News and Action Summary for Friday, January 22

Check out the Actions, Events, News Posts, and Resources below—just click on the links under each category to get to the information.

 

We understand that there is a lot of information here. Please know that you aren’t expected to act on everything! Choose the issues that are most important to you and take action! Also—please support this ministry; learn how by clicking here.

 

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.

 

IMPORTANT ACTIONS AND ISSUES

 

Some Ways You Can Help in Haiti

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1962

 

Health Care Reform Vigil—Now through January 31

 

Faithful Reform in Health Care (http://www.faithfulreform.org) is calling for us to join people of faith around the country in prayer, hope, and action for health care reform!

 

Organizations and congregations are asked to “sponsor” a day on which they will ask their own members to pray, to send prayers to Congress and the President, and to share their perspectives on reform with their elected leaders.

 

Individuals throughout our network are urged to sign-up for the hourly blocks of time each day to pray and to take some kind of action in support of health care reform. Please note that it’s not necessary to use the whole hour. We just need to know that something is happening during that time. Sign up now!

January 17 – 23 (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2DZ92B3)

January 24 – 31 (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2D6TQ67)

 

Keep On Advocating for a Faith-Inspired Call for Health Care Reform to President Obama, Senators Casey and Specter, and Your Representative!

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5415/t/5044/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2020. Health care reform is looking tenuous, at best. Please contact our Senators, your Representative, and the President to urge them to continue to fight for legislation that provides access to affordable and comprehensive health care. This is needed now more than ever!

 

Download the Council’s “Get Connected” Bulletin Insert at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/web_attachments/Get_Connected_insert.pdf for information about how members of your congregation can connect with the Council’s e-advocacy network.

 

 

ACTIONS

 

We have posted many opportunities to advocate on a variety of issues on our Take Action page (http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/Page630.htm, and on our Weblog Take Action page at http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=10). Please visit these pages to learn more, or click on links in items below.

 

NEW—Urge Your PA Representative to Support Creating a Housing Trust Fund

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=2000

 

NEW—Urge PA’s Senators to Support Extending Unemployment Benefits

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1978

 

NEW—Support Proposed Standards to Protect PA’s Drinking Water

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1981

 

NEW—Support a Consumer Financial Protection Agency NOW

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1984

 

Join the Interfaith Virtual Vigil for Health Care Reform—Now Through January 31

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1949

 

Protect Alaskan Wilderness—Pennsylvania Co-Sponsors Needed for Legislation

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1848

 

Classroom Breakfast Expansion Act—Pennsylvania Co-Sponsors Needed NOW

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1862

 

Support Year-Round Access to Meals and Snacks for Kids—Pennsylvania Co-Sponsors Needed

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1866

 

Support Homeless Education—PA Senators’ Support Needed

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1873

 

End Mountaintop Removal Mining—Call the President Now

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1884

 

Take Action on Criminal Justice Issues

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1946

 

Let Justice Roll—Sign On to Support the $10 in 2010 Campaign

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1025

 

Bills Target Increasing Access and Participation for Low-Income Children in Nutrition Programs

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1783

 

Support Jobs Legislation to Help Workers Who Need Jobs or More Hours

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1804

 

Urge Your Pennsylvania Representative to Support Campaign Finance Reform

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1766

 

Address Opportunity Gaps in Public Education at Federal Level

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1567

 

Working People Need Paid Sick Days–Support the Healthy Families Act

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1580

 

Urge Pennsylvania’s Senators to Support Strong Climate Change Legislation

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5415/t/5044/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2154

 

Contact Pennsylvania Legislators to Support SB 400, HB 1660—Publicly Funded, Privately Delivered Health Care for Pennsylvania

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5415/t/5044/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1329

 

Support Death Penalty Moratorium Legislation

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1186

 

 

EVENTS

 

For a full listing of events, go to the Events Calendar at http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?page_id=92.

 

12th Annual Summit Against Racism—January 23, Pittsburgh

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1852

 

Health Action 2010—January 28-30, Washington, DC

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1226

 

FRESH—The Movie—January 29, Harrisburg

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1916

 

Marcellus Shale Muster—January 30, State College

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1870

 

Obtaining Health Care for Immigrants: Training for Providers, Advocates, Community Leaders—February 2, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1721

 

National Prayer Day for Criminal Justice Reform—February 7, National

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1790

 

Responsible Energy Development: Protecting Our Coldwater Resources—February 19-20, State College

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1856

 

National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference—March 7-9, Washington

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1904

 

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: A Place to Call Home: Immigrants, Refugees, and Displaced Peoples—March 19-22, Washington DC (NOTE: Registration now open at http://advocacydays.org)

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1166

 

National Interfaith Rally for Comprehensive Immigration ReformMarch 22, National

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1794

 

Film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” Chronicles Women’s Role in Bringing Peace to Liberia—May 28, Harrisburg

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1662

 

Facing Race: A National Conference—September 23-25, Chicago, IL

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1492

 

 

NEWS POSTS

 

Please visit our weblog (http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?page_id=24) for the latest news and information. For previous News Summaries, click on the “News Summaries” link on the right side of the page.

 

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LIHEAP Cash and Crisis Assistance Grants Available

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1820

 

Reforming our Nation’s Chemical Policy—It’s a Matter of Faith

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1988

 

Pennsylvania’s Prisons “Bursting at the Seams”

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1991

 

 

RESOURCES

 

For recently posted resources via these news summaries, go to http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=24. For a more complete listing of resources and links, visit www.pachurchesadvocacy.org and click on the “Resources” link or “Related Links” (left side of page). This list is updated continually. Please report broken links to s.strauss@pachurches.org.

 

Grace Goes to Prison

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1995

 

NCC Earth Day 2010 Resource Available

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1798

 

New Torture Resource—In the Footsteps of the Crucified: Torture is Never Justified

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=1817

 


SUPPORT THE COUNCIL’S ADVOCACY WORK

 

Link up with fellow faith advocates through our Advocacy Ministry’s Facebook group, Pennsylvania Council of Churches Advocates at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=39350713796.

 

If you received this message from a friend, sign up for Pennsylvania Council of Churches Advocacy e-mails at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5415/t/5044/signUp.jsp?key=794.

 

Financial support for the Council’s Advocacy Ministry is always welcome! Go to our online support page at http://www.pachurches.org/Payments%20&%20Gifts/online_registrations_payments.htm and enter “Advocacy Ministry Support” under “Comments.”

 

And finally…PLEASE FORWARD THIS E-MAIL!

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