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Dawkins to host weatherization events

(Nov 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he will host two weatherization events to inform constituents how they can keep their homes warm and save money this winter. The two events will be held: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Houseman Recreation Center, 5091 Summerdale Ave., 19124. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Ziehler Playground, 200-64 E. Olney Ave., 19120. Dawkins said experts will be on-hand to provide information and resources for people to prepare their homes for the cold months ahead. “There are many people in our community who struggle to make ends meet, and it can be more difficult in the winter when paying heating bills,” Dawkins said. “I want to ensure everyone has the information that can help keep their families warm and save money at the same time.” For more information, constituents can call Dawkins’ constituent service office at (215) 744-7901. Read more

 

Philly Eagles at the Capitol; Stop-and-Gos Update, Event Recap

(Oct 30, 2017)

Philly Eagles visit the Capitol to promote criminal justice reform I joined the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) to meet with Philadelphia Eagles players Malcom Jenkins, Torrey Smith, and Chris Long to discuss proposed clean slate legislation. House Bill 1419 , introduced by Rep. Sheryl Delozier and PLBC Chairman Rep. Jordan Harris, would provide individuals with low-level, nonviolent criminal records with a mechanism to have those records sealed from public view. Having a low-level offense, be it a misdemeanor or an arrest without a conviction, should not stand as a barrier against successfully participating in society. I believe that a criminal record should not preclude an individual from having access to employment, hou sing, and other resources. Stop and Gos We’ve taken a major step forward in our fight against the “Stop and Go” nuisance businesses that plague our communities. The Fiscal Code bill , voted on Tuesday, will give local government entities such as the Philadelphia Department of Health and the Department of Licenses and Inspections the authority to perform inspections of these businesses. If certain requirements regarding seating, square footage, food, or health are not met, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will be able to immediately suspend the business’s liquor license. With this legislation, these “stop and go” businesses will finally be held accountable for their act ions. Budget Read more

 

Dawkins hails passage of legislation to combat stop and go nuisances

(Oct 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., stood proudly with fellow members of the Philadelphia County Delegation during a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol to celebrate passage of legislation that would make it easier for the state to crack down on nuisance establishments, or stop-and-gos. He said those businesses have been posing a threat to Philadelphia communities for a number of years. “We as a Delegation working with our city elected officials were able to draft crucial language to allow us the tools to start cracking down on nuisance bars and stop & gos,” Dawkins said. Included in the Fiscal Code bill ( H.B. 674 ), the legislation would allow the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to suspend a license immediately if it finds that a licensee does not meet a requirement under the Liquor Code for seating, square footage, food or health. The bill also would give local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. “Stop-and-gos have been a danger for far too long, specifically putting our children at risk,” Dawkins explained. “These businesses will finally be held accountable for their actions.” The House passed the bill on Tuesday, after the Senate passed it on Monday. Read more

 

Dawkins on Criminal Justice Reforms

(Oct 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins rallied a large crowd at the State Capitol in support of legislation that would institute reforms in the criminal justice system, including parole reforms and an end to mass incarceration. Read more

 

Town Hall Meeting Oct. 26; Recognizing an “Unlitter Us” hero; Celebrating our future leaders

(Oct 23, 2017)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month I am encouraging all my fellow lawmakers to join in this important conversation. Abuse – be it physical, emotional, or sexual – is unacceptable against any individual regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation. There is no justification for abuse or harmful behavior towards any individual. I believe that as proud Pennsylvanians and Americans, we must do better. We must all work together to stop normalizing these shameful patterns of violence and instead to cultivate a culture of respect and kindness. Town hall meeting to provide resources for domestic violence, sex abuse victims I am inviting everyone to attend my town hall meeting Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Olney Elementary School, 5301, N. Water St. Philadelphia, 19120. An expert who deals with domestic violence and sex abuse issues will attend the meeting to offer information and help for victims and people who may know victims. Click on the photo below to see why this issue is important to me. During the meeting, I also will provide you an update on my work in the community and in Harrisburg. My staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide assistance on any state-related issues. WOAR Event at Wissinoming Playground We had a great turnout last Thursday evening at Wissinoming Playground for a discussion on sexual violence awareness and treatment resources. Women Organized Against Rape Read more

