McClinton to cohost free shredding event Aug. 4 in Darby

(Jul 23, 2018)

DARBY, July 23 – In her continued effort to protect constituents and their identities, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will cohost a free shredding event with Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, in partnership with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Mercy Fitzgerald East Campus, 1515 Lansdowne Ave. in Darby. Constituents are encouraged to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial items, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. “With the threat of identity theft everywhere, especially online, I want to make sure people are educated about this issue,” said McClinton. “Improper disposal of old documents is a leading cause of identity theft, and we’re bringing constituents the best defense against becoming a victim of this of crime by organizing shredding events.” Staff members from the offices of McClinton and Williams also will provide help with state issues such as applying for PennDOT materials, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more

 

McClinton to co-host info session for seniors on new shingles vaccine

(Jul 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Sayre Health Center will host an information session for seniors about the new shingles vaccine. The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Christian Compassion CDC, 6150 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, 19143. "Older adults and people with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for developing shingles. As part of my ongoing effort to promote better health in our communities, I want to make sure those at highest risk know how to protect themselves," McClinton said. Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It's caused by reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox. Staff from McClinton’s office will be on hand at the July 25 event to provide senior literature and to answer questions about state issues and programs. For more information, contact McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712. ### Read more

 

McClinton gun buyback event collects over 300 firearms

(Jul 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 3 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, Sen. Anthony Williams, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the Philadelphia Police Department, hosted the 2018 Safe Sumer Gun Buyback. More than $30,000 in gift cards were awarded to participants for over 300 guns turned in. “I am amazed with the amazing turnout we had for this event. This shows that people understand that we need to get illegal guns off the streets and we need to ensure that people who own guns are legally able to do so,” McClinton said. “I look forward to hosting more buybacks and encourage people to contribute with this initiative to build a safer environment in our communities.” McClinton said she wanted to thank The Fresh Grocer, The Klutch Kings, the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, Power 99 FM, The Urban Art Gallery, Abiding Truth Ministries and the Church of the Christian Compassion. Access photo gallery here . Read more

 

Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Jun 21, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 21 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. "I'm glad that we're having vital, bipartisan discussions about criminal justice reform. I think it's crucial for those discussions to include women and girls of color," said Cephas, chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. Since 1985, the rate of incarcerated women has increased at nearly double the male rate. The ACLU reports that African-American women and women of color are significantly overrepresented in the prison population. African-American women are 30 percent of incarcerated women in the United States, but only 13 percent of the female population. In addition, Hispanic women are 16 percent of incarcerated women but only 11 percent of all women in the U.S." Cephas plans to introduce a bill to create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. "I believe this would aid the commission in its work as it specifically relates to research and programs that will have a direct impact on women and girls." Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the PLBC, said, “This package of legislation would help support incarcerated women in the commonwealth’s prison Read more

 

McClinton motion delays vote on sentence risk assessment tool

(Jun 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today lauded the vote by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to postpone a move on the controversial sentence risk assessment tool. McClinton, who serves on the commission, made the motion to delay the vote after receiving several pieces of testimony against implementing the tool. The commission voted unanimously to postpone any action. The General Assembly mandated the commission to adopt a sentence risk assessment instrument to serve as an aid in the sentencing process in an effort to reduce the prison population. It would provide judges with facts and information to ensure a defendant receives the proper punishment while indicating if they need help, such as a drug treatment program. McClinton said she believes the risk assessment tool is unfair because it would adversely impact people of color. “During three public hearings, including one in Philadelphia where 33 people testified, we heard from citizens, the Philadelphia Bar Association and advocate groups opposing the sentence risk assessment tool because of its racial implications,” McClinton said. “We cannot allow a judge to put someone in a box when they have a family to support and bills to pay. They should be granted another chance to put their best foot forward and work to become a productive member of society. “I am pleased the commission decided to take a step back, digest and evaluate the comments Read more

 

McClinton: Risk Assessment Potentially Unjust

(Jun 14, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton answered her community’s call for help. She stopped a new tool, intended to reduce the prison population, from moving forward because of its risk of using race to determine a person’s fate in the criminal justice system. Read more

 

