Friday, September 12, 2014

Facing the Monster - How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery

On October 18, 2014, the Sisters of Saint Francis Advocacy Group will be presenting a symposium on Human Trafficking at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston, PA. To register for the symposium call 610-558-5309 or send an email to osfadvoacypj19014@yahoo.com on or before October 4, 2014. You can find more information about the human trafficking symposium and the threat posed by human trafficking in the group's updated brochure, which is available for free download at http://bit.ly/ZigW8M.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act May Move Soon!

Right now in the United States, homeless youth are at high risk of being victimized, exploited, or coerced into human trafficking. Many also find themselves involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare system. To stem the tide of abuse and victimization, The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act would help create appropriate, accessible trauma-informed services that can provide health, healing, and a safe haven for homeless children and teens.

From our friends at the National Network for Youth:
S. 2646, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA), has officially been listed to be marked up. This means that momentum to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) is building and there is a serious chance that this bill could pass into law, but we need your help to make that happen.
Senate Champions, Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Collins (R-ME) need your help in getting more U.S. Senators to cosponsor RHYTPA before Thursday, September 18th.
Call Your Senators and Ask Them to Cosponsor S. 2646 to Reauthorize RHYA
  1. Take five minutes to call both of your Senators to ask them to cosponsor S. 2646, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA)- which reauthorizes the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
  2. Use this directory to find your Senators' phone numbers.
  3. When you call, ask to speak to the staff person who handles homeless youth issues.
  4. Tell the staff person why Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs are critical to the communities and constituents in the Senator's state.
  5. Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 2646- led by Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Collins (R-ME).
  6. Get the staffer's email address so you can follow-up via email (draft email below).
Follow-Up Email
Dear ____________,
Thank you so much for speaking with me today. As I stated on the phone, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Programs, which would be reauthorized by S. 2646 Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA), are critical to the youth and families in [insert state]. [INSERT PROGRAM INFORMATION].
Please support S. 2646. Emily Livingston is the contact in Senator Leahy’s office
(Emily_Livingston@judiciary-dem.senate.gov) and John Kane is the contact in Senator Collins’ office (John_Kane@aging.senate.gov).
Additional Resources

FACT SHEET
This Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, S. 2646 fact sheet summarizes the proposed key updates to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and outlines how these programs save the federal government money. This fact sheet is an excellent resource for talking points for when you call.
BILL SUMMARY
This document is a two-page summary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, S. 2646. This summary focuses on the updates to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which was last reauthorized in 2008.

BILL TEXT
The bill text of the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, S. 2646.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Show That #WeMatter By Supporting Paycheck Fairness

As early as today, the US Senate could vote on legislation that would help to close the current wage gap between men and women. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes that remain in the Equal Pay Act while preventing retaliation against workers who compare their pay.

While it has been more than 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed, women still face a significant wage gap when compared with men. On average, women earn 77% of the wages that men earn. The money that families lose to the pay gap each year could cover 89 weeks worth of food or 3,000 gallons of gasoline per household.

Take action now to show that #WeMatter! Email or call your senators ASAP to share how you feel about Equal Pay!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2013 Poverty Data Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Those of us who like statistics know that it's getting to be that time of year - the time when the Census Bureau releases poverty figures from last year. As always, CHN has us covered - they are offering a webinar on September 11 to help everyone get up to speed on the best ways to use this data.

From our friends at CHN:
Get ready for the September 16 and 18 release of Census Poverty data with CHN’s annual webinar training, co-sponsored by Community Action Partnership. Join expert Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Biden, to hear what the new data will likely show about poverty, income, health insurance and much more. You’ll also learn how you can access and utilize national, state, and local data. The training is free and all webinar registrants will receive timely follow-up information before and after the data is released. This training will be available on-demand. Be sure to register to receive all materials and updates.
The New Poverty Data: Using it to Show What Works (and What Doesn’t) to Reduce Poverty
Thursday, September 11
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT)
Register Now: https://chn.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=29999#blank

Presenters:
  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Jared is an economist and frequent commentator on CNBC, MSNBC, in the New York Times, and through his own blog, On the Economy. From 2009 – 2011, Jared was the Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, and now is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
  • Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs: Debbie has been analyzing the Census data for decades, at CHN and previously at the Children’s Defense Fund, specializing in helping advocates to understand how to use the information quickly and accurately.
Registrants will receive:
  • Full recording of webinar and slides from webinar
  • Tables with state data from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities as soon as data is released
  • Links to key Census Bureau materials showing your state’s trends in poverty, health coverage, income, unemployment, educational attainment, and use of benefits
  • Links to timely analyses of the data from key expert organizations
  • Sample letters to the editor; key points you can incorporate in your own letters, blogs, or other pieces
If you can't tune in on September 11, please register so that you will receive all related follow-up materials and the link to the on-demand training as soon as it is available.

To register and for more info: https://chn.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=29999#blank
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Monday, September 8, 2014

PathWays PA Launching "Second Act" Employment Training!

We're launching a new program called "Second Act" employment training.

If you are 50 years of age or older, the Second Act program is a great way to learn new skills and tips for re-launching yourself into the new job market.

Second Act connects income eligible seniors (50 and older) with FREE job training, resume help, and interview preparation.

To learn more about Second Act, contact Norm Solomon at (610) 543 - 5022, x256

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