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Cephas addresses gun violence at her State of the 192nd Town Hall

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More than 1,300 participate in Cephas’ telephone town hall to address gun violence, other critical issues facing Philadelphia

(Feb 21, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – Amid recent shootings in Philadelphia, more than 1,300 people took part in state Rep. Morgan Cephas’ telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue of gun violence as well as other critical issues facing their neighborhoods. “We can’t let ourselves become numb and simply accept deadly shootings like the one that just happened last month on 54 th Street,” said Cephas. “However, finding a viable solution will take a multi-pronged approach that must involve input from the community. This telephone town hall is just another way I’m working to make sure our middle neighborhoods are part of the conversation.” As part of her effort to end this public health crisis, Cephas talked about the importance of passing commonsense gun safety legislation, like universal backgrounds checks, as well as investing in small businesses to create local jobs while ensuring workforce training is available to help fill those open positions. Cephas also fielded questions about mental health and affordable housing, while pinpointing concerns that participants wanted to see addressed in the 2020-21 state budget. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve been in Harrisburg this week to begin a series of hearings to ensure we create a state budget plan that works for all Pennsylvanians,” Cephas explained. “From reducing crime and enacting anti-gun violence Read more

 

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Cephas addresses gun violence at her State of the 192nd Town Hall

(Feb 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14 – As gun violence continues plaguing Philadelphia, state Rep. Morgan Cephas hosted her State of the 192 nd Town Hall on Tuesday to address this public health crisis. Dozens of people attended the panel discussion entitled the "Roadmap to Safer Communities: City and State Measures to Address the Gun Violence Crisis," which featured: Vanessa Garret-Harley: deputy managing director of criminal justice and public safety, City of Philadelphia. Kiana Brown: Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention. Capt. Robert McGeever: 19 th Police District. “If we want the best chance to stop this growing epidemic, our neighbors, police and community leaders must be part of the conversation,” said Cephas, D-Phila. “I want to thank everyone who came out to listen and let their voices be heard. Showing up is an important part of moving our communities forward.” Members from the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network were also in attendance. “There isn’t just a single answer that can solve gun violence,” Cephas explained. “Protecting Pennsylvanians requires a multipronged approach, which includes investing in mental health programs, fully funding our schools, teaching our children the difference between right and wrong from the beginning, and passing commonsense gun safety laws.” Cephas is fighting to pass Read more

 

Cephas applauds governor’s budget plan to invest in children, protect communities from gun violence

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $36.1 billion budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year: “A society’s priority is based on where they put their funds, and I strongly believe the governor’s no-tax-increase budget plan addresses the critical issues facing families across Philadelphia. “He understands that quality education should not be determined by your ZIP code. It’s evident through his push to implement all-day kindergarten for all children across the commonwealth, while investing student loan forgiveness to help make higher education more affordable in our state school system. “I’m proud the governor is joining our fight to protect communities from gun violence by putting $10 million towards prevention programs and pushing to pass commonsense gun safety legislation, like universal background checks and safe storage laws. “I also fully support the governor’s renewed efforts to raise the minimum wage. Too many people I serve suffer, earning $15,000 a year in a city that requires at least $30,000 a year to pay the bills and put food on the table. It’s time we give hardworking Pennsylvanians the raise they deserve. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this budget plan on time and help move Read more

 

Cephas announces more than $3,000 to help Overbrook High School provide quality meals for students

(Jan 29, 2020)

A grant of $3,193 will allow Overbrook High School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a reach-in refrigerator, state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced today. Cephas, D-Phila, said the grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. “This funding will go towards assisting Overbrook High School in preparing meals safely and efficiently for its students,” Cephas said. “We can’t ignore the value of a quality school lunch and the critical role it plays in learning. This is just one way I’m working to help our children succeed in the classroom.” Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to ensure safe food handling. Read more

 

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Cephas, Hohenstein introduce legislation to expand notification time for hospital closures

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – Following the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia in September, state Reps. Morgan Cephas and Joe Hohenstein have introduced legislation that would help support the communities and staff impacted by sudden closures. “The closure of Hahnemann created a devasting ripple effect throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas. For more than 170 years, the hospital served a low-income patient population and was a teaching hospital, training doctors and nurses,” Cephas said. “Since the announcement in June 2019 that Hahnemann would close its doors for good, the process that followed was swift, offering patients and employees little to no options in the aftermath.” The representatives said their bill (H.B. 2242) would help change that. It would require hospitals to provide written notice of intent to close within 180 days. Current law only requires 90 days. “I stood on the front lines in solidarity with labor unions representing the many hospital staffers who were left unemployed. I heard their grievances and I saw surrounding economically disadvantaged communities being deprived quality health care,” Hohenstein said. “Very few at the top benefit while countless people and families are left to suffer. We can no longer allow these closures to be carried out similarly to regular business dealings because there’s too much at stake. “ Read more

