Bullock to host Environmental Justice Mixer on Thursday

(Dec 06, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Donna Bullock will hold an Environmental Justice Mixer and Update from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Community Futures Lab, 2204 Ridge Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The meet-and-greet reception is in honor of the 25th anniversary of the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice, which were adopted at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991 in Washington, D.C. The principles have served as the defining document and basis for the grassroots movement for environmental justice. In the spirit of the adoption of the 17 principles, this event is a gathering of contemporary environmental and social-justice professionals, activists and community members to connect with one another and continue expanding a network of people who are fighting for environmental justice in Philadelphia. Light refreshments will be provided, and Bullock will share an environmental legislative update from her first term in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Philly.com Letters: Not enough needy Pa. families getting help: Bullock

(Oct 03, 2016)

One of the biggest problems facing public assistance is that it is overregulated when subjected to politics. Read more

 

Bullock, Sturla co-host meeting on Fair Chance Housing

(Jul 20, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 20 – State Rep. Donna Bullock and House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla today hosted a public hearing on Bullock’s Fair Chance Housing legislation, which would prohibit landlords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background. Bullock, D-Phila., said that her legislation would model a recent policy change within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that disregards criminal records as a condition for housing approval. "Too often, individuals who have criminal histories – and have turned a new leaf – find it difficult to find adequate housing," Bullock said. "As a basic right, and a condition of successful recovery, access to housing should not be based on one’s prior violations or indiscretions." "Our neighbor Ohio has had success with programs aimed at assisting those with arrest histories," Bullock said. "The nationwide recidivism rate is 49.7 percent; Ohio’s is 27.5 percent. My proposal is a modest pivot toward changing how the commonwealth rehabilitates those with arrest histories." "I applaud Rep. Bullock for her dedication to helping those looking to make a fresh start," said Sturla, D-Lancaster. "Access to housing is a basic need. Discriminating against those looking to get back on their feet and reintegrate in to society only serves to make them feel as though they need to turn back to old Read more

 

Bullock to host Policy Committee hearing on Fair Chance Housing Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Jul 18, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her Fair Chance Housing legislation, which would prohibit landlords from asking certain questions about a tenant’s criminal background, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building cafe (corner of Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues). Requested by Bullock, the hearing will be co-chaired by House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Bullock said that her legislation would model a recent policy change within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that disregards criminal records as a condition for housing approval. The hearing agenda is as follows: 3 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 3:10 p.m. Panel One: Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Angela McIver, CEO, Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania 3:40 p.m. Panel Two: Rasheedah Phillips, managing attorney, Community Legal Services Patricia McGlone, social worker/community education coordinator, Community Legal Services 4:10 p.m. Dina Schlossberg, deputy director/senior attorney for multi-family housing, Regional Housing Legal Services 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

Harris: People deserve a second chance

(Jun 10, 2015)

Joined by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Cris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, along with Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association members, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., called for support for bipartisan legislation to permit expungement of specific offenses from a person’s criminal record provided certain criteria are met. Read more

 

Harris appointed to powerful House Rules Committee

(Jun 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Tuesday was appointed to the House Rules Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. “I’m incredibly humbled to be chosen by Leader Dermody for membership on the Rules Committee and I look forward to working to facilitate the flow of legislation with members from both sides of the aisle to create a better Pennsylvania,” Harris said. “I will continue to work with my fellow members in the best interests of my constituents.” The Rules Committee is considered the most powerful House committee. The committee consists of the speaker of the House; the majority and minority leaders; the majority and minority whips; the majority and minority appropriations chairmen; 14 members of the majority party appointed by the speaker; and 12 members of the minority party appointed by the minority leader. Unlike other standing committees, which are responsible for a specific area of policy, the Rules Committee is in charge of facilitating the flow of legislation in the House. The Rules Committee is also the only committee that can amend legislation that comes back from the Senate on concurrence and propose amendments to the rules of the House, if needed. Harris was appointed to replace state Rep. John Sabatina, D-Phila., who stepped down from the Rules Committee after being elected to the state Senate in a special election. Read more

