PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1 – State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown, Joanna McClinton and Lynwood Savage will co-host two events for older residents of West Philadelphia to obtain their SEPTA Key photo ID cards. SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being unveiled by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The events will be Thursday, Sept 8 and Monday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at West Philadelphia Senior Community Center, 1016-26 N. 41 st St., Philadelphia. The new SEPTA Key card will have a contactless chip, so riders only will need to scan it to pay for their ride. While an appointment is not required to attend the events, interested attendees can call their local legislator's office for more information. Brown can be reached at 215-879-6615 ; McClinton at 215-748-6712 and Savage at 215-879-6625 . ### Read more
I am cosponsoring two events for seniors to get their free SEPTA Key photo ID. Yhe new Key card provides proof that a rider qualifies for either a free or reduced senior fare. The events will be held from 9 - noon on Thursday Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 26 at the West Philadelphia Community center, 1016-26 North 41st St., Philadelphia. Read more
State Rep. Vanessa L. Brown, D-Phila., will host an informational breakfast for local residents who currently own or are looking to start a small business.
The breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St.
The breakfast is designed to help local residents navigate state regulations as they expand, start or relocate small business in Pennsylvania. Local business and financial institutions will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice as well.
HARRISBURG, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and the PLBC membership today urged everyone voting in the November election to report any possible intimidation tactics to the authorities. The PLBC issued this statement in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments Friday when he told his supporters to go and “watch the polls.” Brown said that calling for people to stand at the polls raises concerns about possible voter intimidation. “It is dangerous when a presidential candidate pre-emptively accuses voters of fraud and urges his supporters to go to the polls to watch voters,” Brown said. “Everyone who is eligible should be able to vote without having to worry about people watching over them. This type of rhetoric has no place in our political elections.” Brown said that all voters, regardless of party, should contact their county board of elections, district attorney’s office or the PLBC at 717-772-6955 or online at www.pahouse.com/plbc/ if they encounter any acts of harassment, intimidation or voter suppression at the polls. Complaints can also be filed on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website at https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/ReportElectionComplaints.aspx . The PLBC encourages voters to read the Department of State’s 2016 Voter Guide before heading to the polls Nov. Read more
Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown and members of the PLBC speak in the House chamber to mourn the victims of recent violence across the United States. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 5 – State Rep. Vanessa L. Brown, D-Phila., will host an informational luncheon for local residents who currently own or are looking to start a small business. The lunch will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St. The luncheon is designed to help local residents navigate state regulations as they expand, start or relocate small business in Pennsylvania. Local business and financial institutions will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice, as well. "This is a great opportunity for those looking to increase business and those considering, or in the process of, starting a small business," Brown said. "There is a lot of state assistance for current and new businesses, including grants and low-interest loans. Minority businesses can also learn about special state programs that allow minority-run businesses to compete in the state bidding process." Although the lunch is free, an RSVP is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 879-6615 . In addition to the business information, Brown's staff will be available to assist with other state programs, such as CHIP and Medicaid. ### Read more
State Rep. Vanessa Lowery, D-Phila., said she is pleased to announce that Fairmont Park at Kelly Drive is getting spruced up because of a state grant totaling $180,000. The grant is being given to the city's Department of Parks and Recreation to aid in the upgrades at the park. Brown said the funding comes from the Commonwealth Financing Authority and is made available through the local share account established in the state gaming law. “The awarding of this funding is major boost to the city of Philadelphia because Fairmont Park is used literally by thousands of people on a daily basis. The revitalization project will enhance economic development and contribute to the growth of our city,” Brown said. The Commonwealth Financing Authority administers and finances projects and is an independent agency created by the legislature. The agency oversees the state’s Building PA, Business in Our Sites, PennWorks, New PA Venture, Capitol Investment, New Pennsylvania Venture Guarantee, Tax Increment Financing Guarantee, Second Stage Loan and other programs. These programs are aimed at using targeted state investments for economic development in all regions of the state. To find out more about CFA programs, visit www.newpa.com . Read more
Pa. state Rep. Vanessa Brown created the Summer Reading Games Challenge five years ago to bring a love of reading to Philadelphia school children while school is out. The 2016 games have just started! Call the office for more info: 215-879-6615 Read more
