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McClinton welcomes advocates for probation reform to state Capitol

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – In her continued efforts for criminal justice reform in the commonwealth, state Rep. Joanna McClinton rallied with advocates for probation reform during a news conference at the state Capitol. “There are so many people who have served their time and who are now working to become upstanding citizens for their families and their communities. Yet, they are facing a long period of probation and one slip, such as missing a meeting with their probation officer, can land them back in jail. These people who are trying to change for good deserve better,” McClinton said. Participants of today’s event were Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Justice Action Network, Commonwealth Foundation, Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania, ACLU-Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Prison Society, REFORM Alliance, Amistad Law Project and American Conservative Union Foundation. McClinton also met with advocates one-to-one to discuss their thoughts on how to change the system in Pennsylvania. “I am a supporter of House Bill 1555 , a probation reform bill that is currently in committee. I also was a staunch advocate for the historic Clean Slate Act that became law last year,” McClinton said. “As a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, I voted against the new risk-assessment tool because I had serious concerns that it is not the best way to reduce recidivism. We need to Read more

 

Cobbs Creek playground receives $250,000 state grant

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today announced a $250,000 grant will help provide needed updates and create a safer environment at the Cobbs Creek playground. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to assist with the renovations. “The Cobbs Creek playground provides a fun multigenerational space for visitors and residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is crucial in maintaining a robust community,” McClinton said. “This funding will help build on that strong foundation by creating a safer recreational environment that everyone can enjoy, day or evening, in the years to come.” The Cobbs Creek playground lacks the appropriate lighting that is necessary to provide a safe environment when the sun goes down. The city of Philadelphia will install six new lights and eight cameras to provide a safer experience for visitors to the park. The city also plans to install new play and exercise equipment, as well as develop a new nature play space in the park’s surrounding wooded area. The total cost of the project is $300,000. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Read more

 

McClinton celebrates ‘wisest constituents’ with annual senior fair

(Sep 17, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton welcomed more than 400 of her “wisest constituents” to her annual Healthy from Head-to-Toe Senior Appreciation Fair. The event was held at Presbyterian Homes and featured health screenings; entertainment by The Guiding Lights, Cornerstone Christian Academy and GymRatz Athletics; and 20 vendors with resources, giveaways and tips on healthy living. “This event was a wonderful opportunity to talk with many of the seniors in my district while having a little fun and providing information and tools that they could use to help them live happier and healthier lives,” McClinton said. “I’m always honored to host this event to show my appreciation to my ‘wisest constituents.’” McClinton presented legislative acknowledgments to constituents for their contributions to the community. Also, McClinton thanks the community sponsors and partners of this year’s event, including AETNA, Health Partners Plans, United Health Care, Compassionate Care Providers and Dedicated Senior Medical Center. Read more

 

McClinton encourages students to help solve Pa. roadway litter problem

(Sep 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton is inviting all ninth through 12th grade students in the 191st Legislative District to participate in a statewide initiative to help efficiently and effectively control litter along roadways in the commonwealth. The Innovations Challenge asks students to look at co-effective technologies and innovative solutions – aside from laws, programs, and education campaigns – that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation combat this problem. “Litter scattered along the side of our roadways is not only an eyesore, it’s an environmental hazard. It’s unfortunate that people feel to use the outdoors as their trash can and not think about the consequences,” McClinton said. “Protecting the environment should be a priority for everyone, and today’s youth and future generations will be the most impacted. “The Innovations Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to use their creativity and brain power to make a difference. I encourage all students in my district – from Yeadon and Darby to Philadelphia, and all points in between – to participate in this worthy challenge,” McClinton said. Regional Innovations Challenge winners will be selected and invited to compete in Harrisburg for the state championship. This year, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Read more

 

McClinton to host Senior Appreciate Fair on Friday

(Sep 09, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host her “Healthy From Head to Toe” Senior Appreciation Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Presbyterian Homes, 2050 S. 58th St., 19143. "The seniors in our community have done so much for their families and their neighborhoods. They deserve to be appreciated and to receive resources that are beneficial to them,” McClinton said. “My event is a great opportunity for them to meet with a number of agencies and companies that cater to them.” The event will offer screenings and other health-related services, resources from area agencies such as insurance and health-care providers. Lunch will be provided. McClinton and her staff also will provide seniors with information and tools to help live healthy lives. For more information, constituents can call McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

