Rabb announces $200,000 state grant for Mt.-Airy-based Trades for a Difference

(May 14, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, May 14 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced the awarding of a $200,000 state education grant for Trades for a Difference, which is based in the Mt. Airy neighborhood. "I'm pleased to announce this grant for an organization that's already made a difference in East Mt. Airy by converting a former nuisance bar into a community learning hub, for example," Rabb said. "The goal of Trades for a Difference’s project is to prepare today’s youth for careers in the building trades so they can land family-sustaining jobs. Through a unique combination of hands-on experiences, technology-based learning, strength training and safety instruction, mentees will learn about employment in the construction industry. They will be poised to gain entry-level construction jobs, enter union apprenticeship programs or seek additional education in for-profit trade schools. In addition to these vocational goals, mentees will be able to learn about building personal wealth, creating stronger family relationships and the use of technology in construction." Rabb also recently announced a $200,000 state grant to the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians for entrepreneurial training and development opportunities in areas of greatest need within the Mt. Airy and West Oak Lane neighborhoods. Rabb represents the 200th Legislative District, which includes part or all of three northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods: Chestnut Hill, Read more

 

Rabb fights to stop sexual assaults in police custody by closing dangerous loophole

(May 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., is fighting to close a dangerous legal loophole in Pennsylvania’s sexual assault law by pushing legislation that would better protect all residents. Currently in Pennsylvania, a police officer who sexually assaults a person in custody can use sexual consent by the individual as a defense in court. Rabb plans to introduce a bill that would: Expand the commonwealth’s definition of institutional sexual assault to include law enforcement officers and any person in the officer’s custody. Eliminate sexual consent as a defense. Make any sexual contact between an officer and a person in custody a third-degree felony. “Police officers are supposed to use their authoritative power to protect the public, not prey on the innocent,” Rabb said. “I find it ludicrous that this major oversight in our legal system has received such minor attention. Everyone has rights and no one deserves this type of mistreatment, no matter what your criminal history.” Similar legislation has passed in New York state. According to a Buffalo News database , more than 700 allegations of sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers across the country, between 2006 and 2015, showed a repeating pattern of officers using their position to force women in custody to perform sexual acts. In at least 26 cases, charges were dropped or the officer was acquitted. Read more

 

Working to protect tenants who face eviction

(May 10, 2018)

I'm supporting state legislation that would protect Philadelphians who face eviction, which is unfortunately all too common in Mt. Airy, West Oak Lane and many other city neighborhoods. A bill is being drafted to stop future leases from including a waiver of the tenant's right to a written notice before they are evicted or locked out. I plan to co-sponsor that bill, which was prompted by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force on Eviction Prevention and Response. I'll also co-sponsor two bills (H.B.s 958 and 961 ) dealing with tenants' rights to notice when the landlord gets a foreclosure notice. In addition, I invite any local attorneys who are interested to sign up for a May 22 training to help people who face eviction. Read more

 

Rabb Congratulates Earth Day Challenge Winners

(May 03, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb held a competition for 4th grade classes in his district to create a video related to Earth Day issues and solutions. Rabb congratulates the winners and thanks all who participated in the Earth Day Challenge.https://vimeo.com/266389657https://www.powtoon.com/m/e6l1CfUo7iF/1/m Read more

 

Rabb announces $200,000 state grant for Mt. Airy, West Oak Lane

(Apr 27, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 27 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced the awarding of a $200,000 state education grant for entrepreneurial training and development opportunities in areas of greatest need within the Mt. Airy and West Oak Lane neighborhoods. "I'm proud to partner with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians to use this grant to advance the 'Build from Within: Community Entrepreneurial Training Project' and help those who have the talent, drive and commitment to build their business and build wealth in our neighborhoods," Rabb said. "The Welcoming Center is a great organization with a wonderful track record. I commend them for their work and look forward to partnering with many others to advance community economic development in our neighborhoods!" Rabb represents the 200th Legislative District, which includes part or all of three northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods: Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and West Oak Lane. His main district office is at 7216 Germantown Ave.; phone 215-242-7300. Constituents also can contact Rabb and follow his updates on social media at facebook.com/RepRabb and twitter.com/RepRabb . ### Read more

 

Rabb says his non-discrimination bill could have prevented Starbucks incident

(Apr 25, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 25 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., said a bill he recently introduced could have prevented the recent racist incident at a Center City Starbucks that did nationwide damage to the images of Philadelphia and the company. "My bill would require all employers with payrolls of four or more workers to provide training for their workforce regarding all forms of discrimination and harassment. I believe that, if this were already state law, it could have prevented the racist incident at Starbucks," Rabb said. "I am confident this bill will be a win-win-win for workers, employers and customers. In the long run, my bill would save money for businesses. Think of it as prevention – spend a much smaller amount now on training, so you don't have to spend a lot more later on lawsuits and settlements, not to mention all the lost business from public-relations damage. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Rabb's legislation ( H.B. 2282 ) also would include interns in the definition of "employee" in Pennsylvania's non-discrimination law. "We can't allow discrimination or harassment to take place against any employee. Interns are often the most vulnerable, since they are just starting out in their careers and don't want to risk getting a bad reference. They can become easy targets because of their age, low rank in office settings, and because they often lack knowledge about their Read more

