Cruz praises Latino Clergy Day celebration

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus, today applauded the celebration of the Latino Clergy Day at the PA House as part of Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. A group of more than 20 pastors from around the Commonwealth were welcomed at the Capitol and met with members of the Latino Caucus. They also took the opportunity to discuss issues impacting Hispanics in Pennsylvania. “I believe this was a remarkable way to kick off the Hispanic Heritage Month. I feel honored to bring this special group to the Capitol,” Cruz said. “The clergy also prayed for victims of Hurricane Fiona after the island was hit with massive flooding and mudslides. This was a meaningful way to embrace our culture and heritage.” The group -- led by Robert Albino, Church Ambassador Network outreach coordinator/Latino engagement -- was also recognized on the House floor and had their picture taken with Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler. Read more

 

Summer 2022 Newsletter!

(Aug 29, 2022)

Celebrating 22 years of service! Read more

 

Cruz to introduce bill to help curb crime and violence with statewide gun buyback program

(Jul 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – To help combat crime and violence and reduce the number of guns sold on the streets, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he plans to advance legislation that would allow civilians to sell legal and illegal firearms to law enforcement agencies without prosecution for possession. “I am proposing legislation requiring the Office of Attorney General to establish a statewide gun buyback program in conjunction with the commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police,” Cruz said. “Under the program, anyone surrendering a firearm would be able to do so anonymously, without the threat of prosecution and also receive an incentive.” According to the lawmaker, gun buyback programs have served communities by decreasing gun suicide risks, providing opportunities for safe storage education, and aiding localities in identifying guns used in unsolved crimes. Cruz pointed out that despite these benefits, gun buyback programs are often sporadically available and under- or inconsistently funded. “Given the broad, bipartisan support for these programs -- 87% of Democrats support such a program, as do 73% of independents and 66% of Republicans -- we must work together to ensure their sustainability.” Read more

 

Cruz announces school bus video monitoring bill

(Jun 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced he is proposing legislation that would require all school buses to include a video monitoring system. “As we send children off to school, we hope their school bus will serve as a safe haven from potential threats,” Cruz said. “The reality is that more than 17 million school bus stop-arm violations occur nationwide every school year and 10% of all student bullying happens on school buses. We need to do more to enhance student safety and hold bad actors accountable.” Cruz’s legislation would require all school buses to include a video monitoring system that at a minimum includes an internal camera positioned so that every seat is visible and either an external camera or an internal camera positioned outward so that the road ahead can be seen. For more information, contact Cruz’s district office at (215) 291-5643. Read more

 

Cruz announces animal abuse registry bill

(Jun 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that he is proposing legislation requiring people convicted of an animal abuse crime to register with a statewide registry to be established by the PA State Police. “Animal abuse registries allow law enforcement to hold convicted individuals more accountable and provide additional resources to animal shelters to prevent abusers from adopting and abusing again,” Cruz said. “Without an animal abuse registry, it’s extremely easy for people with prior animal abuse convictions to acquire more animals and commit repeat offenses.” Additionally, Cruz’s legislation would require the county sheriff to provide all county residences, schools, humane societies, animal shelters and any other business within a half-mile radius of the offender’s residence or location with the registration information of the offender within 10 days of receiving a registration. The information would be maintained for seven years to a lifetime, depending on the number of convictions. Failure to register would be a third-degree felony and repeat offenders who fail to register would commit a second-degree felony. More information about the proposed legislation is available by contacting Cruz’s district office at 215-291-5643. Read more

 

Cruz: Keeping Abortion Safe and Legal

(Jun 28, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz is sad that in this nation we are going backwards instead of expanding women's rights. He feels that no one should be telling women what to do with their bodies. Here in Pa., abortion is still safe and legal and he is working to keep it that way. Read more

 

Cruz demands Gov. Wolf and PA Education Department address state charter school inequities

