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We need to work together to end gun violence

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PathWays PA is heartbroken over the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this weekend. We send our love to all those affected as we hold our own loved ones a little tighter.

In El Paso, 22 people died and more than 2 dozen more were wounded in an attack. In Dayton, a gunman killed 9 people and injured another 14 in an attack that only lasted 30 seconds. More than 20 others were injured trying to escape.

Take Action - your voice can make a difference:
Contact your members of Congress to let them know what you think they should do.Call Congress at 202-224-3121.You can also send some of the following messages or use them as talking points in your phone callsFrom CHN: Enough is Enough - We Need Real Change. From MomsRising: Ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunitionFrom Everytown for Gun Safety: Demand smarter gun laws now supporting gun violence researchVisit the CeaseFirePA Issue Action Center for PA specific actions.Vigils:Join a vigil on August 7 to rem…

Proposed changes to food stamps will leave more Pennsylvanians hungry

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In July, the USDA announced proposed changes to the SNAP (food stamp) program that would cut food assistance from 3 million people nationally, including 200,000 people in PA.  These changes would restrict families with incomes above 130% of the federal poverty level from accessing food stamps and free school meals.

Currently 40 states, including Pennsylvania, use categorical eligibility to determine if a family qualifies for SNAP. In PA, families with incomes up to 160% of the federal poverty level remain eligible for some amount of benefits if their child care, housing, or other expenses bring their income below 130% of the federal poverty level.
Categorical eligibility allows families to phase out their SNAP benefits slowly as their income rises. It also allows low-income families to put money into savings, and it saves money by simplifying administration of the program. 
Take Action - your voice can make a difference: Register for a webinar to learn how to write and submit a public c…