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McClinton to host energy forums Feb. 14 & 20 to help people cut heating costs

(Feb 13, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., is helping her communities stay warm and save money this winter by holding an energy forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. Participants will have the opportunity to: Learn about the resources available to cut down on heating costs; Apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Discover the best ways to weatherize their home; and Meet with representatives of local utility companies. McClinton is also scheduled to hold a second energy forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. ### Read more


McClinton: Invest in Education and Job Development

(Feb 08, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Johanna McClinton reacts to Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address by applauding his efforts to invest in education and job development. McClinton also says gun violence is a serious issue across the state, particularly in Philadelphia, and is happy to work with the Governor to find a solution. Read more


McClinton: Wolf budget proposal good for Philly and Delaware County

(Feb 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said Gov. Tom Wolf's 2018-19 budget proposal is good for Philadelphia and Delaware County residents. "Good schools lead to good jobs – good schools help our young people to succeed, and they help in attracting and keeping jobs here. In his three years in office, Governor Wolf has worked with us to restore the Corbett-Republican cuts to K-12 and higher education, but there's more to do. The funding increases he's calling for would help education, and in turn economic development, in Philadelphia and Delaware counties," McClinton said. "And I'm glad the governor has renewed his call for a commonsense severance tax on natural gas that's drilled in Pennsylvania. As he said, 'It’s a tax paid by people mostly outside of Pennsylvania to use our natural resources.' All of the other major natural-gas states have a tax like this and it's only fair to our taxpayers to do the same." McClinton said Wolf's proposal includes many elements of the House Democrats' Plan For PA, which is outlined at http://plan4pa.pahouse.com/ A video of McClinton’s reaction to the budget proposal is available at https://youtu.be/Gx8znf9P53c ### Read more


McClinton commemorates MLK day with “day-on” event

(Jan 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, joined students and volunteers from local organizations for a “day-on” to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on Jan. 15. McClinton co-hosted the MLK day of service alongside The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program, Sayre Health Center and Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “We had such an amazing turnout and all who helped did a tremendous job,” McClinton said. “It was great to see everyone come together and not think of MLK day as a day off from work or school.” The day consisted of painting the hallways, lockers, stairwells and cafeteria of Sayre High School and workshops for girls on the topics of dressing for success, conflict resolution and social media branding. “I would like to thank those organizations who co-hosted this event with me for their hard work and efforts. Judge Sierra Thomas Street led the charge at bringing both judges and staff to beautify the school alongside of returning citizens led by Robyn Buseman. The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosted ‘My Sisters’ Dream,’ which was an empowerment day for young girls at Sayre High School. As these two activities were unfolding, the Sayre Health Center hosted an emotional wellness project that included vision boards and line dancing,” McClinton said. Read more


PLBC honored by Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia on MLK Day

(Jan 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on Monday was presented with the Outstanding Organization Award by the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia during their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Each year, the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia present this award to an organization that fights to ensure that minorities and people of color have full access to the rights and privileges guaranteed under the law. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the caucus, said, “I was honored to accept the Outstanding Organization Award on behalf of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. While we do not work for awards or recognition, it is humbling to see that our efforts to create a more fair and just society are noticed – especially from Governor Wolf, who presented us with the award. I would like to thank the Barristers’ Association for their commitment to fighting injustice and promoting awareness of the law.” State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, also was presented with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. She said, “I am beyond grateful, humbled and honored to have been awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from my Barristers’ Association family. As a proud member of the Barristers’ Association and a former public defender, my commitment to seeking justice did not end after taking office. We must continue to speak truth to power and Read more


McClinton: $1.25 million grant awarded to the Free Library of Philadelphia

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced a $1.25 million grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. McClinton said the library system will use the funding for its 21st Century Libraries Initiative, the plan to renovate and modernize the network of neighborhood libraries located throughout Philadelphia. Under the project, three buildings, including the Paschalville Library in southwest Philadelphia, will receive interior renovation, exterior repairs, technology upgrades, new furniture, fixtures and equipment and mechanical upgrades. “Libraries are a crucial part of our neighborhoods. They provide a variety of resources and opportunities for people of all ages,” McClinton said. “This grant will help the 21st Century Libraries Initiative continue its great work in ensuring our libraries have the up-to-date technology and tools to meet the needs of their communities.” 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. RACP projects are Read more


