State Rep. Joanna McClinton chairs House Democratic Policy hearing to end the pipeline to prison

(Aug 18, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania. McClinton requested the hearing to create a dialogue on reforming the criminal justice system that would be fair to those in the system and taxpayers. “I thank Chairman Sturla for allowing the Policy Committee to give this worthy cause a platform,” McClinton said. “We are looking to make reasonable changes that would give citizens a second chance, restore their right to vote and remove criminal charges from their records that they have been absolved of. Addressing the pipeline to prison and making sure we devote resources to reduce incarceration rates will restore dignity to our citizens and save taxpayer dollars.” "We have to come up with alternatives to incarceration and Representative McClinton is doing a great job leading that discussion,” said House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Those alternatives should include investing in early childhood education, mental and behavioral health services and rehabilitation efforts. If we can address these pivotal components, we can have a meaningful impact on communities and reduce our prison populations." Hearing testifiers included George Mosee, First Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney; Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Public Defender, Read more

 

McClinton to host Policy Committee hearing on Ending the Pipeline to Prison Thursday in Philadelphia

(Aug 15, 2016)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Ending the Pipeline to Prison in Pennsylvania 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, Library, 2601 S. 58 th St., Philadelphia. The hearing agenda is as follows: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. George Mosee, first assistant district attorney, Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney 10:40 a.m. Keir Bradford-Grey, chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia 11:10 a.m. William Cobb, founder, Redeemed PA 11:40 Closing Remarks The hearing is open to the public . Read more

 

McClinton invites residents to 60th Street Health & Wellness Summer Jam Saturday

(Aug 12, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton is hosting a summer street party Saturday for her constituents. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 on 60th Street, between Chestnut and Arch streets. "It's a way for area residents to learn more about keeping healthy and staying fit in a fun atmosphere," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "Free fresh fruit salads, water ice and other refreshements will keep all neighbors cool. This event is a way to enjoy the summer, while providing helpful and informative information about one's health and safety as well." McClinton said a number of public officials will be on hand, with introductions and brief remarks planned at 2 p.m. Those attending include Mayor Jim Kenney, state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Sen. Vincent Hughes and District Attorney Seth Williams. Throughout the day, there will be free food and children's activities and information about state programs and services. The event also features a full slate of entertainment, from gospel, dance and hip-hop, to rap, R&B, and jazz beginning at 11:45 a.m. A musical battle between contestants will be held at 3:40 p.m., with the winner announced at 4 p.m. "Saturday promises to be a fun-filled educational event. I hope everyone will come out and spend the day," McClinton said. Read more

 

McClinton to host Employment Law Seminar Aug. 4

(Jul 22, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host a seminar on employment law issues from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the First Baptist Church of Paschall, 2210 S. 71 st St. Those with questions about their rights as an employee are encouraged to attend. "When there are problems in a job situation, the employee is often at a big disadvantage," McClinton said. "Employers hold the power with the threat of termination, as well as access to funding should a case end up in litigation. This seminar will help employees understand their rights." Local experts will discuss such topics as: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment discrimination based on race, gender or pregnancy, Hostile work environments, and Unemployment compensation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact McClinton's office staff at (215) 748-6712 . ### Read more

 

McClinton recognizes area teen as PLBC Scholarship winner

(Jul 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton said a Cobbs Creek teenager has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. The PLBC recognized 10 Pennsylvania high school seniors as scholarship recipients last week during a program at the state Capitol. One winner is from McClinton's district: Ricardo Burton Jr. of Cobbs Creek, who will attend Temple University this fall. "I am incredibly pleased to have presented Ricardo one the scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus," McClinton said. "The scholarships are the caucus' way to help make higher education a reality for hardworking students of color in Pennsylvania, and this young man certainly fits the bill. I wish him much success as he embarks on his future academic plans." Burton graduated from Franklin Learning Center in June with a 3.5 grade-point average. He was active in sports and other extracurricular activities and community service, while holding down a part-time job. Burton plans to study business management at Temple. The scholarship program was initiated in 2010. Students are selected based upon their academic success, leadership, extracurricular and community participation, and financial need. "This scholarship program is an excellent opportunity to encourage minority students to pursue a higher education, while also providing incentive for students who are still in high school," McClinton Read more

 

Community Resource Guide for Delaware County residents

(Jul 05, 2016)

Government resource guide for Delaware County residents. Read more

 

Community Resource Guide for Philadelphia residents

(Jul 05, 2016)

