Interfaith group lobbies state representatives in Whitpain for boost in education funds

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By Carl Rotenberg, The Times Herald WHITPAIN >> An interfaith group of clergy, educators and advocates for increased education funding in the 2016 state budget protested inside the offices of three Republican House members Friday. The suburban bus tour that started at the Philadelphia office of state Rep. Martina White, R-170th Dist., included about 20 protesters who evangelized for House passage of the Senate’s budget bill. The budget includes $350 million in additional education funds and $50 million in additional special…

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Lansdale church hosts second forum on racism

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By Michael Goldberg, mgoldberg@thereporteronline.com, @mg_thereporter on Twitter LANSDALE >> Sitting in a circle of about 30 people inside Lansdale’s Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday night, Brenda Wiggins had a simple but impassioned message to share. “I want to be heard,” Wiggins implored. “I’m looking for people who are willing to stand by me so that this cannot continue. This is America.” “What can we as white people do to help you?” a woman sitting next to Wiggins asked her. “Can you tell us?”…

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PRESS RELEASE: POWER Responds to Tentative Budget Deal

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE POWER, an interfaith organization in Philadelphia, responds to details of a new, tentative education budget announced earlier this week. Contact: bosueke@powerphiladelphia.org | office: (215) 232-7697 Philadelphia, PA – As representatives of POWER, we offer the following response in learning of details for the tentative framework of a comprehensive budget agreement announced earlier this week. Over the last five months elected officials in Harrisburg have pushed for policy agendas that continue to prioritize corporations over children and youth in Pennsylvania. Since July…

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Local Black leaders voice expectations for mayor-elect

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BY: DAMON C. WILLIAMS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER Mayor–elect Jim Kenney won Tuesday’s election over Melissa Murray Bailey with large support from the African–American community. Now, leaders here expect him to deliver on campaign promises of making the city a more inclusive one. “What we hope and would like to see, first of all, is for Kenney to select a diverse cabinet reflective of the demographics of the city,” said the Rev. Terrance Griffith, President of Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity,…

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PAIPL conference spotlights collaboration by environmentalists

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BY Arlene Edmonds Tribune Correspondent  Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Annual Conference stressed the need for environmentalists and those working for social justice to work together. This year’s theme was “Hope in the Age of the Climate Crisis: Finding Our Moral Compass.” The group met at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. The session drew those from chapters across the commonwealth. The panelists and workshop leaders included Keya Chatterjee,…

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The Interfaith Movement: Motivating Philadelphia to take a unified step toward tolerance

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BY SYREETA MARTIN True or False: Your spiritual beliefs, and the ways in which you choose to demonstrate them through your actions, ultimately affects us all. It’s true, you know. As an adult and parent witnessing the severe consequences of a world often intolerant of differing faiths (“the others”), I believe it’s become extremely important to raise children who are independent thinkers capable of being tolerant of others’ beliefs and perspectives. I NEVER want my children to miss out on the…

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Clergy group marches, calls for support for poor

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BY Wilford Shamlin III Tribune Staff Writer Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild, an affiliate of PICO National Network, led a procession from Sheraton Downtown at 17th and Race streets, culminating with a vigil at a memorial to slaves on Independence Mall. Supporters called attention to a culture of exclusion that has taken a toll on vulnerable populations, from the poor, immigrants, low-wage workers and families coping financially and emotionally with a relative behind bars. Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director…

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Local summit seeks to spread pope’s message of social justice

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BY: Larry Miller POSTED: September 25, 2015 Overlapping with the two-day visit of Pope Francis here is a three-day, interfaith conference of clergy and lay leaders called the Faith Matters in America summit. The conference begins Friday at Noon and ends Sunday, after the papal Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The purpose of the conference is to bring together more than 300 faith leaders from more than a dozen states and refocus the church and society toward helping the marginalized…

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Letters: Budget impasse hurting schools

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BY Derrick Boyd, Andrea Moselle & David Mosenkis, POWER Education Strategy Team POSTED: August 14, 2015   GOV. TOM WOLF won election by campaigning strongly on his commitment to significantly increase education funding and to make fundamental changes in the way those funds are distributed to the 500 school districts across Pennsylvania. Soon after taking office, he proposed a comprehensive plan for increasing the percentage of education funding which comes from the commonwealth, while shifting the source of funds away from…

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Press Release: POWER Urges State Lawmakers to End Budget Stalemate

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Press Release: POWER Supports Governor’s Education Budget Contact:  David Mosenkis, POWER Education Committee Co-Chair 215-906-2670dmosenkis@gmail.com POWER, an interfaith network of churches, synagogues and mosques in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, today called on Pennsylvania legislators to put the children of the Commonwealth first and end the budget deadlock that is preventing passage of a funding plan for Pennsylvania schools.  POWER urged the speedy passage of a budget that includes an increase of $410 million in Basic Education for FY…

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