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

4/25/18 – House Bill 2210 – Philadelphia

(Apr 27, 2018)

Materials from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Morgan Cephas. Read more

 

Policy Committee looks at Cephas bill to give second chances to students

(Apr 26, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 25 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her H.B. 2210 that would expunge student disciplinary records for nonviolent offenses. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss the importance of ensuring nonviolent offenses would not have long-term negative impacts on students’ future outcomes. Cephas was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “I am excited to have the House Democratic Policy Committee here in Philadelphia to discuss my legislation. Giving students the opportunity to make amends and seek redemption for past actions is important. When it relates to nonviolent offenses, allowing them the chance to show their community they are sorry for their actions and ready to learn and grow from those mistakes is a big step in growing up and should not have a permanent negative impact on their future,” Cephas explained. Sturla added, “Mistakes are a part of life and a nonviolent infraction should not have a long-term negative impact on kids’ lives. Rep. Cephas’ bill is a great chance for those who have made mistakes to do what the school district asks to give them a clean slate and not let those mistakes forever impact the course of their future.” Testifiers included: Jeff Hullrung, school board president, Unionsville-Chadds Ford School District; James Plunkett, Read more

 

Cephas: House Labor and Industry Committee to discuss sexual harassment legislation today

(Apr 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced the House Labor and Industry Committee will meet at 10 a.m. today to discuss proposed legislation to better protect victims of sexual harassment and abuse. “The recent stories from around the country and right here in the legislature show that sexual harassment and abuse have been overlooked for far too long,” Cephas said. “It’s long past time that we step up to protect victims and ensure that sexual harassment and assault is not only taken seriously, but that both men and women feel safe enough to come forward as soon as possible. This committee hearing is the first step.” Live video of the hearing will be streamed at www.pahouse.com/live . Read more

 

Cephas Helping Students With a Second Chance

(Apr 20, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas is inviting her community to a public hearing focusing on the lasting impact of school suspensions and to discuss her legislation that would allow districts to expunge certain offenses from a student’s record. Read more

 

Cephas to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on student record expungement Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Apr 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her H.B. 2210 that would expunge student disciplinary records for nonviolent offenses. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Overbrook Park Library, 7422 Haverford Ave. Cephas requested the hearing to highlight the importance of ensuring nonviolent offenses would not have long-term negative impacts on students’ future outcomes. The proposal would strengthen House Democrats’ Plan4PA, specifically putting people first with laws that give them the opportunity for a clean slate and second chance. Cephas will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Suspension Expungement Best Practices: Jeff Hullrung , president of the board at Unionsville-Chadds Ford School District Rosa Parls-Green , Philadelphia School District 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: The School to Prison Pipeline Reynelle Staley , Education Law Center Tara Murtha , Women’s Law Project Tomea Smith, Public Citizens for Youth and Children 3:10 p.m. Panel Three: Other Alternative to Suspension Greg Volz , Philadelphia Youth Courts Amy Warner , Office of Probation-Juvenile Division Read more

 

Cephas Fighting to End Need for Teddy Bear Memorials

(Apr 18, 2018)

At a House Judiciary Committee special hearing on gun violence & public safety, Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas explained how teddy bears mean something different in her communities, as they are left as memorials to young people cut down by shootings. Read more

 

Pay disparity affects everyone

(Apr 11, 2018)

Yesterday, April 10th, was Equal Pay Day, or the day that symbolically marks how much longer women have to work to catch up to what men earned in the previous year. Quite a lot of overtime, right? In Pennsylvania, women are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. The gap is larger for women of color and Latinas, who are paid 68 and 56 cents for every dollar, respectively. Women employed full time in this commonwealth lose a combined total of more than $19 billion every year due to the wage gap. Currently, women have to work three more years to be able to pay off student loans. Their lifetime earnings are lower, and retirement benefits, smaller. That loss not only affects women, it affects entire households. More than 609,000 families are headed by women in Pennsylvania, making up 25 percent of all households in the state. Of these female-headed households, more than 35 percent live in poverty. Eliminating the wage gap would cut this number in half. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the annual cost of raising two children in a female-headed household, including housing, food, transportation, health care, clothing and childcare, totals $18,000. Meanwhile, for a family of three headed by a woman, the total annual income is $20,000. She is now having to choose between caring for herself and caring for her children. The pay gap is real. It burdens women who have advanced degrees and high-paying, high-skill jobs, as well as women in part-time and Read more

