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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

 

Gun legislation moving forward; Egg Hunts this week!

(Mar 26, 2018)

State Senate passes bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases Congratulations to state Sen. Tom Killion and my counterparts in the Senate for passing S.B. 501 ! This legislation would close a gap in Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act, and would provide additional protections to those victims of domestic violence who are threatened by abusers who possess firearms. Under current law, people subject to a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) over domestic violence must surrender firearms, but can put them into the ownership of friends and family. S.B. 501 would require that guns be surrendered to the police, a registered gun dealer, or licensed attorney, and that this must be done within 48 hours of the order being issued. This is exciting news – additional protections for victims of domestic violence are needed in Pennsylvania. I am excited to work with my colleagues to help pass this legislation in the House, so we can send it to the Governor to make it law. I hope that our discussions pave the way to passing additional bills, such as my legislation, H.B. 2097 , which would notify victims of domestic violence and law enforcement officers when their abusers attempt to purchase firearms. Click on the image below to see the legislation. Apprentice Prep with the Rep My final Apprentice Prep with the Rep workshop is scheduled for this Thursday, March 29th! Join me and representatives from local building trade unions at Read more

 

Dawkins applauds Pa. Senate passage of gun control measure for domestic violence cases

(Mar 22, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he is pleased with the Senate passage of S.B. 501, legislation that would close a gap in Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act. “Gun violence is a tremendous concern in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. Access to firearms often leads to tragic and deadly altercations between abusers and their victims and providing additional protections to those who have received PFA orders against abusers or who have had abusers convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence is the least we can do to ensure the continued safety of all Pennsylvanians,” Dawkins said. Under current law, people subject to a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order over domestic violence must surrender any firearms but can put them into the ownership of friends and family. Under S.B. 501 , guns could only be surrendered to the police, a registered gun dealer or licensed attorney, and the process would have to be done within 48 hours of the order being issued. “I want to congratulate state Sen. Tom Killion and my counterparts in the Senate for securing a unanimous passage. I’m looking forward to the bill’s consideration and vote in the House as well. We must pass this legislation and continue the work to provide additional safety measures for survivors of domestic violence throughout the state,” Dawkins said. The legislation is similar to Dawkins’ H.B. 2097 , which was Read more

 

Dawkins to host three Easter egg hunt and constituent service events

(Mar 20, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 20 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host three egg hunt and constituent service events for area children and families next week. The events will be held at noon on the following dates and locations: Tuesday, March 27 Ziehler Playground 200-64 E. Olney Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19120 Wednesday, March 28 Houseman Recreation Center 5091 Summerdale Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19124 Thursday, March 29 McIlvain Playground 5200 Penn St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 Dawkins said people of all ages are welcome. His staff will be on site answering questions and providing information on state programs and services. “I invite everyone to kick off the spring and Easter season with us. We’ll have fun for the whole family and important information about programs that could benefit families and loved ones,” Dawkins said. More information is available by calling Dawkins' office at 215-744-7901. Read more

 

Dawkins: CubeSmart receives state grant for converting to solar energy

(Mar 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 19 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he is proud to announce that CubeSmart will receive a $91,711 grant for the construction of a roof-mounted solar array at its Mayfair Street location. “I’m glad to see the state encouraging development in the clean energy sector,” Dawkins said. “By harnessing energy from natural renewable sources, we will not only create good-paying jobs, but also cutback our dependence on more environmentally harmful sources such as oil and coal.” CubeSmart is a self-storage facility designed to offer affordable and accessible storage space to residential and commercial customers. The solar array will provide 90 percent of the existing energy consumption at its facility and will generate 125,653 kilowatt-hours per year. The funding, provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will go toward the purchase of equipment. The total project cost is $247,867. CubeSmart will provide matching funds. The state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent arm of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development charged with identifying and supporting projects to improve the quality of life and financial health in communities around the state. To find out more about CFA programs, visit www.newpa.com . Read more

 

Egg Hunts and Constituent Services Events; Latest News

(Mar 19, 2018)

