Saturday, September 24, 2022

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The health-care subsidy extension a relief for small businesses; Consumer groups press for a bill to reform credit reporting; and an international group aims to transform how people view peace and conflict.

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Condemnation of Russian war on Ukraine continues at the U.N, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's need for worker training to rebuild Puerto Rico, the House takes on record corporate profits while consumers struggle with inflation.

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International Relief

An Unarmed Civilian Protection team from Nonviolent Peaceforce has been assessing needs and working with local groups in Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of NP)
Unarmed Civilian Protection Teams Hope Ukraine Efforts Resonate

This week marked the 75th day since Russia invaded Ukraine. As the humanitarian disaster unfolds, those carrying out Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP)…

A fundraiser for Ukraine, organized by a student from Luther College, has received several thousand dollars in donations ahead of a centerpiece event this weekend. (Adobe Stock)
IA College Student Organizes Bike Ride for Ukraine

An Iowa college student is organizing a fundraiser and a message of peace for Ukraine, in an effort stretching 75 miles long. Anita Tamang, a senior …


Those behind a Midwest food-donation effort for Ukraine say there are many relief efforts with good intentions. But sometimes donations can sit unused after shipment because of logistical issues. (Adobe Stock)
From the Midwest to Eastern Europe, Meal Program Helps Ukranian Refugees

Images from Ukraine and its fight for survival against Russia tug at the heartstrings of Americans, and those wishing to donate to relief …

The number of Ukrainians arriving in Washington state has increased since conflict in the eastern part of the country began in 2014. (aviavlad/Adobe Stock)
Ukrainians New to WA Face Barriers to Work

The number of Ukrainians arriving in Washington state has increased since the Russian invasion in February. Already, the Evergreen State is home to …


Mercy Corps, an aid organization based in Oregon, is on the ground in Ukraine, Poland and Romania. (Michele Ursi/Adobe Stock)
OR Credit Unions Raise Relief Dollars for Ukraine

Ukrainians continue to suffer in their country from the Russian invasion - and in Oregon, credit unions have banded together to send aid to the …

The U.N. says more than 1,800 civilians have died in the Ukraine war so far. (Adobe Stock)
U.S. Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Returns from Ukraine-Poland Border

Ahead of the Easter holiday, a Ukrainian Catholic bishop based in the U.S. shares reflections from a recent visit to the country's border. Bishop …


Many charity organizations are working on the ground in Ukraine and are in need of donations. (Darya Lavinskaya/Adobe Stock)
Tips for Avoiding Scams When Helping Ukrainians

Many people are looking for ways to help Ukrainians affected by war. However, they should be on the lookout for scams. Lynn Heider - vice president …

The humanitarian aid organization Mercy Corps is headquartered in Portland, Ore. (DCasimiro/Adobe Stock)
Scammers Taking Advantage of Efforts to Support Ukraine

Many people are looking for ways to help Ukrainians affected by war. However, they should be on the lookout for scams. Lynn Heider - vice president …


Many Americans have rallied behind Ukrainians in the aftermath of Russia's invasion. (Anton/Adobe Stock)
Fraud Concerns Raised for Some Ukraine Charity Efforts

Many people are looking for ways to help Ukrainians affected by war. However, they should be on the lookout for scams. Lynn Heider - vice president …

Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine is supported by $285 million in oil payments made every day by European countries, a new analysis by think tank Transport and Environment found. (Adobe Stock)
Veteran Officials: Invoke Defense Production Act for Renewable Energy

As gas prices across the country are at record levels due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, elected officials who are also military veterans are …


877 Ukrainian refugees arrived in Pennsylvania between 2009 and 2019, according to the Department of Human Services. (Adobe Stock)
PA Refugee-Resettlement Group Calls for Support of Ukrainian Families

The Department of Homeland Security says the 30,000 Ukrainians temporarily living in the U.S. can now stay for 18 months under Temporary Protected …

The Valentine message of the Trade Justice Education Fund is to remember people who lost their lives to COVID-19, and ask the U.S. government to do more to bring the pandemic to an end. (Ivelin Radkof/Adobe Stock)
Group Urges Valentine's Day Messages to Push for End to Pandemic

Valentine's Day is an occasion to remember those close to us. But after two years of COVID, one group says it's time to remember those we are missing…


 

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