Monday, July 30, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: July 30, 2012

Federal Policy Updates 

A JOB SHOULD LIFT YOU OUT OF POVERTY, NOT TRAP YOU IN IT

Women who earn minimum wage are struggling to make ends meet. The current minimum wage at $7.25 an hour can not support our families.

If you support raising the minimum wage sign this petition today.

What would raising the federal minimum wage do?
  • Rebuild our economy. For every $1 added to the minimum wage, low-wage worker households spend an additional $2,800 the following year.
  • Ensure a better future for our children. 21.5 million children have a parent who would benefit from a minimum wage increase. 
  • Increase jobs. Increasing the minimum wage would boost consumer spending, which drives 70% of our economy. 
Sign this petition today because we deserve the opportunity to work hard and earn enough to support our families!

For more information on the benefits of increasing the minimum wage please check out the National Women's Law Center fact sheet.

From our friends at 9to5. 

SIGN-ON LETTER IN SUPPORT OF VAWA REAUTHORIZATION

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, was the first piece of American legislation that recognized the pervasive nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA programs give law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe, while supporting survivors and recognizing their role in the fight to end gender-based violence.

VAWA needs to be reauthorized to ensure the continuation of these vital, life-saving programs and laws. In addition, this is also an opportunity to expand VAWA by improving services available to LGBTQ survivors of violence, breaking down barriers to services for undocumented survivors, and continuing prevention efforts to counter the high levels of violence against Native American and Native Alaskan women.

If you support VAWA please sign this letter that was put together by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact reauthorizeVAWA@gmail.com.

State Policy Updates 

GENERAL ASSISTANCE ENDS THIS WEEK

Cash benefits for over 60,000 Pennsylvanians will end this Wednesday with the ending of the General Assistance program. General Assistance was a safety net program for Pennsylvanians who are unable to work. Individuals on General Assistance received $205 a month to help pay their necessary expenses like rent, prescriptions, or transportation.

This program was cut this year as part of the state budget. It is crucial that current recipients of General Assistance are aware that this program is ending.

Community Legal Services has put together a flyer you can post and share with your clients. They have also written a fact sheet with answers to some frequently asked questions about the program ending.

Information & Events 

COUNTDOWN TO COVERAGE EVENT: BEING A WOMAN WILL GET EASIER ON AUGUST 1ST!

Starting on August 1, all new insurance plans will have to start covering important preventative health services for women, such as contraception, screening and counseling for domestic violence, annual well-woman visits, and breastfeeding supports, without charging co-pays. Expensive co-pays are a major barrier for women and can prevent them from getting the care they need. This preventative care provision will create a powerful tool for improving the health of women and we are so excited to celebrate this victory for women's health!


WHAT: A Visibility to Celebrate and Educate! 
WHEN: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from Noon to 1pm 
WHERE: The Clothespin Statue on 15th & Market Streets 

During the event, we will be raising public awareness around this important benefit for women by holding up signs and handing out literature to passerbys. Don't worry about bringing anything -- we will provide it all for you.

Please join us for this fun and celebratory event! Don't forget to spread the word to friends! 

If you would like to learn more about what goes into effect on August 1st join PHAN on the evening before Tuesday, July 31st, for our Tuesday Night Policy Call Series as we learn all about this new provision, what's included and who's covered.

VOTER ID LEGAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC

Attorneys from SeniorLAW Center, Face to Face, and area law firms will meet privately with individuals of all ages to learn more about the new Voter ID law and help with applications for birth certificates and other documents to obtain ID for voting.

WHEN: August 3, 10:00 – 12:00
WHERE: Face to Face Legal Center, 109 East Price Street, Philadelphia, PA

There is no charge for legal services, but please sign up and make an appointment. Call the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine at 1-877-727-7529 to register and for further information.

Current government-issued Photo ID will be required of all voters in the November election. Don’t wait! Find out if you have the ID you need to vote now.

PA DEPARTMENT OF AGING ANNOUNCES NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE LINE

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has announced a new toll-free number to help consumers with questions about long-term living and services for people with disabilities. The Link to Aging and Disability Resource Center line, 1-800-753-8827, is answered by trained customer service staff from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The toll-free number previously used for the former Long Term Living Helpline, 1-866-286-3636, will automatically connect callers to the new service.

For more information on the Department of Aging’s programs and services, visit here.

READY, SET, REGISTER: NONPROFIT VOTER REGISTRATION

Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine out of ten registered voters cast a ballot; among those who did not vote, many noted that they encountered problems with their registration.

Join Nonprofit VOTE to learn how your nonprofit can ensure that your clients and constituents are registered to vote and able to participate in this year's election!

WHEN: Thursday, August 2nd at 2:00pm
Register here.

They will help you create a voter registration plan, develop strategies and tactics for registering community members, ensure you remain nonpartisan, and more.

THE 2012 ROSALINDE GILBERT INNOVATIONS IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE CAREGIVING LEGACY AWARDS

Three awards of $20,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, government agencies or universities responding to a community need with a program or project which focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Only agencies operating within the continental United States are eligible to apply. One award will be granted in each of these categories:
  • Creative Expression 
  • Diverse/Multicultural Communities 
  • Policy and Advocacy 
Applications are available, online only. The closing deadline is 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), Friday, August 17, 2012. Award announcements will be made by the end of December 2012. Award recipients will be honored at the 2013 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA). Participates will be invited to present information about their awarded program or project at the conference. Travel stipends will be available for the conference.

To apply and for more information, go to: http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=2188

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