Guzman praises closing of controversial center for immigrants

(9 hours ago)

READING, Dec.1 -- State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today praised the decision of the federal government to shut down the Berks County Residential Center, what he describes as a hard-won victory for the community. “I’m glad that this facility is finally closed. This long-awaited moment is the result of a lot of work and the joint effort of the community. This is very rewarding because I embraced this battle as my mission,” Guzman said about the facility registered as a short-term option for families seeking asylum or awaiting deportation. Guzman has asked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to terminate the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract at the Berks County Residential Center. He was joined in the letter by more than 50 state and local elected officials including other state representatives and state senators. “Once again, we see what happens when we as a community form an alliance and fight for what is right for us. I am honored to have been joined by so many of my colleagues to take a stand against ICE and their repulsive practice of subjecting immigrants to human rights violations,” Guzman said. The center, established in 2001 and located in the Bern Township, was often the center of conflict in past years due to its reputation as a hazardous place where undocumented immigrants seeking asylum were systematically mistreated. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation expresses condolences after passing of Milton Street

(Nov 29, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 28 – The Philadelphia House Delegation today released the following statement regarding the passing of former state Sen. Milton Street. “We are deeply saddened by the death of Senator Milton Street, brother of former Philadelphia Mayor John Street and uncle to current state Sen. Sharif Street. Street always showcased an unwavering passion to serve our community, leaving behind a trail of countless contributions to our city. “Leadership and kindness were two of the main traits of former Sen. Street, who also was a tireless activist for the underprivileged. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, colleagues and friends. May his legacy be an inspiration for future generations.” Read more

 

Frankel, Muth to hand off LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership

(Nov 29, 2022)

Current LGBTQ+ Caucus members Malcolm Kenyatta and Jessica Benham will serve as co-chairs of the caucus in the new legislative session and will continue the work of fighting for legislation that will protect sexual and gender minorities from hate crimes, discrimination and harm from scientifically rejected “treatments” designed to change them. Read more

 

Longietti bids farewell, provides 7th District contact information

(Nov 29, 2022)

“I want to thank the people of our community for their trust, confidence and friendship over the past 16 years. I also want to reassure residents that their state-related needs will continue to be met." Read more

 

Rabb announces election integrity legislation

(Nov 28, 2022)

This legislation would give the new board the ability to perform oversight and combat election disinformation, ensuring that candidates for public office accept election results. Read more

 

Rabb announces legislation to assist municipalities in establishing green banks

(Nov 28, 2022)

As part of the federal government’s Inflation Reduction Act, the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will go toward providing financial assistance to green banks, which are nonprofit organizations focused on the deployment of low- and zero-emission products, technologies and services. Read more

 

PLBC statement on passing of former state Sen. Milton Street

(Nov 28, 2022)

“The PLBC sends its most heartfelt condolences to the Street family on the passing of Senator Milton Street. He came from humble beginnings and was an entrepreneur who worked hard to have a successful business and advocate for similar businesses, ultimately taking him to the state’s General Assembly." Read more

 

Rabb highlights Native-centered legislation for Native American Heritage Month

(Nov 22, 2022)

Rabb said he is highlighting his spate of Native-centered legislation in November, which is Native American Heritage month, to bring awareness to the continuing and widespread disregard for indigenous peoples, their history and culture, and the misappropriation thereof and how Pennsylvania can substantively right these wrongs. Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s Efforts to Fight Climate Change Can Lead the Way for the World

(Nov 21, 2022)

It is crucial that states like Pennsylvania be a part of the climate solution equation because we can craft policy in a way that accounts for regional and state-specific climate impacts. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation salutes warm welcome to second immigrant bus that arrived in the city from Texas

(Nov 21, 2022)

“As their harrowing journey comes to an end, we want to make sure everyone knows that innocent people trying to make better lives for themselves and their families will never be punished in Philadelphia.” Read more

 

PLBC installs officers for 2023-24 session

(Nov 17, 2022)

