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Keep Families Together: Congress Needs to Stop Family Separation

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Over the past year, we've heard reports of horrific conditions in shelters where unaccompanied children were held.. In October, we learned that 1500+ additional migrant children were separated at the border in the United States. 207 of the children were under the age of 5.

Now, the AP is reporting that the United States held a record number of migrant children in custody in 2019. According to the AP,

"The nearly 70,000 migrant children who were held in government custody this year — up 42 percent in fiscal year 2019 from 2018 — spent more time in shelters and away from their families than in prior years."

We must work with Congress now to stop family separations and family detentions, which are leading to immediate and long-term trauma for children. Please take action today to help end this practice.

Take Action:

Call your Senator and Representative at 202-224-3121 and ask them to stop family separationUse this link from Families Belong Together to contact CongressAttend a …

Support PathWays PA with "Bags 4 My Cause" this December

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We are so excited to share that PathWays PA has been selected to be a part of the GIANT Bags 4 My Cause Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of December, each time a $2.50 reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag is purchased at the GIANT located at 950 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA, $1 will be donated to PathWays PA (unless the customer chooses otherwise). This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for our cause.

If you shop at GIANT, please support PathWays PA in December by purchasing a Bag 4 My Cause! And if you know someone who shops there, please share this information.

To learn more about this program, please visit giant.bags4mycause.com.

Be a Voter Next Week!

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General elections are on November 5, 2019. If you live in Pennsylvania and are eligible to vote, you needed to be registered by October 9. If you live in another state, please visit our site via Rock the Vote to find your state's information. If you are not sure if you are registered in PA, you can confirm your registration status in the Pennsylvania voter registration database.

(If you missed the deadline, register now for the primaries next year! You can register through Pennsylvania's website, via our site powered by Rock the Vote, or by mailing in an application.)

***If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. 

Issues may include (but are not limited to): being told the wrong date/time to vote; not being allowed to cast a provisional ballot; being intimidated or challenged at the polls. 

Be sure to bring this number with you when you vote!***

Who Am I Voting For?
On November 5, 2019, Pennsylvanians will vote for judges, school boards, and local govern…

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…