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November 5, 2018

Vote! Exercise Good Stewardship of Your Citizenship

“Christians are called to be stewards of our common life through serving as faithful and active citizens..We live out our mutual responsibility for one another by guaranteeing our neighbor’s right to vote and participate freely and fully in society.” — The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA For many of us, voting on...

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November 1, 2018

Interfaith Justice Coalition Stands in Solidarity in Wake of Synagogue Shooting

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Justice Coalition is an informal association of faith-based advocacy organizations. It is our mission to remind state government and its lawmakers of the values and social principles of the faith traditions that we represent. We engage in this mission in the hope of making Pennsylvania a more peaceful and just place to...

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November 1, 2018

Pennsylvania Lutheran Bishops Respond to Violence at Tree of Life Synagogue

A statement from the seven Lutheran bishops in Pennsylvania in response to the violent crimes at Tree of Life synagogue. Our hearts are broken for the bereaved families of those who were killed on Saturday, October 27, for the congregations of Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light, and for the city of Pittsburgh. ...

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October 30, 2018

There are Only Enough Permanent Housing Placements for About One-Third of Families Experiencing Homelessness

Each year, approximately 45,000 rapid re-housing placements are available to assist homeless families into rental housing and to connect them with services. For families with higher needs, approximately 7,500 units of permanent supportive housing are also available each year. These are vital resources but are no match for the 150,000 families who become homeless each year. Without appropriate permanent housing resources, homeless service systems can’t do their jobs: shelter beds fill...

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October 30, 2018

Housing Alliance Releases New Report: Revitalizing Pennsylvania

A new report released by the Housing Alliance called “Revitalizing Pennsylvania” looks at ways towns and cities across the state have successfully turned around blighted properties and recommends ways others can do the same in the future. “How do we really create communities where people are proud to live there and want to live there?”...

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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 22, 2018

PennEnvironment Releases New Consumer Energy Guide

PennEnvironment recently released a new consumer guide to help Pennsylvanians conserve energy and reduce wasted energy in their homes and businesses. There’s a lot that each of us can do to reduce energy use. Encourage your neighbors, family and friends to make changes as well. There are also things we can do as a community to...

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October 22, 2018

Get Your “Light & Cool Harvest” and Low Carbon Thanksgiving Kits Today!

Learn how to get your “Light & Cool Harvest” and Low Carbon Thanksgiving Kit from the Interfaith Power and Light Organization. Harvest time is approaching, our tables are bountiful, and soon we will bring together our loved ones in celebration. Across faith traditions there is the history of welcoming friends, family, and even strangers into...

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October 9, 2018

Senate Poised to Vote on Harmful Environmental Rollbacks

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”  — Psalm 24:1 The state Senate is expected to vote imminently on harmful environmental rollbacks.  Your help is needed TODAY to oppose legislation that would turn back the clock on environmental protection. House Bill 2154 is set to be voted...

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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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