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Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosts Juneteenth program

McClinton announces appointment of deputy caucus chairs

(Feb 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the appointment of four legislators to serve in the newly-created role of deputy caucus chair for the 2019-2020 legislative session. The newly appointed deputy caucus chairs are: State Rep. Morgan Cephas, Philadelphia County State Rep. Ed Gainey, Allegheny County State Rep. Frank Burns, Cambria County State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, Lehigh County “As the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the House Democratic Caucus chair, I am committed to ensuring that our new members have the information and mentorship they need to best serve their communities. I also know it is equally important to work hand-in-hand with our experienced members to better meet the needs of all of our constituents. For those reasons, I’m grateful to be joined in this effort by four deputy caucus chairs who represent a cross-section of our caucus in terms of gender, race and geographic location,” McClinton said. In their new roles, the deputy caucus chairs will work closely with the 24 new members of the House Democratic Caucus to provide peer mentoring in areas such as messaging, legislative goals, district office outreach and constituent services. The deputy caucus chairs will also work with McClinton to prepare special informational presentations for legislators and to encourage all members to routinely attend daily caucus meetings Read more

 

Know your rights regarding housing issues

(Feb 25, 2019)

I’m inviting you to learn about your rights by attending my Housing: Know Your Rights event on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berean Presbyterian Church, 2101 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, 19122. Renters and homeowners can receive information on their rights as well as on a number of state-related programs, such as help to heat your home and assistance with rent or property taxes. Read more

 

Bullock Fights For Diversity in PSP

(Feb 25, 2019)

During a House Budget Hearing in Harrisburg, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock questioned the lack of diversity in the Pennsylvania State Police. She discussed why it’s critical to have troopers of all different backgrounds. Read more

 

PLBC hosted a Tuskegee Airmen program for Black History Month

(Feb 25, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 23 - State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosted a Black History Month program to celebrate the Tuskegee Airmen and women. "The Tuskegee Airmen and women proved everyone who doubted the leadership skills of black Americans wrong,” Kinsey said. “Before the civil rights movement began to form, these heroes helped open doors for black Americans in the military and beyond.” The event featured a panel discussion with Tuskegee Airmen and women from the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., including Nathan O. Thomas, Dr. Eugene Richardson, and Alma Bailey. The panel was hosted by Junious R. Stanton. There were also performances by the Kappa Concert Choir and dance selections from Sanaa Sewell, a fifth grader from the Mathematics Science and Civics Charter School. Read more

 

Burgos Celebrates Dominican Independence Day

(Feb 19, 2019)

As the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos gave the keynote address in Harrisburg to honor 175 years of independence for the Dominican Republic. He explains the legislation he’s working on to help people of all backgrounds achieve the American Dream. Read more

 

Bullock Pushes for Community Solar

(Feb 19, 2019)

At a Capitol news conference, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock promotes legislation enabling community solar projects in Pennsylvania. In community solar, participants can subscribe to a portion of an offsite solar project and receive credit on their electricity bill for the power produced, just as if the panels were on their roof. Read more

 

Rabb to host annual millennial brunch

(Feb 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 15 – In his continued effort to connect with young people in his district, state Rep. Chris Rabb announced he will host his third annual millennial brunch from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Mt. Airy Nexus, 520 Carpenter Lane, 19119. Rabb said the brunch is a great opportunity for residents, students, activists and leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 to gather for food and networking and to get information about what they can do to improve their schools, help fight crime and improve their neighborhood. Residents interested in attending are urged to call Rabb’s office at 215-242-7300. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to host Tuskegee Airmen program for Black History Month

(Feb 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host a Black History Month program to celebrate the Tuskegee Airmen. The ceremony will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119. "The Tuskegee Airmen’s excellent combat record served as an example to all who doubted the leadership skills of black Americans'” Kinsey said. “Even before the civil rights movement took shape, these heroes helped open doors for black Americans in the military and beyond.” The event will feature a panel discussion with members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen hosted by Junious R. Stanton. Speakers include Tuskegee Airmen and women Nathan O. Thomas, Dr. Eugene Richardson, Bertram Levy and Alma Bailey. Read more

 

Today's moment in Black History

(Feb 14, 2019)

Cathay Williams was the first and only known female Buffalo Soldier during the Civil War. Read more

 

Today's moment in Black History

(Feb 13, 2019)

