Neighbors enjoy 'Summer Jam' at 60th Street

(Aug 20, 2019)

“We do this event because we need to return the word ‘neighbor’ in the neighborhood,” McClinton said. Read more

 

McClinton supports Gov. Wolf’s gun violence prevention executive order

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, commended Gov. Tom Wolf for his executive order today on gun violence prevention: “It breaks my heart that mass shootings have become a daily occurrence in Southwest Philadelphia and across the nation. As a legislator, protecting vulnerable Pennsylvanians is my top priority, so I am glad to see Governor Wolf make this commitment to public safety,” McClinton said. “My goal is to ensure that our children, neighbors and police officers can walk the streets of Philadelphia without coming under fire.” Wolf’s executive order will immediately implement a special committee on gun violence to discuss public health and community engagement strategies. The order will also establish the Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, along with the Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. The two offices will work together to tackle gun violence as a public safety and health concern. The order also calls for state police to increase monitoring of hate groups, white nationalists and other fringe organizations to combat mass shootings, while expanding the gun buyback program through the Pennsylvania State Police and municipal police departments. “Governor Wolf is taking a big step in fighting gun violence, but an executive order can only accomplish so much. It’s vital that my colleagues Read more

 

Rep. McClinton, ACHIEVEability to host 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam Saturday, Aug. 10

(Aug 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and ACHIEVEability will host the 60 th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam on Saturday, Aug. 10. “Summer Jam is an amazing celebration of community, bringing neighbors together and giving them the opportunity to get services they may need,” McClinton said. “Summer Jam offers something for everyone – from free health screenings and wellness resources, to free food and live entertainment.” The 60 th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam will be held on 60 th Street, between Arch and Chestnut streets. It will start with a parade at 10:15 a.m. at Shepard Rec. Center. The main stage will kick off at 11 a.m., with drill team selections and opening remarks. Throughout the day beginning at 11:30 a.m. there will be musical and dance performances, including African Dance and Drum ensemble at 12:30 p.m. Community awards will be presented at 3 p.m. In addition to free health screenings and wellness resources, free food and live entertainment, there will be giveaways, children’s activities, community resources and more at the all-ages event. The event runs through 5 p.m. State Reps. Morgan Cephas and Movita Johnson-Harrell, both D-Phila., will cosponsor the event with McClinton. ACHIEVEability is a nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty. Previous 60 th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jams have attracted more than 1,000 people . Read more

 

McClinton meets with Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Drexel University on Mandela Day’s 10th Anniversary

(Jul 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 19 – Rep. Joanna McClinton spoke with members of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Drexel University on Thursday, on the 10 th anniversary of Nelson Mandela International Day and what would have been the humanitarian’s 101 st birthday. “Meeting with the Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on such an auspicious day, and sharing with them my own professional journey, was an inspiring experience,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “These young people are tomorrow’s leaders, and I’m excited to see all that they will go on to accomplish to make their communities and the world a better place.” Mandela Day is recognized each July 18, in honor of the legacy of Mandela. The day is intended to remind those observing it of all that has been done to make the world a better place, and to consider the work that is still to be done. McClinton, the first African-American and woman to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus chair for the 2019-20 legislative session, fielded public policy questions from the group Thursday, and presented legislative citations on behalf of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative , which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking. The fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, have established 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

 

McClinton congratulates anti-gun violence grassroots community organizations in her district on receiving city grants

(Jun 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, congratulated two organizations from her district on receiving a portion of $708,354 in city grants for grassroots efforts to stem gun violence in Philadelphia. The two organizations, Community of Compassion and Muslims 4 Humanity, were among two dozen city-based organizations to receive the grants comprised of funding from city tax dollars and state grants, which McClinton was instrumental in securing from last year’s state budget. “Many members of these organizations live in the affected communities, are survivors, or have relatives or neighbors who have been affected by gun violence. They’ve collectively turned their frustrations, pain and fear into action, making them more invested in ensuring communities across Philadelphia are safe by combating the problem at the source, which stems from a myriad of issues, including poverty and lack of opportunities for our young people,” McClinton said. “I’ve always been an advocate for grassroots organizations and their efforts in curbing gun violence and it’s important that state government does its part in supporting and encouraging their mission, which is why I ensured funding was allocated for this purpose.” The individual award amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000 to support new and existing programs in neighborhoods impacted by violence to help prevent or reduce gun violence among youth and young Read more

