Free period products coming to some Pa. schools thanks to $3M budget commitment

(21 hours ago)

“I know how humiliating it can be. We do not need that to happen to our children,” Parker said. “We have people right now who are using paper towels, using socks, using newspapers.” Read more

 

Parker’s bill to improve maternal and child health outcomes passes PA House

(Jul 08, 2024)

Legislation authored by state Rep. Darisha Parker that would establish the Maternal Home Visiting Act passed the PA House of Representatives today. The legislation (H.B. 1425) would direct the state Department of Human Services to develop a five-year plan comprised of evidence-based steps that are proven to reduce negative health outcomes, prevent abuse and neglect, reduce crime and to provide parenting classes. “My biggest priority as a state lawmaker is the health and wellbeing of new and expanding Pennsylvania families,” Parker said. “Young families have enough burdens trying to navigate the new and unknown journey of parenthood; it’s our responsibility to support these families by providing resources that studies show help them thrive.” Parker said that Pennsylvania is eligible for federal funding to offer Maternal Home visits and she looks forward to working with the Department of Human Services to implement the program if it becomes law for all eligible families in the commonwealth. House Bill 1425 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Period products aren’t a luxury — let’s stop treating them as such

(Jul 08, 2024)

May is Menstrual Awareness Month, a time to break the stigma and promote understanding about menstruation. It’s a natural process that women experience, and a part of the miraculous biological process that creates life. Even though this process is completely natural and can result in something beautiful, menstruation is often shrouded in secrecy and referred to as something dirty that women must endure, forcing women to speak about it behind closed doors or in whispered voices. This attitude towards a completely natural biological process has contributed to a huge problem for women and girls when it comes to managing their monthly periods – period poverty. Women who can’t afford expensive period products often will miss important life events and even be left unable to attend school or work, creating a vicious cycle of poverty that becomes impossible to escape. Women who experience period poverty are often forced to use unhygienic items that can cause urinary tract and bacterial infections, such as old t-shirts, socks, and even newspaper. It’s not hard to imagine that this often increases incidents of depression and anxiety, leaving women feeling trapped by their own bodies. As elected officials, it’s our duty to look within the communities we serve, listen to their needs and do what we can to advocate for them. This isn’t an issue that constituents brought to my attention, this is something I dealt with as a young girl who started Read more

 

Parker: Removing Barriers to Assistance for Grandparents

(Jul 03, 2024)

PA state Rep. Darisha Parker asks her #PAHouse colleagues to support her legislation that would make it easier for grandparents and other non-parent relatives raising minor children to apply for public assistance on the child’s behalf. Read more

 

Parker and Green's consumer protection legislation passes House

(Jul 01, 2024)

State Rep. Darisha Parker’s consumer protection legislation, H.B. 1977, today passed the House of Representatives. Parker partnered with state Rep. Roni Green to write the bill. Parker said that while small, local businesses usually cover the costs of extra fees related to using a credit or debit card, some have to make a difficult decision to charge the customer, which can lead to frustration and mistrust of small businesses. “Pennsylvania consumers deserve protection at the cash register to ensure they are informed on the true price of their purchase,” Parker said. “This legislation would help consumers face rising prices, while wages stay the same. “While some do advertise the extra fees, it’s not state law. I want to ensure that all Pennsylvania consumers are informed about their purchases of goods and services.” “Consumers deserve to have all the information before being asked to make a decision on a purchase," Green said. "This bill is pro-consumer and will ensure that any surcharges or fees are clearly posted by businesses, so that purchases are fair and without unexpected costs.” “Consumers deserve to know all the charges before being asked to make a decision on a purchase.” Green said. “My pro-consumer bill with Rep Parker will ensure that any surcharges or fees are clearly posted by businesses, so that purchases are fair and without unexpected costs. Excited this important Read more

 

Parker and Hill-Evans’ menstrual equity legislation passes House

(Jun 05, 2024)

Legislation authored by State Rep. Darisha Parker to establish a grant program for schools to provide free menstrual products to students on Tuesday passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “We have fought tirelessly for menstrual equity for women and girls in Pennsylvania and House Bill 851’s passage is a step closer to that goal,” Parker, D-Phila., said. “I never want another young girl entering womanhood to experience embarrassment or consider themselves as less than because of a natural biological process.” Parker said she was extremely motivated by the advocacy of Gov. Josh Shapiro and First Lady Lori Shapiro for menstrual equity in Pennsylvania, referring to Shapiro’s call for $3 million to provide menstrual products for students in his annual budget proposal. “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who helped move Pennsylvania women forward by fighting for and passing menstrual hygiene legislation,” Parker said. “I want to thank my colleagues and advocates, especially Lynette Medley, founder of No More Secrets, who stood with me to advocate for women across the commonwealth, not just during menstrual awareness month or on Tampon Tuesday – but every day!” Parker said this bill will move to the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee as did her previous menstrual hygiene bill, House Bill 850. That bill would allow women who participate in Read more

 

Community Budget Briefing in Philadelphia

(May 31, 2024)

