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Central PA's Progressive Weekend Report 10/27


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Pipeline fight turns hot in Lancaster county: For more than three years, members of Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP) have been fighting energy company Williams' proposal to build the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. After battling in court, navigating the DEP regulatory process and appealing to public officials, LAP has been forced to defend their community by engaging in civil disobedience. More than 25 dissenters have been arrested on land owned by the Adorer's of the Blood of Christ, a group of Catholic nuns whose Land Ethic has been bulldozed. Building began on the nuns' land in West Hempfield Township despite ongoing lawsuits and pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to unrig the energy industry's rubber-stamp approval process. Apparently, religious freedom applies not to those wishing to defend their own rights, but only to those who wish to take away the rights of others.

Volunteer to Get-Out-The-Vote: As part of NextGen America's national effort to increase the political power of young people--the country's largest voting bloc--organizers are on the ground in PA to get-out-the-vote in the November 7th general elections. In an effort to flip Congress in 2018, NextGen volunteers are building momentum in key districts in PA and around the country.

Pressure mounting on Harrisburg for sanctuary status; Rally this Sunday at the Capitol:

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Several local and statewide organizations are rallying at the Capitol on Sunday to protect Dreamers and call on Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse to declare Harrisburg a Sanctuary City. Organizers say that the Trump Administration poses severe threats to our undocumented neighbors known as dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Event Details: Sunday, October 29th | PA State Capitol | 2pm

A (Disappointing) Budget Update: An end to the budget impasse is near and big surprise: the winners are corporations and the losers are the people. Out-of-state energy companies will continue to steal PA's resources and sell them overseas without providing jobs, paying fair taxes or protecting the environment. Meanwhile, PA's children will help close the $2 billion deficit to finalize a $32 billion spending plan, which relies heavily on massive borrowing, stealing from program funds, reducing services, increasing the middle-class's burden by taxing online sales and building so-called "mini casinos." Here's's latest news on the budget proposal, which Governor Wolf has not endorsed.

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