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Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Kinsey Honors the late Rep. David P. Richardson, Jr.

(Oct 31, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honored the legacy of public service of the late Honorable David P. Richardson, Jr., a giant in the Northwest Philadelphia community of Germantown, with the addition of his name to the now Pastorius-Richardson Elementary School. Richardson was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus in 1973. Read more

 

Harris Working for Good Jobs

(Sep 26, 2018)

Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Jordan Harris, is working with the Pa. Public Utilities Commission to help people find good jobs in the utility sector with the website http://www.pautilitycareers.com. Read more

 

Harris: Punishment Does Not Fit the Crime

(Sep 25, 2018)

Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Jordan Harris, argues in a meeting of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee that a bill which would level a felony charge for criminal trespass in a critical infrastructure facility equates that crime to premeditated murder which seems unjust. Read more

 

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauded the announcement made today by Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $1.5 million in funding will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence. "The crisis created by the illegal gun violence epidemic cannot be averted without those on the frontlines of this fight having access to the resources and tools needed to do the work of healing those affected,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., PLBC chairman. “The PLBC is proud to stand with Governor Wolf as we begin to ensure that our communities have the support and tools needed to begin to address this public health crisis." “The PLBC has been working hard to address gun violence in our community as a public health issue, because we understood that resources follow public health concerns. Today’s grant is a result of our collective work with Governor Wolf, city officials, and local advocates,” said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC. “As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I hope to bring more resources to Philadelphia to address gun violence in and around our schools.” “It is no secret there is a gun violence epidemic in the commonwealth. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points in between, shootings are taking lives one or two at a time, destroying our communities and families,” said state Rep. Chris Read more

 

Kinsey: $1 million grant for WES health service hub and headquarters

(Sep 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is pleased to announce that WES Corp. has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to build a state of the art medical service hub and headquarters on 13th Street. “I’m thrilled to see WES getting this grant,” Kinsey said. “This money will help them fulfill and grow their mission of promoting the total wellness of our neighbors. As a state representative, it is my job to make health resources more accessible and affordable for people. I’m proud to take part in the amazing job WES is doing to improve the well-being of our communities.” The project includes a new four-story office building to hold corporate and service staff. It will also host medical offices to service behavioral health needs, outpatient clinics, patient direct services, underground parking and complementary business services including daycare and retail services. The RACP grant program is administered by the governor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth with new jobs. Read more

 

McClinton welcomes 120 students during Back to School event in Darby

(Sep 06, 2018)

DARBY, Sept. 6 – To help students get the tools they need to have a successful school year, state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted her 2nd Annual Back to School Resource Fair at the Darby Borough Recreation Center. “Our students are in line to become the next generation of leaders,” McClinton said. “That is why we have to provide them with the resources they need to lead. My Back to School Resource Fair is just one of the many initiatives I have to ensure that our younger residents are successful.” McClinton added more than 100 families attended the fair and 120 children received supplies and book bags to start the school year strong. Students also received free haircuts and styles from Yasmeen’s Clean Cuts and BBC Beauty Academy. There were 20 local exhibitors in attendance – including representatives from Aetna, Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Maternity Care Coalition and the William Penn School District – providing information on health care and school safety to attendees. McClinton was joined by Mayor Helen Thomas, Darby Borough Council President Darlene Hill, Council members Darren Burrell and Donald Deigh, Darby Police Chief Robert Smythe and Lieutenant Joseph Gabe. “I would like to thank our corporate sponsors as well as the residents of the 191st Legislative District. With their help, the event was a success, and several students now have Read more

 

McClinton to host Senior Appreciation Fair Sept. 7

(Aug 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host her “Healthy From Head to Toe” Senior Appreciation Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Presbyterian Homes, 2050 S. 58th St., 19143. The event will offer screenings and other health-related services, resources from area agencies such as insurance and health-care providers, a senior fitness class, dance competitions and musical guests. Seniors also will have an opportunity to have their picture taken for their SEPTA Key ID card. Lunch will be provided. "This is a great opportunity to meet with a number of agencies and companies that cater to our wisest neighbors – senior citizens," McClinton said. "I look forward to meeting many of our seniors as we pursue healthier lives together!” McClinton and her staff also will provide seniors with information and tools to help live healthy lives. For more information, constituents can call McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