Government resource guide for Philadelphia residents. Read more

 

DelCo Members Welcome Home Officer Dorman

(Jun 28, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined elected state officials representing Delaware County, including Gov. Tom Wolf, to send welcome home wishes to officer Chris Dorman of the Folcroft Police. Officer Dorman was released from the hospital after being ambushed three days earlier and shot seven times. Read more

 

Hundreds shred personal documents to protect themselves from ID theft

(Jun 24, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, June 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said hundreds of people came out to the document-shredding event she sponsored with Sen. Anthony H. Williams last Saturday. McClinton and Williams held a three-hour shredding event on June 18 in the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center. More than 150 residents brought old paperwork that they no longer needed to be shredded on site. "It was amazing -- at 10 a.m. the parking lot was already full of constituents waiting for the shredding to begin," McClinton said. "We had a steady flow of people throughout the event. It just goes to show you how seriously people take protecting their identity and financial information. "Shredding is a great way to dispose of sensitive documents in an environmentally friendly way while also protecting one's identity from fraud." Local residents were encouraged to bring old financial, tax and medical records, as well as other sensitive papers, for proper disposal. Additionally, McClinton's staff was on hand to help residents with state issues and with applying for state programs, such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicaid or the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more

 

McClinton Supports Reforming Life Sentences

(Jun 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton comments on the importance of reforming life sentences for certain inmates, giving them a chance to have a parole hearing when certain criteria are met. Read more

 

Photos of Shredding Event

(Jun 18, 2016)

More than 150 people took advantage of my shredding event on June 18. Click here to view photos from the event. Read more

 

McClinton co-sponsoring community shredding event June 18

(Jun 15, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, is co-sponsoring a free community shredding event with state Sen. Anthony H. Williams this Saturday, June 18. The shredding event will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center, 58 th and Baltimore streets, Philadelphia . The shredder will be set up next to AutoZone. Local residents are encouraged to bring old financial, tax and medical records, as well as other sensitive papers, for proper disposal. Those taking advantage of the shredding opportunity are asked to please remove all paper clips and binders before dropping the papers off. "I am so excited to bring a much-needed service to my neighbors," McClinton said. "Whether it is junk mail, credit card offers or paperwork you no longer need, we all can benefit by properly disposing of these papers." In addition to the shredding opportunity, McClinton's staff will be available to assist with applying for various state programs, such as CHIP, the health insurance program for children; Medicaid; or the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. ### Read more

 

More than 250 job seekers attend McClinton career fair

(Jun 13, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, June 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, recently hosted a career fair which offered potential employment opportunities for more than 250 job seekers. About 35 different employers attended the June 11 event held at Christian Compassion CDC. "It was exciting to offer the chance for those in the job market to meet companies that are looking to hire," McClinton said. "Some were so eager to speak with the employers that we had a line of about 20 applicants waiting when the doors opened at 9 a.m. "Those looking for jobs had the chance to meet face-to-face with employers and their personnel staff in a one-on-one situation. "Too often, it feels like the resumes and applications are submitted but nothing ever happens. This career fair ensured that the job seekers were able to meet directly with employers and hopefully create a solid first impression." Among the employers who were looking to hire were the City of Philadelphia, city police and fire departments, the state Civil Service Commission, Temple University and a number of sales and service companies. The U.S. Department of Labor also had a table to provide job information for those in attendance. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell also attended the fair. ### Read more

 

McClinton's pre-employment, and housing and credit workshops assist locals

(Jun 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, June 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, announced that two recent events provided assistance to a number of local residents. On June 1, McClinton joined with the state's CareerLink and Turning the Tide employment centers for a pre-employment workshop. The workshop provided information to local residents as they search for jobs. While the workshop was valuable on its own, it was designed to serve as an introduction for a follow-up career fair which is being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Christian Compassion CDC, 6148 Cedar Ave. " Many neighbors came out to prepare for Saturday's upcoming Career Fair," McClinton said. "CareerLink shared the 'Dos and Don'ts' of interviewing. After the presentation, the leadership team of Turning the Tide reviewed resumes and conducted practice interviews." On June 2, McClinton partnered with Malik Carter of Carter Realty Group and Jamilah Thompson of Common Ground Realtors LLC for a housing and credit workshop aimed at first-time homebuyers. More than 20 attendees learned the basics of financial management, such as improving their credit score, which can make purchasing a home easier and less expensive, as well as the potential for real estate investment in the 191 st Legislative District. "Everyone present was eager and excited to learn how to rebuild wealth through credit repair and home purchases," McClinton Read more

