Category: Immigration

March 3, 2019

Consequences of an Undercount in the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census will be critically important to the future of Pennsylvania, and even a minor undercount would have dire implications that would last for at least a decade. The Commonwealth receives $26 billion each year in funds that are determined by the Census, including funding for healthcare, infrastructure, housing, rural communities, and local municipalities....

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March 3, 2019

General Assistance: a Critical Program for Pennsylvania

LAMPa, along with organizations that serve communities across the Commonwealth,  recently signed onto a letter asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to protect General Assistance (GA). The letter, delivered to all legislators, urges them to vote against House Bill 33, which would eliminate GA in Pennsylvania, and to ensure continued funding for GA in the 2019-20 Budget. General...

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February 21, 2019

Gov. Wolf Announces Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania has selected organizations to be on the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission. The Commission will support the commonwealth’s efforts to achieve a complete and accurate census count. “Having an accurate count of Pennsylvania’s population is essential for fair representation at the federal level,” said Governor Wolf. “This Commission...

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February 8, 2019

ELCA World Hunger Lent & VBS Materials Available

This ​Lent, walk with ELCA World Hunger as our church prepares us for the ministry God calls us to this season – the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration for our world. The practices of Lent – repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrifical giving and works of love – will guide our weekly journey. To access...

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February 6, 2019

2019 ELCA Advocacy Policy Priorities

God is calling us into the world to serve together. Shaped by the ELCA’s social teaching documents and experiences of its congregations, ministries and partners, the ELCA advocates to end world hunger and stands up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, and preserve God’s creation. Introduced by the ELCA...

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January 9, 2019

LAMPa Supports “Buyer Beware” Anti-Human Trafficking Bills

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania was honored to join Rep. Seth Grove , R-York, and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, as they announced  their intent to introduce legislation to increase fines and prison sentences for criminals convicted of human trafficking. LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale, Program Director Lynn Fry, and other members of the Pa. Interfaith Justice...

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January 3, 2019

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2019 Priorities & Elects New Officers

The Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) Policy Council met on December 6, 2018, to set their agenda priorities for the upcoming term of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Following a thoughtful, engaging and lengthy conversation among those present the following priorities were identified: Hunger; Creation Care; Poverty; and the 2020 Census.   Hunger continues to...

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December 20, 2018

LSS Bishop’s Christmas Message on Immigration

December 18, 2018 Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent   Dear partner in ministry: A Pastoral Christmas Message on Immigration They were a family of modest means, working folks, who wanted only to live peacefully in their homeland and give their baby son a good life. Unfortunately, instability and danger menaced their turbulent country,...

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October 4, 2018

Take Action Now on the Flores Settlement-Agreement

What is it? Reno v. Flores, also known as “The Flores Settlement” was a 1997 Supreme Court ruling that set standards for immigrant minors when going through the court system. Specifically, the case addressed the issue of unaccompanied minors when in the custody of federal authorities. It ruled that detained children must be released to...

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September 7, 2018

Welcoming School Resources Available

At the commencement of a new school year, wouldn’t it be great to focus on making  your district a welcoming school to all students?  Resources, including a tool kit, are available online to assist you. Working with your school board and community, join other districts in Pennsylvania to officially welcome and support all students. In...

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