We need to work together to end gun violence

PathWays PA is heartbroken over the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this weekend. We send our love to all those affected as we hold our own loved ones a little tighter.

In El Paso, 22 people died and more than 2 dozen more were wounded in an attack. In Dayton, a gunman killed 9 people and injured another 14 in an attack that only lasted 30 seconds. More than 20 others were injured trying to escape.

Take Action - your voice can make a difference:
Contact your members of Congress to let them know what you think they should do.Call Congress at 202-224-3121.You can also send some of the following messages or use them as talking points in your phone callsFrom CHN: Enough is Enough - We Need Real Change. From MomsRising: Ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunitionFrom Everytown for Gun Safety: Demand smarter gun laws now supporting gun violence researchVisit the CeaseFirePA Issue Action Center for PA specific actions.Vigils:Join a vigil on August 7 to rem…

Proposed changes to food stamps will leave more Pennsylvanians hungry

In July, the USDA announced proposed changes to the SNAP (food stamp) program that would cut food assistance from 3 million people nationally, including 200,000 people in PA.  These changes would restrict families with incomes above 130% of the federal poverty level from accessing food stamps and free school meals.

Currently 40 states, including Pennsylvania, use categorical eligibility to determine if a family qualifies for SNAP. In PA, families with incomes up to 160% of the federal poverty level remain eligible for some amount of benefits if their child care, housing, or other expenses bring their income below 130% of the federal poverty level.
Categorical eligibility allows families to phase out their SNAP benefits slowly as their income rises. It also allows low-income families to put money into savings, and it saves money by simplifying administration of the program. 
Take Action - your voice can make a difference: Register for a webinar to learn how to write and submit a public c…

It's nearly August Recess - time to meet your legislators!

The House and Senate are heading home soon to meet with their constituents - you. If there's something on your mind, now is a great time to set up a meeting to discuss it. If you're not sure how to go about setting up a meeting (or what to do once you're there), check out our information below.
Decide what you want to meet about: There's so many issues to discuss right now - things like immigration and paid family leave/the FAMILY Act..... Think about what matters to you, and do a little research to learn more until you feel comfortable talking about itWhen you are ready, find your member of Congress here, and then ask to speak with the scheduler to set up a meeting. Here's a sample script: "Hi, my name is _________, and I'd like to speak to the scheduler about setting up a meeting with Rep. _______ during the August recess. I'm very interested in talking to the representative about __________.In most cases, you will need to go to the legislator's …

Take action for migrant children, adults, and families

The immigrant detention crisis is deepening by the day.

Children in migrant detention camps describe their situation as dire. In speaking to attorneys, they say:
"I'm so hungry that I have woken up in the night with hunger." - 12 year old boy"We are in a metal cage with 20 other teenagers with babies and young children.... It is very cold." - 16 year old girl"The immigration agents separated me from my father right away. I was very frightened and scared. I cried. I have not seen my father again." - 5 year old boy
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General released a Management Alert titled: "DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley." It notes "urgent issues that require immediate attention," including serious overcrowding, standing room only conditions (where some adults have been held for over a week),

Of the 8,000 detainees in cus…

Support the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act

Metastatic breast cancer (also known as Stage IV breast cancer) occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast into other parts of the body, including the bones, liver, and brain. 116 people die each day from metastatic breast cancer in the United States - but, with access to treatment, metastatic patients can go into remission, live longer, and/or have better quality of life.

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act would waive a 2 year waiting period for metastatic patients to be eligible for Medicare. It would also waive a 5 month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for those who qualify. Access to healthcare and benefits is key for all those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition reports that the Act has been introduced in the House and Senate. Please contact your legislators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to sign on!

News and Actions to #ProtectMigrantChildren

The news coming from our southern borders this past week has been among the worst we've had - and it was already bad. Below is a summary of what we've seen this week:

On Tuesday, June 18, the President announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin mass deportations on June 23. That process has been "delayed" two weeks to give Congress time to take action, according to a recent tweet. That same day, the government argued in court that they were not required to give soap or toothbrushes to detained children.

Meanwhile, lawyers and others who have visited border facilities are reporting inhumane and dangerous conditions. These lawyers say detained children at a border station in Clint, Texas, have had no access to showers, laundry facilities, toothbrushes, or soap. Children at the facility are reportedly caring for each other. One attorney warned of a "pervasive health crisis" where "virtually everyone we saw was ill."


Support the Payday Rule to Stop The Debt Trap!

From our friends at Stop the Debt Trap

Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it would rescind the ability-to-repay standard from the 2017 final rule. That means that payday loan sharks would not have to follow the common-sense practice of determining whether a borrower could repay a loan before granting it. This practice would trap more people in endless cycles of debt and hurt consumers.

Currently, the CFPB is assessing tens of thousands of comments that support keeping the ability-to-repay standard. Congress is lending its voice to this process: Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is sponsoring a letter urging the CFPB to keep the ability-to-repay in their final rule. We need your help to get as many members of the House of Representatives to sign on to this letter as possible.

Now is the time for action:

Before consumer protections are gutted, we need you to call your member of Congress and tell them to side with consumers, not with the payday loan shark…