Category Archives: Economic Justice

Support Medicare for All—Sign the Petition

From Social Security Works (http://www.socialsecurityworks.org/): Fifty years ago, Americans came together to pass Medicare–a health insurance program that built on the success of Social Security. This 50th birthday of Medicare is a time to appreciate all of Medicare’s contributions to … Continue reading

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Share Your Congregation’s Experience with Predatory Lending

From the PICO National Network (http://www.piconetwork.org): Recently, the PICO National Network has joined with several others in the Faith for Just Lending Coalition to address the problem of predatory lending – high-cost payday and car title lenders that often cluster … Continue reading

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Urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Stop Predatory Lending

From the National Council of La Raza (http://www.nclr.org/): Often when many Latinos and other consumers are in a financial bind, their only access to credit is through payday loan services. Unfortunately, too many borrowers find themselves in long-term debt after … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Spending Power Less Today Than in 1950—Sign On (Businesses) to Support Raising the Federal and Pennsylvania Minimum Wage

From Business for a Fair Minimum Wage (http://www.businessforafairminimumwage.org): Check out the infographic on the minimum wage being lower today than 1950: Sign on to the federal business sign-on statement at http://www.businessforafairminimumwage.org/Federal-12-By-2020-Sign-On-Statement Sign on to the PA business sign-on statement at … Continue reading

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Fair Pay for Pennsylvania Women Requires a Fair Minimum Wage

From the National Women’s Law Center (http://www.nwlc.org/): Minimum wage workers in Pennsylvania—mostly women—cannot support themselves and their families on earnings of just $7.25 per hour, or the tipped minimum cash wage of $2.83 per hour. Raise the Wage PA and … Continue reading

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1.7 Million More Children Lived in Low-Income Working Families Last Year Than in 2008; See How Your State Ranks

From the Coalition on Human Needs (http://www.chn.org): By Lecia Imbery July 24, 2015 Five years ago, our country was in the midst of the Great Recession. At that time, 17 million children lived in low-income working families. Since the recession officially … Continue reading

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35 Soul-Crushing Facts about American Income Inequality

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 01:15 PM EDT The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined Larry Schwartz, Alternet While Hillary Clinton occasionally gives some lip service to the problem … Continue reading

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More Children Are In Poverty Today Than Before The Great Recession

PBS “One out of five American children live in poverty … 22% of children live in poverty, up from 18% in 2008 … Minnesota led the United States in children’s overall well-being … Minnesota has one of the lowest rates … Continue reading

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The Tax Extender Bender—Senate Finance Approves Costly Tax Breaks

From Citizens for Tax Justice (http://www.ctj.org): The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday approved a package of costly, temporary tax breaks widely known as “tax extenders.”  Congress should have allowed the tax breaks, which expired at the end of 2014, to remain dead … Continue reading

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Congress’s Guide to Hunger and Your Nutrition Assistance Story

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/07/22/congresss-guide-to-hunger-and-your-nutrition-assistance-story/#.VbECSvlViko By Lecia Imbery July 22, 2015 Nearly 16 percent of Americans – 49 million of us – struggle with hunger. That’s one out of every seven households. Hunger impacts children (16 million, in fact) and adults in every … Continue reading

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