McClinton joins Judiciary Committee, seeks criminal justice reform

(Jan 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has been appointed to serve on the key House Judiciary Committee, where she plans to push for criminal justice reform. "Having served as an assistant public defender in Philadelphia for seven years, I am very familiar with how our criminal justice system works and how it needs to work better, to keep our communities safe and to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society," McClinton said. "I also plan to work with members from both parties on vital issues such as reining in civil forfeiture, which is the legal process where a district attorney can take someone's property without them having been convicted of a crime." The Judiciary Committee reviews bills relating to law enforcement and corrections. It has oversight over a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, Attorney General's Office, Department of Corrections, the State Ethics Commission, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Office of General Counsel, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. The committee also evaluates prison staffing and inmate populations and housing conditions. McClinton will also join the Liquor Control Committee for the first time, where she plans to work on addressing the issue of "stop and gos" in Philadelphia. The committee handles legislation dealing with the Read more

 

McClinton to co-host Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing Clinic

(Jan 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, announced that she will join Sen. Anthony Williams in co-hosting a free criminal record expungement and sealing clinic. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingseeing Ave., Philadelphia . “Many times, a person’s past comes back to haunt them and ruin their chances of living and improving their lives,” McClinton said. “The event provides a great opportunity for people to clear their name in an effort to better themselves and our community.” In order to participate in the clinic, reservations are required. Those eligible for the expungement and sealing clinic include individuals with: Philadelphia County arrests only; non-conviction charges or summary convictions with no arrests in the past five years; no pending criminal charges. The person also cannot be on probation. Some second and third degree misdemeanor convictions may be sealed. McClinton added to RSVP, people should call Williams’ office at 215-492-2980 or email ewaters@pasenate.com . Read more

 

McClinton holds one-stop-shop energy forum

(Jan 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted an Energy Forum for area residents to learn about ways they can save money heating and cooling their homes. The forum was held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. McClinton said nearly 100 individuals were in attendance. "This is a very important issue for so many people who connect with me," McClinton said. "My staff and I were happy to take this information beyond our office walls and bring it all under one roof." Representatives from Philadelphia Gas Works, the Public Utility Commission, Utility Emergency Services Fund, Energy Coordinating Agency, and PECO were on hand to answer questions, explain details of consumer-related programs and provide information on how to save money on heating and cooling costs. McClinton's staff also provided information and helped a number of low-income families apply for the state's heating grant program, LIHEAP. "We're in the middle of winter so the timing could not have been better for those who need help or want to know what they can do to better weatherize their homes," McClinton said. "In addition, this event was a great way to learn about ways to reduce energy costs all year round." McClinton will host a second Energy Forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. Read more

 

McClinton to host free Energy Forum Jan. 11

(Jan 09, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an Energy Forum to provide constituents with information on how they can save money heating and cooling their homes. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. McClinton said attendees can learn how the state and other groups can help save money during the winter heating season and all year round. Representatives from local utility companies will be on-hand to discuss their products. “This free event is a great one-stop shop for constituents to get information and ask questions on the best options for them to save money,” McClinton said. “My staff will also be available to help low-income families apply for the state’s heating grant program, LIHEAP.” The event is free and refreshments will be served. More information can be obtained by calling McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton: Hundreds attend Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo

(Dec 08, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 -- State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted her second annual Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo on Dec. 6 at Motivation High School. McClinton said more than 300 area seniors attended the event, which offered them a chance to receive free health screenings and other services, including flu shots. "This event was designed to connect seniors with valuable services that impact so many aspects of their daily lives, but we also wanted to put some icing on the cake by getting everyone together in a fun, celebratory atmosphere," said McClinton. "Holiday entertainment, music, dancing and a holiday lunch helped make the day such a success." The event was sponsored by Gateway Health Plans, Keystone VIP Choice and Mercy Health Systems, and included special guests state Sen. Anthony Williams, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, former state Rep. Ronald Waters and Philadelphia ward leaders Anne Brown and Anthony Faulk. "A thank you isn't enough to everyone who participated, volunteered their time and their service, particularly the students from Hardy Williams High School and NSA Multicultural Academy," McClinton said. "I look forward to marking the third annual expo next year!" Participating vendors were Gateway Health Plans, Keystone VIP Choice, Mercy Health Systems, Always Best Care, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia Gas Works, Energy Coordinating Agency, Colonial Life, Health Read more

 

