HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and the PLBC membership support the official response to a number of discriminatory remarks and slurs made by local business owners that were captured on video by South Philadelphia area residents. In response to a series of videos posted to YouTube showing the owner of a popular city gay bar repeatedly using the N-word, as well as a video of a man yelling homophobic slurs at his neighbors, Philadelphia's Commission on Human Relations will be hosting a public forum about racism and discrimination at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Liberty Resources, 112 N. 8 th St, Suite 600, Philadelphia. "Hate speech seems to be getting more common," Brown said. "It is especially discouraging and unfathomable when those in a group that has historically been the subject of discrimination perpetuate hate and discrimination against other minorities and marginalized populations. We need to find a way to restore tolerance and civility in our daily lives, and to remember that we are all humans and we are all equals." "Racism and bigotry anywhere should not be tolerated under any circumstances," said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. "All people must rise above and disaffirm scripted apologies by racists and bigots who are simply sorry that they got caught. We live in an age when everyone knows that it is universally immoral to Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – In celebration of the contributions of the Girard Avenue Commercial Corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods, Brewerytown and Fairmount, state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host BrewFair from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The festivities, which will include vendors from the Girard Avenue corridor and live entertainment, will take place on the corner of 27th Street and Girard Avenue. The event coincides with Love Your Avenue Week, which will be set forth by a House resolution sponsored by Bullock. Love Your Avenue Week seeks to support and acknowledge the contributions of commercial areas, main streets and downtowns in Pennsylvania. “I hope you can join us for this unique event,” Bullock said. “Vibrant communities are dependent on walkable businesses and entertainment. We owe much to them, and this is our chance to say thank you.” Those interested in learning more about the celebration or obtaining a booth should contact Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more
One of the biggest problems facing public assistance is that it is overregulated when subjected to politics. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., is inviting area residents to her "Increase Your Financial IQ" workshop with Philadelphia City Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Allan Domb, as well as Michael Calafati from New York Life. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia, 19130. The workshop aims to help broaden financial horizons with a panel of dedicated experts who specialize in public and private financial matters, including ones concerning insurance, taxes, real estate, savings and more. Small-business finance will be discussed as well. The event coincides with Bullock’s Financial Planning Week resolution. Each year, the House of Representatives affirms the value of financial literacy, consumer education and professional outreach by representatives of the financial services industry. There is no need to RSVP, but for more information, those interested can call Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 8 – In an effort to help local entrepreneurs grow their small businesses, state Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila., cohosted a Small-Business Symposium at the Women’s Christian Alliance.
Attendees heard from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and other local entrepreneurs who have used government programs and services to help grow their businesses.
“Starting and growing a business from scratch can be difficult work, which is why I am pleased to be able to host this event with Representative Bullock,” Thomas said. “There are many resources available to small-business owners through the state that are underutilized by the very men and women who need them the most.”
In addition, state and local agencies, nonprofits and other organizations were on hand to provide attendees information about government contracting and consulting, startup training, financing, and real estate assistance.
“Connecting the Department of Community and Economic Development with local entrepreneurs knocks down communication and compliance barriers and opens new doors to partnerships and better relationships,” said Bullock. “In turn, the local business owner can better focus on his or her trade, and that’s a win for the whole community.”
HARRISBURG, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Donna Bullock has introduced legislation that would end the worry of thousands of senior citizens who qualify for Pennsylvania’s prescription drug assistance programs, PACE and PACENET. Bullock, D-Phila., said her legislation (H.B. 2306) would Amend Act 91 of 1971 – the State Lottery Law – to prevent PACE and PACENET participants from being removed from the program if their income increases solely due to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. Specifically, it would exempt COLAs from counting toward income eligibility. According to Bullock, the General Assembly must revisit the lottery law every two years in order to protect PACE and PACENET participants from being disqualified upon receiving a Social Security COLA, a policy commonly known as the COLA moratorium. She said some seniors needlessly lose their PACE or PACENET coverage while lawmakers move the moratorium through the legislative process. “With the cost of living and prescription prices continuously rising, our seniors rely on increases in their Social Security payments and programs like PACE and PACENET to help them meet their essential needs,” Bullock said. “Seniors should not be punished by losing their prescription assistance because they receive a needed Social Security COLA, nor should they be forced to wait out a legislative process that has produced the same result since 2008.” Bullock said the last Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a roundtable discussion on equal pay for African-American women on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Philadelphia City Hall, 4 th Floor Caucus Room, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Representatives from The Women’s Law Project and other elected officials, including state Reps. Joanna McClinton, Brian Sims and Rosita Youngblood, all D-Phila., will be on hand to discuss gender and racial pay discrimination and possible solutions to the problem. For more information, contact Bullock’s office at (215) 684-3738. Media coverage is invited. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined the PA SAFE Caucus and its gun safety allies in Philadelphia Monday. These Individuals and groups are working together to bring common sense gun legislation to Pennsylvania. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 20 – State Rep. Donna Bullock and House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla today hosted a public hearing on Bullock’s Fair Chance Housing legislation, which would prohibit landlords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background. Bullock, D-Phila., said that her legislation would model a recent policy change within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that disregards criminal records as a condition for housing approval. "Too often, individuals who have criminal histories – and have turned a new leaf – find it difficult to find adequate housing," Bullock said. "As a basic right, and a condition of successful recovery, access to housing should not be based on one’s prior violations or indiscretions." "Our neighbor Ohio has had success with programs aimed at assisting those with arrest histories," Bullock said. "The nationwide recidivism rate is 49.7 percent; Ohio’s is 27.5 percent. My proposal is a modest pivot toward changing how the commonwealth rehabilitates those with arrest histories." "I applaud Rep. Bullock for her dedication to helping those looking to make a fresh start," said Sturla, D-Lancaster. "Access to housing is a basic need. Discriminating against those looking to get back on their feet and reintegrate in to society only serves to make them feel as though they need to turn back to old Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her Fair Chance Housing legislation, which would prohibit landlords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building cafe (corner of Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues). Requested by Bullock, the hearing will be co-chaired by House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Bullock said that her legislation would model a recent policy change within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that disregards criminal records as a condition for housing approval. The hearing agenda is as follows: 3 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 3:10 p.m. Panel One: Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Angela McIver, CEO, Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania 3:40 p.m. Panel Two: Rasheedah Phillips, managing attorney, Community Legal Services Patricia McGlone, social worker/community education coordinator, Community Legal Services 4:10 p.m. Dina Schlossberg, deputy director/senior attorney for multi-family housing, Regional Housing Legal Services 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more
PHILADELPHIA, June 20 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a free open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at her constituent services office, 2835 Girard Ave. She will update constituents on legislation in Harrisburg as well as cover the services that her office provides for constituents, including help with unemployment, disability and workers’ compensation issues, birth and death certificates, navigating the departments of Health and Human Services, voter registration and solving complaints or problems with insurance and utility companies. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, constituents can call Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more
As Father's Day approaches and we celebrate Men's Health Week in Pennsylvania, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock encourages men to get regular checkups, have conversations with doctors and lead healthy lifestyles to help ensure a long life. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined fellow legislators and PennFuture, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Sierra Club to call on the General Assembly to stop the slew of environmentally dangerous legislation we’ve seen come before both the House and Senate recently. We must forge a sensible path forward that protects our environment for future generations and ensures Pennsylvania moves toward clean, renewable energy.
PHILADLEPHIA, June 9 – State Rep. Donna Bullock will hold a Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Cozen Police Athletic League on 17th and Brown streets. Fathers, grandfathers, and community father figures will have the opportunity to play pick-up games of basketball, burgers will be served, and Bullock will discuss state legislation and programs related to men’s health and any state issue important to guests. Bullock’s constituent service staff also will be available to provide information, answers and assistance with state-related programs and services, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PennDOT, PHEAA financial aid for college and more. For more information, please call Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock says biking is more than just great exercise, it also improves our neighborhoods and environment. Bullock supports a resolution designating the month of May 2016 as "Bike Month," the week of May 16 through 20, 2016, as "Bike to Work Week" and May 20, 2016, as "Bike to Work Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks about her resolution which was approved by the House designating April 26th as "Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock welcomed Lisa Kaplan from Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Philadelphia, who was awarded the 2015 Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education, as the best principal in the nation. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and Welfare, ascending to the position two months after her February assignment to the larger committee. House Appropriations Committee Democratic Chairman Joe Markosek made the appointment. “Representative Bullock’s professionalism and experience with a wide range of service providers make her a perfect fit to chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare,” Markosek said. “Her compassion and work for families and the vulnerable will help her vet critical pieces of legislation for this influential committee.” “It’s an honor to take on this new responsibility, and I look forward to learning more about the inner workings of the Appropriations Committee through this new lens,” Bullock said. “Health and welfare are two areas I’ve remained passionate about throughout my career in Philadelphia, and now in Harrisburg.” The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare is responsible for any bill, resolution or other matter related to those subject areas. Members of the subcommittee return their work to the full Appropriations Committee with recommendations. Bullock's public service precedes her work in government. She has volunteered and served on several boards, task forces and coalitions, including Read more
My office staff will bring our constituent services to different locations throughout the legislative district this spring. We can help you with any state issue that you might have, including with property tax and rent rebates, birth and death certificates, LIHEAP, PACE cards for seniors, or issues with PennDOT, and many more state services. Read more
In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila, on March 22, 2016 discusses the importance of new legislation aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians from potential lead contamination from aging paint and water pipes. Read more
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