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A Brave New World

(Apr 12, 2019)

Seated in the lobby of the Quorum in Drexel University’s Science Center, Dewey Thomas of the Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities shares just how far we’ve come as a nation in terms of our view of legalized cannabis, or as most people know it, marijuana. Read more

 

Statewide violence-prevention funding fought for by Harris now available in Philadelphia

(Apr 11, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced today that funding to reduce community violence the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) fought for last session when Harris was chairman is now available for community-based organizations in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Harris Fights For Probation & Parole Reforms

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state representative and House Democratic whip Jordan Harris joined hip-hop artist Meek Mill, advocates, and legislators on both sides of the aisle to introduce probation and parole reforms. He explains why this bill is critical for families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Meek Mill highlights press conference on parole reform

(Apr 03, 2019)

Rapper Meek Mill was the headliner Tuesday at a rally that brought together high-profile public figures and state bipartisan lawmakers trying to reform the state’s parole system.Mill, aka Robert Rihmeek Williams, was joined by co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and sports apparel mogul Michael Rubin, author and CNN host Van Jones, state Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Phila.) and state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) to announce plans for a bill soon to be introduced that would to put fewer people on parole and shorten their parole time. Read more

 

Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation

(Apr 03, 2019)

It couldn’t possibly have been a coincidence.Philadelphia city officials, a 76ers co-owner, a famous rapper, a TV host, and several activist organizations gathered Tuesday afternoon to announce a collective effort to reform Pennsylvania’s parole and probation system.The event took place in Thomas Paine Plaza, just a few feet away from the statue honoring Philly’s notorious former Mayor Frank Rizzo, which appropriately had its head turned away from the ceremony.Two state representatives who have emerged as unlikely allies on criminal justice reform — Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, and Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland — announced they will soon introduce legislation aimed toward preventing those on probation and parole from being sent back to prison for non-violent or technical violations. That would include associating with someone with a criminal history, traveling outside one’s jurisdiction, and testing positive for marijuana. Read more

 

Can Meek Mill sell Harrisburg on probation reform?

(Apr 03, 2019)

North Philadelphia native Robert Rihmeek Williams has been on probation for 11 years — a seemingly endless, telescoping sentence that has dogged him throughout his ascendancy as Meek Mill, the chart-topping rapper and, lately, activist for criminal justice reform.Now, while still under the weight of Pennsylvania’s unusually onerous probation laws — which, unlike most other states, allow supervision to stretch as long as the maximum legal sentence for a crime — he’s seeking to change them. Read more

 

Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes

(Apr 03, 2019)

State lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates and rapper Meek Mill joined forces Tuesday to push for an overhaul of Pennsylvania’s probation system.House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris said at an event in downtown Philadelphia that he will soon introduce a bill designed to put fewer people on parole and for shorter periods of time. Read more

 

Lawmakers and advocates outline bipartisan probation and parole reform legislation

(Apr 02, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 2 – Flanked by legislators, advocates and supporters, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, and Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, were joined by the REFORM Alliance in outlining legislation they plan to soon introduce that would reform Pennsylvania’s parole and probation system. “Out of all 50 states, Pennsylvania has the second highest percentage of citizens on probation and parole,” Harris said. “These lengthy probation sentences are unnecessary and only hold down people who are trying to right their lives and become productive members of society again.” Harris and Delozier were joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, including state Reps. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland, Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Mike Jones, R-York, as well as multiple advocacy groups, including The Commonwealth Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, #cut50, Justice Action Network, Families Against Mandatory Minimums and Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Also joining Harris and Delozier was REFORM CEO, activist, author and CNN host Van Jones, REFORM co-chair and award-winning recording artist Meek Mill, and REFORM co-chair and co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and Fanatics Executive Chairman Michael Rubin. “With this proposed legislation, we want to put people on Read more

 

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Weaponizes Jesus During the Whitest Prayer Before State’s First Muslim Woman Swears In

(Mar 28, 2019)

Despite the fact that the Bible describes him as having “skin liken unto the color of Bronze” and “hair liken unto lamb’s wool,” America loves itself some Seasonless Jesus.When he’s not preoccupied with being “the reason for the season” every Christmas morning, you might spot him at your friendly neighborhood house of worship extolling the joys of spin class or on Netflix healing the sick while taking periodic breaks to kiss golden retrievers on the mouth. Read more

 

Find out what your neighbors had to say during my Tele Town Hall

(Mar 28, 2019)

Miss the discussion? You can catch up on what your friends and neighbors had to say here. Read more

 

'To use Jesus as a weapon is not OK': Lawmaker slammed for prayer before Muslim woman sworn in

(Mar 27, 2019)