McClinton announces $900,000 grant for trail construction

(Dec 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced a $900,000 grant has been awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corp. McClinton said the organization will use the funding to help construct a multi-use connector trail along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “This grant will not only assist the SRDC in moving forward with its project, it will make improvements to a recreational area utilized by many families and help boost the local economy.” The Schuylkill River Development Corp. is constructing a connector trail along the west bank of the river, known as the Bartram’s Mile Trail. The project will expand recreational access and safe, off-road commuting for thousands of families in Kingsessing and Bartram’s Village. It also will spur economic development on some of the riverfront parcels of land that are being primed for reuse. The project includes the construction of the trail and the installation of lighting, benches, trash containers, bollards and bike racks. "The SRDC is thrilled to receive this grant which will assist in extending the Schuylkill River Trail deeper in southwest Philadelphia,” said Joseph R. Syrnick, president and CEO of the Schuylkill River Read more

 

McClinton hosting Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo Dec. 6

(Nov 30, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 -- State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, is hosting her second annual Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Motivation High School. 5900 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia. Attendees will enter through the school yard on the 59th Street side. Local health care providers will offer screenings and other services, including flu shots. Attendees are required to present their medical insurance cards to receive the flu vaccines. "This is a great opportunity to meet with a number of agencies and companies that cater to our wisest neighbors – senior citizens," McClinton said. "I look forward to meeting many of our seniors as we celebrate the holiday and pursue healthier lives together! Health screenings, flu shots, a fitness class and many services will be available at the expo. "This will be a fun and informative event. A holiday lunch will be served; there will be line dancing, door prizes and other giveaways." McClinton and her staff also will be able to assist seniors in applying for the state's Low-Income Heating Assistance Program and Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for 2015 expenses. Health screenings will be performed by Penn Medicine and Sayre Health Center. Other vendors scheduled to attend are Gateway Health Plan, Keystone First, Always Best Care and PECO. All seniors in the 191st District are invited to the free event Read more

 

Rep. McClinton is hosting her second annual Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo on Tues. Dec. 6

(Nov 29, 2016)

Rep. McClinton is hosting her second annual Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Motivation High School. 5900 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia. Read more

 

McClinton honors local veterans at her Veterans Resource Fair

(Nov 18, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, honored seven local veterans during her Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon held at Myers Recreation center Thursday. More than 100 veterans attended, including the honorees, Alfred Robinson Jr., Albert Willis, Robert Tucker, Robert King, Edward Ted Beher, Allen Banks and the wife of the late Howard H. Hicks. "It was an honor to be among so many heroes," McClinton said. "Talking with so many of them was inspirational to me. Each veteran has a story to tell and their service has left an indelible mark on each one as well as their families. Thank you to all who served our country and congratulations to those I honored at the event." The event brought together a number of agencies and businesses that deal with veterans issues, including: • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; • Congressman Bob Brady; • Veterans Group of Philadelphia; • Veterans Administration Philadelphia Regional Benefits Office; • Veterans Upward Bound at the University of Pennsylvania; • Sayre Health Center; • Keystone First; and • Office staff of state Sen. Anthony H. Williams. Free health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose levels, were also available for the veterans. ### Read more

 

McClinton elected secretary/treasurer of Philadelphia Delegation in Pa. House

(Nov 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Philadelphia County Delegation for the 2017-18 legislative session. McClinton was first elected to serve the 191 st Legislative District in August 2015. She was elected to her first full term last week. She will join the delegation's leadership team of Chairwoman Maria Donatucci and Vice Chairman Jason Dawkins. All three were chosen by delegation members during a reorganizational meeting on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Delegation is comprised of more than 20 representatives that serve Philadelphia, providing an opportunity to work together to improve the city and all of Pennsylvania. "I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to serve in this leadership position," McClinton said. "The delegation has been a strong voice for the city, its residents and Pennsylvanians all across the Commonwealth who are concerned about educating our children, job creation and empowering our communities." ### Read more

 

McClinton to host mobile office and provide Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 19

(Nov 15, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host a mobile office event as part of a Thanksgiving meal giveaway from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Sunshine Supermarket, 16 S. 60 th St., Philadelphia. Twenty-five local families have been selected to receive gift baskets, including a turkey and all other food items necessary for a Thanksgiving meal. The baskets will be presented at noon. McClinton and her staff will be available to answer questions regarding state programs and to assist residents wishing to apply for state programs such as the winter heating assistance program, LIHEAP; the health insurance program for otherwise uninsured children, CHIP; and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PTRR. "My staff and I can assist in those applications and also advise on the current open enrollment periods for both Medicare and the Healthcare Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act," McClinton said. "We can also help with requests for death or birth certificates. "Additionally, thanks to this event, a number of families will have a holiday meal they can truly be thankful for." For more information, contact McClinton's office at (215) 748-6712 . ### Read more

 

