McClinton makes history in House Democratic leadership elections

(Nov 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today was selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton represents the 191 st District in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County and has served in the House since 2015. McClinton is the first African-American and woman to hold the caucus chairman leadership position. The chair is responsible for conducting caucus meetings on each day of voting session and helps Democratic members understand the legislation called up for votes in the House chamber. “It is an honor to have the confidence and trust of my peers to help lead the House Democratic Caucus into the future, a future that includes better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics plaguing our state and nation,” McClinton said. “Last week’s midterm elections showed politicians across the state and nation that people are looking for strong leadership and a desire for lawmakers to collectively make a difference. While the priorities of urban and rural legislators may vary, we in the House Democratic Caucus have a sincere desire and plan to put people first and work together to build a strong economy that works for all of us.” All of the Democratic members returning to Read more

 

Over 200 families attend McClinton’s Fall Fest 2018

(Nov 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., in partnership with the 12 th District Police Station and The Common Place, welcomed more than 200 families to their annual Fall Festival. “This fest was so much fun. Children came dressed as their favorite characters for Halloween to receive candy in a healthy and safe environment, and we were able to showcase the services that my office can help with,” McClinton said. The event featured children’s games, food, a trick-or-treat candy giveaway, and health and wellness vendors who provided information on the importance of exercise and healthy eating. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). McClinton said she wanted to thank Wake Fern – The Fresh Grocer, Herr's, and the University of Penn Dental School for donating food and providing free oral hygiene kits to all participants, respectively. Community resource vendors included Catholic Social Services, Philadelphia Streets Department, Philadelphia Health Department, After School Activities Partnerships, Lankenau Medical Center, The Village, ASAP Philly, and Turning Points for Children (CUA-9). Access photo gallery here . Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

McClinton responds to mass murder in Pittsburgh

(Oct 31, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, issued the following statement in response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday: “I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for quickly coming to the aid of those trapped in this terrifying situation. “The victims of this tragedy and their families are with all of us in our thoughts and prayers. We grieve for our fellow Pennsylvanians, and are here for them offering any support or assistance they might need. “When I was 18 years old, I went to Auschwitz while on a college trip and saw firsthand the remnants of two concentration camps. I remember feeling afraid and truly concerned about preventing this type of hate from ever happening again. Last weekend, my worst fears were realized right here in America, and within my own state. “As an African American woman who has had to deal with the realities of racism and discrimination, I am more compelled than ever to unite with the Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism and intolerance, whatever form it may take. “My colleagues and I in the Pennsylvania House and Senate will fight for laws that create a safe place where all people can work, go to school and worship with peace of mind. “By working together and joining forces, we can support our law enforcement and local communities to create a safer environment for all marginalized groups. Whether it be a person’s Read more

 

McClinton praises new Safe Harbor law, protecting child victims

(Oct 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, praised Gov. Tom Wolf for signing Safe Harbor legislation this week. McClinton has been working on Safe Harbor laws throughout her legislative career, particularly as a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “The time is now to protect these suffering children,” McClinton said. “With the passage and signing of Safe Harbor laws, child victims will be treated as victims, not arrested and sent through family court to be given a criminal record. It’s great to see Pennsylvania moving in the right direction.” The new Safe Harbor law, Act 130 of 2018: Shields children from prosecution for crimes their abusers forced them to commit. Enhances law enforcement training. Directs the Department of Human Services to coordinate special services for sexually exploited children with county agencies. Establishes the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to support care for victim services and prevent human trafficking. Victims in these cases are often subject to violence, threats and drugs to control them for the purpose of human trafficking. Before the passage of this law, victims of human trafficking could be charged with prostitution and drug offenses, among other crimes. In the United States, there are at least 100,000 children being trafficked each year. These children could be key to ending human trafficking by helping law enforcement Read more

 

Victory for criminal justice reform

(Oct 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said legislation she worked on to help innocent people challenge their wrongful convictions was signed into law this week by Gov. Tom Wolf. McClinton said the bipartisan Senate bills signed by the governor mirror her legislation to improve Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act. “This is a major win in the fight for criminal justice reform that not only gives people the second chance they deserve, but also saves taxpayers’ money in the process,” McClinton said. “I am so happy to see real progress being made that benefits the citizens of Pennsylvania, and my constituents.” The new laws give people convicted of a crime more time to bring newly discovered evidence to court and make it easier to use DNA evidence to establish innocence. The first measure improves the Post-Conviction Relief Act by extending the time a person has to submit new DNA or other types of evidence supporting a claim of innocence from 60 days to within one year it’s made available. It also provides protections for crime victims and witnesses from improper investigative tactics by explicitly requiring investigators to identify themselves along with their reason for contact. It further updates Pennsylvania’s current law by making DNA more accessible by: Allowing those who pleaded guilty to be eligible for testing : courts have interpreted current law to bar people Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

