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Bullock commends budget proposal, looks forward to working with Gov. Wolf

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – Following Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli being reassigned on Tuesday to summary appeals after allegedly calling a Black female juror “Aunt Jemima” and making other racist remarks toward her, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now urging the Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate. Leading the effort are PLBC members representing Allegheny County, who condemned Tranquilli’s comments as another manifestation of a broken criminal justice system that systemically targets black and brown people. “The alleged comments made by Judge Mark Tranquilli are alarming on multiple fronts,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35 th Legislative District in Allegheny County. “On one hand we have an individual tasked with upholding the law to the highest extent but who clearly harbors bias and judgment toward defendants before a verdict is even reached. On the other hand, we have a judge who harbors an even stronger bias toward people of color, both of which are a recipe for disaster and an injustice to our community. I’m calling on the Judicial Conduct Review Board to do a thorough investigation into this matter.” State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, who represents the 24 th Legislative District, also in Allegheny County, echoed similar sentiments. “Our society is based on the belief that justice is blind – that regardless of race, color Read more

 

Bullock commends budget proposal, looks forward to working with Gov. Wolf

(Feb 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., applauded the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined yesterday by Gov. Tom Wolf. “Governor Wolf’s proposal sends a clear message that he is dedicated to creating a fairer, more equal Pennsylvania for everyone,” said Bullock, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “I want to help make these changes a reality by getting to the truth during budget hearings and learning how we can really set Pennsylvanians up for success in the future.” Bullock said Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “Education is hugely important for creating career opportunities, especially for people of color in Pennsylvania. I’m glad to see Governor Wolf’s commitment to creating pathways for students to learn without amassing crippling debt or leaving without options,” Bullock said. “Plans like this will help Pennsylvania maintain a competitive workforce that offers good jobs to qualified employees.” Wolf also demonstrated his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, renewing his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including Read more

 

Bullock stands with survivors, advocates to introduce Gun Violence Survivors Week

(Feb 03, 2020)

In her ongoing fight to end gun violence, state Rep. Donna Bullock today joined survivors and advocates from Moms Demand Action to mark the first week of February as Gun Violence Survivors Week in the commonwealth. “ Just days ago, a 4-year-old child in my community died from a gunshot wound inside his home,” said Bullock, D-Phila. “We can’t sit idly by and let these heartbreaking tragedies continue. Today, we honor the lives taken, stand with survivors, and vow to keep pushing to protect our communities, especially our children, from this public health crisis.” Bullock said her initiative ( H.R. 662 ) is meant to be another tool to help spread awareness on the social costs associated with gun violence, motivate improvements to public policies meant to prevent further bloodshed, and to give a voice to survivors who are often faced with a long road to recovery. " My mom was killed 6 years ago, and it still feels like it all happened yesterday," said Gina Pelusi, Everytown for Gun Safety survivor fellow and Moms Demand Action volunteer. "When someone is killed in such a sudden and violent way, it feels virtually impossible to wrap your head around the reality. The mental and physical toll of gun violence is something that survivor s will carry with them forever. We may learn to cope better over time, but we are never the same." As a member of the PA Safe Caucus , Bullock continues to work Read more

 

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Following the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with caucus members, reflected on the Pennsylvania native’s legacy and his activism, and spearhead bi-partisan effort to have Bryant’s memory etched in the state’s legislative record by way of a House resolution. “Lives were lost, and families are mourning. A wife and mother is mourning the loss of her husband and child; siblings are reeling from the loss of their father and sister,” Kinsey said. “Across the globe, our nation and in our commonwealth -- where Kobe grew up -- young children are trying to comprehend the death of a world-famous athlete, a role model they innocently thought was immortal. “Through basketball, Kobe inspired, unified and uplifted people around the world. As chairman of a legislative body that tirelessly advocates for policy that is inclusive and demands fairness for black lives across our commonwealth, I especially appreciate Kobe using his celebrity platform for his activism to elevate black voices by unapologetically wearing a ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt, compelling everyone to recognize our humanity and the pervasive culture of police brutality,” he said. State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, Read more

 

Bullock announces a more than $6,000 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for students

(Jan 28, 2020)

