Category Archives: civil rights

Urge the Senate to Approve International Disability Treaty

From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (http://www.civilrights.org): The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just approved (12-6) the disability treaty (http://www.foreign.senate.gov/press/chair/release/senate-foreign-relations-committee-passes-the-disabilities-treaty-) #CRPD. Now the treaty goes to the full Senate for its consideration. We need your help to push … Continue reading

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Urge Our Senators to Cosponsor the REDEEM Act to Remove Barriers to Successful Reentry from Incarceration

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up in Washington, DC to sponsor new bi-partisan criminal justice reform legislation, the REDEEM Act (S. 2567). The bill was … Continue reading

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How Do We Deal with Our Privilege?

From Class Action (http://www.classism.org/): How do we deal with our privilege? Almost all of us have experience with being on the up-side of a social identity, meaning we have more advantages or protections than those targeted by an oppression such … Continue reading

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Support Nondiscrimination in Employment and Housing

From Equality PA (http://www.equalitypa.org/): We have an opportunity to take big step toward full equality by passing SB/HB 300 (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0300; http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=0300), the state’s non-discrimination bill, this year–and we want to make it happen. Right now in most of Pennsylvania, it … Continue reading

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Urge Your State Representative to Support Stronger Human Trafficking Legislation

From PathWays PA (http://www.pathwayspa.org): In December, the Pennsylvania State Senate was asked to strengthen human trafficking legislation and the bill, SB 75, passed unanimously! Human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery, forces an estimated 27 million people worldwide – including … Continue reading

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Read Editorial on Discrimination Under Guise of Religious Liberty—Join by Adding Your Name to Sign-On Letter

Last week, PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Director, J. Herbert Nelson, published an editorial, Discrimination in the Name of Jesus: How “religious liberty” is becoming Discrimination by Another Name (http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/03/11/discrimination-in-the-name-of-jesus/31242), that he co-authored with the Reverend James C. Perkins, President-elect … Continue reading

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Race Against Racism—April 26, Harrisburg; Registrants, Volunteers Sought

Ten years ago, the YWCA Greater Harrisburg held its first Race Against Racism to promote awareness of the issues that surround racial injustice and to raise vital funds to support our racial justice programs. A decade later, the Race Against … Continue reading

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Eliminate all Predatory Prison Phone Rates

Last year you helped persuade the Federal Communications Commission to end predatory rates for long-distance calls to and from prisons, jails, and detention centers. Thanks to your work, after February 11 families cannot be charged more than 25 cents per … Continue reading

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PA Closer to Protecting Crime Victims from Nuisance Laws

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): January 17, 2014 From the PA Independent By Andrew Staub The state House has approved legislation barring municipalities from penalizing residents or landlords for calling police to their properties. Lawmakers want to avoid the … Continue reading

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Call for Faith Groups to Sign-on in Support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Individuals to Write Letters in Support of ENDA

The proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is designed to ensure the fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans in the workplace. There is currently no federal law that bars employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender … Continue reading

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