Author Archives: Sandy Strauss

Why People of Faith Oppose Drones

Posted at By Jim Winkler, President, National Council of Churches Posted: 07/01/2015 12:37 pm EDT Updated: 07/01/2015 12:59 pm EDT There has been much sensationalistic coverage recently about a drone strike that killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Many have succumbed … Continue reading

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News and Action Summary for July 2, 2015

Download a pdf version of the July 2, 2015 News and Action Summary! News Summary 7-2-15

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News Posts, July 2, 2015

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary: Fewer Than 1 in 4 Households Eligible for Housing Assistance Get It, But Congress Cuts Assistance Even More Senator Casey Pushes for Expansion of Summer Meals Program The … Continue reading

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Newly Posted Resources—July 2, 2015

Here are the most recently posted resources available for individuals and congregations: Children’s Budget 2015 Available for Download

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Urge PA Legislators to Support a Fair Severance Tax for Natural Gas

From PennFuture ( Yesterday, legislative leaders sent Governor Wolf a budget he couldn’t sign and voters didn’t ask for. No severance tax on gas drilling. No investments in solar, wind, or energy efficiency. It’s a budget that looks more like the … Continue reading

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Report Finds EPA Clean Power Plan Will Not Jeopardize US Power System Reliability

A February 19 report, by the Boston based Analysis Group, examined the design and implementation strategy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which is intended to reduce the U.S. electric system’s carbon pollution by 30 percent from 2005 … Continue reading

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New Poll: Rising American Electorate Will Be Game Changers in 2016 Elections

Unmarried Women, People of Color and Millennials—Voters of the Rising American Electorate—Will Make Up a Majority of Voters for the First Time in 2016 Now available for streaming: Watch a panel discussion on C-SPAN from Monday about this new polling … Continue reading

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Time for Three Strikes and You’re Out for Banks?

From the Center for Effective Government ( by Katherine McFate, 6/17/2015 In the United States, when individuals are convicted of felonies, they lose many rights and are often jailed. Forty-eight states ban felons from voting while they are in prison, and 11 … Continue reading

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PA General Assembly Attempting to Stop Oil & Gas Drilling Regulations

From PennFuture ( The State Legislature’s leadership and the drilling industry are attempting a secretive strategy to stop much needed regulations on oil and gas drilling. PennFuture needs your help to expose this back-room deal, which will create more pollution … Continue reading

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America Tries to Fix Achievement Gaps on the Cheap without Addressing Opportunity Gaps

Posted at It is a truth universally acknowledged (in the research literature) that schools themselves do not cause achievement gaps and that schools by themselves cannot close achievement gaps.  But we prefer to believe something else. We blame schools … Continue reading

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