Majority Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Jordan Harris along with local state Representatives host a community conversation on the 2024-25 state budget in Northwest Philadelphia.More at http://www.HouseAppropriations.com Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(May 22, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2024 County Jail-Based Vivitrol Program Who May Apply: Funding is available to all counties with a county jail seeking to establish or expand a jail-based substance use treatment program. Use: Implementation or expansion of a county jail-based Vivitrol program. Funds: A total of $7.175 million in Act 80 funds is available. Application Deadline: July 17, 2024 More information: PCCD Website Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Attorney & Judge Training – Children with Disabilities Who May Apply: Local governments, local and national nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education which demonstrate, in their application, an ability to collaborate with state and local partners to develop and deliver statewide training for attorneys and a commitment to the improvement of child abuse investigations in the Commonwealth. Use: Costs associated with the development and delivery of a trauma-focused, child-focused, training curriculum for attorneys and judges who participate in hearings involving child abuse victims in Pennsylvania who have verbal, cognitive, and/or physical disabilities. Funds: A total of $128,990 in federal Children’s Justice Act funds is available to support this initiative. PCCD expects to fund one grant with a budget not to exceed $128,990. Application Read more

 

Parker and Hill-Evans host menstrual equity news conference

(May 22, 2024)

State Reps. Darisha Parker and Carol Hill-Evans stood again with Speaker Joanna McClinton, menstrual health professionals and Pennsylvania students to spread awareness about period poverty and advocate for the Senate to pass legislation to help this important issue. Parker and Hill-Evans authored legislation, H.Bs. 850 and 851, to make period products more accessible for low-income women. “We need to speak about periods bluntly,” Parker said. “No more euphemisms or hiding tampons in our sleeves to use the restroom. “It’s crazy that this natural biological process – a beautiful one that has the power to create life is still considered a taboo subject,” Parker continued. “It’s not just a financial issue but barriers to period products can lead to substantial health issues for women and perpetuate a cycle of poverty that can be impossible to escape from.” The lawmakers said that H.B. 850 would allow for women who participate in the SNAP or WIC program to purchase expensive period products using these programs, which Parker said would help empower women to take charge over their own bodies. “Tampons and pads aren’t a luxury for us,” Parker said. “We don’t choose to participate in our periods every month, these are products we need to preserve our dignity and participate in all of life’s important milestones.” Read more

 

Show up on May 23 to help PA women & girls

(May 20, 2024)

It’s still May and that means we’re talking about periods! Next Thursday, May 23, please join Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s president, Dr. Penny Sparks Nixon, for a call to action on the PA Senate!Join the cause and come out on May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at The Spot, 4811 Germantown Ave., learn what the Spot does for our community and how you can help get HB 850 passed. Read more

 

Pa House passes bill expanding access to menstrual hygiene products

(May 20, 2024)

“This legislation would remove barriers for those who menstruate and utilize these programs. Period poverty disproportionately affects communities of color, so this bill would address that systemic problem,” Parker said. “We need to provide dignity amongst women and girls. It’s sad many have to deal with scarcity of feminine products and diapers.” Read more

 

School Environmental Grants available

(Apr 29, 2024)

Updates on school environmental grants, PPA illegal parking initiatives, and more inside! Read more

 

Temple University Job Fair to aid formerly incarcerated individuals

(Apr 25, 2024)

Recidivism rates are way too high & without giving folks a real second chance it will only keep growing. Re-Entry Job Fairs like this one that I hosted with my House & Senate colleagues, go a long way to helping keep folks where they belong: with their families. Read more

 

Pass the treat and reduce Obesity Act

(Apr 17, 2024)

Communities of color are often the hardest hit when analyzing the effects of health epidemics in the United States. In fact, Black and brown Americans are often disproportionately impacted by chronic diseases and illnesses due to systemic and historic injustices that continue to plague society to this day. When looking at the impact of the obesity epidemic, this trend unfortunately continues, and has wreaked havoc on vulnerable communities. As a state representative, I’ve had the honor and privilege of meeting Pennsylvanians in their communities, seeing firsthand the importance of adequate health care and quality treatment options. Many in our state battle obesity each day, and with it, the more than 200 severe chronic diseases that can be brought on by the impact of obesity on one’s body. While there are treatments on the market to help battle obesity — known as anti-obesity medications, or AOMs — many are out of reach for everyday community members due to a lack of insurance coverage. However, with recent movement in Washington, there is finally hope on the horizon for families. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, which has bipartisan and bicameral support in Congress, would make it possible for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide coverage for AOMs, but has not yet had a hearing or vote in either chamber. If our congressional delegation here in Pennsylvania worked to support this legislation and pass it into law, we would see Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(Apr 10, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Agriculture: Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program Who May Apply: Agricultural producers or processors and nonprofits, for-profits, local government entities, and institutions such as schools, universities or hospitals that operate middle of the food chain activities or invest in equipment that will benefit middle of the supply chain activities. Use: Activities that expand capacity and infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling or distribution of targeted local and regional agricultural products Funds: Grants will be awarded to the extent that funds are available. Grant requests shall be between $10,000 and $100,000. Application Deadline: May 15, 2024 More information: PDA Website Department of Health: WalkWorks Grant Program Who May Apply: Municipalities located in either a PA Department of Health State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) priority county or in communities with an overall percentile rating above 60 in the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s PennEnviroScreen Tool. The 10 current SPAN counties include Clearfield, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Northumberland, and Philadelphia. Use: Funds and structured pre-planning assistance will be available to a limited number of municipal and/or multi-municipal applicants to complete the steps necessary to prepare to apply in the future for funds Read more

