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News and Action Summary for August 28, 2014

Download a pdf version of the August 28, 2014 News and Action Summary! News Summary 8-28-14

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Newly Posted Resources—August 28, 2014

Here are the most recently posted resources available for individuals and congregations: Ferguson, Missouri: A Moment of Opportunity

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Opportunities for Funding, Competitions, and Places Where You Can Get Involved—August 28, 2014

Here is a current listing of opportunities including contests, grants, and efforts that you can join in Pennsylvania and nationally: Write a Letter to the Editor Explaining Why Congress Must Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.10 PA Department of Health … Continue reading

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News Posts, August 28, 2014

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary: How We Should Really Honor Labor Day Unemployment Insurance: A 79-Year Old Promise to American Workers That Needs Renewing Millions of Part-Time Workers Are Still Looking For Full-Time … Continue reading

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CMS Removes Most Harmful Elements of Healthy PA, but Threat of Future Benefit Cuts Remains

On August 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their approval of Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion alternative, Healthy Pennsylvania. The final proposal is markedly different from the original plan submitted by Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare (DPW), … Continue reading

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Ferguson, Missouri: A Moment of Opportunity

From Everyday Democracy (http://www.everyday-democracy.org): Once again we find ourselves in this place – a place of tragedy, pain, outrage, frustration and confusion. One tragedy in Ferguson is that another mother, father, and community are experiencing a deep loss.  The life … Continue reading

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Poll Finds Support for More Money for Public Schools Despite Underestimating What is Already Spent

By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com on August 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM As public education advocates begin to ramp up their calls for a fair and predictable school funding formula, a conservative policy center released a poll that shows a majority of voters are … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuel Divestment & Faith Webinar—September 10, Webinar

Divestment seems to be the buzzword lately. But what is it?  What does it mean? Join us for a webinar along with perspectives from the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Methodist Church to learn what … Continue reading

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Cutting Your Way to a More Sluggish Recovery

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2014/august/cutting-your-way-more-sluggish-recovery Aug 19, 2014 06:46 am | Mark Price New data on consumption spending from the Bureau of Economic Analysis further illustrates that Pennsylvania has cut its way not to prosperity, but to a more sluggish recovery. As … Continue reading

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Fact of the Week: 1 in 7 Americans Rely on Food Pantries

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2014/08/27/fact-week-1-7-americans-rely-food-pantries/#.U_3zS_ldVqU By Lecia Imbery August 27, 2014 More than 46 million Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, rely on food pantries and meal programs to feed themselves and their families, according to a study released last … Continue reading

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