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Cedar Grove Christian Academy receives $24,000 Safe School Targeted Grant

(1 day ago)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today announced Cedar Grove Christian Academy has been awarded $24,924 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives. “The safety of our schools and our children is always a top priority. It’s unfortunate in this time such measures must be taken, yet it is required to ensure students and staff are in a safe environment,” Solomon said. “This grant provides Cedar Grove with the opportunity to remain a nurturing and safe space for students to learn and grow.” The grants were included in $7.3 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

Sims, Policy Committee look at comprehensive sex education

(Oct 17, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Thomas Jefferson University to explore mandating science-based, inclusive and age-appropriate sex education to help reduce teen pregnancy, cases of sexual assault and better prepare Pennsylvania’s youth to be healthy adults. “Pennsylvania students are not being fully prepared when it comes to their sexual health and well-being before graduating into adulthood. Teen births in the United States still hover at 20.3 births per 1,000 for females aged 15 to 19, people under 25 account for nearly half of new cases of sexually transmitted infections annually, and sexual violence is rampant on college campuses,” Sims said. “The abstinence-only teaching is archaic and does not address sexual, cultural or identity questions students face in their formative years. It is imperative that we implement a mandatory comprehensive and inclusive sex education curriculum that is thorough and digestible for all grade levels to educate our young people about healthy sexual behavior.” Sims has introduced H.B. 1586 that would require Pennsylvania school districts to integrate comprehensive sex education into the curriculum for all grade levels, teach contraception methods for older students and mandate affirmative sexual consent as part of the required sexual violence awareness educational program at higher education institutions. Read more

McClinton appointed to take lead education and outreach role on PA Commission on Sentencing

(Oct 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced her appointment as chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. McClinton was the first woman from the House of Representatives to serve on the commission in 2017. She is also the first woman and African American to serve as chair of the House Democratic Caucus. As chair of the commission’s standing committee, McClinton is charged with overseeing sentencing, correctional and parole statutes and appellate court decisions, providing direction to courts and practitioners, coordinating efforts to implement guidelines for fines and economic sanctions, sentencing and resentencing, and parole. “Beginning with my tenure as a public defender I have been a strong advocate for criminal justice reform across our commonwealth. My main priorities are both keeping our communities safe and ensuring that the criminal justice system actually provides just outcomes,” McClinton said. “I am honored to serve as chair of this standing committee to further promote a fair sentencing and parole system.” As state representative, 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 Read more

Rep. McClinton hosts Gov. Wolf on tour of community garden in Southwest Philly

(Oct 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted Gov. Tom Wolf on an exclusive tour of the longstanding Sankofa Community Farm to celebrate the importance of supporting agriculture in urban communities. The tour comes following McClinton's announcement that John Bartram’s Garden Association received a $50,000 grant from the state’s first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants program, which she voted to create, and be used to purchase raised beds, tools and refrigeration equipment for the Sankofa Community Farm. “I was proud to host Governor Wolf on this tour to demonstrate how beneficial these inaugural grants are in supporting agricultural initiatives in urban areas like Southwest Philly where some neighborhoods are food deserts,” McClinton said. “For 10 years, Sankofa Community Farm has been filling that void by making farm-to-table accessible to many local residents by providing fresh produce that is locally cultivated and grown by Southwest Philly teens.” McClinton said Sankofa’s values of teaching local youth self-sustainability through agriculture aligns with the grants program’s purpose of providing opportunities for entrepreneurship and community-building through the continued development of urban agriculture infrastructure. Sankofa Community Farm, located in the historic Bartram’s Garden, was among the first of 28 projects statewide to receive Urban Agriculture Grants Read more

Kenyatta: LGBTQ+ Americans should not be fired for who they are or love

(Oct 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta issued the following statement after the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether federal civil rights law protects the LGBTQ+ community from job discrimination: “The cases before the Supreme Court today cut to the heart of whether LGBTQ+ Americans like me should have full access to the freedom and protections that my straight friends so often take for granted. We should not have to worry if we can keep our jobs or be fired for who we are or who we love. “I hope that sooner rather than later, LGBTQ+ kids will be able to grow up where they have no limits. We should all live in a country without having to hide who we are, who we love and how we identify. This should never be challenged or used against us, and this is why we fight. “It’s unfortunate that we may have to wait for the results on this important decision by the Supreme Court. It’s unfortunate we live in a country or even a state that doesn’t protect our LGBTQ+ young people. However, the Pennsylvania General Assembly can change that. I am a proud co-sponsor of House Bill 1404, which would provide equal protection to LGBTQ+ family members and neighbors across the commonwealth. It is our duty to lead and do everything in our power to protect all citizens. “I am extremely grateful to Aimee Stephens, Donald Zarda and Gerald Bostock. They faced discrimination in Read more