“Officer selection is our first step in making sure the importance of our voices is heard in Harrisburg and across the commonwealth at what is a very critical time in Pennsylvania and this country,” Bullock said. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation praises coordinated response of the city on the arrival of first migrant bus sent from Texas

(Nov 17, 2022)

The delegation said its top concern and priority is the welfare of the group of migrants and highlighted that the key words against the backdrop of migrations are collaboration and solidarity. Read more

 

Cephas to step down as co-chair of the legislative Women’s Health Caucus

(Nov 16, 2022)

Cephas said she will face new challenges as she moves on to other roles in the Caucus, but she said regardless of her job title, she will keep championing commonsense policies that support birthing people and their families. Read more

 

Bullock, Curry highlight issue of student homelessness

(Nov 15, 2022)

In the 2020-21 school year, 32,666 students in Pennsylvania schools were homeless or living without adequate housing. Read more

 

House Democratic Caucus Elects 2023/24 Leadership Team

(Nov 15, 2022)

The Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus unanimously re-elected its current Leadership team to serve in the 2023-24 legislative session. Read more

 

Sainato delivers farewell remarks in state House chamber

(Nov 15, 2022)

Sainato, who served for 11 years as Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, expressed gratitude to his staff and emphasized the importance of constituent service. Read more

 

PLBC: Penn State antiracism decisions move needle backward

(Nov 15, 2022)

“The university’s recent actions appear to undermine, dilute and divert from the racial and social justice initiatives championed by professors, administrators and students on campus in recent years." Read more

 

Rozzi: How to boost Pennsylvania’s new educator pipeline

(Nov 14, 2022)

We need to establish stronger incentives to keep quality teachers in Pennsylvania. Two bills in the House can achieve this goal and together create the educator accelerator that we need. Read more

 

'Big Lie' chases Pa. election workers from their jobs, could delay vote counts

(Nov 04, 2022)

State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, condemned threats against Pennsylvania’s election workers fueled by elected officials and right-wing media repeating the “big lie” about the 2020 election. These threats have already led to county directors and deputy directors choosing to leave their jobs in more than half of the commonwealth’s 67 counties. Read more

 

Kinsey introduces legislation to abolish slavery as punishment for crime

(Nov 03, 2022)

“Slavery and involuntary servitude have no place in Pennsylvania, and it is time for our constitution to reflect that. I believe this legislation is one way to address the legacy of slavery and help us move in a direction towards equality and justice.” Read more

 

Guzman praises closing of controversial center for immigrants
9 hours ago

Philadelphia House Delegation expresses condolences after passing of Milton Street
Nov 29, 2022

Frankel, Muth to hand off LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership
Nov 29, 2022

Longietti bids farewell, provides 7th District contact information
Nov 29, 2022

Rabb announces election integrity legislation
Nov 28, 2022

Rabb announces legislation to assist municipalities in establishing green banks
Nov 28, 2022

PLBC statement on passing of former state Sen. Milton Street
Nov 28, 2022

Rabb highlights Native-centered legislation for Native American Heritage Month
Nov 22, 2022

Pennsylvania’s Efforts to Fight Climate Change Can Lead the Way for the World
Nov 21, 2022

Philadelphia Delegation salutes warm welcome to second immigrant bus that arrived in the city from Texas
Nov 21, 2022

PLBC installs officers for 2023-24 session
Nov 17, 2022

Philadelphia Delegation praises coordinated response of the city on the arrival of first migrant bus sent from Texas
Nov 17, 2022

Cephas to step down as co-chair of the legislative Women’s Health Caucus
Nov 16, 2022

Bullock, Curry highlight issue of student homelessness
Nov 15, 2022

House Democratic Caucus Elects 2023/24 Leadership Team
Nov 15, 2022

Sainato delivers farewell remarks in state House chamber
Nov 15, 2022

PLBC: Penn State antiracism decisions move needle backward
Nov 15, 2022

Rozzi: How to boost Pennsylvania’s new educator pipeline
Nov 14, 2022

'Big Lie' chases Pa. election workers from their jobs, could delay vote counts
Nov 04, 2022

Kinsey introduces legislation to abolish slavery as punishment for crime
Nov 03, 2022