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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

 

PLBC hosts policy hearing, tour at SCI Muncy

(Nov 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 17 – State Reps. Jordan Harris and Morgan Cephas, both D-Phila., on behalf of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today hosted a joint policy committee hearing and tour with the House Democratic Policy Committee, various stakeholders, and incarcerated women. The tour and policy hearing was held at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy. This is the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ and House Democratic Policy Committee’s first tour and policy hearing at a state prison facility. Advocacy and community-based organizations joined state legislators to discuss policy initiatives aimed at reducing incarceration rates, ending the school-to-prison pipeline for young girls, and improving conditions for incarcerated women. Panelists for the policy hearing included: Chloe Bohm, House Democratic Appropriations Committee, budget analyst; Joanna Visser Adjoian, Esq., Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, co-founder and co-director; John Hargreaves, Pennsylvania Prison Society, director of volunteers; Melissa Robbins, Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Women, delegate; Sameerah Shabazz, Ardella’s House, director of policy and advocacy; Farida E. Boyer, MS, Family Centered Outpatient Therapeutic Services, CEO; Peggy Sims, Sisters Returning Home, founder and executive director; and Rev. Michelle Anne Simmons, Why Not Prosper, founder and CEO. Cephas, chairwoman of the PLBC Subcommittee on Read more

 

PLBC to kick off Women and Girls of Color listening tour

(Nov 15, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will kick off a five-part listening tour to better address the needs of women and girls of color across Pennsylvania. This listening tour will be spearheaded by the caucus’ Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color. The listening tour will address such issues as criminal and juvenile justice, economic opportunity, health and wellness, education and workforce development, and overall empowerment. Cephas, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color said, “Last March, I was appointed chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color. It is an honor to finally launch this initiative. This listening tour will allow us to hear directly from our most vulnerable constituency and find ways to tackle many of the issues women of color have been facing for generations.” The PLBC’s Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color was created in March with the goal of identifying key areas where black women and women of color face the largest disparities. The listening tour will last until the celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2018. In March 2018, the subcommittee will host a keynote event to announce a legislative and policy agenda that best reflects the needs of women of color in Pennsylvania. The kickoff event is a policy committee meeting and tour set for Read more

 

Cephas applauds Mayor Kenney for tackling SRC, looks forward to stakeholder input

(Nov 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today released the following statement regarding Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s announcement that the city is moving forward with its plan to dissolve the School Reform Commission: “I applaud Mayor Kenney’s commitment to improving our education system through strategic partnerships and investments. Under the School Reform Commission’s leadership, Philadelphia schools have been massively underfunded. As a consequence, graduation rates have not improved, our school buildings are in serious disrepair, and students are not receiving the quality education they deserve. Our commonwealth’s ongoing structural budget deficit only guarantees that under state control, none of this will change and that our students will continue to pay the price. “There has been significant dialogue about dissolving the SRC by the public, local elected officials and education advocates over the past several years. While I am a strong advocate for local control of our school district, I do have a few concerns. These include all nine appointees coming from the executive branch, as well as the short timeline for implementing all of this. Moving forward, I hope the public will be able to take part in this important transition and that this process is as transparent as possible. We must ensure that this more local school board addresses the needs and concerns of students throughout each and every zip Read more

 

Cephas joins Gov. Wolf, Philadelphia Delegation for signing of 'stop and go' law

(Nov 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today joined Governor 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. “I was excited to join Governor Wolf today to put an end to the ‘stop and gos’ that plague my community,” Cephas said. “I have lived the horrors of 'stop and gos,' so for me this is personal. These establishments have been a consistent barrier to improving the commercial business corridors in the Overbrook, Haddington and Carroll Park neighborhoods within my district.” In April, Cephas hosted a public meeting to get community feedback on how to best crack down on these establishments. She is the chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ Read more

 

