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Town Hall meeting

(Jan 02, 2018)

Do you have community issues you need addressed? Don’t miss our upcoming Town Hall Thursday, January 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at James J. Sullivan School, 5300 Ditman St. Read more

 

Dawkins’ bill to rename bridge after fallen officer becomes law

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, DEC. 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., is grateful his bill to rename a bridge after a fallen Philadelphia police officer is now law. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation this morning. House Bill 1778 , now Act 74 of 2017, designates a bridge on a portion of state Route 1005, also known as Castor Ave., as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. The 46-year-old was shot and killed in 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of the city. “Officer Skerski gave his life protecting our community,” Dawkins said. “We will never be able to fully repay him for his bravery. However, we can make sure his legacy lives on and his name is never forgotten. This bridge will also be a constant reminder of the countless sacrifices our men and women in blue make for us every day.” Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years. A bridge dedication is tentatively scheduled for this May, which is the month Skerski was killed. ### Read more

 

Regulations for recovery houses in Pa. become law

(Dec 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – During a news conference today, state Reps. Jason Dawkins and Angel Cruz, D-Phila., celebrated the passage of Senate Bill 446 , legislation that provides for regulation and certification of recovery houses. The bill was signed into law by the governor earlier today. “Many recovery houses do an exceptional job through providing various services for their residents, but others are owned and operated by landlords whose facilities are basically 'warehouses' with little to no oversight or programs,” Dawkins said. “This new law will hold those owners accountable because they have to meet the same standards as other medical facilities throughout the Commonwealth.” Dawkins’ language in the bill will prohibit drug and alcohol recovery houses throughout Pennsylvania from discriminating against people with a physical or mental disability, including substance abuse disorders. It will also ensure that all facilities in Pennsylvania comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Cruz said, “If we really want to help those who are struggling to maintain their sobriety, they must have access to facilities that will maximize their chances for success – not set them up to fail.” Cruz’s proposal in the bill specifically addresses the Air Bridge, a network that promised Puerto Rican drug users treatment in lavish recovery houses in cities like Philadelphia. However, once people arrive Read more

 

Bill to honor fallen police officer passes Senate; Tacony Creek Trail expansion underway

(Dec 18, 2017)

I would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. As the holiday season unfolds, please enjoy your loved ones and cherish the time of togetherness. The holiday season is one of Peace, Joy and Happiness, and to this end, I wish all the best to all of you. Tacony Creek Trail groundbreaking The Olney extension of the Tacony Creek Trail is underway. I attended the groundbreaking ceremony and I am excited to kick off a new chapter for the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. As a child, I rode the trails through the watershed to escape violence in the neighborhood. Now as a legislator and community leader, I am able to help introduce children to this paradise in the woods. We all should continue to invest in our parks and green spaces for future generations. Senate passes my bill to honor fallen police officer My legislation to honor a fallen police officer is on its way to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1778 will designate a bridge on a portion of state Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, in Officer Gary Skerski’s honor. He was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2006 while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Senate Bill 3 I spoke out and voted against Senate Bill 3, which seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. I feel neither the House Read more

 

Senate passes Dawkins bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge

(Dec 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – A bill authored by state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., to rename a bridge after a Philadelphia police officer killed in the line of duty passed the Senate today. “Officer Gary Frank Skerski is the best example of a public servant. He was dedicated to the community and passionate about his job. He devoted and gave his life to protect our people. We will always remember his sacrifice and we will work to keep his legacy alive,” Dawkins said. House Bill 1778 would designate a bridge on a portion of state Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. The bill has been sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature. Officer Gary Frank Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. He had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. Read more

 

Dawkins: Abortion Bill Ignores Experts, Puts Women at Risk

(Dec 05, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins speaks in a meeting of the House Health Committee against legislation that would impose the most strict regulations on abortion in the United States. Dawkins says it puts women at risk and does not consider the input of doctors and women. Read more

 

Affordable Care enrollment deadline; $200,000 local grant

(Dec 04, 2017)

