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PLBC statement on Mummer’s Parade

(Jan 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after seeing reports of racist behavior at the Mummer’s Parade: “The issue we are seeing here is a history of controversial characters and portrayals,” said state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, chairman of the PLBC. “The actions of those involved was intended as a form of comedy, but many viewers on the outside of the event believe it was in poor taste. We want to work on educating the public about how these actions can affect those around them, and how we might be able to better work for the future by working together on this parade as a whole community. The PLBC will continue our fight against acts of racism and fight for non-discriminatory legislation that updates the laws to help combat racism and racist behavior. Even if we cannot defeat it altogether, we should have better laws in place to discourage hateful practices and better educate the public.” “It doesn’t matter if it’s blackface or a black face, racial insensitivity has no place in Philadelphia,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., former chairman of the PLBC and House Democratic Whip. “Sadly, this Parade has a tradition of racial insensitivity at best and racism at worst. It’s high time the sponsors and all others involved take a deliberate look at the messages being put forth by the parade. I look forward to joining other Read more

 

A record number of women will join the Pa. General Assembly. But we have a long way to go

(Dec 31, 2018)

Every day in Pennsylvania, women are treated as less than men. This is a fact. Across the state women earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by a male colleague — before accounting for the added impact of racial wage gaps. Read more

 

Harris names Bizzarro, Solomon chief deputy whips, Bullock assistant whip

(Dec 28, 2018)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced today that he has named state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., as chief deputy whips and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., as his assistant whip for the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

People First in 2019

(Dec 12, 2018)

As the year comes to a close, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock looks back at her accomplishments and looks ahead to her priorities for 2019. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus selects new leadership

(Nov 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Calling it a great opportunity to continue to be the voice for African-Americans and minorities across the commonwealth, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was elected Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Being chosen by my colleagues to serve as the chairman of the PLBC is truly an honor. It is a tremendous responsibility that I will not take lightly,” Kinsey said. “It is the job of the PLBC to be a voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania. As we have witnessed in recent years, minorities are facing injustice and discrimination more than ever, not only in the commonwealth but across our nation. I look forward to advancing the discussion to ensure African-Americans and people of color are equally respected and represented in Pennsylvania.” The PLBC leadership team is further made up of Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, secretary; and Rep.-elect Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, treasurer. “I am honored to be reelected as vice chairwoman of the PLBC and will continue working to create opportunities and reduce barriers for black Pennsylvanians,” Bullock said. “I will keep having tough conversations with my colleagues in the House to make sure that our communities are heard and that legislation and policies from Harrisburg are inclusive of all communities.” “I am extremely honored Read more

 

Bullock Calls for Environmental Inclusion and Equity

(Oct 25, 2018)

Environmental injustice can mean more than pollution and hazardous living conditions. Some environmental improvements can increase land and property values to the point that people can no longer afford to stay in their homes. Read more

 

Bullock Cares About Our Seniors

(Oct 24, 2018)

PA State Rep. Donna Bullock partnered with City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to host the fourth annual Golden Life Senior Fair at The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. This was a great opportunity to connect seniors and their families with state and local resources available to them. Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Philadelphia and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock: Legislature passes bill to rename street after Frank Oliver

(Oct 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., is applauding her colleagues for unanimously passing S.B. 1156 with her amendment to rename a portion of State Route 3011, also known as 29th Street, between Master Street and Thompson Street as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway. The legislation, which would designate multiple bridges and highways throughout the commonwealth, now awaits the governor’s signature. “Frank was a staple in our community, playing an active role as an advocate for minority hiring and inclusion, affordable housing and criminal justice reform. His inspirational fight to protect our most vulnerable populations ended in much-needed laws being passed. With the designation of 29th Street as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway, we honor his 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 after 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 to host fall environmental justice panel Oct. 25