 

McClinton hosting career fair Saturday

(Jun 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, June 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, is hosting a career fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Christian Compassion CDC, 6148 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia. A variety of local employers will be looking for both full- and part-time employees. Among the employers expected to participate are city agencies and businesses in the health and education fields and more. "This is a great opportunity to meet directly with personnel staff from major local employers," McClinton said. "A number of these agencies will be doing preliminary interviews at the fair so I encourage anyone looking for a good job to dress appropriately, bring copies of their resume and meet with the people in charge of hiring." In addition to meeting with various employers, job candidates also will have the opportunity to receive a free, professional headshot. In addition to the local employers, McClinton's staff will be available to assist with any issues regarding state agencies, such as PennDOT. For more information, contact McClinton's staff at (215) 748-6712 . ### Read more

 

McClinton on Importance of Drug Courts

(May 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support of her resolution recognizing May 2016 as National Drug Court Month. McClinton stood with her colleague Pa. state Rep. Tarah Toohil to recognize the importance and impact of drug courts in our Commonwealth and communities. Collectively, these courts are helping our fight against drug abuse and drug addiction. Read more

 

McClinton to co-host community shredding event on June 18

(May 18, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, May 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a community shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center, 58th Street and Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia. The shredder will be set up next to AutoZone. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams is co-hosting the event. Local residents are invited to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial records, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. Staples can be shredded, but paper clips must be removed. "Identity theft becomes a bigger problem every year," McClinton said. "Proper disposal of sensitive material is your best defense against becoming a victim of this type of crime. "Identity theft has also been leading to an increase in tax fraud. Criminals are stealing tax information and claiming refunds before legitimate filers submit their tax returns. "In addition to protecting your identity, you are protecting the environment, as the shredded paper will be recycled." Constituents can learn more about identity theft at the Pennsylvania Treasurer's website, www.patreasury.gov/learn/idtheft/ . The event is open to the public, but only personal papers will be shredded. Business papers will not be accepted at this event. In addition to the shredding service, McClinton's staff will be Read more

 

McClinton Honors Delta Day

(May 17, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton honors the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, for more than a century of commitment to social activism, academic excellence and civic engagement in this Commonwealth on the occasion of Delta Day at the State Capitol. Read more

 

McClinton, Cook-Artis help commemorate ‘Delta Day’ at the state Capitol

(May 17, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 17 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton and Tonyelle Cook-Artis today welcomed members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, who spent the day in Harrisburg as part of the annual ‘Delta Day’ at the state Capitol. The representatives also co-sponsored a resolution ( H.R. 879 ) that corresponded with today and was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives. “It is a great honor to welcome and co-honor the strong, dynamic women of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,” Cook-Artis said. “This sorority has such a staunch history in community activism and leadership, and it’s only fitting that I join in the celebration of these women and what they have accomplished, as well as what they will advocate for in the years to come.” Sorority members from chapters across the state visited Harrisburg to network with fellow members and meet local legislators, executing the organization's foundational thrusts of political awareness and involvement. They met with members of the House and Senate to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2016/17 budget, women’s health, voting, and youth and social services. “The Sisters of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are well-represented internationally, nationally and statewide. There are active chapters in all four corners of the state, and at many of the schools in the State System of Higher Education,” McClinton said. “Their commitment to public service has Read more

 

McClinton visits Philadelphia Zoo with local families

(May 17, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, May 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, recently invited local families to be her guest for a day at the Philadelphia Zoo. More than 100 people from approximately 20 families from the 191 st Legislative District joined McClinton on May 14. "We are so fortunate to have a resource such as the Philadelphia Zoo in our region," McClinton said. "The opportunity to see so many exotic animals is not only interesting, but a truly educational experience as well. "Seeing the animals up close gave the children the chance to learn about wildlife conservation, wetlands and other animal habitats, both for domestic animals and others around the world. The Philadelphia Zoo is the nation's oldest zoo and recognized around the world. Thank you to my partners, Achievability, Empowered CDC, Bartram Village and other local groups that helped make this visit for city families possible," she said. "Too often, the cost to visit locations such as the zoo prevents locals from enjoying local attractions like the zoo." The 191 st District includes parts of west and southwest Philadelphia, as well as the boroughs of Darby and Yeadon. ### Read more