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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

Cephas and Lee call on state Human Relations Commission to investigate after assault of two black women by Pittsburgh business owners

(Sep 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today condemned the assault of two black women by male gas station owners at an Exxon Mobil on Brighton Road on Pittsburgh's North Side last Friday. “This public beating inflicted upon these two young women is absolutely vile,” Cephas said. “The motives for this gang-style free-for-all by these men are clear: they didn’t view their victims as humans worthy of respect. They were appalled that these women -- these black women -- dared to speak up for themselves and not back down. In these individuals’ minds, this warranted a savage beating on camera for all to see. “This situation is hardly an isolated incident and relates to many larger issues that reveal how much black women and girls are devalued in our society.” State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, added, “In the wake of this abhorrent assault, our collective pain as a community is instigated by the conviction of those who would be quick to justify such an offense, by the realization that no matter how many of these interactions we record, and no matter how much restraint we exhibit in the face of abuse, that our society has failed us in its incapacity to recognize our humanity. The frequency and blatant disregard with which these assailants batter black women reveals a deeper truth about our Read more

Bill to establish volunteer no firearm purchase list passes House Judiciary Committee

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci today said her bill that would help address people with mental health issues and firearms has been voted out of the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 165 would establish a voluntary "no firearm purchase list" that the Pennsylvania State Police would maintain. A person could request to be placed on the list for at least one year and up to five years. State police also would inform a person 20 days before his or her time ends on the list and provide a way for reenlistment should that person desire. “This bill is similar to legislation that created the existing voluntary gambling self-exclusion list. It would help people who are struggling with mental or physical health issues and who fear they may be a danger to themselves or others,” Donatucci said. “House Bill 165 would also give health care providers, family and friends the opportunity to suggest that a person who is dealing with mental health issues to voluntarily surrender their firearms. If my legislation could save at least one life, then it is truly worth it.” House Bill 165 now goes to the full House for a vote. Donatucci is a member of the PA SAFE Caucus , which is made up of 70 members of the PA House and Senate who believe in reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; Read more