McClinton co-hosts annual shredding event

(Jun 12, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 200 constituents to her shredding event to help them properly dispose of old papers containing personal information. The event was held in the parking lot of Motivation High School and was co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams. “With identity theft being a constant threat, it’s important for people take the precautionary steps to protect themselves from becoming a target of theft,” McClinton said. “I am proud to see this year’s event resulted in nearly four tons of paper being shredded.” McClinton added she wanted to thank the Burns’ Family Fresh Grocer Supermarkets for sponsoring the event. Constituents shredded documents containing information such as Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks and bank statements, among others. Read more

 

McClinton welcomes 400 families to Southwest Community Day

(Jun 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed 400 families of the 191 st Legislative District to her Southwest Community Day, where the whole family could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “The weather held up and it turned out to be a great day to celebrate our community and empower neighbors with resources,” McClinton said. “I love to hear first-hand what issues our constituents face in their daily lives, and my staff was able to provide on-the-spot assistance.” The event featured 35 vendors that provide community resources and giveaways; main stage entertainment by the African Dance and Drum Ensemble, local churches, local hip hop/R & B artists as well as physical fitness activities; children’s activities, food and refreshments. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of state programs such as CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), Medicaid, and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. McClinton said she wanted to thank the community sponsors and partners, which included Greater Philadelphia Health Action, JEVS at Home, The Village, African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA), Africom, Mercy Health System, Giant, Cousin’s Supermarket, Shoprite, Philadelphia Water Ice Company, CoCo’s Chicken and Waffles and McDonald’s. “I am thrilled that we had 400 families in attendance. I cannot thank the vendors, sponsors Read more

 

Free shred day this Saturday, June 9

(Jun 06, 2018)

Protect your identity and personal information by joining me at a community paper shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 9 at Motivation High School, 5900 Baltimore Ave. Enter at 60th Street and Baltimore Avenue. Improper disposal of old documents with personal and financial information is a leading cause of identity theft. Items such as old tax returns and bank statements, as well as credit card and other financial and medical records, should be shredded, not just thrown out. This is a great opportunity to safely clean out old records and also help the environment! My staff and I also will be in attendance to answer questions and provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Taking a stand for our Eagles Just one day after I stood next to the Vince Lombardi trophy that was presented to our beloved Philadelphia Eagles for their Super Bowl win, I am discouraged to hear President Trump decided to cancel the team’s visit to the White House. This came after it was reported the team planned to only send about 10 players. Regardless, that does not justify his inexcusable action. As a result of what the president did, I will be introducing a House resolution, condemning his decision to cancel the Eagles visit. Click on the photo below to see more on my reasoning. Celebrating the Read more

 

McClinton Giving Safe Harbor to Children Victims

(Jun 05, 2018)

The Pa. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that will protect victims fo child trafficking from being treated as criminals themselves. State Rep. Joanna McClinton has been fighting for the safe harbor legislation throughout her legislative career. Read more

 

Free shred day this Saturday, June 9

(Jun 05, 2018)

Free shred day this Saturday, June 9 Protect your identity and personal information by joining me at a community paper shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 9 at Motivation High School, 5900 Baltimore Ave. Enter at 60th Street and Baltimore Avenue. Improper disposal of old documents with personal and financial information is a leading cause of identity theft. Items such as old tax returns and bank statements, as well as credit card and other financial and medical records, should be shredded, not just thrown out. This is a great opportunity to safely clean out old records and also help the environment! My staff and I also will be in attendance to answer questions and provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Taking a stand for our Eagles Just one day after I stood next to the Vince Lombardi trophy that was presented to our beloved Philadelphia Eagles for their Super Bowl win, I am discouraged to hear President Trump decided to cancel the team’s visit to the White House. This came after it was reported the team planned to only send about 10 players. Regardless, that does not justify his inexcusable action. As a result of what the president did, I will be introducing a House resolution, condemning his decision to cancel the Eagles visit. Click on the photo below to see more on my reasoning. Read more

 

