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Tele Town Hall on Criminal Justice Reform in PA

(Apr 17, 2019)

Miss the discussion? Catch up on the debate about the most important civil rights issue of our time. 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


4/2/19 – Bullying – Philadelphia

(Apr 04, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey. Read more


Kinsey Continues Fight To Combat Bullying

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee for a public hearing to address how to combat bullying. He discussed why addressing this issue now is critical to children across the commonwealth. Read more


Kinsey hosts Policy Committee hearing on bullying in Philadelphia

(Apr 02, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 2 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on bullying at Tabor Services in Philadelphia. Kinsey requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can to do curb bullying and his H.B. 643 that would require bullying prevention education in schools at all grade levels. He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Educating students about bullying and the lifelong impact it can have on their peers is imperative. We want to make sure every kid knows that bullying is not okay, and that those actions have consequences. We must do everything we can to help kids learn that lesson. This is our responsibility as a community and society,” Kinsey said. Sturla said: “I’ve recently learned a lot about adverse childhood experiences and how these experiences can have a lifelong influence on children. These experiences can impact health, development, and ultimately the state’s educational and correctional costs. If we can get to the bottom of why kids are bullying others and help educate them and curb bullying, it will make a big difference in the long run.” The committee heard testimony from: The Delancy Family; Layna Smith, resource parent support manager, Tabor Services; Shantelle Willis, parent; Eric Marsh, co-founder, The Know Bullying Coalition; The Rooney Family; Aziza Read more


Kinsey opposes U.S. Department of Commerce’s citizenship question

(Apr 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced his opposition to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. “I am proud to sign on with more than 150 bipartisan state and local elected officials to oppose the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census,” Kinsey said. “The addition of this citizenship question will result in inaccurate census data and the diversion of hundreds of millions of dollars away from vital programs that support education, health care, criminal justice, rehabilitation centers and unemployment compensation, among many other programs. The improper allocation of these funds impacts the lives of millions of Americans who need it the most. On Monday, April 1, an amicus brief was filed in support of plaintiffs in Department of Commerce v. New York , currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, which addresses the important issue of whether a citizenship question should be added to the 2020 Census. The addition of a citizenship question in the Census will significantly impair the accuracy of the Census, which is used to determine the allocation of more than $900 billion of federal funding. “I urge the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the decision of the lower court and reject the addition of the question to ensure the proper allocation of federal funds to the communities and people who need and rely on this funding.” Read more


Kinsey to host Policy Committee hearing on bullying Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Mar 28, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 28 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on bullying. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Tabor Services, 57 East Armat Street, Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. Kinsey requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can to do curb bullying and also his House Bill 643 that would require bullying prevention education in schools at all grade levels. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: The Delancy Family Eric Marsh , Co-Founder, The Know Bullying Coalition 10:40 a.m. Panel Two: The Rooney Family Monique Gaillard , Public Relations and Business Development Manager, Tabor Services 11:10 a.m. Panel Three: Roi Ligon , Safe School Advocate, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Dr. Claudio Curello , National Anti-Bullying/Anti-Violence Expert 11:40 a.m. Closing Remarks 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 Policy Committee, go to Read more


Kinsey Fighting For Workplace Protections

(Mar 26, 2019)

Pa. state Stephen Kinsey joined advocates in Harrisburg to fight back against workplace discrimination by pushing legislation that would offer better protections for all Pennsylvanians. Read more


PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber

(Mar 26, 2019)

Members from Philadelphia and of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today condemned a divisive opening prayer delivered Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Here’s a selection of quotes. Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman: “On a day that should have been celebrated, we found ourselves confused and mortified. The swearing-in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell as the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was overshadowed by the outrageous remarks made by the Republican member. This is disgusting behavior. I choose to celebrate the diversity of our caucus, and welcome Representative Johnson-Harrell with open, loving arms. I believe our Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said it best, ‘It was beneath the dignity of the House.’ There is no room for hate.” Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairwoman: “It is unfortunate that prayer was used to intimidate and divide. As our state legislature becomes more diverse, as we elect more women, more people of color, and people of different faiths and experiences, our ability to work together for all Pennsylvanians will be tested. I pray that my colleagues come to understand that Pennsylvania's diversity is our strength, not the enemy.” Rep. Summer Lee, PLBC treasurer who represents a portion of Allegheny County: ”We want to foremost, recognize and celebrate the historic victory and swearing-in of Read more


