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Krajewski announces birth certificate application changes for minors with DOH

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families.

(May 25, 2021)

Reps. Donna Bullock and Rick Krajewski discuss the topic of visitation and communication with incarcerated parents, including their personal perspectives as people who grew up with an incarcerated parent. Read more

 

Gun violence is growing. One Philly school community says enough is enough.

(May 23, 2021)

Gun violence is growing. One Philly school community says enough is enough. Read more

 

‘I don’t feel safe’: Southwest Philly school distraught over recent wave of gun violence

(May 20, 2021)

Community members and lawmakers rallied outside of Mitchell Elementary School in Southwest Philadelphia in response to the recent surge of gun violence in Kingsessing. Read more

 

Bill to curb 'pretextual stops' of Black drivers introduced in House

(May 08, 2021)

Democratic House lawmakers introduced a bill to prevent police officers from using traffic stops as a pretext for searches. Read more

 

I hosted my first shredding event May 16

(May 06, 2021)

I'm hosting a free shredding event May 16. Read more

 

Krajewski, Burgos, Rozzi and Guzman introduce legislation to allow minors to obtain a copy of their birth certificate more easily

(Apr 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 28 — State Reps. Rick Krajewski, Mark Rozzi, Danilo Burgos and Manuel Guzman have authored legislation that would make it easier for youth to access a copy of their birth certificate, which is especially important for youth experiencing homelessness or other challenges where a copy of their birth certificate is essential to getting a job or accessing programs or services. "We must support young people who deserve to have access to every opportunity they need to thrive,” said Krajewski, D-Phila. “Access to birth certificates helps our youth apply for a job, a passport, bank account, housing opportunities, a driver’s license, or to receive services from the government or community-based organizations. These programs and services are essential for youth becoming successful adults. I am proud to work alongside Representatives Rozzi, Burgos, and Guzman to introduce this bill." “Our legislation would disrupt what would likely become a cycle of poverty,” said Guzman, D-Berks. “The youth who need their birth certificate but don’t have access to a copy of it are often youth who are estranged from their family or lacking in a support system. Poverty is cyclical and those in poverty often face huge challenges to work their way out of poverty. Being able to access services and programs is crucial and having a birth certificate is essential to accessing many support programs.” “Sadly, some Read more

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Saturday, April 24. Updated documents and guidance will be available today (Friday, April 23rd) by clicking here . This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, and is administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue , with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters. Theatrical producers. Live performing arts organization operators. Museum operators. Motion picture theater operators (including owners). Talent representatives. Other requirements of note: Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount. Read more

 

Krajewski: Restricting Abortion Access is Dangerous

(Apr 23, 2021)

In a hearing of the Pa. House Health Committee, state Rep. Rick Krajewski questioned Dr. Sarah Gutman about how limiting access to abortions does little to lower the number of abortions. Read more

 

Krajewski: We Must Protect Funding for Environmental Protection

(Apr 21, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Rick Krajewski expresses his concerns with proposed Republican legislation that could adversely affect the PA Dept of Environmental Protection’s ability to do its job. Read more

 

Local progressive elected officials respond to Chauvin verdict

(Apr 20, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, April 20 -- A coalition of local progressive elected officials issued the following statement on the unanimous guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin case, and called for systemic change through a new vision of public safety that ends the continual increasing of police budgets, instead investing in communities and public services that prevent violence in all forms. State Sen. Nikil Saval, City Councilmembers Helen Gym, Kendra Brooks and Jamie Gauthier, and State Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Rick Krajewski and Chris Rabb issued the following statement: “The violence that was done to George Floyd was simultaneously singular and universal. It was violence enacted on his body, and it was violence done to a family, to a community, to a nation, and to an entire world. The jury’s verdicts signify that the murder committed has been recognized as such by the State: a murder. “This is a reflection of ‘justice’ in accordance with our current systems. But these verdicts alone do not bring healing to a grieving family and to Black and Brown communities across our country. They do not right the fundamental injustice that George Floyd should be alive today. And they do not change the reality that throughout our city and country today, people feel unsafe in their own communities. People feel unsafe because housing is insecure, their families struggle paycheck to paycheck, and if violence happens, few structural supports Read more

