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Dawkins announces school safety grant for Mastery Charter School

(Oct 04, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today announced Mastery Charter School’s Smedley Campus has been awarded a $8,506 Safe Schools Targeted grant. It is among the $8.4 million in grants being distributed across the commonwealth. Dawkins said the school will use the funding to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce violence. “Children and their parents should never have to fear whether or not they will return home from school,” Dawkins said. “Schools are for learning, succeeding and growing. These grants will help provide a safe and healthy environment for our children to learn, and teachers to teach.” Dawkins added the School District of Philadelphia will receive a $25,000 grant toward security-related equipment, including student, staff and visitor identification systems; metal detectors; protective lighting; surveillance equipment; special emergency communications equipment; electronic locksets; deadbolts and theft control devices; and training in the use of the security-related technology. The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program, awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, assists schools in promoting an environment of productivity, safety and learning, as well as highlighting and promoting antiviolence efforts between schools, parents, and law enforcement and officials. For a list of awardees and their award amounts, visit the PDE’s website . This program is separate Read more

 

House passes bill protecting domestic abuse victims from gun violence

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., applauded the passage of H.B. 2060, which is designed to strengthen the Protection from Abuse Act and convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence that require relinquishment of firearms. “This bill will help protect victims who need it most,” Dawkins said. “Allowing abusers to have so much time to turn in their firearms only puts victims at more risk of harm. We need to shorten that window.” H.B. 2060 would require court-ordered abusers to surrender their guns within 48 hours in protection-from-abuse cases, rather than the current period of 60 days. The defendant would also be prohibited from turning over their weapons to a family member or friend and instead would be required to relinquish them to a proper holder such as law enforcement, an authorized gun dealer or an attorney. H.B. 2060 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Rep. Dawkins also previously introduced H.B. 2097, which similarly offers protection to domestic abuse victims by proposing a statewide notification system to alert victims and law enforcement when abusers purchase firearms Read more

 

Rabb, Dawkins secure $1 million for local library project

(Sep 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6 – The Free Library of Philadelphia is receiving $1 million in state funding thanks, in part, to the efforts of state Reps. Chris Rabb and Jason Dawkins, both D-Phila. Gov. Tom Wolf authorized the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for the 21 st Century Libraries Initiative involving the Frankford, West Oak Lane and Parkway Central locations in the city. The funding will go towards revamping the three buildings with new and expanded services, technology upgrades and structural improvements, including new furniture, roofs, and windows. “Our students rely heavily on libraries as educational resources that assist them with homework assignments and help expand their learning capabilities,” Rabb said. “I want to commend Governor Wolf for sharing our commitment to our children’s future.” Dawkins said, “Libraries are critical information hubs as well as commonplaces for members of the community to interact. These upgrades will create new opportunities, which will help attract more people to the neighborhood and ultimately play a role in growing our local economy.” The project is estimated to cost about $37.2 million. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. ### Read more

 

Dawkins to host annual Frankford Community Day

(Jul 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 24 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins has announced that he will host his annual Frankford Community Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Gambrel Playground, 1900 Wakeling St., 19124. “I am excited to host my annual community day in Frankford,” Dawkins said. “For the past three years, I have been able to bring my community together and provide them with various resources to meet their needs. Once again, I look forward to this year’s event, meeting my neighbors face-to-face, and addressing any issues they have.” Dawkins said the free event will feature food, live music and entertainment, and local vendors. Representatives from local and state agencies also will be available to provide information about a variety of social services. For more information, contact Dawkins’ constituent service office at 215-744-7901. Read more

 

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