Kenyatta defends North Philadelphia community that Temple University student’s video called ‘ghetto’

(13 hours ago)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today forcefully denounced a video of a Temple University student who expressed disparaging comments against the surrounding North Philly community, according to recent news reports. “I am a proud product of this North Philly community and I remain proud to be Temple Made, and because I come from both of those worlds, I know firsthand that those comments in that video couldn’t be farther from the truth and are deeply disrespectful,” Kenyatta said, who represents the 181 st legislative district where Temple University’s main campus is located. “This vibrant community is comprised of some of our city’s most hardworking people who preserve and thrive despite the many obstacles they face. “This community and its residents are my family and my neighbors; they nurtured me and instilled in me invaluable life skills that I have carried with me throughout my life. I am honored to continue to call this community my home and it has been an utmost privilege to pay forward everything this community has provided me by representing them in Harrisburg and ensuring their voices are uplifted as we fight together to dismantle the systemic issues that stymies this community from reaching its full potential. “With that said, I know this student’s views do not align with most Temple students and I applaud the university for swiftly condemning this Read more

 

Kenyatta condemns latest proposed cuts to SNAP benefits, calls on state lawmakers to support resolution

(Dec 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., said he condemns the Trump administration’s work requirements for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program that stands to eliminate benefits for 688,000 adults. “The Trump administration is conjuring the old, classist tactic that shames people who have fallen on hard times,” Kenyatta said. “This notion that people relying on SNAP are casually siphoning these benefits is absurd. “The nearly 700,000 people who will be impacted most are already employed, but work minimum wage jobs where securing steady shiftscan be difficult. For those who are unemployed, many reside in areas with high rates of unemployment due to the dearth of jobs. We also can’t ignore the economic impact these rollbacks will cause to our agriculture industry because of the removal of cash flow provided by SNAP benefits.” Kenyatta called on his lawmaker colleagues to join him supporting a House resolution he co-introduced with state Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., that would condemn similar proposals by the Trump administration to cut SNAP benefits back in August. “The Trump administration is once again punching down and should instead be focusing on ensuring employers are providing jobs that pay fair wages, not relegating the working class into the working poor,” he said. “We as lawmakers must do all we can to protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvania Read more

 

Kenyatta addresses closing of Pratt Early Childhood Center due to toxic conditions

(Nov 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21 – Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila, issued this statement following the closing of Pratt Early Childhood Center due to asbestos and the School District of Philadelphia’s calls for Harrisburg to help fund its recently unveiled environmental safety plan for toxic hazard remediation in all its schools: “The calls from the parents, teachers, students and the School District of Philadelphia are being taken very seriously,” Kenyatta said. “No parent should have to fear sending their child to school and no child should ever be at risk for exposure to toxic materials while learning in an environment that is presumably safe. The health and safety our students and staff are my top priority and I’ve been working tirelessly to secure more funding to remove toxic hazards in schools in our community and across our city. “Just hours prior to learning about the abrupt closure of Pratt elementary school, I met with Governor Tom Wolf to discuss allocating more funds for our schools, in addition to the $4.3 million the governor provided in July.” To date, Kenyatta said, the governor has invested a total of $11.9 million for lead paint alleviation in schools across the city over two years, with $7.6 million provided last year. Since June 2018, through a combination of state funding and $11 million provided by the Philadelphia School District, 32 elementary schools have undergone lead paint stabilization by the Read more

 

Kenyatta announces $1.9 million in tax dollars for district

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today announced just over $1.9 million in tax credits are being invested in his district for four community services organizations. The state Neighborhood Assistance Program awarded funding for the following: $11,000 to the Philadelphia Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha for gentrification prevention by utilizing its Financial Opportunity Center to offer income support, financial education and other housing counselling programs to Lower North Philadelphia residents faced with increasing gentrification in the area. To date, APM has leveraged over $200 million of private and public investments for its community plan for economic management and to eliminate community blight. $37,500 to Playworks Philadelphia to provide over 2,299 children with every school day during the 2019-20 school year with up to 30-45 minutes of healthy play and physical activity while also teaching social emotional skills; host up nearly 30 students in their youth leadership program; and train 60 teachers and school staff to integrate social emotional learning skills into healthy play and physical activity exercises during the school day. $56,250 to Project HOME-Philadelphia to address high level of health disparities among residents of Lower North Central Philadelphia residents. The organization plans on expanding its nursing capacity to three of its supportive housing Read more

