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Dawkins condemns Trump’s family-separation policy

(Jun 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., issued the following statement concerning President Trump’s immigration policies: “This administration’s immigration policy is shameful and disgraceful. There is no excuse for our nation to be willingly participating in such inhumane treatment of families who have come to our country seeking safety and asylum. “There has been pushback against this policy from both sides of the aisle. I am sure a bipartisan solution can certainly be found without cruelly tearing families apart. “I call the Trump administration to immediately terminate this policy, and for the reunification of all children and parents who have been separated thus far.” A resolution urging President Trump to reverse his zero tolerance family-separation immigration policy will be introduced in the state House in the upcoming days. Read more

 

Dawkins supports legislation to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today voted in favor of H.B. 2060 , legislation that would strengthen the Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act and convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence that require relinquishment of firearms by limiting the third-party safekeeping options available for firearms. “We’ve heard of far too many incidents of needless violence where perpetrators have used guns obtained from friends and family after a PFA order has been issued,” Dawkins said. “Prohibiting family and friends from taking weapons from the convicted individual and reducing the maximum time for relinquishment of firearms from 60 days to 48 hours are essential for victims of domestic violence when facing imminent threats from their abusers.” The legislation, voted out of the House Judiciary Committee today, is similar to Dawkins’ H.B. 2097 , which aims to create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public, and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer. “I’m glad to see more legislators who understand the importance of protecting victims of domestic violence by limiting their abuser’s ability to possess and procure firearms,” Dawkins said. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration. Read more

 

Dawkins, Stack to host Pathways to Pardons event June 13

(Jun 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 7 – Area residents interested in learning more about Pennsylvania’s pardons process are invited to attend a meeting Wednesday, June 13 hosted by Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. The Pathways to Pardons meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St., 19124. Dawkins said those in attendance can learn how the pardon process works in Pennsylvania and work toward a pardon for past convictions. “With this event we hope to become a resource for those in need of a second chance and a positive path in life. We can no longer deny opportunities for citizens to better themselves and support their families because of a minor conviction,” Dawkins said. The program will be interactive and questions from the audience will be welcome. For more information, contact Dawkins’ office at (215) 744-7901. Read more

 

Dawkins seeks immediate action on Olney Elementary asbestos hazard

(Jun 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, June 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today called for immediate action from the School District of Philadelphia on a report of a severe asbestos hazard at Olney Elementary School, and he wants the school closed until the hazard is addressed. In a letter to Superintendent Dr. William Hite, Dawkins said: "It is simply unacceptable for students and staff to be exposed to asbestos fibers at more than 100 times the minimum level required to raise alarm. We cannot have our youngest and most vulnerable children exposed to these hazards and threats." Dawkins' letter continued: "I demand to know why I, along with other elected officials throughout the city, have not been briefed on these conditions. Moving forward, the School District of Philadelphia must ensure that we are informed and armed with the information we need to keep our constituents safe and healthy – a full, districtwide report detailing hazardous conditions, such as lead, asbestos, and other toxic substances, found in the city’s schools is long overdue. "It is clear that action is needed immediately in the case of Olney Elementary. We must work now to schedule action this summer, so that we may address this issue. In the meantime, this school building cannot remain open to students and staff. It is unacceptable to require students or district staff to sacrifice their health and well-being for a moment longer in this building." Dawkins said it Read more

 

Dawkins Observes Ramadan With Pa. House

(May 24, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins thanks his colleagues in the House of Representatives for unanimous passage of his resolution observing the Holy Month of Ramadan, a month of reflection and prayer for the Muslim community, which runs from sunset on May 15, 2018, through sunset on June 14, 2018. Read more

 

Dawkins to host landlord-tenant clinic May 30

(May 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, May 17 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a landlord-tenant clinic at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at his district office, 4667 Paul St., 19124. “I encourage everyone who's facing possible eviction, habitability problems, rent increases or other landlord-tenant issues to attend this clinic. We’ll have staff from local nonprofit organizations offering free guidance about your rights as tenants and connecting you to further resources,” Dawkins said. Philadelphia VIP will also provide information about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, relevant housing laws, and basic information about the court process for tenants. An RSVP is required. More information is available by calling Dawkins' office at 215-744-7901. ### Read more

 

Bridge formally dedicated for fallen officer Gary Skerski

(May 08, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, May 8 – The life and legacy of the late Officer Gary Skerski was memorialized today as state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., police officers and other public officials joined to formally dedicate the bridge that now bears his name. The Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge was dedicated at 10 a.m. today with Skerski’s family, a great number of police officers, representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police and city and state officials in attendance. Dawkins sponsored the law that renamed the bridge on Castor Avenue over Frankford Creek for Skerski, who was shot and killed in May 2006 while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of the city. Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years. “Officer Skerski gave his life protecting our community,” Dawkins said. “There is nothing we can do to replace his life or repay him for his valor. However, we can give his name a prominent spot in our community, near the place where he laid down his life protecting the people and the city he so bravely served. “This bridge will also be a solemn and constant reminder of Officer Skerski and how valuable it is to have police protection in the community. It was an honor and privilege to sponsor the legislation that dedicated this bridge in his name,” he said. In addition to Dawkins, state Reps. Angel Cruz and John Taylor, Read more

