Bullock on Environmental Justice & Solar for All

(Feb 26, 2018)

During the second week of House Appropriations Committee budget hearings, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock discussed the impact of climate change on poor & minority communities and the opportunities that solar energy offers to Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock Budget Week One in Review

(Feb 23, 2018)

As a member of the Pa. House Appropriations Committee, state Rep. Donna Bullock reviews some of the information garnered from the first week of public hearings on the proposed 2018-19 state budget. Read more

 

Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Feb 22, 2018)

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PLBC troubled by waiver requirement for student athletes, calls on PIAA to abandon waiver requirement

(Feb 21, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said that he and other caucus members were deeply troubled by 16-year-old Nasihah Thompson-King and other student athletes being excluded from participating in sports activities simply because of their religion. Members are calling on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to abandon the waiver requirement because it unjustly profiles students based on their religion. Harris said, “Requiring students to sign off on a waiver to prove their religion is unacceptable and completely unnecessary. We are calling on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to abolish this discriminatory rule. We must ensure that Pennsylvania students never have to endure the humiliation and mistreatment that Nasihah Thompson-King faced because she chose to wear her hijab.” The PLBC vice chairwoman, Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., said student athletes should not be forced to choose between their religion and participating in sports. Bullock said, “The PIAA waiver put in place singles out young people for no other reason than their religious beliefs. Women of color have far too many obstacles to overcome as it is. Nasihah’s head garb in no way impedes upon her ability to play basketball or any other sport. It’s time for the PIAA to correct this wrong and update their policies regarding the place of religion in sports Read more

 

Bullock: Budget Hearings Begin for Pa.

(Feb 20, 2018)

With the 2018-19 state budget hearings underway, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock breaks down day one and why these next three weeks are so important for communities across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock: Invest in Education & Workforce

(Feb 08, 2018)

In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock supports investing in education and workforce development for a stronger Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock Honors Oliver

(Feb 05, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock honors the late Hon. Frank Oliver, who recently passed away at the age of 95. Oliver served the 195th Legislative District in Philadelphia from 1973-2010, retiring as the longest serving member of the Pa. General Assembly. Oliver was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Read more

 

1/31/18 – House Bill 2009 – Philadelphia

(Feb 02, 2018)

Testimonies from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey and State Rep. Donna Bullock. Read more

 

Kinsey, Bullock talk bullying education at House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing

(Jan 31, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 31 –State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown to address the bullying pandemic and their House Bill 2009 to require bullying education across all grade levels. Kinsey and Bullock were joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, state legislators, and advocates to discuss how mandating bullying education can help stop bullying and protect students across the state. Bullock and Kinsey’s bill is part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA and efforts to facilitate quality schools. “As we work to give children the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in life, bullying education has to be a part of that conversation. Making sure that students receive bullying education at all grade levels will help to engrain in their mindset that it is just as important to acquire critical classroom skills as it is to treat others with kindness and respect, regardless of their differences,” Kinsey explained. Bullock said, “Today, bullying goes beyond the classroom and play yard and extends into the online realm. Social media platforms provide a whole new forum for bullies to attack. Implementing bullying prevention policies is a logical solution that can help students better understand the long-term impact bullying could have on others and to stand up for those who may be Read more

 

Kinsey, Bullock to discuss bullying education at House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Jan 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29 – As part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA and efforts to facilitate quality schools, state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to address the bullying pandemic and their House Bill 2009 to require bullying education across all grade levels. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. The media and public are invited to attend. Kinsey and Bullock will be joined by members of the House Democratic Policy Committee including Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to learn how mandating bullying education can help stop bullying and protect students across the state The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Amanda Rice , counselor, and Gesu Justice League Students , Gesu School Pamela Pendleton and Mark Smith , advocates Melany Nelson , executive director, Northwest Victims Service 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: Victoria Greene , executive director, Every Murder is Real Dr. Claudio Cerullo , founder and CEO, Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc. Anthony Washington , police inspector, Philadelphia Police Department Gaylen Conley , director of Police Operations, School District of Philadelphia 3:20 p.m. Panel Three: Sederia Brown , founder and CEO, Know 2 Bullying Coalition Jeff Templeton , founder and executive Read more

 

Bullock announces $1M grant for Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House

(Jan 26, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26 – Following approval by the state Office of the Budget, state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that a $1 million grant has been awarded to Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House to complete the theater’s exterior restoration. “This grant and this project are great news for our community,” Bullock said. “The opera house will certainly bring much needed growth and economic development to the North Broad Street Corridor. “I’m excited to see the neighborhood engaged, and I look forward to working to support projects that will help our city thrive. The Met is and will continue to be a staple in the history of Philadelphia – in 2018, as a world-class concert venue.” The funding will go toward façade renovations to bring back elements that will help the building earn historic designation, including significant customization work of doors, windows and glazing. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of the Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding Read more

 

Bullock Community Wellness Challenge

(Jan 24, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock is providing health tips and helping people lead a healthier lifestyle through her social media campaign #40Weekstil40. As she approaches her 40th birthday, Bullock is making healthy changes to her own life and is challenging Philadelphia to do the same. Bullock also had legislation passed recognizing Healthy Weight Week in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock: No More Torture on Young Women

(Jan 22, 2018)

In her ongoing efforts to protect young women in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Donna Bullock joined her Democratic and Republican colleagues to push legislation that would make female genital mutilation a crime in the state and raise awareness in the Commonwealth about this torturous act. Read more

 

Kinsey, Bullock call bullying a public health pandemic, introduce legislation to curtail it in Pa.