 

House adopts Parker resolution honoring fallen female firefighter (with video)

(Jun 05, 2015)

HARRISBURG– State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, D-Phila., thanked her House colleagues for supporting the resolution offered in remembrance of the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in Philadelphia. House Resolution 66 honors the life and sacrifice of Lt. Joyce Craig, a female firefighter who died Dec. 9, 2014 while battling a house fire in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. It was adopted unanimously. Parker said this resolution, presented on behalf of the Philadelphia Delegation, is a tribute to the commitment, dedication, leadership and sacrifice Craig exhibited as a member of the city’s fire department. “It is with deep gratitude and sympathy that we honor Lieutenant Craig,” Parker said. “Her untimely death is a tragic loss not only for her family, friends and colleagues, but for the entire city of Philadelphia. “Lieutenant Craig exemplified what it means to follow your dreams and be a leader. As a child, she knew that becoming a firefighter was her ultimate mission and she set her sights on, and was extremely successful in, achieving that goal. She was a trailblazer, a front-runner, and a stellar example of a woman’s ability to compete and achieve in male-dominated industry. Her colleagues identified her as a firefighter’s firefighter, and the city of Philadelphia is better for having her service. Lieutenant Craig made the ultimate sacrifice in giving her life so that Read more

 

Dawkins appointed to Judiciary Committee

(Jun 05, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced that he was appointed to serve on the House Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative session. The Judiciary Committee reviews bills pertaining to law enforcement and corrections. It provides oversight over a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, Attorney General's Office, Department of Corrections, the State Ethics Commission, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Office of General Counsel, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. Dawkins said that the committee also evaluates prison staffing and inmate populations and housing conditions. "I'm honored to receive an appointment to this important committee that plays a vital role in crafting legislation that will address critical criminal justice reform issues, such as ending the school-to-prison pipeline, reducing recidivism, and increasing opportunities for expungement," Dawkins said. "This appointment allows me to bring my constituents’ concerns about our law enforcement and judicial systems to the table as we debate these important issues." Dawkins also serves on the Health, Human Services, Urban Affairs and Aging and Older Adult Services committees. Read more

 

Honoring Fallen Female Firefighter

(Jun 05, 2015)

State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, along with members of the Philadelphia Delegation, honored Lt. Joyce Craig with a House Resolution today. Lieutenant Craig was killed while battling a house fire in Philadelphia in Dec. 2014. Read more

 

DeLissio informs constituents on the facts of medical cannabis legalization

(Jun 03, 2015)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., discussed at her 46 th town hall May 28, 2015, Senate Bill 3, which authorizes the legalization of medical marijuana in Pa. This is the Power Point presentation that was for the discussion. It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. No worries, just click here to download the PDF file. "How medical cannabis would be regulated and governed needs to be carefully vetted," said DeLissio. "There are 23 states and the District of Columbia where the use of medical cannabis is legal. Constituents were interested in the discussion and contributed to an in-depth dialogue on the potential challenges and benefits to legalizing this substance.” Read more

 

DeLissio encourages support for buying local produce, food

(May 29, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 29 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today released a statement on the importance of buying local produce and the value of PA Preferred, the state-supported agricultural marketing program for food and agricultural products grown, produced or processed in Pennsylvania. “It’s that time of year to start my rounds to the local farmers’ markets in the 194th Legislative District, and I am always impressed and pleased with the fresh produce and goodies I can find,” she said. “This week I stopped by the Bala Cynwyd Farmers' Market at its new location on the Barmouth Trailhead of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. I love bringing the farm to my table; somehow the food just tastes better, and I know it is better for me.” DeLissio added that there are many other organizations devoted to local and fresh produce and products, including Farm to City , a Philadelphia-based program whose goal is to unite communities, families and farmers year-round through good locally grown food. “As a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I am acutely aware of the benefits PA Preferred provides growers and consumers,” DeLissio continued. “By purchasing goods made in Pennsylvania, you are making a difference by instilling pride in our homegrown products and helping our local economy. Many of my farmers’ market buddies sell their PA Preferred products not only roadside, but look Read more

