Kinsey to host public safety meeting to focus on solutions to violence uptick in Philadelphia

(Oct 21, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will host a public safety meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at Martin Luther King High School, located at 6100 Stenton Ave. The meeting is being held in partnership with Congressman Dwight Evans, D-Phila.; Councilmembers Cindy Bass, Cherelle Parker and Derek Green; State Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and Darisha Parker, D-Phila.; and State Sens. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery/Phila. and Sharif Street, D-Phila. Kinsey encourages the public to attend this follow-up to a public safety meeting he held with constituents in September. The purpose for this meeting is to talk about solutions and plans of action to combat the violence that continues throughout the city. There have been more than 430 homicides in 2021, a 15% increase from 2020. Kinsey said it’s important to maintain an ongoing dialogue between residents and elected officials. “It’s not only important that we listen to our people, particularly those who live in fear of their lives and the lives of their loved ones being taken away by nonsensical violence,” Kinsey said. “But we must also work together in our efforts to solving this crisis. That’s why you will see an all-hands on deck approach bringing together elected officials, law enforcement, support groups and community stakeholders, all coming together to develop a strategy that will Read more

 

Kinsey to host a Day of Remembrance Saturday

(Sep 21, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is partnering with EMIR Healing Center to host a Day of Remembrance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Vernon Park on Germantown Avenue. This event is to remember the people who have died in the last two years due to gun violence, by suicide and from COVID-19. “We are having this remembrance to mourn the loss of too many of our family, friends and neighbors, as well as to educate families on the resources available and support them in their healing process as they say goodbye to their loved ones,” Kinsey said. “Throughout the day, we will have discussions on my legislative work on these issues and how we can work together to prevent further unnecessary loss.” Supplies will be available for people to make remembrance art for their lost loved ones. There also will be music, food and prayer. More information is available at Kinsey’s office located at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., or by calling (215) 849-6592. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Public defender, prosecutor, humanities, gun violence, and library funding opportunities

(Sep 08, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Public Defender Training Initiatives Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funds) Who May Apply : Any organization that can demonstrate a history of providing training and technical assistance to public defenders in Pennsylvania. The applicant agency must also demonstrate the ability to provide training at a statewide level. Use : To provide training and technical assistance to public defenders in Pennsylvania. Funds : $550,000 will be distributed in total. PCCD expects to fund one grant over the two-year project period. Application Deadline : September 28 More Information : Click on https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Prosecutor Training Initiatives Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funds) Who May Apply : Any organization that can demonstrate a history of providing training and technical assistance to county prosecutors. The applicant agency must also demonstrate the ability to provide training at a statewide level and become certified by the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an accredited CLE provider. Use : To provide training and technical assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement professionals on legal issues relevant to adults and juveniles. Funds : $870,000 will Read more

 

Bullock, Kinsey introduce bill for health equity

(Sep 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 3 – State Reps. Donna Bullock and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila., have introduced a bill that would formally establish the Office of Health Equity in state statute to ensure that Pennsylvania’s current commitment to equitable health care for every resident continues. “Health care is a basic human right,” Bullock said. “This fundamental truth is acknowledged by the World Health Organization and embraced by scores of nations – developed and lower-income countries alike – that have built health systems devoted to providing equal access to quality health care for all citizens. In order to establish an ongoing commitment to the health of all Pennsylvanians, regardless of income, Zip code, etc., this is a necessary step to oversight and advocacy in health care.” According to the Pennsylvania Office of Health Equity, health equity means that every resident can live a healthy life regardless of race, sex, location, education or income level. The office works to ensure all Pennsylvanians receive the care they need, regardless of any of the social or economic factors listed above. “This last year has made abundantly clear that our health system discriminates against marginalized people and populations without access to care,” Kinsey said. “As this catastrophic episode in our history continues to claim the lives of the undervalued and underpaid, we can no longer ignore nor delay righting this Read more

 

Kinsey to host annual Unity in the Northwest Community summer event

(Aug 27, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26 – After more than a year of quarantine, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is slated to host his annual Unity in the Northwest Community summer event. Distinguished members of the Northwest Philadelphia community will be honored with the Honorable David P. Richardson Jr. Legacy Award for their outstanding service to the northwest community. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 in the 5900 block of Germantown Avenue, 19144 , on the grounds of the historic Germantown High School. “We’ve had a difficult year, but I am thrilled to host this year’s event and bringing people together. Hopefully, this event will help to lift spirits of neighbors as we gather in a positive unified environment while listening to good music being performed by great local musicians,” Kinsey said. “We also can’t ignore that our ability to come together has been made possible in part by our neighbors who have demonstrated immense dedication toward working to keep our community healthy during these trying times.” Unity in the Northwest Community will feature local organizations providing health and public safety information to attendees, food vendors and live musical performances by Philadelphia’s own Breakwater Funk Band, The Jolly Brothers, Monte and Sherry Wilson-Butler. Joining Kinsey at Unity in the Northwest Community will be federal, Read more

 

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.

