Monday, September 26, 2011

PathWays PA E-Alert: September 26, 2011

Special Updates


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE ON WOMEN – OCTOBER 25TH

What: Pennsylvania Conference on Women
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia
When: October 25th, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 8th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women will be held on October 25th – and includes a stellar line-up of speakers including iconic activist Gloria Steinem, CARE USA president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle and actress America Ferrera – among many, many others.

The event brings together women from across the region for networking, skill building and community building, and includes such programming topics as personal development, social networking, career advancement and entrepreneurship. In addition, a small business boot camp will be held on October 24th.

For more information or to register, please visit their site.


Federal Updates

CENSUS SHOWS STARTLING LEVELS OF POVERTY

The Census Bureau figures show some startling statistics – 46.2 million Americans live in poverty, the highest rate since the 90s. And poverty rose in 49 states between 2009 and 2010. In addition, in 20 states, at least 15 percent of people have no health insurance.

In Pennsylvania, our urban areas are seeing an increase of those in poverty-up to 14.7 percent from 12.7 person in 2007. The overall rate of poverty in the state is 13.7 percent while 18.8 percent of Pennsylvania’s kids live in impoverished families. In addition, 28.4 percent of African-Americans and 33.5 percent of Latinos live in poverty. These facts come from the Keystone Research Center, who have an online table displaying facts by metro region.

These startling numbers show the strong need for good jobs and for job training in Pennsylvania. To let Congress know the need for these opportunities, please send this e-letter.



JOIN A WEBINAR ON SCHOOL BREAKFAST SUCCESSES

It’s true – breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that goes especially for primary and secondary school students, who need it as a vital morning kick start. Many school districts that have enacted breakfast programs have seen successes in student behavior and performance.

On Wednesday, September 28 at 2 p.m., the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a webinar where educators will have a chance to share their success stories with school breakfasts.

To register, click here.


Pennsylvania Update


WE’VE HAD ENOUGH RALLY GOES VIRTUAL, TOO

You may have seen our updates about the We’ve Had Enough rally on Tuesday in Harrisburg, which brings together supporters of women’s health from across the state.

If you support the cause but found yourself unable to attend, the rally is expanding for people to join it online. Even if you can’t physically be in Harrisburg, you can tell the legislature “We’ve had enough” of laws that criminalize women’s health and place safe reproductive access in danger.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page. Some of their recommendations on how to be involved are below:

·        Follow on Twitter @wevehadenoughpa  
·        Tweet why you have had enough and include #wevehadenough in your tweet
·        Post why you have had enough on the Facebook page as well as your own.
·        Share and retweet what others are posting.
·        Tell your legislators you have had enough by tagging them in your tweet or post.
·        Remember what you tweet can also be posted on Facebook and vice versa!


STATE REPS TO INTRODUCE SHALE GAS IMPACT BILL

Last week, two members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced a robust drilling fee that will distribute impact money statewide.

Under the bill proposed by Representatives Thomas Murt and Gene DiGirolamo, the impact fee will include heavy funding for statewide environmental programs, education, drug and alcohol treatment programs, community development, affordable housing and many other programs.

To learn more about the proposal, click here. To write a letter to your representative, click here.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE IMMIGRATION POLICY VOICES OF CHANGE CONFERENCE

Want to know more about the lives of many immigrants in the Delaware Valley region? The Immigration Policy Voices of Change in Southeastern Pennsylvania event aims to bring empowering voices to attendees, and discuss the way demographic shifts show a needed in change in the immigration status of many in the region who perform vital functions in our economy.

The event will take place on October 12th at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, but you must be registered by October 2nd. To register, click here.



Information / Events




LEARN WHAT THE FEDERAL BUDGET MEANS FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S CHILDREN

What: The Federal Budget: What’s At Stake For Children and Youth
When: Wednesday, October 5th, 5:30 p.m.,
Where: United Way Building, 1709 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Jared Bernstein, former economic advisor for Vice President Joe Biden and current senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, will speak on the impact cuts to the federal budget can have on America’s youth. Following this, a panel of local experts will field questions about the matter.


HOW DOES MEDICAID AFFECT ME? FIND OUT

Pennsylvania Health Action Network (PHAN) and Community Legal Services will be a holding a briefing on how cuts to Medicaid funding can affect the middle class and seniors on Tuesday, September 27th at 6 p.m.

Cuts to Medicaid could seriously jeopardize necessities such as nursing home care, which half of seniors in Pennsylvania rely on Medicaid to fund.

To register for the call, click here.

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