Egg Hunt and Constituent Service events I will host three Easter Egg Hunt and Constituent Service events next week. My staff and I will be on hand to offer information about state services and programs. Check dates and locations on the image below. Click on it for more details. Apprentice Prep with the Rep Last Thursday, I held my third Apprentice Prep with the Rep information session. My district office was crowded with attendees who had come out to learn more about the building trades unions and their apprenticeship processes. Representatives from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades spoke to the crowd and addressed questions about union benefits, salary and more. I’m hosting one final workshop on Thursday, March 29, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. I encourage everyone who’s interested in starting a career in the building trades to come out and learn more. CubeSmart receives state grant for converting to solar energy I’m proud to announce that CubeSmart will receive a $91,711 grant for the construction of a roof-mounted solar array at its Mayfair Street location. CubeSmart is a self-storage facility designed to offer affordable and accessible storage space to residential and commercial customers. The solar array will provide 90 percent of the existing energy consumption at its facility and will Read more

 

Happenings around the 179th District

(Mar 12, 2018)

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PLBC scholarships available for students of color

(Mar 07, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university or a historically black college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a student of color, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit http://pahouse.com/PLBC/Scholarships . Read more

 

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

(Mar 06, 2018)

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 Read more

 

Dawkins comments on Mayor Kenney’s budget address

(Mar 01, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., released the following statement today in response to Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address: “I applaud Mayor Kenney for recognizing the importance of increasing funding for our schools and continuing to prioritize investments in our emergency services. “I am also pleased to see that the mayor has placed importance on bolstering programs that address our city’s homelessness epidemic and the raging opioid crisis. These programs are critical to maintaining the stability and health of all Philadelphians. “However, we must find other ways to generate this funding, rather than asking citizens to directly take on this burden. We have a responsibility to provide services to the taxpayers and citizens of our city, but we have to create innovative ways to fund these obligations. It is simply not sustainable to place additional burdens on our taxpayers. “We must work to diversify our city and state’s revenue stream. That means thinking outside of the box for long-term solutions that will benefit all who live, work and make their lives in Philadelphia. “There are many ways we can accomplish this. As first steps, I recommend that we evaluate the feasibility of eliminating the ten year tax rebate from new construction, to give the average homeowner a break. We should also aggressively pursue those who are delinquent in their tax payments, and consider offering a tax Read more

 

My upcoming town hall meeting; reforming Pa.’s gun laws & ending religious intolerance

(Feb 26, 2018)

Join me at my town hall on March 6 I want to hear from you on how we can strengthen our neighborhood and move our district forward. Make sure to attend my town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St., Philadelphia. I will provide an update on legislative developments taking place in Harrisburg, as well as upcoming projects in the district. My staff will also be available to assist you with any state-related issues you may have. Apprentice Prep with the Rep: Thursday, March 1 If you were unable to make it to my first “Apprentice Prep with the Rep” session, you are in luck! Our next session is Thursday, March 1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at my district office, 4667 Paul St. I am partnering with local labor unions to provide you with information on apprenticeship applications and how to best prepare for the exam. To RSVP, please call my office at 215-744-7901. Presidents' Day reflections This year, I spent my Presidents' Day taking the time to reflect on our government and the standards that we as a nation have set for our elected officials. As a state representative, I strive to set a good example for my community when I head to work each day, whether it’s in the Capitol or at home in my district. I hold myself to the highest possible standard, and I hope that shows through my conduct, the work my office accomplishes, and the legislation I introduce Read more

 

PLBC troubled by waiver requirement for student athletes, calls on PIAA to abandon waiver requirement

(Feb 21, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said that he and other caucus members were deeply troubled by 16-year-old Nasihah Thompson-King and other student athletes being excluded from participating in sports activities simply because of their religion. Members are calling on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to abandon the waiver requirement because it unjustly profiles students based on their religion. Harris said, “Requiring students to sign off on a waiver to prove their religion is unacceptable and completely unnecessary. We are calling on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to abolish this discriminatory rule. We must ensure that Pennsylvania students never have to endure the humiliation and mistreatment that Nasihah Thompson-King faced because she chose to wear her hijab.” The PLBC vice chairwoman, Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., said student athletes should not be forced to choose between their religion and participating in sports. Bullock said, “The PIAA waiver put in place singles out young people for no other reason than their religious beliefs. Women of color have far too many obstacles to overcome as it is. Nasihah’s head garb in no way impedes upon her ability to play basketball or any other sport. It’s time for the PIAA to correct this wrong and update their policies regarding the place of religion in sports Read more

 

Dawkins to host town hall meeting on March 6

(Feb 21, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St., 19124. 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

 