ACA enrollment with Sen. Tartaglione I partnered with state Senator Tina Tartaglione to host a Mobile ACA Enrollment event. Health insurance navigators were on hand to help constituents with questions about health coverage and navigating the enrollment process. The deadline to enroll for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is December 15, so enroll now at www.healthcare.gov . $200,000 grant awarded to NE Frankford Boys and Girls Club I am pleased to announce that the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club will receive a $200,000 state grant towards renovations and improvements at its facility on Kinsey Street. I joined Sen. Tartaglione to help secure the funding, which will allow the club to renovate its first floor and create a Social Recreation Room and Grand Gallery. With renovations adding capacity for after-school, summer, and evening programs, this is a great example of the value of investing in our youth. We all know the problems our communities are facing, so it’s time to begin investing in the solutions we need. PLBC declaration on gun violence I stood with my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to speak out against the gun violence impacting communities of color across the state. African Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicide victims in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth ranks fourth nationwide for the rate of gun homicides among African Americans and second for the gun Read more

 

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action

(Nov 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. African Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more

 

Dawkins: $200,000 state grant for NE Frankford Boys and Girls Club

(Nov 22, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., is proud to announce that the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club will receive a $200,000 grant for renovations at the organization’s headquarters. “The work of the Northeast Frankford Unit of the Boys and Girls Club is vital for our community,” Dawkins said. “This organization has helped build good character and citizenship, as well as long-term academic, social and personal achievement among our youth for more than 130 years. I am humbled to be part of this new chapter.” The funding, provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will go toward renovating the first floor to create a Social Recreation Room and Grand Gallery, building on significant facility improvements that have taken place over the last two years. The new spaces help provide more after-school, summer and evening programs focused on academic success and healthy lifestyles. The total project cost is $487,278. “I want to thank my colleague Senator Tina Tartaglione for taking part in advocating for the grant. I’m looking forward to continue working with the Boys and Girls Club to build and promote a stronger and healthier community,” Dawkins said. 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 Read more

 

Veterans Day, Fighting for Criminal Justice Reform; Upcoming Events

(Nov 20, 2017)

Veterans Day Fund Allocation I was honored to spend Veterans Day helping to prepare and serve breakfast at the Lloyd C. Wilson Jr. Memorial American Legion Post 224. Between myself and state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, we were able to ensure that everyone in attendance had a hearty meal of waffles and omelets. The senator and I were also excited to announce that we had worked together to secure a $1 million allocation for physical improvements to the post as part of the Commonwealth’s recently enacted Capital Budget. I am thankful for all veterans and their service to our nation, and I am looking forward to working with the Post in the years to come, helping create these needed improvements. Criminal Justice Rally Last week, I attended a rally in Center City to speak out against injustices in our criminal justice system. I believe that it’s important to speak out and call for reform of our judicial system. I always make sure to turn out to those rallies and events to help those who stand on the front line of that battlefield every day. Simultaneously, to help fight for a more equitable and even-handed judicial branch, it’s imperative that we all exercise our right to vote. If we do not show up at the polls we cannot elect officials who will make these big changes happen. Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere! SCI Muncy Visit I’m thankful I had a chance to visit SCI Muncy with the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus last Read more

 

Everyone deserves to have and to know about health care

(Nov 20, 2017)

The Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period is now open and closes in less than a month on Dec. 15. I fear many people in our neighbors and communities in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania are unaware of that -- and it’s unacceptable. Underserved communities face many roadblocks with health care and the challenges read like a lengthy shopping list. There is a lack of qualified local physicians in our neighborhoods, an absence of health-related knowledge in our school systems, and an enormous dearth of community resources to help promote better health. I have walked the streets of my district and seen the absence of ample green space and the lack of full produce sections in grocery stores. Given this obstacle course of challenges that stands to impede public health, the absolute least we must do is to ensure that all are given access to health insurance. I have seen the prevalent health problems in my community. I’ve seen individuals struggling with a multitude of health problems -- from type 2 diabetes and severe obesity to heart disease and hypertension. While in many cases these conditions are untreatable, they can be managed with access to quality health care. It is unacceptable for Pennsylvanians to struggle with illnesses without any help or resources. Our prerogative must be making health insurance more accessible, not hiding it away and allowing premiums to skyrocket. I challenge anyone to tell me what possible benefit can come from less Read more