 

Krajewski, Daley introduce bill to protect insured dependents’ privacy

(Apr 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 8 — State Reps. Rick Krajewski and Mary Jo Daley have introduced legislation that would protect the privacy of insured dependents by allowing them to opt-in to privately receive confidential health information. “Imagine forgoing pursuit of potentially life-saving health care simply because you're worried that information you want kept private might get shared," said Daley, D-Montgomery. "That's a sad reality in Pennsylvania right now, and it's why Representative Krajewski and I are hopeful this bill to protect the medical information of insured dependents across the commonwealth receives the attention it deserves." Krajewski, D-Phila., said the need to protect insured dependents’ privacy was brought to his attention from a constituent who is a medical student and has seen firsthand the consequences of leaving dependents vulnerable. “This constituent had patients who chose to not seek sensitive care, like sexually transmitted infection or HIV testing and mental health treatment, for fear their insured parent or guardian would find out,” Krajewski said. “Health care is a human right, and any barrier to health care needs to be addressed and resolved so that no one is left unable to get the care they need. “I think this also has implications for people who are LGBTQ+, specifically trans people who may seek hormone replacement therapy that’s covered by insurance,” Read more

 

Krajewski: Keep Frontline Workers Safe

(Mar 24, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Rick Krajewski put his support behind a bill that would establish safety protocols in order to allow essential caregivers to visit loved ones in long-term care facilities. He stressed the need to prioritize the workers in these facilities by providing sufficient wages, PPE, and staffing levels to keep them safe. Read more

 

Krajewski: Dignity and forward thinking needed with approaches for incarcerated parents

(Mar 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted a roundtable discussion focusing on incarcerated parents and the impact of incarceration on families. Read more

 

Krajewski and Lee to discuss incarcerated parents’ rights at Friday’s Policy subcommittee hearing

(Mar 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Reps. Rick Krajewski and Summer Lee will host a virtual hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People where the rights of incarcerated parents will be the focus. Read more

 

Rick Krajewski’s Cause

(Mar 09, 2021)

PA State Rep Rick Krajewski shares his story. Read more

 

City Council panel examines how to fund cleaning up environmental hazards in Philadelphia's public schools

(Mar 03, 2021)

State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-188th District, said his constituency in West and Southwest Philadelphia has an estimated one in four children with asthma. Along with the lead and asbestos contamination that is endemic to the public-school buildings his district, the uncontrolled growth of mold has had an impact on the children who attend these schools.“Chronic asthma can be debilitating — even fatal. And it’s shameful that our children are facing lifelong health conditions because of a lack of funding for our school buildings. Capital projects on university campuses have clearly not been hampered by the pandemic,” Krajewski said. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee: funding and consistency would improve student outcomes

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 -- State Reps. Liz Fiedler and Rick Krajewski hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday to highlight how an education budget focused on the people could best impact Pennsylvania students, especially the neediest populations. The committee heard testimony from a panel of pre-k advocates, including Shalonda Spencer, director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Trying Together; Damaris Alvarado-Rodriguez, CEO of Children's Playhouse Early Learning Center; and De’Wayne Drummond, president, Mantua Civic Association Parent Engagement Specialist, Head Start at Philadelphia School District. The panel shared concerns regarding workforce retention, low pay and the need for additional funding so they can increase pay for workers. The panel also described the devastating mental and emotional toll COVID-19 has taken on them, and on childcare center workers and families. They called for renewed investment in the care and education of Pennsylvania’s youngest residents. “I am deeply invested in the equitable education of Pennsylvania’s children from birth on up. As a mother, it’s personal for me and as a legislator, it’s my mission to ensure our children have access to high-quality care and education,” Fiedler explained. “We must draw a line and refuse to let some children be viewed as less valuable than others by the General Assembly. That starts by valuing the labor of the Read more

 