 

Kenyatta secures a $76,000 state grant to help new Philabundance Community Kitchen

(Nov 12, 2019)

“Philabundance plays an integral role in eliminating food insecurities and lifting communities out of poverty,” Kenyatta said. Read more

 

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(Nov 01, 2019)

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Kenyatta secures a $76,000 state grant to help new Philabundance Community Kitchen

(Oct 31, 2019)

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced today that the new Philabundance Community Kitchen in North Philadelphia is receiving a $76,101 grant to help in its fight to end hunger. “Philabundance plays an integral role in eliminating food insecurities and lifting communities out of poverty,” Kenyatta, D-Phila., said. “I secured this funding because I am committed to helping the nonprofit be successful and ensure the new Philabundance Community Kitchen is able to offer free job training opportunities for low-income families and produce meals for our most vulnerable neighbors.” The grant was awarded through the Department of Economic and Community Development's Local Share Account and will be used to purchase a generator for the new facility, which broke ground along N. 10 th St. back in May . DCED’s Local Share Account distributes a portion of slot machine license operation fees paid by casinos operating within the City of Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and other projects in the public interest across the city. To learn more about the LSA program, visit the DCED online . Read more

 

Extending Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline in 2020 could disenfranchise people, election officials warn

(Oct 30, 2019)

Kenyatta, who like other Philadelphia Democrats voted against the bill, said he supports most of its provisions but fears the changes will be rushed and ultimately affect voters. Read more

 

LGBTQ advocates, allies rally at the Capitol for nondiscrimination law

(Oct 30, 2019)

“We should not be inhibited by people who want to go backward — and we’re not going backward,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia, one of two openly gay lawmakers in the General Assembly. Read more

 

Kenyatta selected for NCSL Task Force on Cybersecurity

(Oct 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – As part of his ongoing fight to protect the commonwealth’s cyber infrastructure, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced he has been selected as a Pennsylvania representative to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ bipartisan Executive Committee Task Force on Cybersecurity. The NCSL task force brings together state lawmakers, legislative staff and other stakeholders to discuss how state legislatures can create sound frameworks for protecting against, responding to, and prosecuting perpetrators of cyberattacks. “I am honored to have been chosen to sit on this important committee. It’s no secret that cyberattacks are not only a major concern in Pennsylvania, but across the entire country. With everyone constantly connected on their phones, computers and other electronic devices, the amount of potential attacks will only increase,” Kenyatta said. “I look forward to working with members on the task force to learn what’s being done in other states to protect citizens from cyberattacks and bring that back to craft legislation on strengthening safeguards here in Pennsylvania.” Kenyatta is the prime sponsor of H.B. 225 , which would create a Cybersecurity Innovation Commission to safeguard Pennsylvania’s data by conducting cybersecurity audits, improving security and privacy standards and analyzing the protocols. According to the Read more

 

Measure containing Kenyatta legislation passes House

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced his legislation that would expand the type of businesses that could apply for a performing arts facility liquor license was amended into a bill that passed the House. Kenyatta’s bill (H.B. 1576) would allow theaters that primarily screen independent films, classic films and second-run films if they have between 100 and 350 seats to get such a license. That legislation was amended into H.B. 1589, which would permit performing arts facilities to serve alcohol prior to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Businesses would be able to move operating hours to as early as 10 a.m. “Small businesses are the backbone of communities across Philadelphia and the commonwealth. They not only keep our neighborhoods thriving, but they are a great source of jobs and feed into the local economy,” Kenyatta said. “I hope this legislation moves quickly through the Senate and onto Governor Wolf’s desk for him to sign in order to help level the playing field for small business owners in Philadelphia and beyond.” House Bill 1589 is the first bill to pass for Kenyatta as a first-time legislator. It now awaits consideration in the Senate. Read more

 

LaSalle Academy and Young Scholars Charter School receive Safe Schools Targeted Grants

(Oct 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – As part of his continuing leadership on school safety in the commonwealth, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced two schools in the 181st Legislative District have been awarded a combined $64,531 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives. The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced $7.2 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents. The grants can be used to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to fund training for staff and police officers. “Children should not have to worry about gun violence taking place in their school. Unfortunately, the reality is that it could happen anywhere,” Kenyatta said. “School should be a safe environment where students can learn and grow. The funding being awarded to these two schools will help them continue to be a nurturing and safe space for children.” LaSalle Academy will receive $23,783 for the purchase of equipment and Young Scholars Charter School will receive $20,000 for a public safety program. PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000, program grants of up to $20,000, School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000 and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000. Each grant is aimed at assisting schools in reducing disciplinary actions and promoting an Read more