 

Tell Senate Republicans to Move HB 850

(Apr 08, 2024)

I’m going to continue to raise awareness of my legislation that will improve lives for women! I'm talking about HB 850 that Senator Michelle Brooks won't move. HB 850 would allow Pennsylvania women to buy expensive period products using their SNAP or WIC benefits. Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(Apr 02, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Transportation: Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancements Grant Program (ARLE Program) Who May Apply: Local governments, planning organizations, or Commonwealth agencies. Use: Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, roadway safety, mobility, and capacity upgrades, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, local technical assistance program projects, and traffic signal improvements. Funds: PennDOT anticipates $32 million available with the intent of funding worthwhile projects that can be completed at a relatively low cost. Application Deadline: A pre-application scoping form is required to be submitted by April 30, 2024. Feedback will be provided by May 31, 2024. The application period will be open from June 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024. More information: PennDOT Website Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program Who May Apply: Counties Use: Funds for the proposed program must be used to support restrictive conditions that are imposed as part of a county probation sentence and may be used for needed drug and alcohol-related services, and mental health treatment and supportive services for eligible individuals Funds: Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the FY 2024-25 budget. Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 More information: PCCD Website Department of Community and Economic Development: Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(Mar 26, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Intermediate Punishment Treatment Program Who May Apply: Counties Use: Funds for the proposed program must be used to support restrictive conditions that are imposed as part of a county probation sentence and may be used for needed drug and alcohol-related services, and mental health treatment and supportive services for eligible individuals Funds: Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the FY 2024-25 budget. Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 More information: PCCD Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Local law enforcement agencies, campus or university police, railroad or street railway police, airport authority police, and county park police. Use: Funding is explicitly to support Act 120 training and recruitment activities for law enforcement officers that will take place between Oct. 19, 2023 and June 30, 2025. Funds: $14 million in Read more

 

Parker applauds MDVA’s first dairy processing facility in Pennsylvania

(Mar 21, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, March 21 – State Rep. Darisha Parker, D-Phila., said that as a member of the Pa House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, she applauds the work Gov. Josh Shapiro and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding did to engage with the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association as it moved through the process of purchasing the HP Hood milk manufacturing plant in the city of Philadelphia. MVDA announced that in addition to the purchase it will undertake an expansion project at the plant that will retain 178 existing jobs — 137 of them being union jobs — and increase production capabilities from 10 million gallons to 25 million gallons of milk annually. “This is a huge opportunity for our community and our city, and further highlights what we already know — that agriculture is not broken down across urban and rural lines,” Parker said. “This purchase by MVDA will keep jobs in our city and strengthen the state’s economy. I see it as a win all the way around.” Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(Mar 19, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Drop-In Centers Who May Apply: Existing organizations that have the capacity to provide or expand drop-in center services for individuals with SUD, including single county authorities, DDAP licensed treatment providers, organizations that offer clinical services and recipients of DDAP’s prior funding opportunities for Drop-In Centers. Use: To expand drop-in center services for individuals with SUD. Funds: Up to $6,575,000 is available. DDAP expects to award approximately eight grants totaling $750,000 each. Application Deadline: April 12, 2024 More information: DDAP Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Local law enforcement agencies, campus or university police, railroad or street railway police, airport authority police, and county park police. Use: Funding is explicitly to support Act 120 training and recruitment Read more

 

Free period products coming to some Pa. schools thanks to $3M budget commitment
21 hours ago

Parker’s bill to improve maternal and child health outcomes passes PA House
Jul 08, 2024

Period products aren’t a luxury — let’s stop treating them as such
Jul 08, 2024

Parker: Removing Barriers to Assistance for Grandparents
Jul 03, 2024

Parker and Green's consumer protection legislation passes House
Jul 01, 2024

Parker and Hill-Evans’ menstrual equity legislation passes House
Jun 05, 2024

Community Budget Briefing in Philadelphia
May 31, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
May 22, 2024

Parker and Hill-Evans host menstrual equity news conference
May 22, 2024

Show up on May 23 to help PA women & girls
May 20, 2024

Pa House passes bill expanding access to menstrual hygiene products
May 20, 2024

School Environmental Grants available
Apr 29, 2024

Temple University Job Fair to aid formerly incarcerated individuals
Apr 25, 2024

Pass the treat and reduce Obesity Act
Apr 17, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
Apr 10, 2024

Tell Senate Republicans to Move HB 850
Apr 08, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
Apr 02, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
Mar 26, 2024

Parker applauds MDVA’s first dairy processing facility in Pennsylvania
Mar 21, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
Mar 19, 2024