Kinsey Stands Up For Nurses

(Mar 20, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey rallied with healthcare workers in Harrisburg to address a growing number of nurses being overworked and understaffed. He explains why it’s critical for Pennsylvanians we take action now. Read more


Kinsey Honors AKA

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey joined his colleagues in Harrisburg to recognize March 19, 2019 as Alpha Kappa Alpha day at the state Capitol. He explains the sorority’s success and commitment to communities across the commonwealth. Read more


Kinsey Stands Up For A Diverse Workforce

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Kinsey joined his colleagues in fighting for a diverse workforce. He explains why it’s critical for Pennsylvania’s economy that all entrepreneurs have equal opportunities. Read more


Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to host Tuskegee Airmen program for Black History Month

(Feb 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host a Black History Month program to celebrate the Tuskegee Airmen. The ceremony will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119. "The Tuskegee Airmen’s excellent combat record served as an example to all who doubted the leadership skills of black Americans'” Kinsey said. “Even before the civil rights movement took shape, these heroes helped open doors for black Americans in the military and beyond.” The event will feature a panel discussion with members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen hosted by Junious R. Stanton. Speakers include Tuskegee Airmen and women Nathan O. Thomas, Dr. Eugene Richardson, Bertram Levy and Alma Bailey. Read more


Kinsey Kicks Off Budget Hearings By Pushing To Raise The Wage

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey participated in the first of a series of hearings regarding Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget. He focused his discussion on why it’s critical to raise the minimum wage. Read more


Kinsey & PLBC Kickoff Black History Month

(Feb 04, 2019)

Chairman of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. Stephen Kinsey, talks about the power of the messages spoken and the inspiration of the next generation in their creative efforts at the Black History Month kickoff event. Read more


PLBC hosts Black History Month event at state Capitol

(Feb 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – In commemorating Black History Month, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosted an event in the Main Capitol Rotunda. This year’s theme was “Black Migrations,” observing the movement of people from African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. “The African-Americans who embarked on the journey of migration were all trailblazers in their own right. They broke culture barriers while facing extreme prejudice and economic, political and social challenges,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman. “The program provided us with the opportunity to not only celebrate the achievements our ancestors pursued that ultimately laid a foundation in our history, but also to remember the struggles they endured; for these struggles continue to plague people of color in today’s society.” “The Great Migration changed the course of the lives of many African-Americans and their children. Some families attained success, others found that racial injustices and disparities weren't limited to the south,” said Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairman. “Through Black History Month programs, like our showcase at the state Capitol, we have a responsibility to honor our ancestors' journey, celebrate our achievements, defend democracy and fight injustices everywhere.” The program also included speaker Dr. Chieke E. Ihejirika, professor at Lincoln Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit Jan. 19

(Jan 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald will be joined by Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Chris Rabb, Sen. Art Haywood and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to co-host an annual summit to help current and future business owners succeed and prosper. The 2 nd Annual Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit, organized by Fitzgerald, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Masjidullah, the Center for Human Excellence, 7433 Limekiln Pike, 19138. The theme of this year’s summit is “Continuing the Journey.” Those attending the summit can take part in a variety of workshops and hear from expert panelists about starting a business or making an existing business thrive. “Business owners are a vital part of our community,” Fitzgerald said. “We want to provide constituents with the opportunities and resources to assist them, whether it’s starting their own business venture or growing their existing business.” Fitzgerald said there will be door prizes and continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Congressman Dwight Evans will be the keynote speaker. Representatives and their staff also will be available to answer questions and provide information on state government-related services. For more information and to RSVP, please call Fitzgerald’s office at 215-549-0220 or by email at repizzy@pahouse.net . Read more


New PLBC Leadership Takes Oath

(Jan 04, 2019)

The new leadership for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus took their oath of office in Harrisburg. Now, they’re ready to get to work to tackle the issues that people of color, those people disenfranchised and those that have been marginalized in our society continue facing each and every day across Pennsylvania. Read more