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PLBC and Policy Committee listen to youth perspective on criminal justice

(Sep 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today held a joint hearing with the House Democratic Policy Committee on youth perspective on criminal justice. The PLBC requested the hearing to give youth an opportunity to express their views on the current criminal justice system. “I am grateful to the young people who were present for today’s hearing, as we are working to make changes to our society, including our criminal justice system, so that they will grow up in a better, more just world,” Kinsey said. “We know our system is flawed and unfair but hearing from the experts who testified today gave us invaluable information and insight that can be used to make much-needed improvements. I hope our young people know, after attending this hearing, that their voices are valued.” “Criminal Justice Reform is one of the important Civil Rights issues of our time,” Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., said. “Additionally, many of our young people are affected by it as participants themselves or as a family member of a participant. It’s important to hear their voice as we continue to address this important issue.” The Philadelphia Community Youth Court sits in Harris’ district and is located at the Universal Institute Charter School, where the hearing took place. They were joined by state legislators from across Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauds bravery of police after six officers shot & thanks Gov. Wolf for signing executive order on gun reform

(Aug 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with its Philadelphia members, applauded the brave efforts of the Philadelphia Police Department and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order to implement comprehensive gun reforms, in the wake of the two mass shootings in Philadelphia this week. “Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus as well as myself, commend the restraint and dedication of the Philadelphia Police Department in securing the scene that resulted in this heavily armed suspect being apprehended alive and no injuries to innocent bystanders ,” Kinsey said. “This career is rife with dangers, making returning home safely at the end of a shift a lingering uncertainty, but these men and women put those fears aside to fervently protect us.” A gunman began firing shots around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when police were at a house in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia to serve an arrest warrant, according to news reports . Six officers were shot, all of them were eventually treated at the hospital and released, and the gunman was taken into custody after the standoff. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta said he, too, was grateful the violence Wednesday ended without the loss of life or any additional injury to the suspect, officers or the public. “I was at the hospital Wednesday for hours and saw the bravery of Read more

 

Kinsey comments on latest mass shooting in Philadelphia

(Aug 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today released this statement following the news of another mass shooting in Philadelphia, this time in his legislative district. “ In the span of 24 hours, Philadelphia has experienced two mass shootings that have left 11 people injured, bringing the citywide mass shooting total to eight that has resulted in two fatalities and over 30 people injured,” Kinsey said. "The latest shooting that left five people injured happened in the Ogontz section of my district, less than two miles north of the location of Wednesday's scene of gun violence." "In our state legislature, there are currently over two-dozen bills that address the root causes of gun violence. We need action now. “Enough is enough! I will continue to push for gun safety legislation along with my Democratic colleagues. The mass shootings and gun violence we experience in our communities are tumultuous. Rage, sorrow and agony overwhelm us as we continue to encounter the loss of lives and distress from these horrific incidents of violence." Tomorrow, Kinsey is sponsoring a unity event along with the 14 th Police District in the northwest community. In addition, he is organizing town hall meetings to address gun violence and gun safety. Kinsey is chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Read more

 

Kinsey to host Unity in the Northwest Community event Aug. 16

(Aug 14, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is inviting residents to a family-fun communitywide event he is holding Friday. Kinsey’s Unity in the Northwest Community will be held from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. Friday, Aug.16 on the grounds of Germantown High School, along the 5900 block of Germantown Ave.,19144. “Unity in the Northwest Community is a community engagement affair which will bring local law enforcement, businesses, churches, local organizations, local elected officials, and the community together in a positive unified environment,” Kinsey said. “I look forward to a great event to promote community cohesion and to provide positive interactions between police and the northwest community!” Attendees will enjoy live music from local performers including Philadelphia’s own Breakwater Funk Band, Expressions of Soul, Alexi Paraschos, and many other performers. There will be scooter demonstrations by Verve S, a Silent Philly party, various vendors, and delicious food from food trucks. Unity in the Northwest Community is free and open to the public. Read more

 

