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Olney Town Hall; Safe Return Event; Summer Jobs

(Apr 30, 2018)

Olney Town Hall Meeting Join me this Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Greater Olney Branch, 5501 N. 5th St., for a Town Hall Meeting! I’ll be providing updates on my work in Harrisburg and throughout the 179th District, and sharing some of my plans for the rest of the year. I and my staff will be glad to answer any state-related questions you may have as well. Philadelphia Safe Return Event This Week Do you have an outstanding warrant, or do you know anyone who does? The Philadelphia Criminal Courts and Probation Department is working to organize a three-day event for adults with bench warrants and warrants issued for both state and Philadelphia parole and probation violations. Those with warrants may voluntarily turn themselves in at a safe environment, where they can receive favorable consideration. Attendees will receive an expedited hearing process and are likely to return home the same day. This event will be held at Enon Tabernacle Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., from Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Attendees are asked not to bring children. Lawyers will be on site to speak with you to determine if this is the right process for you. Policy Hearing on Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse Last week, I hosted a public hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on gun violence and domestic abuse issues. We held the hearing at the Read more

 

Dawkins to host town hall meeting Wednesday in Olney

(Apr 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 30 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Greater Olney Branch, 5501 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, 19120. Dawkins said residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about state and local issues. “Feedback from my constituents is fundamental to do my job – and town halls are a great way for me to learn what is important for the residents and communities I represent at the state Capitol,” Dawkins said. No registration or RSVP is required. Staff will be on hand to assist with state-related issues. For more information, constituents can call (215) 744-7901. ### Read more

 

4/24/18 – Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse Issues – Philadelphia

(Apr 27, 2018)

Materials from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jason Dawkins. Read more

 

Dawkins talks gun violence and domestic abuse at Policy Committee hearing

(Apr 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today hosted a public hearing on gun violence and domestic abuse issues at the Northeast Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Dawkins was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and legislators from across the state to discuss how to reduce gun violence, protect victims of abuse and Dawkins' H.B. 2097 to create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public, and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer. “We have a responsibility to help protect victims of abuse. I am glad my colleagues could be a part of this open discussion with those who provide services to victims of abuse to understand the drastic need for our intervention,” Dawkins said. Sturla added, “Rep. Dawkins’ legislation is a great step in protecting victims of abuse. Victims and law enforcement have every right to be notified when perpetrators are arming themselves so that they can be on alert.” Testifiers included: Julie Brancroft, director of public affairs, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Patty McGlone, social worker and community education coordinator, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia; and Susan Pearlstein, supervising attorney of Family Law Unit, Read more

 

Dawkins to Host Landlord-Tenant Clinic on Thursday

(Apr 23, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a landlord-tenant clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at his district office, 4667 Paul St., 19124. “I encourage everyone facing possible eviction, habitability problems, rent increases or other landlord-tenant issues to attend this clinic. We’ll have staff from the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia offering free consultations,” Dawkins said. The Public Interest Law Center will also provide information about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, relevant housing laws, and basic information about the court process for tenants. An RSVP is required. More information is available by calling Dawkins' office at 215-744-7901. Read more

 

Olney High School students visit the state Capitol

(Apr 23, 2018)

Honoring Hazim Hardeman at the Capitol Last week, I honored Hazim Hardeman, Temple University’s first Rhodes Scholar, on the House floor. Mr. Hardeman, who is a native North Philadelphian, is an inspiring example of what hard work, dedication, and tireless commitment can accomplish. We are not defined by our beginnings – it’s the effort we put in along the way that counts. I cannot wait to see what big things this young man will accomplish in the future. Olney Charter High School’s Visit to Harrisburg I was excited to welcome some seniors from Olney Charter High School as my guests in Harrisburg last week! The students were able to visit the House Floor and tour the Capitol, and we spent some time discussing legislation and the value of civic engagement. As a millennial legislator, I am humbled to serve as these young people’s inspiration and to know that they believe in our mission to move our communities forward. Read more

 

Dawkins Working for Public Safety in His Community

(Apr 20, 2018)

In his fight to ensure public safety, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins explains the dangers that gun violence and domestic abuse pose for his communities and the public hearing he’s hosting to combat both issues. Read more

 

Dawkins to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on gun violence and domestic abuse Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Apr 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on gun violence and domestic abuse issues. The public roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the Northeast Baptist Church, 4744 Tackawanna St . Dawkins requested the meeting in an effort to strengthen House Democrats’ Plan4PA, specifically putting people first with laws that reduce violence and protect victims of abuse. He has introduced H.B. 2097 to create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public, and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer. Dawkins will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Roundtable participants are still being finalized, but will include Julie Brancroft, director of public affairs from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Patty McGlone, social worker and community education coordinator at Community Legal Services Philadelphia. The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Read more

 

Fighting for gun safety reform; Is lead plaguing your home?