 

Olney Town Hall; Safe Return Event; Summer Jobs

(Apr 30, 2018)

Olney Town Hall Meeting Join me this Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Greater Olney Branch, 5501 N. 5th St., for a Town Hall Meeting! I’ll be providing updates on my work in Harrisburg and throughout the 179th District, and sharing some of my plans for the rest of the year. I and my staff will be glad to answer any state-related questions you may have as well. Philadelphia Safe Return Event This Week Do you have an outstanding warrant, or do you know anyone who does? The Philadelphia Criminal Courts and Probation Department is working to organize a three-day event for adults with bench warrants and warrants issued for both state and Philadelphia parole and probation violations. Those with warrants may voluntarily turn themselves in at a safe environment, where they can receive favorable consideration. Attendees will receive an expedited hearing process and are likely to return home the same day. This event will be held at Enon Tabernacle Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., from Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Attendees are asked not to bring children. Lawyers will be on site to speak with you to determine if this is the right process for you. Policy Hearing on Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse Last week, I hosted a public hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on gun violence and domestic abuse issues. We held the hearing at the Read more

 

Dawkins to host town hall meeting Wednesday in Olney

(Apr 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 30 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Greater Olney Branch, 5501 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, 19120. Dawkins said residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about state and local issues. “Feedback from my constituents is fundamental to do my job – and town halls are a great way for me to learn what is important for the residents and communities I represent at the state Capitol,” Dawkins said. No registration or RSVP is required. Staff will be on hand to assist with state-related issues. For more information, constituents can call (215) 744-7901. ### Read more

 

4/24/18 – Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse Issues – Philadelphia

(Apr 27, 2018)

Materials from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jason Dawkins. Read more

 

Dawkins talks gun violence and domestic abuse at Policy Committee hearing

(Apr 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today hosted a public hearing on gun violence and domestic abuse issues at the Northeast Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Dawkins was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and legislators from across the state to discuss how to reduce gun violence, protect victims of abuse and Dawkins' H.B. 2097 to create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public, and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer. “We have a responsibility to help protect victims of abuse. I am glad my colleagues could be a part of this open discussion with those who provide services to victims of abuse to understand the drastic need for our intervention,” Dawkins said. Sturla added, “Rep. Dawkins’ legislation is a great step in protecting victims of abuse. Victims and law enforcement have every right to be notified when perpetrators are arming themselves so that they can be on alert.” Testifiers included: Julie Brancroft, director of public affairs, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Patty McGlone, social worker and community education coordinator, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia; and Susan Pearlstein, supervising attorney of Family Law Unit, Read more

 

Dawkins to Host Landlord-Tenant Clinic on Thursday

(Apr 23, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a landlord-tenant clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at his district office, 4667 Paul St., 19124. “I encourage everyone facing possible eviction, habitability problems, rent increases or other landlord-tenant issues to attend this clinic. We’ll have staff from the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia offering free consultations,” Dawkins said. The Public Interest Law Center will also provide information about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, relevant housing laws, and basic information about the court process for tenants. An RSVP is required. More information is available by calling Dawkins' office at 215-744-7901. Read more

 

Olney High School students visit the state Capitol

(Apr 23, 2018)

Honoring Hazim Hardeman at the Capitol Last week, I honored Hazim Hardeman, Temple University’s first Rhodes Scholar, on the House floor. Mr. Hardeman, who is a native North Philadelphian, is an inspiring example of what hard work, dedication, and tireless commitment can accomplish. We are not defined by our beginnings – it’s the effort we put in along the way that counts. I cannot wait to see what big things this young man will accomplish in the future. Olney Charter High School’s Visit to Harrisburg I was excited to welcome some seniors from Olney Charter High School as my guests in Harrisburg last week! The students were able to visit the House Floor and tour the Capitol, and we spent some time discussing legislation and the value of civic engagement. As a millennial legislator, I am humbled to serve as these young people’s inspiration and to know that they believe in our mission to move our communities forward. Read more

 

Dawkins Working for Public Safety in His Community

(Apr 20, 2018)

In his fight to ensure public safety, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins explains the dangers that gun violence and domestic abuse pose for his communities and the public hearing he’s hosting to combat both issues. Read more

 

Dawkins to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on gun violence and domestic abuse Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Apr 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 19 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on gun violence and domestic abuse issues. The public roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the Northeast Baptist Church, 4744 Tackawanna St . Dawkins requested the meeting in an effort to strengthen House Democrats’ Plan4PA, specifically putting people first with laws that reduce violence and protect victims of abuse. He has introduced H.B. 2097 to create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public, and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer. Dawkins will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Roundtable participants are still being finalized, but will include Julie Brancroft, director of public affairs from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Patty McGlone, social worker and community education coordinator at Community Legal Services Philadelphia. The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Read more

 

Fighting for gun safety reform; Is lead plaguing your home?

