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Conversation on gun violence, grocery store grand opening; events recap

(Mar 06, 2018)

Gun violence discussion with PLBC and Gov. Wolf Last Friday, I joined Rep. Jordan Harris and my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus for a conversation on gun violence with Gov. Tom Wolf. We brought the governor to our neighborhoods so he could witness the effects that we have unfortunately seen far too many times. As a survivor of gun violence, I know the effects of losing a loved one to these senseless crimes. The time for talk is over – we must work now to construct a plan to address this public health crisis. Check the video recap below. Comments on Mayor Jim Kenney’s city budget address Last week, Mayor Jim Kenney gave a budget address outlining his priorities in the new citywide budget. While I do applaud the mayor’s top priorities – education, homelessness prevention, and other public health measures – I believe we must strive to find innovative methods to fund city services. It is not sustainable to continue to put larger burdens on our taxpayers. Read my full comments here . Addressing domestic abuse and gun violence on Comcast Newsmakers Did you know that the presence of a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide during a domestic violence incident by 500 percent? I recently spoke on Comcast Newsmakers about my new legislation, H.B. 2097 , that would help create a statewide registry to notify law enforcement officials and abuse victims when those with domestic violence charges Read more

 

Dawkins comments on Mayor Kenney’s budget address

(Mar 01, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., released the following statement today in response to Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address: “I applaud Mayor Kenney for recognizing the importance of increasing funding for our schools and continuing to prioritize investments in our emergency services. “I am also pleased to see that the mayor has placed importance on bolstering programs that address our city’s homelessness epidemic and the raging opioid crisis. These programs are critical to maintaining the stability and health of all Philadelphians. “However, we must find other ways to generate this funding, rather than asking citizens to directly take on this burden. We have a responsibility to provide services to the taxpayers and citizens of our city, but we have to create innovative ways to fund these obligations. It is simply not sustainable to place additional burdens on our taxpayers. “We must work to diversify our city and state’s revenue stream. That means thinking outside of the box for long-term solutions that will benefit all who live, work and make their lives in Philadelphia. “There are many ways we can accomplish this. As first steps, I recommend that we evaluate the feasibility of eliminating the ten year tax rebate from new construction, to give the average homeowner a break. We should also aggressively pursue those who are delinquent in their tax payments, and consider offering a tax Read more

 

My upcoming town hall meeting; reforming Pa.’s gun laws & ending religious intolerance

(Feb 26, 2018)

Join me at my town hall on March 6 I want to hear from you on how we can strengthen our neighborhood and move our district forward. Make sure to attend my town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St., Philadelphia. I will provide an update on legislative developments taking place in Harrisburg, as well as upcoming projects in the district. My staff will also be available to assist you with any state-related issues you may have. Apprentice Prep with the Rep: Thursday, March 1 If you were unable to make it to my first “Apprentice Prep with the Rep” session, you are in luck! Our next session is Thursday, March 1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at my district office, 4667 Paul St. I am partnering with local labor unions to provide you with information on apprenticeship applications and how to best prepare for the exam. To RSVP, please call my office at 215-744-7901. Presidents' Day reflections This year, I spent my Presidents' Day taking the time to reflect on our government and the standards that we as a nation have set for our elected officials. As a state representative, I strive to set a good example for my community when I head to work each day, whether it’s in the Capitol or at home in my district. I hold myself to the highest possible standard, and I hope that shows through my conduct, the work my office accomplishes, and the legislation I introduce Read more

 

PLBC troubled by waiver requirement for student athletes, calls on PIAA to abandon waiver requirement

(Feb 21, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said that he and other caucus members were deeply troubled by 16-year-old Nasihah Thompson-King and other student athletes being excluded from participating in sports activities simply because of their religion. Members are calling on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to abandon the waiver requirement because it unjustly profiles students based on their religion. Harris said, “Requiring students to sign off on a waiver to prove their religion is unacceptable and completely unnecessary. We are calling on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to abolish this discriminatory rule. We must ensure that Pennsylvania students never have to endure the humiliation and mistreatment that Nasihah Thompson-King faced because she chose to wear her hijab.” The PLBC vice chairwoman, Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., said student athletes should not be forced to choose between their religion and participating in sports. Bullock said, “The PIAA waiver put in place singles out young people for no other reason than their religious beliefs. Women of color have far too many obstacles to overcome as it is. Nasihah’s head garb in no way impedes upon her ability to play basketball or any other sport. It’s time for the PIAA to correct this wrong and update their policies regarding the place of religion in sports Read more

 

Dawkins to host town hall meeting on March 6

(Feb 21, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St., 19124. 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

 

