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POWER Lehigh Valley

POWER Lehigh Valley represents congregations and faith leaders located in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

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POWER Lehigh Valley


COLOR OF JUSTICE forum:
"Bail Reform: The Time Has Come!"
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Miller Forum at Muhlenberg College
(see details here)

January 26, 2020
POWER LEHIGH VALLEY Coordinating Committee:

Why Greg Edwards is needed on the ANIZDA Board

"It is our opinion that the ANIZDA Board, and the NIZ in general, needs some good 'disruption.' Dr. Edwards would inject a much-needed vision of inclusion and equity...

"Mr. Schweyer and Mr. Browne ought to recant their objections to Dr. Edwards' nomination and allow his appointment to the ANIZDA Board as Mayor O'Connell intended."

Read our Coordinating Committee's Op-Ed in the Morning Call.
Also see this update
(Morning Call: Feb. 25, 2020).



Ending Mass Incarceration Committee
usually meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6:00pm
Meeting location varies
Check our meeting schedule for updates.


Fair Funding for Public Education
February 4, 2020, at 6:30pm
at Resurrected Life Community Church,
9th & Walnut Streets, Allentown.
(meeting in church library; enter church
by the red door on Turner Street)

POWER believes that all children deserve great schools, regardless of race, ethnicity or income. Today, while some Pennsylvania students go to public schools that are among the best in the nation, too many of our students lack access to quality education. This inequity is caused in great part by inadequate state funding, which covers only 35% of total costs (compared to 50% on average in states around the country). This leaves local districts to make up the rest and low-income districts, like Allentown at a disadvantage.

This organizational meeting will provide an overview of the issue as well as strategies to build change for our schools in our city and surrounding communities.

Let's work together to ensure our students are getting the quality education they deserve.
Read More about the issues here or Contact Us for further information.



Tuesday, September 24, 2019
6:30-8:30 pm

"The Cost of Solitary Confinement and
Life Without Parole in Pennsylvania"

Light refreshments provided at 6:30pm.
Sponsored by POWER Lehigh Valley
with CADBI (Coalition Against Death By Incarceration)
and Abolitionist Law Center, and hosted by
Grace Episcopal Church,
5th & Linden Streets, Allentown.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019
6:30-8:30 pm

"End Cash Bail?: A Conversation"
Documentary Short and Panel Discussion. Light refreshments provided at 6:30pm. Sponsored by POWER Lehigh Valley with Promise Neighborhoods LV and hosted by
Grace Episcopal Church,
5th & Linden Streets, Allentown.

Saturday, August 17, 2019
3:00-5:00 pm

"Courageous Conversation on Race and Violence"

Join POWER Lehigh Valley in a facilitated group dialogue around race, interpersonal violence, and systemic violence in the U.S. and our community, facilitated by Phyllis Alexander and Roberta Kearney.

Location: Resurrected Life Academy
916 W. Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18102


Tuesday, July 23, 2019
6:30-9:00 pm

"Gentrification in Allentown"
Documentary Short and Panel Discussion
Who's Benefiting and Who's Left Behind?
Location: Grace Episcopal Church
108 N. 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18102