PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a weekly radio program from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday on radio station WTTM, 1680 AM. The program, entitled "Voices from the Inside," will focus on the state's prison system and reducing crime. McClinton will be joined by co-hosts state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Esteban Cabrera and author Hugh Taft-Morales. "I am excited to have this opportunity to discuss our criminal justice system," McClinton said. "This new program will offer a voice to those currently incarcerated and will promote the sharing of ideas between prisoners and us on the outside. Thanks to Rep. Acosta, who developed the idea and invited me to participate in such a meaningful program. "By meeting those currently in prison, I hope that the listeners will understand the need for changes and improvements in our current system. We need to establish more humane methods to house our prisoners and work with them so they can be rehabilitated and can return to society and contribute. We waste so much money incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses and by locking them up for extended periods of time, we make it harder for them to blend back in to society and hold a meaningful job. "Additionally, we will be discussing community programs which may reduce violence and crime." The program will air live at 11 a.m. every Thursday on 1680 AM, and it can also Read more
Pa. state Reps. Joanna McClinton and Stephen Kinsey welcomed members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to the House Chamber. McClinton sponsored a unanimously approved House Resolution designating March 22, 2016 as AKA Day at the Capitol, honoring the members of the sorority. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton cites the water contamination in Flint, Michigan and reported high levels of lead in Pa. water sources as a need for her resolution recognizing March 22, 2016, as "World Water Day" in Pennsylvania in conjunction with the 2016 "World Water Day" international observance designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Joanna McClinton, D-Phila, plan to introduce a resolution recognizing and honoring Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Kinsey said Tuesday, March 22 is the AKA legislative day at the Pennsylvania state Capitol. “I am looking forward to honoring these women before the legislature for their dedication and commitment to improve social and economic conditions through community service programs,” Kinsey said. “The sorority works with communities on such initiatives as progressive programs relating to education, family, health and business.” The sorority was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by a group of 20 students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Now the organization has a membership of approximately 283,000 members. The distinguished women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. have never wavered from doing the supreme service for all of humanity. “The sorority joined in the battles for racial equality through education since its inception,” McClinton said. “They continue to use their strength in numbers to fight for opportunities for those in need, both in America and around the globe.” McClinton said the organization has more than a dozen chapters and 1,000 members in Pennsylvania. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that she will be joining community activist Paul Moore as part of a community prayer vigil.
The vigil will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at 55th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
The location was chosen because it is the site of a recent stabbing and murder.
McClinton will speak on gun control issues facing the legislature in Harrisburg before the vigil.
"On Tuesday morning, I joined a number of my colleagues as part of a new Safe PA Caucus in Harrisburg, with a goal to eliminate gun violence in the state," McClinton said. "We also need to bring attention to other types of violence and find ways to come together as a community."
McClinton and Moore are inviting pastors and other concerned citizen to join them.
McClinton's staff will also be available to assist with constituent issues during the event.
More information is available through McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712.
PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and City Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, co-hosted a community town hall meeting on Thursday, March 10 at Add B. Anderson School in Philadelphia.
Approximately 100 neighbors in Cobbs Creek and West Philadelphia communities attended the public meeting.
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams also participated.
"This was my first town hall meeting and I look forward to many more across the 191st Legislative District," McClinton said. "The question-and-answer session allows me to see what is on the minds of our local residents and to share ideas and solutions instantly.
"The lack of a state budget, now nine months late, continues to bother me as well as local residents. Our schools, service agencies and more continue to struggle, and Pennsylvania's dysfunction continues to make the commonwealth a laughingstock among other states.
"The recent rounds of violent crime in Philadelphia were on everyone's mind. I encouraged everyone who attended to consider creating their own neighborhood town watch groups."
McClinton added: "I’d like to thank Councilwoman Blackwell for her leadership in getting city agencies involved, as well. She was able to answer questions about city issues on the spot."
State agencies that participated included the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Human Services and the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement.
18th Police District Captain Robin Wimberly discussed a number of community Read more
Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, to announce their mission and outline legislation they support. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 14 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, participated in the dedication of new murals in Bartram High School, which were created as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 18.
