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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

 

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf for signing of ‘stop and go’ law

(Nov 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the state Liquor Control Board, and state and local Philadelphia legislators for the signing of a bill that increases the state’s ability to better deal with “stop and go” nuisance establishments in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed last week. Under the legislation, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensed establishment does not meet the seating, square footage, food or health requirements under the state Liquor Code, the LCB can suspend the license immediately. The new law also gives local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, who sponsored earlier legislation to address "stop and gos," said, “In June, we began to work on legislation to increase the ability of local law enforcement agencies to stop the unscrupulous business practices of local ‘stop and go’ establishments. Today, we are able to begin the process of removing this nuisance from our community. Although this is just one of many steps needed to ensure the safety and serenity of our neighborhoods, the political will and courage displayed by Read more

 

Bullock, Costa celebrate passage of school-lunch shaming ban

(Oct 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., and state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, announced the passage of a school-lunch shaming ban they worked collaboratively on since May. The provision, which would prohibit shaming public school students for their financial situations, is included in the 2017-18 School Code (H.B. 178), which went to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk earlier this week. Brought on by reports of “school-lunch shaming” in the spring, Costa introduced a co-sponsorship memo for a bill that would ban this behavior from school administrators, and Bullock introduced a companion bill ( H.B. 1403 ) days later. There had been cases of students being denied a meal, forced to do chores at school, or wear a special wristband indicating that they were receiving a free or reduced lunch. In June, Bullock and Costa joined forces and hosted a news conference to increase awareness of the issue. “When I heard that school-lunch shaming was still happening in the commonwealth, I was shocked,” Bullock said. “In Pennsylvania, one in six children struggle with hunger. School is often the one place they receive an affordable, nutritious meal. I am glad that with this legislation, we can put the cruel practice of lunch shaming behind us and focus on more productive initiatives, such as “Breakfast after the Bell,” which expands access to school nutrition.” If signed by the governor, the Read more

 

Bullock to host environmental justice mixer

(Oct 26, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host an environmental justice mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St. The event will bring together residents and environmental leaders to discuss clean job opportunities, ending lead poisoning in Philadelphia, as well as nonprofit organizations in the area that promote environmental justice issues. The event is free and open to the community. ### Read more

 

PLBC, Philadelphia Delegation hail passage of new authority to deal with 'stop-and-go' nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today hosted a news conference in the state Capitol, celebrating passage of a bill that would increase the state's authority to deal with "stop-and-go" nuisance businesses in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed Tuesday. The Senate passed the bill Monday. Under the bill, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensee does not meet a requirement under the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health, it could suspend the license immediately. The bill also would give local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. “While stop-and-go enforcements have always been a popular idea, it took a great amount of courage and political will to get it done,” said Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “There were a lot of sacrifices made to ensure these enforcements were put in place. None of this would be possible without the bipartisan and bicameral collaboration that we saw take place.” In September, Harris hosted state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, for a tour of stop-and-go establishments in Philadelphia. Harris also sponsored earlier legislation to address the issue of stop-and-gos. Read more

 

Bullock Ending Stop and Go Nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock celebrated a win against stop and gos after legislation was sent to the governor that would help crackdown on the nuisance establishments. Read more

 

PLBC hosts meet and greet luncheon with Philadelphia Eagles

(Oct 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today hosted a meet and greet luncheon with players from the Philadelphia Eagles. During the luncheon, PLBC members and Philadelphia Eagles players discussed criminal justice reform efforts taking place in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Eagles players in attendance included: Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long. Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila., applauded the players for using their platform to uplift Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents. “Beyond being stellar athletes, they have been a vital part of the conversation around criminal justice reform in our nation,” Harris said. “It’s time to remove the scarlet letter that prevents many Pennsylvanians from being able to receive gainful employment, adequate housing and loans to pursue a post-secondary education. If passed, our clean slate bill would be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.” Harris and Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, have introduced H.B. 1419 which would implement automatic sealing of records with no action required by the person. Harris said he believes clean slate legislation can get passed this session, but only if both parties reach a compromise to improve outcomes for all Pennsylvanians. State Reps. Donna Bullock and Joanna McClinton, both D-Phila., discussed their experience today. Bullock is the vice chairwoman of the PLBC. “I admire athletes who use their Read more

 

Bullock Hosts Golden Life Senior Fair 2017

(Oct 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock along with Rep. Emilio Vazquez and Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke hosted the 2017 Golden Life Senior Fair at Temple University’s Mitten Hall, connecting area seniors with the many city and state programs and services available to them. Read more

 

Bullock on Financial Planning Week

(Oct 02, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock thanks the House of Representqaives for unanimously approving her resolution recognizing the week of October 1 through October 7, 2017 as “Financial Planning Week” in Pennsylvania. Bullock says responsible financial planning, awareness, and access to trusted advice is key to helping to educate our constituencies all across this great Commonwealth. Read more

