Today in Your Neighborhood: Candlelight Against Cuts"
Working families across the country are holding
candlelight events to urge Congress to say no to cuts to benefits for
Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and to end tax cuts for the
richest 2%. If you are interested, you can join an event near you.
finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults
are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young
people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering
toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills
employers need in the 21st century.
PathWays PA Named Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce!
Adult Education Classes
PathWays PA will be holding a series of Adult Education classes for Adult
Learners seeking to obtain GED Certification and improve their literacy
skills. These classes will be held this fall at PathWays PA's corporate
office in Holmes, PA, as well as the CareerLink in Chester, PA.
Further information can
be obtained by contacting Lauren Rodino at 610-543-5022 x 258.
discretionary" or "NDD"
programs refer to core functions the government provides for the benefit
of all, including medical and scientific research; education and job
training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health;
weather monitoring and environmental protection; natural and cultural
resources;housing and social services; and international
If you support
a balanced approach, including one that does not include further cuts to
NDD programs, please contact Congress and let them know. These links will
take you to House and Senate contact lists.
Add the Children's Defense Fund
"Be Careful What You Cut" Campaign to Your Website
The campaign is designed to bring the real dangers of
cutting child investments into sharp focus, and to build the public will
and make the economic case to protect children from budget cuts.
The ads and infographs are available for free here and CDF's
communications team can answer questions or provide assistance in
downloading/ posting/ sharing them.
If you have questions, please contact Scott Jacobsen or call:
Established in the 1930s, when the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) began developing basic food plans at varying costs,
all with the goal of providing consumers with "practical and
economic advice on healthful eating." SNAP benefits are calculated
using the Thrifty Food Plan, which is the lowest of four cost plans and
has its origins in one that was developed for short-term or emergency
HB 2429, which would allow predatory payday lending in Pennsylvania, is scheduled for a committee vote on Wednesday, June 6.
Pennsylvania currently has one of the strongest laws against payday lending in the country. If passed, HB 2429 would weaken the law by creating loopholes that payday lenders can use to charge exorbitant rates. Under this law, lenders could charge interest of up to 300%. You can read more about the proposed legislation here. You can also read a policy brief about "credit services" lending here.
Research from the U.S. Department of Defense and experience of other states show that payday loans are damaging enough to require a 36% annual rate cap on fees and interest for payday loans made to active duty military families. Payday loans hurt our communities and should not be given a foothold in PA.
Here are more resources to help you take action against the separation of family members entering the United States (read our post from last week for the original information). Thanks especially to Families Belong Together for your comprehensive list of information.
**Here's what's happening. The Guardianput together a Q and A that you can read here. According to this article, migrant families crossing the border illegally, even if they are seeking asylum, may now be criminally prosecuted under a new policy put in place this April. If the families come with children, the children are separated from their parents while the parents are held in federal jail. Children then wait to be reunified with their parents or to be sent to relatives or sponsors. According to The Guardian, this wait can take weeks or months. News reports from this weekend show some of the facilities for children and a copy of the handout given to parents when their children are removed…
UPDATE (1/16/19): Many people are receiving their benefits BEFORE Friday. Please note - these are not additional or bonus. They are your benefits for February.
If you live in PA and receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits, please read and share this message. You will be receiving your February benefits EARLY. Thanks to our friends at the Coalition Against Hunger for sharing this information.
DUE TO THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, YOUR FEBRUARY SNAP BENEFITS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON YOUR EBT (PA ACCESS) CARD by the end of the day on Friday, JANUARY 18, 2019. These are your February benefits coming early – they are not a bonus.You WILL NOT receive additional benefits in the month of February.USDA has directed all states to issue February benefits early – you will not be getting additional SNAP benefits until March at the earliest.New applications for SNAP are still being accepted and processed during the rest of January and during February. Eligible applicants who submit all …