Access to a high-quality education provides an opportunity for success for young people, lifting them out of low- or middle-class lives. Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock asked the Chancellor of the Pa. State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE) for his take on the racist and disparaging remarks recently made by Pa. Senate Education Committee chairman Eichelberger concerning minority students. Chancellor Brogan assured us that PaSSHE schools exist to provide opportunity for students of any color, from all socioeconomic levels and all backgrounds.
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock says that Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal helps our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians by investing in our children's education, helping our seniors and continuing the fight against the opioid epidemic. Read more
Citing the very real threat posed by climate change, state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, was joined today by legislators and advocacy groups to announce the formation of the bicameral Climate Caucus. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today was appointed to serve on five committees, including two new assignments. "I'm pleased that House Democratic leaders have entrusted me with two new, important assignments to serve on the Commerce and Environmental Resources and Energy committees," Bullock said. "Environmental justice is a priority for me -- for decades, communities of color have paid the price for bad environmental policy that has too often let corporations run unchecked. "Our families have been exposed to air and water pollution from power plants, factories and incinerators, some of our water sources have been contaminated with chemical waste, and too many of our children continue to be exposed to lead contamination from old pipes and paint in their homes and schools. Our children have higher asthma rates, and our communities are less likely to recover from climate-caused disasters such as Hurricane Katrina." Bullock said the Commerce Committee reviews bills that deal with banking issues, wage and employment issues and more. Bullock will again serve on the Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget; and the Aging and Older Adult Services and State Government committees. In addition to beginning her first, full two-year term as state representative earlier this month, Bullock has been chosen to serve as vice chairwoman for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Bullock said 195th Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Donna Bullock today was sworn into office as representative for the 195th Legislative District during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue representing and fighting for the residents of the 195 th District, both at home and in Harrisburg,” Bullock said. “We have new challenges ahead in this upcoming session and I am ready to work with my colleagues to bring positive change to the commonwealth.” In addition to beginning her first, full two-year term as state representative, Bullock has been chosen to serve as vice chairwoman for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “I am honored that my peers selected me to serve in this position for such a very important caucus,” said Bullock, D-Phila. Bullock said residents are encouraged to sign up for periodic e-mail updates by registering through her website, www.PaHouse.com/Bullock . Constituents can also stay up to date with news from Harrisburg and Philadelphia by adding her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepDonnaBullock and following her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/RepDonnaBullock . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Donna Bullock will hold an Environmental Justice Mixer and Update from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Community Futures Lab, 2204 Ridge Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The meet-and-greet reception is in honor of the 25th anniversary of the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice, which were adopted at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991 in Washington, D.C. The principles have served as the defining document and basis for the grassroots movement for environmental justice. In the spirit of the adoption of the 17 principles, this event is a gathering of contemporary environmental and social-justice professionals, activists and community members to connect with one another and continue expanding a network of people who are fighting for environmental justice in Philadelphia. Light refreshments will be provided, and Bullock will share an environmental legislative update from her first term in Harrisburg. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – To show solidarity with children experiencing homelessness and the educators who serve them, state Rep. Donna Bullock’s House resolution adopted last month encourages Pennsylvanians to observe this week as "Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week." A Capitol news conference today marking the week featured advocates and House members discussing the issue. Pennsylvanians are urged to wear a red shirt on Friday for "Red Shirt Day," which encourages schools and communities to support assistance programs for children experiencing homelessness and brings awareness to the issue. In the 2014-15 school year, data show that 26,273 students in Pennsylvania schools were homeless or without adequate housing. This represents a 9 percent increase from the previous school years. Also, the number of homeless students has risen 18 percent in the last two years. “We are bringing awareness to the prevalence of children experiencing homelessness and to the barriers that prevent them from attending school,” said Bullock, D-Philadelphia. “School is often the one constant in the lives of children moving from house to house, couch to couch, or shelter to shelter. And it's important to not interrupt their education." “In Pennsylvania, there are few resources available to kids who experience homelessness, including a shortage of affordable housing and assistance providers Read more
In observation of "Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week" state Rep. Donna Bullock says she held a Capitol news conference to encourage schools, communities and others to support assistance programs for children experiencing homelessness and brings awareness to the issue. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 10 – Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week begins Monday, culminating in Red Shirt Day on Friday, Nov. 18, said state Rep. Donna Bullock, who sponsored a House resolution commemorating the week. A news conference in the Capitol Rotunda will take place at 11 a.m. Monday . The news conference will occur during Housing Alliance of PA’s Homes within Reach Conference – a full day of panels and events centering on homelessness prevention that will take place at the Harrisburg Hilton. Slated to speak in the Capitol are: Sonia Pitzi, Office for the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Liz Hersh, director, City of Philadelphia, Office of Homeless Services Cindy Daley, policy director for the Housing Alliance Liam Spady, The Advocacy Institute (youth advocate) More information about the Homes within Reach Conference, which is celebrating its 12 th year, can be found here . To show solidarity with children experiencing homelessness and the educators who serve them, Bullock’s H.R. 1112, adopted last month, encourages Pennsylvanians to observe Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 as "Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week." Pennsylvanians are urged to wear a red shirt on Friday, Nov. 18 for "Red Shirt Day," which encourages schools and communities to support assistance programs for children experiencing Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks out against a bill that would punish "sanctuary cities" like Philadelphia, as nothing more than legalized racial profiling and puts municipalities at financial risk. Read more
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
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