PHILADELPHIA, March 20 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said the PLBC is disappointed at the return of the police secrecy bill the House passed today and is calling for Gov. Tom Wolf to veto it again. Similar to a bill Wolf vetoed at the end of last session, H.B. 27 would block the release of the name of a police officer who discharges his or her firearm or uses force that results in death or serious injury until the completion of an official investigation that is not defined and that could take up to 30 days after the incident. "This bill would further erode the trust between citizens, specifically people of color, and our police forces at a time when police-community relations are too often strained," Harris said. "Hiding the name of a police officer involved in a potentially deadly encounter is not the way to improve trust between law enforcement and communities that have historically been marginalized by those in power. "We need more trust between police and the people they serve, not less." Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman of the PLBC, said, "Transparency is a goal we strive for at all levels of government. Police departments perform a highly skilled and dangerous job for the people, but they also should remain accountable to the people. I believe those ideas are not mutually exclusive and that acknowledging this will help build better relations among Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks on her resolution recognizing the week of March 6 through 10, 2017, as "National School Breakfast Week" in Pennsylvania. Read more
Recently, an editorial written by two of our fellow legislators from the Senate was published advocating for S.B. 241 and equal pay for equal work – the idea that women should rightfully be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We would like to applaud Sens. Jake Corman and Tom McGarrigle for supporting this idea, however we believe it is vital to inform them that S.B. 241, which passed the Senate in February, would actually take several steps away from achieving pay equity. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks about some of things she took out of the second week of Appropriations Committee hearings on the Pa. state budget proposal, including how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks to the Pa. Dept. of Health about their reaction to the state's opioid epidemic and how the department is serving special populations in the community. Read more
Citing the Dr. Seuss character, The Lorax, as inspiration, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks with the Acting Secretary of the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection about the mission and work of the Office of Environmental Justice. Read more
During hearings on the state budget, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock continues to investigate with state agencies and departments their hiring practices and the diversity of their workforce. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock wraps up a busy first week of hearings on the proposed state budget for 2017-18. Bullock continues to work for Pennsylvania's working families and most vulnerable people int he budget process. Read more
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
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