Kinsey: We have the legislation; we just need a vote for sensible gun reform

(Aug 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 9 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today said the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, represent the latest examples of the need to address gun violence in Pennsylvania and across the nation. “The heinous acts in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are reprehensible,” Kinsey said. “It is an absolute disservice to Pennsylvanians and to all Americans for lawmakers, who are charged with ensuring their safety, to sit idle while we watch more lives claimed by gun violence. “While the nation’s attention remains fixated on these latest events, we must also include the shootings that have happened here in Pennsylvania. Less than a year ago, 11 were killed because of their religion while worshipping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And in Philadelphia, there have been six mass shootings so far this year, resulting in two deaths and 30 people injured, along with the daily shootings. Incidents like these must be recognized in the same vein of mass shootings that have garnered national attention. Residents living in these communities plagued with gun violence shouldn’t discount their anguish and fear because it’s supposedly typical for the area. They must know that their grief also matters! “The cycle of rehashed conversations on gun reform, thoughts and prayers, and the collective psychological trauma of a nation that has Read more

 

Legislators ‘serve up’ support for minimum wage hike in Pa.

(Jul 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, Stephen Kinsey, Chris Rabb, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato joined advocates and restaurant workers in support of increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. The group marched from the Pennsylvania Convention Center to El Fuego restaurant, where the legislators served food and drink to customers and addressed how a minimum wage hike would improve the lives of thousands of workers in the commonwealth. McClinton said, “Every state surrounding Pennsylvania has increased its minimum wage and yet it remains stagnant here in the commonwealth. It is antiquated and, at this point, disgraceful. Too many Pennsylvanians must continue to work for what amounts to nothing in today’s economy, still struggling well below the poverty line to pay bills and provide for their families. An increased and fair wage would give these people more purchasing power and the ability to afford necessities, contributing more to our overall economy.” Kinsey said, "Our communities of color shouldn't have to choose between paying the bills and putting food on the table. I was proud to join Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and other advocates in fighting to raise the minimum wage across the commonwealth so hardworking Pennsylvanians can afford to support their families and live their lives." Rabb has legislation that would raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $12 an hour , then increase it each year Read more

 

Health disparities focus of Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Policy Committee hearing

(Jul 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 10 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Einstein Medical Center to discuss the preventable differences in health care experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. Kinsey requested the hearing to discuss how health care providers and community stakeholders can work together to reduce the burden of disease, injury, and violence to improve community health. “At a time when health care technology is advancing at exponential rates, people should not be dying from not having the medicine they need,” explained Kinsey, D-Phila. “It’s important that we work together to overcome to eliminate disparities and make sure that regardless of where people live or how much money they make, that they’ll have quality access to health care. Ultimately, it will strengthen our communities and workforce.” Testifiers include Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP, Director of Office of Health Equity, Immediate Past President, Pennsylvania Medical Society; Rohit Gulati, MD, FACP, MBA, FACHE, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Einstein Health Care Network; Dr. Howard LuVice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Health Partners Plans; David Saunders, Director of Office of Health Equity, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Raynard Washington, Chief Epidemiologist, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Laura Read more

 

Kinsey to host Pa. Legislative Black Caucus-Policy Committee hearing on health disparities Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Jul 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 8 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced today that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will hold a public hearing on health disparities in conjunction with the House Democratic Policy Committee. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at Einstein Medical Center, Sheerr Building Auditorium, 1101 West Tabor Road, Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. Kinsey requested the hearing to receive testimony from local stakeholders about what more the legislature can do to reduce health disparities in the Commonwealth, Testifiers include David Saunders, director of the Pa. Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity; Laura Handel, managing attorney with a Medical Legal Partnership; Raynard Washington, chief epidemiologist for Philadelphia Department of Public Health; AmeriHealth Caritas; Health Partners Plan; Einstein Health Care Network; and Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals. The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . For more information about the PLBC, go to www.pahouse.com/plbc . For more information about the Policy Committee, go to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

PLBC honors scholarship award winners with ceremony

(Jun 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said the PLBC recognized seven Pennsylvania students as scholarship recipients at the PLBC scholarship award reception at the Capitol today. The recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship to their chosen accredited four-year college or university. "The PLBC Scholarship Program lets us reward hardworking students by helping to offset some of the costs of higher education," Kinsey said. "I am honored that we can continue to reward dedicated students of color in Pennsylvania.” The 2019 scholarship recipients are: Name of Student College/University Legislator Sponsors Ariana Cruz Ohio State University Rep. Kim Domenique Ross Howard University Rep. Wheatley Jae Fitch York College Rep. Hill-Evans Nahla Turner Howard University Rep. Kinsey/Sen. Haywood Jayla Hayden North Carolina A&T State University Rep. Cephas/Sen. Hughes Alphonso Samukai Cheyney University Rep. McClinton/Sen. Williams Tai Humphery Florida A&M University Rep. Fitzgerald/Sen. Read more