 

Kenyatta urges Pa. Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens

(Oct 17, 2019)

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta released the following statement today urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens: “While I strongly feel General Assistance should never have been eliminated in the first place and must be fully reinstated, bringing back this critical lifeline temporarily, as being considered by the state Supreme Court , is at least a step in the right direction. “This effort reflects my legislation ( H.B. 1709 ) that would provide emergency relief to those who previously received support through GA – such as families living below the poverty line, domestic violence survivors, veterans and individuals in active drug treatment. “GA provided roughly $200 a month to help our most vulnerable citizens afford life’s necessities – including soap, toothpaste, meals and a ride to work. It’s our obligation as public servants to do what’s in the best interest of all Pennsylvanians, not just those who see this program as a costly handout. However, that’s the exact message the legislature sent back in June when other members voted to end it. “We’ve been down this path before when GA was eliminated in 2012, and I hope the state Supreme Court will once again decide that this latest action to kick people while they’re down is unconstitutional,” said Kenyatta, D-Phila. ### Read more

 

Kenyatta: LGBTQ+ Americans should not be fired for who they are or love

(Oct 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta issued the following statement after the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether federal civil rights law protects the LGBTQ+ community from job discrimination: “The cases before the Supreme Court today cut to the heart of whether LGBTQ+ Americans like me should have full access to the freedom and protections that my straight friends so often take for granted. We should not have to worry if we can keep our jobs or be fired for who we are or who we love. “I hope that sooner rather than later, LGBTQ+ kids will be able to grow up where they have no limits. We should all live in a country without having to hide who we are, who we love and how we identify. This should never be challenged or used against us, and this is why we fight. “It’s unfortunate that we may have to wait for the results on this important decision by the Supreme Court. It’s unfortunate we live in a country or even a state that doesn’t protect our LGBTQ+ young people. However, the Pennsylvania General Assembly can change that. I am a proud co-sponsor of House Bill 1404, which would provide equal protection to LGBTQ+ family members and neighbors across the commonwealth. It is our duty to lead and do everything in our power to protect all citizens. “I am extremely grateful to Aimee Stephens, Donald Zarda and Gerald Bostock. They faced discrimination in Read more

 

Kenyatta praises Gov. Wolf’s executive action to reduce greenhouse emissions

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. “The governor’s call for the DEP to implement a plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is a bold first step to provide cleaner air and water for everyone, including our young people. Climate change is detrimental to this commonwealth and the entire nation, and if people don’t believe the scientists about this occurrence, all they have to do is believe with their eyes and their ears. “This past week, Philadelphia saw 90-plus degree weather, and it’s October. How are some people still not believing this is direct result to climate change? This past summer, the city dealt with several days of scorching heat, resulting in an increase in pollution and poor air quality and creating breathing difficulties for the young and old. The decline in our climate and increase in pollution is a social justice issue that hits poor and working-class communities the hardest. “The governor’s executive action serves as a reminder that the Pennsylvania General Assembly must look to itself and redouble its efforts on climate change, renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions in the commonwealth. While most of my Democratic colleagues in the House fully Read more

 

Kenyatta amendment would help small movie theaters boost business

(Sep 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced today that the House voted unanimously to add language from his H.B. 1576 into H.B. 1589 , which was introduced by state Rep. Steve Samuelson. Kenyatta’s bill would allow theaters that primarily screen independent films, classic films, and second-run films to get a performing arts facility liquor license if they have between 100 and 350 seats. “Small businesses across the state help spur economic development in their communities, so it’s important for us to encourage them through inclusive bills that promote job growth, Kenyatta said. “I am glad that my legislation has the chance to level the playing field for small business owners in Philadelphia and beyond.” Samuelson’s bill would allow performing arts facilities to serve alcohol prior to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Under his legislation, businesses could move operating hours to as early as 10 a.m. “Under the current structure, 95 active and pending licensees could be affected by this change,” Kenyatta said. “My hope is to extend those benefits to even more Pennsylvania businessowners.” House Bill 1589 continues to advance in the PA House of Representatives. Read more

