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About ACTION United
ACTION United was formed in January, 2010 by former members of PA ACORN and other concerned people in the state. ACTION United was formed to advance the interests of low and moderate income families around Pennsylvania on the issues that are of critical importance to us: economic justice for low income and working families; fair lending practices and a real solution to the foreclosure crisis; good schools; clean air and a safe environment ; and quality affordable health care. Action United's 57,000 members are organized into 17 neighborhood chapters throughout the state.
Our members have a long history of victories in PA, including:
Voter Registration and Mobilization: registering over 140,000 new voters in the 2008 election cycle, and moving large numbers of those voters to the polls on election day
School Funding: part of a coalition that won a historic fair funding initiative in PA that is delivering millions of dollars of additional funding to low income schools districts around the state, including upper Darby
Tax Preparation and EITC: helped prepare free taxes for 6000 families in 2009; we delivered over $3.12 Million in Earned Income tax refunds back into PA low income communities.
Fighting Foreclosures: in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh: won a foreclosure diversion program that has required banks to sit down with families in foreclosure and work out a solution to keep the family in their home. In Philadelphia, the program includes a funded outreach program that increases the number of families who come through the program and end up staying in their home;
Better Wages: in PA, we worked in a coalition with a number of labor and community organizations to win an increase in the state minimum wage. As part of Pittsburgh United, fought for and won a prevailing wage law that will raise wages for thousands of Pittsburgh workers and their families.
Read more about Action United on the issues.