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McClinton: Criminal justice reform moves forward

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

 

McClinton’s expungement clinic offers second chance to dozens in Phila.

(Mar 14, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 14 – In her ongoing effort to give members of her community a second chance, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila//Delaware, to hold an expungement clinic. “I have come across countless people who are constantly looking for a job and eager to buy a home all as a means to adequately provide for their family. However, they run into unnecessary roadblocks because of a minor criminal offense and lose the motivation to succeed,” McClinton said. “This event was part of my ongoing push to spark inspiration and provide these individuals with a fighting chance at a brighter future.” More than 70 people received assistance at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center on Saturday, March 10. Representatives of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia and the Community College of Philadelphia were also on hand to answer questions and provide participants with information about the requirements needed to have a criminal record expunged or sealed from the general public. McClinton is currently pushing for House Bill 1419 , which would give people with misdemeanor nonviolent criminal records the opportunity to have their record sealed from public view. She voted affirmatively this week to advance this “clean slate” legislation to the full House of Representatives. ### Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – PA SAFE Caucus members today outlined their legislative goals related to gun safety reform during a Capitol news conference, one month following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and coinciding with a national student walkout calling for immediate changes to gun laws across the country. Lawmakers spoke about their frustrations with trying to pass commonsense legislation as well as specific House bills that they would like to see move from committee. “The time is now to finally say enough is enough — to listen to the students whose wisdom and bravery is inspirational,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Madeleine Dean , D-Montgomery. “We can and must do something to combat this gun violence epidemic, not just to prevent mass shootings like in Parkland, but to combat the everyday violence that claims 33,000 lives a year in this country, and injures 80,000 others in the crossfire.” Members expressed their expectations ahead of a special set of hearings on gun laws scheduled for the week of April 9. "We are pleased to see that the House Judiciary Committee will give members a chance to speak about important gun safety proposals,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Dan Frankel , D-Allegheny. “But we also know that a hearing is not enough – we expect the chance to vet some of these bills on the House floor in the very near future.” “Family and close friends are often the first to notice early Read more

 

PLBC announces new Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Reform

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the creation of a new Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Reform. The subcommittee will be co-chaired by Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Sen. Sharif Street, D-Phila., both attorneys. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., and Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, will also serve as members of the subcommittee. Harris said, “Criminal justice reform has become one of the leading issues in Pennsylvania and across our nation. I’m excited that our caucus will be spearheading this initiative and pushing for much needed reforms in the state legislature. While we have made some movement on providing second chances to returning citizens, there are countless other avenues that must be explored if we are to fully restructure our criminal justice system.” The subcommittee will push an aggressive legislative agenda and will also be vital in the creation of a criminal justice advisory group made up of formerly incarcerated people and expert legal practitioners. The advisory committee will be co-chaired by Keir Bradford-Grey, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and Bill DeWeese, former state representative and the 135th speaker of the House. Among his many legal and legislative accomplishments, Street has supported numerous bills that would reform Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. One bill Read more

 

McClinton: Clean Slate Moving Forward

(Mar 13, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks at a voting meeting of the Pa. House Judiciary Committee in favor of Clean Slate legislation that would enable certain offenders to have their criminal record "wiped clean" after their sentence is over, giving them a second chance at life. Read more

 

McClinton Putting #PeopleFirst with the #Plan4Pa

(Mar 08, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is fighting for good paying jobs, quality schools and putting people first by empowering small businesses with the Plan4Pa. Read more

 

McClinton provides energy-saving tips to seniors in the 191st District

(Mar 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that her Southwest Energy Forums at the 12th and 18th District police stations were a success. McClinton said there were more than 60 seniors in attendance at each energy forum who learned more about how to weatherize their homes properly during the winter months. “I was excited to host my Southwest Energy Forums and provide residents with the information on how to save money on utility bills this winter and the winter months to come,” McClinton said. “On average, low-income communities and communities of color spend 26 percent of their income on utilities. It’s time we teach residents how they can best save money on energy costs and spend those extra dollars elsewhere. “I would like to give a special thanks to representatives from PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works, Energy Coordinating Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission and PennEnvironment for providing attendees with vital information that will save them hundreds of dollars each year.” ### Read more