Nelson weekly email update for May 24, 2024: Thank you Veterans, Bethlehem Pike update

(8 hours ago)

Blessed Memorial Day to you all. Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for May 17, 2024: Meet the new intern, Learn about the home-buying process

(May 17, 2024)

Join the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency in June, which is National Homeownership Month, as it presents “The Path to Homeownership” series on the home-buying process. Read more

 

Roebuck’s death mourned by members of Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus

(May 16, 2024)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements regarding the passing of former PLBC Chair James R. Roebuck: Said PLBC Chair Napoleon Nelson (D-Montgomery): “James R. Roebuck was a true statesman, a lawmaker who was a tireless advocate for his West Philadelphia neighbors and for every resident of this Commonwealth. “His legacy, particularly as a champion of our education system and the young people that he poured his soul into, will undoubtedly leave its mark on our society for generations. His long-lasting tenure as the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee perfectly embodied our caucus’s approach to lifelong learning. It is heartening to see his life being celebrated by colleagues and community leaders throughout Pennsylvania. In 2021, the PA Legislative Black Caucus renamed our student scholarship in his honor. Nearly two dozen high school students from Black and brown communities from across the state will be awarded an investment in their continued academic pursuits in the coming week, a fitting testament to the inspiring work of Chairman Roebuck. “His impact as a pioneer, mentor and friend within the PA Legislative Black Caucus will undoubtedly be remembered and cherished. We have lost a true thought leader, a shining example of servant leadership that current and future members will surely aspire to. Our Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for May 10, 2024: Jenkintown's 150th anniversary; How I voted

(May 10, 2024)

The Borough of Jenkintown is less than one square mile and registers just north of 4,500 residents. The entire borough is walkable though there seems to be an inordinately high number of runners from Jenkintown (and a LOT of avid bikers). Jenkintown has a phenomenal school system, one of Pennsylvania’s 75 Model School Districts, that serves a little over 700 students in the same tight knit fashion as you would expect from a small private school system. Jenkintown has more elected officials per capita than most anywhere in PA, two volunteer fire companies located 500 feet from each other, a town center, a butterfly garden, the Arts Garage and an old-timey movie theatre, a phenomenal restaurant scene and an excellent food pantry (it’s only fitting). With the exception of their annual school Red and Blue Fair, which splits the borough into two in a playfully competitive Hatfield and McCoy style rivalry and in which I pick NO sides, Jenkintown is not so much a small municipality, but a large neighborhood with the flare and spunk of a 4-year-old girl in soccer cleats, a tutu, a “girls rule” tee shirt, some glasses and a tiara. There is nothing not to love about Jenkintown. Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for May 3, 2024: Advice to the Class of 2024

(May 03, 2024)

Nobody has asked me to offer commencement remarks to some university’s Class of 2024, but I’m not in my feelings about it because I can’t imagine what I would say that hasn’t already been said. Your life has always been online. You got cell phones in middle school, grew up with Iron Man and Captain America, were called to action by Greta, were shut down through COVID but couldn’t stay silent when George Floyd was killed. You are deeply connected through TikTok and have had more conversations about Israeli-Palestinian affairs than your parents did when they were your age. You’re pissed that two old men are running for President in a bitterly divided country and you’re not exceptionally sure what space there is for you in this expensive, corrupted economy… especially with these student loan payments coming. Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for April 25 2024: Never underestimate your power

(Apr 29, 2024)

Margaret Mead famously stated: “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Read more

 

2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®): What You Need to Know:  

(Apr 26, 2024)

2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ): What You Need to Know: There are major changes to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ) form. The new FAFSA form is now available. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The 2024–25 FAFSA form will expand eligibility for federal student aid. What You Can Do Now : Watch the “2024–25 FAFSA FAQs” playlist to better for a look at what has changed on the new form. Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to get an estimate of what your aid could be once the FAFSA is completed. If you did not submit a 2023–24 FAFSA form, make sure to create your StudentAid.gov account —and remember your username and password so you can access and submit the 2024–25 FAFSA form when it’s available. Find out if your parent(s) or spouse will need to be contributors (contribute their info on your FAFSA form). If your parent(s) or spouse will need to contribute to your form, make sure each contributor creates their own StudentAid.gov account . Watch our “Preparing for the FAFSA Form” to better understand what information and documents you’ll need to complete the FAFSA form. 2024–25 FAFSA ® Deadlines : Read more

 

Rabb, Nelson introduce legislation to help families inheriting properties without a will

