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Burgos condemns PennAg Industries VP for insensitive migrant workers comments

Alivio a restaurantes, bares y clubes para ayudar a los trabajadores una prioridad en el Paquete Legislativo Democrático de la Cámara

(Jul 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, 28 de julio - Citando los impactos que COVID-19 está teniendo en la industria de restaurantes de Pennsylvania y una reciente encuesta de Yelp que muestra que más de la mitad de los restaurantes podrían estar cerrados permanentemente debido al impacto del virus, los demócratas en Harrisburg han redactado un paquete legislativo destinado a proporcionar alivio a los dueños de negocios en Pennsylvania. El paquete incluye nueve proyectos de ley que proporcionar subsidios a restaurantes locales, bares y clubes; reducir y eliminar las tasas de licencia específicas; extender descuentos a los licenciatarios; y proteger a las empresas asegurando que su seguro paga en futuras emergencias. Estos esfuerzos proporcionarán alivio directo a una industria empresarial de Pennsylvania que el virus ha golpeado duro, dijeron los líderes demócratas de la Cámara. Las restricciones establecidas han sido necesarias en la respuesta del estado a COVID-19. Los líderes dijeron que reconocen las dificultades que el virus ha seguido planteando en la industria de restaurantes. Los restaurantes han servido como telón de fondo para muchas ocasiones de la vida y momentos especiales y necesitan apoyo ahora más que nunca. El paquete demócrata de la Cámara incluye: CARES otorga fondos del gobierno federal a pequeños restaurantes en lugar de Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police

(Jul 09, 2020)

In response to Vice President Mike Pence visiting with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, the Police Reform Working Group, made up of state and county elected officials and advocates, released the following statement:“As members of the Police Reform Working Group, we believe that the path to achieving community safety and racial justice in Pennsylvania must be two-fold. First, we must improve our current system of policing through accountability, oversight, and tangible policy changes that will diminish instances of police brutality against all citizens, but especially against the Black community. Second, we must work with communities to transform and re-envision policing itself through bold systemic changes that center around those most impacted by police violence and structural racism. Read more

 

Don’t Disappear – Fill Out Your Census Form

(Jul 06, 2020)

Your community needs you to speak up and get counted – don’t disappear. Visit 2020census.gov today and shape a brighter future for everyone, starting with you. Read more

 

Burgos stomps out disaster declaration termination rumors

(Jun 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today issued a statement quelling the misinformation that Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency disaster declaration was eliminated. Burgos’ statement follows a widespread rumor claiming that the passage of H.R. 836 – a resolution that only aims to end the declaration – in the House and Senate means that the legislation has now become law. “My office has received many, many calls asking about the validity of this hearsay, while some also have taken to blindly sharing an image that erroneously declares that the declaration has been terminated because it passed both chambers,” Burgos said. “To dispel those rumors, I want to make it clear that the emergency declaration disaster is still in effect and all Pennsylvanians are still required to follow the guidelines set by the state Department of Health to continue to help curb spreading the virus. This especially means wearing masks and practicing proper social distancing while out in public and running essential errands.” Burgos reiterated that the resolution’s passage does not make it a law and highlighted the dire consequences that H.R. 836 carries. “It requires a signature by the governor to be binding, and Governor Wolf has adamantly expressed that he intends to veto the resolution because it not only puts countless lives at risk, but it also stands to inflict Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group looks forward to working with Mayor Kenney

(Jun 09, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement in response to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s commitment to police reform: “To bring about true and meaningful law enforcement reform, we must work together with leaders at all levels of government so the voices of those we represent can be heard and forward-thinking change achieved. We’ve already had several conversations with Mayor Kenney’s administration and those discussions have been promising. We appreciate the mayor’s willingness to listen and believe that his announcement today is the first step in what will be a long, but productive, journey to reform. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform

(Jun 04, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s adoption today of their request for a state-level deputy inspector general aimed at improving law enforcement conduct, as well as Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s, along with the Fraternal Order of Police’s, support of a confidential database to track complaints against police officers: Read more

 

Philadelphia elected officials call for state, local reform of community-police relationships

(Jun 02, 2020)

In the midst of civil unrest across Pennsylvania ignited by the murder of George Floyd, elected officials from Philadelphia introduced a series of much-needed reforms aimed at improving community/police relationships. Read more

 

Burgos condemns PennAg Industries VP for insensitive migrant workers comments

(May 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today issued a statement condemning comments made by PennAg Industries Executive Vice President Christian Herr about immigrant migrant agriculture workers during a House Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee meeting on Tuesday. Herr, during a committee discussion about the vulnerability of farming employees —a workforce mostly comprised of migrants -- temporarily residing in farm labor camp housing in the wake of the pandemic, said that “ethnic families, close-knit families ride the buses to these facilities together,” describing their lengthy travels to commercial food processing facilities for employment that involves working for long hours and for low pay, while living in subpar employer-sponsored housing conditions as “cultural in many ways.” Burgos said he was deeply angered by Herr’s remarks, calling them insensitive and dehumanizing. He also said Herr’s assertion that the overrepresentation of migrants enduring these exploitative practices are their customary traditions absolves perpetrators instituting this predation of any accountability. “I am deeply disturbed that Herr is so morally bankrupt that he’s able to causally contort the systemic exploitation of marginalized people-- desperately trying to survive and provide for their families-- performing physically taxing labor in exchange for a pittance Read more

