Quick Takes on Big Topics

It's another action packed week, and we don't want to miss anything that's going on. So here are some short takes on big topics:
Families Belong Together: As of September 12, the federal government was housing 12,800 detained migrant children - according to the New York Times, this is the highest number ever recorded. Not only are more children being held, but fewer are being released, and children are now staying in detention for an average of 59 days. Meanwhile, the Administration is continuing to advocate for the long-term detention of children - in this case, with their families.Take Action: Call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121. Here's a sample script: "Hello, my name is ________ and I live in (your zip code). I'm calling to ask you to create a plan to end the detention of immigrant children. Nearly 13,000 children are currently detained."Support organizations like Project LifeLine that work on behalf of immigrant children in detention. As al…

Give Kids Sight Day is November 17, 2018

From our friends at PCCY

Free Eye Care for Kids at Jefferson Alumni Hall on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:30am to 1:00pm

For children 17 years and under, from Philadelphia and surrounding counties, who have not had, or who have not passed, an eye screening and/or who are uninsured. For more information email: or call 215-563-5848 x21.

Click here to download English and Spanish Double Sided flyer

The flyer is also available in the following languages – click to download below:

Arabic / Chinese / French / Haitian Creole / Hindi / Russian / Spanish / Vietnamese

What We're Hearing About This Week

Kavanaugh Nomination:The news is filled with reporting on the Kavanaugh nomination process. You can find more in your own trusted news sources, but we wanted to share this nonpartisan guide on the nomination created by the Campus Election Engagement Project. Please take a look, check out other sources, and make a decision. Take Action: Once you've formed your opinion, call your Senator at 202-224-3121 to share it. Here's a sample script: "Hello, my name is ________ and I live in (your state). I do/do not support the Supreme Court nominee because __________. I urge you to vote _________ on his nomination."Families Belong Together: Despite a court order for reunification by July 26, nearly 500 children remain separated from their families under the family separation policy. 322 of those children are now in the United States while their parents are outside of the country - in some cases because those parents were deported without their children.Take Action: Call your me…

Join PathWays PA on National Voter Registration Day!

This year, PathWays PA is holding a Voter Registration and Literacy Fair on September 25 (which is National Voter Registration Day).

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

In addition to voter registration, the following organizations will join us to make presentations and provide information about their work:

Delaware County LibrariesFriends of the Delaware County Women's CommissionLeague of Women VotersPennsylvania Institute of Technology,Strayer University
Please join us to learn more about these great org…

General Assistance is Returning

On July 10, the PA Supreme Court made a unanimous ruling that Pennsylvania must reinstate the General Assistance (GA) program. GA provides cash assistance for very low-income Pennsylvanians. To qualify, recipients must:

have a temporary or permanent disabilitybe a minor child who is not living with a relativebe caring for an unrelated child under the age of 12be caring for someone ill or disabledbe victims of domestic violence (limited to nine months in a lifetime)be in a drug or alcohol treatment program that prevents them from working (limited to nine months in a lifetime) The maximum amount of Cash Assistance for people with no other income is $205/month for one person or $316/month for two people.
Download a flyer from CLS and learn more here.

October 23 Birth Certificate Clinic in Chester PA

Do you need your Birth Certificate but don’t have ID? If you were born in PA you can get help!

Clinic presented by: Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Catholic Social Services and Santander Bank

October 23, 2018
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Catholic Social Services, 130 East 7th Street, Chester, PA 19013

Meet with an attorney who will request your birth certificate for you. No ID required!

Registration required for fee waiver - please register by calling Legal Aid at 610-874-8421

Fees sponsored by Santander Bank and the Delaware County Bar Foundation

It's August Recess - Go Meet with Your Legislators!

While the Senate chose to skip its usual August recess this year, the House is at home with its constituents - you. Why not take the time to meet with your legislators and tell them what you are thinking about?

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 - healthcareDACA, domestic violence and the Violence Against Women Act, paid family leave and the FAMILY Act, payday lending.... Think about what matters to you, and do a little research to learn more until you feel comfortable talking about it.Set up the meeting: Prosperity Now put together a great tool for setting up recess meetings, including a sample email and information on how to contact the scheduler in your legislator's office. If you're uncomfortable with this format, you can make it simple - find your member of Congress here, and then ask to speak…