PathWays PA E-Alert: May 9, 2011

Federal Policy Update

 On Wednesday, May 4, the House of Representatives voted by a vote of 251-175 to pass the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" (H.R. 3).  

If the bill is adopted into law, it would put up new roadblocks to make it more difficult for a woman to obtain an abortion. It would:
Permanently restrict abortion coverage in the federal Medicaid health program, extending the effects on women of the Hyde Amendment
Ban abortion coverage in the new health care exchanges and put new taxes on employers and individuals who pay for abortion coverage through health plans  
The bill now moves on to the Senate. If you would like to speak out against H.R. 3: Click here to let your Senators know you oppose H.R. 3.

This information provided by The Women's Medical Fund.

 State Policy Update

More than 3,000 people gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday to speak out against cuts in FY2012 state budget proposals and to support closing corporate tax breaks within the state.

Many labor unions and organizations from across the state were represented in huge numbers, with their members calling for legislative action to tax Marcellus Shale drilling and to close the "Delaware Loophole" and other tax loopholes which are said to cost the state an estimated $1.8 billion in lost revenue. Among the loopholes are $42 million for cigar and smokeless tobacco tax exemption, and a $62 million online sales tax exemption.

Check out the links below for media coverage of the event, and please continue to call and email legislators- as revenue numbers improve there is more momentum to stop the cuts. 

(The Times-Leader)   

(Fox 43)   

(Raging Chicken Press)

(CBS Pittsburgh)


Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't have the ability to earn paid sick days. So whether it is the need to care for an ailing elder, or a sick child, or for oneself, there are thousands of people facing the choice of caring for themselves or their family and losing their job. Going to work or caring for an ailing family member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit the PathWays PA blog to read one Philadelphia woman's story about her family's need for paid sick time.

Click here to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council letting them know you support Earned Sick Days.

The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and later in life.

But the Governor's proposed budget would eliminate funds that enable more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-k- initiatives that help ensure children sustain the gains made during their first five years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten - children need both to succeed.

And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th through 20th, arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight continuum. (Click here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits.)

Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact this has on children's lives. Click here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early learning funding continuum.

This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network is constantly tracking what's happening in Harrisburg and DC and can give you the latest information.

The Affordable Care Act gave Americans new rights, like free preventive care and no lifetime limits. But what about grandfathered plans? Or employer paid health care? What if you renew your plan? Or reissue?

On Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00-7:00 PM, Claire McAndrew, Health Policy Analyst at Families USA, will discuss the ins and outs of grandfathered plans. RSVP here for the call. 

The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.

Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.

The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).

To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call for applicants for the Economic Security Innovations Award as part of the Building Bridges to Economic Security campaign.

In an effort to promote economic security across the generations, the Building Bridges campaign aims to shift the public dialogue through a common messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common policy and programmatic goals.
The Economic Security Innovations Award will support organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.
Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are due Friday, May 20.
WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to spread the word to your networks.

Questions? Contact

Join Terry Travis, Assistant VP for Development at La Salle University for some practical information about financial literacy – from a basic explanation of developing and managing a budget, to balance sheet terms, to reporting fundraising numbers, or speaking with potential donors.

The workshop is free and open to the community.  It will be held on
WHEN: May 20, 9:00 – 11:30 (A light breakfast will start at 8:30)
WHERE: La Salle Union Building in the Music Room on the second floor

Please contact Louise Giugliano, Director of Service-Learning with your name, organization and email to register.

Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't have the ability to earn paid sick days. So whether it is the need to care for an ailing elder, or a sick child, or for oneself, there are thousands of people facing the choice of caring for themselves or their family and losing their job. Going to work or caring for an ailing family member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit the PathWays PA blog to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her family’s need for paid sick time.

Click here to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council letting them know you support Earned Sick Days.

Please sign and share the National, State and Community-based Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.

FRAC and others in NAHO (National Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state and local groups to sign on to this letter.

Please sign your organization onto this letter and send it to other organizations on your e-mail list.

Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and hungriest people in the country.

Click here to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the Food Research and Action Center.
This information provided by PHENND.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has announced an updated and enhanced version of its instructor-led Money Smart for Young Adults financial education curriculum. Key changes include updates about managing credit cards, avoiding overdrafts and financing higher education.

The revised curriculum also includes instructional enhancements, many suggested by instructors who use Money Smart, such as expanded pre- and post-tests that teachers can use to measure changes in student knowledge or use as quiz questions.
To obtain free copies of the updated curriculum, visit here.
This information provided by our friends at United Way of Southeastern PA.

Special PathWays PA Information/Events

Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration
Date: Thursday May 19, 2011
Time: Networking 8am
           Program 8:30-10:30am
Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center
    4700 Drexelbrook Drive
    Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.

To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support:  
Delaware County Office of Employment and Training
Department of Labor & Industry
Job Opportunity Investment Network
PA Fund for Workforce Solutions

Do you need help with education, childcare, welfare benefits, parenting or support? We can help! The Project Peace Teen Parent Program provides one-on-one support for pregnant adolescents and teen parents. Project Peace services are available at the MacDade Goodwill Store, 2137 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes PA, from Tuesdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Services provided will help you:
Complete high school and plan for higher education
Become a better parent
Obtain appropriate community resources, such as childcare, supportive services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Parents (TANF), life skills training and employment
Get in home support
For more information call 610-543-5022 or visit

The PathWays PA Path$ 2 Benefits program provides access to counseling and workshops on banking and budgeting assistance, credit and debt management counseling, identity theft repair, financial goal planning, financial crisis management, college planning, housing assistance, and free tax preparation. Clients can also be screened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other services. Even unemployed and dislocated workers can take part in programs that improve their credit without costing money.
For more information, please call 610-543-5022 or email

Financial Path$
Financial Path$, a new program from PathWays PA, helps individuals and families build paths toward economic self-sufficiency through financial education, asset building and economic empowerment.  This program provides one-on-one financial counseling and financial education workshops. Financial Path$ is committed to assisting everyone carve their path to self-sufficiency.
If you or your clients would be interested in learning more about this program please contact
For more information become Financial Path$ friend on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Stay turned as we will also be launching a blog very soon!

Pop quiz: What's better than an apple a day?
Answer: Earned sick days! Moms know: Even an apple a day won't keep the doctor away. That's why Philadelphians need earned sick days.

Next Thursday, May 12, the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces and MomsRising will deliver "apple-o-grams" to every member of the Philadelphia City Council along with personal stories and notes from people like you about the importance of earned sick days.

Can you add your short note now that we'll deliver on an apple-o-gram on Thursday?
Need ideas about what to write? Visit the Earned Sick Days blog at

On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr. Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with limited resources.

Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very young children.

FREE and open to the public
Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm
Drexel School of Public Health
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.  
Cherry Street Room 
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE

Join us!
Monday May 9, 2011
Childspace Day Care Center
13 E. Mount Pleasant Dr., Mount Airy

Join the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplacesas we gather to hear to hear Philadelphia mothers share their stories on why they need earned sick days to take care of their children!
Bring your kids and enjoy FREE PIZZA!
You can register to attend at
To learn more visit: 

For more information contact Rebecca Foley, Director of Public Policy at WOMEN’S WAY at 215-985-3322 or


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