McClinton, Stack present $1.25 million grant to Free Library of Philadelphia

(May 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, May 18 – Following approval from the Office of the Budget, state Rep. Joanna McClinton was joined by Lt. Gov. Mike Stack to present a check for a $1.25 million grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia. With the grant, obtained through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), the Paschalville Branch will receive interior and exterior renovations, new furniture, fixtures and equipment, as well as technology and mechanical upgrades. “I am proud that we were able to allocate much needed funding for the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Paschalville Library,” McClinton said. “Our library system not only helps children and youth with their school assignments. They are a hub for people to take skill development courses and trainings, to look for jobs and take an active role in the community.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the redevelopment assistance section of a capital budget itemization act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. Read more

 

McClinton on Sickle Cell Awareness

(May 02, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined colleagues and advocates to raise awareness about sickle cell disease, hear brave stories from those forced to live with the illness, and call for support in an ongoing fight for a cure. Read more

 

McClinton hosts How to Save Your Home Workshop

(Apr 20, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 20 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a How to Save Your Home Workshop this week at her monthly police captain meeting at the 18th Police District. Residents in the 191st Legislative District were able to receive information from various local government entities on how to save their home from foreclosure. “While foreclosure activity has decreased nationwide, residents in Philadelphia and Delaware counties have not been as fortunate,” McClinton said. “In fact, Pennsylvania has the 10th-highest foreclosure rate in the nation. I was happy to provide residents with the resources available to make affordable payments on their mortgage and back taxes, so that they can keep their homes.” Representatives from the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue , Philadelphia Legal Assistance’s Save Your Home program, as well as the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement, were available to offer information on the following programs and services: the Homestead Exemption program; the Senior Tax Freeze and Tax Deferral program; foreclosure assistance; free legal assistance; and housing and loan counseling. ### Read more

 

McClinton addresses urban gun violence before House Judiciary Committee

(Apr 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – During a series of hearings on gun violence this week before the House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, addressed the disparity in coverage of gun violence between low-income communities of color and more affluent majority-white communities. During her testimony, McClinton, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, called on the committee to acknowledge gun violence as a public health crisis just like opioids, immediately advance legislation that would keep guns out of the wrong hands, and provide adequate funding for prevention programs and to the Office of the Attorney General for its Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She said, “While it took tragedies like the Parkland and Las Vegas shootings to gather us here today, I would like to remind everyone that communities of color in Philadelphia, Delaware, Berks, Dauphin, Cambria and Allegheny counties have been victims of gun violence for decades. “In fact, the Center for American Progress reports that African-Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun deaths among African-Americans. Although African-Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for nearly 70 percent of gun homicides in our commonwealth. Moreover, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation for the highest gun death Read more

 

McClinton: Culture of Gun Violence Must End

(Apr 17, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton testifies before the House Judiciary Committee special hearings on gun violence & public safety on the need to end the senseless tragedies that happen across the Commonwealth due to easy access to legal and illegal firearms. Read more

 

McClinton hosts Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Seminar

(Apr 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that her recent Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Seminar was a success. Attendees learned more on how to successfully launch a business, what funds are available to assist in launching the business, as well as how best to prepare for the future in terms of budgeting, paying off student loans, as well as making wise investments. “Small businesses are the foundation of a healthy and thriving community,” McClinton said. “I’m proud to support businesses and people that invest back into our communities. When local businesses flourish, so do our communities. That’s why we must continue to provide these businesses with the resources they need to thrive and continue their growth.” Guest panelists and vendors included: the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, Office of Business Services; FINATA; the Enterprise Center; the Student Loan Doctor; Budget Me; The Ivy Investor; Clarifi; Community Solutions CDC; and the Maintenance Lady. McClinton also honored two entrepreneurs in the 191st Legislative District with certificates of recognition for their outstanding leadership, hard work in establishing their business and commitment to the community. These entrepreneurs include Ribhi Mustafa of Sunshine Markets and Jamilah Thompson of Common Ground Realtors. ### Read more

 

McClinton: Community Colleges Are Essential

(Apr 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton rallied for Community Colleges in Pennsylvania with colleagues and advocates at the State Capitol. McClinton encouraged additional funding and options for these schools that are essential to providing a pathway from poverty to employment. Read more

 

McClinton Honors Rosa Parks

(Mar 16, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for unanimously approving her resolution designating February 4, 2018, as "Rosa Parks Remembrance Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McClinton: Eliminate Teen Dating Violence & Abuse

(Mar 15, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton authored a House Resolution designating the month of February 2018 as "Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more