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Pennsylvania releases new app connecting students and families experiencing homelessness with resources

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has announced the creation of Finding Your Way in PA, a Pennsylvania-based mobile and desktop app developed by the Center for Schools and Communities to help connect students and families experiencing homelessness with local services and resources. “It is critically important that we remove...
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‘Kids-For-Cash’ Judges Ordered To Pay $200 Million In Restitution

Two Pennsylvania judges that were involved in a scheme to send children to detention centers in exchange for cash were ordered to pay victims over $200 million in restitution. In what was known as the “kids for cash” scandal, Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan shut down a county-run juvenile jail and instead sent children to for-profit detention centers. One of those was housed in Allegheny Township, Butler County.

Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund Team Attends Upcoming Community Outreach Events

HARRISBURG, PA – Mortgage relief is here. Now, in-person support is coming to several community events this month. The Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund, or PAHAF, will have program staff on site at a pop-up PAHAF outreach event at Mifflin County Library in Lewistown on August 8, at two of Penn State’s Ag Progress Days on August 9 and 10, and at the Soul School Festival in Philadelphia on August 13.

OSHA finds workplace violations at a Mechanicsburg work site

The agency also released information about 21 recent workplace fatalities in southcentral Pennsylvania. VD Construction Services, a residential framing contractor from Hyattsville, Maryland, faces $87,429 in penalties for six workplace violations at a Mechanicsburg work site. After an inspection in February, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleged the company...

Teens participate in week of community service through Archdiocese of Newark camp

NEWARK, NJ — Rather than hitting the beach or hanging out with friends, 45 teens from throughout Pennsylvania and North Jersey, including from Cranford and Westfield, devoted part of their summer vacation to completing a range of community service projects for a camp offered by the Archdiocese of Newark’s Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry during the last week of July.

Sports Advocacy

We know through our work that there are numerous issues where sports and advocacy overlap, especially regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that sports provide empowering and confidence-building opportunities for people to meet, socialize, and create change and that these opportunities should be available to ALL. Transgender Inclusion in...

Shutterbugs combat litter bugs for Pennsylvania Resources Council photo contest

Still-life photography can provide a fresh new perspective on the objects, architecture, or infrastructure of everyday life. One contest will turn the genre into environmental action by encouraging shutterbugs to capture garbage left behind by litter bugs. Pennsylvania Resources Council announced the latest rendition of its Gene Capaldi Lens on...

Warehouse Worker Injuries Spur New OSHA Initiative

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a regional initiative to protect workers and reduce injuries and illnesses in the warehousing, storage and distribution yards’ industries. OSHA’s “Regional Emphasis Program for Warehousing Operation” focuses on industry employers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington. “With the rapid growth of e-commerce, the warehousing industry has significantly expanded,” Michael Rivera, OSHA regional administrator in Philadelphia, said. “This emphasis program will address hazardous conditions these workers continuously face every day. Through coordinated outreach, education efforts and on-site inspections, OSHA is determined to identify hazardous workplace conditions and hold industry...

Hispanic Public Opinion Experts Challenge Myths on the Latino Vote

Washington, DC- During a briefing on the latino vote held by America’s Voice yesterday, two prominent public opinion and polling professionals gave insight into their current research on the state of play regarding Latino voters and midterm elections. Fernand Amadi, managing partner of Bendixen & Amandi, and Matt Barreto, President and co-founder of BSP Research challenged the current narrative from the right that Hispanic voters by-and-large are shifting their support from the Democratic party to Republicans. They stress that there is no measurable or widespread realignment of Latino voters and that issues including abortion are proving to be key motivating factors, especially for young Latinos, driving them to stay with Democrats as much or more than they have in previous cycles.

Rep. Dean Discusses Small Business Challenges with Local Black Business Owners

HATBORO, PA — Representative Madeleine Dean (PA-04) visited Nutz About Popcorn in Hatboro on Tuesday, August 16, for a roundtable with local Black Pennsylvania small business owners to discuss the challenges they continue to encounter in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices event was in recognition of Black Business Month, highlighting the efforts of Black small business owners in the area.