Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform

Coalition Against Hate Urges PA House, Senate Leadership to Enact Hate Crime Legislation

October 14th, 2020|

As high profile incidents of bigotry continue to be reported in local communities, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) joins with other members of the Coalition Against Hate and state Rep. Dan Frankel calling for the PA House and Senate leadership to take action and to allow a vote on

PUC Ending Moratorium on Utility Shut-offs

October 8th, 2020|

As the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) ends the moratorium on utility shut-offs, they have  adopted a series of enhanced consumer protections intended to safeguard families and small businesses who are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and also established a framework for future discussions about utility

Women of the ELCA Release Updated Resource: “Called to be Political (But I Don’t Want to be Political!)”

October 7th, 2020|

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)  have released a new updated version of  "Called to Be Political (but I don't want to be political!)". This resource, easily adapted for virtual use, is designed to be used with Faith Formation, Sunday School, young adult or small group

A Pastoral Word on the Grand Jury Decision in Louisville

September 24th, 2020|

September 24, 2020 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. ― Ephesians 2:14 In response to the grand jury decision in Louisville, Ky., we offer a word of prayer and healing following the decision not to charge police officers for

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Disregard for Human Life and Dignity at Private Detention Facility

September 19th, 2020|

“As Christ on the cross did not lose his dignity, but in fact revealed himself fully in vulnerability, every human who is being mistreated retains the image of God that confers dignity. A society should not deny a person's dignity for any reason.” —ELCA social message “Human Rights,” p. 4 On

Voting Updates: Mail-in and Absentee Ballots; Become a Poll Worker; and Election Security

August 31st, 2020|

As you prepare to vote in the Nov. 3 elections, here are some important updates. Stay tuned for additional updates as we monitor pending legislation in the PA House and Senate regarding voting in Pennsylvania. The deadline to register for the November general election is October 19, 2020. Keep

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