Author Archives: Sandy Strauss

Read Convention Against Torture Shadow Report—Sign Amnesty International Petition

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture ( In November, the United Nations Committee Against Torture will review the U.S. government under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). In preparation, NRCAT has submitted an Interfaith CAT Shadow Report available at … Continue reading

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Infographic: Why Obamacare Enrollees Need to Take Action in the Months Ahead

From Enroll America ( We’re excited to share a new infographic that describes the simple steps people enrolled in marketplace coverage need to take — starting November 15 — to stay covered for next year:

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Support Policies to Make Child Care Affordable for All

From the National Women’s Law Center ( We’re turning a corner on child care — but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. Recently we released a new state-by-state report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies … Continue reading

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Report: State School Spending Less Than 2008; Yellen: School Spending Disparities Increase Inequality

Posted at At a Federal Reserve Conference on Economic Opportunity & Inequality in Boston last week, Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair, delivered a speech on inequality in which, according to Bloomberg Business Week, she said,  “public education spending … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Parents Want to Keep Fracking at a Distance

Posted at October 21, 2014 – Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. – As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling … Continue reading

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How Pennsylvania Can Save Money by Investing in Pre-K

From Pre-K for PA ( Pennsylvania can save millions of dollars down the road by investing in high-quality pre-k, according to new research ( from the Economy League of Philadelphia and released by the Pre-K for PA Campaign.  Researchers analyzed … Continue reading

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Small Scale Food Producers are the Solution to the Global Food Crisis

Posted at Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014 By Common Dreams By Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Martin Drago Adolfo, a small farmer from El Salvador, grows 60 crops and is the personification of the solution to world food hunger. (Photo: Jason Taylor … Continue reading

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Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

Posted at Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 By Common Dreams By Bill Quigley On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the United States. (Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Three True Stories Renee Delisle was one of over … Continue reading

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Ten Things You Need to Know About Sanctuary 2014—Fighting to Keep Families Together

From Groundswell ( “I know that with God, nothing is impossible. That’s why I came to church.” That’s how Luis explains his decision to seek Sanctuary in a church in Arizona when faced with deportation.1 Immigration may have disappeared from … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez: First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series—November 7, Springfield

Peace Center of Delaware County 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Friday, November 7, at 7 p.m. Cesar Chavez (2014, 102 mins., PG 13 for some language and violence. Directed by Diego Luna; stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario … Continue reading

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