Monthly Archives: June 2009

Ask Your Elected Officials to Cosponsor the 2009 Trade Act

The Citizen’s Trade Campaign is asking for help to change the future of trade policy:   Last year over 80 members of the U.S. House and Senate cosponsored landmark legislation setting forth a progressive vision for future trade agreements. The Trade … Continue reading

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Support Health Care Reform—Call-in Days, July 7-8

Families USA has sent the following message:   As the health care reform battle heats up, it is essential that people all over the country intensify their efforts to tell their members of Congress where they stand on health care. Next … Continue reading

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More Opportunities to Share Health Care Stories—from the President

Several weeks ago, President Obama asked people across the country to share personal stories about how the health care crisis has affected them and those they love. Hundreds of thousands of stories poured in from every corner of the country. … Continue reading

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Universal Health Care Could Boost Economy

Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer Jeff Gelles reports that coverage through employers, economists argue, hinders the creation of enterprise (http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20090628_Universal_health_care_could_boost_economy.html, June 28, 2009).   He describes the idea of living in a society where reliable police and fire protection are available … Continue reading

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News and Action Summary for Monday, June 29

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2009 Children’s Sabbath Weekend–October 16-18

The Children’s Defense Fund announces its 2009 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® weekend:   Children throughout our nation need your strength, love and action. Too many children live in poverty and lack even basic health care. And millions are funneled … Continue reading

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Support a Severance Tax on Natural Gas Extraction for Pennsylvania

PennFuture is encouraging us to ask our Senators to support legislation creating a severance tax on natural gas drilling at https://secure2.convio.net/penn/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=357&autologin=true&AddInterest=1286&JServSessionIdr011=2t2bdr3mm2.app14a.   The Pennsylvania General Assembly will consider a proposal to tax natural gas extraction as part of this year’s … Continue reading

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New Natural and Organic Farmers Market in Harrisburg

The NEV Natural and Organic Farmers Market, located at the Broad Street Market Plaza (Broad Street Market, Harrisburg) opened on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. The market will be open every Wednesday (we believe through November) from 2:00-??? p.m.   The … Continue reading

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Majority of Americans Support Tax Increases to Pay for Health Care Reform

The Center for Tax Justice (http://www.ctj.org) has reported that a recent New York Times/CBS News poll (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/health/policy/21poll.html) found 57 percent of respondents were willing to “pay higher taxes so that all Americans have health insurance that they can’t lose no … Continue reading

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Incentive Program in Philadelphia Attracts Grocery Stores

(The New York Times, June 17, 2009, at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/business/17supermarkets.html?_r=2&ref=business)   A Pennsylvania grant and revolving-loan program has made it possible for a $14.5 million ShopRite grocery store to open in the low-income west Philadelphia neighborhood of Parkside. The Pennsylvania Fresh … Continue reading

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