Monthly Archives: May 2009

News and Action Summary for May 22, 2009

Check out the Actions, Events, News Posts, and Resources below. There is a lot of information here—please know that you aren’t expected to act on everything! Choose the issues that are most important to you and take action! Also—please support … Continue reading

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Urge PA’s Senators to Cosponsor the AFTERschool Meals Act

From the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC):   Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) recently introduced S. 990, the “Afterschool Flexibility to Expand Reimbursement for School Meals Act of 2009″ (also known as the “AFTERSchool Meals Act … Continue reading

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Ask PA’s Senators to Support the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

From the American Lung Association:   The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted to send the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1256) to the full Senate for action. This legislation will finally give the U.S. … Continue reading

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Urge Senator Specter to Vote for Clean Water

From the PA Campaign for Clean Water:   On June 4, Senator Arlen Specter, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, may have the chance to restore Clean Water Act protections for a majority of the nation’s … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Rules of Engagement

Published by billyparish at http://ow.ly/75sY, May 14th, 2009   In last week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a fascinating article, “How David Beats Goliath: When Underdogs Break The Rules” (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/05/11/090511fa_fact_gladwell?currentPage=all). In his patented style Gladwell weaves together story after story … Continue reading

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America’s Poor are its Most Generous Givers

From McClatchy Newspapers Washington Bureau; Article posted on May 19, 2009 at http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/v-print/story/68456.html.   Frank Greve | McClatchy Newspapers last updated: May 19, 2009 04:00:45 PM   WASHINGTON — When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown … Continue reading

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CDF Call to Ensure Health Care for All Children

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF, at http://www.childrensdefense.org/) reminds us that although the recent expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was a strong step forward, 5-6 million children will still be uninsured and millions more underinsured. Unfortunately, too few … Continue reading

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Lost Opportunities: Racial Inequities in Education

Excerpts from Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn In America (Schott Foundation for Public Education). Full report available at http://blackboysreport.org/otlwebsite/national/summary.   In 2008, Given Half a Chance: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education … Continue reading

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Support the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. is using a postcard campaign to support the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S416 at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-416 /HR 981 at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-981), legislation that would greatly restrict the use of cluster bombs by the United States. … Continue reading

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Send Your Health Care Stories to the Senate and President with Free Fax

There is a new fax tool to send free faxes from 1payer.net to Congress and the President, available at http://www.1payer.net/campaigns/efax-your-story.html. Now you can write your own story about how health insurance problems have harmed you and your family.  Write about … Continue reading

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