McClinton: Southwest town hall meeting a success

(Dec 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that her Southwest Town Hall Meeting was an overwhelming success. McClinton hosted the event with state Reps. Jordan Harris and James Roebuck, both D-Phila. The event had more than 150 residents in attendance and McClinton answered questions surrounding her efforts on criminal justice reform, making voting in Pennsylvania easier, as well as next steps for stop-and-go enforcements. “As a state legislator, it is my responsibility to keep constituents up-to-date on legislative and policy efforts taking place in Harrisburg and how it relates to them in their neighborhoods,” McClinton said. “This is especially true for our more vulnerable residents. They deserve to have a space where they can air out their concerns and in turn get an honest response.” McClinton added that she looks forward to hosting future town halls to better gauge the interests of her entire district. ### Read more


Over 500 constituents attend McClinton’s Holiday Senior Fitness Expo

(Dec 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware welcomed more than 500 seniors from the 191 st Legislative District to her Holiday Senior Fitness Expo. The event was hosted by Thera Martin Milling of WURD 900AM and offered health screenings by Bayada Hospice and Mercy Health System, fitness for seniors and healthy eating demonstrations by Audra Anusionwu of BeautiFitStrong, LLC, health and wellness information from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Catholic Social Services, Connect Health, Penn Medicine, Rite-Aid, PECO and Philadelphia Water Department, and musical selections by Evelyn Graves Drama Ministry and Cornerstone Christian Academy. “Whether it’s keeping fit and eating well or just having a good time, there was certainly something for everyone at this event,” McClinton said. “It was great to meet with many of the seniors in attendance and provide them with resources to help them live healthy and happy.” The event was sponsored by Mercy Health System, Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., Aetna, AmeriHealth VIP Plans, Health Partners, AARP of Pennsylvania, and Legendary Support Group. McClinton said in addition to the event sponsors, she wanted to thank the community partners and volunteers. “I am thrilled with the wonderful turnout we had. I cannot thank the vendors, sponsors and staff enough. They went above and beyond to make this event an amazing success,” McClinton said. Read more


McClinton Stands Against Sexual Harassment & Abuse

(Dec 11, 2017)

Standing strong with her female colleagues, Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton expressed the importance of cracking down on sexual harassment in the workplace and fighting to give victims a voice. Read more


McClinton: We Need Peace on Our Streets

(Dec 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton held a press conference to call for attention to the gun epidemic and encourage efforts at getting guns off the streets of not only Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods, but across Pennsylvania. Read more


McClinton, Davidson, Williams, community leaders push for gun safety efforts, legislation

(Dec 07, 2017)

DARBY, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, local law enforcement and community leaders today urged more action on gun safety efforts and legislation. They spoke at a news conference at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. "Our area has had a wave of gun violence recently. We're here today to say that gun deaths and injuries are as serious as the heroin and opioid crisis you hear so much about. Harrisburg and Washington need to take gun violence just as seriously," McClinton said. "Homicides in Philadelphia are up 15 percent over this time last year. Tragically, the body count is likely to be over 300 for the first time since 2012. And about 85 percent of these murders are committed with guns, according to the police department." State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, said, "Gun violence continues to plague our cities and towns, from the massacre in Las Vegas to the streets of Darby. My legislative colleagues and I will continue to support programs like this while pushing for greater protections in Harrisburg to end the cycle of violence caused by illegal guns." State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said, “The level of gun violence in some of our communities is in a word, un-ignorable. For any elected official to take a passive stance on expanded background checks or lost-and-stolen provisions is a misstep equivalent to turning a blind eye to an epidemic that is cruelly killing hundreds of Americans on Read more


McClinton appointed to Pa. Sentencing Commission

(Dec 07, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has been appointed by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve on the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission. She is the first woman from the House of Representatives to serve on the commission. "I'm honored to have this added opportunity to work for criminal justice reform," McClinton said. "Having served as an assistant public defender in Philadelphia for seven years, I am very familiar with how our criminal justice system works and how it needs to work better, to keep our communities safe and to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society." The commission is charged with creating and maintaining a consistent and rational statewide sentencing policy through the adoption of guidelines that promote fairer and more uniform sentencing throughout the commonwealth. It is also required to develop resentencing guidelines, state and county parole guidelines and state recommitment ranges. McClinton's efforts on criminal justice reform include hosting events to help returning citizens apply for pardons or expungements and introducing legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system. She also has introduced legislation with Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., that would direct Pennsylvania courts to sentence the primary caretakers of children younger than 18 to individualized Read more


McClinton Fighting for Good Jobs & Fair Wages

(Dec 06, 2017)

Pa state Rep. Joanna McClinton says our people need better jobs and higher pay, because when working people have more money in their pockets, the economy gets better for everyone. The Plan for PA gets that done. Read more


McClinton, Boyle join House Democrats' push for Plan for Pa.