(Oct 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host her Third Annual Fall Environmental Justice Panel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive, 19121. Bullock will be joined by Aaron Mair, past national president of the Sierra Club, environmental and housing advocates to discuss inclusion, equity and environmental gentrification. “Green initiatives may address pollution or bring sustainable solutions like gardens, parks, greenways and bike lanes to the community, but often times these initiatives also increase local property values, attracting wealthier residents and pushing away low-income neighbors who have lived in a specific area their entire lives. “This event will help us come up with solutions to promote green communities without displacing citizens. We will start building a connection between environmental projects and sustainable affordable housing,” Bullock said. Refreshments will be provided. Staff will be on hand to assist with state-related issues. For more information, call (215) 684-3738. Read more

 

Bullock announces $800,000 in tax credits for community revitalization

(Oct 15, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that two local developers will each receive a $400,000 tax credit to attract additional investment to Philadelphia communities. Bullock said that Mosaic Development Partners and MM Partners/Fairmount Community Development Corp. are both pioneers in revitalizing communities while encouraging positive change in Philadelphia. “At this point in history there is a unique window to address our communities’ immediate needs, but also to focus on long-term solutions. I thank Governor Wolf’s administration for these tax credits. They will help us seize the opportunity to continue building a more vibrant economy and creating employment, strong businesses and stable housing markets. This translates into a big boost for the Girard Avenue and Ridge Avenue business corridors,” Bullock said. The funding was raised through the sale of tax credits under the Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit Program, the proceeds of which are being used to fund the work of the Community Revitalization Fund Program. The goal of that program is to stimulate high-impact neighborhood revitalization projects around the state. The Community Revitalization Fund Program seeks to expand or rehabilitate affordable housing stock coupled with retail/commercial space to promote community revitalization, especially in those parts of the state that are struggling economically. The term “mixed-use” for these Read more

 

Bullock, Fairmount CDC, local businesses to host second annual Girard Ave. Street Fest Oct. 13

(Oct 01, 2018)

State Rep. Donna Bullock is joining local nonprofits and businesses for their second annual Girard Avenue Street Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 along Girard Avenue between 26 th and 29 th streets. “This is a great event that not only brings the neighborhood together but helps attract new customers to the successful businesses along the avenue,” Bullock said. “Our Street Fest is a key part in growing this important corridor by drawing in entrepreneurs and ultimately strengthening our local economy. It also connects constituents to services and resources at the state and right here in the community.” Bullock said the free event will feature live entertainment and information on a variety of state-related programs and services, including retrieving birth certificates, unclaimed property and information on the Children’s Health Insurance Program. There will also be free health screenings and family fun-filled activities. The rain date for the event is Oct. 20. For more information, contact Bullock’s office at 215-684-3738. Read more

 

Bullock resolution recognizes Sept. 2018 as Senior Center Month

(Oct 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – The state House of Representatives today recognized September 2018 as “Senior Center Month” in Pennsylvania in unanimous adoption of a H.R. 1086 sponsored by state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. "Senior center participants, staff, and volunteers work daily and tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for our older residents, overall providing a better quality of care,” Bullock said. “These centers act as catalysts for mobilizing the creativity, energy, vitality and commitment of our older residents. I am proud of the work that is being done at these centers and believe it is important to officially recognize their special contributions.” Bullock said senior centers operating in the state are among nearly 11,000 nationwide and serve 1 million older adults every day. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more

 

Bullock applauds $1.5 million in grants awarded to Phila. Zoo, Eastern State Penitentiary

(Sep 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Donna Bullock is applauding $1.5 million in state grants recently awarded to the Philadelphia Zoo and Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site for their upcoming construction projects. The Zoo received $1 million from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to help construct a new larger, more energy efficient Food Services Hub and restaurant. The money will be used to cover construction costs including building demolition, fire protection and security systems, and utility relocation. The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site received a $500,000 RACP grant to expand audio tour capabilities by updating four rooms in the Admin Building to support lines, ticketing, and audio tour distribution. It will also go towards: Adding a glass atrium and roof to the existing garden in the Visiting Center; New water/sewer lines; New electric distribution; and An underground storm retention basin. “Both the Zoo and Eastern State Penitentiary are area landmarks that not only gives us a place to connect with family and friends, but attracts people from across the country right to our neighborhoods,” Bullock, D-Phila., said. “This funding is essential to ensure these tourist attractions continue to succeed, strengthen our local economy, and shine a positive light on our community.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and Read more