Dawkins helps constituents get a second chance

(Feb 14, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., welcomed more than 40 people to his district office for his free pardon and expungement clinic. “The pardon and expungement process is not simple or easy to navigate. It’s important that I help provide the people in the community with access to the resources they need to learn more information about pardons and expungements and to see if they may qualify,” Dawkins said. “Expunging or pardoning offenses can be a life-changing process for many, and it can help open many doors for individuals to seek employment and housing. “I made myself available to answer any questions people may have, and to help direct them onward as they begin the expungement process.” Dawkins added he is looking forward to hosting similar events in the future. Criminal record expungement allows a person convicted of a third-degree misdemeanor or a second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed, respectively, since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and request an order for limited access of their criminal record. Read more

 

Dawkins, Tartaglione: $1.1 million grant to help improve safety of complicated intersection

(Feb 09, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced a $1.1 million grant to help fund a transportation project aimed at increasing the safety of a complicated Philadelphia intersection. Dawkins said the money, which is being financed by the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, will go toward improving the southwest corner of Adams/Summerdale Avenues and Roosevelt Boulevard by focusing on how to best prevent vehicle and pedestrian accidents from happening in this area. “The safety of my communities is a top priority, and the layout of this specific intersection creates dangerous situations for those trying to cross,” Dawkins said. “This grant will help pinpoint the issue and help devise a solution to better protect those traveling in this area.” The project is estimated to cost $2.1 million. In November, the city received a $500,000 state grant to make similar upgrades to this intersection. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, such as streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. ### Read more

 

Dawkins: Improve Workforce Development for #GoodJobs

(Feb 08, 2018)

In an effort to create more job opportunities, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins is echoing Gov. Tom Wolf’s push to expand training. Dawkins explains how these programs can help those both entering or trying to return to the workforce. Read more

 

Dawkins lauds Wolf’s budget proposal, funding boosts for education and workforce development

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., applauded the funding proposals Gov. Tom Wolf made during his 2018-2019 budget address. “Governor Wolf is committed to strengthening our schools and improving Pennsylvania’s economy. The people of Philadelphia will benefit from these proposals and I look forward to working with him to accomplish those goals,” Dawkins said. Dawkins said the proposed boost in education funding would translate into better schools in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. “We need to arrive at smart, useful benchmarks to ensure academic success. We need to invest money into classroom learning to provide quality education and opportunities for all of our students, from Pre-K to college to workforce skills and training for adults,” Dawkins said. Dawkins said the proposed PAsmart program reflects the needs of Pennsylvania’s workforce and employers. “I’ve spoken with labor union leadership across the Commonwealth, and the need to expand apprenticeship programs and continue to recruit new talent has come up in conversation after conversation. "Developing programs for apprentices and creating other career and technical education pathways will help Pennsylvania’s students prepare themselves not just for jobs, but for lifelong careers. Nurturing an educated workforce is the first step towards encouraging companies and corporations to invest in Pennsylvania,” Read more

 

Dawkins hosting workshops on apprenticeship opportunities

(Feb 05, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he will host a series of workshops designed to educate people on apprenticeship opportunities with local industries. The “Apprentice Prep with the Rep” sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 15, March 1, 15, and 29 in Dawkins’ district office located at 4667 Paul St., 19124. Dawkins said the workshops will provide information and overviews of local labor unions’ apprenticeship application and testing process. Members from local unions also will be in attendance to offer information and answer questions. “Becoming an apprentice is a great way for people to receive work-based training that can turn into family-sustaining careers,” Dawkins said. “Whether looking for a job or a change, I encourage everyone to come and learn about these opportunities.” For more information or to RSVP for one of the workshops, call Dawkins’ office at (215) 744-7901. Read more

 

Workshops for apprenticeship opportunities; Fighting for diversity in government contracts

(Feb 05, 2018)

Apprentice Prep with the Rep I am pleased to announce my new "Apprentice Prep with the Rep" workshop series! I have met with various local building trades unions to learn how to increase minority membership and how to support apprentice programs. The need to pass tests and possess specialized knowledge is often a roadblock for many people. I’ll be holding four workshop events that help address this issue. Click on the photo below for more information and call my office to RSVP. Statement on deadly domestic violence shooting at Pa. car wash I was saddened and dismayed last week to learn of yet another fully preventable act of violence in western Pennsylvania that has left lives ravaged and families destroyed. So many of these mass shootings and acts of violence can be traced back to domestic disputes. More than half of all mass shootings between 2009 and 2016 were related to domestic or family violence. It is unacceptable that we allow known abusers to purchase or transfer guns at licensed firearms dealers without also informing victims of domestic violence and law enforcement agencies of this serious threat. I’m working to address this crisis by introducing legislation that would establish a Domestic Violence Firearm Purchase Notification System. It would ensure that when those charged or convicted with domestic-violence related offenses attempt to purchase firearms, notifications are sent to victims, law enforcement, and anyone Read more

