News and Action Summary for Friday, June 25

This is an especially busy time. Please don’t feel overwhelmed!


Check out the Actions, Events, Opportunities, News Posts, and Resources 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.


We understand that there is a lot of information here. 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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Some Budget Negotiators put Cuts to Pre-K Counts, Head Start & Child Care in Play–Take Action NOW


Support Campaign Finance Reform for Pennsylvania NOW


Support the Chesapeake Clean Water Act—REMINDER; Action Needed NOW


Urge House and Senate Leadership to Move Economic Impact Study Resolution re: Single Payer Health Care to a Vote


Important News!


PLEASE JOIN US! The New Metropolis; Screening and Panel Discussion-June 28, Harrisburg


Time to Close the Delaware Loophole


Murkowski Amendment on Preventing EPA Regulation of Global Warming Pollution Defeated—but We May Not be Done Yet


Poll: American Opinion on Climate Change Warms Up


U.S. Scores Dead Last Again in Healthcare Study


Council Poverty Study Guide Now Available!


Download the Council’s “Get Connected” Bulletin Insert at for information about how members of your congregation can connect with the Council’s e-advocacy network.




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


You can also check out our Weblog Take Action page at


Posted below are the NEWEST ACTIONS you can take.




Urge Congress to Permanently Ban Valley Fills and Support Clean Water


Support Reducing Mercury Contamination


Transit Systems All Across the Country are in Crisis—Support Public Transportation


Undocumented Immigrants Provide a Net Gain of $7 Billion to Social Security Annually—Support AgJOBS


Support an Investigation into Evidence of Illegal CIA Experimentation on Detainees


Urge Your Member of Congress to Invest in Affordable, Quality Child Care


Urge Congress to Support Miller’s Child Nutrition Authorization Bill


Support Full Funding for the International Affairs Budget




Senate Plans “Resolution of Disapproval” from New DEP Stream Regulations—Tell Them “No”


Urge Pennsylvania’s Senators to Listen to the Science and Economics: Protect Tropical Forests


One (not so) Small Step for Clean Energy, One Giant Leap for Green Jobs—Act to Support Green Jobs


House Approves E-Waste Recycling Bill—Urge Senate to Support


Oppose Revenue Bill Without Amendments to Fix It


Tell PA Legislators to Protect the Needs of Children in Budget; OR


Budget Negotiations Have Reached Crisis Point – Kids Need Your Help NOW! (covers both state and federal advocacy)


Support Pennsylvania’s Early Education Programs Promoting School Readiness


Support Voter Registration for Released Prisoners


Support Merit Selection of Judges


House Passes Legislation to Reform Special Education—Thank Your Reps




For a full listing of events, go to the Events Calendar at


Here are the NEWEST EVENTS added to the Calendar.


The New Metropolis Screening—June 30, Lancaster


Rally Against Budget Cuts—July 1, Philadelphia


Cutting Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Energy Use: Tools that Work—July 8, Webinar


Nonviolent Action for Immigrant Rights Workshop—July 10, Philadelphia


Learn More About Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay—July 13, Hummelstown


Learn More About Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay—July 14, York


Learn About Anti-Immigrant Legislation in Pennsylvania—July 15, Philadelphia


Learn More About Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay—July 20, State College


Learn More About Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay—July 21, Williamsport


Learn More About Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay—July 22, Wilkes-Barre


Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light Kickoff—September 25, State College


Taylor Branch:  Forty Years after Martin Luther King: Looking Ahead—September 29, Lancaster




This is a current listing of opportunities to participate in national conference calls, calls for comments on policies or legislation, and activities that individuals/congregations can engage in aside from Actions.


Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light is Up and Running


Has Your Life Been Affected by Social Security Benefits? Share Your Story!


Extended Deadline to Submit Farm Bill Comments—Through July 28


Promise Neighborhoods—Grants Available


Pennsylvania Hosts Sought for Mountaintop Removal Presentations


Sign a Letter to Help Hungry Pennsylvanians


If I Had a Trillion Dollars—Youth Video Context—Submissions by July 31


Last Call Campaign–Recycle Those Old Cell Phones




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Address Torture Policy Now, Not Later


Improving Struggling Schools—A More Constructive Approach


Food Insecurity Extends to Children in Food Secure Households


Court Decision Allows Stolen Handgun Reporting to Stand


New Paper – Pennsylvania’s Workforce: The Role of Community Colleges


Can PA Legislators See Forest Through Trees?


Marcellus Drilling News Calls American Rivers Naming of Delaware River as Threatened “Hypocrisy”


Best Capitol Money Can Buy


Hunger and Related News


NOAA Report Spells Need for Clean Energy Now—May Warmest Month on Record


One Step Back for Clean Water




For recently posted resources via these news summaries, go to


For a listing of Council-related resources go to the “Resources” link at


For links to organizations that address many of the Council’s advocacy issues, visit “Related Links” at This list is updated continually. Please report broken links to




Seeking Justice in Health Care: A Guide for Advocates in Faith Communities and Other Resources


The Climate-Friendly Gardener


New and Updated Immigration Resources



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