In her ongoing effort to sustain nutrition in school, state Rep. Donna Bullock announced a $6,261 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for its students. Bullock, D-Phila., said the funding, which is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will allow Morris Robert School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a walk-in refrigerator. “These upgrades reflect my commitment to help our schools provide children with sufficient food options during the school day,” Bullock explained. “Too many of our young people are forced to face hunger, and school is the one place they rely on for a quality meal.” The grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. “We need to support lunch programs, not lunch shaming. I will continue working to make school meals more affordable and accessible for students because a satisfied stomach leads to more focus, energy and motivation to succeed in the classroom,” Bullock said. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to Read more

 

Bullock Works To Help Victims Of Human Trafficking

(Jan 22, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock stated her support for a package of bills that would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to crack down on human trafficking and also provide victims with the support they need in recovery. Read more

 

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent

(Dec 10, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock says applications are being accepted NOW for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Contact her office to see if you're eligible and for help applying. Read more

 

Bullock commemorates Youth Experiencing Homelessness Week, Red Shirt Day

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – Today, state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., hosted a news conference alongside state Sen. Larry Farnese to recognize Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Week in Pennsylvania, as well as Red Shirt Day, which raises awareness about homelessness across the state. “Homelessness has a profound impact on children’s success in school and later in life,” Bullock said. “It’s incredibly important to raise awareness of this issue so that teachers, administrators and other educators can offer support when it’s needed most.” “The number of youths experiencing homelessness increased by 22% this year. While we don’t know what factors are driving this, we know that these students need to be supported, that they have a right to an education and as much stability as we can possibly provide,” Farnese added. “That’s why we are here today and why Red Shirt Day is so important -- to assure these kids that they are not alone.” During the 2017-18 school year, more than 36,000 students were identified as experiencing homelessness or having inadequate housing. Bullock and Farnese were joined by advocates against homelessness, including Nikki Johnson-Huston; Thomas Jackson, a policy and research analyst with People Emergency Center; Ameera Sullivan, guidance counselor at Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia; and Sonia Pitzi, Region 3 coordinator Read more

 

Rep. Bullock announces $200K in grant funding for Fairmount Community Development Corporation’s West Girard Business Resource Hub

(Oct 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Donna Bullock announced today that a $200,000 state grant has been awarded to the Fairmount Community Development Corporation to acquire and renovate a space in the Brewerytown area that will be home to the West Girard Business Resource Hub. “This grant award will have far-reaching effects when you consider the potential of our small-business community and the current and prospective small business owners who want to set up shop here,” Bullock said. “I hope this grant award shows our local entrepreneurs that people have faith in them. And I hope the hub that will be created with this funding gives our small businesses the support they need to thrive here in our community.” The grant funding announced Thursday comes from the Local Share Account, or LSA, established by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Funds in the account come from slot machine license operation fees paid by casinos operating within the City of Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within the City of Philadelphia. Grant amounts vary, with a minimum award of $10,000 and a maximum award of $500,000. To learn more about the LSA program, visit the DCED online . ### Read more

 

Bullock announces $15K Urban Agriculture grant awarded to Sanctuary Farm

(Oct 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Donna Bullock announced a $15,000 state grant has been awarded to Sanctuary Farm, which empowers community members through gardening and then distributes fresh produce to people in need. “Providing people with tools they can use to improve their lives is an amazing thing,” Bullock said. “When you empower someone in need it also helps others through the skills they have learned, that is a truly beautiful thing. Sanctuary Farm is doing just that – bringing people together to learn about farming and harvesting produce, and then giving them an opportunity to give the crops they’ve grown to their neighbors. I’m so happy such a worthwhile organization has been awarded this grant.” Sanctuary Farm, which opened in an empty lot in Philadelphia in 2017, has grown and harvested thousands of pounds of fresh produce cultivated in community gardens. The organization will use the $15,000 grant to fund a new greenhouse to meet increasing demand for fresh produce. The grant money is from Pennsylvania’s Urban Agriculture Grants program, part of the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides microgrants for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding, and collaboration grants for projects that demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. ### Read more

 

