News and Action Summary for Friday, March 25

This weekend is Ecumenical Advocacy Days!

 

Please watch over the next two weeks for more information about Pennsylvania’s budget and what you can do to advocate for a more just budget that doesn’t leave our most vulnerable residents behind.

 

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.

 

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 (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.

 

And finally—If you appreciate this ministry, we would very much appreciate your support; you can learn how by clicking here.


 

URGENT & IMPORTANT ACTIONS AND ISSUES

 

Support a Drilling Tax for Pennsylvania

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7684

Governor Corbett’s proposed budget would force severe pain on Pennsylvania families and small businesses by slashing state funding for basic and higher education, social services and other vital programs. Meanwhile, the multi-billion dollar natural gas industry, including some of the largest and most profitable corporations on the planet, gets a free pass from paying the same drilling tax they pay in every other major gas-producing state.

 

Urge Your Legislators to Stop the Billion Dollar Cut in School Funding! 

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7687

The Governor’s proposal would reduce the primary budget item supporting public schools by $550 million, or 9.5 percent.  Along with local property taxes, this is the major source of funding for the entire educational program of Pennsylvania school districts.

 

Urge Your PA Senator to Oppose School Voucher Legislation

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5415/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5840

SB 1 is a bill to create taxpayer-funded vouchers for low-income students to attend private schools, parochial schools, or other public schools. The Pennsylvania Council of Churches has taken a position opposing this legislation.

 

Put a Face on Cuts to Important Programs for Our Members of Congress

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7793

Constituent groups need to “put a face” on the discretionary program cuts proposed in HR 1, the House-passed appropriations bill that funds government programs for the remainder of FY2011. These cuts would be devastating to millions of vulnerable persons nationwide.

 

Happy Anniversary Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act!  Celebrate by Sending Postcards, Signing Petition—Petition Deadline Extended to 3/28

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7780

What better time than an anniversary to send a card demonstrating broad public support for health care reform?  Send cards from members of your community of faith – this week, or next week, or six weeks from now. And please sign the petition—we want to make sure our elected leaders know what we like about health reform.

 

Corporations Are Not People—Learn More and Take Action

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7530

For more than a year, you’ve been hearing about the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. Good government organizations have taken the lead in moving for reforms that will prevent corporate takeover of our elections.

 

NEW ACTIONS & ISSUES

 

Urge Congress to Protect the Clean Air Act

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7784

Elected officials are trying to undermine the Clean Air Act and limit its ability to regulate the very pollution that contaminates the air. This is particularly alarming for low-income communities, communities of color, children and the elderly that are mostly likely to bear the burden of toxic chemicals from power plants.

 

Support Modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7812

Our current chemical policy fails to ensure chemicals are safe or to remove dangerous chemicals in baby bottles, furniture, or even shampoo. By updating our policy, we can remove the most harmful chemicals and ensure chemicals are safe for people everywhere.

 

Urge PA’s Senators to Protect the World’s Poorest

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7843

Recently a group of ONE members delivered a petition on Capitol Hill (with more than 124,000 signatures) that asks the Senate not to cut cost-effective, life-saving programs that fight HIV/AIDS, hunger and preventable disease—programs that make up less than one percent of the entire U.S. budget. You can join them in making an impact.

 

Sign Petition Calling for Strengthening Background Checks for Gun Purchases

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7823

Last week President Obama broke his silence on the issue of gun violence and the flow of illegal firearms that fuels it. Sign a petition supporting President Obama’s message and calling on Congress to keep illegal guns out of dangerous hands by improving the national background check system.

 

Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining: Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Clean Water Protection Act

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7855

In just a few weeks, more than 150 citizens from Appalachia and across the U.S. will be in our nation’s capital as part of I Love Mountains’ 6th Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington. These citizens need your help to get their message across.

 

Take Action to Protect Alaskan Treasures

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7833

Check out three different actions you can take to protect Alaska’s wilderness.


 

Important and Time Sensitive News!

 

Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace—May 2, Harrisburg

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7706

 

Anniversary Prayer for Health Care Reform

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7787

 

NCC Eco-Justice Earth Day Resource Available

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7846

 

Plan for Torture Awareness Month in Your Congregation

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7806

 

Interactive Map Illustrates Gas Wells that Put Toxic Contamination in Drinking Water

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7815


 

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.

 

Only the most urgent and newly posted actions will appear on http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/index_files/Page630.htm. All other ongoing actions will be posted by category (with appropriate links) on this same page.


 

EVENTS

 

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

 

Reminder: Don’t forget to register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days! Learn more and find link to registration page at http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=5102.

 

Events this coming week:

 

Vigil to End Gun Violence—1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7486

 

Walk, Roll & March to End Poverty for All—March 26, Allison Park (Pittsburgh)

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7675

 

Celebrate One Year of the Affordable Care Act—March 26, Pittsburgh

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7718

 

Marcellus Shale Drilling: Regional Advocacy Workshop—March 26, Pittsburgh

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7743

 

Pennsylvania Health Access Network Third Annual Health Care Conference—March 27-28, Camp Hill

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7703

 

Immigration Reform and the Threat of Rhetorical Violence—March 30, Philadelphia

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7728

 

Marcellus Shale Drilling: Regional Advocacy Workshop—April 2, Mayfield

http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7743

 

Newly posted events: http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=7764


 

OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES TO LEARN AND ACT

 

We have 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 resources posted before December 10, 2010 via these news summaries, go to http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=24. For summaries of previous postings beginning with December 10, 2010, go to http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=2161.

 

For summaries of the most recently posted resources, go to http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=2161.

 

For the most recent job, internship and fellowship postings, go to http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=2295.

 

For the most recent information about grants, competitions, and places where you can plug in and become active, go to http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?cat=2296.

 

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.


 

NEWS POSTS

 

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