On this date in 1920, Andrew "Rube" Foster organized the first successful black baseball league at a YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Foster also served as its president. Read more

 

Bullock Fights For Quality Schools

(Feb 12, 2019)

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Today's moment in Black History

(Feb 11, 2019)

Nelson Mandela was released from prison on this day in 1990 after spending 27 years as a political prisoner of the racist South African government. He became the country's first black president in 1994. Read more

 

Today's moment in Black History

(Feb 08, 2019)

Harry S. McAlpin became the first African-American journalist to be admitted to a white house press conference on this day in 1944. Read more

 

Kenyatta praises federal Green New Deal proposal (with video)

(Feb 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today applauded the announcement of a federal initiative to combat climate change across the nation. “The Green New Deal proposed today by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is an ambitious and aggressive beginning in the fight against climate change. From record rainfall and deadly wildfires to frigid cold temperatures, these unusual weather patterns are a constant indication that climate change is real and we need to act fast. “Today’s announcement also serves as a reminder that the Pennsylvania General Assembly must look to itself and redouble its efforts on climate change, renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions in the commonwealth. Last summer, Philadelphians dealt with several days of scorching heat, resulting in an increase in pollution and poor air quality and creating breathing difficulties for the young and old. The decline in our climate and increase in pollution is a social justice issue that hits poor and working-class communities the hardest. “The legislature could start by supporting legislation, of which I am a cosponsor, written by my Philadelphia colleague state Representative Chris Rabb. The bill would transition the commonwealth to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 . He and I, along with many of our fellow lawmakers, agree the change must start now. “I also stood today with Read more

 

Today's moment in Black History

(Feb 07, 2019)

Dr. J. Robert Gladden forged a great path for other Black orthopedic surgeons after becoming the first board-certified African-American surgeon in 1949. Read more

 

Today's moment in Black History

(Feb 06, 2019)

NBA legend Michael Jordan soared into basketball history in 1988 with his unique slam dunk, taking off from the free throw line. The stunning feat earned him the moniker "Air Jordan" and the creation of the Jumpman logo. Read more

 

Cephas: Wolf’s proposed budget will be good for Philadelphia

(Feb 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 proposed budget. “Recently, my colleagues in the Philadelphia House Delegation stood together to announce our plan to reduce poverty in Philadelphia,” Cephas said. “House Democrats are on the same page as Governor Wolf when it comes to helping our most vulnerable citizens get back on their feet while avoiding new taxes.” Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes: • No new taxes. • A new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. • A minimum wage increase to $12 per hour. • Lowering the age of mandatory school attendance from 8 to 6. • Increasing the dropout age from 17 to 18. • A study on the benefits of providing free full-day kindergarten to all children 5 and older. • $200 million more for basic education. • $50 million more for pre-K and Head Start. • $50 million more for special education. • $7 million more for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. • $8 million in one-time grants for community college students/graduates working in Pennsylvania. “This is the first step in a long budget review process and I look forward to learning more details through my committee roles this session,” Cephas said. “I want to make sure that the final budget continues to reflect the values Read more

 

Today's moment in Black History

(Feb 05, 2019)

Bob Douglas became the first African-American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the founder of the New York Renaissance basketball team and was nicknamed the "Father of Black Professional Basketball." Read more

 

Kenyatta eager to start working on governor’s 2019-20 budget proposal

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., released the following statement about the 2019-20 budget proposal presented today by Gov. Tom Wolf: “I’m thankful to Governor Wolf for outlining his budget priorities and I’m excited to work with him to ensure the voices of the 181 st District are heard in the process. I’m heartened that the governor has once again requested an increase in funding for education; including $200 million for basic education and $7 million for higher learning. In Philadelphia and across the commonwealth, every child deserves a high-quality education and safe school, no matter what ZIP code they live in. These are our kids and this is our obligation. “ Eradicating poverty is the moral and economic issue of our generation and raising wages for the poor and working class people of Pennsylvania is my top priority. I am pleased Governor Wolf wants to begin to make it a reality. By raising the minimum wage, it would enable thousands of people to transition out of poverty and save the commonwealth nearly $120 million, but I know we can and must go further. “We have to also protect our water and air. I look forward to working with him to make sure we fully fund our agencies such as DEP and ask natural gas drillers to pay their fair share, so we can invest in our aging infrastructure across the commonwealth. “Working across chambers and across the aisle we can get big things done for Read more