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January 8, 2019

New General Assembly Opens, Selects Leadership

Pennsylvania’s new General Assembly will reconvene Jan. 15, after lawmakers took the oath of office New Year’s Day under a state constitutional mandate that they meet on the first Tuesday of the year. Yesterday, the remaining committee leadership was announced. “We pray for wisdom, humility, courage and compassion in all who lead our Commonwealth that...

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January 7, 2019

Federal Shutdown, Waiver Proposals Threaten SNAP, Put Residents at Risk

By Sheila Christopher, Executive Director Hunger-Free Pennsylvania Two recent developments in the federal government could spell disaster for thousands of Pennsylvanians who receive monthly food benefits. If President Trump keeps the government shut down through February, as he recently suggested, monthly food benefits could stop. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is run by the...

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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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December 17, 2018

SEPA Bishop Davenport Honored

Bishop Patricia A. Davenport was honored recently with citations from Mayor Jim Kenney and the state House of Representatives at a reception at City Hall on Dec. 13.  Various city officials shared remarks during the ceremony. State Rep. Joanna McClinton, a Democrat who represents the 191st District covering parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, read...

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December 12, 2018

PA Clean Slate Law Implementation Begins December 26

Clean Slate implementation begins as of December 26th, with thousands of Pennsylvanians newly eligible to seal their first-degree misdemeanors and their simple assault convictions. Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law permits many criminal cases in Pennsylvania to be sealed – taken out of public view, so they cannot be used by employers, landlords and others. Act 56...

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December 10, 2018

Number of Uninsured Children in Pennsylvania Remains Steady

According to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Pennsylvania’s rate of uninsured children has remained steady for the past three years. About 125,000 or 4.4 percent of Pennsylvania children 18 and younger were uninsured in 2017. Nationwide, the number of uninsured children increased by about 276,000 children last...

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November 26, 2018

Enter the Cool Congregations Challenge for Chance to Win Money for Climate Adaptations

Has your congregation been busy this year finishing a solar project or an energy efficient lighting upgrade? Maybe you’ve installed a new HVAC system or windows? Does your green team have an organic garden or drought resistant landscaping project they’d like to show off? Now is the time to prepare your entry for the Interfaith...

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November 26, 2018

National, International Climate Reports Point to Increasing Urgency for Action

“Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.” That’s according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment,  released the day after Thanksgiving. Mandated by federal law in 1990 to, the U.S. Global Change Research...

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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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