Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Need to Restrict Prolonged Solitary Confinement

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): Posted at http://ht.ly/bGqGs. By Pat Nolan and Rev. Richard Killmer – 06/18/12 10:41 AM ET Today, we will join hundreds of people of faith across the nation to fast for 23 hours, … Continue reading

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Breaking News on Farm Bill: Gillibrand Amendment Coming Up for Vote—Calls Needed!

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Pursuant to a Unanimous Consent agreement that was agreed to in the Senate last night, the Senate will proceed to vote on some 70 amendments to the Farm Bill (S. 3240) starting … Continue reading

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Help Needed for Special Ed Bill this Week. Call Your State Representative Today

From the Education Law Center (http://www.elc-pa.org): Due to strong advocate support, special education reforms to benefit children with disabilities passed the Pennsylvania House Education Committee on Monday, June 18. Thanks to all of the advocates who helped make this happen. … Continue reading

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A Victory for Struggling Homeowners

From PathWays PA (http://www.pathwayspa.org): The Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Program (HEMAP) was credited with saving up to 47,000 homeowners from foreclosure over more than 27 years in existence. But as a result of budget cuts last year, the program ended July … Continue reading

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Farm Bill Immediate Action Needed: Urge Pennsylvania’s Senators to Co-Sponsor and Vote “YES” on Gillibrand Amendment to Restore SNAP Cuts

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): Contact Senators Casey and Toomey TODAY and urge them to demonstrate their support for SNAP by co-sponsoring and voting to support the Gillibrand SNAP amendment. Find their contact information in the following … Continue reading

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Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Labor-HHS Bill

From PathWays PA (http://www.pathwayspa.org): Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. This bill includes the funding for most child welfare and related programs. The Senate bill includes small but important funding increases … Continue reading

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DREAM Act Eligible Youth Deferred from Deportation

From the National Immigration Law Center (http://www.nilc.org): Last week, the Obama administration announced that it will stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth (http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20120612-napolitano-announces-deferred-action-process-for-young-people.shtm). What’s more, it will use its administrative authority to grant, on a case-by-case basis, deferred action and work … Continue reading

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Labor in the Pulpit/On the Bimah/In the Minbar—August 31-September 3, National

From Interfaith Worker Justice (http://www.iwj.org): Organizing a service on worker justice over Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity for your congregation to recognize the sacred work of all its members and support low-wage workers’ struggles for justice. But you … Continue reading

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Immigrants Contribute to Pennsylvania Economy as Small Business Owners, New Report Shows

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): HARRISBURG, PA (June, 14 2012) – An increasing share of small business owners in Pennsylvania and the nation are immigrants, according to a new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research … Continue reading

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