The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus awarded ten scholarships to high school seniors and college students at a ceremony in Harrisburg this week. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit: http://www.pahouse.com/PLBC or contact Brown's office at (717) 772-6955. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown will host an event for older residents of the 190 th District to obtain their SEPTA Key photo ID cards. SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being unveiled by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. Brown's event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 24 at Park Towers, 4001 Conshohocken Ave., Philadelphia. The new Key card will have a contactless chip, so riders only will need to pass it across the face of the validator to pay for their ride. While an appointment isn’t required to attend the event, interested attendees can call Brown's office to reserve their spot. For questions, or more information about the event, call Brown's office at 215-879-6615 . ### Read more
Pa. state Rep. Vanessa Brown explained why she removed the Confederate Battle Flag from a display inside the Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Brown says the flag represents hate, murder and oppression. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., held a news conference this afternoon to explain her actions in removing a replica of the Confederate flag from a temporary display of historical U.S. flags in the Capitol. Brown removed the flag on Tuesday and delivered it to the office of House Speaker Mike Turzai. "I was shocked to see the symbol of hate, murder and oppression on display in the state Capitol," Brown said. "We are almost one year since Charleston. Any time I see anything like that I have to honor the Charleston Nine. "We need to ensure that our children learn from the past. Displaying the flag without the proper context misses the opportunity to teach the true history." Upon learning the Confederate flag was shown at the Capitol, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered it to be permanently removed from the display. Brown said she would be willing to allow the flag to return to the display when the true meaning of the flag is explained in the exhibit. "I am grateful to Governor Wolf for his stand in the removal of the flag, because it symbolizes slavery, oppression, murder and hate," Brown said. The flag was part of the Hanover Area Historical Society's Clausen Historical Flag Exhibit, which is on display inside the Capitol this month. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, June 13 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and the PLBC membership express their sorrow and sympathy for the family and friends of the victims of the Sunday morning mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub popular with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people. More than 100 victims were shot, and at least 49 victims plus the shooter are confirmed dead, with more than 50 others injured, many seriously. "Regardless whether this is determined to be an incident of domestic terrorism or tied to one of the hate groups around the world, the violence committed against others by so many people must be addressed," Brown said. "Our elected officials and other role models must ensure the words they use express compassion and concern for all, not further inflame racial, religious or sexual tensions. "This country was founded on equality for all. Attacking any group, whether due to race, religion or sexual orientation, must be stopped. Those who even threaten violence must be considered as real threats to the safety of all. "Sadly, again the mass shooting was made much worse by the easy availability of assault weapons. It is incomprehensible that a person who was twice interviewed by law enforcement over past comments was still able to easily and legally purchase his weapons of mass killing. "As President Barack Obama said yesterday, 'We have to Read more
State Rep Vanessa Brown, D-Phila., is urging parents to register their elementary school children in the Summer Reading Games, titled “On your Mark, Get Set, Read!” through her district office. I am inviting all children to continue reading throughout the summer months,” Brown said. “During the program children must commit to reading one hour each day beginning June 27 through Friday, Aug. 5.” Children in grades kindergarten through eighth are eligible to participate. Brown said many elementary school students will be given a reading diary and game board to participate in the reading program. Specific instructions for the participant are in each reading packet. The Philadelphia lawmaker said students who successfully participate in the challenge will be recognized at the end of the summer. “The goal of the program is for children to read when school is out for the summer and ultimately benefit in the long-term academically,” Brown said. “I firmly believe that reading is the key to future success in both school and life, and that's why I introduced H.R. 900 . ” Children must register by either calling or stopping by Brown’s office to obtain a registration form. Parents also may download it from Brown's webpage at www.pahouse.com/brown . For more information contact Brown’s office at (215) 879-6615. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., is seeking high school students that wish to participate in her summer-long Leadership Academy. Students ages 14 to 18 who live in the 190th Legislative District are encouraged to apply for the summer training program. The selected students will meet in Brown's constituent service office on a daily basis between July 5 and Aug. 19. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills which may assist them when they enter the job market. "I enjoy hosting this annual summer program," Brown said. "It is a joy to watch the students grow and develop their interpersonal and business skills over the six-week timeframe. I know they also feel the personal growth they experience during the Leadership Academy." The Leadership Academy is limited to 20 students. Applicants must visit Brown's constituent service office, 1435 N. 52nd St., Philadelphia, to apply. For more information, please call (215) 879-6615 . ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., recently hosted an informal breakfast for local residents who currently own or are looking to start a small business. The breakfast was held on May 12 at the New Africa Center. The morning's speaker was Sarah Steltz from Drexel University. She covered a wide spectrum of information from startup needs to ways to expand your current business through and with Drexel. Steltz went into detail discussing the vendor process and procurement opportunities at Drexel. In addition, she shared vital details on employment opportunities, partnership workshops, possible financial sources and organizations assisting in the development of business plans. Brown has been hosting a series of these breakfasts, designed to help local residents navigate state regulations as they expand, start or relocate a small business in Pennsylvania. In addition to the guest speaker, local business and financial institutions were available to answer questions and offer advice as well. More than 50 business owners made connections on how to build, improve and sustain their businesses. "This series of business breakfasts offer great opportunities for those looking to increase business and those considering, or in the process of, starting a small business," Brown said. "I am happy to provide information on available state assistance for current and new businesses, including grants and low-interest loans, as well Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 3 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., hosted more than 150 children and adults at her annual Spring Fling on April 13 at Fairmount Park’s Smith Memorial Playground. Local police departments and fire departments were represented, and Jazzy The Clown entertained all. The city's Indego Bike Share program offered test bikes to ride. The program offers riders 16 or older the opportunity to rent bikes from numerous locations throughout the city and return them to any other Indego location. Brown joined the children in a silly hat craft project and then led them on a parade wearing their new hats. Volunteers provided face painting and there was music and dancing, as well. Families were also encouraged to develop healthy lifestyles, focusing on exercise and diet. “This is one of my favorite events every year,” Brown said. “I love the excitement of the youth and the celebration of spring weather. I enjoy the chance to go back to my childhood and go down the sliding board at Smith Playground one more time. I was surprised this year when several adults and youth joined me. What a blast!“ Nearly 20 government and community agencies and vendors provided information for families at the event. Among the agencies that partnered with Brown were the Lupus Foundation; Get Healthy Philadelphia; Healthy Start; Sayre Health Center; PECO; Philadelphia YMCA; ADC Kids and the Jubilee School. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 3 – State Rep. Vanessa L. Brown, D-Phila., will host an informational breakfast for local residents who currently own or are looking to start a small business. The breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. May 12 at the Indigo Bleu Design and Culture Center, 3870-72 Lancaster Ave. The breakfast is designed to help local residents navigate state regulations as they expand, start or relocate small business in Pennsylvania. Local business and financial institutions will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice as well. "This is a great opportunity for those looking to increase business and those considering, or in the process of, starting a small business," Brown said. "There is a lot of state assistance for current and new businesses, including grants and low-interest loans. Minority businesses can also learn about special state programs that allow minority-run businesses to compete in the state bidding process." Although the breakfast is free, an RSVP is required. Email email@example.com or call (215) 879-6615 . In addition to the business information, Brown's staff will be available to assist with other state programs, such as CHIP and Medicaid. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 27 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, announced that Dwayne Bryant will speak in Harrisburg on Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13. Bryant will be the keynote speaker and participate in a panel discussion at 5 p.m. May 12, which will be held on the 14 th Floor, Harrisburg University, 326 Market St., Harrisburg. The panel will consist of law enforcement officers and mental health advocates, and will feature a filmed re-creation of a Susquehanna Township police stop. The discussion is also scheduled to air live on PCN. Bryant is nationally recognized for his efforts in restoring relationships between police and communities. He is president of Inner Vision International, based in Chicago, and is the author of the book, "The STOP: Improving Police and Community Relations." Bryant offers advice on how to handle traffic stops, and includes his own story of a stop in Indiana that was concluded peacefully and respectfully. The Harrisburg visit is his first in what will be a nationwide tour to promote safe and respectful interaction with the police. "Getting Mr. Bryant to Harrisburg at the start of his current tour is very exciting," Brown said. "The PLBC has been calling for better communication between police and the black community for several years, focusing on the conduct of police in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland and Read more
HARRISBURG, April 8 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, reminds students that the application deadline for the scholarship program for 2016-17 is Friday, April 22. The PLBC will award up to 10 scholarships to high school seniors and current college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university in the 2016-17 academic year. "I am pleased to announce that the PLBC will again play a role in helping minority students in their pursuit of higher education," Brown said. Pennsylvania students planning to attend an out-of-state historically black college or university may also apply and be considered for this scholarship. Brown said the students applying for the scholarship must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals and a 150-word essay on what you most admire about the applicant's state representative must be submitted with the scholarship application. "Interested and qualified students must move quickly to apply before the deadline," Brown said. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC plans to award at least 10 scholarships this year. Each scholarship will be Read more
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