Take Action to Change Public Policy

Hunger is injustice. Together we can end it!

Just Harvest staff and members at the April 15, 2015 Fight for $15 rally in PittsburghHunger and poverty are caused by political choices. Ending hunger means changing politics.

Let your representatives in government know how you feel. It is our right – and our responsibility – as constituents to speak our minds and demand action.

The actions on this page (below) explain why and how you should call specific elected officials to account. Your calls and emails make a difference!

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Current Actions

jail cell door PA Senate Bill 6 treats people in poverty like criminals - This state bill would reduce assistance for the most vulnerable members of our community while punishing them for past mistakes, simple errors, or even a stroke of good luck.
Priority: Affordable Access -- More Vendors, Free Transfers Fare Capping A Foundation for Equity: The Riders’ Vision for Port Authority of Allegheny County - Just Harvest is joining Pittsburghers for Public Transit and Mon Valley Initiative to advance the Riders’ Vision for Public Transit in Allegheny County.
Vote NO on this Farm bill that will lead to a loss of SNAP benefits for billions of people that are simply trying to make ends meet. Protect Food Assistance: Stop the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2) - Expanding SNAP’s ‘work requirements’ will make it harder for millions of workers to consistently put food on the table. Call your House Rep. to say “Hands off SNAP!”
work requirements = cuts in disguise Two cruel state bills would limit access to food and medical assistance - Please take action NOW to oppose Pennsylvania House Bills 2138 and 1659, which would add and expand cruel, costly, and unnecessary time limits on Medicaid and SNAP.
African-American family Expanding worker protections: Paid sick days and leave - All workers face caregiving responsibilities at some point – whether it’s a child, a parent, or themselves. It’s time employers stop punishing them for that.

Recent Actions

Help stop harsher time limits for food assistance - The primary program that helps struggling Americans afford food, is at risk of being seriously restricted from helping those in need. Here’s a fast and easy way to help protect SNAP.
“Whose BRT? It’s not for me!” - A recent bombshell is fueling our campaign to ensure Allegheny County’s plan for Bust Rapid Transit doesn’t hurt Mon Valley bus riders’ food and jobs access.
Week 29: Help target four Pa. members of the U.S. House to stop the tax bill - You can help stop the worst of the new U.S. tax bill right now by joining a coordinated effort to sway four key Pennsylvania U.S. Representatives.
Think! Add your voice to the conversation Week 28: Be part of the WQED Think! live town hall on poverty in Western Pa. - Our communities need more honest discussions of the real causes poverty and what helps people climb out. Be part of this one.