Bullock to Host Annual Girard Ave. Street Festival

(Sep 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock will host her annual Girard Avenue Street Festival on October 5 from Noon until 6 P.M. Come gather on West Girard and enjoy food, entertainment and art! Read more

 

Bullock applauds $160,000 in state grants for the 195th Legislative District

(Sep 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced a total of $168,965 in state grants are headed to the 195th Legislative District for greenways, trails, and recreation projects. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $120,000 grant for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to modernize half of the 8-mile long Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Trail by reconstructing and resurfacing trail segments; constructing ADA access points; landscaping; and providing erosion repair and control. In total, the project cost is $3,170,750. “Currently, the trail has exposed tree roots that has destroyed portions of the path and the trail is in desperate need of modernization to make it more accessible for anyone who wants to enjoy it,” Bullock said. “I am pleased that city has been awarded this grant to keep this stretch of greenspace functional for residents to continue using it for various recreational activities.” Bullock also noted that the Spring Garden Community Development Corporation was approved for a $48,965 grant to design outdoor venues, gardens and parks where residents can engage in healthy outdoor activities at the Waring School play yard. Bullock added, “The school yard has a layer of asphalt that intensifies the heat, making it unbearable to enjoy outdoor activities during the summer months and this grant will allow the necessary changes to be made.” The SGCDC plans to also design a Read more

 

Fall 2019 newsletter

(Sep 16, 2019)

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Street renamed after the late former Rep. Frank L. Oliver

(Aug 30, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Donna Bullock was joined today by Sen. Sharif Street, former Sen. Shirley Kitchen and local ward leaders to rename a portion of 29th Street, between Master Street and Thompson Street, as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway. “Frank was a pioneer and staple of this community. During his time as state representative, he played an active role as an advocate for minority hiring and inclusion, affordable housing and criminal justice reform,” Bullock said. “His inspirational fight to protect our most vulnerable populations ended in much-needed laws being passed.” The designation came to light after a bill was enacted ( S.B. 1156 ) that included Bullock’s amendment for the renaming. “With the designation of 29th Street as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway, we honor Frank’s contributions and remind everyone of his hard work and dedication to the people of Philadelphia,” Bullock said. Frank L. Oliver represented the 195th Legislative District from 1973 to 2010 and retired as the most senior African-American elected official in the commonwealth and the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly with 37 years of service. During his tenure in the state legislature, he introduced legislation that enhanced First Amendment freedoms and benefits for women and minority civil service employees. Read more

 

Bullock first ever Pa. legislator to attend energy academy in Colorado

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Donna Bullock today said she is the first and only legislator to represent Pennsylvania during this week’s Clean Energy Legislative Academy in Breckenridge, Colo. The four-day conference brings together a bipartisan group of state legislators and their staff from across the country to learn about emerging energy issues and resources they will need to develop effective clean energy policy in their states. “I’m honored to represent Pennsylvania at this important and informative conference. I plan on learning as much as I can from the seminars and panels and legislators from other states,” Bullock said. “Pennsylvania needs laws that will help fight climate change and convert to renewable energy. I want to bring my experiences from this conference back home to not only share with my colleagues, but to craft legislation that would provide better, efficient energy policies for now and our future.” The Clean Energy Legislative Academy will hit on such topics as climate and air quality, securing our energy future, financial markets response to climate risk, and getting to 100% innovation in clean energy technology. Read more

 

Bullock: Nearly $4 million in grant funding awarded for local projects

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced today that four local projects will receive a total of $3.95 million in state grants. “These projects will help boost our local economy, renovate properties, and refresh our community for the benefit of everyone,” Bullock said. “I’m thrilled to see this funding come to the 195 th district.” The projects are as follows: $500,000 for WURD Radio to improve its office spaces and repair two AM tower antennas. $1 million to Mantua Supermarket for its Village Square multifamily building project. $1.7 million to Philadelphia Museum of Art Core II for building renovations and a new public space. $1 million to Hunt Development Group for its Sharswood Phase II project consisting of new multifamily housing. The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. Thee program provides funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Bullock announces $2.65M in funding for new and existing low-income housing projects

