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 (http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/Page630.htm) to find links to contact information for your legislators.

 

Our website is updated regularly—please visit to find updated links, resources, etc. at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org. It is a work in progress, and issue pages continue to be created as time permits. If there is something you would really like to see that isn’t there, please contact us at s.strauss@pachurches.org.

 

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IMPORTANT ACTIONS AND ISSUES—Urgent!

 

Some Budget Negotiators put Cuts to Pre-K Counts, Head Start & Child Care in Play–Take Action NOW

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3857

 

Support Campaign Finance Reform for Pennsylvania NOW

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3862

 

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

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5415/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3235

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=2512


 

Important News!

 

PLEASE JOIN US! The New Metropolis; Screening and Panel Discussion-June 28, Harrisburg
http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3653

 

Time to Close the Delaware Loophole

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3683

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3751

 

Poll: American Opinion on Climate Change Warms Up

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3792

 

U.S. Scores Dead Last Again in Healthcare Study

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3831

 

Council Poverty Study Guide Now Available!

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3606


 

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

 

Please visit our “Take Action” page at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/Page630.htm 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 http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=10.

 

Posted below are the NEWEST ACTIONS you can take.

 

FEDERAL

 

Urge Congress to Permanently Ban Valley Fills and Support Clean Water

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3670

 

Support Reducing Mercury Contamination

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3838

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3783

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3677

 

Support an Investigation into Evidence of Illegal CIA Experimentation on Detainees

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3688

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3727

 

Urge Congress to Support Miller’s Child Nutrition Authorization Bill

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3755

 

Support Full Funding for the International Affairs Budget

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3806

 

STATE

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3664

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3718

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3748

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3778

 

Oppose Revenue Bill Without Amendments to Fix It

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3745

 

Tell PA Legislators to Protect the Needs of Children in Budget

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3667; OR

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3798

 

Support Pennsylvania’s Early Education Programs Promoting School Readiness

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3703

 

Support Voter Registration for Released Prisoners

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3680

 

Support Merit Selection of Judges

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3699

 

House Passes Legislation to Reform Special Education—Thank Your Reps

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3816


 

EVENTS

 

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

 

Here are the NEWEST EVENTS added to the Calendar.

 

The New Metropolis Screening—June 30, Lancaster

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3824

 

Rally Against Budget Cuts—July 1, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3827

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3786

 

Nonviolent Action for Immigrant Rights Workshop—July 10, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3809

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3685

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3685

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3803

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3685

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3685

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3685

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3693

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3812


 

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND ACT

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3693

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3730

 

Extended Deadline to Submit Farm Bill Comments—Through July 28

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3759

 

Promise Neighborhoods—Grants Available

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3499

 

Pennsylvania Hosts Sought for Mountaintop Removal Presentations

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3532

 

Sign a Letter to Help Hungry Pennsylvanians

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=2205

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3213

 

Last Call Campaign–Recycle Those Old Cell Phones

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=2717


 

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.

 

Subscribe to our weblog via RSS (What is RSS?) or e-mail.

 

Address Torture Policy Now, Not Later

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3789

 

Improving Struggling Schools—A More Constructive Approach

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3673

 

Food Insecurity Extends to Children in Food Secure Households

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3709

 

Court Decision Allows Stolen Handgun Reporting to Stand

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3715

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3724

 

Can PA Legislators See Forest Through Trees?

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3733

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3736

 

Best Capitol Money Can Buy

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3742

 

Hunger and Related News

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3765

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3775

 

One Step Back for Clean Water

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3835


 

RESOURCES

 

For recently posted resources via these news summaries, go to http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=24.

 

For a listing of Council-related resources go to the “Resources” link at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/Page498.htm.

 

For links to organizations that address many of the Council’s advocacy issues, visit “Related Links” at http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/Page560.htm. This list is updated continually. Please report broken links to s.strauss@pachurches.org.

 

Here are the NEWEST RESOURCES.

 

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

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3721

 

The Climate-Friendly Gardener

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3795

 

New and Updated Immigration Resources

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=3860



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