 

Kinsey Applauds All Who Helped Pass Juneteenth Day Legislation

(Jun 20, 2019)

PA Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Stephen Kinsey thanks Rep. Sue Helm and Governor Tom Wolf for making PA the second state to sign legislation making Juneteenth an annual holiday. He also recognized the Mills family, and all of the individuals and organizations who never gave up. Read more

 

Response to Philadelphia Police Officers' Investigation

(Jun 06, 2019)

We are hopeful that the Philadelphia Police Department will conduct a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into widespread social media posting of racist and offensive content by certain officers. In our letter to Commissioner Ross, we’ve encouraged him to publicly hold accountable those found to be responsible and to send a clear message that racism will not be tolerated in any form. Read more

 

Kinsey Honors Local Marine Hero

(Jun 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honors local hero Cpl. Earl Guydon, who was one of the founding Marines to integrate the Corps during WWII. Cpl. Guydon was awarded the congressional gold medal in 2012 and was a stalwart and humble pillar in the community his entire life. Read more

 

Kinsey: $40,800 grant to aid Center in the Park

(May 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said that a $40,800 Senior Community Center Grant has been awarded to the Center in the Park senior center in Philadelphia. “I’m grateful that this grant has been awarded to make improvements and modernize these facilities,” Kinsey said. “I want to thank Governor Tom Wolf for the ongoing commitment in investing in the future of Philadelphia. With proper funding, this center ensures that our older population ages with grace.” Center in the Park has a wide variety of offerings that include nutritious meal programs, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, exercise programs, and more. The Pennsylvania Lottery is responsible for funding this project with a total of $2 million being distributed to 49 senior centers throughout the commonwealth. This announcement takes place during Older Americans Month – a time for the nation to pay tribute to older adults and their contributions to the country and their communities. For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov/SCC . ### Read more

 

Gov. Wolf Joins Legislative Black Caucus, Community Members at Clean Slate Event

(May 02, 2019)

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Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Policy Committee to host public hearing on Clean Slate Thursday in Pittsburgh

(Apr 29, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, April 29 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a joint public hearing on clean slate issues. The hearing will be held at noon Thursday, May 2 at Community Empowerment Association, 7120 Kelly St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208. The media and public are invited to attend. Gainey, D-Allegheny, requested the hearing to bring stakeholders and his legislative colleagues from across the state, including PLBC Chairman Kinsey, together to discuss how clean slate legislation will help empower citizens who have not reoffended. The current agenda is: 12:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 12:10 p.m. Panel One: • John Wetzel , Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections • Matt Smith , President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce • Richard Garland , Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity 1:00 p.m. Panel Two: • Tracey McCants Lewis , Deputy General Counsel and Director of Human Resources, Pittsburgh Penguins • Carol Ramsey , Pardoned Individual • T. Rashad Byrdsong , Founder and CEO, Community Empowerment Association 1:50 p.m. Panel Three: • Theodore Johnson , Chairman, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole • Bret Grote , Legal Read more

 

Kinsey and Grey Panthers meet at SCI Phoenix

(Apr 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said the PLBC recently held a meeting at SCI Phoenix in conjunction with the Grey Panthers to discuss medical parole and the early release of elderly inmates, as it relates to H.B. 642 that he introduced. “Ultimately, we are working together to find a humane alternative to incarceration for non-violent elderly inmates,” Kinsey said. “The results would end in reducing the costs of our prison systems, while simultaneously lessening the burden on our correctional facilities and their workers. For inmates over the age of 50, and especially 65, research shows lower recidivism rates, higher costs due to health care and special needs. We can do better for them and their families.” Kinsey’s bill would permit elderly inmates to petition the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for medical parole and early release. Individuals convicted of violent crimes would not be eligible, and all decisions to approve or reject petitions would be up to the discretion of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. The number of state and federal prisoners older than 55 in the U.S. is predicted to grow rapidly, surpassing 400,000 by the year 2030. On average, it costs almost $70,000 per year to incarcerate an individual 50 or older. This is nearly double the cost for the overall average prisoner. Recent studies show that Read more

 

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus hosts public hearing on reentry initiatives