Cephas joins labor leaders for roundtable discussion

(Oct 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., joined PhillyLabor Radio yesterday for a roundtable discussion with local labor leaders to discuss her efforts to protect workers’ rights in Pennsylvania. She also discussed her efforts to stop anti-labor legislation and how she is working to increase workforce development opportunities throughout the commonwealth. Cephas was joined by: Jim Gardler, CWA Local 13000, president Fred Wright, AFSCME District Council 47, president Kevin Boyle, Ironworkers 401, business manager Rich Lazer, City of Philadelphia, deputy commissioner of labor “As our country and big businesses rebound from the recession, it is crucial that our legislature avoid creating policies that hamper our economic growth and cripple our economy,” Cephas said. “I sit on the Labor and Industry, Gaming Oversight, and Liquor Control Committees in the House, and I have witnessed some of my colleagues intentionally create bad policies that would weaken our unions and devastate working families. I have opposed countless anti-labor proposals and will continue to do so.” Cephas spoke out against anti-labor budget proposals such as increasing the state hotel tax rate by 5 percent, ending the longtime sales tax exemption for commercial storage, and increasing liquor privatization. She also discussed legislative proposals that would harm working families in Pennsylvania, such as H.B. 55 , which would amend Read more

 

Cephas to host community cleanup and shredding event on Nov. 4th

(Oct 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host Love Your Park Day and Shredding Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Rose Playground, 1300 N. 75th St., Philadelphia. “This annual community cleanup brings people together for a common cause that helps communities look and feel better," Cephas said. "Love Your Park day stresses the importance of preserving our natural resources and making genuine efforts to create clean and green communities.” Individuals can bring up to two boxes of personal financial documents that are no longer needed 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. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for recycle bins to comply with new city rules that require all residents to have a recycling container. Constituents must bring their ID. Cephas and her staff will provide assistance for constituents applying for birth and death certificates, PennDOT work and other state government programs and benefits. Love Your Park is a collaborative partnership to steward Philadelphia’s neighborhood parks year-round by hosting cleanups and workdays, planning community events, and investing in improvements. For more information, individuals can contact Cephas’ district office at 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

 

Cephas Ending Stop and Go Nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

Following a major step in the fight against stop and go’s, Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas explains why legislation to crackdown on the nuisance establishments is crucial to her community and especially for those living in Philadelphia's middle neighborhoods. Read more

 

Cephas to sponsor free Housing Seminar on Oct. 21

(Oct 16, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a free Housing Seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Wynne Senior Residences, 2001 North 54th St., to help constituents who may be in danger of losing their homes. “So many people aspire to own a home someday,” Cephas said. “However, they may lack access to the resources that can make their dreams a reality. A lot of them are finally able to become homeowners, but then life circumstances change and place them in danger of losing their homes after making enormous sacrifices. The event will feature agencies from Pennsylvania offering workshops on mortgage foreclosure, energy assistance, zoning, and landlord and tenant issues. “Panelists who represent various legal and public-housing agencies and have institutional knowledge and expertise will be on hand to help constituents,” Cephas said. “I encourage anyone with questions about how to protect home ownership to attend this important event. “Many of my constituents’ homes are aging and in need of resources to help stabilize them. As a legislator, it is incumbent upon me to fight for people with low incomes, to fight for working families and for the middle class. My goal is to move those living within middle neighborhoods along the economic spectrum. One way to achieve this is to help stabilize the housing market through home ownership and home preservation programs.” Read more

 

Cephas announces $42,562 grant for Overbrook Youth Environmental Stewardship Program

(Oct 03, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced that the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Educational Grants Program has awarded a $42,562 grant to the Overbrook Youth Environmental Stewardship Program. O’YES is a program created by the Juveniles Active in Science and Technology Development Services Inc. Cephas, a champion of environmental justice, helped JASTECH secure the grant. “I am excited to partner with JASTECH to encourage youth in the 192nd District to take an active role in protecting our environment,” Cephas said. “The center has been leading the charge on exposing our youth to becoming environmental stewards in their community. This grant will allow us to connect young stewards to community leaders who play a significant role in keeping Philadelphia’s air, water and land safe.” O’YES is a two-year environmental education camp that teaches high school science, technology, engineering and math students the best management practices to protect the environment. The O’YES program was developed through the Overbrook Education Center and operated by JASTECH Development Services Inc. Established as a non-profit, 501c3 entity in 1998, JASTECH continues to contribute to the improvement of the environment, education and public health. “This will be a great opportunity to create and expand career pathways for career technical education students by Read more