(Jul 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Manuel Guzman today announced that they will soon introduce legislation that would mandate ammunition manufacturers to encode ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers, making the bullet a more useable piece of evidence for law enforcement to solve more crimes in the wake of increasing gun violence. The bill would also require manufacturers to provide the serial numbers to the Pennsylvania State Police, who would be responsible for keeping a database on all encoded ammunition sold in Pennsylvania and allow law enforcement to easily trace the ownership of any ammunition involved in a crime. “Our commonwealth has experienced an uptick in gun violence, and very few of these crimes have resulted in an arrest or conviction because all that’s left at the crime scene is a victim and spent shell-casings,” said Kinsey, D-Phila. “Our bill that would require every piece of ammunition sold in this state to be encoded with identifying serial numbers -- much like the guns they’re discharged from. It is time for us to keep track of these lethal weapons and ensure that we have the tools necessary to convict individuals who use their firearms for unlawful purposes.” “Police investigations involving firearms go cold over a lack of evidence too often,” said Guzman, D-Berks. “By encoding ammunition, we will provide a much-needed tool in the fight to reduce firearm Read more

 

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey calls on President Biden to ensure Americans with the greatest need can access a basic necessity of modern life: high speed internet

(Jun 17, 2021)

For the past 15 months of the pandemic, broadband has become a lifeline for Pennsylvania’s disadvantaged and disenfranchised—low-income families, communities of color, and people with disabilities. Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald host news conference highlighting progress in combatting COVID-19 in Northwest Philadelphia

(Jun 02, 2021)

WYNCOTE, June 2 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., today hosted a news conference at Oak Street Health to highlight the progress of the Northwest COVID-19 Coalition in closing the racial and ethnic disparity gaps in Philadelphia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution. “From low survivability outcomes resulting in lack of access to adequate health care to being severely underrepresented in both testing and vaccine access, communities of color have been among of the hardest hit throughout the course of this pandemic,” Kinsey said. “As a legislator, I could not stand idle as my neighbors and community were suffering, which it was prior to bringing medical professionals, faith-based leaders and community activists together to form this grassroots coalition. We have been tirelessly informing residents on safety updates, expanding access to testing and, now, vaccinations. While I am thrilled about the success in seeing the number of vaccinated residents steadily climb, our work is far from over. We’re still encouraging folks to get vaccinated if they haven’t yet done so.” “At the outset of the pandemic and in the days that followed, it was very apparent where communities of color stood in terms of getting adequate health care, testing and eventually vaccines,” Fitzgerald said. “With numbers rising at an alarming rate, we felt it was incumbent upon us to Read more

 

Kinsey reflects on one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, reminds lawmakers to continue to fight for justice

(May 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – A day after the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., released the following statement: “Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the needless and horrific public execution of George Floyd by a police officer. Our nation and the world watched those heart wrenching 8 minutes and 49 seconds of a man, a father, a brother revert to basic childhood innocence and fearfully cry out for his deceased mother as he gasped for air due to being slowly asphyxiated to death by a knee to the neck. It was those cries that spurred countless global protests across the globe. “I also want to set the record straight that Mr. Floyd was not a martyr or a hero. He did not sacrifice his life for justice or anything grand, and that is perfectly fine. Like many of us, he was just a person existing in this world. This is what makes his murder more traumatic, especially to those of us who look like him. “This one-year anniversary was time of reflection on George Floyd’s life and our continued strides toward justice. We expressed sorrow in those unjustly taken from us, we spoke their names, but we also had glimmers of triumph. We once again relished in that feeling of finally being visible and respected when Mr. Floyd’s murderer was finally held accountable. “To those on the right side of this fight for justice, especially my fellow lawmakers who have a sworn duty to Read more

 