 

Dawkins speaks at #FreeMeekMill rally, urges attendees to vote

(Nov 14, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., joined local celebrities and fellow city leaders at the #FreeMeekMill rally Monday evening to express outrage over injustices in the criminal justice system. Dawkins also discussed the importance voting has on reforming the criminal justice system: “If we want to see real justice, we have to make sure we show up to the polls. Next year, there are a ton of seats open for reelection. It’s important that we make our voices heard and support the same folks who are on the front lines demanding justice. “Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere. To enact real change in the city of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation, we must make our voices heard in the voting booth.” ### Read more

 

ACA open enrollment underway; Attend my weatherization informational events; “Stop-and-go” legislation becomes law;

(Nov 09, 2017)

Halloween Harvest Fair We had a spooky time at Wissinoming Park for our inaugural Halloween Harvest Fair and Resource Festival. It was great to speak with constituents about local concerns, and to see our youngest community members fully dressed in creepy and creative costumes. Thank you to Sen. Tina Tartaglione for joining our event and helping to conjure up some bewitching fun! “Stop-and-go” legislation I was honored to stand with some of my fellow colleagues in the House and the Senate as Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation into law that will help regulate nuisance bars and “stop-and-go” establishments throughout Philadelphia. I am excited to see the immediate effects of having increased regulatory powers and enforcement mechanisms for dealing with these businesses. It is important to hold these establishments accountable for the negative influences they have on our communities. Affordable Care Act open enrollment underway Please remember that the Affordable Care Act is still law, despite efforts to repeal it. Benefits and consumer protections are still in place, and you still may have to pay a penalty if you do not purchase coverage for 2018. Also know that open enrollment for 2018 is significantly shorter and runs now through Friday, Dec. 15. Unless you have a life event that qualifies you for a special enrollment period, this is your only chance to enroll in coverage for 2018. Financial assistance is available Read more

 

Dawkins to host weatherization events

(Nov 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he will host two weatherization events to inform constituents how they can keep their homes warm and save money this winter. The two events will be held: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Houseman Recreation Center, 5091 Summerdale Ave., 19124. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Ziehler Playground, 200-64 E. Olney Ave., 19120. Dawkins said experts will be on-hand to provide information and resources for people to prepare their homes for the cold months ahead. “There are many people in our community who struggle to make ends meet, and it can be more difficult in the winter when paying heating bills,” Dawkins said. “I want to ensure everyone has the information that can help keep their families warm and save money at the same time.” For more information, constituents can call Dawkins’ constituent service office at (215) 744-7901. Read more

 

Philly Eagles at the Capitol; Stop-and-Gos Update, Event Recap

(Oct 30, 2017)

Philly Eagles visit the Capitol to promote criminal justice reform I joined the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) to meet with Philadelphia Eagles players Malcom Jenkins, Torrey Smith, and Chris Long to discuss proposed clean slate legislation. House Bill 1419 , introduced by Rep. Sheryl Delozier and PLBC Chairman Rep. Jordan Harris, would provide individuals with low-level, nonviolent criminal records with a mechanism to have those records sealed from public view. Having a low-level offense, be it a misdemeanor or an arrest without a conviction, should not stand as a barrier against successfully participating in society. I believe that a criminal record should not preclude an individual from having access to employment, hou sing, and other resources. Stop and Gos We’ve taken a major step forward in our fight against the “Stop and Go” nuisance businesses that plague our communities. The Fiscal Code bill , voted on Tuesday, will give local government entities such as the Philadelphia Department of Health and the Department of Licenses and Inspections the authority to perform inspections of these businesses. If certain requirements regarding seating, square footage, food, or health are not met, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will be able to immediately suspend the business’s liquor license. With this legislation, these “stop and go” businesses will finally be held accountable for their act ions. Budget Read more

 

