Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October is National Work and Family Month!

Celebrate National Work and Family Month with a Facebook chat about the need for paid family and medical leave this Thursday, 10/23 from 1-2 pm.

The chat will be co-hosted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, MomsRising, CLASP, Family Values @ Work, and Working Mother magazine, on behalf of the FAMILY Act coalition.

Join the conversation here.

#WeTweet Wednesday: Send a Message to Congress with a New Site

From our friends at the National Partnership for Women & Families:
Nearly every member of Congress uses Twitter (and most candidates do too). That is why the National Partnership for Women & Families has created this new tool and website – – which offers an easy way to find and tweet at elected officials and those running for office.

Visit, pick the issue that matters most to you, enter your zip code, and then send tweets directed at your members of Congress and candidates. 
Please join on us on Wednesday, October 22nd, on what we’re calling “WEtweet Wednesday,” in an exciting day of action!

Together we can send a clear message to those who seek to represent us: Women matter. Women’s equality matters. #WEmatter.

Check out the site and see how easy it is to tweet your support for fair pay, paid family and medical leave, paid sick days and other issues that matter to women and families. We hope you will share this exciting new tool with your friends, families and neighbors and join the “WEtweet Wednesday” day of action. Together, we’ll make sure that Congress takes notice (and candidates too)!
Please note: Use of this site is for nonpartisan purposes only.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tax Season is Around the Corner - We Need Volunteers!

Our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program provides extensive free tax preparation services and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) education and outreach throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with a focus on promoting asset development and financial stability.

Free tax preparation is supplemented by an extensive mobile tax program that brings these services to employer sites, community centers, public transportation sites and childcare facilities. The VITA program provides tax filers with tools and strategies that focus on using their refund to build year-round stability to achieve financial goals.

To learn more about VITA, please click here or contact Maria Duncan-Prince by email or call 610-543-5022 ext. 239.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Preemption Threat Over, But Domestic Violence Bill Still Needs You!

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UPDATE (10/16/14 1:27 PM) - HB 1796 has passed the Senate unanimously and is on it's way to the Governor's desk! Thanks to everyone for their support!

Last night, Senator Hughes made a motion to revert HB 1796 to a prior printer’s number, eliminating the preemption amendment. The motion passed 26-22. Please take a moment to thank everyone who voted to help end the threat of preemption!

Thank you to everyone who made calls and spoke to their legislators, and a special thanks to our anti-domestic violence advocates and PCADV in particular.

The saga of HB 1796 continues, however. This bill, which passed unanimously in the House and was set to sail through the Senate until the preemption amendment was attached, is now marked as "over" for the day. In other words, the Senate doesn't plan to vote on it today, and since this is the last day of the session, it is the last day for votes. Unless we take action now, we will have to start over with this bill in January.

PCADV has put out an action alert asking everyone to reach out to their Senators right now. Please take a minute to do so.
Please take the next 5 minutes and call your senators with the following suggested script— Harrisburg office numbers can be found here:
“My name is _______________ and I am a constituent of Senator ______________. I am asking the Senator to please support running House Bill 1796 for final passage today. It is currently marked “over" on the Senate calendar.
[If your Senator voted to revert the bill yesterday evening— click here to see roll call] I also want to thank the Senator for voting to revert House Bill 1796 to prior printer’s number 2870 yesterday.
His/Her vote supports victims of domestic violence who a faced with help or homelessness. Thank you for your time.”
Click here to send a message to your Senator thanking them for their support on the motion to revert yesterday and urging them to run the bill today. If your Senator did not vote to support the motion to revert please change the message body to only include support for a final vote.

Finally, the gun rights legislation (the “Alloway Amendment”) that was nearly added to HB 1796 yesterday was instead added to HB 80. That bill is expected to run. You can call your Senators to comment on that bill as well.

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Help Slam the Debt Trap Shut

Payday loan shop window
(h/t to our friends at Community Legal Services)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is getting ready to issue rules that could end payday lending nationwide. Payday, car-title, and high-cost installment loans with annual rates of 300% or more can put borrowers in an impossible (and unpayable) position.

You can sign on today to a letter that will ask the CFPB to make a strong national rule that will help families everywhere. The letter is available at Sign ons are accepted until 5 PM today, October 16.

As the letter states: "It’s time to end the scam and put rules in place that will end abusive practices and slam shut the debt trap." Let's work together to make that happen.

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