(Apr 23, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced that the PLBC hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on re-entry initiatives featuring Pennsylvanians who’ve overcome past transgressions and made storied contributions to the state. Kinsey requested the hearing, held at Temple University, to further explore criminal justice reform initiatives that will help prepare individuals who paid their debt to society to transition back into the workforce and reduce recidivism rates. The Chairman was joined by legislators from the across the state including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Those who testified in front of the Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus this evening, served as the proverbial shining light that will hopefully guide us to more empathetic lawmaking in regard to re-entry initiatives,” Kinsey said. “I chose re-entry as the topic of discussion because it correlates with so many other issues that Pennsylvanians are already facing. Empowered by the knowledge and experiences that have been shared here today, we can educate law makers and the public on how together, we can collaborate to reduce recidivism, and provide pathways to success for citizens re-entering society. We must work together to eliminate the barriers of discrimination, prejudice and stigma that often come with making a Read more

 

Kinsey announces PLBC policy hearing on re-entry initiatives

(Apr 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will be hosting a public policy hearing in conjunction with the House Democratic Policy Committee on re-entry initiatives and the transition from incarceration to civilian life. “It is critical that we work together to ensure that those who have paid their debts to society within the criminal justice system are given a chance to re-enter society once again,” Kinsey said. “I’m eager to hear from experts and the public on how we can improve these people’s lives and educate the public on how giving these folks a second chance helps to reduce recidivism.” The public policy hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at Temple University’s Shusterman Hall, 1834 N. Park Ave. in Philadelphia. State legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will attend the hearing. Special guests include: Bernard Hopkins, boxing champion; PA Board of Probation and Parole; The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; The Defender Association of Philadelphia; Philadelphia OIC; Freddy Nole, former juvenile lifer; Romanus Miles, former inmate and tradesman; Dawn Chamberlain-Hunter, former inmate and entrepreneur; Asya Richardson, former inmate and entrepreneur; Bill DeWeese, former Speaker of the House; and more. For more information, contact Read more

 

Coalition of legislators unveils bills aimed at reforming police procedures

(Apr 16, 2019)

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and PLBC members were joined by a coalition of legislators from around the state for a press conference to unveil a package of legislation aimed at streamlining police procedures and improving police-community relations at noon today in the Capitol Media Center. Read more

 

Kinsey Commends Choice For New Secretary Of Pardons

(Apr 08, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey joined the Lt. Governor and colleagues to announce the new secretary of pardons. He explains why Brandon Flood is the perfect person for the job. Read more

 

PLBC and Policy Committee listen to youth perspective on criminal justice
Sep 10, 2019

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauds bravery of police after six officers shot & thanks Gov. Wolf for signing executive order on gun reform
Aug 16, 2019

Kinsey comments on latest mass shooting in Philadelphia
Aug 15, 2019

Kinsey to host Unity in the Northwest Community event Aug. 16
Aug 14, 2019

Kinsey: We have the legislation; we just need a vote for sensible gun reform
Aug 09, 2019

Legislators ‘serve up’ support for minimum wage hike in Pa.
Jul 12, 2019

Health disparities focus of Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Policy Committee hearing
Jul 10, 2019

Kinsey to host Pa. Legislative Black Caucus-Policy Committee hearing on health disparities Wednesday in Philadelphia
Jul 08, 2019

PLBC honors scholarship award winners with ceremony
Jun 21, 2019

Kinsey Applauds All Who Helped Pass Juneteenth Day Legislation
Jun 20, 2019

Response to Philadelphia Police Officers' Investigation
Jun 06, 2019

Kinsey Honors Local Marine Hero
Jun 04, 2019

Kinsey: $40,800 grant to aid Center in the Park
May 03, 2019

Gov. Wolf Joins Legislative Black Caucus, Community Members at Clean Slate Event
May 02, 2019

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Policy Committee to host public hearing on Clean Slate Thursday in Pittsburgh
Apr 29, 2019

Kinsey and Grey Panthers meet at SCI Phoenix
Apr 25, 2019

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus hosts public hearing on reentry initiatives
Apr 23, 2019

Kinsey announces PLBC policy hearing on re-entry initiatives
Apr 18, 2019

Coalition of legislators unveils bills aimed at reforming police procedures
Apr 16, 2019

Kinsey Commends Choice For New Secretary Of Pardons
Apr 08, 2019