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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


McClinton hosts Second Annual Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon

(Nov 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 65 veterans to her Second Annual Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon. McClinton also honored six constituent veterans in the 191st Legislative District. “It’s important that we honor the brave men and women in our district that put their lives on the line to protect ours,” McClinton said. “This is why I hosted my Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon again this year. We must provide our veterans with the resources and services they need.” Attending veterans were able to receive information on resources and benefits available to them and their families. Representatives from the Veterans Medical Center, Impact Services, the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Humana, Senior Advocate Outreach, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, My Health Vet, and the office of U.S. Rep. Robert Brady were available to offer information on resources across Philadelphia. “I want to give a special thank you to students from the Cornerstone Christian Academy and Mastery Charter Hardy Williams High School for volunteering their time to serve our veterans,” McClinton added. ### Read more


McClinton to host Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon

(Nov 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., announced that she will host a Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave. “I am excited to host my Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon right before Veterans Day,” McClinton said. “Our veterans have put their lives on the line to ensure our continuous safety. A resource fair and luncheon is one of the many ways I want to thank them for their service.” Veterans in the 191st Legislative District will be able to receive information on benefits available to them and their family. There also will be giveaways and information on various state-related services available. This is a free event. ### Read more


House Democrats join Gov. Wolf for signing of ‘stop and go’ law

(Nov 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the state Liquor Control Board, and state and local Philadelphia legislators for the signing of a bill that increases the state’s ability to better deal with “stop and go” nuisance establishments in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed last week. Under the legislation, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensed establishment does not meet the seating, square footage, food or health requirements under the state Liquor Code, the LCB can suspend the license immediately. The new law also gives local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, who sponsored earlier legislation to address "stop and gos," said, “In June, we began to work on legislation to increase the ability of local law enforcement agencies to stop the unscrupulous business practices of local ‘stop and go’ establishments. Today, we are able to begin the process of removing this nuisance from our community. Although this is just one of many steps needed to ensure the safety and serenity of our neighborhoods, the political will and courage displayed by Read more


McClinton on Criminal Justice Reform

(Oct 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton rallied a large crowd at the State Capitol in support of legislation that would institute reforms in the criminal justice system, including parole reforms and an end to mass incarceration. Read more


PLBC, Philadelphia Delegation hail passage of new authority to deal with 'stop-and-go' nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today hosted a news conference in the state Capitol, celebrating passage of a bill that would increase the state's authority to deal with "stop-and-go" nuisance businesses in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed Tuesday. The Senate passed the bill Monday. Under the bill, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensee does not meet a requirement under the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health, it could suspend the license immediately. The bill also would give local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. “While stop-and-go enforcements have always been a popular idea, it took a great amount of courage and political will to get it done,” said Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “There were a lot of sacrifices made to ensure these enforcements were put in place. None of this would be possible without the bipartisan and bicameral collaboration that we saw take place.” In September, Harris hosted state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, for a tour of stop-and-go establishments in Philadelphia. Harris also sponsored earlier legislation to address the issue of stop-and-gos. Read more


McClinton Ending Stop and Go Nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton celebrated with her colleagues after legislation was sent to the governor that aims to put a stop to stop and go nuisance establishments, which have been plaguing Philadelphia and Delaware County communities. Read more


PLBC hosts meet and greet luncheon with Philadelphia Eagles

(Oct 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today hosted a meet and greet luncheon with players from the Philadelphia Eagles. During the luncheon, PLBC members and Philadelphia Eagles players discussed criminal justice reform efforts taking place in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Eagles players in attendance included: Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long. Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila., applauded the players for using their platform to uplift Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents. “Beyond being stellar athletes, they have been a vital part of the conversation around criminal justice reform in our nation,” Harris said. “It’s time to remove the scarlet letter that prevents many Pennsylvanians from being able to receive gainful employment, adequate housing and loans to pursue a post-secondary education. If passed, our clean slate bill would be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.” Harris and Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, have introduced H.B. 1419 which would implement automatic sealing of records with no action required by the person. Harris said he believes clean slate legislation can get passed this session, but only if both parties reach a compromise to improve outcomes for all Pennsylvanians. State Reps. Donna Bullock and Joanna McClinton, both D-Phila., discussed their experience today. Bullock is the vice chairwoman of the PLBC. “I admire athletes who use their Read more


McClinton, Harris to host Fall Festival on Oct. 31

(Oct 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 – In an effort to provide young people with a safe environment for Halloween, state Reps. Joanna McClinton and Jordan Harris, both D-Phila., will host a Fall Festival. The event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Common Place parking lot, 5736 Chester Ave., 19143. Both McClinton and Harris said this event is a great opportunity for children in both of their districts to have a fun and safe space to go for Halloween. “Halloween is a very popular time for young people, so we want to make sure they are able to celebrate it with their families in the best way possible,” McClinton said. The event will offer treats and refreshments, activities for families as well as information on health and state-related programs. “While we wanted to make the event fun for the young people, we decided to provide something for everyone so it could be a good and informative time for all families,” Harris said. For more information, constituents can call McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712 or Harris’ office at (215) 952-3378. Read more


McClinton to host Property Tax/Rent Rebate session in Yeadon

(Oct 18, 2017)

YEADON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that she will host a Property Tax/Rent Rebate session at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Yeadon Public Library, 809 Longacre Blvd. McClinton is hosting the event to assist constituents with completing their 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is administered by the state Department of Revenue and funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Individuals who are 65 or older, at least 50 and widowed, or are permanently disabled and 18 or older are eligible to receive a rebate if their income falls below a certain threshold. The annual household income for property owners must be $35,000 or less, and the annual household income for renters must be $15,000 or less. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but some homeowners can qualify for a $975 rebate. Constituents will need to bring proof of identification, income and paid taxes for 2016. Information on the Yeadon Borough Homestead Exemption program will also be offered. This event is open to the community. ### Read more