 

Rabb: Interns Deserve Protection, Too

(Apr 24, 2018)

At a House Labor and Industry Committee hearing, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb testifies about harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace, speaking about his bill which amends the PA Human Relations Act to protect interns and ensure increased training is provided to employees and supervisors to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace. Read more

 

Rabb fights back against fracking hazards with new legislation to protect the public

(Apr 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 24 – As he recognizes the importance of Earth Week, state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., is not only fighting for clean energy, but also is pushing for stricter safety regulations for the natural gas drillers. He said he is planning to introduce legislation that would require well operators to release an annual report laying out the specific impacts their natural gas extraction technique, best known as fracking, is having on the surrounding communities. The information would include: The amount a well operator spent or has agreed to pay for temporary water supplies for affected residents; The impact of operations on infrastructure and public resources, such as sources of public drinking water supplies, roads, bridges, and publicly owned parks and wildlife areas; and The number of nondisclosure agreements a well operator has signed with individuals. “This dangerous and unconventional procedure has triggered unnecessary accidents at the expense of innocent lives for more than a decade,” Rabb said. “The public has a right to know the risks associated with fracking and well operators need to be held accountable for these hazards.” The public would have access to these reports through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website . Rabb added, “The best way to eliminate these risks is to look towards the future by utilizing clean energy resources that not only provide little risk but Read more

 

Rabb Fighting for Clean Energy

(Apr 18, 2018)

In his ongoing fight against climate change, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb led a news conference on his legislation that would transition the Commonwealth to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Read more

 

Rabb Urging SEPTA to Reconsider Nicetown Plant

(Apr 17, 2018)

In his ongoing fight for clean energy, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb is responding to SEPTA’s proposal to put a gas plant in Nicetown, where he explains why the environmental impact would be harmful to our community. Read more

 

Rabb Relates Personal Experience with Gun Violence

(Apr 16, 2018)

At a House Judiciary Committee special hearing on gun violence & public safety, Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb talks about his first hand experience with gun violence and how the Commonwealth can combat it. Read more

 

Rabb bill would make much-needed updates to non-discrimination law

(Apr 05, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 5 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., said he welcomed Gov. Tom Wolf's support for his legislation that would strengthen Pennsylvania's non-discrimination law. Rabb plans to introduce a bill that would update the law to include interns in the definition of "employee" and to require employers to provide training on discrimination, harassment and retaliation prevention. "We can't allow discrimination or harassment to take place against any employee. Interns are often the most vulnerable, since they are just starting out in their careers and don't want to risk getting a bad reference," Rabb said. 'I appreciate Governor Wolf's support for my bill and other proposed updates to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act." Rabb also supports other non-discrimination bills that Wolf backed at a news conference today in Philadelphia. Those bills include: The Pennsylvania Fairness Act (H.B. 1410), which would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. Updating the law to require postings by employers that refer specifically to sexual harassment; and Expanding the law to cover all employers and to include domestic workers and independent contractors; and A bill by Rep. Mike O'Brien, D-Phila., that would update the Whistleblower Law to include a right to trial by jury and punitive Read more

 

Nominate a phenomenal woman in our community

(Mar 12, 2018)

March is Women's History March and my office is honoring women who have made a tremendous impact in the 200th Legislative District. If you know of a phenomenal woman my office should recognize, please fill out the form. Read more

 

Rabb to host millennial community forum event

(Feb 13, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that he will host a millennial mixer for residents, students, activists and leaders in the 200th Legislative District between the ages of 18 and 35, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7165 Germantown Ave. Rabb said he wants to hear from young people about the issues that are important to them. Food, poetry, music by D.J. Reezey, entertainment and give-a-ways will be provided. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN, has confirmed his attendance. Residents may RSVP here or by emailing ReppRabb@pahouse.net . RSVP is encouraged, but not required. This event is free and open to the community. ### Read more

 

Rabb: Budget Invests in Good Priorities

(Feb 08, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb supports Gov. Wolf's commitment in his budget proposal to investments in education and human services, as well as his attention to not only the opioid crisis but also the public health crisis of gun violence across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Where We Go From Here - Millennial Edition

(Jan 22, 2018)

Join State Rep. Chris Rabb for our first Millennial Mixer for teens, college students, activists and leaders in an opportunity for networking, sharing and organizing for our community. The event will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM at 7165 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119. Refreshments, music by DJ Reezey, spoken word, and give-a-ways will be provided. Read more

 

State Reps. Miller, Rabb, Sims and Solomon call for prompt action in wake of sexual harassment allegations in Harrisburg