 

Thomas, Acosta offer condolence resolution for slain Philadelphia police officer (with video)

(May 27, 2015)

HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a condolence resolution sponsored by Reps. W. Curtis Thomas and Leslie Acosta, both D-Phila., that honors the life and service of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson, who died in the line of duty in March. Wilson, an 8-year veteran of the force, was at a North Philadelphia GameStop in March to buy his son a reward for his good grades when he was gunned down trying to stop a robbery. "Despite being outgunned and outmanned, Officer Wilson quickly took action that day by drawing the gunmen's attention away from customers and employees still in the store. His quick thinking and heroic deeds surely saved innocent lives that day," Thomas said. "Officer Wilson was a credit to the Philadelphia Police Department and deserves to be recognized for his commitment to serve and protect our citizens." For his valor, Officer Wilson was posthumously promoted to sergeant, and the department's Medal of Valor was renamed in his honor. “We cannot let the unjust and cowardly acts that killed Officer Wilson diminish his accomplishments in life,” Acosta said. “He served as a role model to his children, a hero to his community and a friend to his colleagues. Officer Wilson died serving others, which is how he lived his life as well. We are all indebted to his courageous service.” Officer Wilson's family and fellow Philadelphia Read more

 

Kinsey to host public meetings with Pa. prison secretary, education secretary on May 21, May 27

(May 18, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will host two free, public meetings this month as part of his "A Conversation with the Secretary" series. Kinsey and Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., will host Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel for a discussion of prisons, reintegration services and other services as they relate to the prison system and programs for ex-offenders from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with experts about the realities posed by imprisonment and the resources to help with them. In a second meeting of the series, Kinsey and Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass will host a meeting with Pennsylvania State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the governor’s proposed education budget, the impact it will have on schools, what adequate funding means in Philadelphia, what parents can do to support schools and much more. Read more

 

Francis Pastorious School community meeting is Wednesday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

(May 13, 2015)

Over a year ago, I began meeting with members in the northwest community about changing the name of the Francis Pastorious Mastery Charter School to honor a distinguished citizen, the Honorable David P. Richardson Jr. After a series of meetings with the Pastorious School Advisory Council and the school administration, I’m happy to announce that they voted to recommend a name change to Pastorious Richardson, Mastery Charter School. For the second phase of this project, there will be a communitywide meeting involving students, parents, graduates and neighbors to gauge your opinion of the change. This meeting will be held at 5 p.m. today, at the Pastorious School. I hope to see you there! Read more

 

Kinsey Honors Korean Armistice Anniversary

(May 12, 2015)

HARRISBURG, MAY 12, 2015 - Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honors the 62nd Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement with a unanimously approved resolution in the House of Representatives. Read more

 

4th Annual Voices of the Community scheduled for June 4th; RSVP to speak now

(May 12, 2015)

You are invited to participate in or watch my 4th Annual Voices of the Community 2015-16 PA Budget Hearing event on Thursday, June 4th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Falls Ridge, 4349 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, 19129. If you live or work in the 194th Legislative District, then you are eligible to testify on what you believe the priorities of our state budget should be. My previous years’ hearings have been quite successful, and many constituents have come to express their priorities for the Pennsylvania state budget. Please call my District Office at 215-482-8726 to sign up to share your thoughts. Written testimony is not required. Remarks are limited to 5 minutes per person. All are welcome to attend. Spread the word and bring your neighbors! Read more

 