 

Bullock joins Sen. Casey, urges Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station

(Sep 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today spoke at a news conference hosted by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and the Gray Coalition, to urge Amtrak to rename its 30th Street Station as the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station. Bullock was joined by state Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Jordan Harris, both D-Phila. “I say it’s time that we build upon the legacy that Congressman Gray has left behind,” Bullock said. “Yes, we talk about African American contributions to Philadelphia, our commonwealth, and even our country. But somehow, that’s all it is: just talk.” In 2014, Congress unanimously passed H.R. 4838 to rename 30th Street Station as the William H. Gray III 30 th Street Station. In August 2014, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4838 into law. Since then, Amtrak has failed to rename the station after the late Congressman Gray. To urge Amtrak to change the name of the station immediately, Bullock co-sponsored H.R. 419 , which was unanimously adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “Congressman Gray built upon the legacy and sacrifice of those who came before him,” Bullock said. “His contributions to our nation matter. Congress thought so. President Obama thought so. Even Amtrak has said so. So what’s the holdup?” ### Read more

 

Bullock to speak at news conference Friday to urge Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station

(Sep 26, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will speak at a news conference hosted by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and representatives from the Gray Coalition at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Bullock will urge Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station as the “William H. Gray III 30th Street Station.” Bullock is a co-sponsor of H.R. 419 , which urges Congress to direct Amtrak to comply with H.R. 4838 of 2014 and immediately rename the 30th Street Station as the "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station." Also scheduled to attend are state Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Jordan Harris, both D-Phila. Media coverage is invited . ### Read more

 

Bullock introduces legislation to increase access to solar energy

(Sep 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., has introduced legislation ( H.B. 1799 ) that would make solar energy more accessible to low-income and disadvantaged Pennsylvanians. Bullock announced the introduction of this bill today at a joint news conference with PECO. “Many families in Philadelphia are forced to choose between heating their homes and what’s for dinner,” Bullock said. “While there are other, more energy-efficient alternatives, these options are simply out of reach for many of our residents. Instead of thinking about alternative energy, they may be struggling to repair a leaky roof or are fighting to keep the lights on.” House Bill 1799 would allow utility companies like PECO to own and operate Pennsylvania-based solar sites and provide solar energy to low-income residents at a discounted rate. Under Act 213 of 2004, Pennsylvania electric distribution companies and electric generation suppliers are required to produce 18 percent of electricity through alternative resources by the year 2021. “House Bill 1799 would make solar energy more accessible to all Pennsylvanians – no matter how much they make or what their credit score is,” Bullock said. “Investing in solar energy has the potential to transform our lives, improve our neighborhoods and energize our economy. It can also remove the perception that solar energy is only reserved for the wealthy.” The average cost for Read more

 

Bullock Hosting Girard Ave. Street Festival

(Sep 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock is hosting the 2017 Girard Ave. Street Festival along Girard Ave. between 26th & 29th streets from Noon to 6 p.m. The festival will feature live entertainment, fun for the whole family (including pets!) as well as information and resources for everyone. Read more

 

Bullock: No More Torture on Young Women
Jan 22, 2018

Kinsey, Bullock call bullying a public health pandemic, introduce legislation to curtail it in Pa.
Jan 18, 2018

Bullock Putting #PeopleFirst in the #Plan4Pa
Jan 17, 2018

Bullock salutes $500,000 grant for Philadelphia Zoo
Dec 22, 2017

Bullock joins Moms Clean Air Force to discuss impact of pollution on African American families in Pa.
Nov 29, 2017

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action
Nov 28, 2017

Bullock announces state funding to improve pedestrian safety in 195th District
Nov 15, 2017

Bullock to host Healthy Home Workshop
Nov 06, 2017

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf for signing of ‘stop and go’ law
Nov 01, 2017

Bullock, Costa celebrate passage of school-lunch shaming ban
Oct 27, 2017

Bullock to host environmental justice mixer
Oct 26, 2017

PLBC, Philadelphia Delegation hail passage of new authority to deal with 'stop-and-go' nuisances
Oct 25, 2017

Bullock Ending Stop and Go Nuisances
Oct 25, 2017

PLBC hosts meet and greet luncheon with Philadelphia Eagles
Oct 24, 2017

Bullock Hosts Golden Life Senior Fair 2017
Oct 20, 2017

Bullock on Financial Planning Week
Oct 02, 2017

Bullock joins Sen. Casey, urges Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station
Sep 29, 2017

Bullock to speak at news conference Friday to urge Amtrak to rename 30th Street Station
Sep 26, 2017

Bullock introduces legislation to increase access to solar energy
Sep 21, 2017

Bullock Hosting Girard Ave. Street Festival
Sep 20, 2017