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Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosts Juneteenth program

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


McClinton Honors Rosa Parks

(Feb 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton honors the life and legacy of civil rights hero and pioneer Rosa Parks. McClinton sponsored a House Resolution designating Ms. Parks birthday, February 4, 2017, as Rosa Parks Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Pa. House of Representatives. Read more


Bullock: Budget Protects Most Vulnerable

(Feb 07, 2017)

Vice-Chair of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus state Rep. Donna Bullock says that Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal helps our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians by investing in our children's education, helping our seniors and continuing the fight against the opioid epidemic. Read more


Harris Honors City Year

(Feb 06, 2017)

Chairman of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Jordan Harris speaks on his resolution honoring City Year Philadelphia. City Year is a national program of public service that helps high school students graduate and celebrates 20-years of service in the School District of Philadelphia. Read more


Roebuck: Enroll in the ACA Today

(Jan 23, 2017)

At a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall, Pa. state Rep. Jim Roebuck urges people without healthcare to go to www.healthcare.gov and enroll in the Affordable Care Act before the January 31 deadline. Roebuck says that healthcare is a basic human right and is fighting to keep the healthcare system intact. Read more


Harris Leads PLBC in New Session

(Jan 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris was sworn-in as the new Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Harris discusses the priorities and directive of the PLBC for the 2017-18 legislative session. Read more


Harris looking forward to third term

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Jordan Harris today was sworn into office for his third term as representative for the 186th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am thankful my constituents maintain their trust in me,” Harris said. “I will continue to build on that trust and expand on the work that my staff and I accomplished for the 186 th Legislative District.” During his second term, Harris fought for funding for education in Philadelphia, including for Pre-K, and championed legislation that eventually became law to help expunge criminal records of lesser offenders. Harris said he will continue to fight for more education funding, as well as common-sense gun laws and criminal justice reform. In addition to beginning his third, two-year term as state representative, Harris has been named chairman for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “It’s an honor to have been elected to serve as chairman of this very important caucus,” Harris said. “With the upcoming session, I will see to it that the members of the Black Caucus stand united and be the voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania on key issues, including promoting diversity and inclusion in the commonwealth’s workforce Read more


Bullock sworn in to serve 195th Legislative District

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Donna Bullock today was sworn into office as representative for the 195th Legislative District during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue representing and fighting for the residents of the 195 th District, both at home and in Harrisburg,” Bullock said. “We have new challenges ahead in this upcoming session and I am ready to work with my colleagues to bring positive change to the commonwealth.” In addition to beginning her first, full two-year term as state representative, Bullock has been chosen to serve as vice chairwoman for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “I am honored that my peers selected me to serve in this position for such a very important caucus,” said Bullock, D-Phila. Bullock said residents are encouraged to sign up for periodic e-mail updates by registering through her website, www.PaHouse.com/Bullock . Constituents can also stay up to date with news from Harrisburg and Philadelphia by adding her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepDonnaBullock and following her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/RepDonnaBullock . Read more


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


Harris applauds Wolf’s veto of secretive policing bill

(Nov 21, 2016)

Calling it a victory for transparency and police-community relations, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman-elect of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, thanked Gov. Tom Wolf today for vetoing House Bill 1538. Read more


New leadership for Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus ready to advance priorities for African-Americans and people of color

(Nov 16, 2016)

Calling it an extreme honor to have the opportunity to be a strong voice for African-Americans and people of color across the commonwealth, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., was elected Tuesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. 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


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


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


Baltimore events troubling but not surprising

(May 04, 2015)

The events of Baltimore are troubling but not at all surprising. What I wonder today, after watching yet another American city burn is this: who or what, is most responsible for this upheaval? Read more


Kinsey appointed to state Minority Business Development Authority

(Apr 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., has been appointed as the House Democratic member of the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority for the 2015-16 legislative session. The PMBDA offers low-interest loan financing to businesses owned and operated by ethnic minorities. The recommendation to appoint Kinsey was made by House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. "The PMBDA mission is one that aligns with my goals as a state representative," Kinsey said. "I look forward to having a say as I work to help increase the growth and success of minority-owned businesses across the commonwealth. Entrepreneurship is a hard-fought goal for many Pennsylvanians, and I believe that the PMBDA can be that vehicle and play an integral role in helping minorities to realize their dreams. "Minority success in entrepreneurship directly and positively affects Pennsylvania’s economic climate, and the jobs that they create make real differences in the communities we call home." Read more


West Chester University honored for community service

(Apr 21, 2015)

It was my sincere pleasure to host on April 20, 2015, members of the West Chester University student body and faculty, who accepted a House citation for the university’s exemplary community-service accomplishments and for being named in December to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is no small feat. Last year, West Chester Students logged more than 600,000 hours of community service with an undergraduate enrollment of 13,700 students, thanks in part to the courses that integrate community work into curriculum. Two-hundred faculty members included a service component in classes in 2013-14. That’s great work and great learning! Read more


House Celebrates Jazz Month

(Apr 21, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Jake Wheatley hosted the second annual celebration of National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Patty Kim and Rep. Harry Lewis joined Rep. Wheatley in honoring the music genre and those who have made significant contributions to it in the Commonwealth. Read more