(May 25, 2022)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Angel Cruz joined the National Puerto Rican Agenda and other community leaders at a rally on the Capitol steps yesterday demanding Gov. Tom Wolf address racial inequities on the State Charter School Appeal Board. “We’re gathered here to let the secretary of Education and Governor Tom Wolf know that they cannot make decisions about our school districts without visiting our schools and considering the latest data,” Cruz said. “Philadelphia turned over these school districts as renaissance schools. Now that they have finally started to find their footing, we are told the Philadelphia School District will be taking back these schools. I implore them to reconsider their decision. As safety, attendance, and grades have all increased, it would be a shame to take all that progress away from these children, their schools and families.” “Don’t take our school from us,” said Savana Diaz, an eighth grader from John B. Stetson Charter School. “It’s the only good thing we have going on in our community. As a student, I know that. Please do not take it from us.” According to Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, which has managed the John B. Stetson Charter School and Olney Charter High School since 2011, Aspira has made dramatic improvements in both schools. Since Aspira began managing the schools, enrollment, attendance and academics have all improved. Compared to peer schools, Aspira has Read more

 

Cruz: Renew Aspira Charter Schools

(May 25, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz is imploring Gov. Tom Wolf and the Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty to reconsider their nonrenewal of Aspira Charter Schools. He says that these schools have never been safer, with attendance and grade averages on the rise. He does not want all of their work to improve to be for nothing, and has heard from students that this school is one of the only good things they have to look forward to in their community. Read more

 

Isaacson, Cruz tout $1.5M state funding for Kensington Avenue improvements

(Apr 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State grant funding for $1.5 million will help build improvements along Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia, state Reps. Mary Isaacson and Angel Cruz, both D-Phila., said today. The New Kensington Community Development Corporation was awarded $1.5 million in state funding to build out Kensington Avenue with spaces for outdoor programming, plazas for artists and entrepreneurs, and an access point to the future Richmond Industrial Trail. “For far too long, the Kensington neighborhood has been ignored and left to address daily quality-of-life issues on their own," Isaacson said. "This vital funding will invest in the neighbors and residents by revitalizing vacant lots and turning them into areas of recreation and community gathering, while also connecting them to green spaces. I am proud of the incredible work that NKCDC does every single day for all of us and honored to work with them.” “This money will help bring artist, entrepreneurs and the community together to provide a safe space to live, work, play and provide much needed access for residents to the forthcoming Richmond Industrial Trail,” Cruz said. “I am both happy and proud to have helped secure this grant to bring about change along Kensington Avenue.” Specifically, this project funding will help acquire eight properties in a 0.75-mile stretch of Kensington Avenue and transform them into avenue “anchors." Read more

 

State Rep. Angel Cruz secures $1.5 million RACP grant for A & Indiana Campus

(Apr 22, 2022)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was instrumental in securing an RACP grant worth $1.5 million for Impact Services at the A & Indiana Campus in Philadelphia. This funding will renovate the Mill Building into a mixed-use space with affordable housing and a multi-tenant community services building. It will be renovated, keeping historic requirements and include new floors, historic windows, roofing and provide parking access for the building. “This project will make a huge difference in the lives of many people,” Cruz said. “I am proud to help secure this grant, which will help alleviate Philadelphia’s housing crisis, and provide much needed services to the community, and thankful to Governor Wolf for releasing this funding to help our constituents.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which this grant was awarded, is a commonwealth grant program overseen by the Office of the Budget to assist with regional cultural, economic, civic and historical projects that improve a community’s economic growth by creating jobs. Read more

 

Reps. Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz and Manny Guzman: Redistricting plan will improve Latino representation

(Jan 16, 2022)

Latino representation is lacking in Pennsylvania, particularly when you consider the growth that has occurred across Pennsylvania over the last decade. The LRC plan makes major strides in correcting this injustice and restoring fairness in representation in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

State Rep. Angel Cruz announces $1 million in redevelopment funding for A & Indiana Campus

(Dec 06, 2021)