Seniors should not need to worry about how they pay for their medicine. I voted for this legislation to help seniors pay for their medication by raising PACENET income limits for the first time in 15 years. Read more

 

McClinton, Harris to host Fall Festival Oct. 31

(Oct 23, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 – In an effort to provide young people with a safe environment to celebrate Halloween, state Reps. Joanna McClinton and Jordan Harris, both D-Phila., will partner with the 12 th District Police Station to host a Fall Festival for local families. The event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at The Common Place, 5736 Chester Ave. There will be children’s games, food, a trick or treat candy giveaway, and more free family fun. Health and wellness vendors will also be on site to provide information on the importance of exercise and healthy eating. “Halloween is a very special holiday for children, and we want to make sure they are able to celebrate it with their families and neighbors in a safe environment,” McClinton said. “While we wanted to make this event fun for the local youth, we also wanted to provide something for everyone so it could be just as fun as it is informative for all families.” McClinton said this event is a great opportunity for children in her district to have a fun and safe space to go for Halloween. The event will offer treats and refreshments, activities for families as well as information on health and state-related programs. For more information, constituents can call McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more

 

Over 70 helped at free criminal record expungement clinic

(Oct 22, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., held a free criminal record expungement and sealing clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 17. “We successfully helped over 70 people start the process of criminal record expungement,” McClinton said. “It is essential that those who have done their time in the criminal justice system get a second chance at a better life. I want to thank Senator Anthony Williams, the lawyers helping here and volunteering their time, and all of our partners for joining us in this effort to get folks back on their feet, and out of the criminal justice system.” Second chance and job resources were available for all people in attendance. Those who received assistance met these qualifications: Only Philadelphia County arrests. Non-conviction charges or summary convictions with no arrests in the past five years. No current criminal charges. Not be serving probation time. Some second- and third-degree misdemeanor convictions were sealed if 10 years had passed. McClinton partnered with Williams, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services and the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for this event. Pennsylvania’s newly expanded Clean Slate law, signed in June, expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by filing petitions. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler Read more

 

McClinton commends action to help the wrongfully convicted

(Oct 10, 2018)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton is applauding today’s House passage of two bills aimed at helping innocent people challenge their wrongful conviction. “Far too often, we see individuals sent to prison for crimes they didn’t commit,” McClinton, D-Phila., explained. “This bipartisan effort is a major win for criminal justice reform that not only gives people the second chance they deserve but also saves taxpayers in the process.” The first piece of legislation (H.B. 2307) would improve the Post-Conviction Relief Act by extending the time a person has to submit new DNA or other types of evidence supporting a claim of innocence from 60 days to within one year it’s made available. It also provides protections for crime victims and witnesses from improper investigative tactics by explicitly requiring investigators to identify themselves along with their reason for contact. The other (H.B. 2308) would update Pennsylvania’s current law by making DNA more accessible by: Allowing those who pleaded guilty to be eligible for testing : courts have interpreted current law to bar people who pleaded guilty from accessing post-conviction DNA testing. Removing the supervision requirement to obtain DNA testing post-conviction : currently, a person must be incarcerated, on parole or probation to be eligible. Clarifying that testing is permitted with newer technology : even if DNA testing was previously conducted, Read more

 

Veterans Resource Fair & Luncheon

(Oct 04, 2018)

Are you or someone you know in our community a veteran? We are honoring our nation’s heroes by holding our 3 rd Annual Veteran’s Resource Fair and Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave . Veterans and their families can enjoy a FREE lunch, while learning about programs and resources aimed at helping those who served our country. Read more

 

Get a fresh start, clear your record

(Oct 04, 2018)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton is inviting residents to her free Expungement Clinic. Read more

 

McClinton announces $62,000 grant for Yeadon Public Library

(Sep 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – A $61,700 Keystone Library Grant will fund major renovations to the Yeadon Public Library, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today. McClinton said the funds will be used to bring the building’s restrooms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and install efficient HVAC, windows and lighting. “Libraries can create strong bonds in our neighborhoods. They help students with their school work, people looking for employment, and provide seniors with a place to spend time with friends,” McClinton said. “This grant will continue strengthening that bond while keeping the Yeadon Public Library a destination for everyone to enjoy in the years to come.” McClinton added the Yeadon Public Library recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of being founded in 1937 by the Women’s Club of Yeadon. It also commemorated its 50th anniversary of relocating to its current facility in 1967. The grant – part of a package of $6.8 million in grants to 27 public libraries statewide – is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers the public library portion of the program, which is funded from a portion of realty transfer taxes. Grants are competitive and must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the library’s municipality. Read more

 

