Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Public Theologians Advocate on Behalf of PA General Assistance

Wow, I'm live-blogging from the start of Lutheran Day at the Capitol and it's really exciting to see so many Lutherans from throughout Pennsylvania living out their baptismal call to do justice!  In addition to working on issues combating a pay-day lending bill, protecting Pennsylvanians from a proposed food-stamp asset test and strengthening the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program, another major issue we're working on today protection PA's General Assistance Program.

The General Assistance program supports the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians who have no other income. It is truly a program of last resort that is in danger of being cut from this year's PA state budget. The only people who can receive GA funds are:

- Disabled or sick adults without children,
- Domestic violence survivors, many of whom have just fled their abusers,
- Adults caring for someone who is sick or disabled, or for an unrelated child,
- Adults participating in alcohol and other drug treatment programs, and
- Children living with an unrelated adult.

We're trying something new with this particularly advocacy issue by recording advocacy videos, putting them up on YouTube,  and tweeting them to @GovernorCorbett and other legislators... please see some of our best ones below.  If you're interested in helping out, check out for more information, record a video, posted it to YouTube (LAMPa can help with that if needed) and tweet it to @GovernorCorbett.  Be sure to use the #KeepPAGA hashtag and let LAMPa know about your video by tweeting us @LAMPaADVOCACY.  Thanks so much friends!

If you're here today at Lutheran Day at the Capitol, please see Dustin to record a video before you go home!

God's peace,

Dustin is a Masters of Divinity candidate in his second year of study at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. While seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his focus is on the intersection between worship, service and justice building in de-centralized faith communities unencumbered by a traditional church building. In his free time, Dustin really likes playing frisbee, hiking and pretending to know how to sing.


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