 

Cephas to host MLK Day of Justice on Jan. 18

(Jan 08, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 – Inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., state Rep. Morgan Cephas announced she will host a day of justice to help give people who have dealt with the state criminal justice system a second justice. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., 19131. “Doctor King once said, ‘If America is to remain a first-class nation, it cannot have second-class citizens.’ I whole heartedly believe this, yet we have so many people in the commonwealth who are treated unfairly following their time behind bars,” Cephas said. “This event will provide an opportunity for people to get the information and resources they need to help clear their record and get on proper footing to lead productive lives for their families and their community.” Cephas said a news conference will be held to launch the soft opening of the Haddington Participatory Defense Hub. Those in attendance will be able to learn about the state pardon process and record expungement to determine if they may be eligible to get their record erased. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call Cephas' office at 215-879-6625. Read more

 

Cephas introduces legislation to lower maternal mortality rates

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – In her continued effort to bring awareness to the disproportionate number of deaths of women of color during and after childbirth in the commonwealth, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced she has introduced a package of bills aimed at addressing maternal mortality rates. “Pennsylvania has seen an increasing, disturbing trend in pregnancy-related deaths, with 11.4 deaths per 100,000 live births from 2012 to 2016. For women of color during that time period, that rate was more than double, at 27.2 per 100,000 live births. This is a clear indication that regardless of income and education levels, women of color are at an even greater risk than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications,” Cephas said. The bills introduced by Cephas are: H.B. 2107 – Would add severe maternal morbidity to the list of reportable events within the Pennsylvania Department of Health. H.B. 2108 – Would extend Medicaid coverage for pregnancy related and postpartum medical assistance. H.B. 2109 – Would extend Medicaid coverage to doula services and create a Doula Advisory Board. H.B. 2110 – Would require training to address implicit bias and culture competency that impact care and quality of care for patients of color, including women of color during pregnancy and childbirth. “While the death of any mother is a tragedy, Read more

 

Cephas to introduce legislation to protect older Pennsylvanians

(Dec 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced she is introducing legislation designed to protect older Pennsylvanians from abuse while living in assisted living and long-term care facilities. “No one deserves to be a victim of abuse, and that’s certain for our commonwealth’s aging population,” Cephas said. “Our seniors have worked their entire lives to provide for and raise their families while making significant contributions to their community. They should not be denied the appropriate level of care and compassion that they deserve.” The two bills, known as the Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Resident Bill of Rights, would explicitly convey the needs and rights of residents, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, age or ethnicity, and ensure these needs are met. Some of these needs include mail privacy, access to health care, free from restraints, right to privacy, access to the local ombudsman, and the right to live free from neglect, intimidation and physical or verbal abuse. “While these things seem to be obvious, abuse against older Pennsylvanians is a far too common reality. More than 18,000 cases of abuse were reported between 2016 and 2017. For people of color and marginalized communities, the magnitudes of abuse are higher,” Cephas said. “My legislation would help address one of the most alarming health concerns Read more

 

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(Dec 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas says applications are being accepted NOW for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Contact her office to see if you're eligible and for help applying. Read more

 

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(Nov 20, 2019)

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City Hall: Criminal Justice Committee Hears Testimony On Reform, Trauma Care

(Nov 01, 2019)

Rep. Morgan Cephas opened the hearing by discussing the nearly fivefold increase in the incarcerated population in America between 1970-2014, which included a fourteenfold increase of incarcerated women, growing from 8,000 in 1970 to 110,000 in 2014.“Like men in jail, these women are disproportionately people of color, overwhelmingly poor and low-income survivors of violence and trauma and have high rates of physical and mental illness and substance use,” Cephas said. Read more

 

Gov. Wolf: Lead-Free PA Initiative Seeking Input on Local Needs

(Oct 31, 2019)

Rep. Morgan Cephas is partnering with Gov. Tom Wolf on his Lead-Free PA Initiative. This release details ways our communities can report lead problems in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Read more

 

Rep. Cephas, Sen. Hughes announce $268K grant for Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corporation

