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Legislators, hunger-fight leaders to push Pa. 'lunch shaming' ban

(Jun 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 2 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will hold a news conference Monday with legislative colleagues and leaders on fighting hunger about bipartisan legislation to stop "lunch shaming" in Pennsylvania schools. Lunch shaming can include a wide variety of practices by a school to embarrass a child whose family is behind on their lunch payments. The news conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Capitol Media Center. Live video of the event is also expected to be available on www.pahouse.com . Bullock, the lead sponsor of the House bill to stop lunch shaming in Pennsylvania, is scheduled to be joined by the following speakers: Stacy Koltiska, who made national news last fall when she resigned as a cafeteria worker due to a lunch shaming policy at the Canon-McMillan School District in Washington County Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, lead sponsor of the Senate bill to stop lunch shaming in Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks Jane Clements-Smith, executive director, Feeding Pennsylvania Glenn Bergman, executive director, Philabundance Media coverage is invited. ### Read more


OUR OPINION: Common Sense Is Rare on Guns

(Jun 01, 2017)

Recently, in a House State Government Committee hearing, an “expert” witness – Dr. John Lott – testified that gun ownership curbs gun violence. This comes two days after nine young people were shot a few blocks away from my home – none of them over the age of 25. As dozens of neighbors gathered to celebrate the weather, 27 shots were fired into the crowd. The victims of these crimes are typically young, African-American men between the ages of 18 and 34. Homicides are already up from this time last year, and it’s not even summer yet. Read more


Bullock hosts two events on the safety of 195th District

(May 23, 2017)

Philadelphia, May 23 – Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced today that she will host two events this week that will address environmental and neighborhood safety issues for residents of the 195 th District. The Emergency Community Meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Redeem Baptist Church. In response to recent incidents in the news within the Strawberry Mansion area involving a missing girl and an abduction of two young boys, the meeting will cover neighborhood and children safety. “These incidents happened within blocks and days of each other, and raises a lot of concern about whether our children know how to be safe in the neighborhood,” Bullock said. “We want to connect families with the necessary resources and information to keep our youth safe while they enjoy their local community.” From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Fairmont Water Works, Bullock will provide an update and host a listening session on environmental justice. This session will be used as a platform for state leaders that include Patrick McDonnell, acting secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection, and Carl Jones, director of environmental justice, to hear directly from residents, concerning environmental issues. “With topics as important as this we must give our constituents the opportunity to have their voices heard and also for us as leaders to update them on the actions we are taking,” Read more


Mental Health Awareness in Black Community

(May 10, 2017)

Pa. state Reps. Donna Bullock & Morgan Cephas urge reforms and awareness for access to mental health services in the black community. The Black Brain Campaign is an effort to break the stigma of mental health in the black community through education and advocacy. Read more


Bullock: Fair Housing Equals Opportunity

(Apr 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, with a House Resolution recognizing April 2017 as Fair Housing Month in Pennsylvania. The theme for this year's Fair Housing Month is "Fair Housing Equals Opportunity." Read more


Bullock: Stop and Gos Must Go

(Apr 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock hosted a public hearing to discuss ways to work with law enforcement, community leaders and businesses to rid Philadelphia of "Stop and Go" nuisance bars. Read more


Bullock: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock attended a House Democratic Policy Committee in South West Philadelphia for a discussion on reforming the pretrial and bail procedures in Pennsylvania. Many inmates are stuck in jail because they have pretrial issues or simply cannot afford bail which not only increases costs for taxpayers, but also has a human cost for the incarcerated and their families. Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties have instituted some reforms that have seen positive results and Bullock is looking to apply that statewide. Read more


Bullock: Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay

(Apr 04, 2017)

On April 4, Equal Pay Day, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock rallied at the State Capitol for measures that will ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day's work. Read more


Sims, Donatucci, Bullock, Davis push equal-pay bills at Capitol rally

(Apr 04, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Reps. Brian Sims and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware; and other leading advocates for equal pay for women held a Capitol rally today. The event was hosted by the American Association of University Women and Business and Professional Women. Sims, Donatucci, Bullock and Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, are lead sponsors of legislation that would address the pay gap in Pennsylvania: H.B. 830 , which would significantly increase the fines for violating the equal-pay law; H.B. 931 , which is modeled on Massachusetts' pay equity law; and a pending bill that would combat secrecy that hides unequal pay and increase protections for employees who file an equal-pay complaint. Sims said, "Pennsylvania women are paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Equal work deserves equal pay – anything less is unacceptable. Pennsylvania's current equal-pay law is more than 50 years old and clearly not strong enough to get the job done. Paying women equally for their work isn’t just the right thing to do -- it will help foster what we all want: a stronger economy that works for every Pennsylvanian." Donatucci said, "This year, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when a woman’s salary catches up to a man’s salary from the previous year. In Pennsylvania , the wage gap costs women $430,480 over a 40-year career compared Read more


