Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network
At its March meeting the UUPLAN Board re-organized by electing Virginia Kirk and Rev. Sandra Fees as Co-Chairs. Their election followed the resignation of Rev. Peter Newport as President. Rev. Newport is on sabbatical and requested time to attend to study, travel and other professional responsibilities.
Virginia Kirk is well known to UUPLANners because of her prior role as Interim Outreach Director and later as Assistant Director. She comes to the Board with a thorough…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on April 3, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
The Environmental Justice Task Force is sponsoring two workshops with Clean Water Action in April and May in our congregation in Athens, PA.
Click here for a flyer you can hang in your congregation or share with your friends.
Added by Virginia Kirk on April 3, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Oppose: Abortion Exchange Ban Bills
Support: Health Amendment to the Abortion Exchange Ban Bill
Our UUPLAN’s Reproductive Justice Team has been closely watching Harrisburg and is urging UUs throughout PA to call both their Senators and Representatives to oppose new attacks on women’s access to abortion.
There are bills in the House (HB 742, HB 818) and Senate (SB 3) that all prohibit 'private' insurance from covering abortion services in the…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on March 6, 2013 at 9:40pm — No Comments
Here’s what I jotted down at the budget session at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit on 3/2/13:
Mike Wood, Research Director, PA Budget and Policy Center:
Added by Virginia Kirk on March 6, 2013 at 9:07pm — No Comments
Your help is urgently needed. UUPLAN has been working with the Coalition to STOP Payday Lending in PA to oppose any legislation which would regulate predatory lending in Pennsylvania. Currently payday loans are illegal in PA including payday loan transactions online. As you can see from the following notes, Sen. Brewster is a critical vote. He is a Democrat on the Committee representing Allegheny and Westmoreland who was in favor…
Added by Virginia Kirk on March 5, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Wow, It is such an exciting time to be working for immigration justice in Pennsylvania. Our team continues to grow in representation from across the commonwealth. We are still looking for interested and energized members from northeastern, central (Harrisburg), west (Pittsburgh) and northwest (Erie).
We have continued to partner with PICC (PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition) and the coalition Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform.
The City Council of Philadelphia…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on March 5, 2013 at 9:32pm — No Comments
Added by kevdonahue on March 4, 2013 at 10:31pm — No Comments
Here's some great info from Pete Higgins of Wellsprings UU who has been closely following the NRA's response to hearings and actions in Congress:
Added by kevdonahue on March 3, 2013 at 10:14pm — No Comments
A wonderful man in my congregation (Wellsprings UU in Chester County) is pushing me to make sure UUs across the state are aware that many congregations are working for sensible gun laws at the federal and state levels..
George Higgins, known to all as Pete, sent me this great primer on important legislation and what we can do. If you like any of these ideas and want to get more involved in gun control - or to report in on what your congregation is doing, please send an email to…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on February 21, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
For our UUs in the Lancaster area, here's a senator to get to know. From Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer.
Added by Virginia Kirk on February 19, 2013 at 7:18am — No Comments
Twenty five UUs from the Germantown, First Philadelphia, Buxmont, Main Line, Delaware County, Lower Bucks and Restoration congregations gathered on Feb. 3rd at the Unitarian Society of Germantown to meet and hear from Fabricio Rodriguez, leader of the Philadelphia chapter of…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on February 5, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
UUPLAN is now connected with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project as part of our economic justice work. Here's what they had to say after the votes in Congress Wednesday and Thursday:
Friends, As part of the last minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, Congress has extended Emergency Unemployment Benefits for another year! This means that the 2 million unemployed workers across the country who would have been cut off will now continue to receive…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on January 3, 2013 at 9:42pm — No Comments
I hope this email finds you warm and safe after Hurricane Sandy. So many people in our southeastern Philadelphia area ending up being fortunate on a relative scale. Many folks, however, were not so fortunate. Loss of life, injury, property damage, cold, hunger and more have all struck untold numbers of folks.
Once again, climate change shows a dangerous face. We are told time and again that we are to expect increased numbers on high impact natural…
Added by Kent Matthies on November 1, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Hi All: Realizing I have not posted too much lately, but it does not mean UUPLAN is not active. Director Dennis Brunn spent four days in Pittsburgh earlier this month, meeting and identifying liaisons and new members at:
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
The UU Church of the South Hills
UU Church of the North Hills
Allegheny UU Church of Pittsburgh
So please keep in mind that Dennis is not taking leisure trips for UUPLAN. He is intent on making sure our…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on September 30, 2012 at 8:31pm — No Comments
In response to the Voter ID crisis caused by a highly restrictive and complicated Pennsylavnia voting law, UUPLAN member Jill Murray (on far right in photo) has taken a leadership role at the Unitarian Society of Germantown in northwest Philadelphia. Jill went to trainings and planning sessions, recruited over 10 others to also get training and is now coordinating a series of Saturday "Voter ID Clinics" that are designed to help registered voters obtain the needed documents in order to…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on August 7, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments
This event highly recommended by UUPLAN board member Cynthia Jones: It's pretty easy to catch a bus from Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania to make our voices heard in protecting the environment and controlling the drilling. The post below also contains great facts on the damage done by the drillers, the failure rate and call for a study of the cumulative impact of fracking in Pennsylvania's 3 major watersheds:
Here is the latest from Protecting Our…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on July 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Just realized we haven't really filled you in on what happened. Here is a link to the Inquirers's article on what is in the budget Gov. Corbett signed, but here is the part of the article significant to our work of the last 3 months:
One of the trade-offs was steep rollbacks in programs that serve the poor and disabled. County…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on July 7, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments
This just in from the New Sanctuary Movement – one of UUPLAN’s partners as we try to make positive changes in Pennsylvania. Three of our UUPLAN members did join immigrations rights supporters at a June 20th rally.
“It has been a continuous fight to ensure that none of the 21 anti-immigrant bills proposed in the state legislature become law. The bills threaten to compromise the welfare of the entire state by granting more power to police to enforce immigration law, withholding state…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on July 7, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments
Just read this on pennlive.com, the web site for the Harrisburg Patriot-Ledger. We expect budget passage any day now and urge you to still consider calling a legislator asking for some funds to be restored -- for general assistance, medical assistance or education. There are a lot of cuts to choose from.
Added by Virginia Kirk on June 25, 2012 at 10:42pm — No Comments
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the General Assembly has two fast-track bills that will put the Commonwealth in line with the federal government. The bills, one in the House and one already through the Senate, would forbid…Continue
Added by Virginia Kirk on June 25, 2012 at 10:37pm — No Comments