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Bullock commends budget proposal, looks forward to working with Gov. Wolf

Bullock announces more than $500K in education equity grants

(Apr 23, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock announced today that education equity grants totaling more than $500,000 have been awarded to schools in her district to provide access and inclusion for all learners. “Education is the key to opportunity for all of our students,” Bullock said. “Unfortunately, educational opportunities are not equal for all of our students. But grant awards like these help to bring equity to the table, enabling more students to have more access to the tools they need to be their best.” Grants were awarded to: Philadelphia City School District, awarded $500,000. Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School, awarded $37,926. The grants, Continuing of Education Equity Grants, are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which administers the grants. The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment like laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials like paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving the grants. ### Read more

 

PLBC commends Gov Wolf's new Health Disparity task force

(Apr 17, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 16 - State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statement Wednesday commending Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for the newly announced COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity that will help to identify how the pandemic is impacting communities of color: “Governor Wolf has done a tremendous job tackling the Covid-19 pandemic so far, and his mitigation measures have helped ease some of the stress caused by this unexpected situation,” Kinsey said. “I am in full support of these additional steps that will hopefully reduce the outsized impact that Covid-19 is having on people of color.” "Anyone who has been paying attention knows that there are vast disparities in health care for people of color," state Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairwoman, said. "That isn't new, but in the midst of a global pandemic that has upended life for all of us, the disparities in health care for people of color are magnified. I'm grateful that Governor Wolf is prioritizing this issue. I look forward to helping in the effort any way that I can." “I’m grateful that Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor Fetterman have decided to take on this challenge,” state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, PLBC secretary, said. “We cannot pretend that there are no disparities in Read more

 

Funding Relief for Faith & Nonprofit Community

(Apr 15, 2020)

The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus presented a webinar to help nonprofit and faith-based organizations find funding relief through the Small Business Administration and other organizations. White House Policy Advisor and SBA Regional Administrator Ashley Bell was a featured speaker, in addition to other advocates and members of the PLBC. Read more

 

Bullock announces $25K safety grant for Metropolitan Baptist Church

(Mar 23, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded a $25,000 state grant to Metropolitan Baptist Church for safety and security measures. “While it’s difficult to think that safety and security measures are necessary to protect people in the places they gather to worship, it is an unfortunate reality, and I am grateful that this grant fund exists and that Metropolitan Baptist Church has received this funding,” Bullock said. “That said, my hope is that while Metropolitan Baptist Church uses this grant funding to improve safety at its facilities, our communities can continue to work to promote love and equity, and to diminish hate and ignorance.” The grant awarded to Metropolitan Baptist Church is one of 113 totaling more than $5 million that the commission approved this month. Metropolitan Baptist Church’s application for the grant funding was one of 805 applications submitted through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which was created after House Bill 859, which established the fund, was signed into law in November. The fund is specifically for nonprofit organizations that serve people, groups or institutions that are included within a bias-motivation category for single-bias hate crime incidents, as identified by the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication. The grant awards may be used for security Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 21, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

My district office is closed.

(Mar 16, 2020)

To reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the coronavirus, please be advised that my district office is closed to the general public until further notice. My staff and I will remain available remotely by phone and email, and meet with constituents by appointment as deemed necessary. Here's all my office contact information and a form to submit an email to me: https://pahouse.com/bullock/contact . Read more

 

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more

 

Reps. Rozzi, Bullock cancel ‘Homeless Youth’ rally out of concern for COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 12, 2020)

State Reps. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, have canceled their rally and press conference scheduled for Monday. The purpose of the rally and press conference was to raise awareness and call for action to help Pennsylvania’s rising number of homeless youth. Read more

 

Bullock announces $45K in cultural and historical grants for Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Girard College Foundation

(Mar 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 4 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced today that more than $45,000 in cultural and historical grants through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have been awarded to the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and the Girard College Foundation for general operating support. “Our state museums and historical sites are treasures that benefit us all,” Bullock said. “I’m very happy to see funding awarded to the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and the Girard College Foundation.” A grant for $40,000 – the maximum amount that any site, organization or foundation could receive – was awarded to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, and a grant for $5,206 was awarded to Girard College Foundation. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. The two awards Bullock announced are among 153 that were approved on Wednesday, totaling $2 million, to eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by visiting its website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . ### Read more