 

Rep. Burgos, Democratic colleagues, urge Supreme Court to protect residents from evictions and foreclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic

(May 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 14 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today, with dozens of House and Senate colleagues, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to urge the court to issue an order to stave off evictions and foreclosures for 90 days after a county is moved from the “red” to the “yellow” phase by Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration. Currently, an executive order from the governor extends a stay on foreclosures and evictions through July 10. “The governor’s order to delay evictions and foreclosures is a start, but we must consider the many Pennsylvanians who have been struggling to make ends meet during this pandemic. Many will be fiscally stunted, and realistically, the timeframe for many to gradually recoup their finances after months of lacking steady income will surpass July,” Burgos said. “We can’t allow families and small business trying to gain financial stability relive the stresses, or even experience the reality of losing their homes and livelihoods, which is why we are calling on the Supreme Court to enact this deferment.” With the support of many other lawmakers in both chambers, the letter highlights a shared concern that COVID-19 could continue to cause serious challenges for many Pennsylvanians whose counties were among the first to shut down and will remain in the red phase for a longer period of time. The order would cover commercial properties also to ensure Read more

 

Reps. Kenyatta, Burgos and Fiedler urge Congress to include undocumented workers in any COVID-19 response legislation

(Apr 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Danilo Burgos and Elizabeth Fiedler, all D-Phila., introduced a resolution urging Congress to also acknowledge the roughly 10 million undocumented workers in any COVID-19 financial response legislation. The resolution comes as the federal government issues portions of the historic $2 trillion financial assistance package to individuals and businesses to help mitigate the adverse economic impacts resulting from the pandemic. “There are roughly over 10 million undocumented people living in America paying billions of dollars in state and federal taxes yearly, yet many will never benefit from the services they constantly contribute to,” said Kenyatta, who represents the 181 st Legislative District. “In this time of desperation, our government should not be complicit in watching this vulnerable population that has time and again proven themselves to be a pillar of America’s economy continue to suffer.” Burgos, representing the 197 th District, concurred with Kenyatta saying, “Undocumented immigrants consistently pay about 8 percent of their income in taxes, a sizeable percentage for many who are relegated to working low-paying jobs with no benefits. These workers produce many of the essential goods we heavily rely on, even more so during this pandemic, yet they receive nothing for their labor.” Adding to Burgos’ assertion, Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 22, 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

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource map

(Mar 18, 2020)

The City of Philadelphia has published lists of hospitals, urgent care clinics equipped to accept seriously ill patients, and lists of schools and community centers serving free breakfast and lunch for students and others. Please find resources near you using the maps below: 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 13, 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

 

Burgos Spring 2020 Newsletter

(Feb 25, 2020)

Stay up-to-date on what's happening around our community and my work on your behalf in Harrisburg! Read more

 

When everyone is counted, we all benefit

(Feb 24, 2020)

Here's why participating in the 2020 Census is critical to you, your family and our communities. Read more

 

Burgos headlines Dominican Independence Day ceremony, introduces resolution

(Feb 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 –State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., on Wednesday led a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol to honor the 176 th anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic. “I am honored to headline this ceremony which celebrates the rich history and accomplishments of Dominicans to our great state for a second year,” Burgos said. “Events like this showcase past prominent Dominicans up to the present and highlight how we can focus on future endeavors for our community.” Burgos, the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, was joined by keynote speaker George Fernandez of the Latino Connection and other Latino organizations from around the state, including the Dominican Association of PA Inc., a statewide charitable organization that provides support to Dominicans. Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, also attended. Spanglish, a Dominican dance group, performed a traditional Dominican dance ensemble. Solidifying visibility and recognition of the contributions of the Dominican community to Pennsylvania, the freshman legislator recently introduced a House resolution that would recognize Feb. 27 as “Dominican Independence Day” in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Burgos to host Dominican Independence Day ceremony Wednesday in Harrisburg, introduces resolution

(Jan 31, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., will host a ceremony in honor of the 176 th anniversary of the independence of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The ceremony will be held from 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. The freshman legislator will be joined by keynote speaker George Fernandez of the Latino Connection, other Latino organizations from around the state, including the Dominican Association of PA Inc., a statewide charitable organization that provides support to Dominicans. Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, will also be attending. Guests can watch a traditional Dominican dance ensemble performed by Spanglish, a teen Dominican dance group. Burgos is the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and has recently introduced a House resolution that would recognize Feb. 27 as “Dominican Independence Day” in Pennsylvania. “I am honored to headline this ceremony celebrating the contributions that the Dominican community have made to Pennsylvania for a second year,” Burgos said. “I’m proud to highlight my community’s accomplishments in this way and spearhead having those contributions, and rich history and culture intertwined in our state’s history.” Lunch will be served before the ceremony at 11 a.m. in Room 39 in the East Wing of the Capitol for invited guests. ### Read more

 

