News and Action Summary for November 20, 2015

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News Summary 11-20-15

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News Posts, November 20, 2015

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary:

Creating a More Equitable and Effective Juvenile Justice System

Anti-Transparency Bill Implies Pennsylvania Police Have ‘Something to Hide’

ESEA Compromise Lacks Attention to Equity, Will Move to Conference Committee This Week

Big Oil Lines Up Against Kids Waging Legal Battle for Climate Future

Clean Water Rule Infographic

Pennsylvania State of the Child Profiles

‘Come Get My Vote’: Low-Wage Workers Rise Up in Advance of 2016 Election

Delaying Social Security Means Bigger Benefits

Keep our Elections Free from Hateful Rhetoric

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Advocacy Positions Available—November 20, 2015

Here is the most recent posting of jobs available in research and advocacy:

Legislative Associate for Domestic Policy—Friends Committee on National Legislation

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Newly Posted Resources—November 20, 2015

Here are the most recently posted resources available for individuals and congregations:

Starter Kit for Teaching and Learning on Mass Incarceration

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Starter Kit for Teaching and Learning on Mass Incarceration

From the National Council of Churches (

The NCC Convening Table on Christian Education, Ecumenical Faith Formation, and Leadership Development has developed a Starter Kit for Teaching and Learning on Mass Incarceration. This resource, developed over the past several months, is a toolbox replete with various offerings intended to inform and engage individuals, small groups, congregations, and classrooms alike.

Download the starter kit at

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Clean Water Rule Infographic

This Clean Water Rule infographic provides information on what the rule does and doesn’t do.

Clean water rule

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Urge Congress to Support EITC and Child Tax Credit for Low-Income Working Families

From the Coalition on Human Needs (

Congress will soon be taking up legislation to extend more than 50 tax breaks, mostly for corporations, at a cost of billions of dollars. However, key provisions of tax credits for low-income working families will expire in two years without action. Congress has passed up the opportunity to make these provisions permanent again and again, but now is the perfect time for them to cement these improvements into law.

Email your Members of Congress today at and urge them to make sure essential improvements to low-income tax credits stay in place when they take up renewals of corporate tax breaks.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are effective anti-poverty, pro-work and pro-growth measures that help families and some individuals at every stage of life. If Congress fails to act and the improvements made in 2009 to the EITC and CTC are allowed to expire, millions of Americans will be hurt. More than 50 million Americans, including 25 million children, would lose all or part of their tax credit. More than 16 million people, including 8 million children, will be pushed into or deeper into poverty. A single mother with two children working full time at the federal minimum wage would lose her entire Child Tax Credit – over $1,700.

We can’t allow this to happen. Congress shouldn’t allow this to happen. They should fix this and also increase the very small Earned Income Tax Credit for workers who aren’t raising children, a proposal with bipartisan support.

Take action and email Congress now.

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Pennsylvania State of the Child Profiles

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (

Do you know how your county compares to other Pennsylvania counties when it comes to child poverty, health insurance coverage, educational opportunities and other important measures of children’s well-being?State of the child

You can find those answers quickly and easily with Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children’s latest “State of the Child” profiles ( For each of the commonwealth’s 67 counties, you can find:

  • Child population and poverty statistics;
  • Information on how many children are uninsured, and how many benefit from coverage through Medicaid or Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Data on how many children benefit from subsidized child care and publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs;
  • The number of children in foster care or receiving other child welfare services; and
  • Academic performance data for school districts, charter schools and cyber charter schools.

Whether you’re a parent, policymaker, journalist, activist, children’s advocate or just someone who likes to stay in the know, our “State of the Child” profiles can help you get timely, reliable information on how Pennsylvania’s nearly 2.8 million kids are doing.

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