 

Cephas appointed to Pa. Workforce Investment Board

(Apr 09, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 9 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that she has been selected to serve on the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board. “I am excited to be able to continue my commitment to Pennsylvania by developing the best ecosystem to create new jobs based on industry trends across the commonwealth,” Cephas said. “My priority is to strengthen the pipeline into family-sustaining jobs through workforce development opportunities. It remains critical that we work with area stakeholders from the public and private sector to ensure we lift people out of poverty by creating a workforce prepared for the 21st Century economy.” The Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board is a policy advisor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with state education policies and economic development goals. Its members represent a cross-section of business executives, labor officials, education leaders, economic development practitioners, local elected officials and cabinet secretaries. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, who made the appointment, said, "Giving people the skills and pathways to find better job opportunities is one of Morgan Cephas' highest priorities. She understands the benefits this kind of investment will bring." More information is available by contacting Cephas’ constituent service office at 215-879-6625. Read more

 

Cephas: State grant to support cosmetology and barber apprenticeship program in West Philadelphia

(Apr 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced that A Road to Success will receive a $56,080 grant to support pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in the Overbrook Park community. The grant is one of 61 – totaling $3.5 million – awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry through local workforce development boards across the state. These grants are designed to support businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce, training providers, career and technical centers, and intermediaries interested in sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs. “Apprenticeship programs teach much more than just how to do a job, or how to achieve a qualification. Becoming an apprentice is a lifestyle choice that provides the opportunity to learn how to succeed through a career. I’m honored to be part of this achievement for A Road to Success and I look forward to continue supporting these initiatives,” Cephas said. Apprenticeship programs in the state are approved through the Apprenticeship and Training Office, which was created in March 2016 to support and expand apprenticeship opportunities into non-traditional industries and occupations statewide, increase the overall number of apprentices and educate the public about the merits of apprenticeship. Read more

 

Cephas to host community cleanup and shredding events in April

(Mar 20, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 20 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., is seeking volunteers for two community cleanups that she is hosting along with two shredding events in April. The events will take place: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Tustin Recreation Center, 5901 W. Columbia Ave., 19151. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Rose Playground, 1300 N. 75th St., 19151. “These events are great opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the weather while helping to make their communities look better,” Cephas said. “I invite everyone to volunteer for the cleanup to create clean and green spaces in our neighborhoods.” For the shredding event, people can bring up to two bags or boxes of unneeded personal financial documents and any other papers that contain confidential information for shredding. Examples include documents that contain Social Security, credit card or bank account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks and bank statements. Constituents will also have the opportunity to sign up for recycling bins to comply with new city rules requiring all residents to have a recycling container. Constituents must bring their ID that matches their address. Cephas and her staff will provide state services to constituents including: applying for birth and death certificates, PennDOT applications and other state government programs and benefits. For more information or to volunteer with the cleanup, call Read more

 

Cephas to introduce school suspension expungement bill to curtail school to prison pipeline

(Mar 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that she plans to introduce legislation that would allow Pennsylvania high schools to expunge school suspensions for nonviolent offenses from a student’s disciplinary record. In July, Cephas, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color, presented testimony at a Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting calling for alternatives to out-of-school suspensions and discussed in detail the consequences they have on students of color. "Following the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District proposal to provide students with a chance to clear their disciplinary record, I was encouraged to see how we could offer this opportunity to students throughout our commonwealth," Cephas said. "We are all aware that suspensions can hurt a student’s chances of getting accepted into college, but we must also be aware of how suspensions for extremely minor infractions impact our students’ ability to thrive within and outside of the classroom." Under Cephas’ bill, students would be eligible to have their disciplinary record expunged upon meeting the following requirements: The student completes community service or a resource-based alternative to community service. This includes, but is not limited to tutoring, mentoring, in-school suspension or job training; The student submits proof of completion of the Read more