 

Bullock: PASSHE Schools Need Diversity & Tuition Reduction

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock discusses the importance of diversity in the schools of the State System of Higher Education and affordable education for young adults throughout the commonwealth during a state budget hearing at the state Capitol. Read more

 

Bullock: This House is Your House

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock takes a closer look at the House chamber and encourages people to schedule a visit. Read more

 

Bullock Fights For Teacher Diversity, Student Nutrition

(Mar 03, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock is committed to helping children succeed in the classroom. During today’s state budget hearing, she talked about the importance of teacher diversity and student nutrition with the Department of Education. Read more

 

Bullock applauds more than $2M in state grants to improve safety in Philadelphia schools

(Feb 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – In her ongoing effort to ensure safety in schools, state Rep. Donna Bullock, a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, today applauded over $2 million in state grants to support strengthening safety and security provisions in classrooms across Philadelphia. Bullock, D-Phila., said the funding was made available through the Committee, a subsidiary of Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “In the second year of this grant program, the statewide funding demand again far outstripped the available resources. Each school district received a minimum grant amount, and competitive grants were awarded to public school entities and community violence reduction partners,” Bullock said. “I want to thank all the members of the SSSC and the staff at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for their diligent work throughout this grant process, as well as our Appropriations Committee staff for their support.” The grant money is a part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee approval of $53.7 million in school safety and security grants to 524 school entities throughout the commonwealth. Read more

 

Winter NL 2020

(Feb 25, 2020)

Read this newsletter for updates from 2019 and a summary of Rep. Bullock's goals for 2020. Read more

 

Bullock Discusses Mass Transit, REAL ID During Budget Hearing

(Feb 25, 2020)

During a discussion with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock stressed the need to invest in mass transit and ensure that it’s accessible to everyone. Read more

 

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – Following Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli being reassigned on Tuesday to summary appeals after allegedly calling a Black female juror “Aunt Jemima” and making other racist remarks toward her, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now urging the Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate. Leading the effort are PLBC members representing Allegheny County, who condemned Tranquilli’s comments as another manifestation of a broken criminal justice system that systemically targets black and brown people. “The alleged comments made by Judge Mark Tranquilli are alarming on multiple fronts,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35 th Legislative District in Allegheny County. “On one hand we have an individual tasked with upholding the law to the highest extent but who clearly harbors bias and judgment toward defendants before a verdict is even reached. On the other hand, we have a judge who harbors an even stronger bias toward people of color, both of which are a recipe for disaster and an injustice to our community. I’m calling on the Judicial Conduct Review Board to do a thorough investigation into this matter.” State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, who represents the 24 th Legislative District, also in Allegheny County, echoed similar sentiments. “Our society is based on the belief that justice is blind – that regardless of race, color Read more

 

Bullock commends budget proposal, looks forward to working with Gov. Wolf

(Feb 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., applauded the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined yesterday by Gov. Tom Wolf. “Governor Wolf’s proposal sends a clear message that he is dedicated to creating a fairer, more equal Pennsylvania for everyone,” said Bullock, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “I want to help make these changes a reality by getting to the truth during budget hearings and learning how we can really set Pennsylvanians up for success in the future.” Bullock said Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “Education is hugely important for creating career opportunities, especially for people of color in Pennsylvania. I’m glad to see Governor Wolf’s commitment to creating pathways for students to learn without amassing crippling debt or leaving without options,” Bullock said. “Plans like this will help Pennsylvania maintain a competitive workforce that offers good jobs to qualified employees.” Wolf also demonstrated his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, renewing his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including Read more

 

Bullock stands with survivors, advocates to introduce Gun Violence Survivors Week

(Feb 03, 2020)