Joint state legislative hearing at SCI-Dallas focuses on prison reform

(Aug 23, 2018)

DALLAS, Aug. 23 – A joint state House-Senate Democratic Legislative Policy Committee hearing was held Wednesday at the State Correctional Institute in Luzerne County to discuss proposals aimed at reforming the state’s justice and prison systems. Held at SCI-Dallas at the request of Rep. Jordan Harris, Rep. Donna Bullock and Sen. Sharif Street, all D-Phila., the hearing focused on S.B. 942 that would provide the possibility of parole for model prisoners serving life sentences. The legislation would enable someone sentenced to life imprisonment to be considered for parole after spending at least 15 years in prison. The state Board of Probation and Parole could still reject parole requests from those who do not deserve it or pose a safety risk to the public. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., has introduced companion legislation ( H.B. 135 ) in the House of Representatives. Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and co-sponsor of the recently-enacted clean slate law, said: “Yesterday's policy hearing and tour of SCI-Dallas was a historic moment. Both House and Senate Democratic Policy committees along with the PLBC joined to hear from a group of constituents often forgotten about. In this time of fiscal crisis, it's the legislature's responsibility to ensure that we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. There is much cost saving that can come from the Department of Corrections while keeping communities safe. Lengthy yet Read more

 

McClinton annual Back to School Community Resource Fair is Sept. 4

(Aug 13, 2018)

DARBY, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Delaware County Back to School Community Resource Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby. "I love seeing children so excited to start the school year," McClinton said. "I want to encourage that excitement with the school supplies giveaway. The kids aren’t just receiving pens or notebooks. They are being empowered to succeed in school, and when they succeed, we as a community succeed.” Local vendors will provide free haircuts and hairstyles in addition to the free school supplies. Refreshments will be available. “It is a priority that parents and students have access to the critical resources they need to thrive,” McClinton said. “My staff and I will be there to talk to residents about how to improve education in the district, as well as answer any state-related questions they may have.” McClinton said students must reside in the 191 st Legislative District , which includes parts of Philadelphia and all of Darby and part of Yeadon in Delaware County, and must be present to receive school supplies. For more information, call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Read more

 

Roebuck, Policy Committee discuss free college tuition legislation (with video)

(Aug 09, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at Temple University on the PA Promise Act, his legislation that would provide free tuition for students attending Pennsylvania’s community colleges, state system universities, and state-related institutions. Roebuck was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed H.B. 2444 , which would remove substantial financial burdens on students and their families and make college more affordable. “Free tuition makes sense. The success is proven. The pressures of getting into a good college can be stressful. The overwhelming cost that comes with it should not be one of them,” Roebuck said. “Graduates should be able to concentrate on getting good jobs and starting families, not be concerned with drowning in debt for years to come. And it is our duty to help create that reality.” Sturla added, “Pennsylvania families are afforded the right to an excellent and thorough public education in their state constitution, but when it comes to higher education many of students are still unable to afford it. As policymakers, we must understand that investments in education are the key to move our state forward. Having people ready to fill the jobs that businesses and corporations are offering will create an enormous economic opportunity Read more

 

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss new ideas on probation reform (with video)

(Aug 08, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Philadelphia City Hall on probation reform. McClinton was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed initiatives and potential legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s probation policies, reduce recidivism, create reforms and give returning citizens a second chance and save taxpayer dollars. “For far too long administrations and policymakers have enforced probation and parole as a measure of public safety, but it didn’t work. Pennsylvania has the highest parole rate in the nation and nearly one third of our prison’s beds are occupied by citizens who don’t pose a threat to their communities,” McClinton said. “We must reverse the equation by redirecting the hundreds of millions we currently spend in prisons into the resources returning citizens need to succeed.” Sturla added, “This is the beginning of a comprehensive strategy to move probation reform forward. This issue also affects our institutions as probation and parole officers struggle to manage increasing caseloads. Thanks to Representative McClinton for taking the lead on this important conversation.” The committee heard testimony from Christian Stephens, deputy secretary for field services, Pennsylvania Read more

 

