Category: Social Justice

July 19, 2018

State Supreme Court: Ending General Assistance Was Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has taken an important step to protect Pennsylvanians living in deep poverty because of serious disability, domestic violence, or other factors that prevent them from working. By a decision of 7 to 0, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on July 18 found that Act 80 of 2012 was enacted in a...

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June 29, 2018

Governor Signs Bipartisan “Clean Slate” Law

Pennsylvania recently became the first state in the nation with a “Clean Slate” law. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bipartisan-backed legislation, referred to as the “Clean Slate” bill designed to remove the stigma that can stand in the way of someone getting a job, housing, college admission or loans if they had convictions for a summary...

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June 26, 2018

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

June 26, 2018 Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow … (Jeremiah 22:3). I am dismayed by the Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning the president’s authority...

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June 25, 2018

Bishop Eaton Issues Statement on Executive Order

Statement from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on executive order 6/22/2018 About two weeks ago, I joined more than 20 other faith leaders in raising concerns about the administration’s announced plans that it would begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. In line with that statement, I acknowledge...

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June 23, 2018

Governor Wolf Signs 2018-2019 Budget

Governor Wolf signed the 2018-2019 state budget into law Friday, June 22, a week before the June 30 deadline with very little controversy.  This year’s budget includes no new taxes, funding transfers to pay for new school safety initiatives, and deposited money into the Rainy Day Fund for the first time since 2006. Three of...

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June 21, 2018

Pennsylvania Synods Pass Resolutions at Assemblies

Four ELCA Synods in Pennsylvania voted to pass resolutions regarding social justice issues at their recent assembly gatherings. The Lower Susquehanna Synod, meeting at Messiah College,  May 31 – June 1, 2018,  adopted a resolution regarding homelessness.  The Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, meeting at Thiel College, June 15-16, 2018, adopted a resolution on migrant minors and...

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June 20, 2018

Payday Lenders Thwarted For Now

Another attempt at passing a  payday lending bill, HB 2429, was recently thwarted in June. Official word came through on June 19 that the House Commerce Committee vote was cancelled because the payday lenders didn’t have the votes to get it out of Committee. Thank you to everyone who worked to keep this bill off...

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June 19, 2018

Emergency Food Providers: End Food Waste With MEANS Database

The MEANS Database, founded by ELCA member and American University student Maria Rose Belding, a speaker at the 2018 National Youth Gathering, is a non-profit communications platform for emergency food providers and their donors. Emergency food providers can mean soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries. MEANS, which stands for Meeting Excess And Needs for...

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June 5, 2018

Safe Harbor Bill Moves Out of House Judiciary Committee

Senate Bill 554, which would provide “Safe Harbor” for victims of child sex trafficking, was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 5.  The legislation, which LAMPa and others have been advocating for years,  is poised for a full House vote.  Click here to learn more and push for its final passage. ...

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February 9, 2018

ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on Dreamers

2/9/2018 10:00:00 AM Immigration is an ever-present topic at our dinner tables and in our congregations as Congress continues to discuss long-overdue protection for thousands of our community members who lack permanent legal status. Scripture calls us to welcome the sojourner. God commanded of the Israelites: “The stranger who resides with you shall be to...

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