Legislators vow to fight Pa. Commission on Sentencing's risk-assessment tool

(Sep 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 6 – Following their votes today to reject the new risk-assessment tool by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, state Rep. Joanna McClinton and Sen. Sharif Street said they vow to push for their legislation that would repeal the commission’s mandate to create a such a tool. “I voted to reject the risk-assessment tool because I have serious concerns that it is not the best way to reduce recidivism and keep people safe in my community and across the Commonwealth. I strongly believe that the mandate requiring the commission to create a new risk-assessment tool needs to be repealed and I will continue to work closely with Senator Street and my colleagues to pass legislation that would abolish that mandate,” McClinton said. Under this risk-assessment tool passed Thursday, when a person scores high- or low-risk based on the risk-assessment instrument, they would be flagged for further assessment of their risk of recidivism and need for treatment or support. The plan permits county probation departments to put these people through whatever assessment they use. Street said, “For almost a decade, the sentencing commission has worked – under a legislative mandate – to create a risk-assessment tool with the goal of reducing costs and decreasing the prison population. Senator Greenleaf, author of the original legislation, has denounced this version of the risk-assessment tool as having the adverse effect of its Read more

 

McClinton welcomes 350 students during back-to-school event in Darby

(Sep 05, 2019)

DARBY, Sept. 5 – To help students get the tools they need to have a successful school year, state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted her third annual Back to School Resource Fair at the Darby Borough Recreation Center. "The beginning of the new school year is a time of promise and all kids deserve a good start when they head back to class," McClinton said. "With our young people in line to become the next generation of leaders, I am pleased to host this event as an opportunity to ensure they have the resources they need to become successful in their educational journey.” McClinton said more than 300 families attended the fair and 350 children received supplies and book bags to start the school year strong. Students also received free haircuts and styles from Yasmeen’s Clean Cuts, BBC Beauty Academy, Chocolate City Hair Studios, and JJFades. There were more than 15 local exhibitors in attendance – including representatives from Oak Street Health, Health Partners Plans, Salvation Army, Evelyn Graves Ministries, Maternity Care Coalition, Delaware County Community College, Compassionate Care Provider – providing information on health care and school safety to attendees. Entertainment was provided by the Royal Excellence Dance Troop and Pearson’s Entertainment. McClinton also honored newly appointed Deputy Police Chief Joseph Gabe Jr. of the Darby Borough Police Department with a citation. “I would like to thank Aetna for Read more

 

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

 

Over 1,200 constituents attend fourth annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam

(Aug 13, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 13 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila. /Delaware, Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., welcomed more than 1,200 constituents of the 190 th , 191 st , and 192 nd Legislative Districts to the fourth annual 60 th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam, last Saturday. “Since its start, the Summer Jam has always been a success that draws many residents from various communities in my district and the surrounding neighborhoods,” McClinton said. “It’s great when we all come together to celebrate our communities and provide high-quality health and wellness resources to our constituents.” The Summer Jam began with a March for Peace escorted by the Philadelphia Police Explorers and the Philadelphia Drill Teams West Powelton and Magic Music. The event featured health screenings, children’s activities, live performances, food and refreshments. With more than 50 exhibitors, attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as AETNA, AARP, and the Philadelphia Department of Revenue. McClinton said she wanted to thank AETNA, JEVS at Home, McDonald Building Company, Health Partners Plans, community partners and volunteers. “It’s important that we keep this momentum of unity and togetherness, not only through family-friendly games and activities, but also through promoting healthy 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 welcomes advocates for probation reform to state Capitol
Sep 24, 2019

Cobbs Creek playground receives $250,000 state grant
Sep 17, 2019

McClinton celebrates ‘wisest constituents’ with annual senior fair
Sep 17, 2019

McClinton encourages students to help solve Pa. roadway litter problem
Sep 10, 2019

McClinton to host Senior Appreciate Fair on Friday
Sep 09, 2019

Legislators vow to fight Pa. Commission on Sentencing's risk-assessment tool
Sep 06, 2019

McClinton welcomes 350 students during back-to-school event in Darby
Sep 05, 2019

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

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

Over 1,200 constituents attend fourth annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam
Aug 13, 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