Cephas, Policy Committee discuss court ruling on unions, impact on women

(Aug 08, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the District 1199 Union Hall on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and its impact on women. Cephas was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed how the Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 decision threatens worker rights and all working families, particularly women of color. Cephas said labor unions have helped women of all backgrounds close gaps in pay and career advancement. Letting government workers benefit from union representation without paying union fees would make many institutions across the country smaller and poorer in the next few years. “My mother raised four young girls on her own and struggled with her wage, leave and her rights. She couldn’t fight the battles on her own, but her union was there for her,” Cephas said. “Unions lifted my mother and other women out of poverty. They were a vehicle for women of color to gain access to the middle class. It is our duty to continue the fight against powerful corporate special interests.” Sturla added, “The U.S. Supreme Court ruling dealt a blow to unions, but that will not stop the effort of helping working people in Pennsylvania obtain health care benefits, safe working Read more

 

Roebuck to hold Policy Committee hearing on college affordability Thursday in Philadelphia

(Aug 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 6 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the PA Promise Act, legislation that would provide free tuition for students attending Pennsylvania’s community colleges, state system universities, and state-related institutions. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Temple University, Shusterman Hall, 1834 Liacouras Walk, 19122. Roebuck requested the hearing to gather insight on innovative ways to reduce the financial burden on Pennsylvania’s students and their families, and provide support for the state’s community colleges and universities. Roebuck will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Mark Price, labor economist, Keystone Research Center 10:40 a.m. Panel from higher education: Dr. Chae Sweet, dean of liberal studies, Community College of Philadelphia Dr. Ivan Turnipseed, professor and coordinator – hotel, restaurant and tourism management, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Mark Rimple, professor, music theory and composition, and APSCUF chapter president, West Chester University of Pennsylvania 11:20 a.m. Closing remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Read more

 

McClinton to hold Policy Committee hearing on probation reform Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Aug 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on probation reform. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Philadelphia City Hall, City Council Chambers (Room 400), 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, 19107. McClinton requested the hearing to discuss potential legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s probation policies, reduce recidivism, create reforms and give returning citizens a second chance and save taxpayer dollars. McClinton will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel: Christian Stephens, deputy secretary for field services, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Helene Placey, executive director, County Chief Adult Probation & Parole Officers Association Holly Harris, executive director, Justice Action Network 2:50 p.m. Panel: Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney Mark Houldin, policy director, Defender Association of Philadelphia Leslie Jones, policy and advocacy director, Montgomery County Public Defender Office, and member, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 3:30 p.m. Panel of parolees John Thompson Crystal Walker 3:50 Read more

 

Cephas to host Policy Committee hearing about Janus vs. AFSCME ruling’s impact on women of color Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Aug 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on how a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on unions impacts women of color. The hearing will be held at noon Tuesday, Aug. 7 at District 1199 Union Hall, 1319 Locust St., 19107. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss the Janus vs. AFSCME case and how the justices’ ruling against unions affects women of color. According to the National Women’s Law Center, Women represented by a union are paid 15 percent more than those who are not, and women of color represented by unions are closer to closing the wage gap with black women making 77 cents and Latina women making 75 cents to every dollar white men make. Cephas will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 12 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 12:10 p.m. Panel One: • Amal Bass, staff attorney, Women’s Law Project • Representative from POWER 12:40 p.m. Panel of union leaders: • Chris Woods, executive vice president, District 1199C • Bonnee Breese Bentum, board member, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers • Lynn Read more

 

PLBC helps Cheyney University establish new research institute

(Jul 31, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, has released the following statement on today's announcement of a new research institute at Cheyney University: "I would like to congratulate Cheyney University on its establishing the Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience at the campus. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus was pleased to play the leading role in bringing the Starbucks Foundation and Cheyney together, and we hope this partnership will benefit everyone involved. "Today's announcement is a welcome one as it shows that Cheyney, our nation's first historically black college or university (HBCU), and a jewel of the Pennsylvania system, is on its way back to prominence. This Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience will serve as not only a think tank for the African American community but also a place where implementable solutions are developed. What better place than Cheyney for such an endeavor? "Thank you to our Governor Tom Wolf, Chair of the Board of Governors for the State System Cynthia Shapira, Chair of the Council of Trustees Robert Bogle, Cheyney President Aaron Walton and all other partners and supporters. Most importantly, thank you to the students, faculty, staff and alumni who have never given up on Cheyney University, a university that will not die, for its value in the African American community and the Read more