(Oct 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas and Sen. Vincent Hughes announced today that the Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corp. has been awarded a $268,055 state grant to purchase and renovate a building that will serve as the corporation’s headquarters. “This grant will provide a much-needed anchor location for the organization and the surrounding Overbrook Community,” Cephas said. “It will allow OWN to help more people in our community providing direct services and resources .” “Over the past several years, Senator Hughes and I have focused on helping neighborhood organizations, like Overbrook West Neighbors, to build capacity,” Cephas continued. “This grant award reinforces the many investments we’ve already made, and I’m hopeful about the continued growth and success of OWN and the local community.” The grant funding announced Thursday comes from the Local Share Account, or LSA, established by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Funds in the account come from slot machine license operation fees paid by casinos operating within the City of Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within the City of Philadelphia. Grant amounts vary, with a minimum award of $10,000 and a maximum award of $500,000. Read more

 

A step-by-step video guide on Philadelphia’s NEW voting machines

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(Oct 21, 2019)

“To me, a lot of people don’t know, so it really was basically to educate the people,” said Gwen Fortt, a legislative assistant for state representative Morgan Cephas of the 192nd legislative district, who helped run the demonstrations. “We have to teach our people because if we don’t teach them, they will never know.” Read more

 

Cephas announces $48K in safe school funding for two schools

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas announced Monday that two schools in her legislative district have been awarded grants of more than $20,000 to put toward safety and security measures. “The safety of our children is of the highest importance,” Cephas said. “I’m glad to see this money coming to schools in my district and to have funds available to implement new and improved tools to keep our students safe.” The schools in the 192nd Legislative District awarded Safe Schools Targeted Grants are: • West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School, which was awarded $25,000. • Overbrook School for the Blind, which was awarded $23,238.60. The Safe Schools Targeted Grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs is available on the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov , or follow PDE on Facebook , Twitter , or Pinterest . ### Read more

 

Cephas testifies during City Council public hearing, calls for action to save mothers’ lives

(Oct 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, an advocate for improving maternal mortality rates across Pennsylvania, testified during a public hearing Tuesday on maternal mortality, drawing attention to the disproportionate number of deaths of women of color during and after childbirth and calling for continued action at the local and state levels to combat the issue. The hearing was held by the Public Health and Human Services Committee of Philadelphia City Council – bringing together over 15 testifiers and 50 attendees to speak on the issue of maternal mortality rates among African American women in Philadelphia. “This great nation of the United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in developed nations, higher than some underdeveloped countries,” Cephas said during the hearing. “Maternal mortality disproportionately affects black women at three times the rate of white women, regardless of education level and socioeconomic status. It is time to address the core factors head-on including implicit bias, mental health, substance use disorder and access to care.” Cephas, who is chairwoman of the PLBC’s Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color and co-chair of the Women’s Health Caucus, shared the story of a young woman from her district, La’Shana Gilmore, who left behind two young children when she died after delivering her baby daughter this summer. Edward Gilmore Read more

 

Save the date!
1 day ago

More than 1,300 participate in Cephas’ telephone town hall to address gun violence, other critical issues facing Philadelphia
Feb 21, 2020

Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion.
Feb 19, 2020

Cephas addresses gun violence at her State of the 192nd Town Hall
Feb 14, 2020

Cephas applauds governor’s budget plan to invest in children, protect communities from gun violence
Feb 04, 2020

Cephas announces more than $3,000 to help Overbrook High School provide quality meals for students
Jan 29, 2020

Check out my 2020 Winter Newsletter
Jan 22, 2020

Cephas, Hohenstein introduce legislation to expand notification time for hospital closures
Jan 21, 2020

Cephas to host MLK Day of Justice on Jan. 18
Jan 08, 2020

Cephas introduces legislation to lower maternal mortality rates
Dec 18, 2019

Cephas to introduce legislation to protect older Pennsylvanians
Dec 16, 2019

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent
Dec 05, 2019

Legislators sound alarm on attacks against reproductive rights
Nov 20, 2019

City Hall: Criminal Justice Committee Hears Testimony On Reform, Trauma Care
Nov 01, 2019

Gov. Wolf: Lead-Free PA Initiative Seeking Input on Local Needs
Oct 31, 2019

Rep. Cephas, Sen. Hughes announce $268K grant for Overbrook West Neighbors Community Development Corporation
Oct 31, 2019

A step-by-step video guide on Philadelphia’s NEW voting machines
Oct 24, 2019

Wynnefield and Overbrook: Residents Learn About Voting Machines Ahead of Election
Oct 21, 2019

Cephas announces $48K in safe school funding for two schools
Oct 21, 2019

Cephas testifies during City Council public hearing, calls for action to save mothers’ lives
Oct 18, 2019