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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


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