Monday, June 4, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: June 4, 2012

Federal Policy Updates

THE VOTE ON THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT IS SET

This Tuesday at 2:15 pm the U.S. Senate will finally vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act! The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to co-workers. Without this bill, employers can penalize and even fire employees for talking about their salaries. This egregious practice leaves workers in the dark, preventing them from ever finding out about pay discrimination in the workplace.

If you support this act your Senator needs to hear from you before the vote on Tuesday. Please take 2 minutes to call your U.S. Senator now and urge a YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

It's easy. Just dial 1-888-678-9475, and say: “I'm from ______ state, and I'm calling to urge my Senator to vote YES for the Paycheck Fairness Act."

The Paycheck Fairness Act is very close to passing can and will make a big difference by letting Senators know that people across the nation are paying attention to the way they vote on this bill!

From our friends at MomsRising

State Policy Updates 

HELP STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN PENNSYLVANIA

On, Wednesday June 6th the Pennsylvania House could pass the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline Act! The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Notification Act is a bill that would assist victims of human trafficking by requiring key establishments to post the toll-free 24-hour hotline number so victims can call for help. The posting of the hotline will provide access to help for victims and act as an outlet for tipsters. Identifying victims and providing a centralized venue for reporting tips is the key to enforcing the law and uncovering this hidden crime.

Together we can give a voice to those that have been voiceless for too long! Join the Philadelphia Anti-Trafficking Coalition for a Call In/Social Media Day on June 6th and let your legislators know that you want their support for victims of human trafficking.

 How can you participate? There are many ways to take action and you are welcome to do any or all of the following:

1. Call your state legislator. You can find your Senator and Representative here. Below is a sample script for your call: 

My name is ________ and I live in your district. I am calling to ask Representative/Senator__________ to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline Act. This important bill would help end human trafficking in Pennsylvania and assist victims of this horrific crime by requiring the 24-hour hotline to be posted in certain establishments so victims can call for help. Can I count on Representative/Senator ___________ to support this life-saving legislation? Thank you for your time and consideration. 

2. Post a message on your state legislators’ Facebook page.  Below is a sample post:

Representative/Senator____________ help end human trafficking in Pennsylvania by supporting the National Human Trafficking Hotline Act. This bill will provide a life line to victims of trafficking throughout Pennsylvania. Can I count on you to support this life saving bill? 

3. Send a message to your state legislator through Twitter.

@_________ can I count on you to help end human trafficking in PA by supporting the National Human Trafficking Hotline Act? Anti-#trafficking [Please note you may have to tailor this message based on the length of your member’s name on Twitter to keep within the 140 character limit]

When you are all done be sure to post why you took part in this action to end human trafficking on the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition’s Facebook page. Let us know your thoughts and let us know if any of the legislators any responses to your phone call, posts, and tweets.

KEEP PREDATORY PAYDAY LENDING OUT OF PA

Predatory payday loans trap borrowers into a long-term cycle of debt at triple-digit annual interest rates. Pennsylvania has long had strong laws on the books protecting consumers from such payday lending, but that could change very soon.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives plans to vote this week on a bill that will legalize predatory payday loans in the state. Tell your House lawmakers to vote no on this legislation, HB 2191.

HB 2191 would seriously weaken the protections that currently exist against payday lending. You can learn more about predatory payday lending at the Keystone Research Center web site.

SUPPORT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

As early as today, the Pennsylvania State Senate could consider legislation that would cut approximately 48,000 individuals annually from being eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance.

Your help is needed to protect unemployed workers and their families. Click here to email your Senator to tell them to oppose attacks on unemployed workers.

BILL TO DEFUND SERVICES FOR WOMEN

Last week, House Bill 2405 was introduced. This bill will keep state funds from going to any provider that performs abortions, even though the funding cannot and is not used for abortions.

Planned Parenthood is one provider that will be impacted by this bill, but it is the women who go to Planned Parenthood for a wide range of services that will truly lose out. Across Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood provided over 44,000 breast wellness exams, 200,000 STD tests, and over 40,000 cervical cancer screenings. Without funding to provide those services, where will women receive the care they need?

Click here if you wish to support Planned Parenthood’s campaign for preventative care.

Information and Events 

WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING BEHIND THE KITCHEN DOOR?

Do we really know what is going on Behind the Kitchen Doors in our favorite restaurants?
  • 90% of workers without paid sick days 
  • A gender pay gap of $8,000. 
  • 7 of the 10 lowest paying jobs in America 
  • .01% of workers represented by a union 
Watch the compelling video trailer for the upcoming book, Behind the Kitchen Door, written by Saru Jayaraman of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (to be released 2.13.2013). A groundbreaking expose of working conditions in restaurants told through the stories of workers, Behind The Kitchen Door educates consumers on the moral, political, and economic implications of eating out. What is at stake when we choose a restaurant is not only our own health or food experience, but the health and well-being of the second-largest private sector workforce—the lives of 10 million people, including millions of women, who bring passion, tenacity, and important insight into the American dining experience.

For more information on Behind the Kitchen Door & to sign up for updates on events/promotions, please visit: www.behindthekitchendoor.org.

PROGRAM ON KINSHIP CARE SERVICES

Grands As Parents, Turning Points for Children and State Sen. Anthony Williams will sponsor a Kinship Care Program.

WHEN: Thursday, June 7th from 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: Miracle Temple of Christ Church, 26th Street and Tasker Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, the Dept. of Public Welfare, Community Behavioral Health, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and other services will be present.

Topics to be covered include what programs are available to help with children who need help, how to access medical assistance to pay for it, and activities available for children and youth in the summer.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES FAIR AT FREE LIBRARY

 The Free Library of Philadelphia will sponsor a Community Resources Fair.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th from 9am to 12:00
WHERE: Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street in Philadelphia.

The fair will include representatives from over 20 government and nonprofit agencies offering help with credit, housing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, food, employment assistance, health and more. There is no cost to attend the event and registration is not required. It is open to the public.

For more information, call 215-686-3550.

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