Conversation on gun violence, grocery store grand opening; events recap

Gun violence discussion with PLBC and Gov. Wolf

Last Friday, I joined Rep. Jordan Harris and my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus for a conversation on gun violence with Gov. Tom Wolf. We brought the governor to our neighborhoods so he could witness the effects that we have unfortunately seen far too many times. As a survivor of gun violence, I know the effects of losing a loved one to these senseless crimes. The time for talk is over – we must work now to construct a plan to address this public health crisis. Check the video recap below.  

Comments on Mayor Jim Kenney’s city budget address

Last week, Mayor Jim Kenney gave a budget address outlining his priorities in the new citywide budget. While I do applaud the mayor’s top priorities – education, homelessness prevention, and other public health measures – I believe we must strive to find innovative methods to fund city services. It is not sustainable to continue to put larger burdens on our taxpayers. Read my full comments here.

Addressing domestic abuse and gun violence on Comcast Newsmakers

Did you know that the presence of a firearm in the home increases the risk of homicide during a domestic violence incident by 500 percent? I recently spoke on Comcast Newsmakers about my new legislation, H.B. 2097, that would help create a statewide registry to notify law enforcement officials and abuse victims when those with domestic violence charges purchase firearms. This warning system would allow victims to begin making plans that, sadly, can often mean the difference between life and death. Watch the discussion of my legislation below.

Second Apprentice Prep with the Rep Workshop

My second “Apprenticeship Prep with the Rep” was held to a packed house last week.  With representatives from Steamfitters Local 240, we were able to educate all in attendance on how to become a member of a building trades union. Are you interested in learning more? I am holding two additional information sessions this month, on March 15 and March 29. Call my district office at 215-744-7901 for more information and to RSVP.

Grand Opening: ShopRite of Bridge and Harbison

Welcome to the neighborhood, ShopRite! Last week, the ShopRite of Bridge and Harbison celebrated its grand opening. Located in the Shoppes at Wissinoming Shopping Center, and funded in part through state-provided tax breaks I helped secure, this grocery store will provide our community with access to fresh produce, meat, and many other high-quality food items. This store has been in the making for years and would not have been possible without the work of so many engaged community members.

$500,000 grant to help make transit along Roosevelt Blvd. safer

Changes to make transit stops along Roosevelt Boulevard safer and more pedestrian-friendly will soon be on the way thanks to a $500,000 grant I’ve helped secure. With the help of my colleague Rep. Emilio Vázquez and Sens. Tina Tartaglione and Sharif Street, we’ve been able to secure funds that will help make our community a safer place. We fight hard in Harrisburg to help bring back dollars to improve our districts.

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