 

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauded the announcement made today by Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $1.5 million in funding will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence. "The crisis created by the illegal gun violence epidemic cannot be averted without those on the frontlines of this fight having access to the resources and tools needed to do the work of healing those affected,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., PLBC chairman. “The PLBC is proud to stand with Governor Wolf as we begin to ensure that our communities have the support and tools needed to begin to address this public health crisis." “The PLBC has been working hard to address gun violence in our community as a public health issue, because we understood that resources follow public health concerns. Today’s grant is a result of our collective work with Governor Wolf, city officials, and local advocates,” said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC. “As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I hope to bring more resources to Philadelphia to address gun violence in and around our schools.” “It is no secret there is a gun violence epidemic in the commonwealth. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points in between, shootings are taking lives one or two at a time, destroying our communities and families,” said state Rep. Chris Read more

 

Bullock Summer/Fall 2018 Newsletter

(Aug 23, 2018)

My latest newsletter has information about new state laws, state programs that may be of help to you, community events and more. Read more

 

Joint state legislative hearing at SCI-Dallas focuses on prison reform

(Aug 23, 2018)

DALLAS, Aug. 23 – A joint state House-Senate Democratic Legislative Policy Committee hearing was held Wednesday at the State Correctional Institute in Luzerne County to discuss proposals aimed at reforming the state’s justice and prison systems. Held at SCI-Dallas at the request of Rep. Jordan Harris, Rep. Donna Bullock and Sen. Sharif Street, all D-Phila., the hearing focused on S.B. 942 that would provide the possibility of parole for model prisoners serving life sentences. The legislation would enable someone sentenced to life imprisonment to be considered for parole after spending at least 15 years in prison. The state Board of Probation and Parole could still reject parole requests from those who do not deserve it or pose a safety risk to the public. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., has introduced companion legislation ( H.B. 135 ) in the House of Representatives. Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and co-sponsor of the recently-enacted clean slate law, said: “Yesterday's policy hearing and tour of SCI-Dallas was a historic moment. Both House and Senate Democratic Policy committees along with the PLBC joined to hear from a group of constituents often forgotten about. In this time of fiscal crisis, it's the legislature's responsibility to ensure that we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. There is much cost saving that can come from the Department of Corrections while keeping communities safe. Lengthy yet Read more

 

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Jun 21, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. "I'm glad that we're having vital, bipartisan discussions about criminal justice reform. I think it's crucial for those discussions to include women and girls of color," said Cephas, chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. Since 1985, the rate of incarcerated women has increased at nearly double the male rate. The ACLU reports that African-American women and women of color are significantly overrepresented in the prison population. African-American women are 30 percent of incarcerated women in the United States, but only 13 percent of the female population. In addition, Hispanic women are 16 percent of incarcerated women but only 11 percent of all women in the U.S." Cephas plans to introduce a bill to create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. "I believe this would aid the commission in its work as it specifically relates to research and programs that will have a direct impact on women and girls." Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the PLBC, said, “This package of legislation would help support incarcerated women in the commonwealth’s prison Read more

 

Bullock to represent Pa. in prestigious fellowship

(Jun 12, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 12 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced today that she has been selected to participate in the Henry Toll Fellowship Program, a prestigious leadership boot camp organized by The Council of State Governments. “I’m happy to be part of this year’s cohort. I’m looking forward to meet government officials from all across the country to exchange insights on public policy and issues we may have in common,” Bullock said. “It’s a nontraditional program and we will be working out of our comfort zones. I know it will be challenging both physically and mentally, but the experience will help me bring a new perspective to the work I do every day in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.” The training will be held from Friday, Aug. 24 through Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Lexington, Ky. The Toll Fellowship Program, named after the Council’s founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, the program brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government, for an intensive five-day, five-night leadership boot camp. The program’s sessions are designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities. CSG is the only national organization serving all three branches of state government. It offers a region-based forum that Read more

 

Bullock Demands Criminal Justice Reform

(May 04, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined Gov. Tom Wolf, Democratic legislators and rapper Meek Mill in Philadelphia to demand criminal justice reform. Read more