 

Rep. McClinton, Sen. Williams host annual shredding event

(Jun 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 10 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 100 constituents to her annual paper shredding event on Saturday to help them dispose of old documents containing personal information. The event was held in the parking lot of Motivation High School and was co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams. “Disposing of old documents containing private information in regular trash or recycling makes many residents vulnerable to identity theft,” McClinton said. “I’m happy this year’s paper shredding event was a success with residents taking the opportunity to properly and safely dispose of their old documents.” Residents’ documents were shredded on-site by Vital Records Control. Constituents were able to shred unneeded documents containing information such as bank statements, credit card information and medical records. Both lawmakers and their staff also assisted constituents with state government services and issues. Read more

 

Rep. McClinton, Sen. Williams to host paper shredding event Saturday

(Jun 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a free paper shredding event in her district on Saturday, June 8. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., McClinton, joined by Sen. Anthony Williams, invites residents seeking to securely dispose of old documents to bring them to the Motivation High School parking lot, located at 60 th Street and Baltimore Avenue. “Although some personal documents are no longer needed, they still contain private information, which makes disposing of them in regular trash or recycling risky,” McClinton said. “My paper shredding events allow residents to dispose of these documents with the security in knowing their personal information is protected.” Residents with documents to shred are advised to remove any paper clips before putting them in the shredder. Both lawmakers and their staff will also be available to assist people with state government issues such as PennDOT, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. For more information, contact McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton Fights For Criminal Justice Reform

(Jun 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined a bipartisan effort to achieve criminal justice reform. She explains how legislation would provide opportunities for people to move forward. Read more

 

McClinton applauds unanimous approval of bipartisan bill to crack down on sexual extortion

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – A bipartisan bill that would include sexual extortion as a sex crime unanimously passed the House today, according to state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, one of its authors. McClinton introduced the bill (H.B. 1402) with Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler. “Currently, there is no state law that adequately names sexual extortion as a crime, despite it being a growing form of sexual exploitation in which an individual misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims, usually in exchange for something the victim is heavily dependent upon such as a service or something of value,” McClinton said. “I’m happy that my House colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, also agree that combatting this crime is very important.” McClinton said that sexual extortion can occur in any setting such as schools, workplaces, and community settings, but the most common setting is online. “Perpetrators hack people’s accounts to gain access to their intimate photos to extort them or manipulate victims by tricking them into sending pictures and then extort them to send more images or to engage in sexual acts,” McClinton said. The Department of Justice reports that 71% of sexual extortion cases involve victims under the age of 18, McClinton added, and is a significantly growing threat to children as they are considered easy targets because of their Read more

 

Acquitted individuals still have a criminal record. This proposed law would change that

(Jun 05, 2019)

The legislation was introduced in February by Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, and Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer, who were joined by their colleagues Wednesday at a Capitol event to promote the bill. “[When] an acquittal is granted, that should be the start of a clean record,” McClinton, a former public defender, said Wednesday. Read more

 