McClinton hosting veterans resource fair Nov. 17

(Nov 04, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, is hosting a veterans resource fair and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia. A number of local organizations focusing on veterans and their needs are scheduled to attend, including: • Veterans Multi-Service Center; • The Veterans Group; • Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House; • Veterans Administration Philadelphia Regional Benefits Office; • Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center; • Philadelphia Gas Works; • Project Home – Philadelphia Alliance for Supportive Services for Veterans Families; • Turning the TIDE; and • Fathers Finding Their Families. Free health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose levels, also will be offered. "This is a great opportunity for veterans to ensure they are taking advantage of all the benefits they earned for their service," McClinton said. "I look forward to talking with them, learning their stories and recognizing them for their courage under fire." Since a lunch is being provided, an RSVP is encouraged. Veterans are asked to please contact McClinton's office at (215) 748-6712 to reserve a space. McClinton's staff also will be available to assist with any issues regarding state agencies, such as PennDOT. ### Read more

 

McClinton Opposes Withholding Names of Officers in Police Shootings

(Oct 27, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks against legislation that would prohibit officials from releasing the names of officers involved in police shootings. Read more

 

McClinton Welcomes BMe Leaders

(Oct 17, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton welcomed to the House Chamber leaders in the Philadelphia & Delaware Counties BMe Community and recognized them for their work with the area. Read more

 

McClinton to host SEPTA Key photo ID events in October

(Oct 12, 2016)

McClinton to host SEPTA Key photo ID events in October PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host two events for older residents of Southwest Philadelphia to have their photos taken for SEPTA's new Key photo ID cards. SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being unveiled by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The events locations, dates and times are: Thursday, Oct. 20 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Walnut Park Plaza 6250 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 19139 And Thursday, Oct. 27 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Presbyterian Homes 2050 S. 58th St., Philadelphia, 19143 Lunch will be served at both events. The new SEPTA Key card will have a contactless chip, so riders only will need to scan it to pay for their ride. While an appointment is not required to attend the events, interested attendees can call McClinton's constituent service office at 215-748-6712 for more information. "The new SEPTA Key cards will make it much easier for our seniors to take advantage of the free and reduced travel opportunities available in the region," McClinton said. "I encourage local seniors to get their photos taken now to enjoy the benefits of this new ID and fare system." Read more

 

Rep. McClinton's SEPTA Key ID photo event Oct. 27, 2016

(Oct 12, 2016)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Presbyterian Homes 2050 S. 58th St, Philadelphia, 19143 Read more

 

Rep. McClinton's SEPTA Key ID photo event Oct. 20, 2016

(Oct 12, 2016)

Thursday, Oct. 20 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Walnut Park Plaza 6250 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 19139 Read more

 

Hundreds attend McClinton's 60th Street Health & Wellness Summer Jam

(Sep 28, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said about 750 people joined her for her "60 th Street Health and Wellness Community Summer Jam" held last month in Southwest Philadelphia. This community festival was held along 60 th Street between Chestnut and Arch streets and extended from 59 th to 61 st streets, as well. This huge block party was the first of its nature ever held on the 60 th Street corridor! There were a number of fun activities for children, including face painting, bounce houses, waterslides and games. Adults were offered a number of health screenings, including blood pressure, glucose and HIV tests, and the Penn Mobile Mammography truck also was available. "I was thrilled with the turnout for the 60 th Street neighborhood," McClinton said. "Thank you to all of the local organizations that offered information, fun and entertainment for local residents of all ages. Children and adults enjoyed fun games and live musical entertainment at the mainstage. I also wanted to give a special recognition to all neighbors and volunteers who braved the excessive heat." McClinton was joined by her partners for the event, District Attorney Seth Williams, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and ACHIEVEability. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined this community celebration as well! A variety of food items were provided by event Read more

 

Hundreds attend McClinton's Bartram Community Day event

(Sep 01, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said hundreds of people joined her for her "Celebrating Bartram Village" Health and Wellness Community Event on Aug. 27 in Bartram Village. McClinton was joined by state Rep. Dwight Evans, Sharif Street, Anna Brown and Dr. Branville Bard Jr., public safety director for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. "I was thrilled with the community support for my first Bartram Village Community Day," McClinton said. "Thank you to all of the local organizations that offered information, fun and entertainment for local residents of all ages. We were able to offer face painting, fitness classes, interactive games and live musical entertainment." More than 200 registered residents from the Bartram and Southwest Philadelphia area were offered a number of free health screenings and other health and wellness information. Some 100 youths received book bags and school supplies in preparation for the school year. Cookout food was prepared by the Bartram Village Council and was provided by the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Brown's Shop-Rite. Other sponsors that contributed to the day included: ACHIEVEability, Comcast, Gateway Health Plan and the Outreach to Youth program of Open Door Church. Dr. Kim C. Davis and Dr. Juwan Bennett provided musical entertainment with an inspirational concert. Children's activities, including games and face painting, were run by Read more

 

McClinton: End the Pipeline to Prison

(Aug 19, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia to explore methods to keep Pennsylvania's young people out of the criminal justice system. Read more