Sunrise to sunset fast during June targets hunger, food insecurity

(Jun 01, 2017)

Reps Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey begin their sunrise to sunset fast during June to highlight hunger and food insecurity problems in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Harris on Sickle Cell Advocacy

(May 23, 2017)

Chairman of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus Rep. Jordan Harris spoke to a group of advocates gathered in the State Capitol for Sickle Cell Advocacy Day. Harris encouraged them to speak to as many legislators as possible and to advocate with anyone who will listen for restored funding in the state budget for Sickle Cell resources. Read more

 

Kinsey: Salute to Veterans

(May 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honored the Tuskegee Airmen as part of his Salute to Veterans event held in Germantown's Market Square in Philadelphia. Mr. Nathan Thomas is a documented original Tuskegee Airman who resides in Rep. Kinsey's district. Read more

 

Mental Health Awareness in Black Community

(May 10, 2017)

Vice Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Donna Bullock & Pa. state Rep. Morgan Cephas urge reforms and awareness for access to mental health services in the black community. The Black Brain Campaign is an effort to break the stigma of mental health in the black community through education and advocacy. Read more

 

McClinton on Merit Selection for Judges

(May 09, 2017)

At a recent meeting of the Pa. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Joanna McClinton explains that she is in favor of a bill creating a merit selection system for appellate judges because it creates a more equal opportunity for minorities and women to be on the bench in the Commonwealth's highest courts. Read more

 

Bullock: Fair Housing Equals Opportunity

(Apr 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, with a House Resolution recognizing April 2017 as Fair Housing Month in Pennsylvania. The theme for this year's Fair Housing Month is "Fair Housing Equals Opportunity." Read more

 

Bullock: Stop and Gos Must Go

(Apr 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock hosted a public hearing to discuss ways to work with law enforcement, community leaders and businesses to rid Philadelphia of "Stop and Go" nuisance bars. Read more

 

McClinton: Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness

(Apr 18, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support of her resolution recognizing April 10, 2017 as "National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania. The day of awareness is aimed at reducing infections among young people nationwide. Read more

 

Kinsey Honors Jackie Robinson

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey co-sponsored a House Resolution honoring the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson and celebrating April 15, 2017 as the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Read more

 

McClinton: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in South West Philadelphia for a discussion on reforming the pretrial and bail procedures in Pennsylvania. Many inmates are stuck in jail because they have pretrial issues or simply cannot afford bail which not only increases costs for taxpayers, but also has a human cost for the incarcerated and their families. Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties have instituted some reforms that have seen positive results and McClinton is looking to apply that statewide. Read more

 

Bullock: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock attended a House Democratic Policy Committee in South West Philadelphia for a discussion on reforming the pretrial and bail procedures in Pennsylvania. Many inmates are stuck in jail because they have pretrial issues or simply cannot afford bail which not only increases costs for taxpayers, but also has a human cost for the incarcerated and their families. Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties have instituted some reforms that have seen positive results and Bullock is looking to apply that statewide. Read more

 

Harris: House mandatory minimums bill would repeat failures of past

(Apr 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 5 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, strongly opposed a bill the House passed today (H.B. 741) that would revive several mandatory minimum sentences that have been struck down in the courts. "Mandatory minimums don't work. Between 1980 and 1995, when mandatory minimums were popular and in full effect here and in other states, violent crime actually increased nearly 20 percent," Harris said. "Mandatory minimums silence the voice of the voters who elect judges, not robots. Mandatory minimums remove discretion – just as with hats, one size does not fit all. "And apparently many of those who voted for mandatory minimums don't actually want to fund them. House Republicans also passed a budget this week that would cut $130 million more from the Corrections Department than the governor's budget would – even though the mandatory minimum bill would add another $66 million to $85 million per year in costs! For the same amount this bill would cost, we could provide drug treatment for more than 9,000 people." Harris said he hopes the state Senate will take a wiser approach. "I've been working on criminal justice reform with members of both parties in the House and Senate, as well as groups that range from progressive to conservative. There's strong public support in Pennsylvania for criminal justice reform and I still believe Read more

 

Harris: Mandatory Minimums Do Not Work

(Apr 05, 2017)

Chairman of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Jordan Harris argues against reinstating mandatory minimum sentencing for certain crimes in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Kinsey Celebrates Urban League of Philadelphia

(Apr 04, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey congratulates the Urban League of Philadelphia on over 100 years of advocacy for African-Americans and other minorities. Read more

 

Bullock: Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay

(Apr 04, 2017)

On April 4, Equal Pay Day, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock rallied at the State Capitol for measures that will ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day's work. Read more

 

McClinton: Stop-and-Gos Must Go

(Mar 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is working to rid Philadelphia of Stop-and-Go establishments that are a detriment on neighborhoods and families. McClinton attended the first of a series of public meetings across Philadelphia seeking information and resources on how to eliminate the negative impact of these illegal businesses. Read more

 

Kinsey: Respect & Dignity for Those Living with Disabilities

(Mar 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey co-sponsored a House Resolution that designates March 2017 as Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Kinsey hopes that bringing awareness to the prejudice and barriers faced by those living with disabilities we can ensure that they are provided with the dignity, respect and accommodations they deserve. Read more

 

Harris welcomes positive Pa. poll on criminal justice reform, progress on 'Clean Slate' legislation

(Mar 22, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 22 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, welcomed a new poll out today that shows strong, bipartisan support among Pennsylvanians for criminal justice reform. "People make mistakes, but everyone deserves the right to demonstrate that they’ve learned from that mistake and are willing to change their ways," Harris said. "That’s one of the reasons why over 88 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans in the state agree that it doesn’t matter how long people are in jail, it matters that they don’t commit a crime when they return back to their communities. We need to take action and work on legislation that will improve public safety and put people back to work." Harris also welcomed the news that more than half the state Senate is co-sponsoring "Clean Slate" legislation being introduced by Sens. Scott Wagner, R-York, and Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Phila./Delaware. Harris and Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, are seeking House co-sponsors for the legislation, which would automatically seal the records for certain nonviolent offenses if the person hasn't committed another crime. Harris was instrumental in passing Act 5 of 2016, which provides a process for sealing low-level, non-violent misdemeanors. Harris said the new legislation he's advocating would improve on Act 5, which requires former offenders to petition the court. Read more

 

McClinton: Mandatory Minimums Don't Work

(Mar 21, 2017)

In a Pa. House Judiciary Committee meeting, state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks out against legislation that would reintroduce mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses. Read more

 

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

(Mar 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 21 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, hosted an entrepreneurial inclusion summit Monday in the Capitol complex . The event recognized Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Day in Harrisburg. Wheatley addressed the participants and highlighted the quest for equality in bidding for state contracts, which began in the 1980s with a select committee that was established by then-state Rep. Gordon Linton of Philadelphia. "Has the state progressed?" Wheatley asked. "Yes, but we still have real work to do." Wheatley concluded his remarks with the acknowledgement that minority business owners are, "not looking for a handout, but actually looking for people to get out of their way." Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila., pointed out that minority business owners are equal to any others. "When the playing field is level, we will excel," he said. Women's Caucus Chairwoman Margo Davidson, D-Phila., recognized the growth in the number of woman-owned businesses, from 8 million to 10 million over the last decade. Following the remarks, minority business owners from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, shared in a networking luncheon with a number of state agencies and then were recognized in the House chamber before visiting individual legislators. State agencies that participated in the networking luncheon included: the departments of Community Read more