World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the issues faced by so many Americans: lack of access to healthcare, childcare, education.. The increasing financial insecurity of average citizens and the perilous gig economy.. These are not lockdown talking points, these are daily realities that were here before and will continue long after this pandemic. It is crucial that we work…

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Worker’s Rights Bill

Worker’s Rights Bill

The deceptively named Workers’ Rights Bill introduced by Representative David Rowe protects neither workers nor their rights. Aimed only at unionized public employees, including teachers, the bill if enacted would prohibit dues being deducted from public employees’ paychecks. Dues can only be deducted if authorized by the employee, just as employees voluntarily have deductions made for contributions to the United…

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On this day…

On this day…

On this day in 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General by the Continental Congress of what is now known as the United States Postal Service. It is no secret that the USPS is in financial peril. One reason being that in 2006, a law was passed by congress that required the institution to pre-fund health benefits for…

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Video – Coffee with Katie  – Broadband

Video – Coffee with Katie – Broadband

Did you know? Pennsylvania defines broadband as at least 1.544Mbps down & 128Kbps up, while the national definition is 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up? That means we’re counting people who have horrendous connectivity as A-OK. Even our broadband access maps aren’t granular enough to be accurate. We need to be able to see internet access street by street. COVID-19 put…

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Video – Coffee with Katie – Childcare

Video – Coffee with Katie – Childcare

Katie knows we have a serious problem. Access to high-quality, affordable Pre-K and childcare is incredibly important in our community and beyond. And, according to reports from The Center for American Progress, 83% of parents of children under 5 reported finding that affordable, quality care in their area was a serious problem. While we are lucky to have many excellent…

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