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Dawkins releases statement on death of Philadelphia Police Corporal James O’ Connor

(Mar 13, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 13 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, issued the following statement in response to the death of Philadelphia Police Corporal James O’Connor: “I am in shock over the tragic news this morning of the death of Corporal O’Connor. He was a 23-year veteran of the police force and served each day with honor and distinction. He spent the last 15 years on the SWAT Team working hard for the Frankford and Philadelphia communities,” Dawkins said. “O’Connor’s dedication to his neighbors was evident every day he served, and I send my deepest condolences to his friends, family and colleagues. Please keep Corporal O’Connor’s loved ones and the entire Philadelphia Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.” Read more

 

3/11/20 – Labor Jobs and Apprenticeships – Philadelphia

(Mar 12, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jason Dawkins. Read more

 

Dawkins on Good Jobs with a Living Wage

(Mar 12, 2020)

Chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins hosted a public hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss ways to get more people, especially young people, engaged in apprenticeships and union jobs that pay a living wage. Read more

 

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(Feb 18, 2020)

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(Feb 18, 2020)

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Philadelphia Delegation lauds Wolf’s 2020-21 state budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – The House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation today lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget proposal for including many of the priorities they identified as important to improving the quality of life for Philadelphians and for people across Pennsylvania, according to Delegation Chairman Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila. Wolf outlined his proposal before a joint session of the General Assembly this morning. Led by Dawkins, members of the Philadelphia Delegation met with the governor earlier in the year to stress their budget priorities, including state funding to rid Philadelphia schools of toxins and fix crumbling infrastructure; funding to reduce waiting lists and provide more support for seniors, people living in poverty and those with disabilities; raising the minimum wage to a living wage; creating good jobs with an education plan to provide the skills to fill them; and addressing poverty and gun violence as a public health crisis. “The Philadelphia Delegation is grateful for Governor Wolf’s vision for the state in this, his sixth budget plan,” Dawkins said. “His proposals are people-focused and seek to provide more opportunities for everyone, not just the privileged few. We will be a loud voice in making sure they are included this year.” Dawkins said the governor’s budget proposal includes $1.1 billion to ensure students, teachers and staff can learn and work in classrooms that aren’t Read more

 

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – Members of the House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation, led by Rep. Jason Dawkins, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include funding to address lead issues in public schools, including those in Philadelphia, in the budget. “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to teach, in schools that don’t make them sick,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “This is something that we can all agree on. But for far too long, our children, teachers and anyone else who has entered school buildings in Philadelphia have taken their own lives into their hands because often lead and asbestos were lurking inside. “My delegation colleagues and I are overjoyed at the news that Governor Wolf will be making investments in lead and asbestos remediation projects in our schools. Finally, we can take the steps to make our school buildings safe places to learn and to teach,” Dawkins said. “After so many of us have fought for so long to bring attention to this crisis, we are so grateful that Governor Wolf is making this a priority.” Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., secretary of the Philadelphia Delegation, agreed that it’s great news Wolf plans to prioritize the funding to allow schools to get rid of toxins. “We won’t rest until this money is a reality,” Fiedler added. “Every single Pennsylvania student Read more

 

Dawkins announces a $16,300 grant to help Olney Charter High School provide quality meals for students

(Jan 29, 2020)

A grant of $16,300 will allow Olney Charter High School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a combi oven, state Rep. Jason Dawkins announced today. Dawkins, D-Phila, said 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. “A good lunch has proven to help students excel in the classroom,” Dawkins said. “Upgrading Olney Charter High School’s cafeteria is a step towards ensuring our children have access to the tools they need to improve their ability to learn. This will pave the way for a brighter future for our students.” Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent 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 ensure safe food handling. Read more

 

Reps. Dawkins, Hohenstein and Warren announce $28K grant to combat sexual assault at Holy Family University

