Monthly Archives: March 2014

6th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace—May 5, Harrisburg

Please join your sisters and brothers in faith in a celebration of our diverse faith and prayer traditions in central Pennsylvania and to pray for justice and peace at the 6th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace on Monday, May … Continue reading

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Senate Moves Towards Restoring Unemployment Insurance—Keep the Pressure On

From the Coalition on Human Needs ( By a 65-34 vote, the Senate took a crucial step towards restoring Emergency Unemployment Compensation.  More votes will be needed before the Senate enacts the bill – the next one expected to take … Continue reading

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News and Action Summary for March 21, 2014

Download a pdf version of the March 21, 2014 News and Action Summary! News Summary 3-21-14

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News Posts, March 21, 2014

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary: Public Schools Need Nearly $200 Billion To Improve Facilities, Survey Finds Kansas School Funding Declared Unconstitutional By State Supreme Court College, Federal Financial Aid Increasingly Benefits The Rich … Continue reading

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Opportunities for Funding, Competitions, and Places Where You Can Get Involved—March 21, 2014

Here is a current listing of opportunities including contests, grants, and efforts that you can join in Pennsylvania and nationally: Race Against Racism—April 26, Harrisburg; Registrants, Volunteers Sought

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Newly Posted Resources—March 21, 2014

Here are the most recently posted resources available for individuals and congregations: Sign Up for Torture Awareness Month (June) Toolkit—Available Mid-April

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Urge Your US Representative to Support Strong Protections for Public Health and Clean Water, Stop Damaging Legislation

From I Love Mountains ( Despite multiple toxic spills caused by coal industry pollution in the last month in Appalachia, Congress is scheduled to vote soon on legislation that would weaken stream protections. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote … Continue reading

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Community Gardens: Sowing Seeds to Help Soup Kitchens

Tom Joseph, Public News Service-PA Posted at (03/20/14) PHILADELPHIA – With the arrival of spring, a network of community gardens in Pennsylvania is prepping for another growing season, and for providing fresh, locally grown produce to low-income individuals and … Continue reading

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PA Companies Like PPL, Heinz Paid Little or Nothing in State Income Taxes

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center ( As PA corporate tax collections erode, it becomes difficult to invest in schools, communities HARRISBURG, PA (March 20, 2014) — Many profitable Fortune 500 companies including Pennsylvania-based PPL, H.J. Heinz, Airgas, Allegheny … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania to Increase LIHEAP Payments to Keep SNAP Participants from Losing Benefits

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth ( (WITF, March 6, 2014) According to Kait Gillis of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the state will increase Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) payments to SNAP participants whose benefits are coordinated … Continue reading

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