 

McClinton to cohost free shredding event Aug. 4 in Darby

(Jul 23, 2018)

DARBY, July 23 – In her continued effort to protect constituents and their identities, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will cohost a free shredding event with Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, in partnership with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Mercy Fitzgerald East Campus, 1515 Lansdowne Ave. in Darby. Constituents are encouraged to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial items, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. “With the threat of identity theft everywhere, especially online, I want to make sure people are educated about this issue,” said McClinton. “Improper disposal of old documents is a leading cause of identity theft, and we’re bringing constituents the best defense against becoming a victim of this of crime by organizing shredding events.” Staff members from the offices of McClinton and Williams also will provide help with state issues such as applying for PennDOT materials, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more

 

Rabb to host Health Fair and Mammogram Event

(Jul 11, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 11 – In his continued effort to promote health and well-being of constituents in the 200th Legislative District, state Rep. Chris Rabb will host a Summer Health Fair and Mammogram event. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at his satellite office located at Wadsworth Library, 1500 Wadsworth Ave., 19150. Various community groups will be present to provide blood pressure screenings, healthy food samples and information about choosing and living a healthy lifestyle. Fox Chase Cancer Center also will be in attendance with its mammography van. Women may receive a mammogram if they are 40 or older, have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months and if they get a prescription from their physician to give to the technician. “Whether it’s a family member, friend or colleague, many of us know someone who has battled breast cancer,” Rabb said. “Early detection is so important, so I urge all eligible women to make an appointment to get a lifesaving screening.” Women interested in scheduling a screening should contact Debra Resnick at (215) 214-1682. Space is limited. Read more

 

Legislators offer ways to improve police-community relations

(Jun 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., along with Austin Davis, Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley, all D-Allegheny, and other members from across the state, offered solutions on how to restore public trust and improve the professionalism of law enforcement, during a news conference today held at the Capitol. They hoped taking action will help improve police and community relations. The lawmakers unveiled a framework for legislative action, including three main initiatives: Establishing a licensing board or commission, similar to nearly every other professional occupation from doctors and lawyers to barbers, that would be able to independently take action regarding individuals’ ability to participate in that profession. They believe law enforcement should be no different. Creating a bipartisan caucus to bring policymakers together to offer ideas and best practices from across the commonwealth Enacting legislation similar to laws that apply to teachers, so that any incidents or transgressions related to their employment can be shared with potential employers. “As a parent, none of us want to ever bury a child,” said Wheatley, who is also Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “We want to find ways on how we can prevent and possibly eliminate police shootings of unarmed men and women, particularly those of color.” The news conference was held almost a week after the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 01, 2018

Kinsey Honors the late Rep. David P. Richardson, Jr.
Oct 31, 2018

Harris Working for Good Jobs
Sep 26, 2018

Harris: Punishment Does Not Fit the Crime
Sep 25, 2018

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives
Sep 07, 2018

Kinsey: $1 million grant for WES health service hub and headquarters
Sep 07, 2018

McClinton welcomes 120 students during Back to School event in Darby
Sep 06, 2018

McClinton to host Senior Appreciation Fair Sept. 7
Aug 29, 2018

Joint state legislative hearing at SCI-Dallas focuses on prison reform
Aug 23, 2018

McClinton annual Back to School Community Resource Fair is Sept. 4
Aug 13, 2018

Roebuck, Policy Committee discuss free college tuition legislation (with video)
Aug 09, 2018

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss new ideas on probation reform (with video)
Aug 08, 2018

Cephas, Policy Committee discuss court ruling on unions, impact on women
Aug 08, 2018

Roebuck to hold Policy Committee hearing on college affordability Thursday in Philadelphia
Aug 06, 2018

McClinton to hold Policy Committee hearing on probation reform Wednesday in Philadelphia
Aug 03, 2018

Cephas to host Policy Committee hearing about Janus vs. AFSCME ruling’s impact on women of color Tuesday in Philadelphia
Aug 02, 2018

PLBC helps Cheyney University establish new research institute
Jul 31, 2018

McClinton to cohost free shredding event Aug. 4 in Darby
Jul 23, 2018

Rabb to host Health Fair and Mammogram Event
Jul 11, 2018

Legislators offer ways to improve police-community relations
Jun 26, 2018