 

Pennsylvania needs equal business opportunities for all

(Feb 01, 2018)

Pennsylvania is failing in its mission to foster growth in minority and women-owned businesses. A 2016 state report found businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans, known as Small Diverse Businesses, are struggling to successfully compete and receive government contracts. Out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, 11 lack even a single certified SDB. Breaking down this data paints an even more dire picture for underrepresented groups – out of the total number of Small Diverse Businesses registered, only 30 percent are minority-owned, and only 8 percent are minority women-owned. This is unacceptable. Providing these groups with the resources and opportunities needed to foster small business creation is the key to increasing economic mobility and prosperity for all of us. In 2015, Gov. Wolf issued an executive order that called for increased diversity, inclusion, and small business opportunities in procurement. Despite the order, Pennsylvania has yet to act upon this and reform its procurement system. I have introduced House Bill 1167, which would help bring more opportunities and transparency to the commonwealth’s procurement process. This bill would provide minority and women-owned businesses with the tools needed to work successfully with the commonwealth, and with resources to assist in the application for procurement opportunities. My legislation would require annual reports to the General Assembly detailing the number and nature of procurement Read more

 

Dawkins to host pardon and expungement clinic Feb. 13

(Jan 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 – As part of his continued effort to help people clear minor convictions from their records, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a free pardon and expungement clinic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in his district office, 4667 Paul St., 19124. Dawkins said experts will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about record expungement. There also will be information for people interested in taking the next steps in having their records cleared. “Many people have fallen on hard times as a result of a minor conviction that keeps haunting them and that results in missed opportunities for employment, education and other benefits,” Dawkins said. “This clinic will give people with criminal records a second chance and deter recidivism.” People interested in attending must RSVP by calling (215) 744-7901. Read more

 

Dawkins responds to deadly domestic violence shooting at Pa. carwash

(Jan 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., issued the following statement in response to the deadly domestic violence shooting at a car wash in western Pennsylvania: “Words cannot express the sorrow and dismay that I feel upon learning of yet another fully preventable act of violence that has left lives ravaged and families destroyed. “So many of these mass shootings and acts of violence can be traced back to domestic disputes. More than half of all mass shootings between 2009 and 2016 were related to domestic or family violence. It is unacceptable that we allow known abusers to purchase or transfer guns at licensed firearms dealers without also informing victims of domestic violence and law enforcement agencies of this serious threat. “I’m working to address this crisis by introducing legislation that would establish a Domestic Violence Firearm Purchase Notification System. This would ensure that when those charged or convicted with domestic violence-related offenses attempt to purchase firearms, notifications are sent to victims, law enforcement, and any other individuals who have opted in to receive these alerts. This notice would allow victims and their loved ones to plan for their safety – a matter that is often a matter of life and death.” ### Read more

 

Dawkins Putting #PeopleFirst with #Plan4Pa

(Jan 25, 2018)

In an effort to continue putting people first, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins is praising the Plan for PA along with its mission to fight for good paying jobs, quality schools, and fair taxes. Read more

 

Dawkins Explains Gerrymandering in Pa.

(Jan 24, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins breaks down a recent ruling by the state Supreme Court that threw out Pennsylvania’s congressional maps, and he explains why voters should care about this decision. Read more

 

Flourishing in Frankford

(Jan 23, 2018)

Dawkins, a lifelong resident of Frankford, lauded the work of Globe Dye Works thus far and sees this investment as a significant turning point. “It shows folks that what Frankford once was is now coming back to be,” he said. “There was a slogan, ‘Born, raised and made in Frankford,’ because we made things. Read more

 

Pardon & Expungement Clinic; Celebrating a community angel; Day of Caring

(Jan 22, 2018)

Pardon & Expungement Clinic; Celebrating a community angel; Day of Caring I’m hosting a free Pardon & Expungement Clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at my district office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia. Expungement and criminal-record sealing laws are complex and not everyone will qualify, but my goal is to give many people who have been convicted of crimes and paid their debts to society the opportunity to move beyond their past. Click on the photo below for more details. Wissinoming Town Hall More than 40 people attended my January town hall meeting at the James J. Sullivan School’s auditorium last week. This meeting focused on concerns of the Wissinoming community. I also discussed a new senior living facility that will be opening soon as well as the Shoppes at Wissinoming shopping center, which includes the new ShopRite. Staff members and management from ShopRite attended the meeting and addressed many concerns from residents. Blink Fitness Opening I joined employees from Blink Fitness for a grand opening at the Shoppes at Wissinoming. I was honored to speak along with Sen. John Sabatina. Blink Fitness donated 50 one-year memberships to the Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club. I am excited to see new businesses continue to invest in our community – let’s make sure our neighborhoods are healthy, both economically and physically! Honoring a Community Angel Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald and I recognized Read more