McClinton announces $1.2 million in grants for the 191st Legislative District

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced more than $1.2 million in state grants have been awarded for various projects throughout the 191st Legislative District, which covers portions of Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The grants – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – include $250,000 for a dock expansion at Bartram’s Garden public park, $200,000 to help renovate the McCreesh Recreation Center, $424,641 to replace sewer lines in Yeadon, and $358,011 for sewer line rehabilitation in Darby. McClinton said the grant for Bartram’s Garden public park will help expand the existing dock along the Schuylkill River by 2,400 square feet and lower it closer to the water for easier access to kayakers and people with disabilities. The total cost for the project is $511,216. The grant for the McCreesh Recreation Center will assist with renovating the building’s roof, HVAC system, bathrooms, kitchen, and lighting. It will cost $287,500 to complete the project. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “These grants are crucial and will help enhance our recreational areas that are utilized by many families and will provide enjoyment for years to come.” McClinton said the grant awarded to Darby will help fund the repairing of sewer lines along 13th Read more

 

McClinton Senior Appreciation Fair a success

(Sep 12, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 300 constituents to her Healthy from Head to Toe Senior Appreciation Fair. The event featured health screenings by Sayre Health Center and Health Partners Plans, fitness demonstrations from BeautiFitStrong and performances by The Guiding Lights Quintet and Jakeya Sanders. “I’m happy to be able to bring organizations and agencies together to make these opportunities easily accessible for older adults in our community,” said McClinton. “This event offered a one-stop shop for everything seniors might need and a wealth of information important to our older family members and neighbors.” McClinton honored constituents 90 and older with a legislative acknowledgement. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as PACE/PACENET prescription drug plans and Property Tax/Rent Rebate, among others. Health and wellness vendors included the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, JEVS at Home, Always Best Care, Philadelphia Gas Works and the office of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. McClinton said she wanted to thank Cigna Health Spring, Presbyterian Homes, Hardy Williams Academy High School, community partners and volunteers. Access photo gallery here . Read more

 

McClinton Helping Seniors Stay Healthy & Happy

(Sep 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted her Healthy from Head to Toe Senior Appreciation Fair in the Kingsessing section of SW Philadelphia, to provide her "wisest neighbors" and their families with information on living a happy and healthy lifestyle. The fair also provided local entertainment and a fish fry in appreciation for all that seniors have done and continue to do for their communities. Read more

 

McClinton welcomes 120 students during Back to School event in Darby

(Sep 06, 2018)

DARBY, Sept. 6 – To help students get the tools they need to have a successful school year, state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted her 2nd Annual Back to School Resource Fair at the Darby Borough Recreation Center. “Our students are in line to become the next generation of leaders,” McClinton said. “That is why we have to provide them with the resources they need to lead. My Back to School Resource Fair is just one of the many initiatives I have to ensure that our younger residents are successful.” McClinton added more than 100 families attended the fair and 120 children received supplies and book bags to start the school year strong. Students also received free haircuts and styles from Yasmeen’s Clean Cuts and BBC Beauty Academy. There were 20 local exhibitors in attendance – including representatives from Aetna, Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Maternity Care Coalition and the William Penn School District – providing information on health care and school safety to attendees. McClinton was joined by Mayor Helen Thomas, Darby Borough Council President Darlene Hill, Council members Darren Burrell and Donald Deigh, Darby Police Chief Robert Smythe and Lieutenant Joseph Gabe. “I would like to thank our corporate sponsors as well as the residents of the 191st Legislative District. With their help, the event was a success, and several students now have Read more

 

McClinton to host Senior Appreciation Fair Sept. 7

(Aug 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 – 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. 7 at Presbyterian Homes, 2050 S. 58th St., 19143. The event will offer screenings and other health-related services, resources from area agencies such as insurance and health-care providers, a senior fitness class, dance competitions and musical guests. Seniors also will have an opportunity to have their picture taken for their SEPTA Key ID card. Lunch will be provided. "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 pursue healthier lives together!” 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

 

Summer 2018 newsletter

(Aug 15, 2018)

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Over 1,200 constituents attend McClinton & Cephas’ 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam

(Aug 14, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., welcomed more than 1,200 constituents of the 191st and 192nd Legislative Districts to the Third Annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam, where families could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “We always look forward to this amazing event because it gets better every year. Not only do we provide resources, but we connect people. We unite our communities even more,” McClinton said. “Back in the day, neighbors wouldn’t cross from one side to another. Events like the Summer Jam prove that we can come together to make our communities a better place for all.” 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, exercise demonstrations, 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 the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. McClinton said she wanted to thank AETNA, JEVS at Home, McDonald Building Company, Health Partners Plans, community partners and volunteers. The event was co-hosted by Philadelphia councilmembers Curtis Jones Jr. and Jannie Read more