Delaware County Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition Meeting

This will be a working meeting to talk about and brainstorm the capacity the coalition has individually and as a group to get the word out about the importance of lead screening and about the availability of remediation services, as well as how to streamline the ways children are connected to the array of services they may need. The coalition needs your expertise and connections within the county!

Delaware County Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition Meeting
Tuesday, June 25 from 9 am to 11 am
Media Municipal Building
301 N. Jackson Street Media
Please RSVP to Ann at annb at by Tuesday, June 18

Continue supporting immigrant and refugee families

The situation for migrant children and families on our borders is worsening.

In May, we learned about even more migrant children dying while detained in US custody. According to Families Belong Together, 7 children have now died while in custody or shortly after their release. Adults are also dying in custody, with three adults, including a transgender woman, dying in three days in early June.

Multiple sources (including the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General) have detailed overcrowding and poor conditions at detention centers near the border. In El Paso, a processing center designed to hold 125 migrants had a population between 750-900 people. Detainees were observed standing on toilets to gain breathing space and were wearing "soiled clothing for days or weeks." In May, tents were set up to hold detained families in McAllen, Brownsville, and Rio Grande City.

Closer to home, families are still being held at the Berks County Detention Center in Pennsylva…

Protect Trans Health

Last week, the federal government announced a proposed change to the Health Care Rights Law (part of the Affordable Care Act) that would overturn healthcare protections for transgender people. Under the rule change, gender identity would no longer be protected by federal laws preventing discrimination in health care. Requirements that insurers give notice of a patient's rights to translation services would also be eliminated.

According to the ACLU, the new rule would also remove "termination of pregnancy" as a reason to make a legal claim of sex discrimination in health care. Both the specific protections for transgender people and termination of pregnancy have been the subject of lawsuits and were stopped under federal injunction.

While there are other protections for transgender people in the ACA, repealing this part of the law could lead to further rollbacks later.

Take Action:

The Protect Trans Health Campaign has a link to submit a comment to the Department of Health a…

Join us to tell legislators - pass the Family Care Act!

***Sign the Petition!***

On Wednesday June 5, a bipartisan group of State Senators and Representatives will be hosting a press conference at the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg to announce "The Family Care Act" - a bill that will establish a statewide family and medical leave program.

PathWays PA is proud to support the Family Care Campaign along with the Women and Girls Foundation and countless partners. We have been working hard to get this bill introduced in the legislature, and now we need your help to get it passed!  We invite you to join us for this special day of action – please let us know if you will be attending!

Be a Voter in the May Primaries!

If you live in Pennsylvania, please make a plan to vote in the primaries on May 21. You can see a list of upcoming elections in all states here.

Please use and share our guide to make it easier to prepare for Election Day.

***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 is running for office?
In Pennsylvania, voters will choose candidates for judges, school boards, and local government positions. The candidates who win will go on to the General Election in November. You can only vote for candidates running in your party in the Pennsylvania primaries unless there is a special election. Several districts will be holding special elections on May 21 - you can find the list here.

There are a few places you can go to check out your bal…

Protect Consumers from Payday Lenders

In October 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) put out a final rule to protect consumers and borrowers from excessively high interest rates on payday loans, car title loans, and other predatory lending.

According to Prosperity Now, these rules represented "the first-ever attempt at the federal level to regulate an industry that each year siphons off more than $8 billion dollars from the pockets of hard-working individuals and families. Built on over five years of CFPB research, community and stakeholder engagement—including more than one million comments submitted during the public comment process last year—this landmark regulation ensures that consumers everywhere are protected from the many predatory practices that plague the payday lending industry."

But today, unfortunately, these rules are in jeopardy. Earlier in the year, CFPB announced plans to change the payday lending rule. We are now in a comment period to allow stakeholders to offer feedback befor…

The Pennsylvania Voter Registration Deadline is coming soon!

Are you planning to be a voter this May?

If you live in Pennsylvania, you need to register to vote by April 22, 2019. If you are not registered by April 22, 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 (May 21, 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 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, you shouldn't need to do it again unless you need to change your name, address, or political party. You can …