(Dec 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today joined fellow legislators for a Capitol news conference laying out the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania . At the news conference, House Democrats outlined the plan’s goals to put Pennsylvanians first through investing in good jobs, quality schools and a fairer tax system. McClinton, secretary/treasurer of the Philadelphia County Delegation, spoke on the importance of putting everyday Pennsylvanians first through fighting for fair wage policies such as increasing the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay for equal work. “Each day, I speak with countless neighbors in West and Southwest Philadelphia and they are tired of living paycheck to paycheck,” McClinton said. “As legislators, it is our duty to make sure that all Pennsylvanians are not only employed, but are financially secure. The Plan for PA allows us to find solutions to the complex problems residents face whether they live in Delaware County or Centre County.” Boyle, vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, spoke on the importance of growing Pennsylvania’s economy and investing in good jobs that would not only protect Pennsylvania’s middle class, but expand it. “The success of the Plan for PA starts with good jobs, but not just any job that offers a paycheck, but those that provide enough income for families to put food Read more


Southwest Philadelphia area state representatives to host joint town hall

(Dec 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and James Roebuck, both D-Phila., and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that they are hosting a joint town hall meeting to address the unique concerns affecting residents of southwest Philadelphia. The town hall meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, 5151 Warren St. Harris, Roebuck and McClinton will inform residents of legislative developments in Harrisburg that impact their respective districts. There will also be a “Get to know your rep.” breakout session where residents will be able to ask their representative questions one-on-one. The meeting is open to the community, and constituents with questions should contact Harris’ district office at 215-952-3378, Roebuck’s office at 215-724-2227, or McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712. “We have debated this bill every year that I have been here, and it’s obvious that we have not been listening. Senate Bill 3 seeks to take away a decision between a woman and her doctor. Neither the House Health Committee, nor the Pennsylvania Legislature, have the right to pass legislation that clearly puts women at risk. This is true for men in particular. It’s time to listen for a change to people who are actually experts in the field.” ### Read more


McClinton Testifies for Phila. City Council on Bail Reform

(Dec 01, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton testifies in front of Philadelphia City Council on her efforts to reform bail and criminal justice issues in Pennsylvania. Read more


McClinton to host Holiday Health and Fitness Expo for seniors Dec. 5

(Nov 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 28 – In her ongoing effort to help seniors, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, is hosting a Holiday Health and Fitness Expo. The free event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Motivation High School, 5900 Baltimore Ave. Participants are asked to bring their medical insurance cards because local health care providers and medical experts will be on hand to offer screenings and flu shots. McClinton and her staff will also be available to discuss any state-related issues, including questions about applying for Pennsylvania’s low-income heating assistance program ( LIHEAP ) and the senior Property/Tax/Rent Rebate Program . “As we get older, taking care of ourselves can get expensive,” McClinton explained. “It’s my job as a state representative to show our seniors the state assistance programs available to alleviate some of the stress and make life a little bit more affordable.” Participants will be able to enjoy a holiday lunch, have the opportunity to win door prizes, and take part in line dancing. Those attending are asked to use the entrance through the school yard on the 59th Street side. ### Read more


PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action

(Nov 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. 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 homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more


McClinton: No More Sexual Violence Against Women

(Nov 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton stood with her women colleagues in the House of Representatives to call for the elimination of sexual violence against women. McClinton sponsored a House Resolution designating November 25, 2017, as "Elimination of Violence Against Women Day" in Pennsylvania to coincide with the United Nations' "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women." Read more


McClinton: Police Collaboration Improves Public Safety

(Nov 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton spoke at a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee in favor of legislation that would allow collaboration between municipal police forces other officers, such as airport or campus police, in assisting across jurisdictional boundaries. Read more