The murals were designed by local artist Willis "NOMO" Humphrey as a joint project between McClinton, Philadelphia First Judicial District judges and employees, Restorative Justice Guild at the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, state Rep. Jordan Harris and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
More than 100 volunteers from the Philadelphia Youth Commission, Bartram High School students, the Men of Bartram alumni committee, Philadelphia First Judicial District judges and employees and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Guild program members participated in the mural project.
The celebration in the school auditorium began with the Bartram High School Junior ROTC Color Guard presentation and Bartram students sang the national anthem.
"This entire project has been a blessing for the school and community," McClinton said. "It was thrilling to see so many different groups and volunteers work for the common good of the students. The murals will be a long-term reminder of the value of community involvement and cooperation."
In addition to McClinton, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper; Jane Golden, founder and executive director of City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; state Rep. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton and state Sen. Anthony Williams, both D-Phila./Delaware, co-hosted an expungement and pardon clinic on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Cobbs Creek Branch of the Blanche A. Nixon Library.
Local attorneys and staff from the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity provided legal assistance to help qualifying residents clear their record.
The expungement clinic was for criminal charges that occurred in Philadelphia County.
The pardon clinic was for residents of Philadelphia and Delaware counties with misdemeanor or felony convictions.
"A clean record is an important part of the job application process," McClinton said. "It's unfair that an action which may have happened over a decade ago can continue to block the opportunity to hold a quality, family-sustaining job.
"Once people are charged with a crime, the stigma follows them in their police record, often even if they are later exonerated. However, clearing that outdated or incorrect information can be a timely and expensive process but the potential of a cleared record can be worth the time and expense. Events such as this can ensure our neighbors get the clean slate and second chances they deserve."
McClinton said people who may qualify for expungement include:
• Anyone who had a criminal charge that was dismissed or withdrawn, or was found not guilty after trial.
• Anyone who pled guilty to a summary offense more than five years Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, held her first Energy Fair on Saturday, Feb. 13 at The Common Place, 5736 Chester Ave., Philadelphia.
More than 30 attendees were informed of ways the state and other groups can help save money during the winter heating season and all year round.
"The coldest day of the winter was an appropriate time for people to learn about saving money on their winter heating costs," McClinton said. "Constituents were able to meet directly with different utility companies to discuss their programs and advantages, and to learn about weatherizing homes. Preparing a home for winter cold and summer heat can greatly reduce heating expenses and also summer cooling costs, or making a home with no air conditioning more comfortable in the summer."
Those who braved the cold temperatures met with representatives from PECO, PGW and the Utility Emergency Services Fund.
McClinton's staff also provided information and helped a number of low-income families apply for the state's heating grant program, LIHEAP.
McClinton said those in need of heating help for the remainder of the winter should contact her office at 6207 Ludlow St., Unit A, Philadelphia, or call her staff at (215) 748-6712.
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, Philadelphia First Judicial District judges and employees, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, state Rep. Jordan Harris, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the Restorative Justice Guild at the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program celebrated the Martin Luther King Day of Service by painting murals in the hallways of Bartram High School on Jan. 18.
The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania judges who participated included President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, Sierra Thomas Street, Ida Chen, Abby Fletman, Idee Fox, Barbara Joseph, Barbara McDermott, Bradley Moss, Lillian Ransom, Rosalyn K. Robinson, Karen Shreeves-John and John Younge.
More than 100 volunteers pre-registered for the mural-painting event.
Volunteers from the Philadelphia Youth Commission, the Men of Bartram alumni committee and Restorative Justice Guild program at the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program assisted local artist Willis "NOMO" Humphrey, who designed the murals.
Three murals were designed: one each for the front entrance and hallways, the auditorium and the classrooms. The Mural Arts Program will hold a formal dedication ceremony for the murals in late February.
"The Martin Luther King Day of Service is a great way to memorialize the life of Dr. King," McClinton said. "So many different groups came together to create a work of art which will brighten the days of all the students at Bartram. The interaction between s Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, hosted her first Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo Dec. 22 at Motivation High School.
About 300 local seniors enjoyed the event, which featured constituent service, local provider displays, holiday entertainment, music, dancing and a holiday luncheon.
"Thank you to the many sponsors and participants who helped make the day a complete success," McClinton said. "Our seniors were able to speak with local health care agencies and pharmacies, senior service groups and financial and retail groups.