State Rep. Angel Cruz announces $1 million in redevelopment funding for A & Indiana Campus HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Angel Cruz D-Philadelphia today announced $1 million in state grant funding was awarded to further economic and housing development efforts in his legislative district. Cruz said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will help Impact Services Corp provide affordable housing options and easily accessible community services in the same building at the A & Indiana Campus. “Philadelphia has had a housing crisis that has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cruz said. “This funding will create opportunities for Philadelphians to get back on their feet while providing easy access to community services.” The project will include renovation of the 150,000 square-foot Mill building, converting it into mixed-use spaces that will provide affordable housing and community services. The renovations will meet all historic requirements, and include new flooring, roofing repairs, elevator installation, and will address parking issues for easier access to the building. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects Read more

 

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open

(Nov 03, 2021)

The 2022 Open Enrollment Period for Pennsylvanians seeking health insurance coverage through Pennie is now open (as of Monday, Nov. 1) and will remain open through Jan. 15, 2022 . Pennie connects customers with financial aid and helps them shop for, compare and purchase health insurance. Nearly everyone qualifies for savings because of the American Rescue Plan. Pennie was created through legislation in 2019, moving Pennsylvania from the federal-based exchange to a state-based marketplace, which helped residents save hundreds – and, in some cases, thousands – of dollars on health insurance. Customers may see additional savings when enrolling in a 2022 Pennie plan because of the American Rescue Plan, according to state Rep. Tony DeLuca , Democratic Chairman of the House Insurance Committee. If you have questions, Pennie has answers via its FAQ page . Visit Pennie.com or call 1-844-844-8040 for more information. While open enrollment continues through Jan. 15, 2022, the last day to enroll for coverage starting Jan. 1 is Dec. 15, 2021 . Visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department website for more information on how to get health insurance. Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Oct 21, 2021)

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Read more

 

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters

(Oct 21, 2021)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus, today called for swift and significant action to correct a mistake made by Berks County elections officials that could have significant ramifications for thousands of Latino voters in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Cruz proposes bill to ban deceptive tactics in police interrogations

(Sep 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., has proposed a bill that would ban deceptive tactics in police interrogations. Under state law, police officers are permitted to use deceptive tactics to secure a confession or incriminating statement. Practices that attempt to get suspects to confess to a crime, even if they didn’t commit one, have become commonplace during custodial interrogations. This is due to the assumption that only the guilty would confess. “My legislation would prohibit law enforcement officers from using deceptive interrogation tactics against any individual suspected of a crime. No innocent suspect should be pressured into confessing to a crime they didn’t commit,” said Cruz. According to The Innocence Project, more than 30% of wrongful convictions that have been overturned by DNA evidence as a result of false confessions, were attributed largely to deceptive interrogation tactics. Cruz said that deceptive tactics do not ensure that any statement provided by the accused is valid. "Presenting false information and misleading a suspect can lead to the accused admitting to a crime they did not commit," he said, pointing to the recent case where three Philadelphia cops were charged for their role in the wrongful conviction of Anthony Wright. Wright was falsely convicted of rape and served a 25-year sentence. One of the factors that led to Wright’s conviction was that he signed a Read more

 

Cruz to introduce legislation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month this year in Pennsylvania

(Sep 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that he is introducing legislation to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania. “An estimated 896,000 Hispanic Americans live in Pennsylvania, as entrepreneurs, students, community leaders, essential workers and so much more. They are a diverse and resilient people, who have made immeasurable and historic contributions to our society,” Cruz said. “Our commonwealth must continue recognizing the history and legacy of Hispanic Americans.” Cruz, who serves as chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus (the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus that seeks to advocate for Latino Pennsylvanians), said that observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Reagan, starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15, and is in association with the independence anniversaries of several Latin American nations, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. Read more

 

Cruz: We must do more to ensure dignity for incarcerated pregnant and postpartum individuals