 

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – Joining advocates, former recipients of General Assistance and state senators, state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Melissa Shusterman and Elizabeth Fiedler repeated the call for the General Assembly to restart the program that many vulnerable residents depended on in the commonwealth. “Ending General Assistance was one of the cruelest legislative decisions that has been made in this body since I became a member. There is no logical excuse or argument for denying support for the most vulnerable communities when they needed it most. It was like kicking them while they’re down,” Kenyatta, D-Phila., said. “That is why I’ve introduced House Bill 1709 to bring this vital resource back. I’m urging my colleagues across the aisle to understand the severity of the harm this has caused for Pennsylvania families and fix it now.” Kenyatta is the main sponsor of H.B. 1709, which would provide emergency relief to those Pennsylvanians who previously received support through the General Assistance Fund. The program provided $200 a month in cash assistance to those who were unable to work, those caring for loved ones who were sick or disabled, veterans, victims of domestic violence and those receiving treatment for substance abuse, among others. In June, the General Assembly voted to end the program, despite the pleas from many, including Kenyatta and Shusterman, Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.

(Sep 12, 2019)

Find out what our community has to say about the issues that matter! Read more

 

Kenyatta condemns Republican attempt to block gender-neutral driver’s licenses in PA

(Sep 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., is condemning the efforts of House Republicans to stop PennDOT from offering gender-neutral driver’s licenses in Pennsylvania. In July, PennDOT announced its plans to let gender-queer and non-binary individuals select a neutral option for gender on driver’s licenses. This week, Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, announced plans to introduce a bill blocking the change. “Sometimes we see really dumb ideas come out of Harrisburg and this bill is a prime example. Allowing all Pennsylvanians to have an ID that reflects their gender identity is common sense and doesn’t infringe on the rights of anyone else,” Kenyatta said. “There is no good reason to block this change from happening, other than to play politics with the lives of those who are already marginalized. “I fully support the Wolf administration’s initiative to add an ‘X’ to the forms so that non-binary, trans, and other queer Pennsylvanians have an option that they feel best represents them,” Kenyatta continued. “This bill should never make it to the floor and if it does it should be soundly defeated. We have serious things to focus on like stemming gun violence, restoring General Assistance, and expanding job opportunities for all Pennsylvanians. This is silly season. “ Kenyatta also called on other House members to join him in his vehement opposition to the bill which he Read more

 

8/13/19 – Environmental Justice – Philadelphia

(Aug 15, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Read more

 

Kenyatta defends North Philadelphia community that Temple University student’s video called ‘ghetto’
13 hours ago

Kenyatta condemns latest proposed cuts to SNAP benefits, calls on state lawmakers to support resolution
Dec 05, 2019

Kenyatta addresses closing of Pratt Early Childhood Center due to toxic conditions
Nov 21, 2019

Kenyatta announces $1.9 million in tax dollars for district
Nov 19, 2019

Kenyatta secures a $76,000 state grant to help new Philabundance Community Kitchen
Nov 12, 2019

Fall 2019 newsletter
Nov 01, 2019

Kenyatta secures a $76,000 state grant to help new Philabundance Community Kitchen
Oct 31, 2019

Extending Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline in 2020 could disenfranchise people, election officials warn
Oct 30, 2019

LGBTQ advocates, allies rally at the Capitol for nondiscrimination law
Oct 30, 2019

Kenyatta selected for NCSL Task Force on Cybersecurity
Oct 25, 2019

Measure containing Kenyatta legislation passes House
Oct 23, 2019

LaSalle Academy and Young Scholars Charter School receive Safe Schools Targeted Grants
Oct 21, 2019

Kenyatta urges Pa. Supreme Court to restore cash assistance to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens
Oct 17, 2019

Kenyatta: LGBTQ+ Americans should not be fired for who they are or love
Oct 08, 2019

Kenyatta praises Gov. Wolf’s executive action to reduce greenhouse emissions
Oct 04, 2019

Kenyatta amendment would help small movie theaters boost business
Sep 25, 2019

Legislators fight to bring back General Assistance Fund
Sep 24, 2019

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.
Sep 12, 2019

Kenyatta condemns Republican attempt to block gender-neutral driver’s licenses in PA
Sep 05, 2019

8/13/19 – Environmental Justice – Philadelphia
Aug 15, 2019