Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on fair school funding Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Jan 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the moral implications and practical solutions to addressing Pennsylvania’s ranking as the worse state in the U.S. on public education funding equity. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Eleanor C. Emlen School, 6501 Chew Ave., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who previously served on the Basic Education Funding Commission, Representative James Roebuck, chairman of the House Democratic Education Committee and Representative Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:30 p.m. Panel One: Christopher Dormer , superintendent, Norristown School District Dr. Daniel McGarry, superintendent, Upper Darby School District Dr. Damaris Rau , superintendent, School District of Lancaster Stephen Rodriguez , superintendent, Pottstown School District Jerry Jordan , president, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers 3:20 p.m. Panel Two: Deborah Gordon Klehr , executive director, Education Law Center Marc LeBlond , senior policy analyst, Commonwealth Foundation David Lapp, J.D . director of policy research, Research for Action Kelly Lewis , Read more


Rabb Stands Behind New Plan to Move Philly Forward

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb joined the Philadelphia House Delegation to announce a new plan to move Philadelphia forward by tackling issues like poverty, gun violence, healthcare, and economic development. He explains how this will not just benefit the city but the entire state. Read more


Upcoming Senior Chat and Chew

(Jan 11, 2019)

Upcoming Senior Chat and Chew Seniors: would you like to learn more about REAL ID, ways you can help your home be more energy-efficient, or find out more about the Share Food program? Then don’t miss the next Senior Chat & Chew event from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Pleasant Recreation Center, 6757 Chew Avenue. Enjoy refreshments and giveaways and learn more about REAL ID, get helpful energy-saving tips, and details on the Share Food program. PECO Energy will be at the event to provide energy-saving information to attendees and distribute light bulbs. For more information, please contact Rep. Rabb at his district at 215-242-7300 or by email at RepRabb@pahouse.net . Read more


Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit Jan. 19

(Jan 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald will be joined by Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Chris Rabb, Sen. Art Haywood and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to co-host an annual summit to help current and future business owners succeed and prosper. The 2 nd Annual Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit, organized by Fitzgerald, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Masjidullah, the Center for Human Excellence, 7433 Limekiln Pike, 19138. The theme of this year’s summit is “Continuing the Journey.” Those attending the summit can take part in a variety of workshops and hear from expert panelists about starting a business or making an existing business thrive. “Business owners are a vital part of our community,” Fitzgerald said. “We want to provide constituents with the opportunities and resources to assist them, whether it’s starting their own business venture or growing their existing business.” Fitzgerald said there will be door prizes and continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Congressman Dwight Evans will be the keynote speaker. Representatives and their staff also will be available to answer questions and provide information on state government-related services. For more information and to RSVP, please call Fitzgerald’s office at 215-549-0220 or by email at repizzy@pahouse.net . Read more


Rabb and Redding Discuss the Diversity of Agriculture

(Jan 10, 2019)

PA State Representative Chris Rabb and Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding talk about the important and diverse ways that agriculture affects Pennsylvanians. Read more


Rabb’s Chat & Chew event to teach seniors about scams

(Jan 02, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 2 – Scammers continue to prey upon so many unsuspecting and trusting folks in our communities, especially seniors, so Rep. Chris Rabb is taking action. Rabb will host a Senior Chat & Chew event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at the Wadsworth Library, 1500 Wadsworth Ave , to discuss the top 10 scams impacting seniors. “Scammers, unfortunately, are always on the lookout for new victims, especially seniors,” Rabb said. “So we’re stepping up and providing a crash course for anybody who wants to learn more about how to recognize and combat these would-be scammers.” The event will feature special guest Anthony Luker, an education and outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, as Rabb hopes to raise awareness and build knowledge for those most at risk. He and his office staff will also be on hand to answer questions and help with problems with state-related programs. For more information, Rabb said people may contact him via phone at his district office (215-242-7300), email at RepRabb@pahouse.net , through his website at www.pahouse.com/Rabb , or on social media at www.facebook.com/RepRabb and www.twitter.com/RepRabb . Read more


Rabb sworn in for second term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Chris Rabb took the oath of office to begin his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I’m looking forward to beginning this New Year and the new legislative session. Thank you to those who re-elected me to continue my service to the 200th district of Philadelphia,” Rabb said. “I will continue to work for the people of my district, looking out for their interests and what’s best for them. I’m proud to work together with them to create our ideal community.” During his first term, Rabb sponsored legislation to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, update non-discrimination law and stop sexual assault in police custody – and he provided personal testimony on gun violence and public safety legislation. He also helped secure state funding for library projects and gun violence reduction initiatives. “My commitment is stronger than ever to sponsor and push for legislation that reduces gun violence, ensures high-quality public schools, protects the future of our environment and enables those with diverse backgrounds to be celebrated. As we stand up for our values, we will see the barriers of discrimination fall, and an economy that moves us all forward,” Rabb said. Rabb encourages constituents to contact him via email at RepRabb@pahouse.net , through his Read more