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity

(May 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 5 – State House members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and supporters today outlined their legislative agenda for systemic equity at a Capitol news conference. Members spoke about bills that would resolve bias, create diversity and provide inclusion, bridging the racial divide and inequities in legislation, state government agencies and health care. “This agenda is a road map for changing the way we deliver services, distribute resources and otherwise do business in the Commonwealth in all matters so that everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or Zip code, will have the same access and the same expectation as residents of Pennsylvania,” said PLBC Chair and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “The inequities in health care, housing and employment that were exacerbated by the pandemic are not new. They are systemic and often rooted in generations of racism. To address these systemic inequities, we have to remove stigmas, address implicit bias, and invest in systemic equity in ways that provide fair and equitable access to wealth, health, safety and more. We cannot continue doing things as we’ve done in the past and expect the outcome to be different. I have said that before, it still holds true and will continue to be true until we make substantial changes. We won’t relent until we see these changes.” “I truly appreciate the leadership of PLCB Chairwoman Bullock to keep us Read more

 

Kinsey, Kim and Dawkins call for ban on chokeholds following Chauvin conviction

(Apr 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 21 -- Following the unanimous guilty verdict for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced legislation that he has introduced that seeks to outlaw the use of the standard chokehold in making an arrest, including the same chokehold used to kill George Floyd. House Bill 870, a bill Kinsey co-introduced with state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., would also ban police using any action that inhibits breath or the flow of blood to the brain due to physical position. “While we collectively revel in this moment that justice was served for Mr. Floyd, we must recognize that this is but a small victory in the grand scope of protecting communities of color from police violence and meaningfully reforming our system,” Kinsey said. “Yesterday, a jury unanimously decided that chokeholds are acts of murder, and this decision should compel us to examine policies of our own law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth.” Kim echoed Kinsey’s sentiments that while the verdict is a step in the right direction, it’s not enough. “This guilty verdict is long-awaited justice for many,” Kim said. “But it is certainly not enough. These are the first steps toward true justice for all. We must act now and work to ban archaic practices that put citizens’ lives at risk. Chokeholds should be a uniformly forbidden practice across Read more

 

Kinsey highlights grant award to local mentorship program

(Mar 15, 2021)

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said a local organization that focuses on helping fathers embrace a responsible and comprehensive plan of action for their lives is the recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more

 

Breaking down information barriers key to supporting communities of color through COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine efforts

(Mar 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Trust and inclusive policies are key in getting COVID-19 vaccines distributed to communities of color and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from multiple researchers, doctors and advocates on how to execute those strategies. Read more

 

Arts funding and PEMA Nonprofit Security grant programs now open for applications

(Mar 10, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Creative Communities (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Lead applicant must be a unit of government, nonprofit 501(c)3 or 501(c)6) organization. Required partnership of at least two organizations, one of which will serve as the lead applicant. Please note: Creative Communities projects are currently underway in the following counties: Crawford, Indiana, Lancaster, Lehigh, Mercer, and Philadelphia. Counties without existing projects will receive priority. Use : To provide multi-year funding to community-driven, arts-based projects that serve as catalysts for livability, economic development, and community connectedness. Funds : Up to $25,000 per year for up to four years. Application Deadline : March 19 More Information : Click on 2021_PCA_Creative_Communities_Letter_of_Interest.pdf (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency: Nonprofit Security Grant Program (Funding Source: F ederal Funding ) Who May Apply : 501(c)3 nonprofits, including religious institutions. Must be at a high risk of a terrorist attack based on the following: (1) Substantiation of prior threats or attacks (from within or outside the U.S.) by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on their ideology, beliefs, or mission; (2) Symbolic value of the site(s) as a highly recognized Read more

 

COVID-19 impact on communities of color focus of public hearing Thursday

(Mar 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 9 – State Reps. Donna Bullock and Stephen Kinsey will host a joint hearing of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and House Democratic Policy Committee this week to explore how communities of color have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald host COVID-19 vaccine news conference

(Mar 05, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., today hosted a news conference on bolstering COVID-19 vaccine accessibility in Northwest Philadelphia. They were joined by representatives from Rite Aid, Einstein Hospital and Chestnut Hill Hospital; state and city elected officials; and local community leaders. Today’s news conference comes after Kinsey and Fitzgerald, who represent the 201 st and 203 rd Legislative districts, respectively, in parts of Northwest Philadelphia, recently unveiled their Northwest COVID-19 Coalition—comprising local activists, clergy members, elected officials and medical professionals —aimed at providing free COVID-19 testing, information and other mitigation measures to residents in Northwest Philadelphia. In the wake of the vaccine rollout, the legislators at the helm of the coalition have now focused efforts to ensure historically disenfranchised groups and communities also have fair access to vaccine options, partnering with Rite Aid, which had recently announced that it will provide vaccines to city residents at its Ogontz Avenue location. Kinsey highlighted the disparities in cases among city neighborhoods and compared it to the equally disproportionate vaccine reception. “Philadelphia has been among the hardest hit during the pandemic and when adjusted by ZIP codes in neighborhoods that are predominately of Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus responds to DHS equity report

