Bellevue Bulletin 01/17/2020
By Kristina D’Amico
Welcome back to another update from Bellevue Strategies.
First up this week, we have an exciting announcement from our President and CEO, Mustafa Rashed. As Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor, kicks off his campaign, he has brought on close to 35 staffers and plans to open a dozen offices in the state of Pennsylvania, and 12 Regional Organizing Directors who will work to bring Bloomberg’s ideas to the rest of the state. Mustafa has been chosen to be the state campaign’s Senior Communications Advisor! We’ll be following how the campaign will play out as we move into the election year.
Out in Harrisburg, officials announced on Thursday that nearly $1 million in grants are being awarded to prevent and respond to sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities across the state. The “It’s On Us” initiative was adopted by Pennsylvania four years ago, and “brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution”. The money given via grants will help to train students and staff to recognize and combat sexual assault, as well as increase public awareness and provide services to victims.
Also in state news, Pennsylvania joins 14 other states, the District of Columbia and New York City in suing the Agriculture Department over a plan to impose stricter work requirements on millions of food stamp recipients. (Via Politico.) The lawsuit includes attorney’s general from the 14 states backing the lawsuit and was filed Thursday by mostly Democratic-led states. The language argues that the USDA unlawfully limited states’ discretion to “exempt certain adults from work requirements for an extended period of time based on local employment conditions”. The changes to SNAP that the lawsuit addresses would apply to recipients who are able-bodied adults without children or other dependents, and this is expected to kick nearly 688,00 adults off of the program when it takes effect in April.
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