(Apr 25, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Reps. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, have introduced legislation ( H.B. 2232 ) that would establish the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in Pennsylvania. The legislation would make sure all inheritors are informed when one inheritor wants to sell their share of the property. It would also require a neutral appraiser to determine the property's fair market value. Lastly, it would provide other inheritors the first chance to buy the share of the person who wants to sell. “The passing of a loved one is heartbreaking and challenging on its own, and when they don’t have an estate plan in place it can lead to some difficult decisions and uncomfortable situations for the person’s heirs,” Rabb said. “This leads to the person’s heirs taking ownership of the property as tenants-in-common — a form of ownership that frequently leads to heirs losing their land through forced partition sale and to families losing immense inherited wealth to real estate speculators.” This legislation would provide additional due process protections to prevent Pennsylvanians from the forced sale of inherited property, Rabb said. “This bill is a piece of the puzzle in creating more fair and equitable housing throughout Pennsylvania,” Nelson said. The legislation is currently in the Pennsylvania House Housing and Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for April 18 2024: Reminder: Environmental Conference is Friday

(Apr 18, 2024)

If you haven’t signed up for our Fourth Annual Environmental Conference, scheduled for Friday, it’s not too late. Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for April 12 2024

(Apr 12, 2024)

This week we approved House Bill 1598, a bill that would require AI-generated content to carry a consumer disclosure if it were published commercially. Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for April 5 2024: Combatting homelessness, Monday is the deadline to register for the primary election

(Apr 05, 2024)

I know that I have talked about the CHAMP Act on this weekly distribution email before. I know that I spoke last week about students experiencing homelessness. I know that I share the news of Code Blue notifications often, even when the temperatures seem counter to what we’re seeing. I want to hit you with some statistics that explain my motives. Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for March 29, 2024: Environmental Conference is April 19; How I voted in Harrisburg

(Apr 01, 2024)

Welcome to my weekly newsletter, where you will find legislative information and updates from Cheltenham, Jenkintown and Springfield along with information about state-related programs and services. The local news and events page can be found here. Read more

 

PLBC honors five with Crystal Bird Fauset Leadership Awards

(Mar 28, 2024)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus www.pahouse.com/PLBC PLBC honors five with Crystal Bird Fauset Leadership Awards HARRISBURG, March 28 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus honored five individuals with its Crystal Bird Fauset Leadership Awards today in the Capitol. This year’s awardees are: The Hon. Cherelle Parker , the first African-American woman mayor of Philadelphia. The Hon. Tamika Lane , judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Black Maternal Health Caucus founders State Rep. Gina Curry , 164th Legislative District, Delaware County. State Rep. La’Tasha D. Mayes , 24th Legislative District, Allegheny County. State Rep. Morgan Cephas , 192nd, Legislative District, Philadelphia County. A native of Philadelphia’s Mt Airy neighborhood, Parker is a graduate of Lincoln University. In 2005 she became the youngest Black woman ever elected to the General Assembly, winning a seat in the House. She was first elected to Philadelphia City Council in 2015, and was elected majority leader in 2020. In 2023 she was elected mayor and was sworn in as Philadelphia’s 100 th mayor in January. Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for March 22, 2024: Environmental Conference is April 19

(Mar 22, 2024)

We’re just four weeks away from our fourth annual Environmental Conference and we’re getting excited about it! Read more

 

Nelson introduces bills to address students' mental health

(Mar 20, 2024)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Napoleon Nelson D-Montgomery County www.pahouse.com/ Nelson Nelson introduces bills to address students mental health HARRISBURG, March 20 – State Rep. Napoleon Nelson today introduced a package of three bills to go along with a previous bill aimed at addressing the growing mental health crisis in school aged children. The Creating Pathways for Information Sharing between Counties and School Districts Act, introduced as H.B. 2101 , would direct the Department of Human Services to create pathways of communication between county agencies and school districts to share information relating to traumatic events. The Establishing the Trauma-Informed Records Program Act, which was introduced as H.B. 2109 , would establish trauma records as an eligible trauma-informed approach for school districts to receive funding under the School Safety and Security Grant Program. The Establishing a School Mental Health Supports Policy in Our Districts Act, introduced as H.B. 2110 , would require school entities to develop a comprehensive student mental health support plan. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the pandemic negatively affected the mental health of many children and Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for March 15, 2024: Environmental Conference has been rescheduled for Friday, April 19; Coffee with the Rep postponed

(Mar 15, 2024)

•Our Environmental Conference has been rescheduled for Friday, April 19. It will be a virtual event once again. I am looking forward to discussing hydrogen investments, environmental justice and community impact statements, solar development, and more. I do hope that you all will join us! Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for March 8, 2024: International Women’s Day and other news and notes

