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Clark Moeller, August 2004 -- In its inception, PAD had identified the need to coordinate and facilitate communications among progressives in order to respond more effectively to an increasingly aggressive religious-right. Our website, list-serve, and the personal networks we established helped in these areas. We also saw the need to provide more education about the basics of democracy. To this end, we published a number of reports, about PAD values, church-state separation, and public education. We participated in educating legislators on various bills. However, all of these were done within a framework of an alliance of independent organizations, each of which had its own mission, and our members had primary allegiance to those organizations. The political environment for the PAD alliance changed with 9/11. Many progressives in PA and nationally got into the business of protecting democracy as a result of the Patriot Act and related Bush administration's actions. This was good for democracy, but also made PAD less essential. Our board members continue to be active in their organizations, however PAD has officially disbanded. This website will remain so the wealth of useful information that was painstaking gathered during PAD's tenure continues to be accessible. There are still many valuable links to be explored from these pages as you seek out other people and organizations with similar missions. We hope you find it a useful resource in your continued networking.
Taking the Public Out of Education
Center unveils new tool to track political accountability
Administration Rolling Back Progress for Women and Girls with Policies That Are Out of Sight & Out of Touch
Kids On the Campaign Trail
Salvation Army Sued for Religious Discrimination Against Employees in Government-Funded Social Services for Children
Participants Needed for Nonviolent Direct Action: Thursday, March 4 in Harrisburg
National Women’s Law Center Website Highlighted
Gay Marriage Inevitable
Vouchers, Choice & Controversey:
Presidential Candidates Should Keep Emphasis on Religion Out of
12 Things Top School Leaders Know (and you should, too)
Court Victory on Contraceptive Coverage
A Vanished Dream
Yarris Exonerated in Delco Murder Case After 21 Years on Death Row
Scientific Information Being Censored
Electronic Voting: What You Need To Know
People Can Always Be Brought to the Bidding of the Leaders
Supreme Court Acceptance Of Pledge Of Allegiance
Case Sets Stage For Showdown Over Freedom Of
"No Death Row!"
'No Child Left Behind' law bumps into hard reality
All for 1, 1 for All
Administration Announces Additional Actions To Spur More Public Financing Of Religious Groups
Time to Re-Public the Republic
Talking to Lawmakers about School Policy
Clark Moeller, September 29, 2003 -- The Daily Review printed an AP article (9/29/03) discussing the United States Senate's deliberation over a voucher bill to fund private and religious schools in Washington, DC, using tax dollars.
Civil Liberties - Then and Now
Free Speech Under Fire: The ACLU Challenge to “Protest Zones”
See what the New York Times calls "The #1 Play of the Year" and support
death penalty-related efforts in Pennsylvania!
Reclaiming Democracy: Intermediaries, Local Education Funds & Public
Statement On the Second Anniversary of 9/11
No Child Left Behind Law & Vouchers Fail to Gain Public Support
Standing Against The Fear
August 23 is proclaimed Franklin County Diversity Day
Bush's Moral Message Losing Legitimacy
Pennsylvania People of Faith,
Stand Up, Speak Out!
Backing for Basic Freedoms Returning to Pre-9/11 Levels
ACLU Files First-Ever Challenge to
USA PATRIOT Act,
Citing Radical Expansion of FBI Power
Online Voting in 2004
Supreme Court Gay Rights Ruling Advances ACLU’s Lawsuit Against University of Pittsburgh Over Gay Employee Benefits
DNA Exoneration of Pa. Death Row Prisoner Prompts Renewed Calls for Study and Moratorium
Editorial Memo on Voting Machines and Election Reform
Rendell Invites the Public
Former Illinois Governor Scheduled to Speak at Pa. Moratorium Rally, October 11th
Voucher Veneer: The Deeper Agenda to Privatize Public Education |
People for the American Way, July 2003 -- Today, governmental responsibilities in education and the strong connection that Americans have with their public schools are being put to a serious test. A network of Religious Right groups, free-market economists, ultraconservative columnists and others are using vouchers as a vehicle to achieve their ultimate goal of privatizing education.
