Category: Social Justice

November 23, 2018

General Assistance Returns to PA

Pennsylvanians eligible for General Assistance have begun to receive their benefits, several months after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously held that Act 80 of 2012, which eliminated the program, had been enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.  LAMPa and other advocates for low-income Pennsylvanians had opposed Act 80 in 2012, arguing that it...

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October 28, 2018

Safe Harbor, Protections for Hungry Neighbors and Environment, Highlight End of Legislative Session

The unanimous passage of Safe Harbor legislation protecting child sex trafficking victims in Pennsylvania was the last act of the General Assembly before recessing prior to Tuesday election. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on Oct. 24. The law redirects victims away from prosecution for prostitution or other crimes related to their trafficking...

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October 4, 2018

PA Senate Passes Bill Requiring Surrender of Guns in Certain Cases of Domestic Violence

By a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the Pennsylvania Senate approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping. LAMPa, along with other interfaith partners have supported this bill. The bill awaits the governor’s...

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October 4, 2018

Farm Bill Update

Despite efforts by leadership in the House and Senate Agriculture committees, Congress failed to reauthorize the farm bill by the Sept. 30 deadline. With the prior law now expiring, dozens of programs will stop and many others placed on hold. Long-standing authorized programs such as crop insurance and SNAP will continue, as long as they...

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September 28, 2018

Policy Council Gathers for Annual Retreat

The LAMPa Policy Council recently gathered at Camp Hebron, Halifax, for their annual retreat. This year’s retreat goals included building a sense of call to the ministry of LAMPa as the body of Christ. In addition, the group reviewed the mission of LAMPa and reflected on its relationship to scripture, our baptismal call, the ELCA...

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September 28, 2018

Lutherans Share Their Voices for God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday

ELCA congregations across Pennsylvania shared their voices for God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday by addressing letters to legislators, federal and state, advocating on behalf of those whose voices may not always be heard. As a result of their thoughtful advocacy service, several hundred letters were shared with state and federal lawmakers. In addition to participating...

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September 17, 2018

Learn about General Assistance Applications

Certain low-income Pennsylvanians can now apply for General Assistance again. On July 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in a unanimous decision, found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.  Act 80 did many things, including eliminating the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program.  General Assistance...

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September 17, 2018

No Kid Hungry Breakfast Grant Applications Available

Applications for No Kid Hungry breakfast grants are available online.  You are encouraged to share this information with your local school district’s director of food service so your district has the opportunity to expand access to school breakfast.  Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating breakfast after the...

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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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August 24, 2018

ELCA World Hunger Video Highlights PA Hunger Advocates

ELCA World Hunger recently released a new video featuring Feast of Justice in Philadelphia. Feast of Justice is dedicated to empowering the transformation of individuals, families, and communities through their hunger programs, education programs, and life skills/counseling programs. To learn more click here. ELCA World Hunger prioritizes ministry work that is transformative, holistic and integrated. For...

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