 

Cephas announces grant for SEPTA solar project

(Mar 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila, announced today that Consolidated Edison Development, Inc. will receive a $477,000 grant for a solar project at SEPTA’s Callowhill facility. The Solar Energy Program funding request was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The grant will go towards the purchase and installation of a solar photovoltaic system for the facility in the Haddington neighborhood. “This grant is a win-win for both SEPTA and its ridership. While the money will help maintain the infrastructure of the Callowhill facility and make it more energy-efficient, it will also save money in energy costs,” Cephas said. “The savings could then be used for other improvements for SEPTA that would benefit the constituents in my district who use public transportation.” The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the CFA. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of Read more

 

Cephas to host youth employment workshops

(Feb 15, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 15 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a series of workshops with information about employment opportunities for young people in the 192nd Legislative District in west Philadelphia. The youth employment workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon: Feb. 24, Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., 19131 March 3, Rose Playground, 1300 N. 75th St., 19151 March 10, John Anderson Cultural Center, 5301 Overbrook Ave., 19151 March 17, Sweet Union Baptist Church, 1536 N. 59th St., 19131. Cephas said the workshops are designed to help young constituents ages 14 to 18 learn how to apply for local summer jobs and union apprenticeships as well as state government-related programs. “These workshops will not only help young people learn about jobs that may be of interest to them, but they will also learn how to apply for a work permit and the required documents needed for when they seek employment,” Cephas said. “I am here to help our young constituents obtain these opportunities and get on the right path of achieving success that can last a lifetime.” Cephas added that a parent or guardian must accompany their youth during these workshops. To register, call Donna in Cephas’ office at (215) 879-6625. Read more

 

You're invited to the State of the 192nd Town Hall Meeting

(Feb 13, 2018)

Let your voice be heard! This Thursday, Feb. 15, join me for my State of the 192nd Town Hall at Overbrook Park Church of Christ, 7630 Woodbine Ave from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more

 

Cephas: Budget Invests in Solid Priorities

(Feb 08, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas supports Gov. Wolf's proposal of investments in education and workforce development and his initiatives to grow Pennsylvania's economy. Cephas is also anxious to hear more about the governor's ideas to address gun violence across the Commonwealth, which has become a public health crisis. Read more

 

Cephas applauds Governor Wolf for investment in workforce development

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., called Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year a step in the right direction: “I applaud Governor Wolf for making the needed investments in our workforce, proposing to raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour and providing a total of $20 million to focus on workforce development,” Cephas said. “By launching PAsmart, he has pledged $50 million to promote 21 st century job and skill development, including $10 million to apprenticeship programs which would allow individuals to enter the workforce with a trade and debt free. With 200,000 job openings projected each year in the state, more than 13 percent are expected in traditionally CTE-related fields, generating the need to invest in pathways beyond the cradle to college pipeline.” Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes: $225 million to improve education for all students regardless of zip code; $25 million increase in STEM and computer science related education; $7 million increase in apprenticeships in order to double the number of registered apprentices by 2025; $10 million increase to develop career and technical education and STEM career pathways; and $5 million increase to encourage employers to partner with colleges and universities to prepare students for jobs in high paying and demand fields. “Governor Wolf introduced measures for business tax reforms to establish a more Read more

 

Cephas announces critical funding for Overbrook Library in the Overbrook Park Community

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced that Overbrook Library will benefit from a $1.25 million grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Cephas said the Overbrook Library will receive renovations and repairs as part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative, the plan to renovate and modernize the network of neighborhood libraries located throughout Philadelphia. The RACP funding will be used for interior renovations, exterior repairs, technology upgrades, new furniture, fixtures and equipment and mechanical upgrades. “Libraries provide a space for our communities to create strong bonds. They help our students with school, residents looking for employment, and our seniors with a place for leisure,” Cephas said. “This grant is great news for the Overbrook Park community. I’m proud to take part in this achievement and I look forward to amazing interactive activities in Overbrook Library.” 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. Read more