(Mar 08, 2024)

Happy International Women’s Day While women should ALWAYS be recognized, let's use today to INTERNATIONALLY recognize women's achievements and contributions worldwide! This year's theme for International Women's Day is "Inspire Inclusion," emphasizing the importance of understanding and valuing women’s inclusion. When women feel included, they experience a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment. Let’s collectively work toward a more inclusive world for women! Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, House Philadelphia Delegation, LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus release statement on Pennsylvania State Police traffic stop and arrest

(Mar 05, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – Leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and Philadelphia House Delegation today issued a statement in response to the traffic stop and subsequent arrest of Philadelphia’s head of LGBT affairs and her husband by a state trooper Saturday. According to news reports, Celena Morrison, the executive director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, recorded a portion of the arrest of her husband, Darius McLean, on the Vine Street Expressway. State Reps. Napoleon Nelson, chair of the PLBC, Malcolm Kenyatta, co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, and Morgan Cephas, chair of the Philadelphia House Delegation, said they have been in contact with state and local authorities surrounding the incident. “The video of the traffic stop of Celena Morrison and Darius McLean was deeply troubling,” stated Kenyatta, D-Phila. “We need a full, thorough, and expedient investigation into every aspect of this stop.” “My sympathies go out to the family dealing with the trauma of this incident, and I stand in solidarity with the communities that have experienced their own traumas as a result,” Nelson, D-Montgomery, said. “The investigation that we are expecting will help us determine accountability measures needed and identify necessary policy changes that we can craft at the state level that will enhance community safety at home. Those changes may come in the Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for March 1, 2024: The right to a clean environment

(Mar 01, 2024)

There are 61 words in Pennsylvania’s constitution that has led to a great deal of political fighting and infuriatingly insufficient governance. Read more

 

PLBC supports Cheney University community in accreditation fight

(Feb 23, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today stood with Cheney University officials, the student community, Gov. Josh Shapiro and others at a rally in support of efforts to remove the nation’s first historically Black college from probation in its accreditation. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently placed Cheyney on probation and gave university officials until March 1 to submit a plan that maps out how they plan to continue educating students should they fully lose their accreditation. The event acted both as a celebration of the university’s 187 th anniversary and a rally to fight back against what they consider unfair and groundless treatment by MSCHE. Rep. Napoleon Nelson, PLBC chairman, and Sen. Vince Hughes, who previously chaired the PLBC and is now the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a Cheyney University Trustee, both offered remarks. PLBC members Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, and Rep. Carol Kazeem, D-Delaware, joined Nelson and Hughes on behalf of the caucus. According to university officials who also spoke at the event, MSCHE auditors made multiple on-site evaluations at the university last year and offered them a clean bill of health. So it was a complete surprise to them to be placed on probation and threatened with losing their accreditation. “Cheyney University is the nation’s oldest Historically Black Read more

 

Nelson weekly email update for May 24, 2024: Thank you Veterans, Bethlehem Pike update
8 hours ago

Nelson weekly email update for May 17, 2024: Meet the new intern, Learn about the home-buying process
May 17, 2024

Roebuck’s death mourned by members of Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus
May 16, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for May 10, 2024: Jenkintown's 150th anniversary; How I voted
May 10, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for May 3, 2024: Advice to the Class of 2024
May 03, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for April 25 2024: Never underestimate your power
Apr 29, 2024

2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®): What You Need to Know:  
Apr 26, 2024

Rabb, Nelson introduce legislation to help families inheriting properties without a will
Apr 25, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for April 18 2024: Reminder: Environmental Conference is Friday
Apr 18, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for April 12 2024
Apr 12, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for April 5 2024: Combatting homelessness, Monday is the deadline to register for the primary election
Apr 05, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for March 29, 2024: Environmental Conference is April 19; How I voted in Harrisburg
Apr 01, 2024

PLBC honors five with Crystal Bird Fauset Leadership Awards
Mar 28, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for March 22, 2024: Environmental Conference is April 19
Mar 22, 2024

Nelson introduces bills to address students' mental health
Mar 20, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for March 15, 2024: Environmental Conference has been rescheduled for Friday, April 19; Coffee with the Rep postponed
Mar 15, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for March 8, 2024: International Women’s Day and other news and notes
Mar 08, 2024

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, House Philadelphia Delegation, LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus release statement on Pennsylvania State Police traffic stop and arrest
Mar 05, 2024

Nelson weekly email update for March 1, 2024: The right to a clean environment
Mar 01, 2024

PLBC supports Cheney University community in accreditation fight
Feb 23, 2024