 

Cephas Fall 2017 Newsletter

(Sep 15, 2017)

Here's the latest edition of my newsletter. Read on to learn about what has been going on in Harrisburg and in our district. Read more

 

Cephas gains ground in her fight against area strip club

(Sep 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12 – Responding to public outcry, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., took action and gained ground in her fight to shut down a strip club that’s operating in her community. Cephas, along with the local ACHIEVEability registered community organization, or RCO, acted quickly, filed the proper paperwork, and got the Zoning Board of Adjustments to grant a public meeting to hear concerns from the community at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. “Several residents had complained about noise, fights, and other nuisance behaviors at this place in the past, and I feared things would get worse,” Cephas said. The community expressed anger over claims they were not properly contacted about a zoning board hearing in July that rendered the original decision. “Because many told me they missed their chance to voice their concerns, I’m glad they will finally get their chance next month,” Cephas explained. Cephas hopes the special permit that allowed the businesses, located at 6143 Market St. near a church, daycare, and popular transit hub, to operate as an adult cabaret, which is defined as a club featuring exotic dancing entertainment that typically serves alcohol, will be revoked. Police have been called to the establishment more than a dozen times for reported illegal activity since it’s opening in January of last year. On two separate occasions, the occupants of the building Read more

 

Local business busted, Cephas continues to ramp up efforts to hold nuisance establishments accountable

(Aug 25, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., continues to ramp up efforts to crack down on nuisance liquor establishments after a stop-and-go was recently cited for violations in her community. “Stop-and-go’s are putting our neighborhood, more specifically our youth, in danger,” Cephas said. “It’s time that we continue our efforts in going after bad actors by doing everything in our power to hold these establishments accountable for breaking the law.” According to the Bureau of Liquor Control and Enforcement, Cold Beer at 5937 Market St. is accused of: Selling alcohol to minors Having an expired health license Not having proper smoking signage Having a Restaurant Liquor License without having the required serving area of at least 400 square feet available for use and accommodation to the public Cephas said she is standing with her Democratic colleagues in Philadelphia by cosponsoring House Bill 1547, which would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. Cephas has also continued to fight alongside her colleagues in the House and Senate by hosting public hearings, town halls, and supporting legislation established in the fiscal code by state Sens. Sharif Street and Vincent Hughes, calling for the Liquor Control Board to Read more

 

Cephas responds to 'white nationalist' rally held at U. of Virginia, her alma mater

(Aug 14, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., released the following statement after “white nationalists” marched down the University of Virginia campus Friday night and the weekend turned deadly after a car plowed into a crowd of activists in Charlottesville the next day: “As a former student and graduate of the University of Virginia, I am beyond heartbroken and am deeply concerned for the students on campus, members of the community, and the families that are being impacted by this level of ignorance. “Unfortunately, this is not my first time hearing or experiencing this kind of hate at UVA. As an African American student on campus, my peers and I had to witness some of this same hate as an amazing young African American woman running for student body president was assaulted during her campaign. In the end she was victorious but it's sad to say that today's political climate perpetuates this hatred and divide. “My condolences go out to the families of the woman and the two police officers who lost their lives, along with all of the wounded pedestrians who were injured while fighting against racism and protecting Charlottesville citizens. Now is the time for our country to stand together and not worry if someone is black, brown, white, or yellow. We all should be worrying about just one color and that’s blue, the symbol of unity.” Read more

 

