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Philly Workers and Coronavirus: Join Us for a Virtual Town Hall and Speak Out

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As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the globe, Philadelphia workers are experiencing devastating - and potentially long lasting - economic hardship.

On Thursday, March 26 at 6 pm, join hundreds of impacted Philadelphia workers and elected City Hall officials for a virtual town hall to hear more about the impact of the coronavirus on retail, restaurant, healthcare, education, and domestic workers - and proposed solutions to the financial devastations we face. Workers will be joined by City Councilmembers and the Mayor’s Office for this video (Zoom) town hall. Join us to make sure that ALL Philly workers receive the support they need during this difficult time!

Here’s how you can get the word out!

RSVP here in English; RSVP aqui en espanolShare on social media and your listservs using this toolkitKeep signing and sharing our petition
We’re all in this together - see you at the virtual town hall to make sure workers demands are met and our families and communities are safe.

Take action on paid time for COVID-19 in Philadelphia

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PA Primaries are on April 28 - Register to vote!

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UPDATED 3/13/2020: VOTING DURING CORONAVIRUS!

The League of Women Voters has published a list of actions that can help you vote during the coronavirus. Please take a look as we all continue to adapt to social distancing.

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PA primary elections are on April 28, 2020!

If you live in Pennsylvania and are eligible to vote, you need to be registered by April 13, 2020. (If you live in another state, please visit 866-OUR-VOTE to find your state's information.)

***If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.  Be sure to bring this number with you when you vote!***


NEW THIS YEAR: Mail-In Ballots, Extended Voter Registration Period, and More

Pennsylvania made some changes to election law on October 29, 2019.

Mail-in ballots: PA voters may choose to mail their ballot instead of voting in person. You do not need a reason to apply for a mail-in ballot. If you choose to vote by mail-in ballot, your application must be received by your county election office by 5 PM on April…

COVID-19 and Public Health: Take Action

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As more people are being diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our area, and as our schools and businesses begin to make plans for people to remain home to slow the spread of the disease, it's important to remember the role that paid sick days and paid family leave can play during a public health emergency.

Workers needs paid sick days in the best of times, but when there are issues of public health, that time is needed more than ever. The same is true of paid family and medical leave, in order to be sure that people who need more time to recover - and their caregivers - can do so without risking their jobs.

After you follow CDC recommendations for handwashing and other safety measures, here are some steps you can take to help everyone access the time they need.


Sign a letter to Congress asking them to support legislation around paid sick days for public health emergenciesTake a look to see what kind of paid leave laws already exist where you liveReach out to your state legisla…

Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania

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Census data tells us that 13% of Pennsylvania households live in poverty. In reality, even more households don’t have the income they need to reach self-sufficiency. One in four Pennsylvania households – over 846,000 – lack enough income to cover just the necessities.

Since 1997, PathWays PA has worked with Dr. Diana Pearce and the University of Washington to calculate The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania. Over the last 23 years, The Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania has documented the continuing increase in the real cost of living, illuminating the economic crunch experienced by so many families today.

Since 2010, PathWays PA and the University of Washington have also issued three versions of the Overlooked and Undercounted report, which looks at the number of households living above and below self-sufficiency.

You can now use the interactive materials below to find out what it takes to be self-sufficient in your county.
Click here to read the 2020 Overlooked and Un…

2020-2021 Governor's Budget for Pennsylvania Released

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Governor Wolf presented his sixth budget today with a focus on education, supporting workers and the workforce, and reducing gun violence.

Overall, the budget increases spending to $36 billion compared to last year. Governor Wolf also proposed a higher minimum wage (as he did last year), raising the current rate of $7.25/hour to $12/hour by July and then increasing the wage over time until it reaches $15 in 2026. The last time the minimum wage increased in Pennsylvania was when the federal government increased the wage in 2009.

Here are some of the articles we've been reading on the budget:

Highlights of the proposed 2020-21 Pennsylvania budgetPa. Governor’s Budget Pushes for Addressing Asbestos in Schools, College Debt AidPa. budget: Another year of flat funding for public libraries lands them in ‘Loser’ listGovernor Wolf Urges Legislature to Tackle Gun Violence, Student Debt, Toxic Schools

Protect Eligibility for Disability Benefits

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Last year, the Social Security Administration stated that it wants to change eligibility rules for disability benefits.

Under the proposal, SSA would add 2.6 million eligibility reviews in the next ten years. They would also establish a new eligibility category. Currently, when someone qualifies for disability, they end up in one of three categories:  Medical improvement expected (reviewed every 6-18 months)Medical improvement not expected (reviewed every 5-7 years)Medical improvement possible (reviewed every 3 years) The Social Security Administration proposes adding a new category, "medical improvement likely," which is expected to include 4.4 million recipients. Many of these recipients will be children and people aged 50-65 with poor health and no income. If placed in this category, people will get reviews every two years.
Navigating the disability process, including reviews, is already challenging. The process can take 2-3 years in some cases, and people often have to app…