 

Dawkins eases new grocery store concerns, lays out 2018 legislative agenda at town hall

(Jan 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 – In his ongoing effort to improve his communities, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., held a town hall meeting to bring residents together, address issues, and discuss upcoming development projects. Dozens of people filled the James J. Sullivan School’s auditorium Thursday night. The event focused on the Wissinoming neighborhood, more specifically a new ShopRite moving in to the Shoppes at Wissinoming shopping center. Staff members from the grocery store, including the manager and a registered dietitian, were on hand to help answer questions and address concerns of commercial truck traffic. “The space where this ShopRite is going is part of the recent revitalization efforts taking shape in Wissinoming. It’s natural for people to have questions and concerns about something new, but that’s why these Town Hall events are so important,” Dawkins said. “Everyone needs to understand what’s happening in their community and deserves to have the opportunity to speak up if they have a question or a problem.” Dawkins also talked about a new senior living facility that’s set to open soon at the site of the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School. “These two development projects will bring more jobs and go towards bettering our local economy,” Dawkins explained. He spent time outlining his priorities for this year, which includes pushing for three pieces of legislation he authored Read more

 

Dawkins announces $1 million grant to spur economic development

(Jan 10, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins and state Sen. Christine Tartaglione, both D-Phila., today announced that they secured a $1 million grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The grant will be awarded to Globe Dye Works – a former yarn winding and dyeing factory – to continue its revitalization efforts and foster a versatile workspace for artists, artisans and fabricators. “This grant is exactly what the community needs,” Dawkins said. “It allows Globe Dye Works to create a community hub for residents and business owners alike. We are always excited to invest in projects that put small businesses and the community first. In addition, this economic power will allow community members to have the seat at the table they deserve. Especially when it comes to issues pertaining to development.” Globe Dye Works occupies about a dozen buildings on a 1.7-acre campus at 4500 Worth St. Constructed in the middle and late 19th century, the former textile plant offers 130,000 square feet of leasable office and studio space. Current tenants include painters, photographers, floral designers, a cabinet maker, a potter, boat builders, a metal sculptor, a classic automobile broker, a tattoo artist, a creamery, a guacamole maker, a coffee roaster and a caterer. The RACP grant will support the final phase of Globe Dye's restoration, including the expansion of special events space and the remodeling of office Read more

 

Conversation on gun violence, grocery store grand opening; events recap
Mar 06, 2018

Dawkins comments on Mayor Kenney’s budget address
Mar 01, 2018

My upcoming town hall meeting; reforming Pa.’s gun laws & ending religious intolerance
Feb 26, 2018

PLBC troubled by waiver requirement for student athletes, calls on PIAA to abandon waiver requirement
Feb 21, 2018

Dawkins to host town hall meeting on March 6
Feb 21, 2018

Dawkins helps constituents get a second chance
Feb 14, 2018

Dawkins, Tartaglione: $1.1 million grant to help improve safety of complicated intersection
Feb 09, 2018

Dawkins: Improve Workforce Development for #GoodJobs
Feb 08, 2018

Dawkins lauds Wolf’s budget proposal, funding boosts for education and workforce development
Feb 06, 2018

Dawkins hosting workshops on apprenticeship opportunities
Feb 05, 2018

Workshops for apprenticeship opportunities; Fighting for diversity in government contracts
Feb 05, 2018

Pennsylvania needs equal business opportunities for all
Feb 01, 2018

Dawkins to host pardon and expungement clinic Feb. 13
Jan 30, 2018

Dawkins responds to deadly domestic violence shooting at Pa. carwash
Jan 29, 2018

Dawkins Putting #PeopleFirst with #Plan4Pa
Jan 25, 2018

Dawkins Explains Gerrymandering in Pa.
Jan 24, 2018

Flourishing in Frankford
Jan 23, 2018

Pardon & Expungement Clinic; Celebrating a community angel; Day of Caring
Jan 22, 2018

Dawkins eases new grocery store concerns, lays out 2018 legislative agenda at town hall
Jan 19, 2018

Dawkins announces $1 million grant to spur economic development
Jan 10, 2018