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Good News - Make Calls to Support Sibling FMLA!

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The Senate Labor and Industry Committee just approved a bill that would expand FMLA in Pennsylvania to cover siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren! This bill has been introduced over at least 4 sessions now, and today is the first time it has come out of committee.

Joanne’s Law, SB 479, would allow workers who qualify for the FMLA to use that time to care for their siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren (the FMLA only covers parents, children, and spouses). While the leave would be unpaid, it would be a great step towards getting a full paid family leave program in PA.

Please read the story behind Joanne’s Law here, and then take action! Call your Senators to ask them to bring Joanne’s Law up for a vote and to vote yes! Please also call Katrina in Senator Scarnati's office with your name, phone number, and support for the bill - you can reach her at 717-787-7084.

Be a Voter - Register to Vote Today!

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General elections are just around the corner, and if you live in Pennsylvania and are eligible to vote, you need to be registered by October 9. You can register through Pennsylvania's website, via our site powered by Rock the Vote, or by mailing in an application. If you live in another state, please visit our site via Rock the Vote to find your state's information.

***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?

On November 6, you can vote for a candidate to become Pennsylvania's Governor and Lieutenant Governor. You can also vote for candidates for the US Senate, US House of Representatives, State House of Representatives, and some state senators. There may be local races as well. You may be …

Quick Takes on Big Topics

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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

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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: gksd@pccy.org 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

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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!

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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

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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.