(Jan 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila., have introduced a bill ( H.B. 2009 ) that would require bullying education to be taught in Pennsylvania schools across all grade levels. This bill would implement uniform bullying prevention policies to address the issue at its root cause through education and intervention programs. “Following my October news conference to bring attention to the alarming incidence of bullying, I’m calling on Pennsylvania’s executive and legislative leaders to take action,” Kinsey said. “Bullying is a public health pandemic, and we must provide the resources necessary to get it under control. Our children are being hurt and dying because of perceived differences.” Both Kinsey and Bullock cite the recent surge in suicides among young people as the primary motivation for introducing the bill. Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death among Pennsylvanians between the ages of five and 24, with 222 people within that age group taking their lives in 2015 according to a state Department of Health report . Bullock, vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “While there are policies in place that seek to prevent bullying from occurring, there are no clear policies to change the culture that consumes our children. This is especially true when it comes to cyber bullying. Having these policies posted throughout our schools is not Read more

 

Bullock Putting #PeopleFirst in the #Plan4Pa

(Jan 17, 2018)

As she continues fighting for her community, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock explains how the Plan for PA will help put people first and pave the way for their success. Read more

 

Bullock salutes $500,000 grant for Philadelphia Zoo

(Dec 22, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, today applauded a state Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant totaling $500,000 for the construction of a new Guest Food Service Hub at the Philadelphia Zoo. Bullock said the funding will go toward the current building demolition and relocation, kitchen equipment, fire protection systems, security systems and telephone and data systems. “The Philadelphia Zoo is a milestone for our communities. Welcoming over 1.2 million visitors a year, it has been able inspire people of all ages to conservation action. Action that is needed now more than ever,” Bullock said. “I’m pleased to take part in this new achievement and I’m looking forward to working with the zoo and supporting its work as a conservation leader.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Bullock joins Moms Clean Air Force to discuss impact of pollution on African American families in Pa.

(Nov 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today spoke at a news conference hosted by Moms Clean Air Force and Defend Our Future to discuss how toxins from the oil and gas industry disproportionately impact African-American families throughout Pennsylvania. According to a November 2017 report co-authored by the Clean Air Task Force and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, African-Americans are exposed to 38 percent more polluted air than their white counterparts and are 75 percent more likely than the average American to live in a fence-line community. Fence-line communities are communities that neighbor a company, industrial or service facility, and are directly impacted by the facility’s operation, which includes noise, door traffic, odor and chemical emissions. “The recent report authored by the Clean Air Task Force and the NAACP only confirms what we already know: the oil and gas industry is making profits at the expense of the health and well-being of historically marginalized communities,” Bullock said. “Many fence-line communities consist of low-income residents who have faced a history of discrimination on the bases of race, gender, class and disability. These companies are able burden vulnerable communities, many which have low rates of health insurance, with the deadly consequences from air pollution.” The report shows Read more

 

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action

(Nov 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. African Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more

 

Bullock announces state funding to improve pedestrian safety in 195th District

(Nov 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today announced that state funding for the Philadelphia Streets Department has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Philadelphia Streets Department will receive a state grant in the amount of $436,340 to conduct Phase 2 pedestrian safety improvements on Pennsylvania Avenue located near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is located in Bullock’s district . The grant will be used for roadway improvements, street lighting, pavement markings, and traffic signal improvements. The total project cost is $4,070,498. “The area near the Philadelphia Art Museum is a very busy part of my district,” Bullock said. “I have spoken with countless residents on the need to increase safe pedestrian crosswalks and transportation delineation. This state grant will allow us to do just that.” The project is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, from 27th to Judson streets. Bullock said Pennsylvania Avenue is a wide and busy street that serves as a main corridor for many pedestrians from the mixed-use urban area north of the roadway to the greenspace, museums, and trail systems to the south. Current conditions include wide pedestrian crossings, multiple conflict points for the various modes of travel, and opportunities for illegal parking. The goal of the project is to improve the multimodal traffic flow in the area and create a safe pedestrian connection between the Philadelphia Read more

 

Bullock to host Healthy Home Workshop

(Nov 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that she will host her “Is My Home Making Me Sick” Healthy Home Workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 2nd Floor, 1844-1898 N. 32 nd St., Philadelphia. The workshop will provide residents in the 195th Legislative District with information on domestic toxins that can place residents in grave danger. Health experts will be available to discuss the importance of lead safety, pest and rodent management, as well as how to best avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards. The event is free and open to the community. ### Read more