Dawkins hails passage of legislation to combat stop and go nuisances

(Oct 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., stood proudly with fellow members of the Philadelphia County Delegation during a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol to celebrate passage of legislation that would make it easier for the state to crack down on nuisance establishments, or stop-and-gos. He said those businesses have been posing a threat to Philadelphia communities for a number of years. “We as a Delegation working with our city elected officials were able to draft crucial language to allow us the tools to start cracking down on nuisance bars and stop & gos,” Dawkins said. Included in the Fiscal Code bill ( H.B. 674 ), the legislation would allow the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to suspend a license immediately if it finds that a licensee does not meet a requirement under the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health. 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. “Stop-and-gos have been a danger for far too long, specifically putting our children at risk,” Dawkins explained. “These businesses will finally be held accountable for their actions.” The House passed the bill on Tuesday, after the Senate passed it on Monday. Read more

 

Dawkins on Criminal Justice Reforms

(Oct 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins rallied a large crowd at the State Capitol in support of legislation that would institute reforms in the criminal justice system, including parole reforms and an end to mass incarceration. Read more

 

Town Hall Meeting Oct. 26; Recognizing an “Unlitter Us” hero; Celebrating our future leaders

(Oct 23, 2017)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month I am encouraging all my fellow lawmakers to join in this important conversation. Abuse – be it physical, emotional, or sexual – is unacceptable against any individual regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation. There is no justification for abuse or harmful behavior towards any individual. I believe that as proud Pennsylvanians and Americans, we must do better. We must all work together to stop normalizing these shameful patterns of violence and instead to cultivate a culture of respect and kindness. Town hall meeting to provide resources for domestic violence, sex abuse victims I am inviting everyone to attend my town hall meeting Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Olney Elementary School, 5301, N. Water St. Philadelphia, 19120. An expert who deals with domestic violence and sex abuse issues will attend the meeting to offer information and help for victims and people who may know victims. Click on the photo below to see why this issue is important to me. During the meeting, I also will provide you an update on my work in the community and in Harrisburg. My staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide assistance on any state-related issues. WOAR Event at Wissinoming Playground We had a great turnout last Thursday evening at Wissinoming Playground for a discussion on sexual violence awareness and treatment resources. Women Organized Against Rape Read more

 

Dawkins Hosting Meeting on Domestic Violence

(Oct 18, 2017)

In an effort to combat domestic violence and sexual abuse, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins is calling on the community to attend his town hall meeting where resources will be on hand for victims. Dawkins explains why this issue is so important to him. Read more

 

Tracking down unclaimed property

(Oct 18, 2017)

Have unclaimed property? Don’t pay to find out because we’ll help you for free. Read more

 

Town Hall meeting
Jan 02, 2018

Dawkins’ bill to rename bridge after fallen officer becomes law
Dec 22, 2017

Regulations for recovery houses in Pa. become law
Dec 19, 2017

Bill to honor fallen police officer passes Senate; Tacony Creek Trail expansion underway
Dec 18, 2017

Senate passes Dawkins bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge
Dec 13, 2017

Dawkins: Abortion Bill Ignores Experts, Puts Women at Risk
Dec 05, 2017

Affordable Care enrollment deadline; $200,000 local grant
Dec 04, 2017

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action
Nov 28, 2017

Dawkins: $200,000 state grant for NE Frankford Boys and Girls Club
Nov 22, 2017

Veterans Day, Fighting for Criminal Justice Reform; Upcoming Events
Nov 20, 2017

Everyone deserves to have and to know about health care
Nov 20, 2017

Dawkins speaks at #FreeMeekMill rally, urges attendees to vote
Nov 14, 2017

ACA open enrollment underway; Attend my weatherization informational events; “Stop-and-go” legislation becomes law;
Nov 09, 2017

Dawkins to host weatherization events
Nov 06, 2017

Philly Eagles at the Capitol; Stop-and-Gos Update, Event Recap
Oct 30, 2017

Dawkins hails passage of legislation to combat stop and go nuisances
Oct 26, 2017

Dawkins on Criminal Justice Reforms
Oct 26, 2017

Town Hall Meeting Oct. 26; Recognizing an “Unlitter Us” hero; Celebrating our future leaders
Oct 23, 2017

Dawkins Hosting Meeting on Domestic Violence
Oct 18, 2017

Tracking down unclaimed property
Oct 18, 2017