Families First—Not Tax Cuts: Sign the Petition

Tell EPA & Trump Administration: Don’t Repeal the Clean Power Plan

Sign the Petition: New Shell Petrochemical Plant is Not Welcome in SW PA

Sign Petition to Governor Wolf to Halt Mariner East 2 Pipelines Due To Safety Concerns

Defend Iran Nuclear Deal; Support Diplomacy with North Korea

An Open Letter From Americans of Faith to President Donald Trump on North Korea—Add Your Name

Sign Petition: PA Legislators, Pass the Fair Share Tax

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IMPORTANT AND TIME SENSITIVE NEWS!

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

Summary of All News Posts Since Previous Update

On the Governor’s Plan to Securitize PLCB Profits

PA Supreme Court Orders Commonwealth Court to Hold Full Trial on PA School Funding Lawsuit

#FairMaps: Pro-Democracy Rally as Supreme Court Hears ‘Most Significant’ Voting Rights Case in Decades

Non-Partisan Analysis Finds Trump Tax Plan Primarily Rewards Top 1%

GOP-Trump Tax Plan: A Windfall for Top 1% of Pennsylvania, a Tax Increase for Many Middle Class Pennsylvanians

Feds to Crack Down on Payday Lenders and the Debt Trap They Set

PA Groups Respond to New CFPB Payday Lending Rule

Subsidizing Earth’s Demise: US Taxpayers Forced to Prop Up Dirty Energy Industry

Employer Agreements Demand Workers Sign Away Rights

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act Reintroduced

Fewer Youths Incarcerated, but Gap Between Blacks and Whites Worsens

50,000 DACA Recipients Will Lose Protections

ICE Conducting Roundups and Arrests in Philadelphia

Defund Hate Campaign Releases Videos on ICE and CBP Practices—Take Action

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EVENTS

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

Events in the coming weeks:

Screening: The Promise—October 6, Springfield

Islamic Community Center Presentation LIPW Middle East Interest Group—October 7, Lancaster

Community Forum on Death by Incarceration—October 7, York

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: Construction and Transportation—October 10

Americans in Struggle Film Series: 13th—October 10, Philadelphia

Redistricting Matters: A Nonpartisan Consensus for Cumberland County—October 12, Carlisle

Community Forum on Death by Incarceration—October 14, Trainer

Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy Workshop—October 14, Bryn Mawr

Multicultural Storytelling Festival—October 15, Harrisburg

Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy Workshop—October 15, Pittsburgh

Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness—October 15, Leesport

Religious Founders Day Interfaith Conference—October 15, Harrisburg

Going Viral for Social Justice Training—October 17, Philadelphia

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: Agriculture (row crop, livestock, silviculture)—October 17

Breaking the Binaries: Sex, Gender & Sexuality—October 19, Harrisburg

Governor’s Food Security Partnership Annual Meeting—October 20, Harrisburg

Give Kids Sight Day—October 21, Philadelphia

Human Trafficking Symposium—October 21, Harrisburg

Light of Unity Festival—October 22, Harrisburg

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: Small Entities In-Person Meeting—October 23, Washington, DC

Health Care in Uncertain Times—October 23-24, Harrisburg

York County Legal Aid Summit—October 24, York

Americans in Struggle Film Series: We Have a Plan—October 24, Philadelphia

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: Industry (energy, chemical, oil/gas)—October 24

Rally for Redemption—October 25, Harrisburg

Opioid Education Symposium for Faith-based Leaders—October 25, Harrisburg

A Trauma Informed School to Prison Pipeline Presentation—October 27, Williamsport

Screening: An American Conscience:  The Reinhold Niebuhr Story—October 27, Lancaster

Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice—October 28/November 3, Harleysville

Gratitude, Lament & Renewal: Walking Faithfully in a Time of Climate Disruption—October 29, State College

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: Mining—October 31

Racial Bias in Pennsylvania School Funding—November 2, Lancaster

Legalize Democracy: Film, Discussion—November 3, Harrisburg

DEAFCan Service Showcase—November 5, West Chester

Americans in Struggle Film Series: The Time Has Come—November 7, Philadelphia

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: Scientific Organizations and Academia—November 7

Anti-Racism Training for Youth—November 10, Pittsburgh

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: Stormwater, Wastewater Management, and Drinking Water Agencies—November 14

Judged by Our Appearances: Confronting Lookism—November 16, Harrisburg

Waters of the US Webinar/Comments: General Public—November 21

Americans in Struggle Film Series: Mine Wars—November 21, Philadelphia

Homes Within Reach Conference—December 4-6, Harrisburg

Age is Just a Number: Confronting Ageism and Adultism—December 14, Harrisburg

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OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES TO LEARN AND ACT

For postings since the previous Summary…

Resources

Opportunities

Jobs, internships and fellowships

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NEWS POSTS

Visit our weblog for the latest news and information. For previous News Summaries, go to http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/news-summary/news-summary-archive/. Also, check out specific issue-related posts by clicking on links on the right side of the page.

Subscribe to our weblog via e-mail (see link at bottom of home page).

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