Cruz, Burgos será el anfitrión de radio telethon para recaudar dinero para los esfuerzos de socorro del terremoto en Puerto Rico

(Jan 28, 2020)

Ángel Cruz y Danilo Burgos, ambos D-Phila., están organizando un teletón de radio desde la 1 p.m. hasta las 6 p.m. este sábado, el 1 de febrero para ayudar a recaudar dinero para las víctimas del sísmica en Puerto Rico. La recaudación de fondos, llamada Rescata a Puerto Rico, se llevará a cabo en el Restaurante Izla Verde, ubicado en 2725 N. American St., 19133. "Puerto Rico necesita nuestra ayuda ahora más que nunca", dijo Cruz. “Me rompe el corazón ver a las familias obligadas a dormir afuera, luchando por recoger las piezas. Ahora es el momento que necesitamos para unirnos y ayudar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas a volver a ponerse de pie.” Una serie de terremotos , incluido uno con una magnitud de 6.4, azotaron la isla a principios de este mes, destruyendo hogares y anulando el poder. “Tenemos vecinos en todas nuestras comunidades con seres queridos y amigos en Puerto Rico que dependen de nosotros para recibir asistencia,” explicó Burgos. "Todos son bienvenidos a unirse a nosotros para ayudar en los esfuerzos de recuperación y mostrar apoyo a las miles de víctimas.” Cualquier persona que busque más información sobre la recaudación de fondos puede comunicarse con la oficina de Cruz o visitar www.vocespr.org . ### Read more

 

Cruz, Burgos to host radio telethon to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Puerto Rico

(Jan 27, 2020)

State Reps. Angel Cruz and Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., are hosting a radio telethon from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 1 to help raise money for earthquake victims in Puerto Rico. The fundraiser, named Rescata A Puerto Rico, will be held at Izla Verde Restaurant, located at 2725 N. American St., 19133. “Puerto Rico needs our help now more than ever,” Cruz said. “It breaks my heart to see families forced to sleep outside, struggling to pick up the pieces. Now is the time we need to come together and help our brothers and sisters get back on their feet.” A series of earthquakes , including one with a magnitude of 6.4, struck the island earlier this month, destroying homes and knocking out power. “We have neighbors across our communities with loved ones and friends in Puerto Rico who are counting on us for assistance,” Burgos explained. “Everyone is welcome to join us in aiding in the recovery efforts and showing support for the thousands of victims.” Anyone seeking more information about the fundraiser can contact Cruz’s office or visit www.vocespr.org . Read more

 

Burgos applauds new appointees to PA commission on Latino affairs

(Jan 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today congratulated the 15 newly appointed commissioners and the 18 returning commissioners sworn in to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. “I commend this group of commissioners, who not only represent the cultural diversity of our community, but also career and geographical diversity. Each appointee lends a tremendous amount of experience and each demonstrates the potential that our exponentially growing community possesses,” Burgos said. “These roles carry immense responsibility and I look forward in helping to shoulder this responsibility as we work together in not only improving the quality of life of Pennsylvania’s Latinos, but also showcasing the caliber of our worth and contributions across our commonwealth.” GACLA, established by executive order in 2015 and comprising volunteer members, is dedicated to advising the governor on policies that impact Latino American communities and ensures that Latinos across the commonwealth are given the opportunity to thrive in community development, education, equal rights, the workforce, and health and social services in the commonwealth. The list of the new and returning appointees can be found at this link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-appoints-33-members-to-the-governors-advisory-commission-on-latino-affairs/ . Read more

 

Alivio a restaurantes, bares y clubes para ayudar a los trabajadores una prioridad en el Paquete Legislativo Democrático de la Cámara
Jul 28, 2020

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police
Jul 09, 2020

Don’t Disappear – Fill Out Your Census Form
Jul 06, 2020

Burgos stomps out disaster declaration termination rumors
Jun 11, 2020

Police Reform Working Group looks forward to working with Mayor Kenney
Jun 09, 2020

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform
Jun 04, 2020

Philadelphia elected officials call for state, local reform of community-police relationships
Jun 02, 2020

Burgos condemns PennAg Industries VP for insensitive migrant workers comments
May 28, 2020

Rep. Burgos, Democratic colleagues, urge Supreme Court to protect residents from evictions and foreclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic
May 14, 2020

Reps. Kenyatta, Burgos and Fiedler urge Congress to include undocumented workers in any COVID-19 response legislation
Apr 17, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 22, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource map
Mar 18, 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 13, 2020

Burgos Spring 2020 Newsletter
Feb 25, 2020

When everyone is counted, we all benefit
Feb 24, 2020

Burgos headlines Dominican Independence Day ceremony, introduces resolution
Feb 06, 2020

Burgos to host Dominican Independence Day ceremony Wednesday in Harrisburg, introduces resolution
Jan 31, 2020

Cruz, Burgos será el anfitrión de radio telethon para recaudar dinero para los esfuerzos de socorro del terremoto en Puerto Rico
Jan 28, 2020

Cruz, Burgos to host radio telethon to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Puerto Rico
Jan 27, 2020

Burgos applauds new appointees to PA commission on Latino affairs
Jan 10, 2020