Monthly Archives: November 2009

News and Action Summary for Wednesday, November 25

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving, so this week’s summary is a couple of days early!   The Ministry of Public Advocacy wishes you, your families, and your congregations a … Continue reading

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Can a Video Help to End Torture?

Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever ( is a 20 minute video with corresponding discussion guide. It is a resource particularly suited for an adult discussion within a congregation, but it could also be used with older youth or college groups and … Continue reading

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Health Reform Confusing You? Use CDF’s Guide to Learn More About Health Care and Children

From the Children’s Defense Fund:   In this season of thanks, we’d like to take the time to thank you for all that you’ve done over the past year to give a strong and unwavering voice to children in America. … Continue reading

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News for Seniors from the SeniorLAW Center

The latest issue of the SeniorLAW Center’s ( E-News provides the following:   information about assistance paying your heating bills this winter; an important reminder about the property tax/rent rebate; information about a new project at SeniorLAW Center; and updates about Social … Continue reading

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Consensus Among Economists: Federal Stimulus Package Is Working

From the Keystone Research Center:   Nine months after the federal recovery package was enacted, a debate continues to rage over how effective public investments have been at turning the economy around.   The New York Times recently cut through … Continue reading

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Caroling for Fair Trade

The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) is encouraging communities to spread holiday cheer and awareness through Fair Trade Holiday Caroling and a Fair Trade Giving Pledge.   GBCS gives numerous reasons for participating… Raising awareness … Continue reading

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Sisters on the Planet: Fighting Climate Change

From Oxfam America:   As obvious as it sounds, climate change affects everybody. But climate change is already having a disproportionate impact on people in poor communities, and it’s hitting women hardest.   Oxfam Is calling for climate change policies … Continue reading

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Eat Smart, Live Strong Activity Kit Aimed at Seniors

From “At the Table” (USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region at, Fall 2009:   FNS’ new product—Eat Amart, Live Strong Activity Kit—is designed for individuals who teach nutrition to recipients of, or those who are eligible for, the … Continue reading

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FNS Makes Fresh Fruits and Vegetables More Accessible to Low Income Seniors and Families

From “At the Table” (USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region at, Fall 2009:   Through participation in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance … Continue reading

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Millions Will Not Receive Jobless Benefit Extension Unless Congress Acts

On November 19, the New York Times reported:   About one million laid-off workers will see their unemployment benefits end in January unless Congress acts quickly to renew existing federally paid extensions, according to a new survey and legislators and … Continue reading

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