McClinton, Nesbit call for passage of automatic expungement legislation

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton and Tedd Nesbit were joined by advocates, legal experts and fellow colleagues for a news conference to urge the General Assembly to pass their bipartisan legislation that would automatically expunge some people’s criminal record. “There are women and men who have served their time for a minor offense, yet they are still being punished while no longer being incarcerated. Their criminal record is a blemish that is prohibiting them from obtaining employment, purchasing a home and walking into a brighter future for themselves and their families,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “It’s time that we remove the unnecessary roadblocks so these people can move forward with their lives.” House Bill 440 would provide an opportunity to expunge a person’s record if they have been unconditionally pardoned or fully acquitted of all charges. The commonwealth would receive notice of a potential expungement and would have an opportunity to object and conduct a hearing. “It’s plain and simple: individuals that are fully acquitted or pardoned of crimes should not have to be forced to carry the burdens and stigma that are associated with a criminal record,” said Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler. “That’s what this bill seeks to do—improve our expungement laws and remove barriers to employment for the people of the commonwealth. I am excited to work with Read more

 

McClinton announces grants for proposed traffic projects along Cobbs Creek Parkway

(May 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila. /Delaware, today announced upcoming traffic projects scheduled along Cobbs Creek Parkway in Philadelphia, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program. The grant, supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia, totals in at $15.4 million distributed statewide, with $7.6 million staying in Philadelphia. A portion of the funding awarded to Philadelphia will be used towards guiderail system replacement on Cobbs Creek Parkway from 63 rd Street to Upland Street, and a proposed roundabout installation at Cobbs Creek Parkway and 70 th Street. “Driving along Cobbs Creek Parkway can be difficult, the deep winding roads has resulted in drivers veering off the road into the woods, and during rush hour, travel times are greatly increased due to traffic congestion,” McClinton said. “I am happy to see this grant used to possibly alleviate these issues by allowing traffic flow to move steadily and at a safe pace.” Since 2010, the Automated Red Light Enforcement program has funded 416 safety projects throughout Pennsylvania, totaling $78.49 million. This year, municipalities submitted 134 applications, totaling almost $38 million in requests. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost Read more

 

McClinton welcomes over 300 constituents to Delaware County Community Day

(May 07, 2019)

YEADON, May 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton welcomed more than 300 constituents for a family-friendly day of fun and entertainment during her Delaware County Community Day. “Thankfully, the weather held out, and it turned out to be a great day to celebrate our community and empower neighbors with resources,” McClinton said. “Whether in my office or on Church Lane, I always love to talk with my constituents and hear about the issues that are impacting their lives. It’s great to host events such as Delaware County Community Day, which provide a relaxed environment where we can all connect.” The event featured 35 vendors that provided community resources, giveaways, and tips on healthy living; entertainment by Evelyn Graves Ministries, Royal Excellence Step Team, Feet of Faith Dance Company, Soul on Demand Band, and local youth rappers, singers and poets; children’s activities including bouncy houses, face painting and dancing; and free food. McClinton said she wanted to thank AETNA as the prime sponsor of the event, and to JEVS at Home, Mercy Health System, Lowes, Fresh Grocer and Philadelphia Water Ice Company for partnering with her to make this event possible. “I am thrilled that we were able to provide this event for the over 300 neighbors who attended. I cannot thank the vendors, sponsors and staff enough. They went above and beyond to make this event truly all about the community,” McClinton said. You can Read more

 

McClinton expungement clinic offers second chance

(Apr 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 9 – In her effort to help residents in the 191st Legislative District get a second chance, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, once again teamed up with Sen. Anthony Williams to hold an expungement clinic for minor offenses. Volunteer attorneys helped more than 40 people clear their records at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center on March 30. McClinton said many other attendees received free legal services, and job-readiness support through STRIVE Philadelphia. “This clinic provided people with that much needed leg-up and assistance to get the unnecessary roadblocks in people’s lives removed,” McClinton said. “I’m happy to assist our residents to clear their records, beginning the process of walking into a brighter future for themselves and their families. “I would like to thank Francis J. Meyers Recreation Center for hosting our clinic, and a special thank you to organizations like STRIVE Philadelphia and the Defender Association of Philadelphia for fulfilling their promise to help the residents in our city of brotherly love,” she said. Local residents who believe they may be eligible for an expungement or would like to apply for a pardon, but who were unable to attend the event, are encouraged to contact McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712 for information. ### Read more