(Apr 17, 2018)

Lead Awareness Workshop I want to let you know the Frankford NAC is hosting a workshop as part of the Lead Awareness Philly Campaign. It will take place this Wednesday, April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Frankford Boys and Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St., Philadelphia, 19124. Experts will be on hand to explain how to keep your children and home safe from lead contamination, and to answer any questions you may have. Gun Violence in Urban PA Last week in Harrisburg, I had a chance to testify about gun violence throughout the commonwealth and the 179 th Legislative District. You can see my remarks by clicking on the photo below. I also spoke after one of my colleagues stated, “Mass shootings don’t happen in PA.” I believe such statements completely overlook the experiences of so many Philadelphians and families who I represent. The conversation around gun violence cannot be limited to only certain types of weapons or certain areas within Pennsylvania. I am proud to serve on the House Judiciary Committee, and I will continue to work to bring attention to the plight of urban gun violence that is so often overlooked. DCED Grant Workshop Are you interested in learning more about project-based grants available through the state Department of Economic and Community Development? This Wednesday, April 18, come to my district office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia, 19124 to meet with department representatives who will explain available Read more

 

Dawkins Explains Fight Against Gun Violence

(Apr 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins testified before the House Judiciary Committee about his personal experience with gun violence and how it has shaped his determination to fight this public health crisis. Read more

 

Get involved in your community this week!

(Apr 09, 2018)

Spring Cleanups The Philly Spring Cleanup has been rescheduled for this upcoming weekend. There are so many ways to get involved across the 179 th Legislative District. Both Overington Park and Tacony Creek Park are hosting cleanup events or join me and the North Fifth Street Revitalization Company CDC to spruce up the North 5 th Street corridor in Olney. Contact my office for more information about any of these events. Ziehler Paint Day I’m proud to be hosting a paint day this Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Ziehler Playground, 200-64 E Olney Ave. Come join me to help paint, refurbish, and rejuvenate the playground and park. Helping to pick up trash or clean up a local park may seem like a small thing to do, but we can make a huge difference if we all join in to help improve our community. Civics 101 and Friends of the Library Meeting Wednesday, April 11 will be a busy day at the Olney Branch of Philadelphia Free Library! The Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Services Center (GPASS) is hosting a Civics 101 class at 6 p.m. with information on how our government works, and what services you can expect to receive at a city, state, and federal level. Someone from my office will be on hand to explain what state resources we can offer and to answer any questions you may have. Friends of the Philadelphia Free Library will also be hosting a meeting of their Olney Friends’ Group on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. You can learn ways to get involved Read more

 

Dawkins applauds $3.5 million in grants to enhance apprenticeships

(Apr 04, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s allocation of $3.5 million for 61 grants to support pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs throughout Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through Local Workforce Development boards across the state, including Philadelphia Works. The funding is designed to support businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce, training providers, career and technical centers, and intermediaries interested in sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs. Dawkins said these grants will help open doors for people who are looking to obtain good-paying jobs. “Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative is helping Pennsylvanians develop the skills they need to stay competitive in today’s work force. Apprentice programs are the first step towards a life-long career with jobs that offer competitive pay, comprehensive health and vacation benefits, and comfortable retirement. We need more of these types of jobs now,” Dawkins said. Recently, Dawkins hosted a series of workshops in his district office designed to educate people on apprenticeship opportunities in Philadelphia. “I worked with our local labor and construction trade unions through my ‘Apprentice Prep with the Rep.’ workshop series to spread the word about these great prospects. These apprenticeship programs are open Read more

 

Spring Egg Hunts; Apprentice Prep with the Rep April 5; Philly Spring Cleanup April 7

(Apr 03, 2018)

Spring Egg Hunts I hosted several spring egg hunts last week across the district. It was great to see so many children out and playing at Ziehler Playground. I also held similar events at McIlvain Playground and the Houseman Recreation Center. 15th Police District’s 2017 Officer of the Year Awards Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Philadelphia 15 th Police District’s Officer of the Year Awards. Officers and community partners were honored for contributing countless hours toward keeping our community safe. Thank you to all of the award recipients for their work and service in our neighborhoods. Apprentice Prep with the Rep My final Apprentice Prep with the Rep information session has been rescheduled for this Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. in my district office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia, 19124. Come meet representatives from local building trade unions and learn how to take your first step into a new union career. Philly Spring Cleanup The Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, April 7 and there are lots of opportunities to get out and get involved in our community. I invite you to join me, the North 5th Street Revitalization Project and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker for a cleanup on North 5th Street in Olney. You could also volunteer with the Friends of Overington Park to clean up and prepare the park for the warmer weather or help the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership clean up the Tacony Read more