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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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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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October 4, 2018

Looking For a Creative Way to Get Out the Vote?

#VoteTogether makes voting more celebratory and inclusive by hosting community-driven celebrations of voting at or near polling places. From backyard BBQs to block parties and parades, families, friends, and neighbors are making voting a time of togetherness and fun. The events are focused on fun for everyone, and have free food and snacks, music, and...

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October 3, 2018

October 9 is the Last Day To Register To Vote in PA

October 9 is the last day to register to vote in the November 2018 mid-term election.  Encourage your students and folks who are unable to be in town on November 6 to sign up for an absentee ballot. You can register in person or online. Be sure your friends and neighbors are registered! Click here...

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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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