In her ongoing fight to end gun violence, state Rep. Donna Bullock today joined survivors and advocates from Moms Demand Action to mark the first week of February as Gun Violence Survivors Week in the commonwealth. “ Just days ago, a 4-year-old child in my community died from a gunshot wound inside his home,” said Bullock, D-Phila. “We can’t sit idly by and let these heartbreaking tragedies continue. Today, we honor the lives taken, stand with survivors, and vow to keep pushing to protect our communities, especially our children, from this public health crisis.” Bullock said her initiative ( H.R. 662 ) is meant to be another tool to help spread awareness on the social costs associated with gun violence, motivate improvements to public policies meant to prevent further bloodshed, and to give a voice to survivors who are often faced with a long road to recovery. " My mom was killed 6 years ago, and it still feels like it all happened yesterday," said Gina Pelusi, Everytown for Gun Safety survivor fellow and Moms Demand Action volunteer. "When someone is killed in such a sudden and violent way, it feels virtually impossible to wrap your head around the reality. The mental and physical toll of gun violence is something that survivor s will carry with them forever. We may learn to cope better over time, but we are never the same." As a member of the PA Safe Caucus , Bullock continues to work Read more

 

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Following the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with caucus members, reflected on the Pennsylvania native’s legacy and his activism, and spearhead bi-partisan effort to have Bryant’s memory etched in the state’s legislative record by way of a House resolution. “Lives were lost, and families are mourning. A wife and mother is mourning the loss of her husband and child; siblings are reeling from the loss of their father and sister,” Kinsey said. “Across the globe, our nation and in our commonwealth -- where Kobe grew up -- young children are trying to comprehend the death of a world-famous athlete, a role model they innocently thought was immortal. “Through basketball, Kobe inspired, unified and uplifted people around the world. As chairman of a legislative body that tirelessly advocates for policy that is inclusive and demands fairness for black lives across our commonwealth, I especially appreciate Kobe using his celebrity platform for his activism to elevate black voices by unapologetically wearing a ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt, compelling everyone to recognize our humanity and the pervasive culture of police brutality,” he said. State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, Read more

 

Bullock announces a more than $6,000 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for students

(Jan 28, 2020)

In her ongoing effort to sustain nutrition in school, state Rep. Donna Bullock announced a $6,261 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for its students. Bullock, D-Phila., said the funding, which is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will allow Morris Robert School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a walk-in refrigerator. “These upgrades reflect my commitment to help our schools provide children with sufficient food options during the school day,” Bullock explained. “Too many of our young people are forced to face hunger, and school is the one place they rely on for a quality meal.” The grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. “We need to support lunch programs, not lunch shaming. I will continue working to make school meals more affordable and accessible for students because a satisfied stomach leads to more focus, energy and motivation to succeed in the classroom,” Bullock said. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to Read more

 

Bullock announces more than $500K in education equity grants
Apr 23, 2020

PLBC commends Gov Wolf's new Health Disparity task force
Apr 17, 2020

Funding Relief for Faith & Nonprofit Community
Apr 15, 2020

Bullock announces $25K safety grant for Metropolitan Baptist Church
Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 21, 2020

My district office is closed.
Mar 16, 2020

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 12, 2020

Reps. Rozzi, Bullock cancel ‘Homeless Youth’ rally out of concern for COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 12, 2020

Bullock announces $45K in cultural and historical grants for Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Girard College Foundation
Mar 04, 2020

Bullock: PASSHE Schools Need Diversity & Tuition Reduction
Mar 03, 2020

Bullock: This House is Your House
Mar 03, 2020

Bullock Fights For Teacher Diversity, Student Nutrition
Mar 03, 2020

Bullock applauds more than $2M in state grants to improve safety in Philadelphia schools
Feb 27, 2020

Winter NL 2020
Feb 25, 2020

Bullock Discusses Mass Transit, REAL ID During Budget Hearing
Feb 25, 2020

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge
Feb 12, 2020

Bullock commends budget proposal, looks forward to working with Gov. Wolf
Feb 05, 2020

Bullock stands with survivors, advocates to introduce Gun Violence Survivors Week
Feb 03, 2020

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution
Jan 30, 2020

Bullock announces a more than $6,000 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for students
Jan 28, 2020