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Dear Supporters of POWER in Bucks County,

The POWER Bucks Education Justice Team is asking for all of our Bucks County congregations to join with other POWER chapters in Pennsylvania to ensure that Pennsylvania’s Black, Hispanic, and other low income students get their fair share of federal COVID relief education dollars.  Please urge your congregation to make calls to Governor Wolf and to your state senator and state representative on Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26.

With many calls we can let our state leaders know that their constituents notice and care about fairness in education funding.  Background and instructions for the calls are below. 

Background
Pennsylvania will receive $2.2 billion for education from the new COVID relief bill.  We are grateful to see that Gov. Wolf has announced that this 2nd COVID-19 relief package WILL be distributed equitably.  We want to let our state leaders know that we notice, we care, and we want it to continue for all future relief funds.

In 2020, Pennsylvania chose to distribute $175 million of the 1st Federal CARES Act funding to school districts using an inequitable formula that resulted in school districts with high poverty rates and the largest shares of  Black or Hispanic students, getting substantially less money per student than whiter and wealthier districts. This is unacceptable and it must not happen again.  For additional background, click the links below.
 POWER Bucks Education Justice Campaign – Covid …Summary of the original research discovering the 1st CARES funds were not distributed equitably:
 Final-CARES-Act-Education-Report-Summary-1-page… Fair Funding One Page Info-with race-v2

Instructions

  • When:  Make your phone calls on Monday, January 25th or Tuesday, January 26th.  
  • Please call Governor Wolf and both YOUR State Representative and Senator
    • The main phone number for Gov. Wolf’s office is 717-787-2500. You will listen to a list of options.  Choose “to be connected to Gov. Wolf’s office . . .”
    • For Pa Legislators’ office phone numbers here is a convenient link.  
    • If you have a choice between your legislator’s Harrisburg office or her/his local district office phone, please choose the local district office for this call.  
  • Your Credentials:  Give your credentials explicitly, eg. “I am a member of the POWER Interfaith” ; “I am a member of ____ congregation”; “I am a concerned constituent; tax-payer in school district _____________”; etc. Feel free to mention one or more applicable credentials.

Call Script:

Hello, this is _____________________ (your name, residence address if asked, your credentials)

I am calling Gov. Wolf (or Rep. ___________ or Sen. ____________ or other) to urge her/him to ensure that the federal COVID education funding is equitably distributed to our school districts.  We applaud the decision to distribute 100% of the 2nd Covid-19 relief funding using the federal Title I formula.  We demand that she/he continue to use a fair and equitable formula to distribute all future relief funds.  Do not disadvantage school districts that have the highest share of our Black and Hispanic students.  Base the distribution of all future  relief funds either on the Federal Title 1 or the PA Fair Funding Formula.  

Thank you.

Thank you for making these 3 calls! Please share this information widely.


Vote by Mail

for PA and NJ

Voting by Absentee or Mail-in Ballot

On March 27, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules Pennsylvania’s primary election from April 28 to June 2 due to the COVID-19 emergency. Voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on election day. Mail-in ballot applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 26, 2020. If a voter has already applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot, they do NOT need to reapply.

Below is the link to cut and paste into your browser.

Pennsylvania Vote at Home

https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx?utm_source=dos_dor_email_3&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=primary_date_update03

New Jersey voters Vote by Mail https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml

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Friends Committee on National Legislation


For inclusion in a report to Monthly Meeting from the Peace and Justice Committee
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During the April, 2020 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business , Newtown MM was of like mind allowing the statement below to be sent to FCNL as Newtown MM approved .

Background: Every two years, FCNL seeks input from Quaker meetings and other Quaker organizations for the FCNL Policy Committee to consider during their discernment process for Priorities for FCNL lobbying efforts in the upcoming Congressional session. Peace and Service, after a process of discernment, is proposing two priorities and is seeking approval from monthly meeting. In addition, Peace and Service met with Ed Dreby who has a traveling Minute on Climate Justice from Providence Meeting. Out of that meeting and one that followed for discernment, Peace and Service approved a request to the FCNL Policy Committee and staff that is to accompany our Priorities statements. We seek approval from monthly meeting for what follows:

To send to FCNL’s Policy Committee

First, before suggesting priorities for the 117th Congress, and now that The World We Seek includes a statement under III.1.3: “The financial sector requires financial reform and oversight, both to avoid financial crises and to promote the broader economic goals of equity and sustainability,” we strongly urge the FCNL Policy Committee and staff to explore, research and analyze what real financial reform would look like. We are convinced that the growth economy and current banking structure contribute to the practices that prevent sustainable solutions to climate change and economic justice. To quote Pamela Haines (“Faith and Economics” in Friends Journal May 2010, p.12), “Even though we’ve never known an economic system that works for everybody, we hold to our deepest beliefs – that greed is not the source of well-being, and that unbridled growth comes at the expense of the planet’s integrity.”

Legislative Priorities for the 117th Congress:

Reduction of military spending and armed interventions; redirection of funds to veterans’ benefits which include physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.

Economic justice and equity; a fair tax burden on all; strengthen programs that meet basic needs including universal access to quality, affordable healthcare.

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Post Card Writing Initiative


This ongoing campaign has been a rewarding success.   The post cards we are sending to our legislatures are getting responses.  To date Newtown MM has sent out almost 300 post cards to our Governor, Congressmen and Senators.  Perhaps we are lighting that small light within our legislatures. 

Find us on the first Sunday of each month,  at our table in the lobby of the meeting house.  We will be set up with all you need to contact your legislators about the pressing problems of today.

Friends Committee on National Legislation

  • Clicking on the above title will take you to the national website.
  • You will be able to learn about current legislation that FCNL would like us to ask our legislators to think about.
  • Insert your zip code.
  • You will be taken to a page with a pre-written letter (or you can substitute your own words) that will be sent to your representative or senator.

Amnesty International

Amnesty is an international organization focused on human rights.

Click on the above title if you are interested in writing letters for citizens around the world (and in the US) who have been imprisoned or harassed for their actions or beliefs.

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