(Jul 17, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 17 — This week, state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that $2.65 million in state funding has been awarded to four community development projects that will impact the residents of the 19 5th Legislative District. “I’m thrilled that this much-needed funding will come to our district to help create better low-income housing,” said Bullock, who supported the projects seeking the funds. “Access to affordable housing is incredibly important, so I’m glad to see this money come to our community.” Earlier this year, Bullock also introduced a resolution recognizing May 5-11 as Affordable Housing Week in Pennsylvania, which was unanimously adopted. Mt. Vernon Manor CDC was awarded $200,000 for the Mantua Preservation Project. The funds will be used to rehabilitate and to hold in perpetuity 29 recently acquired units of affordable housing across 10 scattered-site properties in the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia. The rehabilitation process will happen in phases, with work on all 10 properties to be completed by mid-year 2020. Project HOME received $1 million for the Rowan Judson Diamond project which will renovate and preserve 39 units of affordable family housing for individuals with special needs. The renovations will take place at the properties Rowan Homes I and Rowan Homes II. Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia received $200,000 for its Oxford Green project. The funds will be used to Read more

 

Bullock Attends First Meeting of CSG Future of Work National Task Force

(Jul 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 8 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., joined the Council of State Governments Future of Work National Task Force for its first meeting to set goals for the biennium and to learn from speakers with expertise in the policy area. Bullock attended as a member of the Equity and inclusion Subcommittee. “As we explore the future of work in the United States, we need to focus on equity and inclusion at each step,” Bullock said. “Gender, race and other identities should not get in the way of someone’s career. That is why I am honored to be on this committee addressing the barriers that under-represented communities face.” The CSG Future of Work Task Force brings together a diverse group of state officials to explore how states can best navigate the challenges and opportunities of the new economy. Over the next two years, policymakers will survey best practices and innovative state initiatives during planned task force meetings, some of which will be held at annual CSG national conferences. Each subcommittee of The Future of Work Task Force has two co-chairs and 10 members. The four subcommittees are The Workforce of Tomorrow, Smart Government, What’s Next? Embracing the Future, and Equity and Inclusion. Read more

 

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(Jun 10, 2019)

I'm happy to announce that the deadline for the 2018 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019. 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 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. You can get your application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. My office also can help you, so don’t hesitate to contact me. Read more

 

Bullock Fights For Affordable Housing

(Jun 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined advocates in Harrisburg to recognize Home Matters Day, which is dedicated to looking at policies and programs aimed at making homes more affordable for families. She explains why this issue must be addressed across the commonwealth. Read more

 

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge
Feb 12, 2020

Bullock commends budget proposal, looks forward to working with Gov. Wolf
Feb 05, 2020

Bullock stands with survivors, advocates to introduce Gun Violence Survivors Week
Feb 03, 2020

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution
Jan 30, 2020

Bullock announces a more than $6,000 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for students
Jan 28, 2020

Bullock Works To Help Victims Of Human Trafficking
Jan 22, 2020

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent
Dec 10, 2019

Bullock commemorates Youth Experiencing Homelessness Week, Red Shirt Day
Nov 20, 2019

Rep. Bullock announces $200K in grant funding for Fairmount Community Development Corporation’s West Girard Business Resource Hub
Oct 31, 2019

Bullock announces $15K Urban Agriculture grant awarded to Sanctuary Farm
Oct 08, 2019

Bullock to Host Annual Girard Ave. Street Festival
Sep 30, 2019

Bullock applauds $160,000 in state grants for the 195th Legislative District
Sep 18, 2019

Fall 2019 newsletter
Sep 16, 2019

Street renamed after the late former Rep. Frank L. Oliver
Aug 30, 2019

Bullock first ever Pa. legislator to attend energy academy in Colorado
Aug 21, 2019

Bullock: Nearly $4 million in grant funding awarded for local projects
Aug 05, 2019

Bullock announces $2.65M in funding for new and existing low-income housing projects
Jul 17, 2019

Bullock Attends First Meeting of CSG Future of Work National Task Force
Jul 08, 2019

Deadline extended for Pa. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Jun 10, 2019

Bullock Fights For Affordable Housing
Jun 04, 2019