McClinton, Lee, Hughes renew effort to pass CROWN Act outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles in Pennsylvania

(5 hours ago)

On the heels of the U.S. House passing the CROWN Act, state Reps. Joanna McClinton and Summer Lee along with state Sen. Vincent Hughes are renewing their fight to enact similar legislation to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles in Pennsylvania. During a virtual news conference today, McClinton, Lee and Hughes joined ABA Consulting Founder and CEO Adjoa B. Asamoah to highlight bills they've introduced ( H.B. 2725 and S.B. 964 ) to amend the Pa. Human Relations Act and clarify the term "race" to include traits such as hair texture and protective hairstyles. "This is just another way Black and Brown people are being victimized for embracing their ethnic roots and going against what society has deemed normal," said House Democratic Caucus Chair McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "Braids and afros should never rob someone of well-deserving opportunities. However, we've seen it happen to too many of our brothers and sisters in the workplace, sports and school, including at a Texas high school, where a senior was required to cut his dreadlocks to walk at graduation. I refuse to sit back and let this form of racism stand in Pennsylvania." “For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves. True social justice isn’t just about badly needed police reforms, it’s about confronting systemic racism across our society,” Read more

 

House Democrats fight to keep renters, homeowners Safe at Home

(Aug 31, 2020)

The House Democratic Housing Working Group announced a package of bills to protect people across Pennsylvania as the state’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expires Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action

(Aug 27, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of local and state elected officials and advocates, issued the following statement in response to a Pennsylvania House Republican Policy Committee hearing on law enforcement interactions with the community:“We appreciate the House Republican Policy Committee shining a light on how law enforcement interacts with communities around the state. This is a necessary discussion that is long overdue and it’s encouraging to hear presenters today acknowledge that police reform is necessary. Read more

 

Representatives Fiedler, Lee and Innamorato to introduce legislation ensuring housing rights for PA renters and homeowners

(Aug 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – Today, state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato announced plans to introduce legislation to help keep people in their homes during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Citing concerns over Monday’s expiration of the foreclosure and eviction moratorium, the lawmakers emphasized urgent action to prevent mass evictions and foreclosures across the state. The legislation would provide Pennsylvania’s governor express powers to place a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in the commonwealth or specific counties during a disaster emergency. “Everyone deserves a place to call home. This legislation will help keep our communities intact, and make sure our neighbors have more time to apply for financial relief programs, plan for the short- and long-term, and save money. The impact of being pushed out of your home can be traumatic, especially for children, and we need to do everything possible to prevent it from happening, especially during a pandemic.” said Fiedler, D-Phila. “The legislature must act now to prevent the man-made disaster that will unfold if the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures is lifted,” Lee, D-Allegheny, said. “Failure to do so will create a humanitarian crisis among the very people who have already been victimized by this crisis, who are asked daily to put their and their families’ health on the line for the rest of Read more

 

Miss the live virtual panel discussions? Watch them here!

(Aug 21, 2020)

Chairman Dan Miller and the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) concluded their summer hearing work with five public virtual panel discussions: Health of our Hospitals, Future of Work, Update on Police Reform, COVID and Worker Safety , and Housing Crisis . Each discussion featured a presentation by relevant experts from Allegheny County and then a question and answer session with state representatives from the ACHDD. You can watch them all below: Read more

 

2020 Summer Newsletter

(Aug 18, 2020)

Read Rep. Summer Lee's 2020 Summer Newsletter Read more

 

Sen. Costa, Reps Lee, Gainey announce $1M for local water, sewer projects

(Aug 17, 2020)

Grants to help local communities fund projects Read more

 

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – House Democrats representing the city of Pittsburgh announced Friday the disbursement of $409,000 in education funding to the Pittsburgh School District. Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation members who represent the city of Pittsburgh include state Reps. Dan Deasy, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Dan Miller, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley. “This is substantial funding for the Pittsburgh School District,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the delegation. “The allotted funding will go toward well-needed resources, and it will ensure students in the district have a better chance of achieving academic success.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. The Continuity in Education and Equity Grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. Read more

 

Lee urges local organizations to apply for Covid-related grant programs

(Jul 14, 2020)

Grants can help nonprofits, businesses weather coronavirus crisis Read more

 

Action on police reform the first step, but many more to come

(Jun 30, 2020)

In response to the Pennsylvania Senate passing H.Bs. 1841 and 1910, state Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., House Democratic chair, Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., Philadelphia Delegation chairman, Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Allegheny Delegation chairman, Dan Williams, D-Chester, Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, and Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement:“In Harrisburg, the legislative process can often be slow and grinding. However, in times of crisis, slow and grinding is unacceptable. The passage of these two police reform bills in only a month’s time reflects the fact that when people take to the streets and demand action from their elected officials, we as a General Assembly are capable of working deliberatively and quickly. Read more