(Aug 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, is introducing legislation that would prohibit all body cavity searches of pregnant and postpartum inmates unless performed by a licensed medical professional. “All intimate body searches can be degrading, even humiliating, due to their intrusive nature. However, for pregnant and postpartum incarcerated people, body cavity searches can be harmful if carried out by a correctional employee without medical training,” Cruz said. “While it is sometimes necessary to conduct invasive searches of these vulnerable individuals, my legislation would ensure that they should only be performed by trained and authorized health care professionals.” By mandating that only licensed medical professionals may conduct these invasive procedures, Cruz’s bill would ensure greater care and safety for the incarcerated pregnant and postpartum population. This legislation would also provide a method to track compliance with the law and detect patterns of unwarranted searches among commonwealth jails and prisons. “Our nation, including our commonwealth, is in the wake of a maternal mortality crisis and subjecting incarcerated pregnant people to situations that are harmful to them and their unborn child exacerbates this devasting crisis,” said Cruz. Cruz’s bill would call for correctional employees to conduct searches only Read more

 

Cruz announces official recognition of first bicameral, bipartisan Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly

(Jun 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus, today announced that the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus that seeks to advocate for Latino Pennsylvanians has been officially recognized in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. “The Latino population in Pennsylvania grows exponentially each year, and it is time to finally recognize the importance of Latinos in our public policies,” Cruz said. “I’m thrilled that House Democratic Leader McClinton has given the Latino Affairs Caucus official recognition in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The caucus benefits all Pennsylvanians as we work together across party lines and across both chambers to continue to educate the public about Latino issues and advance Latino causes in our legislative efforts.” “This is exciting and extremely significant, especially as we’ve seen a growing number of Latino legislators in Harrisburg in recent years,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton. “I’m proud to join Representative Cruz in embracing diversity and inclusion in the legislature, and this caucus is a great example of that collective commitment.” Established in 2015, the Latino Affairs Caucus focuses on issues important to Pennsylvania’s Latino communities and explores what public policies are necessary to address the needs of Latinos across Pennsylvania. The current list of Read more

 

Pashinski, Cruz introduce legislation to stretch PA SNAP dollars

(Apr 28, 2021)

State Representatives Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, announced today that they have introduced H.B. 1275, legislation establishing the Pennsylvania Preferred Food Bucks Program to provide benefit incentives to SNAP participants when they purchase certain healthy foods. Read more

 

Cruz praises Latino Clergy Day celebration
Sep 20, 2022

Summer 2022 Newsletter!
Aug 29, 2022

Cruz to introduce bill to help curb crime and violence with statewide gun buyback program
Jul 01, 2022

Cruz announces school bus video monitoring bill
Jun 28, 2022

Cruz announces animal abuse registry bill
Jun 28, 2022

Cruz: Keeping Abortion Safe and Legal
Jun 28, 2022

Cruz demands Gov. Wolf and PA Education Department address state charter school inequities
May 25, 2022

Cruz: Renew Aspira Charter Schools
May 25, 2022

Isaacson, Cruz tout $1.5M state funding for Kensington Avenue improvements
Apr 26, 2022

State Rep. Angel Cruz secures $1.5 million RACP grant for A & Indiana Campus
Apr 22, 2022

Reps. Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz and Manny Guzman: Redistricting plan will improve Latino representation
Jan 16, 2022

State Rep. Angel Cruz announces $1 million in redevelopment funding for A & Indiana Campus
Dec 06, 2021

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open
Nov 03, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Oct 21, 2021

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters
Oct 21, 2021

Cruz proposes bill to ban deceptive tactics in police interrogations
Sep 07, 2021

Cruz to introduce legislation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month this year in Pennsylvania
Sep 01, 2021

Cruz: We must do more to ensure dignity for incarcerated pregnant and postpartum individuals
Aug 12, 2021

Cruz announces official recognition of first bicameral, bipartisan Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly
Jun 17, 2021

Pashinski, Cruz introduce legislation to stretch PA SNAP dollars
Apr 28, 2021