Dawkins helps constituents get a second chance

(Feb 14, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., welcomed more than 40 people to his district office for his free pardon and expungement clinic. “The pardon and expungement process is not simple or easy to navigate. It’s important that I help provide the people in the community with access to the resources they need to learn more information about pardons and expungements and to see if they may qualify,” Dawkins said. “Expunging or pardoning offenses can be a life-changing process for many, and it can help open many doors for individuals to seek employment and housing. “I made myself available to answer any questions people may have, and to help direct them onward as they begin the expungement process.” Dawkins added he is looking forward to hosting similar events in the future. Criminal record expungement allows a person convicted of a third-degree misdemeanor or a second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed, respectively, since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and request an order for limited access of their criminal record. Read more

 

Dawkins, Tartaglione: $1.1 million grant to help improve safety of complicated intersection

(Feb 09, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced a $1.1 million grant to help fund a transportation project aimed at increasing the safety of a complicated Philadelphia intersection. Dawkins said the money, which is being financed by the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, will go toward improving the southwest corner of Adams/Summerdale Avenues and Roosevelt Boulevard by focusing on how to best prevent vehicle and pedestrian accidents from happening in this area. “The safety of my communities is a top priority, and the layout of this specific intersection creates dangerous situations for those trying to cross,” Dawkins said. “This grant will help pinpoint the issue and help devise a solution to better protect those traveling in this area.” The project is estimated to cost $2.1 million. In November, the city received a $500,000 state grant to make similar upgrades to this intersection. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, such as streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. ### Read more

 

Dawkins: Improve Workforce Development for #GoodJobs

(Feb 08, 2018)

In an effort to create more job opportunities, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins is echoing Gov. Tom Wolf’s push to expand training. Dawkins explains how these programs can help those both entering or trying to return to the workforce. Read more

 

Dawkins lauds Wolf’s budget proposal, funding boosts for education and workforce development

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., applauded the funding proposals Gov. Tom Wolf made during his 2018-2019 budget address. “Governor Wolf is committed to strengthening our schools and improving Pennsylvania’s economy. The people of Philadelphia will benefit from these proposals and I look forward to working with him to accomplish those goals,” Dawkins said. Dawkins said the proposed boost in education funding would translate into better schools in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. “We need to arrive at smart, useful benchmarks to ensure academic success. We need to invest money into classroom learning to provide quality education and opportunities for all of our students, from Pre-K to college to workforce skills and training for adults,” Dawkins said. Dawkins said the proposed PAsmart program reflects the needs of Pennsylvania’s workforce and employers. “I’ve spoken with labor union leadership across the Commonwealth, and the need to expand apprenticeship programs and continue to recruit new talent has come up in conversation after conversation. "Developing programs for apprentices and creating other career and technical education pathways will help Pennsylvania’s students prepare themselves not just for jobs, but for lifelong careers. Nurturing an educated workforce is the first step towards encouraging companies and corporations to invest in Pennsylvania,” Read more

 

Dawkins Explains Fight Against Gun Violence
Apr 11, 2018

Get involved in your community this week!
Apr 09, 2018

Dawkins applauds $3.5 million in grants to enhance apprenticeships
Apr 04, 2018

Spring Egg Hunts; Apprentice Prep with the Rep April 5; Philly Spring Cleanup April 7
Apr 03, 2018

Gun legislation moving forward; Egg Hunts this week!
Mar 26, 2018

Dawkins applauds Pa. Senate passage of gun control measure for domestic violence cases
Mar 22, 2018

Dawkins to host three Easter egg hunt and constituent service events
Mar 20, 2018

Dawkins: CubeSmart receives state grant for converting to solar energy
Mar 19, 2018

Egg Hunts and Constituent Services Events; Latest News
Mar 19, 2018

Happenings around the 179th District
Mar 12, 2018

PLBC scholarships available for students of color
Mar 07, 2018

Conversation on gun violence, grocery store grand opening; events recap
Mar 06, 2018

Dawkins comments on Mayor Kenney’s budget address
Mar 01, 2018

My upcoming town hall meeting; reforming Pa.’s gun laws & ending religious intolerance
Feb 26, 2018

PLBC troubled by waiver requirement for student athletes, calls on PIAA to abandon waiver requirement
Feb 21, 2018

Dawkins to host town hall meeting on March 6
Feb 21, 2018

Dawkins helps constituents get a second chance
Feb 14, 2018

Dawkins, Tartaglione: $1.1 million grant to help improve safety of complicated intersection
Feb 09, 2018

Dawkins: Improve Workforce Development for #GoodJobs
Feb 08, 2018

Dawkins lauds Wolf’s budget proposal, funding boosts for education and workforce development
Feb 06, 2018