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End Family Detention and Support Immigrant and Refugee Families

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Here's a roundup of current actions you can take to support immigrant and refugee families:

Support the GRACE Act: Each fiscal year, the president determines how many refugees can be resettled in the United States. For nearly 40 years, the number of refugees entering our country has exceeded 95,000. In September 2019, the president announced that only 18,000 refugees could enter the country in the next year. Under the Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement (GRACE) Act, a minimum ceiling of 95,000 refugees would be set. You can take action on this Act and read more about it via HIAS Pennsylvania, or call Congress and ask them for support at 202-224-3121.Shut Down Berks: The Berks Detention Center continues to operate in Pennsylvania, despite having its license revoked in 2016. The facility has a capacity of 96 people and is reported to be at or near capacity most of the time. Just this week, a family from the UK were detained there and described the conditions as "fr…

Deadline Approaching! Oppose HUD’s Attempt to Gut Critical Civil Rights Tool

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(From our friends at the National Partnership for Women and Families)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently proposed a rule that would gut a long-standing civil rights protection called “disparate impact theory” under the Fair Housing Act that has offered recourse for countless people experiencing housing discrimination and segregation.

Disparate impact allows people to challenge housing policies or practices that have a discriminatory impact on them because of their race, color, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or religion – even if the policy or practice appears on its face to apply to everyone equally.

HUD’s proposed rule would tip the scale in favor of those accused of housing discrimination. It would drastically increase the burden of proof for victims of discrimination, and provides new defenses that could shield housing providers, governments, and corporations from being held accountable for discriminatory policies.

We need you to h…

Are you registered to vote in PA?

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Are you planning to be a voter this November?

If you live in Pennsylvania, you need to register to vote by October 7, 2019. If you are not registered by October 7, 2019, you won't be able to vote in this election.
To vote in Pennsylvania, you must be: Age 18 or older on Election Day (November 5, 2019)A US citizenA resident of Pennsylvania for at least 30 days before the election If you are on active duty in the military, or you are a hospitalized or bedridden veteran, you can register at any time. See www.fvap.gov for more information.

How do I register?
You can register to vote online or by sending this form to the county voter registration office. You can also register in person at your voter registration office. PennDOT and some other government agencies can also take your registration.

I voted before. Do I still need to register?

If you already registered to vote in Pennsylvania and have voted recently, you shouldn't need to do it again unless you need to change your name, add…

Take Action to Support Paid Family Leave for Federal Employees

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This week, the Senate is likely to vote on legislation that would include paid family leave for federal employees in the National Defense Authorization Act. We need you to share your thoughts with Senators right now!

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) already passed the House with bipartisan support. It includes FEPLA, the Federal Employees Paid Leave Act. The Act is now in conference committee where a group of senators and representatives will determine which pieces to keep from the House and Senate versions.

Today or tomorrow, Senator Schatz is expected to introduce a motion to include FEPLA in the conference agreement. There may also be a separate motion asking the conference committee to focus on comp time and tax incentives instead of a paid family leave program. These tax incentives don’t encourage new businesses to provide paid family leave, however – they usually just go towards businesses that already have it.

Please call, email, and tweet at your Senators to shar…

PathWays PA's Adult Education Program

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PathWays PA's adult education program helps adult learners achieve their dreams by earning their GED.

In today's world a high school diploma or GED is a necessity for securing employment and advancing in the workforce. Our adult education program helps adult learners take the next step in their lives and careers by helping them to prepare for the GED test and building the skills necessary to gain employment, thrive in the workforce, and advance in their careers.

For more information about the adult education program and to sign up for our next adult education orientation contact Kathy Raymond at (610) 543-5022.

PathWays PA's SNAP Program

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Did you know that PathWays PA provides SNAP application assistance? Our SNAP Benefits Specialist can assist you in accessing SNAP and other workforce supports to help you make ends meet while you're between jobs and provide assistance to ensure you remain employed and are able to move toward self-sufficiency. To participate in an eligibility screening for SNAP benefits and other workforce supports contact Emily at (610) 543-5022.

Join us at the Family Care Act Bipartisan Listening Tour

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The Family Care Act would establish a paid family medical leave program in PA, granting working Pennsylvanians the time to care for themselves or other family members, such as an elderly loved one in need of in-home care, a child recovering from a serious illness, or an infant in the critical months following birth or adoption.

Join Family Care Act Sponsors Representative Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) and Senator Maria Collett (D-Montgomery), along with a panel of experts, as they discuss how their legislation would benefit working families and help Pennsylvania’s small businesses compete. The forum is free and open to the public.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2282252015422833/.