Rabb hosting Holiday Open House Dec. 19

(Dec 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that he will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at his district office located at 7216 Germantown Ave., 19119. “I’m always excited for the chance to hear from my constituents and to celebrate the holidays together,” Rabb said. “But it’s also important to keep in touch and to make sure that fellow community members know how to apply for and access programs like LIHEAP that can be crucial for keeping the heat on during these cold winter months.” District office staff will be available to assist constituents with applications and information on LIHEAP, SEPTA Key and Property Tax Rent Rebate assistance programs, or other state-related issues. Refreshments such as hot chocolate, coffee, tea and dessert will be available. Contact the district office at (215) 242-7300 for more information. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more


Rabb Honors the late Rep. David Richardson

(Nov 01, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb speaks about the legacy of the late state Rep. David P. Richardson from the neighboring Germantown area of Northwest Philadelphia. The Pastorius Elementary School which Richardson attended as a boy was recently renamed in his honor as the Pastorius-Richardson Elementary School in honor of his lifetime of public service. Read more


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


PLCB Poster Contest Rules

(Oct 12, 2018)

PLCB Poster Contest Rules Read more


Rabb seeks to change the name of Columbus Day

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced that he is introducing legislation to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. “Christopher Columbus is one of only two people the United States honors by name in a holiday, falsely portraying him as an American hero and pioneering explorer,” Rabb said. “In truth, he was not the first to discover the American continent. Moreover, exploitation and conquest motivated Columbus’s voyages more than discovery or trade.” The legislation would remove statutory reference to Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, recognized on the second Monday in October. In addition, it would direct the governor to issue an annual proclamation celebrating the cultures of indigenous people and drawing attention to the exploitation of native populations. Rabb pointed out that Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota have made the change, along with nearly 60 cities across the nation. “Our history tends to glorify the conquerors who initiated devastation rather than indigenous victims. It’s long past due to set the record straight and restore centuries of injustice. I’m looking forward to discussing and moving this important piece of legislation forward,” Rabb said. The National Congress of American Indians, the largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization, supports 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


Rabb, Dawkins secure $1 million for local library project

(Sep 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6 – The Free Library of Philadelphia is receiving $1 million in state funding thanks, in part, to the efforts of state Reps. Chris Rabb and Jason Dawkins, both D-Phila. Gov. Tom Wolf authorized the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for the 21 st Century Libraries Initiative involving the Frankford, West Oak Lane and Parkway Central locations in the city. The funding will go towards revamping the three buildings with new and expanded services, technology upgrades and structural improvements, including new furniture, roofs, and windows. “Our students rely heavily on libraries as educational resources that assist them with homework assignments and help expand their learning capabilities,” Rabb said. “I want to commend Governor Wolf for sharing our commitment to our children’s future.” Dawkins said, “Libraries are critical information hubs as well as commonplaces for members of the community to interact. These upgrades will create new opportunities, which will help attract more people to the neighborhood and ultimately play a role in growing our local economy.” The project is estimated to cost about $37.2 million. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. ### 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


Health fair July 19th

(Jun 19, 2018)

Health fair July 19th Read more


Rabb condemns partisanship on sexual harassment legislation

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., issued the following statement concerning sexual harassment studies mandated by two resolutions adopted by the state House of Representatives Monday: “I’m deeply troubled by the partisan gamesmanship disguised as progress that we witnessed in the House of Representatives yesterday. Hundreds of women are assaulted in Pennsylvania every day. It is time for action, not studies on sexual harassment. “As of today, 25 substantial pieces of legislation to protect women in Pennsylvania are being held hostage across House committees. One of them is mine, H.B. 2282 , to protect interns, who often become easy targets because of their age, low rank in office settings, and because they often lack knowledge about their employment rights. “Meanwhile, the Republican delegation advanced two GOP-authored resolutions: one to establish a 'Task Force on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace' and another to direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a taxpayer-funded study on harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace in state government and report the findings within 12 months. “I voted against these resolutions because a study isn’t going to empower victims or make those who witness harassment feel safe enough to report these incidents without fear of retaliation. A study isn’t going to make the reporting process easier or help victims understand Read more


Rabb invites constituents to shredding event on June 16

(Jun 08, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 8 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., is inviting constituents to a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16 at the Germantown Christian Assembly, 610 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., to provide vital information and help prevent identity theft. “It’s so important to promote awareness on the dangers of identity theft. These events give people the opportunity to get rid of documents and electronics they no longer need, ensuring that the items are disposed of in a secure manner,” Rabb said. Residents are encouraged to bring any documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card statements and applications, medical records, banking statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. There is a limit of two boxes or large trash bags per person. Papers must be loose. Binders or paper clips cannot be accepted. Documents will be shredded on site. More information is available by calling Rabb’s office at 215-242-7300. Read more


Rabb Fighting for Clean Energy

(Jun 05, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb is firing back against legislation that would enact out-dated oil and gas regulations and put the public’s safety at risk. He explains how his clean energy bills look toward the future, ensure accountability and create good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians. Read more


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