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Weekly Newsletter-Monday December 10, 2012

Weekly Newsletter

Week of December 10, 2012

This Week's Issues to Watch
Today in Your Neighborhood:  Candlelight Against Cuts"
Working families across the country are holding candlelight events to urge Congress to say no to cuts to benefits for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and to end tax cuts for the richest 2%. If you are interested, you can join an event near you. 

Find an event in your area. 
Contact your Elected Officials.

Homeless Memorial Day Rally
Wednesday December, 19 2012
4:30-5:30 PM

Thomas Paine Plaza
1401 J.F.K. Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

This rally is to remember homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died during 2012 and call for a renewed commitment to end homelessness.

For more information, please contact Jennie Young at (215) 232-7272 ext. 3106 or  

Petition to Change DPW's Name to "Department of Human Services"
The largest percentage of DPW's consumers are the elderly and those with disabilities. 

Ninety-three percent of what DPW does falls under human services, not what people often think of as "welfare". 

We ask you to please consider sharing this petition and/or forwarding this email to people you think might be interested 

2012 Kids Count Policy Report is Out
The Annie E. Casey
Foundation has released its annual KIDS COUNT report, focused on better connecting youth to opportunity and employment. 

finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century.

PathWays PA Named Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce! 
Chamber of Commerce

Adult Education Classes  

PathWays PA will be holding a series of Adult Education classes for Adult Learners seeking to obtain GED Certification and improve their literacy skills. These classes will be held this fall at PathWays PA's corporate office in Holmes, PA, as well as the CareerLink in Chester, PA.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Lauren Rodino at 610-543-5022 x 258.

Today is NDDAY of Action

discretionary" or "NDD" programs refer to core functions the government provides for the benefit of all, including medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health; weather monitoring and environmental protection; natural and cultural resources;housing and social services; and international relations.  

If you support a balanced approach, including one that does not include further cuts to NDD programs, please contact Congress and let them know. These links will take you to House and Senate contact lists.

Add the Children's Defense Fund "Be Careful What You Cut" Campaign to Your Website

The campaign is designed to bring the real dangers of cutting child investments into sharp focus, and to build the public will and make the economic case to protect children from budget cuts. 

The ads and infographs are available for free here and CDF's communications team can answer questions or provide assistance in downloading/ posting/ sharing them.  

If you have questions, please contact Scott Jacobsen or call: (202) 662-3641

FRAC Report Finds Food Stamps "Thrifty Food Plan" Inadequate

A new Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) report, "Replacing the Thrifty Food Plan in Order to Provide Adequate Allotments for SNAP Beneficiaries," explores the shortfalls of the Thrifty Food Plan. 

Established in the 1930s, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began developing basic food plans at varying costs, all with the goal of providing consumers with "practical and economic advice on healthful eating." SNAP benefits are calculated using the Thrifty Food Plan, which is the lowest of four cost plans and has its origins in one that was developed for short-term or emergency use.    

PathWays PA in the News:
December 10, 2012:
PathWays PA Receives $10,000 Donation-Read More

December 2, 2012:
Housing Costs in Philadelphia More Than Federal Poverty Level Suggests

November 19, 2012:
Philadelphia Lawmaker Says He'll Try Again for Broad Paid Sick Leave Law-Read More

November 19, 2012:
Councilman Greenlee says Paid Sick Days Bill to be Introduced in January

November 23, 2012:
Councilman Seeks Support for Paid Sick Days

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