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., and Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced Friday that Holy Family University has been awarded a $28,952 grant to help combat campus sexual assault through the state’s It’s On Us campaign. “When we send our children to college to get an education, neither we nor they should be in fear for their safety,” Dawkins said. “But the reality is that about 11% of all students experience rape or sexual assault. That is unacceptable, and we all have a responsibility to our children to change that statistic. This It’s On Us grant funding will help us to make a difference.” The grant awarded to Holy Family University, which is located in Philadelphia with a satellite campus in Newtown, Bucks County, was one of 36 It’s On Us grants totaling more than $996,000 awarded across the state. “This grant – and the other grants announced around the state – will better prepare university students, faculty and staff on how to report sexual violence and what programs exist to help victims,” Warren said. “Sexual violence is a life-changing event, so it’s of the utmost importance for our colleges and universities to help students, faculty and staff understand how to deal with these crimes and protect our students.” The Philadelphia campus of the University is split between Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation welcomes appointment of new police commissioner

(Dec 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – Members of the House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation, led by state Rep. Jason Dawkins, today welcomed the appointment of Danielle Outlaw as Philadelphia’s new police commissioner. Outlaw comes to the city from her post as chief of police in Portland, Ore., and having served 20 years in the Oakland Police Department in her native California. The appointment was announced today by Mayor Jim Kenney. “The appointment of Danielle Outlaw is welcome news for our great city,” Dawkins said on behalf of the delegation. “Her credentials as an experienced officer and chief, along with her impeccable character, make her well suited to lead and reform a department that has been plagued with issues of racial and gender discrimination and sexual harassment. “It is long past time that a woman, notably a woman of color, be given the opportunity to lead the law enforcement actions and efforts of Philadelphia and work toward the reforms that are most needed,” he said. Dawkins said he and the delegation also look forward to teaming up with Outlaw to solve issues important to the city and state, including gun violence and nuisance establishments. “We are eager to partner with Commissioner Outlaw to address the challenging issue of gun violence in our communities and reduce overall crime in the city,” Dawkins said. “We continue to stand with our brave police officers and now our new Read more

 

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked with Cheyney University over the years and is committed to doing what we can to foster the education process and success of all people across the commonwealth. With this accreditation, Cheyney University will remain a viable educational resource to students now and for years to come. I’m proud of the work our legislative leaders have done to support the efforts of Cheyney University and thank the leadership of Cheyney’s President Aaron Walton along with Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Appropriation Chairman Vincent Hughes, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, House Democratic Education Chairman Jim Roebuck,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC Chairman. “As a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the PLBC and I were very involved in investigating and helping to form solutions to right the ship at Cheyney and I’m proud that that same passion has been continued by current PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey and his leadership team. Collectively, we’ve been working with leaders in state Read more

 

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation, along with delegation members Reps. Joseph C. Hohenstein, Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz, and Isabella V. Fitzgerald, announced that the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation received a $100,000 state grant to launch development plans for the Tacony Creek Park. Dawkins said the city will use the grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, to prepare a master site development plan for the 300-acre park, which lies in portions of the 177 th ,197 th , 180 th , 203 rd Legislative Districts, including Dawkins’ 179 th District. “It’s imperative for public servants to shoulder responsibility in ensuring greenspaces like Tacony Creek Park remain healthy and viable,” Dawkins said. “As public servants, it is always our privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and we will continue advocating for more state dollars in the future.” Hohenstein, who represents the 177 th Legislative District, agreed. “It is certainly our responsibility as state legislators,” Hohenstein said. “We are obligated to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and this grant fulfills that obligation.” Burgos, who represents the 197 th District added, “Rich in history and biodiversity, the Tacony Creek Park is an Read more

 

Dawkins announces $54,000 grant for his district

(Oct 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced that the Frankford Community Development Corp. is receiving a Local Share Account grant via the Department of Community and Economic Development. The corporation will use the $54,610 grant to help renovate a vacant property at 4663 Paul St. that became blighted following a fire several years ago. “The Frankford Community Development Corporation is always championing to beautify and improve the community. This grant provides the opportunity to build on those goals for the betterment of the neighborhood and its citizens,” Dawkins said. “It is always my privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and I will continue to be an advocate for more state dollars in the future.” LSA funds are used for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and public interest projects in the City of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Dawkins: Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery bonuses are unacceptable

