Monthly Archives: October 2013

Beyond Tipping Point: Global Warming Has Raised Arctic Temps to Hottest in 120,000 Years

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/25-2 Citing global warming, new study shows current temps surpass early Holocene period when northern hemisphere was closer to sun – Sarah Lazare, staff writer Scientists have long known that climate change is warming the arctic at an … Continue reading

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Tell Congress: Don’t Cut Poverty-Fighting Foreign Aid – It Works!

From Oxfam America (http://www.oxfamamerica.org): American poverty-fighting aid is less than 1% of the federal budget, but it makes a huge difference. With the help of a small investment from our government, people in poverty are able to build a dream, … Continue reading

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ROC United Launched “Living Off Tips” Campaign

From PathWays PA (http://www.pathwayspa.org): With an enormous workforce of more than 10 million people, the restaurant industry is one of our country’s fastest growing and largest economic sectors; it also produces the lowest paying jobs in the country. Gloria Steinem … Continue reading

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Congress’s Inaction on Climate Change Imposes an Unfunded Mandate on State and Local Governments

WASHINGTON – October 28 – Today—one day before the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in New Jersey—the Center for American Progress released an analysis (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/report/2013/10/28/78158/climate-change/) assessing the magnitude of the costs of preparing for more extreme weather and other climate change … Continue reading

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30 Seconds to “ReThink” Public Housing

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): From Rethinkhousing.org Having a place to live is a basic need for everyone. Yet, for some people, it remains out of reach. Public housing serves approximately 2.2 million people across the U.S., but the … Continue reading

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Check Out the Whiteboard Video on Strengthening PA Schools

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org); posted at http://pennbpc.org/whiteboard-video-property-taxes: The future of Pennsylvania schools — and the quality of education every child receives — is at stake in the latest property tax proposal in Harrisburg. The plan to … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Support Early Learning Investments

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (http://www.papartnerships.org): The federal deal signed into law by President Obama ended the government shutdown and raised the nation’s debt ceiling. Funding to run the government will continue until Jan. 15 and a bipartisan committee was … Continue reading

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Resolution to Authorize Study on Homelessness in Pennsylvania

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): October 21, 2013 FROM: Representative R. Ted Harhai, Representative Keith Gillespie TO:  Members of the PA House of Representatives In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution that directs the Joint State … Continue reading

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School Poverty – More Than Race – Affects Students’ College-Going, Study Finds

Posted at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2013/10/school_poverty_more_than_racia.html “High-poverty schools sent significantly fewer graduates to college in 2012 than higher-income schools, regardless of the schools’ geographic location or racial makeup … Schools with more than half of their students in poverty had lower rates of … Continue reading

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November 1 SNAP/Food Stamp Cut Comes as Program Participation and Poverty Rates Remain High

(ABC News, October 9, 2013; Indiana Public Media, October 8, 2013; The Tennessean, October 10, 2013) The SNAP/Food Stamp boost contained in the 2009 federal stimulus act is slated to end November 1, and an average family of four will … Continue reading

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