(Apr 17, 2018)

Lead Awareness Workshop I want to let you know the Frankford NAC is hosting a workshop as part of the Lead Awareness Philly Campaign. It will take place this Wednesday, April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Frankford Boys and Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St., Philadelphia, 19124. Experts will be on hand to explain how to keep your children and home safe from lead contamination, and to answer any questions you may have. Gun Violence in Urban PA Last week in Harrisburg, I had a chance to testify about gun violence throughout the commonwealth and the 179 th Legislative District. You can see my remarks by clicking on the photo below. I also spoke after one of my colleagues stated, “Mass shootings don’t happen in PA.” I believe such statements completely overlook the experiences of so many Philadelphians and families who I represent. The conversation around gun violence cannot be limited to only certain types of weapons or certain areas within Pennsylvania. I am proud to serve on the House Judiciary Committee, and I will continue to work to bring attention to the plight of urban gun violence that is so often overlooked. DCED Grant Workshop Are you interested in learning more about project-based grants available through the state Department of Economic and Community Development? This Wednesday, April 18, come to my district office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia, 19124 to meet with department representatives who will explain available Read more

 

Dawkins Explains Fight Against Gun Violence

(Apr 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins testified before the House Judiciary Committee about his personal experience with gun violence and how it has shaped his determination to fight this public health crisis. Read more

 

Get involved in your community this week!

(Apr 09, 2018)

Spring Cleanups The Philly Spring Cleanup has been rescheduled for this upcoming weekend. There are so many ways to get involved across the 179 th Legislative District. Both Overington Park and Tacony Creek Park are hosting cleanup events or join me and the North Fifth Street Revitalization Company CDC to spruce up the North 5 th Street corridor in Olney. Contact my office for more information about any of these events. Ziehler Paint Day I’m proud to be hosting a paint day this Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Ziehler Playground, 200-64 E Olney Ave. Come join me to help paint, refurbish, and rejuvenate the playground and park. Helping to pick up trash or clean up a local park may seem like a small thing to do, but we can make a huge difference if we all join in to help improve our community. Civics 101 and Friends of the Library Meeting Wednesday, April 11 will be a busy day at the Olney Branch of Philadelphia Free Library! The Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Services Center (GPASS) is hosting a Civics 101 class at 6 p.m. with information on how our government works, and what services you can expect to receive at a city, state, and federal level. Someone from my office will be on hand to explain what state resources we can offer and to answer any questions you may have. Friends of the Philadelphia Free Library will also be hosting a meeting of their Olney Friends’ Group on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. You can learn ways to get involved Read more

 

Dawkins applauds $3.5 million in grants to enhance apprenticeships

(Apr 04, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s allocation of $3.5 million for 61 grants to support pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs throughout Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through Local Workforce Development boards across the state, including Philadelphia Works. The funding is designed to support businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce, training providers, career and technical centers, and intermediaries interested in sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs. Dawkins said these grants will help open doors for people who are looking to obtain good-paying jobs. “Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative is helping Pennsylvanians develop the skills they need to stay competitive in today’s work force. Apprentice programs are the first step towards a life-long career with jobs that offer competitive pay, comprehensive health and vacation benefits, and comfortable retirement. We need more of these types of jobs now,” Dawkins said. Recently, Dawkins hosted a series of workshops in his district office designed to educate people on apprenticeship opportunities in Philadelphia. “I worked with our local labor and construction trade unions through my ‘Apprentice Prep with the Rep.’ workshop series to spread the word about these great prospects. These apprenticeship programs are open Read more

 

Spring Egg Hunts; Apprentice Prep with the Rep April 5; Philly Spring Cleanup April 7

(Apr 03, 2018)

Spring Egg Hunts I hosted several spring egg hunts last week across the district. It was great to see so many children out and playing at Ziehler Playground. I also held similar events at McIlvain Playground and the Houseman Recreation Center. 15th Police District’s 2017 Officer of the Year Awards Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Philadelphia 15 th Police District’s Officer of the Year Awards. Officers and community partners were honored for contributing countless hours toward keeping our community safe. Thank you to all of the award recipients for their work and service in our neighborhoods. Apprentice Prep with the Rep My final Apprentice Prep with the Rep information session has been rescheduled for this Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. in my district office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia, 19124. Come meet representatives from local building trade unions and learn how to take your first step into a new union career. Philly Spring Cleanup The Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, April 7 and there are lots of opportunities to get out and get involved in our community. I invite you to join me, the North 5th Street Revitalization Project and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker for a cleanup on North 5th Street in Olney. You could also volunteer with the Friends of Overington Park to clean up and prepare the park for the warmer weather or help the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership clean up the Tacony Read more

 

Gun legislation moving forward; Egg Hunts this week!