Fiedler, Krajewski to host hearing focused on Pa.’s education budget

(Feb 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 -- State Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler and Rick Krajewski, both D-Phila., will host Monday’s House Democratic Policy Committee meeting on the state’s early childhood and k-12 education budget. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. March 1. The public and media may tune in at www.pahouse.com/policy or the committee’s Facebook page --@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro will join Fiedler, Krajewski and House Democratic colleagues for a look at how the education budget should take a fair and equitable approach that provides quality educational opportunities regardless of zip code. This hearing is part of the People’s Budget project which includes public hearings on environmental policy, education and infrastructure. The committee hopes to generate legislative policy that upholds Pennsylvania’s constitutional obligation to provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the commonwealth. Read more

 

Krajewski introduces legislation to help struggling families stay in their homes

(Feb 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – Holding fast to his belief that housing is a human right, state Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., has introduced legislation to help struggling families stay in their homes. “Shelter is a necessity,” Krajewski said. “A person’s ability to keep a roof over their head, over their children’s heads, is tied directly to their ability to stay safe, to stay healthy. People who are struggling to make ends meet should not have to forfeit their home and with it their health and safety. And that’s why I’m introducing this legislation, so that homeowners have another option to stay in their homes, even in financially trying times.” The legislation, which Krajewski introduced with state Reps. Jared Solomon and Morgan Cephas, both D-Phila., would allow a mortgage modification to be finalized in advance of the payment of municipal liens assessed on a property. Current state law requires lien satisfaction before a mortgage modification can be finalized. Krajewski said the legislation would make it easier for financially struggling homeowners to modify their mortgage to help them get back on their feet. “In addition to it being the right thing to do,” Krajewski noted, “helping struggling families to stay in their homes helps the community as a whole. It keeps people who have a vested interest in their community’s well-being in the community.” Krajewski said the Pennsylvania Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 18, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations. Use : Projects aimed at increasing sales, export or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania hemp products. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion. Funds : Reimbursement grants up to 50% of project costs. The minimum matching grant is $1,000. A total of $253,000 will be available statewide. Application Deadline : March 5 More Information : See the February 13, 2021, PA Bulletin at Pennsylvania Bulletin (pacodeandbulletin.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Fund ing ) Who May Apply : State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use : Projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops. Funds : Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000, provided the amount reasonably represents the cost of the Read more

 

We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families.
May 25, 2021

Gun violence is growing. One Philly school community says enough is enough.
May 23, 2021

‘I don’t feel safe’: Southwest Philly school distraught over recent wave of gun violence
May 20, 2021

Bill to curb 'pretextual stops' of Black drivers introduced in House
May 08, 2021

I hosted my first shredding event May 16
May 06, 2021

Krajewski, Burgos, Rozzi and Guzman introduce legislation to allow minors to obtain a copy of their birth certificate more easily
Apr 28, 2021

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th
Apr 23, 2021

Krajewski: Restricting Abortion Access is Dangerous
Apr 23, 2021

Krajewski: We Must Protect Funding for Environmental Protection
Apr 21, 2021

Local progressive elected officials respond to Chauvin verdict
Apr 20, 2021

Krajewski, Daley introduce bill to protect insured dependents’ privacy
Apr 08, 2021

Krajewski: Keep Frontline Workers Safe
Mar 24, 2021

Krajewski: Dignity and forward thinking needed with approaches for incarcerated parents
Mar 19, 2021

Krajewski and Lee to discuss incarcerated parents’ rights at Friday’s Policy subcommittee hearing
Mar 17, 2021

Rick Krajewski’s Cause
Mar 09, 2021

City Council panel examines how to fund cleaning up environmental hazards in Philadelphia's public schools
Mar 03, 2021

House Democratic Policy Committee: funding and consistency would improve student outcomes
Mar 02, 2021

Fiedler, Krajewski to host hearing focused on Pa.’s education budget
Feb 26, 2021

Krajewski introduces legislation to help struggling families stay in their homes
Feb 22, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update
Feb 18, 2021