Kenyatta sponsors resolution urging end of federal shutdown

(Jan 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., sponsored a resolution directed at the president and Congress urging them to put an end to the partial federal government shutdown. “It is unacceptable that hardworking Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth are experiencing significant hardships due to what has become the longest federal government shutdown in American history,” Kenyatta said. “Pennsylvanians and the American people deserve better. While those of us in state government cannot reopen the federal government, we must speak with one voice about the pain it’s inflicting on our state. Federal workers deserve to get paid, get back to work, and those on SNAP benefits should not have to worry if they will be able to afford their food. This must end!” Currently, Pennsylvania ranks ninth among the states hit hardest by the shutdown based on loss of salaries from federal workers and a loss of income substitution provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as SNAP. Nearly 13,000 of the state’s federal workers have not received a paycheck in the past month. Those deemed as “essential” work without pay, while many others remain furloughed. The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation has seen an increase of nearly 850 percent in applications for unemployment benefits in the last week of December as compared to that same week last year. About 1.8 million Read more


Kenyatta Fighting To Protect Children From Lead

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta participated in a public hearing to address the issue of lead poisoning and discuss ways to protect children from this dangerous toxin. Read more


Kenyatta denounces Supreme Court decision

(Jan 22, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban to go into effect. “Anyone who is brave and selfless enough to want to serve this country in uniform should be allowed to serve,” Kenyatta said. “This is absurd and hateful. The Supreme Court has made a serious mistake in this ruling. The simple truth is that the Trump administration wants to encourage discrimination against trans people every chance it has to do so. I want to make it clear, I oppose these efforts to erase and target trans people.” The policy officially blocks people who have been diagnosed with a condition known as gender dysphoria from serving with limited exceptions. It also specifies that those without the condition can serve, but must do so according to the sex they were assigned at birth. LGBTQ activists have called the ban cruel and irrational. Four liberal justices on the court objected to the ruling. While the court is allowing the ban to move forward, it has said that it will not hear arguments on the matter, allowing for this issue to be played out in lower courts. According to government records in 2016, approximately 8,980 service members identified as transgender. ### Read more


Kenyatta Supports New Plan to Move Philly Forward

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta joined other members of the Philadelphia House Delegation to unveil a new plan to tackle deep poverty, enforce criminal justice reform, and fight back against gun violence. He explains that while this is a historic moment, it’s also common sense stuff that everyone should support. Read more


Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more


Kenyatta district office grand opening

(Jan 14, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., will host a district office grand opening from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at 1501 N. Broad St., Suite 17 . “My staff and I are excited to get to work for our neighbors,” Kenyatta said. “I invite all those in the district to come to our office to meet face to face with myself and the people who are working for them. I want open communication with my community. We could not be here without the support of our citizens, and now it’s finally time to give back. Let us know what we can do to serve you to the best of our ability.” Kenyatta encourages residents of Philadelphia’s 181st Legislative District to come to the event to meet his staff and to learn about the various constituent services offered. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the district office at 215-978-0311 or visit , which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables residents to email him. Residents can also follow Kenyatta on Facebook and Twitter @RepKenyatta . Read more


Kenyatta and Redding Discuss the Importance of Agriculture

(Jan 10, 2019)

PA State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta got a chance to sit down and discuss the importance of agriculture with Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding. Secretary Redding explains how farming and agriculture are good for urban areas like Philadelphia. Read more


Kenyatta to host local swearing-in ceremony Tuesday

(Jan 04, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta will host a swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the John F. Street Recreation Center, 1100 Poplar St. “I’m looking forward to getting to know my constituents and the problems they’re experiencing that matter most to them,” Kenyatta said. “I want to represent the interests of north Philadelphia in Harrisburg, and make sure that no one feels left behind. I’m ready to get to work on reducing poverty, funding our schools and raising the minimum wage. We have a lot of work to do, but it’s worth it for a better quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.” On Jan. 1, Kenyatta took the oath of office to start his first term as representative of the 181st Legislative District of Philadelphia. He was recently elected vice chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. He said he welcomes residents to visit his constituent service office at 1501 N. Broad St., Suite 17, and his website – - which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables residents to email him. Residents also can follow Kenyatta on Facebook and Twitter . ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: Read more


Kenyatta sworn in as state representative for first term

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – In the presence of family and friends, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta took the oath of office to begin his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will represent the 181st Legislative District . He was recently elected vice-chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. Kenyatta, a 28-year-old native of the north Philadelphia community that makes up part of his district, is a 2012 graduate of Temple University. He is the first openly LGBTQ person of color to be elected to the General Assembly. Before being elected, Kenyatta led the Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. He also worked in Graduate Medical Education at Hahnemann Hospital and food service for a number of years. In addition, Kenyatta served as the campaign manager for a Philadelphia City Council candidate and served on the board of Equality Pennsylvania. “I am proud to be a part of history and to represent the community where I was born, raised and received my degree. I’m forever grateful to my constituents for allowing me to be their voice in Harrisburg,” Kenyatta said. “Becoming a state representative is a victory for north Philadelphia and for anyone who feels left out or left behind. We need to deal with the moral and economic crisis of poverty, fully and fairly fund schools, raise the minimum wage and provide a better quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more


Kenyatta & Isaacson Helping Less Fortunate

(Dec 21, 2018)

Pa. state Reps.-elect Malcolm Kenyatta and Mary Isaacson helped wrap gifts for less fortunate families in their Philadelphia districts, along with the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association. Kenyatta and Isaacson jointly represent the Northern Liberties community in Philadelphia. Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at . Read more