Exploring the state pardons process focus of Bullock event tonight

(Mar 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., in partnership with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, is hosting an event tonight to help people understand how to seek a pardon with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. The Pathways to Pardons event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Philadelphia Technician Training Institute/Berean Institute, 1901 W. Girard Ave. "A record of a non-violent crime sometimes can be an impediment to getting a job or seeking other opportunities, even when that's not indicative of who the record holder is anymore," Bullock said. "Tonight's event is an opportunity for people to learn more about the pardons process and how they or their loved ones could benefit from this program." Those interested in attending the event may be people with a criminal past, attorneys, employers, counselors, elected officials and clergy. The program will provide an overview of the program, help residents better understand the pardon process and discuss the requirements for an application to be considered. Questions from the audience will be taken. Read more


PLBC disappointed at return of secretive policing bill

(Mar 20, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 20 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said the PLBC is disappointed at the return of the police secrecy bill the House passed today and is calling for Gov. Tom Wolf to veto it again. Similar to a bill Wolf vetoed at the end of last session, H.B. 27 would block the release of the name of a police officer who discharges his or her firearm or uses force that results in death or serious injury until the completion of an official investigation that is not defined and that could take up to 30 days after the incident. "This bill would further erode the trust between citizens, specifically people of color, and our police forces at a time when police-community relations are too often strained," Harris said. "Hiding the name of a police officer involved in a potentially deadly encounter is not the way to improve trust between law enforcement and communities that have historically been marginalized by those in power. "We need more trust between police and the people they serve, not less." Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman of the PLBC, said, "Transparency is a goal we strive for at all levels of government. Police departments perform a highly skilled and dangerous job for the people, but they also should remain accountable to the people. I believe those ideas are not mutually exclusive and that acknowledging this will help build better relations among Read more


Bullock: School Breakfast Program is Important

(Mar 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks on her resolution recognizing the week of March 6 through 10, 2017, as "National School Breakfast Week" in Pennsylvania. Read more


Another View: Time for honesty on equal pay in the Pa. workplace

(Mar 15, 2017)

Recently, an editorial written by two of our fellow legislators from the Senate was published advocating for S.B. 241 and equal pay for equal work – the idea that women should rightfully be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We would like to applaud Sens. Jake Corman and Tom McGarrigle for supporting this idea, however we believe it is vital to inform them that S.B. 241, which passed the Senate in February, would actually take several steps away from achieving pay equity. Read more


Bullock Wraps Up 2nd Week of Hearings on Pa Budget

(Mar 03, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks about some of things she took out of the second week of Appropriations Committee hearings on the Pa. state budget proposal, including how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect Pennsylvania. Read more


Bullock: Compassionate Response to Drug Epidemic

(Mar 01, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks to the Pa. Dept. of Health about their reaction to the state's opioid epidemic and how the department is serving special populations in the community. Read more


Bullock on Environmental Justice

(Feb 27, 2017)

Citing the Dr. Seuss character, The Lorax, as inspiration, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks with the Acting Secretary of the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection about the mission and work of the Office of Environmental Justice. Read more


Bullock Investigates Diversity in Gov. Workforce

(Feb 27, 2017)

During hearings on the state budget, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock continues to investigate with state agencies and departments their hiring practices and the diversity of their workforce. Read more


Bullock: Review of Budget Hearings First Week

(Feb 24, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock wraps up a busy first week of hearings on the proposed state budget for 2017-18. Bullock continues to work for Pennsylvania's working families and most vulnerable people int he budget process. Read more


Bullock: State Schools Give Chance for Success

(Feb 23, 2017)

Access to a high-quality education provides an opportunity for success for young people, lifting them out of low- or middle-class lives. Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock asked the Chancellor of the Pa. State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE) for his take on the racist and disparaging remarks recently made by Pa. Senate Education Committee chairman Eichelberger concerning minority students. Chancellor Brogan assured us that PaSSHE schools exist to provide opportunity for students of any color, from all socioeconomic levels and all backgrounds. Read more