A Republican state lawmaker faces criticism for a Christian prayer she delivered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday, the same day the body swore in its first female Muslim member. State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, a freshman from a rural Pennsylvania district, invoked Jesus, the Lord or God nearly two dozen times in her approximately one-minute-forty-second prayer. She also thanked God for President Donald Trump because he "stands beside Israel, unequivocally." Read more

 

Harris announces $1.49 million grant for Schuylkill River Trail

(Mar 26, 2019)

Citing the importance of creating and preserving public green spaces, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Democratic Caucus whip, announced a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority totaling $1.49 million for the Schuylkill River Development Corp. to construct the Christian to Crescent trail segment in Philadelphia. Read more

 

‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House

(Mar 26, 2019)

The opening prayer is often the least controversial part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ ceremonial routine on a session day but Monday’s prayer was different.On the same day that the House swore in its first Muslim women member Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Philadelphia, freshman Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton County, stepped to the House rostrum to offer a heartful prayer proclaiming her Christian beliefs and how the nation has forgotten Jesus and asking for forgiveness. Read more

 

GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state’s first Muslim woman swears in

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz was on the ninth “Jesus” of her opening prayer in the Pennsylvania statehouse when other lawmakers started to look uncomfortable.Speaker Mike Turzai, a fellow Republican, glanced up — but Borowicz carried on, delivering a 100-second ceremonial invocation that some of her colleagues decried as an offensive, divisive and Islamophobic display shortly before the legislature swore in its first Muslim woman. Read more

 

Harris Reacts to "Weaponized Prayer" in Pa. House

(Mar 25, 2019)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Whip Jordan Harris reacts to an offensive prayer delivered in the House of Representatives, meant to intimidate Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, her family and supporters who had gathered for Johnson-Harrell's swearing-in ceremony. Johnson-Harrell is the first Muslim woman to be elected to the state House. Read more

 

Divisive opening prayer unbecoming of an elected official

(Mar 25, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, released the following statement following a rambling, overly divisive opening prayer delivered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today: Read more

 

Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’

(Mar 25, 2019)

A first-year member of the Pennsylvania House on Monday offered a prayer laden with political and Christian imagery shortly before the swearing in of the chamber’s first Muslim woman.Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, said “Jesus” 13 times, “God” six times, and “Lord” four times, as Raging Chicken Press writer Sean Kitchen first noted on Twitter. She also expressed thanks to God that President Donald Trump “stands besides Israel” in a rambling, nearly two minute prayer. Read more

 

A Diversified Workforce Makes PA Stronger

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris joined his colleagues to fight for a diversified workforce, stand up for women and people of color, and demand action to ensure they have the best opportunity to succeed as business owners. Read more

 

Second Chance Expo outlines state’s Clean Slate Law

(Mar 15, 2019)

State Rep. Bob Merski, of Erie, D-2nd Dist., hosted the event, which included a job fair.Erie resident Jeff Fox is trying to resurrect his life after serving five years in prison on a third-degree felony conviction for violation of a concealed carry permit. Read more

 

Lawmakers, advocates come together in call for prison reform

(Mar 06, 2019)

When she was 16, Paulette Carrington went to jail for homicide."I was defending myself, and unfortunately the person died. I live with that everyday," Carrington said. She spent 40 years behind bars before being released two years ago when it was declared her juvenile conviction should not keep her in jail for life. Read more

 

A Brave New World
Apr 12, 2019

Statewide violence-prevention funding fought for by Harris now available in Philadelphia
Apr 11, 2019

Harris Fights For Probation & Parole Reforms
Apr 04, 2019

Meek Mill highlights press conference on parole reform
Apr 03, 2019

Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation
Apr 03, 2019

Can Meek Mill sell Harrisburg on probation reform?
Apr 03, 2019

Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes
Apr 03, 2019

Lawmakers and advocates outline bipartisan probation and parole reform legislation
Apr 02, 2019

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Weaponizes Jesus During the Whitest Prayer Before State’s First Muslim Woman Swears In
Mar 28, 2019

Find out what your neighbors had to say during my Tele Town Hall
Mar 28, 2019

'To use Jesus as a weapon is not OK': Lawmaker slammed for prayer before Muslim woman sworn in
Mar 27, 2019

Harris announces $1.49 million grant for Schuylkill River Trail
Mar 26, 2019

‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House
Mar 26, 2019

GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state’s first Muslim woman swears in
Mar 26, 2019

Harris Reacts to "Weaponized Prayer" in Pa. House
Mar 25, 2019

Divisive opening prayer unbecoming of an elected official
Mar 25, 2019

Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’
Mar 25, 2019

A Diversified Workforce Makes PA Stronger
Mar 19, 2019

Second Chance Expo outlines state’s Clean Slate Law
Mar 15, 2019

Lawmakers, advocates come together in call for prison reform
Mar 06, 2019