(Mar 26, 2018)

State Senate passes bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases Congratulations to state Sen. Tom Killion and my counterparts in the Senate for passing S.B. 501 ! This legislation would close a gap in Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act, and would provide additional protections to those victims of domestic violence who are threatened by abusers who possess firearms. Under current law, people subject to a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) over domestic violence must surrender firearms, but can put them into the ownership of friends and family. S.B. 501 would require that guns be surrendered to the police, a registered gun dealer, or licensed attorney, and that this must be done within 48 hours of the order being issued. This is exciting news – additional protections for victims of domestic violence are needed in Pennsylvania. I am excited to work with my colleagues to help pass this legislation in the House, so we can send it to the Governor to make it law. I hope that our discussions pave the way to passing additional bills, such as my legislation, H.B. 2097 , which would notify victims of domestic violence and law enforcement officers when their abusers attempt to purchase firearms. Click on the image below to see the legislation. Apprentice Prep with the Rep My final Apprentice Prep with the Rep workshop is scheduled for this Thursday, March 29th! Join me and representatives from local building trade unions at Read more

 

Dawkins applauds Pa. Senate passage of gun control measure for domestic violence cases

(Mar 22, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he is pleased with the Senate passage of S.B. 501, legislation that would close a gap in Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act. “Gun violence is a tremendous concern in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. Access to firearms often leads to tragic and deadly altercations between abusers and their victims and providing additional protections to those who have received PFA orders against abusers or who have had abusers convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence is the least we can do to ensure the continued safety of all Pennsylvanians,” Dawkins said. Under current law, people subject to a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order over domestic violence must surrender any firearms but can put them into the ownership of friends and family. Under S.B. 501 , guns could only be surrendered to the police, a registered gun dealer or licensed attorney, and the process would have to be done within 48 hours of the order being issued. “I want to congratulate state Sen. Tom Killion and my counterparts in the Senate for securing a unanimous passage. I’m looking forward to the bill’s consideration and vote in the House as well. We must pass this legislation and continue the work to provide additional safety measures for survivors of domestic violence throughout the state,” Dawkins said. The legislation is similar to Dawkins’ H.B. 2097 , which was Read more

 

Dawkins to host three Easter egg hunt and constituent service events

(Mar 20, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 20 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host three egg hunt and constituent service events for area children and families next week. The events will be held at noon on the following dates and locations: Tuesday, March 27 Ziehler Playground 200-64 E. Olney Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19120 Wednesday, March 28 Houseman Recreation Center 5091 Summerdale Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19124 Thursday, March 29 McIlvain Playground 5200 Penn St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 Dawkins said people of all ages are welcome. His staff will be on site answering questions and providing information on state programs and services. “I invite everyone to kick off the spring and Easter season with us. We’ll have fun for the whole family and important information about programs that could benefit families and loved ones,” Dawkins said. More information is available by calling Dawkins' office at 215-744-7901. Read more

 

Dawkins: CubeSmart receives state grant for converting to solar energy

(Mar 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 19 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he is proud to announce that CubeSmart will receive a $91,711 grant for the construction of a roof-mounted solar array at its Mayfair Street location. “I’m glad to see the state encouraging development in the clean energy sector,” Dawkins said. “By harnessing energy from natural renewable sources, we will not only create good-paying jobs, but also cutback our dependence on more environmentally harmful sources such as oil and coal.” CubeSmart is a self-storage facility designed to offer affordable and accessible storage space to residential and commercial customers. The solar array will provide 90 percent of the existing energy consumption at its facility and will generate 125,653 kilowatt-hours per year. The funding, provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will go toward the purchase of equipment. The total project cost is $247,867. CubeSmart will provide matching funds. The state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent arm of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development charged with identifying and supporting projects to improve the quality of life and financial health in communities around the state. To find out more about CFA programs, visit www.newpa.com . Read more

 

Egg Hunts and Constituent Services Events; Latest News

(Mar 19, 2018)

Egg Hunt and Constituent Service events I will host three Easter Egg Hunt and Constituent Service events next week. My staff and I will be on hand to offer information about state services and programs. Check dates and locations on the image below. Click on it for more details. Apprentice Prep with the Rep Last Thursday, I held my third Apprentice Prep with the Rep information session. My district office was crowded with attendees who had come out to learn more about the building trades unions and their apprenticeship processes. Representatives from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades spoke to the crowd and addressed questions about union benefits, salary and more. I’m hosting one final workshop on Thursday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. I encourage everyone who’s interested in starting a career in the building trades to come out and learn more. CubeSmart receives state grant for converting to solar energy I’m proud to announce that CubeSmart will receive a $91,711 grant for the construction of a roof-mounted solar array at its Mayfair Street location. CubeSmart is a self-storage facility designed to offer affordable and accessible storage space to residential and commercial customers. The solar array will provide 90 percent of the existing energy consumption at its facility and will Read more

 

Happenings around the 179th District

(Mar 12, 2018)

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PLBC scholarships available for students of color

(Mar 07, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university or a historically black college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a student of color, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit http://pahouse.com/PLBC/Scholarships . Read more