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Bullock: It’s Time to Fix This

(Apr 10, 2018)

Equal pay advocates came together in Harrisburg rallying for change, where Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock expressed frustration over the unnecessary gender pay gap that still exists in workplaces throughout the state. Read more

 

Pa. legislators call for action on Equal Pay Day

(Apr 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State legislators and advocates held a rally in the Capitol today to call for action on strengthening Pennsylvania's outdated, ineffective equal-pay law. Today is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s average earnings catch up to men’s from the previous year. "Our state ranks 29th in the United States for pay equity. Women in Pennsylvania on average make 79 percent of what men make. It takes women an additional four months and four days to get paid the same as their male counterparts. This is despite the fact that we are just as qualified and have the same amount of experience," said state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. "I am fighting for change with my legislation, House Bill 830 . It would ensure equal pay for equal work. The bill currently sits in the House Labor and Industry Committee, where it has remained for more than a year. The facts have remained the same for far too long: women make far less than men here in Pennsylvania and that is unfair and economically self-defeating." Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the Women's Health Caucus, said, "Mother's Day is coming up next month. Instead of nice words, it's time to deliver something that working mothers and all Pennsylvania working women deserve: equal pay for equal work! I have been hearing from so many women who are angry about what's been going Read more

 

Bullock Senior Spring Fling a Hit

(Mar 16, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock held her annual Senior Spring Fling Luncheon in an effort to bring her communities together for delicious food, great music and important information about state programs. Read more

 

Bullock to host environmental justice panel on March 20

(Mar 15, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host an environmental justice panel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Center for Business and Industry of the Community College of Philadelphia, 18th and Callowhill streets, 19130. Bullock will be joined by city environmental leaders to discuss efforts to combat environmental injustice and expand opportunities for good-paying green jobs. “We are facing the most serious economic and environmental challenges in history. This panel is a great opportunity to showcase the benefits of green jobs in the city and their impact when building a sustainable economy,” Bullock said. Staff will be on hand to assist with state-related issues. For more information, constituents can call (215) 684-3738. Read more

 

Bullock: Time For Commonsense Gun Laws

(Mar 14, 2018)

Frustrated by the growing deaths at the hands of gun violence, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock participated in a PA Safe Caucus news conference to demand action on gun legislation to ensure the safety of students and the protection of communities across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Bullock Wraps Up Budget Hearings

(Mar 12, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock recaps the highlights of the 2018-19 budget hearings. She focused on discussions that echo her fight to ensure a successful future for our children through quality schools, a strong social safety net, and a program designed to help the children of the incarcerated. Read more

 

PLBC scholarships available for students of color

(Mar 07, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university or a historically black college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a student of color, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit http://pahouse.com/PLBC/Scholarships . Read more

 

PLBC thanks Wolf for calling illegal gun violence a crisis during Phila. visit

(Mar 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 2 – Leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for calling gun violence a crisis during his visit to Philadelphia today. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the PLBC, hosted Wolf as the governor and PLBC members visited a memorial to local victims of gun violence. The governor and legislators then held a public roundtable with members of the local community who have been affected by gun violence as well as other local leaders, including Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Harris said: "Illegal gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and it's important that we call it that. We must be concerned about the neighborhood shootings that take lives one or two at a time as well as the tragic mass shootings that tend to dominate the headlines. Every victim matters. "So we appreciate Governor Wolf coming to Philadelphia and calling illegal gun violence what it is – a public health crisis. We look forward to working with the administration to identify resources to help stem the tide of gun violence in our communities." Wolf said: "We do need to make sure we are approaching this as the health crisis that this is. We need to make sure that we do everything we can to change the mindset of a nation, a whole nation, that is taking an entirely too casual approach to gun violence." State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC, said: Read more

 

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