Driscoll welcomes the Bambies to the Capitol

(May 12, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 12 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., welcomed the St. Hubert Catholic High School For Girls cheerleading team to the state Capitol Monday and presented them with an official citation from the state House of Representatives. "These talented young women and their coach prove what is possible with enough dedication and hard work," Driscoll said. "They should be proud of their accomplishment, and it is an honor to recognize their success." Driscoll honored the Bambies for sending four squads to Orlando in February to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championship. The Bambi Squad took first in the Large Junior Varsity Division for the second year in a row, and the three other squads all had top-10 finishes in their respective divisions. Read more

 

Sims, Davis to reintroduce equal-pay bill as part of Pa. Agenda for Women's Health

(May 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Tina Davis, D-Bucks, will reintroduce equal-pay legislation as part of the bipartisan "Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health" unveiled today by the legislature's Women’s Health Caucus. Sims said, "Moms deserve more than Mother's Day flowers or cards. One thing mothers and all Pennsylvania women desperately need is for the legislature to close the holes in the equal pay law so it actually gets the job done for working women and their families. Wage inequality is not only a detriment to working women, but to families as well. When employers underpay equally qualified female employees, they shortchange our wives, our mothers and our daughters, to the detriment of all.” Sims and Davis will introduce the bill as H.B. 1160. A companion bill in the Senate has been introduced as S.B. 303 . The bills would narrow the definition of determining factors for pay to education, training or experience, while also lifting the veil of pay secrecy and creating protections that permit employees to inquire about salaries without fear of termination. Current law allows for "any factor other than sex" to be a legitimate justification for disparities in pay. Davis said, "Pennsylvania has had an equal-pay law for more than 50 years, but women are still paid on average 54 to 83 cents for every dollar a man makes, depending on which county they live in. Clearly we need to Read more

 

3rd Annual Salute to Veterans is Saturday, May 16

(May 07, 2015)

Please join State Representative Stephen Kinsey and Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass as they host a memorial ceremony and salute to veterans Saturday, May 16 at First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG). The event will include: Bell Ringing Martin Luther King High School ROTC Veteran’s Resource Room Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Information Health Screenings Movie Screening Veteran’s Luncheon Read more

 

Cruz: Give Pa. Families a living wage

(May 06, 2015)

Rep. Angel Cruz talked about the importance of raising the minimum wage for working Pennsylvanians at a press conference on May 5th at the Captiol. View the video below: Read more

 

Bullock to host Environmental Justice Mixer on Thursday
Dec 06, 2016

Philly.com Letters: Not enough needy Pa. families getting help: Bullock
Oct 03, 2016

Bullock, Sturla co-host meeting on Fair Chance Housing
Jul 20, 2016

Bullock to host Policy Committee hearing on Fair Chance Housing Wednesday in Philadelphia
Jul 18, 2016

Harris: People deserve a second chance
Jun 10, 2015

Harris appointed to powerful House Rules Committee
Jun 10, 2015

House adopts Parker resolution honoring fallen female firefighter (with video)
Jun 05, 2015

Dawkins appointed to Judiciary Committee
Jun 05, 2015

Honoring Fallen Female Firefighter
Jun 05, 2015

DeLissio informs constituents on the facts of medical cannabis legalization
Jun 03, 2015

DeLissio encourages support for buying local produce, food
May 29, 2015

Thomas, Acosta offer condolence resolution for slain Philadelphia police officer (with video)
May 27, 2015

Kinsey to host public meetings with Pa. prison secretary, education secretary on May 21, May 27
May 18, 2015

Francis Pastorious School community meeting is Wednesday, May 13 at 5 p.m.
May 13, 2015

Kinsey Honors Korean Armistice Anniversary
May 12, 2015

4th Annual Voices of the Community scheduled for June 4th; RSVP to speak now
May 12, 2015

Driscoll welcomes the Bambies to the Capitol
May 12, 2015

Sims, Davis to reintroduce equal-pay bill as part of Pa. Agenda for Women's Health
May 11, 2015

3rd Annual Salute to Veterans is Saturday, May 16
May 07, 2015

Cruz: Give Pa. Families a living wage
May 06, 2015