Cephas to host first Constituent District Day on Aug. 19

(Jul 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas will hold her first Constituent District Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Tustin Recreation Center, 5901 W. Columbia Ave. This FREE event will feature activities for the entire family, including a basketball tournament, live music and entertainment, games, raffles, giveaways, food and refreshments. There will also be a number of different programs and groups that provide services to the community. “This event is about the people. I’m here serving as a state representative because they put their trust in me and it is not only my job, but my responsibility to cut the red tape and make the government more accessible to them,” Cephas said. “More than just fun for the whole family, I’ll meet with constituents one-on-one to make sure they know the broad range of services that my district office can help them obtain.” Cephas and her staff will provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate and other state government programs and benefits. “I hope I can meet more neighbors from my district to establish a dialogue, but more importantly, to keep the conversation open to better understand the issues and problems that concern them,” Cephas added. Read more

 

McClinton and Cephas to host Health and Wellness Summer Jam on Aug. 12

(Jul 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 28 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., are proud to announce the 60th Street Health and Wellness Community Summer Jam. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at 60th Street between Arch and Chestnut streets . It will feature health screenings and resources, children’s activities – including a moon bounce, main stage entertainment, food, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “We are excited to host this event, because it lets us interact with neighbors who want to ask questions and provide feedback on a wide range of matters,” McClinton said. “People from every neighborhood and community in the district are invited to come together to enjoy food, games, entertainment, win prizes, and learn about important community health partners in Philly.” Cephas said, “Often, people aren’t aware of everything that is available to them through the state. My job as a state representative is to help get that information to them, and this event is a great way for me to reach a lot of my constituents while we all enjoy ourselves.” Legislative staff will be available to answer any state-related concerns constituents may have, including on a variety of state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Local and state agencies will also be available onsite. More information Read more

 

Why you should care August is produce month in Pa.

(Jul 27, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 27 – August is “Produce Month” in Pennsylvania where we take time to pay tribute to those involved with growing or selling local food products. More than 4,300 family farms operate in Pennsylvania, helping the agriculture industry pump millions of dollars every year into our economy. However, it is also a time when I want to ensure that we increase access to fresh, nutritious produce for those in the most need. The Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides an excellent opportunity to address issues of both hunger and food insecurity in low-income communities, especially for those most vulnerable members – seniors and children. It is through the Senior and WIC voucher distribution that many families are able to access fresh, healthy foods. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, I recently learned voucher redemption rates amongst seniors are high, but only 43 percent of those checks issued to WIC recipients were redeemed in Philadelphia in 2016, which is 6 percent less than 2015. This has been primarily attributed to the locations of the farmers’ markets. There are several locations throughout the city, however, there is only one in the far corner of my district. For most, the other locations are distant and difficult to reach. We know that decreased access to healthy foods means people in low-inc ome communities suffer more from diet-related diseases like obesity Read more

 

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

PLBC hosts policy hearing, tour at SCI Muncy
Nov 17, 2017

PLBC to kick off Women and Girls of Color listening tour
Nov 15, 2017

Cephas applauds Mayor Kenney for tackling SRC, looks forward to stakeholder input
Nov 02, 2017

Cephas joins Gov. Wolf, Philadelphia Delegation for signing of 'stop and go' law
Nov 01, 2017

Cephas joins labor leaders for roundtable discussion
Oct 27, 2017

Cephas to host community cleanup and shredding event on Nov. 4th
Oct 27, 2017

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

Cephas Ending Stop and Go Nuisances
Oct 25, 2017

Cephas to sponsor free Housing Seminar on Oct. 21
Oct 16, 2017

Cephas announces $42,562 grant for Overbrook Youth Environmental Stewardship Program
Oct 03, 2017

Cephas Fall 2017 Newsletter
Sep 15, 2017

Cephas gains ground in her fight against area strip club
Sep 12, 2017

Local business busted, Cephas continues to ramp up efforts to hold nuisance establishments accountable
Aug 25, 2017

Cephas responds to 'white nationalist' rally held at U. of Virginia, her alma mater
Aug 14, 2017

Cephas to host first Constituent District Day on Aug. 19
Jul 31, 2017

McClinton and Cephas to host Health and Wellness Summer Jam on Aug. 12
Jul 28, 2017

Why you should care August is produce month in Pa.
Jul 27, 2017