(Sep 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has issued the following statement in response to news that Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery executives were given $4.6 million in bonuses before declaring bankruptcy: “The decisionmakers at PES were closing the refinery and preparing to lay off most of the 1,100 employees, while simultaneously paying out millions in bonuses to just eight individuals. It is absolutely disgusting that these executives would lay off their employees without severance pay and health benefits, while stuffing their own pockets. “At a time when we are fighting so hard to eradicate poverty in Philadelphia, it is disappointing to see a company act so heartless towards its employees. These families will be losing vital income and be at risk of facing astronomical costs should they need medical care without health insurance. “The economic impact of this closure will be felt in Philadelphia for some time, but the added insult of paying out bonuses to key officials while the fire was still burning really highlights how unfairly the employees have been treated in this process. “It shows me that there were never plans to fight for the hardworking people who kept that facility running day in and out.” Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation Members thank Commissioner Ross after 30 years of service

(Aug 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – Following Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr.’s abrupt resignation on Tuesday, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and its members thanked Ross for his nearly 30 years of service to the city in law enforcement. “It has been an esteemed honor to stand beside Commissioner Ross in our efforts to improve the lives of all Philadelphians, especially to combat the increasing gun violence in the city,” Dawkins said. “Members of the delegation thank him for his nearly three decades of dedicated service to the city of Philadelphia. “However, we are disheartened to hear of the new accusations against the police force. As members of the House of Representatives, we take any charge of sexual harassment, gender or racial discrimination very seriously. “We trust that new leadership within the Philadelphia Police Department, presently under acting Commissioner Christine M. Coulter, will continue to work to overcome any issues of discrimination or harassment existing within the department.” Read more

 

Dawkins Commends Police, Demands Action on Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

As chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins joined Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, the Philadelphia Police Department, and other local leaders to respond to the recent shooting that left six officers shot. He explains the action needed to ensure the safety of communities across the city. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation commends courage of police after six officers shot, calls for sensible gun reform to get guns off the street

(Aug 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the PA House of Representatives, along with delegation members, on Thursday commended the courage and service of the Philadelphia Police Department after six officers were shot, and others were injured during a shootout Wednesday. “These officers put their lives on the line every day that they go to work and serve their community,” Dawkins said. “They know the dangers they face when they put on their uniform, head out the door, leaving their families behind, to serve and protect us.” A gunman began firing shots around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when police were at a house in the 3700 block of North 15 th Street in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia to serve an arrest warrant, according to news reports . Six officers were shot, all of them were eventually treated at the hospital and released, and the gunman was taken into custody after a 71/2-hour standoff. “The officers who were injured in this heinous act will have the Philadelphia House Delegation’s full support as they recover,” Dawkins said, adding “We must do all we can to prevent such senseless acts of gun violence in the future. We must do more to keep guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.” Dawkins pointed to the more than two dozen gun reform measures that could be voted on today as steps to take to reduce gun violence and access to Read more

 

Kenyatta, Dawkins condemn latest act of gun violence involving multiple officers

(Aug 14, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins and Malcolm Kenyatta, both D-Phila., tonight are reacting to the ongoing office involved shooting in North Philadelphia. Dawkins is chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation while Kenyatta is vice chairman. “First and foremost my prayers are with the officers injured in today’s incident,” Kenyatta said. “I’m fervently praying for a speedy end to this situation. I urge folks in the area to stay indoors and follow police instructions. When our law enforcement agents put on their uniforms and go into the field every one of their families prays to not see headlines like we’re seeing today. There are far too many guns on our streets, and today’s incident is one more sober reminder of it.” Dawkins agreed. “As 80 children waited in place at a nearby daycare and Temple University went on lockdown, I not only thought of these young people and their families, I thought of all the lawmakers in Harrisburg and across the nation who for years have turned a blind eye to this anguish and devastation. While I pray for the injured officers and their families, and all of those affected by this ongoing standoff, I also strengthen my resolve to hold this state and our nation accountable for any more lives lost to senseless gun violence.” Dawkins, Kenyatta and a number of their colleagues recently called for an emergency session of the General Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation calls on state, federal lawmakers to act, once and for all, on gun violence

