Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Please vote for the Pennsylvania NOW Education Fund at Chase Community Giving

Chase Community Giving on Facebook is giving away LOTS of money. You can help decide which 200 local charities share $5 million in donations from Chase. Start voting for your favorites on June 15 and show us what matters most to you - and your community. It's a new Way Forward for giving.

I just voted for Pennsylvania NOW Education Fund to win $250k on Chase Community Giving! #chasegiving Pls vote for us.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Save Our State: Teach In on State Budget Crisis Scheduled for July 17

It looks like, once again, the PA General Assembly will be unable to pass the state budget by the June 30th deadline.  Currently, the House is calling for a combination of revenue "enhancers" and cuts to critical programs that support our most vulnerable citizens and our communities.  The Senate is calling for cuts alone.  Activists and organizations concerned about the effect of these cuts must For years, be involved in the search for a common sense solution to our state’s financial crisis. Our legislators
must make smart choices.
In light of this pending crisis, Health Care for All PA is organizing a state budgetary crisis teach-in on Saturday, July 17 from 1-4 pm at the ABC Brew Pub, 50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg.  Individuals and organizations across the state are invited to the Save Our State Teach-In to effect positive and lasting change in Harrisburg through sharing your concerns and suggestions.
Here is the flyer for the Teach-In.  Please spread the word.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Funds Needed for Our Work for Equality

The Primary Election of 2010 has finished with several great wins – Joe Sestak for US Senate; Lois Herr, Bryan Lentz, and Manan Trivedi for Congress; Tina Davis and Babette Josephs for the PA House of Representative; and Ruth Damsker for State Senate. We will continue working for these candidates as well as additional ones across the state with PAC endorsements. We are now in the state budgetary month in the General Assembly. Which means that we must monitor and advocate on two fronts – first to maintain funding for critical women’s and children’s programs in the budget and second to continue advocating for passage of bills to improve the status of women in PA; bills such as the prohibition on shackling pregnant women and bills to add gender identity, sexual orientation, and marital and familial status protections to our state’s anti-discrimination law

All of these efforts require funds to pay for our advocacy. Your financial support is vital to keeping the office open and to help us get the word out for equality.

There are three entities that you can join/donate to NOW in Pennsylvania:

1. Join and/or Donate to Pennsylvania NOW, Inc. This is the advocacy arm of NOW. It is also where you can become a member of NOW and join in local, state and national actions for women’s equality in your community, in PA, and across the US. To join online, go to To make an on-line non-tax deductible contribution Pennsylvania NOW, go to

2. Donate to the PA NOW PAC. This is the political action committee arm of NOW that reviews and endorses candidates for local and state office. We also make recommendations to the National NOW PAC for endorsements in federal races. Our Voters’ Guide as well as assistance to endorsed candidates comes from this fund. To make an on-line non-tax deductible contribution to the PA NOW PAC, go to

3. Donate to the Pennsylvania NOW Education Fund. All contributions to the Education Fund are used to educate the public about issues important to women and to promote women's equality. To make an on-line tax-deductible contribution to the Pennsylvania NOW Education Fund, go to

If you prefer to donate by check, email and request a pledge form.  Put "Need NOW pledge form" in subject line.  If you prefer calling in your credit card donation, call us at 814-280-8571.

Thank you for your support.