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Reps. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Chris Rabb, Brian Sims and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila., today issued the following statement and call for action in the wake of sexual harassment allegations in the Pennsylvania legislature. “The recent reports and allegations emanating from Harrisburg are deeply troubling. For too long, stories of inappropriate behavior have been kept hush-hush, universally acknowledged but rarely acted upon,” the lawmakers wrote to legislative leaders. “It is simply insulting to the character of our Commonwealth that women have to whisper warnings to each other about which legislators they should avoid. In addition, the level of professional harm that far too many women have endured is incalculable. It is vital that we as male legislators reflect on our role in either perpetuating this culture in Harrisburg or analyze our as yet unsuccessful efforts to end it. “It seems rather basic. If you grope someone, you are unfit for office. If you expose yourself to someone, you are unfit for office. If you condition employment or in any way use your office to intimidate or coerce someone into doing something inappropriate, if you are more interested in how a woman looks rather than her skills for the job, you are unfit for office. And, to no less of a degree, if you are silent when such incidents of discrimination and assault occur in front of you, then you are unfit for office. None of these personal Read more

 

Rabb renews call for 'glass pipeline' on replacing SRC with locally controlled school board

(Dec 13, 2017)

State Rep. Chris Rabb thanks City Council for taking the next step on replacing the SRC with a locally controlled school board. As this moves forward, he is renewing his call for a transparent "glass pipeline" so the city gets this right from the start. Rabb believes we need a city web portal that allows the public to see how many and what proportion of people from various stakeholder communities -- geography, age, gender, ethnicity, types of expertise, etc. -- have sought to be considered for nomination. For more details on his proposal, click here . Read more

 

Rabb speaks out against GOP budget-gimmick bill, touts his commonsense solution

(Dec 12, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement condemning a bill ( H.B. 1940 ) which he argues would make unnecessary changes to Pennsylvania’s budget. While Rabb voted against it, the bill passed the House on a largely party-line 116-76 vote: “House Bill 1940 is nothing more than a gimmick and a poor attempt to displace responsibility for passing a fair and balanced budget from the state legislature to the governor. Each year, all 253 members of the Pennsylvania legislature are constitutionally required to present the governor with a balanced budget no later than June 30. This year, the legislature failed to do that, just as it failed to do so the year before and the year before that. “Instead of displacing the blame from where it belongs, House Republicans should instead take the necessary strides to work together to finally have an on-time budget. My bill, H.B. 1706 , would do just that. My mandatory budget impasse transparency and accountability bill would require executive and legislative leaders to hold public hearings if comprehensive spending and revenue bills for the upcoming fiscal year have not been introduced by June 19. These leaders include the governor, state treasurer, secretary of revenue, auditor general, Independent Fiscal Office director, and majority and minority leadership for both the House and Senate. “These hearings would be required to last at least two hours and would be Read more

 

Rabb responds to PPA audits, pushes for Philadelphia to regain local control

(Dec 08, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s audits of the Philadelphia Parking Authority: “I am outraged to read that Auditor General DePasquale uncovered such financial mismanagement in the PPA. This potentially has cost the already debt ridden Philadelphia School District $77.9 million, which stripped our children of the educational resources they need and rightfully deserve. “How could the PPA Board of Directors allow the former executive director, who the AG rightfully deemed as an ‘unchecked tyrant,’ to continue even after being accused of sexual harassment? “This inexcusable ignorance and blatant negligence reaffirms my stance that we in the state legislature should return control of the PPA back to Philadelphia. I have supported legislation (H.B. 874) that would end the state’s reign over the parking authority. Like the SRC, commonwealth control is crippling our city financially. The PPA needs responsible and dependable leadership, not another autocratic regime to run it into the ground.” ### Read more

 

Rabb announces $200,000 state grant for Mt.-Airy-based Trades for a Difference
May 14, 2018

Rabb fights to stop sexual assaults in police custody by closing dangerous loophole
May 11, 2018

Working to protect tenants who face eviction
May 10, 2018

Rabb Congratulates Earth Day Challenge Winners
May 03, 2018

Rabb announces $200,000 state grant for Mt. Airy, West Oak Lane
Apr 27, 2018

Rabb says his non-discrimination bill could have prevented Starbucks incident
Apr 25, 2018

Rabb: Interns Deserve Protection, Too
Apr 24, 2018

Rabb fights back against fracking hazards with new legislation to protect the public
Apr 24, 2018

Rabb Fighting for Clean Energy
Apr 18, 2018

Rabb Urging SEPTA to Reconsider Nicetown Plant
Apr 17, 2018

Rabb Relates Personal Experience with Gun Violence
Apr 16, 2018

Rabb bill would make much-needed updates to non-discrimination law
Apr 05, 2018

Nominate a phenomenal woman in our community
Mar 12, 2018

Rabb to host millennial community forum event
Feb 13, 2018

Rabb: Budget Invests in Good Priorities
Feb 08, 2018

Where We Go From Here - Millennial Edition
Jan 22, 2018

State Reps. Miller, Rabb, Sims and Solomon call for prompt action in wake of sexual harassment allegations in Harrisburg
Dec 22, 2017

Rabb renews call for 'glass pipeline' on replacing SRC with locally controlled school board
Dec 13, 2017

Rabb speaks out against GOP budget-gimmick bill, touts his commonsense solution
Dec 12, 2017

Rabb responds to PPA audits, pushes for Philadelphia to regain local control
Dec 08, 2017