Author Archives: Sandy Strauss

Read Convention Against Torture Shadow Report—Sign Amnesty International Petition

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): 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 http://www.nrcat.org/storage/documents/nrcat-cat-shadow-report-2014.pdf … Continue reading

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

From Enroll America (http://www.enrollamerica.org): 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 (http://www.nwlc.org/): 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 http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/report-state-school-spending-less-than-2008-yellen-school-spending-disparities-increase-inequality/ 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 http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-10-21/energy-policy/pennsylvania-parents-want-to-keep-fracking-at-a-distance/a42326-1 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 (http://www.prekforpa.org/): Pennsylvania can save millions of dollars down the road by investing in high-quality pre-k, according to new research (http://www.prekforpa.org/strongerschools/) 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 http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/16/small-scale-food-producers-are-solution-global-food-crisis 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 http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/14/ten-facts-about-being-homeless-usa 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 (http://www.groundswell-mvmt.org/): “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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