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the PA House of Representatives, along with delegation members, called on state and federal lawmakers Monday to act on sensible gun reform. “The tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, have pained our hearts,” Dawkins said. “The news of more lives lost to gun violence is tragic. And not enacting sensible gun reform in Pennsylvania is a travesty. Dawkins pointed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statement on Sunday, in which the governor tweeted that we can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks, target white nationalism and promote tolerance and invest in mental health care to help those who are struggling; but we must not accept this violence as normal. Dawkins said there are currently more than two dozen gun reform bills that could be voted on today that would make a difference in people’s lives . While we must fight back against hatred and bigotry, which seem central to the shootings this weekend, Dawkins said keeping guns out of the hands of those who wish to do harm is something we can do right now. “We are in what seems like an endless cycle of violence, killings, heartbreak, and then thoughts and prayers,” Dawkins said. “This cycle started long before El Paso and Dayton. And this cycle happens even when the shooting incidents don’t end up in national news headlines. Five people were Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds $4.3 million state funding for lead paint stabilization projects in public schools

(Aug 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug 1 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the House of Representatives, along with delegation members, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for providing $4.3 million in state funding for lead paint stabilization at Philadelphia school buildings. “Many of our children are educated daily in public school buildings that were built years, even a century prior to the 1978 federal ban on lead-based paints. The buildings have not undergone any modernization updates, despite lead’s harmful, irreversible effects on children’s development, especially during their most formative years,” Dawkins said. “I am grateful for Governor Wolf continuing his commitment to alleviate these environmental hazards to ensure children, teachers and staff no longer learn and work in toxic environments.” To date, Dawkins said, the governor has invested a total of $11.9 million for lead paint alleviation in schools across the city over two years, with $7.6 million provided last year. Since June 2018, through a combination of state funding and $11 million provided by the Philadelphia School District, 32 elementary schools will have undergone lead paint stabilization by the start of the upcoming school year. Nearly 18,000 students will attend schools with newly painted classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias and gym. “I am excited children across Philadelphia will begin the academic year in learning environments Read more

 

Dawkins releases statement on death of Philadelphia Police Corporal James O’ Connor
Mar 13, 2020

3/11/20 – Labor Jobs and Apprenticeships – Philadelphia
Mar 12, 2020

Dawkins on Good Jobs with a Living Wage
Mar 12, 2020

Need to apply for your PHL City ID? We can help!
Feb 18, 2020

Winter 2020 Newsletter
Feb 18, 2020

Philadelphia Delegation lauds Wolf’s 2020-21 state budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools
Jan 29, 2020

Dawkins announces a $16,300 grant to help Olney Charter High School provide quality meals for students
Jan 29, 2020

Reps. Dawkins, Hohenstein and Warren announce $28K grant to combat sexual assault at Holy Family University
Jan 17, 2020

Philadelphia House Delegation welcomes appointment of new police commissioner
Dec 30, 2019

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 26, 2019

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park
Nov 21, 2019

Dawkins announces $54,000 grant for his district
Oct 31, 2019

Dawkins: Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery bonuses are unacceptable
Sep 10, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation Members thank Commissioner Ross after 30 years of service
Aug 21, 2019

Dawkins Commends Police, Demands Action on Gun Violence
Aug 16, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation commends courage of police after six officers shot, calls for sensible gun reform to get guns off the street
Aug 15, 2019

Kenyatta, Dawkins condemn latest act of gun violence involving multiple officers
Aug 14, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation calls on state, federal lawmakers to act, once and for all, on gun violence
Aug 05, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds $4.3 million state funding for lead paint stabilization projects in public schools
Aug 01, 2019