Monthly Archives: April 2010

News and Action Summary for Friday, April 30

Check out the Actions, Events, Opportunities, News Posts, and Resources below—just click on the links under each category to get to the information. We’ve placed the most critical issues under Important Actions and Issues.   We understand that there is … Continue reading

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Protect adultBasic Health Insurance for Low-Income Pennsylvanians—Hearing on May 4

NOTE: If you can’t be there on Tuesday, you can learn how to take action at http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=2497.   From the Philadelphia Unemployment Project (http://www.philaup.org):   adultBasic, an affordable health insurance program for low-income Pennsylvanians, is in jeopardy!  If the program … Continue reading

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Support Miners and Communities—Support Rep. Nick Rahall in Strengthening Protections

From I Love Mountains (http://www.ilovemountains.org):   On Sunday (April 25), a memorial service was held for the 29 miners who were killed earlier this month in the explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. … Continue reading

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Support Strong Financial Reform and an Independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency

From multiple sources:   De-regulated and under-regulated banks, along with age-old abuses like usury, fraud, racist lending, and excessive greed drove the nation and the world economy to the verge of collapse.   The fallout—joblessness, shrinking incomes, foreclosures, lost savings, … Continue reading

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Urge Pennsylvania’s Senators to Support the DREAM Act for Undocumented Students

From the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (http://www.civilrights.org):   Take Action Now: Write to Senators Casey and Specter and urge them to support the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S.729, http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-729) to help undocumented immigrant students raised … Continue reading

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CeaseFire PA Rates Gubernatorial Candidates

From CeaseFire PA (http://www.ceasefirepa.org):   CeaseFirePA unveiled the first-of-its-kind 2010 Voters Guide for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Race, evaluating each of the candidates on their commitment to supporting policies to reduce gun violence statewide. The comprehensive Guide, which can be viewed … Continue reading

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CeaseFire PA—Clergy Call for Closing the Gun Show Loophole

From CeaseFire PA (http://www.ceasefirepa.org):   Recently, mayors from around the state launched a renewed effort to close the Gun Show Loophole. The Gun Show Loophole is a deadly gap in federal law that enables criminals to buy guns at gun … Continue reading

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PA Bureau of Forestry Seeks Input on Forest Assessment and Strategy—May 21 Deadline

From the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/):   The Bureau of Forestry is seeking stakeholder input on its Statewide Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy. This initiative is part of a coordinated, nationwide forest planning effort that will serve … Continue reading

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WNEP-TV (Scranton) Reports on Special Tax Break for Lawmakers

From Democracy Rising Pennsylvania (http://www.democracyrisingpa.com):   WNEP-TV in Scranton recently ran its investigative report about a special tax break for lawmakers that allows them to deduct as much as $163 a day from their income for federal tax purposes. See … Continue reading

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Community Meeting: How Will Drilling for Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale Drilling Impact Pittsburgh?—May 13, Pittsburgh

Natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is a potential source of revenue, jobs, and energy for Pennsylvania. However, the environmental risks are very high if proper regulations and protections are not in place. DEP Secretary John Hanger says, “A natural … Continue reading

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