Boyle to host Senior SEPTA ID event

(Oct 04, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle, D-Phila., announced he will host a Senior SEPTA ID information session. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., 19149. “SEPTA has released fare identification cards to make using public transit more convenient for seniors,” Boyle said. “I am hosting this event to help senior residents obtain their SEPTA ID cards and become familiar with using them.” Boyle said the event is free and no registration is required. To be eligible to receive a Senior SEPTA ID, applicants must be 65 or older and have a valid ID or birth certificate. Read more

Fiedler applauds VietLead for receiving $2,500 in first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., announced that a $2,500 state grant is headed to VietLead in South Philadelphia’s 184 th Legislative District. The grant, funded by the state’s first-of-its-kind Urban Agriculture Grants program, will be used for low tunnels, irrigation, refrigerator, and greenhouse supplies to support Philadelphia’s Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities to cultivate culturally significant crops. “VietLead has been instrumental in supporting the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in the district and throughout the city,” Fiedler said. “These grants will help VietLead continue their mission of cultural preservation through agriculture.” In July, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 40 to create the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides micro grants for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding for projects that demonstrate cooperative, or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. The $500,000 in total urban agriculture grant funding approved will benefit dozens of projects across the state. Read more

McClinton applauds Bartram’s Garden for receiving portion of $500K first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that a $50,000 state grant is headed to the John Bartram Association for improvements to Bartram’s Garden in the 191st Legislative District. The grant, funded by the state’s Urban Agriculture Grants program McClinton voted to create, will be used for raised beds, tools and refrigeration equipment to support urban gardening initiatives in the area. “Bartram’s Garden is a historic arboretum and an incredibly beautiful greenspace in our community, making it perfect for family outings, walking the trails, boating at the dock or getting great food grown right there,” McClinton said. “I am grateful for Governor Tom Wolf approving this grant so Bartram’s Garden can continue to provide opportunities for Southwest Philly teens to learn gardening and cultivate fresh produce through the Sankofa Community Farm initiative.” In July, Wolf signed Act 40 to create the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides micro grants for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding, and macro grants for projects that demonstrate cooperative, or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. The $500,000 in total urban agriculture grant funding approved will benefit 28 projects in Read more

Roebuck’s career readiness bill headed to Gov. Wolf for his signature

(Oct 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. James R. Roebuck Jr., D-Phila., announced that legislation he authored to bolster career readiness among students by fostering relationships between school districts and industry partners, unanimously passed the full House and is ready to be signed into law. Roebuck, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said his legislation, H.B. 395, would establish occupational advisory committees to implement new programs and ensure that industry standards are properly integrated into instructional programming. “Unfortunately, the relationships between local advisory councils and business partners vary greatly across the state, which causes gaps in the level of career preparedness among our students,” Roebuck said. “I am pleased that my legislation received bipartisan support in allowing all students across our commonwealth to be provided the necessary skills and education to flourish in their careers.” This legislation is a part of a bipartisan Career and Technical Education legislative package, with the goal to improve the delivery of CTE in the commonwealth. The bill package, including Roebuck’s legislation, now awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. Read more

Johnson-Harrell calls for statewide recognition of nation’s oldest pan-African dance ensemble in new bill

(Sep 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – To commemorate Kùlú Mèlé, the oldest continually-performing African dance and drum ensemble in the nation, state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila, introduced legislation that would designate Oct. 18 as Kùlú Mèlé Day in Pennsylvania. Since its inception in 1969, according to Johnson-Harrell, Kùlú Mèlé has been influential to the Black Arts Movement in Philadelphia and incorporates the cultures and aesthetic values of the African diaspora, specifically intertwining West African traditions with African American creativity. “Kùlú Mèlé has remained true to its values and has continually dedicated itself to serving the community by presenting and preserving the culture, dance and music of Africa and its diaspora,” Johnson-Harrell said. “It has also performed in other countries, gaining international visibility. I am proud to introduce this legislation that would give Kùlú Mèlé special recognition in its home state.” Read more