"I would also like to recognize those who took part in the program, including my emcee for the event, Tyrone Sims, Pastor Samuel Moore, First Genesis Baptist Church, and my performers, the Evelyn Graves Drama Ministry, Denise Green of All Bodies Love Exercise, and my line dance leaders, the Dashers with Gloria Kingcade, and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell."
State and local agencies that participated included the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Social Security Administration, SEPTA and the Philadelphia city offices of the Controller, Gas and Water.
Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for unanimously approving her resolution recognizing November 25, 2015 as Elimination of Violence Against Women Day in Pennsylvania. This day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, is co-sponsoring a community Thanksgiving dinner for neighbors from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingessing Ave., Philadelphia.
Friday's event is the second "Mont Brown Southwest Philly Holiday Dinner."
In addition to McClinton and Brown, others co-sponsoring the meal include state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Rep. Jordan Harris and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
"I am honored to be co-hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner with other leaders within the Southwest Philadelphia community," McClinton said. "I look forward to serving and sharing the meal with many in our community."
Last year, at Mont Brown's First Southwest Philly Holiday Dinner, 600 people were served.
The meal is free to all in attendance.
Donations are still being accepted and volunteers are needed.
To donate or volunteer, contact McClinton's office at (215) 748-6712.
Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is joined by hundreds of students to demand the Commonwealth do more to help Cheyney University – America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education – as it struggles to survive in a time of budget crisis and faltering student enrollment. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams co-hosted a criminal record expungement clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Francis Myers Recreation Center in Philadelphia.
About 100 local residents attended the event, and assistance in the expungement process was provided to 73 attendees.
"Most people who were charged with some type of crime but never convicted, or found not guilty, are entitled to have their records cleared," McClinton said. "Unfortunately, most people have neither the time, knowledge or experience to deal with the process. That is why these events are so valuable.
"One person whom we assisted spoke of being denied any sustaining employment because of an old charge on his record, even though that case had been previously dismissed.
"The expungement process erases all court records in those types of cases, which can help the person find a good job, or even to volunteer in the local community."
Expungement filing assistance was provided by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity; The Defenders Association of Philadelphia; Community Legal Services; DiMuzio Zerounian, LLC and Stampone Law.
State Rep. Jordan Harris also attended the event.
HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, expressed her enthusiasm of House passage of S.B. 166 this afternoon.
Senate Bill 166 will reduce the time for automatic expungement of some criminal record information to three years.
"A clean criminal record is essential for those looking to establish a solid employment history," McClinton said. "This bill would remove from a criminal record report any information on indictments or arrests which occurred more than three years previous, as long as no conviction has occurred and no legal proceedings regarding the case are still in the system.
"Those convicted of a misdemeanor of the second degree would also be able to petition for an expungement 10 years after final release from prison and other supervision.
"Criminal expungements are necessary to empower individuals to move forward and take positive steps in the right direction. Therefore, I have been hosting expungement clinics in both Delaware and Philadelphia counties, so all constituents can be afforded second chances."
The next expungement clinic McClinton is co-hosting with state Sen. Anthony H. Williams will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia.
In March, the state Senate unanimously passed the original bill, with an effective date of 60 days after the bill was signed into law by the governor. The House amended the start date to take effect 270 days after the governor Read more
Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton explains why she opposes mandatory minimum criminal sentences that tie the hands of judges across Pennsylvania, do not work to stop crime and end up costing the Commonwealth in the long run. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton this week voted for legislation to raise revenue for education and human services, provide additional property tax relief and balance the state budget.
“There’s no better investment we can make than our children,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “This plan would have restored $400 million in basic education funding, allowing our schools to reduce class sizes and reinstate important programs that were eliminated because of previous budget cuts.”
McClinton said a portion of the additional revenue would have come from a long overdue tax on natural gas drilling.
“Pennsylvania remains the only state with significant natural gas production that does have an extraction tax,” McClinton said. “The education of our children must be placed before the interests of big gas and oil companies.”
McClinton said she was proud to support the legislation because it would eliminate school property taxes for more than 330,000 Pennsylvanians and significantly reduce school property taxes for an additional 240,000. However, McClinton said she told House Democratic leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf’s staff that the property tax relief should be offered quicker than the legislation provided.
“It’s unfortunate this compromise revenue plan offered by the governor and House Democrats was defeated, but I am hopeful today’s debate will provide some framework for a responsible, balanced budget that makes necessary investments.”
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