(Feb 16, 2021)

The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus recently commended the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on its first Equity Report, according to PLBC chairwoman, State Rep. Donna Bullock (D-195th Dist.). Read more

 

PLBC responds to DHS equity report

(Jan 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus this week commended the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on its first Equity Report, according to PLBC chairwoman, state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “The report hits many points that we on the PLBC fight for every day,” Bullock said. “As Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller pointed out, this cannot be a momentary, singular conversation because we watched George Floyd be murdered before our eyes without cause. This needs to be addressed every day, for every person of color, in both the workplace and our living communities.” “Every year I ask questions about racial equity at our appropriations hearings,” Bullock said. “I want to know, encourage and even urge our departments to provide diversity training, include employees of color in all aspects of managerial levels and decision-making, and ensure a healthy work environment for all at the highest levels of government. Our government agencies should, at the very least, ensure that they are representative of the people of our commonwealth for whom they serve.” The report provides information on efforts that DHS is undertaking on diversity, equity and inclusion so they may be a partner in correcting systemic racism within their own offices. While the report covers many areas within the department and where it will provide this training, it is a starting point for efforts moving forward. Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald team up to provide free COVID-19 testing to Northwest Philly in honor of Dr. King’s legacy

(Jan 15, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 15 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., announced they have teamed up to provide free COVID-19 testing in northwest Philadelphia to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dedication to community service. The legislators said the free testing will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, located at 6100 Stenton Ave., 19138. In addition to the free COVID-19 testing, Kinsey and Fitzgerald said free food will be provided and that they will be able to assist residents with any state government-related concerns they may have. “Doctor King emphasized the power of service in his activism, compelling everyone to do what they can to help their communities overcome obstacles and become better,” said Kinsey, who represents the 201 st Legislative District. “Our communities, along with others, are trying to overcome a great obstacle right now -- the pandemic. Providing free testing to residents across northwest Philadelphia, along with food and other vital necessities, I would say, is the epitome of Doctor King’s legacy. “During these very trying times both across the country and here in the commonwealth, it is imperative that we come together to do all we can to help our neighbors be safe, healthy and informed,” said Fitzgerald, who represents the 203 rd Legislative District. “I Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program (Source of Funding: Veterans’ Trust Fund) Who May Apply : 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a mission of serving veterans, 501(c)(19) veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans affairs. Use : Up to $150,000 in grant funding is available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by the county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The areas of emphasis for applicants in this category are veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs. Up to $650,000 in grant funding is available to veteran service organizations and non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts. Funds : A total of $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. More Information : Click on https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Programs%20and%20Services/Veterans%27%20Trust%20Fund/VeteransTrustFundGrantProgram.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Onroad Rebate Program – Trucks and Buses: Read more

 

Kinsey to host public safety meeting to focus on solutions to violence uptick in Philadelphia
Oct 21, 2021

Kinsey to host a Day of Remembrance Saturday
Sep 21, 2021

Now open for applications: Public defender, prosecutor, humanities, gun violence, and library funding opportunities
Sep 08, 2021

Bullock, Kinsey introduce bill for health equity
Sep 03, 2021

Kinsey to host annual Unity in the Northwest Community summer event
Aug 27, 2021

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.
Jul 01, 2021

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey calls on President Biden to ensure Americans with the greatest need can access a basic necessity of modern life: high speed internet
Jun 17, 2021

Kinsey, Fitzgerald host news conference highlighting progress in combatting COVID-19 in Northwest Philadelphia
Jun 02, 2021

Kinsey reflects on one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, reminds lawmakers to continue to fight for justice
May 26, 2021

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity
May 05, 2021

Kinsey, Kim and Dawkins call for ban on chokeholds following Chauvin conviction
Apr 21, 2021

Kinsey highlights grant award to local mentorship program
Mar 15, 2021

Breaking down information barriers key to supporting communities of color through COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine efforts
Mar 11, 2021

Arts funding and PEMA Nonprofit Security grant programs now open for applications
Mar 10, 2021

COVID-19 impact on communities of color focus of public hearing Thursday
Mar 09, 2021

Reps. Kinsey, Fitzgerald host COVID-19 vaccine news conference
Mar 05, 2021

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus responds to DHS equity report
Feb 16, 2021

PLBC responds to DHS equity report
Jan 25, 2021

Kinsey, Fitzgerald team up to provide free COVID-19 testing to Northwest Philly in honor of Dr. King’s legacy
Jan 15, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications
Dec 21, 2020