Current economic turmoil and threats of severe cuts to government programs have left America’s hungry – already at historically high numbers – with little hope of relief. Recent studies by a number of agencies and organizations highlight this disturbing trend: between 2007 and 2009, the number of households struggling with hunger increased more than 33%, with nearly one in four U.S. households with children unable to afford enough food.
Organizers are gearing up to deliver flowers and get-well cards to restaurant workers across the city as a token of appreciation and sign of concern for the people who cook and serve their meals. [They will] let customers know that as they go to enjoy their Restaurant Week deals, there is a good chance that their waiter could be sick, all because they couldn’t afford to take the day off and get better.
The Pittsburgh Jewish Social Justice Roundtable held a forum last night with around three hundred community members. This timely forum puts the Pittsburgh Jewish community on the forefront of voting rights issues for the November election. Half a dozen officials and community leaders spoke about a new law that has gone into effect in Pennsylvania. The law requires voters to come to the polls with a valid state identification, while only requiring a valid social security number for absentee voters.