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Kinsey announces $5K state grant for Philadelphia’s only surviving Underground Railroad stop

(Dec 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced a $5,000 state grant has been awarded to the Johnson House Historic Site that will go towards the continued preservation of historical records. “The Johnson House Historic Site is the oldest home in Germantown and also the only Underground Railroad stop still standing in Philadelphia,” said Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “This home has served as a think-tank for agents of social justice and those seeking freedom. This grant will enable JHHS to showcase and preserve the contributions of these revolutionaries for generations to come.” The Johnson House Historic Site will use the grant to organize and preserve its archives and special collections- comprised of historic materials that have been collected over the course of decades- and make them available for research and educational purposes. The grant is funded by the Historical and Archival Records Care Grant Awards, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. They are intended to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically significant records maintained by local governments, historical societies and academic institutions. Projects include initiatives such as digitization; arranging, describing and rehousing collections into appropriate formats, containers, and environments; and disaster planning. The grants are administered on a Read more

 

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event

(Nov 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said more than 1,000 constituents were served during a pre-Thanksgiving event that provided a free meal and opportunities to learn about state services. The event was co-hosted by Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, Chris Rabb, Rosita C. Youngblood, and Sens. Sharif Street and Art Haywood. There was also an appearance by Congressman Dwight Evans. “We had a wonderful turnout for the Feeding 1,000 for Thanksgiving event. It was a great opportunity to connect with our constituents here in northwest Philadelphia and provide them with a full course meal along with dessert,” Kinsey said. “Not only did we welcome people to Treasures Banquet Hall for a sit-down meal and entertainment, but we also delivered meals to those who were unable to attend in person as well as provided meals to homeless people in Center City. “This is the eighth year that this event was held and judging by the feedback, I will continue to host events such as Feeding 1,000, which the community loves. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who attended, hosted and helped make this event possible.” Read more

 

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked with Cheyney University over the years and is committed to doing what we can to foster the education process and success of all people across the commonwealth. With this accreditation, Cheyney University will remain a viable educational resource to students now and for years to come. I’m proud of the work our legislative leaders have done to support the efforts of Cheyney University and thank the leadership of Cheyney’s President Aaron Walton along with Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Appropriation Chairman Vincent Hughes, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, House Democratic Education Chairman Jim Roebuck,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC Chairman. “As a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the PLBC and I were very involved in investigating and helping to form solutions to right the ship at Cheyney and I’m proud that that same passion has been continued by current PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey and his leadership team. Collectively, we’ve been working with leaders in state Read more

 

Legislators, advocates help raise awareness for bone marrow donor need

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – Inspired by a Pennsylvania teen who is in need of a bone marrow transplant, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, hosted a news conference to bring attention to the crucial need of bone marrow donors, especially people of color. Kinsey was joined by Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila.; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans; Sarah Speed, a cancer mom; and Michael Garbin from Be the Match. The news conference was held in honor of Juwan Adams, a senior at Abington Senior High School who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and who is currently waiting for a donor match. “At a 23% match rate currently, there is a crucial need for bone marrow donors among African Americans,” Kinsey said. “Juwan’s story is one of several that must be heard. Many of our young people are battling life changing diseases and require so much more than basic medical care. It’s important that everyone looks into being a donor if their health permits them, so they can be a hero for those who need and await lifesaving procedures.” Farnese said, “My father suffered from cancer and was the recipient of a bone marrow transplant, so I know how important these lifesaving registrations are. I hope that today’s event brings awareness about how easy it is to register and encourages my colleagues in Harrisburg and my constituents back home to sign up Read more

 

Grant programs now open for applications

(Nov 07, 2019)

Upcoming Application Deadlines: CFA Dairy Investment Program: November 15 Businesses; nonprofits; public, private, and charter schools; and institutions of higher education. – R esearch and development, organic transition, value-added processing, and marketing to support the dairy industry. DEP Driving PA Forward – Electric Cargo Handling Grants: November 15 Airports, port authorities, schools, municipalities, municipal authorities, non-profits, for-profit entities. – Replace large forklifts, airport ground equipment, and port cargo handling equipment with electric versions. Aging – Senior Community Center Grants: November 15 Senior Community Centers with a contractual relationship with the Area Agency on Aging. – New programs, center renovations, safety improvements, repairs or replacement of essential equipment, such as kitchen appliances and HVAC systems. DEP West Nile Virus County Grants: November 15 A county authority awarded a West Nile Virus grant in 2019. – Mosquito pest management activities . L&I/PDE Teacher in the Workplace – Targeted Grants: November 20 School districts, career & technical centers, intermediate units, charter schools, and cyber charter schools in partnership with Local Workforce Development Boards and businesses. – Workplace professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. Agriculture - Read more

 

Kinsey: PLBC opposes Senate Bill 421 for its negative impact on marginalized communities