 

Rep. Lee: Today’s votes a good first step, but more needs to be done

(Jun 24, 2020)

Bills would increase training, expand background checks for police Read more

 

Lee, Miller vote to advance police accountability bills to House

(Jun 15, 2020)

Lawmakers say unanimous, bipartisan vote today is just the start and more must be done Read more

 

Harris to introduce legislation ending law enforcement qualified immunity

(Jun 11, 2020)

Citing the disproportionate damage being done to minority communities in Pennsylvania by excessive use of force, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, will soon be introducing the Ending Immunity for Excessive Use of Force Act that would eliminate blanket qualified immunity for the use of unjustified or excessive force that results in serious bodily injury or death. Read more

 

Black Pittsburgh lawmakers’ protest forces action

(Jun 09, 2020)

Historic disruption of legislature causes speaker to call for special session as lawmakers vow to keep pressure on Read more

 

Demanding action, Braddock lawmaker, members of PLBC take protests to state House chamber, disrupt voting session

(Jun 08, 2020)

Rep Lee issues call to action as members disrupt voting session Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform

(Jun 04, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s adoption today of their request for a state-level deputy inspector general aimed at improving law enforcement conduct, as well as Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s, along with the Fraternal Order of Police’s, support of a confidential database to track complaints against police officers: Read more

 

Lawmakers call on Republican leadership to take up police-community legislation

(Jun 04, 2020)

Pittsburgh-area lawmakers urged House leadership to address numerous law enforcement reform bills that have been languishing in House committees and to add session days if necessary Read more

 

Lee urges local school districts to apply for share of $523 million COVID emergency funding

(May 14, 2020)

Funding can be used for a wide range of purposes including technology, food, summer programs Read more

 

Reps. Fiedler, Lee to introduce state COVID financial relief legislation

(May 11, 2020)

Legislation would provide $250 payment to every adult Pennsylvanian Read more

 

Davis, Lee, Gainey and Wheatley pen letter of support for COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity

(Apr 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Reps. Austin Davis, Ed Gainey, Summer Lee and Jake Wheatley, all D-Allegheny, on Tuesday penned a letter of support to Gov. Tom Wolf praising his administration’s enactment of the COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity , which was designed to help identify how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and vulnerable populations. A copy of the joint letter sent to the governor on Tuesday can be found here . “The COVID-19 pandemic – even in its earliest days – quickly shed light on many longstanding issues of inequality faced by minority communities,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, these are key issues these minority populations have dealt with for many years, COVID-19 just illuminated it for the rest of the state to see. So, while I’m hopeful and grateful for the institution of this task force, it’s my sincerest hope that this produces real results, saves lives and leads to longstanding change for Pennsylvania’s minority communities.” Lee added: “The coronavirus has brought to the surface all of the structural inequalities that marginalized communities in our state are dealing with – including those in our healthcare system. While I appreciate this effort, I would also hope that this task force is a starting point for us as a society to acknowledge and address the disparities in our healthcare Read more

 

McClinton, Lee, Hughes renew effort to pass CROWN Act outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles in Pennsylvania
5 hours ago

House Democrats fight to keep renters, homeowners Safe at Home
Aug 31, 2020

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on House Republican Policy hearing on law enforcement; calls for further legislative action
Aug 27, 2020

Representatives Fiedler, Lee and Innamorato to introduce legislation ensuring housing rights for PA renters and homeowners
Aug 26, 2020

Miss the live virtual panel discussions? Watch them here!
Aug 21, 2020

2020 Summer Newsletter
Aug 18, 2020

Sen. Costa, Reps Lee, Gainey announce $1M for local water, sewer projects
Aug 17, 2020

House Democrats in Pittsburgh announce $409K in education funding for Pittsburgh School District
Aug 07, 2020

Lee urges local organizations to apply for Covid-related grant programs
Jul 14, 2020

Action on police reform the first step, but many more to come
Jun 30, 2020

Rep. Lee: Today’s votes a good first step, but more needs to be done
Jun 24, 2020

Lee, Miller vote to advance police accountability bills to House
Jun 15, 2020

Harris to introduce legislation ending law enforcement qualified immunity
Jun 11, 2020

Black Pittsburgh lawmakers’ protest forces action
Jun 09, 2020

Demanding action, Braddock lawmaker, members of PLBC take protests to state House chamber, disrupt voting session
Jun 08, 2020

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform
Jun 04, 2020

Lawmakers call on Republican leadership to take up police-community legislation
Jun 04, 2020

Lee urges local school districts to apply for share of $523 million COVID emergency funding
May 14, 2020

Reps. Fiedler, Lee to introduce state COVID financial relief legislation
May 11, 2020

Davis, Lee, Gainey and Wheatley pen letter of support for COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity
Apr 28, 2020