News and Action Summary for Friday, October 29

Next Tuesday (November 2) is the mid-term election. Many of you may already have your minds made up on how you will vote, but the polling suggests a large percentage have not. If you are still uncertain, don’t miss the special section on resources to help with your decision making for the election below. Several groups have posted results of candidate questionnaires on important issues for your consideration.

 

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.

 

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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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES

 

Member of Congress Positions on Torture (New)

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5811

 

Check out the Gubernatorial Candidates’ Positions on Sustainable Growth (New)

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5896

 

Check Out Environmental Positions of PA Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates
http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5026

 

State Legislators Scored by Green Groups (New)

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5912

 

Where Do Pennsylvania’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Child Welfare?

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5749

 

How Well Do Your Members of Congress Protect Children?

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5354

 

Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Candidates Talk About Government Reform

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5597

 

Gubernatorial Candidates Respond to Integrity Questionnaire

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5715

 

Learn About Gubernatorial Candidates’ Plans for Education

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5331


 

IMPORTANT ACTIONS AND ISSUES—Urgent!

 

Pennsylvania Leaves $100 Million on Table as Senate Nixes Severance Tax Promise—Take Action

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5848

 

Urge Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits and TANF Emergency Fund

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5836

 

Call In to Support Voting Rights for Released Persons Who’ve Served their Sentences—November 1

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5867

 

Actions for Child Nutrition Reauthorization Needed During the Break

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5449

 

Learn More and Act to Restore and Promote Clean Water
http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5537


 

Important News!

 

Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5908

 

U.S. Now Ranks 49th in Life Expectancy

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5899

 

Election Protection on November 2 at  1-866-OUR-VOTE  1-866-OUR-VOTE

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5852

 

November 2 is the General Election—PLEASE VOTE and urge everyone you know to get to the polls!

In case you don’t know, find your polling place at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/where_to_vote/13520.


 

Council Poverty Study Guide Now Available!

http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/web_attachments/Poverty_Guide.pdf


 

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; 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 http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=10.

 

Posted below are the NEWEST ACTIONS you can take.

 

FEDERAL

 

Urge EPA to Regulate Coal Ash as a Toxic Substance

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5870

 

Raising the Minimum Wage in Hard Times—Take Action

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5888

 

STATE

 


 

EVENTS

 

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

 

Events this coming week:

 

Screening of Gasland—October 29, Harrisburg

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5540

 

Town Meeting for Jobs Not Wars—October 30, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5804

 

Speaking Series to Showcase the Power of Active Nonviolence—October 31-November 2, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5817

 

Update on Ozone and Air Quality—November 4, Carlisle

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5902

 

Screening of A Day Without A Mexican—November 5, Springfield

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5235

 

Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Conference—November 6, York

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5654

 

TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis—November 6, State College

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5666

 

Farming in Biblical Times—November 7, State College

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=4902

 

Here are the NEWEST EVENTS added to the Calendar.

 

Amazing Faiths” Dinner-Dialogue—November 10, Harrisburg

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5882

 

National Dropout Prevention Center’s 22nd Annual Conference—November 14-17, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5829

 

EPA Public Listening Session/Discussion on National Stormwater Rule—November 17, Harrisburg

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5864

 

Pennsylvania Voters Coalition Elections Symposium—December 2, Harrisburg

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5773

 

Health Action 2011 Registration Open—January 27-29, Washington, DC

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5855


 

OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES TO LEARN AND ACT

 

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

 

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.

 

Fellowships—Families USA Offers Health Care Policy and Advocacy Fellowships—January 2011 Deadlines

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5648

 

Opportunity—If I Had a Trillion Dollars: Youth Video Contest—Deadline November 30

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5093

 

Opportunity—Community Responders Network to Address Incidents of Intolerance

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5891

 

Resource—Launching: “A Daily Dose of Truth” About Health Reform

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5762

 

Resource—Refundable Credits Expanded in the Economic Recovery Act—Impacts of Making Them Permanent

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5768

 

Resource—Report: Unemployment Would Be in Double Digits Across PA if Not For Federal Action on the Economy

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5885

 

Resource—Learn More About Prison Sentencing Policies

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5782


 

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.

 

Top Corporations Aid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Campaign

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5753

 

On Politics and God

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5826

 

Christian Witness Amid the Partisan Fray

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5858

 

Danforth Center Seeks Civility with Faith, Politics

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5861

 

2010 Pennsylvania School Readiness Report Available

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5759

 

More Working Families Getting Government Food Aid

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5765

 

Karen Heller: Expert: Hunger Has More to do with Opportunity than with Food

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5873

 

Recession in Midstate Hitting Children Hardest

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5801

 

Hardest Existence of Poverty is Spiritual Issue

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5823

 

Health Care and the Campaign

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5786

 

Report: How to Enact (and Maintain) Tax Reform

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5905

 

Gas Industry “Not Very Concerned” About Severance Tax

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5839

 

Inaction on the Marcellus Shale Severance Tax Has Consequences

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5845

 

Governor Establishes Moratorium on Drilling Leases in State Forests

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5842

 

PA’s “Pollution Pathway” Takes Heat in Chesapeake Bay Plan

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5798

 

Farm Lobby Targets Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Bill

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5879

 

Susquehanna in Crisis

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5814

 

Gupta: Chemicals Around Us – We Must Know More

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5832

 

Chemicals: Lautenberg Hearing Aims to Spur Senate Action on TSCA

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5876

 

EPA Announces Next Steps on Fuel Economy Standards

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5792

 

Recent Environmental News

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5789

 

Fun Environmental Stuff

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5795

 

Coming Out Illegal—Why We Need the DREAM Act

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5808

 

Battling Predatory Enterprises–Working to Prevent Gun Violence

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5820



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