Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#WeMatter on Women's Equality Day: Tweet Storm at 1PM and 9PM

From our friends at Family Values at Work
Today we celebrate the 19th amendment, when Congress stopped denying women the right to vote. Of course for decades, women of color were still denied access to the polls. August 26th is about all women who continue to raise their voices in the face of injustice – who say, pay attention, we matter!

Today, women across the country are standing up and speaking to lawmakers with a similar message: #WeMatter
We are women and families, and the changes we need matter.
Women’s economic security matters.
Our votes matter.
We matter.

Pay attention, those running for office. #Wematter isn’t just a hashtag; it’s notice to elected officials that there’s a linked policy agenda that values families and the work they do. And we’re watching.
But we can’t do it without you. To raise the floor and remove the barriers for all women and families, we need your help.
Here’s what you can do. Ask two friends to sign up to get involved in local, state and national campaigns to help makes sure that policies critical to you are front and center in this year’s elections and beyond. And join the Twitter storm today at 1pm EST and 9pm EST using #WEmatter.

And on the anniversary of the 19th amendment, consider donating $19 (or more!) to Family Values @ Work. Every dollar you give will go directly to supporting campaigns fighting for – and winning – paid sick days and family leave insurance.

Thanks for all you do,

Ellen Bravo
Executive Director, Family Values @ Work



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ask Your Senators to Cosponsor the "Not My Boss' Business" Act

From our friends at NARAL

Pro-choice advocates in Congress have introduced the "Not My Boss' Business" Act.

If passed, this bill would ban bosses from picking and choosing which guaranteed benefits their employees receive.

Your support is needed to help move this important bill forward.

Call your Senators and ask them to Support the "Not My Boss' Business" Act today. 

A vote is expected this week!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Film and Discussion on the Immigration Crisis Tomorrow at 7PM

From our friends at the Philadelphia International Action Center

The Philadelphia International Action Center invites you to a forum on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00PM at Calvary Church, 48th & Baltimore on the growing crisis of thousands of immigrant children seeking refuge in the U.S.

The program will feature Colombian community activist Maria Serna and the documentary film "Harvest of Empire" that takes an unflinching look at the direct role that U.S. economic and military intervention in Latin America played in triggering this unprecedented wave of immigration.

For more information call 215-724-1618 or email phillyIAC@gmail.com.

Watch the trailer here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CMS Hosting FREE Health Insurance Marketplace Workshop August 14

The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014. This one-day event is intended for CMS partners and Stakeholders who help consumers through the Marketplace process and provide basic awareness and education about the Marketplace.

What will be presented this year:
  • An Overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Information on Health Insurance Literacy
  • Current Topics
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Online and fax registration is available here. There will be no charge to you for the training.

NOTE: Registration requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis until the meeting reaches capacity. The number of attendees from the same organization may be limited.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Webinar Tomorrow- Role that SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) Can Play in a State's Workforce Development System.

From our friends at the National Skills Coalition

Tomorrow, beginning at 1:00PM, the National Skills Coalition will host a webinar on the role of SNAP and employment training.

SNAP E&T can help low-income individuals access education and training, as well as critical supportive services that are often otherwise unavailable. On this webinar you'll learn from NSC and other experts how state and local communities can capitalize on this largely untapped resource and take advantage of new opportunities, like recently authorized pilot grants. You'll learn about what is allowed under SNAP E&T and how the program interacts with the larger SNAP nutrition program.

NSC and its partners are developing a comprehensive to help states better understand and implement successful SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) programs.

Panelists will include: 
  • Rachel Gragg, National Skills Coalition 
  • Ed Bolen, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 
  • Rick Krauss, Consultant, formerly with the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Laura Rowley, Seattle Jobs Initiative 
  • Dr. David Stout, State of South Carolina 
Register Here.