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ACLU Releases Manual for Improving Access to Emergency Contraception for Sexual Assault Survivors
Third Annual Unity March for Youth
Mr. Bush, You Are A Liar
Bush, Media, and the Bill of Rights
Pathways to Participation: Volunteering and Voting
47 States Now In Public Comment Phase of Help America Vote Act
HAPPY MID YEAR: Revisiting Resolutions
Head Off Damage to Head Start
excerpt from South Hills NOW Newsletter, July 2003 -- During the week of July 7th, the House of Representatives will likely vote on HR 2210, the bill reauthorizing the Head Start Program. A coalition of national organizations oppose HR 2210 in its current form because it repeals the federally-funded program's current non-discrimination language that protects people from religious employment discrimination.
U.S. Office for Civil Rights Investigates PSSA's Impact on English Language Learners
Pennsylvania School Reform Network and Education Law Center, June 30, 2003 -- The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education has announced that it will investigate whether Pennsylvania’s state testing program, known as the PSSA, is unfair to children whose native language is not English.
Inspiration for Weary Educators!
Striking Down Texas Law Against Same-Sex "Sodomy," Supreme Court Rights Egregious Wrong of 17 Years, Signaling New Era for Gay Rights
ACLU of PA, June 26, 2003 -- In an historic decision with wide-ranging implications, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a Texas law that makes some kinds of sexual intimacy a crime, but only for gay people.
Alliance for Tolerance and Freedom Applauds Supreme Court Decision
Will the State Budget Invite Young Families to Move Ahead or Move Out?
Weapon of Mass Deception: What the Pentagon Doesn't Want Us to Know about Depleted Uranium.
Pennsylvania Senate Votes to Ban Executing Mentally Retarded
The Dog Ate My WMDs
BSA Squelches Change?
Articles of Impeachment
Further fanning of the flames
Churches do about-faces and learn the price of supporting peace
New FCC Rules Threaten To Shut Out Women
Is there anything left that matters?
Title IX Still Being Attacked - Support Saving Bill
U.S. Diplomat John Brady Kiesling
Letter of Resignation, to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
Gaining an Empire, Losing Democracy?
Considering the N-Word
Justice Department Secretly Drafts Legislation to Strengthen the Patriot Act
Indivisible in Pa.? Not exactly.
A Citizen's Response to the National Security Strategy of the United States of America
Bush Tax and Budget Plans: Radical and Irresponsible
The Bill of Rights Defense Movement: Growing Consciousness & The American Way
Teachable Moments: Virginia and the Bill of Rights
Know Your Rights: Stop the USA Patriot Act!
A Year of Loss: Reexamining Civil Liberties Since September 11
Homeland Security: Less Privacy, More Government and Corporate Secrecy
ACLU Blasts Bush Executive Order Allowing Discrimination in Workplace
Homeland Security Act: The Rise of the American Police State
Knowing It by Heart: Americans Consider the Constitution and its Meaning
Bush foe loses 'fencing' match
Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors
Civil Liberties or Civil Luxuries?
A Beacon of Liberty |
Liz Hrenda, September 13, 2001 -- Pennsylvania Alliance for Democracy joins with citizens of the United States and of nations around the world in mourning the loss of the life and devastation to so many caused by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the airplane crash in Pennsylvania. Those who have suffered injury or lost loved ones, friends and co-workers have our deepest sympathy.
We support efforts to identify, prosecute, judge and punish those who have committed these acts of terror, while at the same time, we remain no less committed to preserving the values that undergird our democracy. The ideal and the reality of an open and free society, embodying the values of inclusiveness, tolerance, dissent and the use of rational investigation, relying on facts rather than authority to determine what is true have made our nation a beacon of liberty and freedom for people around the world. During the dark days of this tragedy, this beacon must not be dimmed.