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Bullock: School Breakfast Program is Important

(Mar 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock speaks on her resolution recognizing the week of March 6 through 10, 2017, as "National School Breakfast Week" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Wheatley, Hughes, PLBC and Women's Caucus hosting Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event March 20 in Harrisburg

(Mar 17, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, March 17 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, is hosting an entrepreneurial inclusion summit at 11:15 a.m. in the Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg. Sen. Vincent Hughes, the Women's Caucus and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus also are participating in the event. They will be joined by Stephen Bradley, chairman, Philadelphia African American Chamber of Commerce, and Shariah Brown, chairman, African American Chamber of Commerce of central Pennsylvania. Minority business owners from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia are expected to participate in the event. The MWDBE program is designed to encourage minority, women and other disadvantaged business owners to bid for and compete in state and local government bidding opportunities. In addition to the media event, the attendees will join in a networking luncheon with a number of state agencies and then be recognized in the House chamber before visiting individual legislators in Harrisburg. State agencies expected to participate in the networking luncheon include: the departments of Community and Economic Development, Conservation and Natural Resources, Corrections, General Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Transportation; the Game Commission; Gaming Control Board; Liquor Control Board; Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the Turnpike Commission. ### Read more

 

Cephas: We Need a Pa. That Works for All of Us

(Mar 09, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas talks about the needs of her "middle neighborhoods" in West Philadelphia, including growing the local economy, improving social services for working families and those with disabilities. Cephas also talks about the importance of early education programs and the need to fund them properly. Read more

 

Gainey on Technical and Job Training

(Mar 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey takes with the Pa. Secretary of Education about guiding high school curriculum for technical and occupational education for CTEs and higher education institutions to better prepare our students to compete in a global economy. Read more

 

Cephas Hosts Fire Safety Meeting

(Mar 03, 2017)

Following a rash of house fires in her district, Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas hosted a public meeting with the Philadelphia Fire Department and other local groups to help people learn about fire safety and how to keep their families safe. Read more

 

Kinsey Wraps Up 2nd Week of Hearings on Pa Budget

(Mar 03, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey discusses some of the insight he gained from the second week of Appropriations Committee hearings on the state budget proposal, including Liquor Control on closing "stop-and-go's," the public Utilities Commission on the proposed rate hike by PGW, Dept. of Corrections and increasing tourism in Northwest Philadelphia. Read more

 

Bullock Wraps Up 2nd Week of Hearings on Pa Budget

(Mar 03, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks about some of things she took out of the second week of Appropriations Committee hearings on the Pa. state budget proposal, including how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock: Compassionate Response to Drug Epidemic

(Mar 01, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talks to the Pa. Dept. of Health about their reaction to the state's opioid epidemic and how the department is serving special populations in the community. Read more

 

Harris, PLBC condemn recent acts of hate

(Feb 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said today, "The members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus condemn the hate crimes that are on the rise lately, including the disgusting vandalism at a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery, the threats to several Jewish community centers in Pennsylvania and the horrific shooting of two Indians in Kansas and another man who came to their aid. "We stand with our Jewish and Indian brothers and sisters, and all who have been victimized by these acts of hate. An attack on one is an attack on all, and those responsible for these acts must be brought to justice." ### Read more

 

Rabb Community Forum a Success

(Feb 27, 2017)

Treasurer of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Chris Rabb hosted a community forum titled "Where We Go From Here." The meeting gave an opportunity for community members to network with each other and generate ideas on how to improve neighborhoods, communities, the city, the state and the nation. Over 200 people attended the forum, held at the Masjidullah Center for Human Excellence. Read more

 

Bullock on Environmental Justice

(Feb 27, 2017)

Citing the Dr. Seuss character, The Lorax, as inspiration, Vice Chairwoman of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus state Rep. Donna Bullock talks with the Acting Secretary of the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection about the mission and work of the Office of Environmental Justice. Read more

 

Kinsey a Voice for the Vulnerable

(Feb 27, 2017)

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey continues to fight for social services funding that serve the most vulnerable, and a quality education for all Pennsylvania students. Read more

 

Bullock Investigates Diversity in Gov. Workforce

(Feb 27, 2017)

During hearings on the state budget, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock continues to investigate with state agencies and departments their hiring practices and the diversity of their workforce. Read more

 

Kinsey: Review of Budget Hearings First Week

(Feb 24, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks about what he's gathered from the first week of hearings on Pennsylvania's 2017-18 state budget proposal. Read more

 

Bullock: Review of Budget Hearings First Week

(Feb 24, 2017)

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus Vice-Chairwoman Rep. Donna Bullock wraps up a busy first week of hearings on the proposed state budget for 2017-18. Bullock continues to work for Pennsylvania's working families and most vulnerable people int he budget process. Read more

 

Kinsey: Future Plans for Cheyney University & PaSSHE Schools

(Feb 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey discusses strengthening enrollment at Pa. State Schools of Higher Education campuses during an Appropriations Committee hearing on the 2017-18 state budget proposal. Kinsey also asks about leadership at Cheyney University and the future of the state's only historically Black University. Read more

 

Bullock: State Schools Give Chance for Success

(Feb 23, 2017)

Access to a high-quality education provides an opportunity for success for young people, lifting them out of low- or middle-class lives. Pa. Legislative Black Caucus Vice-Chairwoman Rep. Donna Bullock asked the Chancellor of the Pa. State System of Higher Education (PaSSHE) for his take on the racist and disparaging remarks recently made by Pa. Senate Education Committee chairman Eichelberger concerning minority students. Chancellor Brogan assured us that PaSSHE schools exist to provide opportunity for students of any color, from all socioeconomic levels and all backgrounds. Read more

 

Kinsey Fighting for Priorities in State Budget

(Feb 21, 2017)

As three weeks of House Appropriations Committee public hearings on the state budget begin, Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks about the process and his priorities for Philadelphia in the spending plan. Read more

 

Cephas Targeting Liquor Enforcement

(Feb 15, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas is introducing legislation that would close loopholes on "nuisance" establishments which sell liquor and beer in residential neighborhoods, lowering the quality of life for the community. Cephas is launching a liquor enforcement task force that will look at other ways to reduce the negative impact of these businesses on residents. Read more

 

PLBC accepting scholarship applications

(Feb 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, has announced the PLBC’s annual scholarship competition is open for the 2017-18 school year. The scholarships are available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. Harris said the students applying for the scholarship must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 250-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC plans to award at least 10 scholarships this year. Each scholarship will be $1,000. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit www.pahouse.com/plbc and click on the Scholarships tab. If they have any additional questions about the PLBC Scholarship Program, applicants can contact Harris’ office at (717) 772-6955. The deadline to submit an application is Saturday, April 22. Read more