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, issued the following statement opposing S.B. 421, which passed the House today. “All Americans have a fundamental right to vote, so any election reform we pass should make it easier for people to cast their votes. Unfortunately, we have a long legacy of doing the opposite in this country. As legislators, we should avoid any effort to make voting harder for disadvantaged communities. “By taking away the convenience of straight ticket voting, the process would be longer and wait times would extend for Pennsylvanians who already must fit voting into their busy schedules. It is going to heavily impact whether our most vulnerable citizens are able to participate at the polls,” Kinsey said. Kinsey was joined by other members of the PLBC who also voiced concerns about S.B 421. Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., agreed that this bill is an act of voter suppression that will undoubtedly disproportionately affect people of color, especially in urban centers such as Philadelphia. “I am astounded by Republicans’ efforts to limit the freedom of choice that voters had by eliminating straight party voting, to create confusion at the polls by purging thousands of voters from the registry and to offer hollow voting reforms without resources to implement them. I find the audacity of those Republicans to try to Read more

 

2019 Grant Book

(Oct 29, 2019)

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Kinsey announces changes to district office staff

(Oct 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced today that his district office staff is undergoing several changes to better serve constituents. “I am very proud of the dedicated people on my staff who will be taking on additional responsibilities to enhance the services provided to the people of the 201 st Legislative District,” Kinsey said. “I’ve seen firsthand how much each staff member cares about solving problems for our constituents. I’m confident that they will excel in their new roles.” Genaye Channel is currently serving as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and will also serve as chief of staff in a dual capacity. She has held positions in federal and state government, mass communications, executive administration, organizational leadership and nonprofit management. Channel will oversee district initiatives, set strategic priorities for the 201 st Legislative District, and manage district operations. Phil Jones, who has worked with Kinsey as a part-time legislative staff member for the past 6 years, will become the full-time director of Legislative Affairs. Jones will work with the House committees as well as other state departments in helping Kinsey develop legislation that will impact all Pennsylvanians. Pat Tisdale, who has worked with Kinsey since he took office, has been promoted as the director of Read more

 

Kinsey, PLBC appoint Johnson-Harrell chairwoman of gun violence subcommittee

(Sep 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, on Friday announced the appointment of Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., as chairwoman of the caucus’ newly established subcommittee on gun violence. “Representative Johnson-Harrell has been a champion for victims of gun violence, advocating for ways to make Philadelphia and communities across the commonwealth safer,” Kinsey said. “Having lost her son to gun violence in 2011, Representative Johnson-Harrell knows firsthand the devastation of gun violence. That personal connection to this issue, and her passion for preventing others from experiencing the pain she’s known too well for the past eight years, make her the perfect person to lead this subcommittee.” Johnson-Harrell expressed her gratitude for the appointment. “After losing my son, I turned my grief into activism and began advocating for countless families in Philadelphia and across our state who’ve also been left reeling for solace and solutions after losing loved ones to gun violence,” Johnson-Harrell said. “As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents through the creation of comprehensive laws and directives. Through research and discussion, we can help lower the shockingly high rates of gun violence ending the lives of our loved ones.” Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Johnson-Harrell to his Read more

 

Kinsey, PLBC join in call for passage of Emergency Assistance legislation to help Pa.’s most vulnerable citizens

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – Today, State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, stood with his Democratic House and Senate colleagues to call for the passage of House Bill 1709 , which would restore assistance to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens. “That the legislature in Pennsylvania allowed General Assistance to expire on Aug. 1, leaving vulnerable Pennsylvanians without the very modest cash assistance on which they relied to pay for things like basic toiletries, quarters to do their laundry, bus fare to get to work and educational opportunities, is unconscionable,” Kinsey said. “Our obligation to help the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians – from veterans and their caregivers, to victims of domestic violence – is past due. We must pass House Bill 1709 to end the suffering thrust upon our most vulnerable neighbors.” Kinsey and other members of the PLBC stood in solidarity during a news conference Tuesday with several Pennsylvanians who had relied on General Assistance before the program ended. The message they aimed to send: House and Senate Democrats are not walking away from this issue. On Aug. 1, the state’s General Assistance program ended. It had provided about $200 per month to about 11,000 Pennsylvanians who qualified. People who received Social Security benefits received too much monthly income to qualify for General Assistance. Kinsey and several other members of the Read more

 

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

 

7/10/19 - Health Disparities - Philadelphia

(Jul 11, 2019)

Materials from joint House Democratic Policy Committee and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus public hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey. 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 announces $5K state grant for Philadelphia’s only surviving Underground Railroad stop
Dec 05, 2019

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event
Nov 27, 2019

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 26, 2019

Legislators, advocates help raise awareness for bone marrow donor need
Nov 19, 2019

Grant programs now open for applications
Nov 07, 2019

Kinsey: PLBC opposes Senate Bill 421 for its negative impact on marginalized communities
Oct 29, 2019

2019 Grant Book
Oct 29, 2019

Kinsey announces changes to district office staff
Oct 07, 2019

Kinsey, PLBC appoint Johnson-Harrell chairwoman of gun violence subcommittee
Sep 25, 2019

Kinsey, PLBC join in call for passage of Emergency Assistance legislation to help Pa.’s most vulnerable citizens
Sep 24, 2019

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

7/10/19 - Health Disparities - Philadelphia
Jul 11, 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