 

Cephas to co-host Pathways to Pardons Expungement Expo

(Dec 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will partner with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack for an event designed to inform constituents about the possibilities of clearing their name from minor past convictions. The Pathways to Pardons Expungement Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at the Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., 19131. Cephas said those in attendance can learn how the pardon process works in Pennsylvania and how they can seek a pardon for past convictions. “Many people are missing out on opportunities because of a minor conviction and they are in need of a second chance,” Cephas said. “This expo is a great time to help those people find a way to clear their name and get them headed on the right path.” Cephas added there will be area businesses looking to hire, so attendees seeking a job should bring copies of their resume and dress to impress. For more information, call Cephas’ office at (215) 879-6625. Read more

 

Cephas announces $300,000 DCNR grant to revitalize Granahan Park

(Dec 04, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced that she secured a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to make vital improvements to Granahan Park, located in her west Philadelphia district . “Investing in our parks and recreation centers is an investment in our community,” Cephas said. “Parks are considered one of the most vital factors in determining how livable a community is. Our families and young people deserve to have safe and unrestricted access to the public spaces their tax dollars go towards. I’m excited that I was able to help secure this grant.” The grant will be used to invest in landscaping, a project sign, a spray pad, installing play equipment with the required safety surfacing and fencing, making the park accessible according to guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other related improvements. Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones said, "We are excited by state Representative Cephas' ability to attract new dollars to our aging playground infrastructure. City plus state dollars equal neighborhood improvements." Cephas said, “Kesho Watson, one of my constituents, was instrumental in helping to secure the funding needed to revitalize Granahan Park. Unfortunately, she is not with us today. Kesho always found time to invest in our parks and recreation centers – whether that meant organizing a park Read more

 

PLBC to host Women of Color in Business event

(Nov 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that she will host a Women of Color in Business event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Five Points Coffee, 5 Long Lane, Upper Darby . Cephas is the chairwoman of the PLBC Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color. The event aims to bridge the gap between women of color and entrepreneurship. Women of color entrepreneurs will be able to hear directly from other women of color who have successfully launched businesses and learn more about the resources available to do the same. The Women of Color in Business event marks the second installment of a five part listening tour hosted by the PLBC. ### Read more

 

4/25/18 – House Bill 2210 – Philadelphia
Apr 27, 2018

Policy Committee looks at Cephas bill to give second chances to students
Apr 26, 2018

Cephas: House Labor and Industry Committee to discuss sexual harassment legislation today
Apr 24, 2018

Cephas Helping Students With a Second Chance
Apr 20, 2018

Cephas to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on student record expungement Wednesday in Philadelphia
Apr 19, 2018

Cephas Fighting to End Need for Teddy Bear Memorials
Apr 18, 2018

Pay disparity affects everyone
Apr 11, 2018

Cephas appointed to Pa. Workforce Investment Board
Apr 09, 2018

Cephas: State grant to support cosmetology and barber apprenticeship program in West Philadelphia
Apr 06, 2018

Cephas to host community cleanup and shredding events in April
Mar 20, 2018

Cephas to introduce school suspension expungement bill to curtail school to prison pipeline
Mar 20, 2018

Cephas announces grant for SEPTA solar project
Mar 16, 2018

Cephas to host youth employment workshops
Feb 15, 2018

You're invited to the State of the 192nd Town Hall Meeting
Feb 13, 2018

Cephas: Budget Invests in Solid Priorities
Feb 08, 2018

Cephas applauds Governor Wolf for investment in workforce development
Feb 06, 2018

Cephas announces critical funding for Overbrook Library in the Overbrook Park Community
Dec 22, 2017

Cephas to co-host Pathways to Pardons Expungement Expo
Dec 18, 2017

Cephas announces $300,000 DCNR grant to revitalize Granahan Park
Dec 04, 2017

PLBC to host Women of Color in Business event
Nov 21, 2017