News and Action Summary for May 9, 2012

Check out the Actions, Events, Opportunities and Resources, and News Posts 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. To learn about how to keep informed between these updates, go to

As usual, we understand that there is a lot of information here and in the links provided for further information. Please know that you aren’t expected to act on everything! Just choose the issues that are most important to you and take action. Sometimes you will be directed to action pages of other organizations—don’t worry! These are organizations that we work with regularly and who share a common interest.

Please consider contacting your legislators to thank them when they support your position as well, or to express your disappointment when they don’t. We don’t follow up with them often enough. They need our feedback to understand how we feel. Go to our Take Action page ( to find links to contact information for your legislators.

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If you don’t have time for any other actions, please consider taking action on these issues!

Urge Congress to Prevent Nutrition Assistance Cuts

This week the House is voting on $36 billion in cuts to nutrition assistance programs, which would kick 2 million people off of food aid, cut benefits for 44 million more, and drop 280,000 low-income children from the free school lunch program. Ask your members of Congress to prevent cuts to programs that keep millions of families from going hungry each day.

Sign Bread for the World Petition to Stop SNAP/Food Stamp Cuts in Federal Budget

The dramatic cuts of $169 billion to SNAP proposed this year in the U.S. House of Representatives would have a devastating impact on all of our congregations’ efforts to address increasing need. Every church across America would need to come up with, on average, an extra $50,000 dedicated to feeding people — every year for the next 10 years — to make up for these cuts.

Don't Let 300% Payday Loans Prey on Pennsylvania Families—Take Action TODAY to Keep Payday Lending Out of PA

Payday loans trap low-wage workers in a cycle of re-borrowing their own wages at effective interest rates that often exceed 300%. Payday loans at these high-rates are currently illegal in Pennsylvania.  HB 2191 permits a product that is a debt trap by design – it does NOT protect consumers!


Urge Congress to Support Healthy, Sustainable Food Production in the Farm Bill

Billions of federal taxpayer dollars are used to subsidize unhealthy, processed foods instead of the fruits and vegetables recommended for a healthy diet. Ask your members of Congress to support healthy and sustainable food production in the Farm Bill.

This Mother's Day Moms Need Paid Sick Days—Support the Healthy Families Act

Nearly 80% of low-wage workers-and nearly 40% of private sector workers–don’t have access to a single paid sick day. The Healthy Families Act would set an important national standard for paid sick days. Its passage would be a critical step toward meeting the health and financial needs of working families.

Keep Funding Intact for Early Childhood Education in PA

Education offers multiple pathways to learning and success, but early learning is the doorway every child needs to pass through to get on that path. That door must be open to every child. That’s why we need your help to tell lawmakers: If you cut these programs – you close the door to early learning!

Help Keep Water Profiteers from Demolishing a Low-Income Community

The Susquehanna River has recently been experiencing drought-like conditions due to the lack of precipitation. The last thing the SRBC should do is approve more water withdrawals for fracking, yet at their next meeting they are considering another 18, amounting to almost 20 million gallons per day.


Please visit our“Take Action”page at for the most up-to-date listing ofall current actions you can take by category. Categories include: New Actions; Children and Families; Economy and Economic Justice; Education; Environment; Global Issues; Government Reform; Health Care; Housing; Human Rights; Hunger; Immigration; Peacemaking; Torture; Trade; Women.

You can also check out our Weblog Take Action page at

Only the most urgent and newly posted actions will appear on All other ongoing actions will be posted by category (with appropriate links) on this same page.


Important and Time Sensitive News!

So Much Happening: Here’s How You Can Keep Informed Between Updates

PA Senate Moves Budget, Deep Cuts Remain

Lawsuit Filed to Challenge PA’s Vote-Suppressing ID Bill



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