Stopping violence and hatred after New Zealand

Last week, two mosques in New Zealand became the sites of terror attacks. At least 50 people were killed and another 50 wounded in Christchurch, New Zealand. The main suspect in the shooting may have posted a manifesto containing "anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim" sentiments minutes before the attack.

PathWays PA sends our thoughts and support to families in New Zealand and to all those affected by gun violence and xenophobia. Please read on to learn more about what you can do to support families and stop violence and hatred.

How You Can Help Victims
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh set up a fund for Christchurch victims. Last year, Muslim communities in Pittsburgh and across the world raised money for victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.CNN recommends supporting the New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups, which has launched a crowdfunding campaignAs always, please research any organization carefully before donating to them
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Support Immigrant and Detained Families

Family Separation: We've been talking about it on this blog and throughout the country for months. Back in June 2018, the Administration said they would stop separating families who come to the US border. But in March, the New York Times reported that more than 200 children were removed from their families since the court ordered the practice to end. Parents and children are held in different facilities and even different states. Meanwhile, thousands of children separated from their parents before the court order took place still have not been reunited.

Take Action:
HIAS has an ongoing list of actions you can take, including contacting your legislators and confronting misinformation about refugeesWelcoming America, United We Dream, and MomsRising also have tools that can help.Public Charge: On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security issued a new change to the public charge rule, which looks at how using public benefits affects a person's application to become a legal p…

Give Kids a Smile During Spring Break

During Spring Break April 15th - 22nd 2019

Call for appointments starting April 1st 215-563-5848 x21

Give Kids a Smile!

Participating dental offices providing free care in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester counties. Give Kids a Smile is for children who don’t have insurance or have not seen a dentist in the last 6 months. For
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Sign up for our webinar on equal pay

April 2, 2019 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Cohosted by PathWays PA, Friends of the Delaware County Women's Commission, Delaware County BPW, and District 10 BPW.

Women's Commission Join us on Equal Pay Day to learn more about Equal Pay affects you and what you can do about it! Whether you're an employer or employee, there are ways that you can make the workplace more equitable for everyone.

Sign up here!

PathWays PA 2nd Annual Art Show and Silent Auction

Creative Arts engage children's minds, bodies, and senses!

Please consider joining us as we share artful creations from our Therapeutic Art Enrichment program. The children experience less anxiety, build positive relationships and create mindful art while residing at the Center for Families. We hope that you enjoy their work as much as they do. Some of our young artists will be onsite to talk with you and answer some of your questions about their work. Hoping to see you real soon!

Time: 1p-3p
Date: March 30, 2019
Location: Saint Paul Episcopal Church 1105 East Lincoln Highway Exton, PA 19341

Entrance Fee: Donation of Art supplies

Comment on changes to federal regulations

Several government agencies are proposing regulations that you can comment on. Let the federal government know what you think!
SNAP (food stamps) - Federal law currently requires that childless adults can only receive three months of food assistance over a three year period unless they can document working at least 20 hours per week. However, states can waive these rules in times of high unemployment. New USDA rules would eliminate those waivers, ending SNAP for about 755,000 adults. Take Action:  Feeding America, the Food Research & Action Center, the Center for American Progress, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are helping coordinate a campaign to oppose the rule. For additional resources and details about the campaign, please visit Security - The Social Security Administration is proposing a rule change that would eliminate "inability to communicate in English" from the list of categories considered when making disa…

Taking action on the emergency declaration

On Friday, President Trump signed a national emergency declaration in order to pay for his proposed border wall. This declaration marks the 58th time a national emergency had been made, with 31 of those emergencies still in effect today.

So what happens next? The ACLU already filed a lawsuit challenging the declaration, as did 16 states who say they are harmed by diverting funding to the wall. Congress has the ability to take up a joint resolution to end the emergency declaration, although it is unclear if they have the votes to do so (or to override the expected veto).

Besides signing the emergency declaration, President Trump also signed a budget agreement, preventing another shut down. The budget includes funding for 45,724 immigration detention beds, an increase from the 2018 budget - but 17% fewer people than the 49,057 currently detained. You can read more about the detention space here.

Meanwhile, in a February 2019 court filing, the Administration stated that reuniting "t…