Monthly Archives: December 2015

News and Action Summary for December 18, 2015

Download a pdf version of the December 18, 2015 News and Action Summary! News Summary 12-18-15

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News Posts, December 18, 2015

Here are news articles posted since the previous News and Action Summary: New Education Law Returns Education Policy to States, Ignores Equity as Federal Priority New Federal Law Allows New Directions for State Ed—PA Perspective Keep our Elections Free from Hateful … Continue reading

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Advocacy Positions Available—December 18, 2015

Here is the most recent posting of jobs available in research and advocacy: Put People First Hiring for Two Half-Time Positions

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Opportunities for Funding, Competitions, and Places Where You Can Get Involved—December 18, 2015

Here is a current listing of opportunities including contests, grants, and efforts that you can join in Pennsylvania and nationally: Stand with Your Muslim Neighbors in Peace Essay Contest: Why Separation of Church & State Preserves Religious Freedom

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Newly Posted Resources—December 18, 2015

Here are the most recently posted resources available for individuals and congregations: The Immoral Treatment of Prisoners in America’s Prison System – And What You Can Do

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Who Killed the Death Penalty?

The Economist Many suspects are implicated in capital punishment’s ongoing demise. But one stands out December 19, 2015 EXHIBIT A is the corpses. Or rather, the curious paucity of them: like the dog that didn’t bark in Sherlock Holmes, the … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Negotiate End to Export Ban, Throw Out Major Riders

Manuel Quiñones, Geof Koss and Phil Taylor, Environment & Energy reporters Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Congressional leaders unveiled a $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 spending bill overnight that scraps limits on crude oil exports but includes no major policy riders. Both parties were … Continue reading

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Good News in the FY 2016 Omnibus and Tax Cut Bills

Posted at By Deborah Weinstein December 16, 2015 There is important good news for low-income people in the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill and tax cut package heading for votes in Congress in the next few days. Perhaps most important, improvements … Continue reading

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Sign the Paris Pledge to Cut Carbon Emissions

From Interfaith Power and Light ( The historic Paris Agreement is a major step forward. For the first time, almost 200 nations came together with a plan to combat climate change. This is a turning point in our movement – a … Continue reading

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Using Workforce Dollars to Boost Job Quality

From Keystone Research Center ( Report by Keystone Research & Partners Highlights How Pennsylvania and Other States Can Build Job Quality into Required State Workforce Plans HARRISBURG (December 17, 2015) — A new report released today in Pennsylvania by Keystone … Continue reading

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