 

McClinton: Housing grants announced to help individuals battling opioid use disorder

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today that Philadelphia and Delaware counties have been selected to receive a portion of the $15 million in state funding that was awarded to create pilot programs for case management and housing support services for Pennsylvanians with an opioid use disorder. The recipients are the Philadelphia Single County Authority and the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health. The pilot programs that will be established through the released grants will assist individuals as they become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment programs and will provide individuals with support services such as pre-tenancy and tenancy education services to maintain stable housing. The recipients were chosen via a formula that considered both the rate of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder and the rate of overdose-related deaths in a county. “The opioid epidemic has been devastating for so many individuals in Pennsylvania, so I am glad to see more state resources being dedicated to this issue,” McClinton said. “This program will help establish much needed support services for people affected by substance use disorder.” According to national data, about one in five people experiencing homelessness has a chronic substance use disorder. The grants were awarded by the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services from the $55.9 Read more

 

McClinton: We Must End The Suffering

(Mar 27, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton continues her fight to bring dignity to incarcerated women. She joined colleagues and advocates to explain why addressing this issue is critical to families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. “As chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, I traveled to SCI-Muncy last year, which is one of the two state prisons that house female inmates, and heard the cries for help,” Cephas said. “The visit made me realize that while I'm proud of the significant strides we've seen in our fight for criminal justice reform, we must include our women and girls of color in the bipartisan discussion. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. According to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice, the number of women in jail in the U.S. has grown 14-fold since 1970. Furthermore, a majority are accused of non-violent offenses. What's often ignored by our criminal justice system, though, is the fact female offenders have vastly different needs and experience different stresses compared to men.” Cephas plans to introduce two bills: one would create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; the other bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to submit an annual report on healthcare screenings and care services they provide to the House Health and Human Services committees and the Senate Health and Human Read more

 

PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber

(Mar 26, 2019)

Members 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, 201st Legislative District: “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, 195th Legislative District: “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, 34th Legislative District: ”We want to foremost, recognize and celebrate the historic victory and Read more

 

McClinton Celebrates Women in Public Office Day

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined her colleagues to designate March 19, 2019 as Celebrate Women of Public Office Day in PA. She explains why it’s critical for more elected officials to be women. Read more

 

Neighbors enjoy 'Summer Jam' at 60th Street
Aug 20, 2019

McClinton supports Gov. Wolf’s gun violence prevention executive order
Aug 16, 2019

Rep. McClinton, ACHIEVEability to host 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam Saturday, Aug. 10
Aug 08, 2019

McClinton meets with Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Drexel University on Mandela Day’s 10th Anniversary
Jul 19, 2019

Legislators ‘serve up’ support for minimum wage hike in Pa.
Jul 12, 2019

McClinton congratulates anti-gun violence grassroots community organizations in her district on receiving city grants
Jun 21, 2019

Rep. McClinton, Sen. Williams host annual shredding event
Jun 10, 2019

Rep. McClinton, Sen. Williams to host paper shredding event Saturday
Jun 06, 2019

McClinton Fights For Criminal Justice Reform
Jun 06, 2019

McClinton applauds unanimous approval of bipartisan bill to crack down on sexual extortion
Jun 05, 2019

Acquitted individuals still have a criminal record. This proposed law would change that
Jun 05, 2019

McClinton, Nesbit call for passage of automatic expungement legislation
Jun 05, 2019

McClinton announces grants for proposed traffic projects along Cobbs Creek Parkway
May 30, 2019

McClinton welcomes over 300 constituents to Delaware County Community Day
May 07, 2019

McClinton expungement clinic offers second chance
Apr 10, 2019

McClinton: Housing grants announced to help individuals battling opioid use disorder
Mar 28, 2019

McClinton: We Must End The Suffering
Mar 27, 2019

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.
Mar 27, 2019

PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber
Mar 26, 2019

McClinton Celebrates Women in Public Office Day
Mar 19, 2019