 

Dawkins Hosting Meeting on Domestic Violence

(Oct 18, 2017)

In an effort to combat domestic violence and sexual abuse, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins is calling on the community to attend his town hall meeting where resources will be on hand for victims. Dawkins explains why this issue is so important to him. Read more

 

Tracking down unclaimed property

(Oct 18, 2017)

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Dawkins to provide resources for domestic violence, sex abuse victims during town hall meeting

(Oct 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 – With October declared as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he will provide resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse during an upcoming town hall meeting. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Olney Elementary School, 5301 N. Water St., 19120. Dawkins said an expert who deals with domestic violence and sex abuse issues will attend the meeting to offer information and help for victims and people who may know victims. “Often times, victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse are scared and confused and not sure where to go,” Dawkins said. “I want to help be the light at the end of the tunnel for victims to get the assistance they need to try to heal and move on with their lives.” Dawkins added he will provide attendees an update on his work in the community and in Harrisburg. His staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide assistance on any state-related issues. For more information, call Dawkins’ office at (215) 744-7901. Read more

 

House passes bill to designate bridge after fallen officer

(Oct 02, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – A bill authored by state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., to rename a bridge after a Philadelphia police officer killed in the line of duty passed the House today. The legislation ( H.B. 1778 ) would designate the bridge on a portion of state Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, that goes over Frankford Creek, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. The 16-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. “Officer Skerski was the definition of a true hero and heroes deserve to be honored,” Dawkins said. “The bridge is a way to pay tribute and never forget the ultimate sacrifice he made to keep this city safe.” Skerski was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a parishioner of St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond. Reps. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., and John Taylor, R-Phila., are co-sponsors of the bill. The legislation now heads to the Senate. Read more

 

Dawkins to host Harvest Resource Festival and Children’s Fright Night

(Oct 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he will host his Harvest Resource Festival and Children’s Fright Night at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Wissinoming Park, 5773-5945 Frankford Ave . The event will be held in collaboration with state Sen. Christine Tartaglione. Residents in the 179th Legislative District will be able receive information on how to prepare for the winter months with information on various utility assistance programs, how to properly weatherize their homes, and other state-related services. Dawkins’ office will have free games and candy available for children. The meeting is open to the community and costumes are encouraged. ### Read more

 

Dawkins invites constituents to 5th Annual Olney Youth Arts Festival

(Oct 02, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., is inviting residents of the 179th Legislative District and neighbors from across Philadelphia to attend the 5th Annual Olney Youth Arts Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the 500 block of West Chew Avenue at North 5th Street, Philadelphia. “This is a great opportunity for our neighbors to witness the transforming power of the arts and the multi-cultural talent of our city’s children and youth,” Dawkins said. “By getting involved in arts, they open a pathway to access their deepest and most authentic selves. This provides them with a creative outlet for expression and reflection, both fundamental aspects for their lives as adults.” Dawkins and his staff will provide assistance on any state-related issue constituents may have. The rain location is St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 5918 N. 5th St., Philadelphia. More information about the event is available by calling Dawkins’ office at (215) 744-7901 or visiting www.pahouse.com/Dawkins . Read more

 

Fall 2017 newsletter

(Sep 26, 2017)

Read Rep. Dawkins' Fall 2017 Newsletter. Read more

 

Dawkins Working to Honor Fallen Officer

(Sep 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins speaks before the House Transportation Committee on his legislation that would rename part of Castor Ave., over the Frankford Creek, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. Officer Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 8, 2006, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge voted out of committee

(Sep 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today announced that legislation that would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge was unanimously approved by the Transportation Committee. Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. “This man was a hero in the truest sense of the word,” Dawkins said. “He devoted and gave his life to protect our people. We will always remember his sacrifice and we will work to keep his legacy alive.” Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond. Reps. Angel Cruz and John Taylor are co-sponsors of the bill. The legislation ( H.B. 1778 ) now awaits full House consideration. Read more

 

Dawkins: Summer of Service

(Sep 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins discusses the busy summer months of service for the 179th Legislative District and an update on the state budget crisis in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Dawkins introduces bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge

(Sep 12, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., has announced plans to introduce legislation that would designate a bridge on a portion of State Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge. Officer Gary Frank Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. “We always name bridges after presidents and generals, and that is well and good," said Dawkins. “But this man was a hero in the truest sense of the word. He devoted and gave his life to protect our people. We will always remember his sacrifice and we will work to keep his legacy alive.” Officer Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was a parishioner of Saint Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond. Reps. Angel Cruz and John Taylor are co-sponsors of the bill. Dawkins said he is hopeful of swift House passage. Read more

 

Dawkins to host Autism Parent Café on Sept. 23

(Sep 07, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will host an Autism Parent Café from 10 a.m. noon Saturday, Sept. 23 at his district office, 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia . “Stigma towards autism has often been difficult to tackle because it affects everyone differently and because our society is full of stereotypes. With a better understanding, we can defeat those stereotypes and improve the lives of affected families,” said Dawkins. “This event is aimed at gathering information and developing solutions to increase the chances of effective support, lower incidents of bullying at school and amplify employment opportunities, so people with autism can thrive taking part in our society.” The event is family friendly and will feature resources for parents, caretakers and educators: How communities can get involved to support families affected by autism. Meet and discuss challenges, celebrate success and share knowledge. Connect with other parents, autism support groups and agencies. Dawkins and his staff will provide assistance on any state-related issue constituents may have. More information about the event is available by calling Dawkins’ office at (215)744-7901. Read more

 

Confederate monument removals: The Great Distractor

(Sep 06, 2017)

It has been impossible to avoid the news on the contentious debate surrounding the removal of confederate memorial statues. Citizens have been asked to organize and mobilize until these statues, and the discriminatory and bigoted views they represent, are removed. I believe that these actions, while desperately needed, stop short of calling out the larger and more systemic need for change in our communities. As a result, we must create a deeper and much more wide-reaching change than the mere removal of a statue or monument. We could focus not on viewing confederate memorials as divisive monuments, but instead use them as reminders to apply ourselves as minority citizens. These statues should be used as symbolic motivators to create the change we know we so desperately need to see in our community. When we hear of confederate heroes and stories of southern heritage, we cannot become enveloped in anger. Instead, we must reflect inward and ask how we are making ourselves and our community better. Frederick Douglass once said that “learning will forever unfit an individual to be a slave.” As trite and clichéd as it may sound, knowledge is power. If ignorance constrains us, then knowledge is what allows us to break free from our shackles, both physically and metaphorically. That freedom is a naked threat to those who wish to preserve the status quo and maintain power balances as they currently exist in America. This threat, this fear of an educated Read more

 

Dawkins to introduce legislation requiring PTSD testing for law enforcement

(Aug 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today said he is currently seeking co-sponsors for his legislation that would assist with maintaining the mental health of law enforcement officers in the commonwealth. The legislation would require police officers to undergo Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder evaluations every other year and within 30 days of an incident in which lethal force is used. “Being in law enforcement is a very demanding and stressful job. These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our families and communities safe,” Dawkins said. “That demand can certainly take a toll on a police officer mentally and with dangerous consequences.” Dawkins noted there are numerous incidents that can cause PTSD in police officers, such as hostage situations, dangerous drug busts, fatal crashes, and other cases that involve serious injury or death to the people involved in the incident. Other stressful situations that could trigger PTSD include working long hours, handling people’s attitudes, waiting for the next call and not knowing how the situation will play out, and even politics within the police department. “While many of these factors seem to be a part of the job, the repeated exposure can be unhealthy for a police officer,” Dawkins said. “Many times, they suffer in silence and rein in their own emotions to serve the community. “By requiring our law enforcement Read more

 

Dawkins sponsoring Women’s Health Fair on Sept. 9

(Aug 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will sponsor a Women’s Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St. “My women’s health fair is a perfect opportunity for women of the 179 th Legislative District to get routine checkups that can help them stay healthy and reach their wellness goals. Attendees will receive free screenings – and get lots of health questions answered -- by making just one visit,” Dawkins said. “I think it’s very important for the health and safety of my constituents who may not have access to health care that my office provides this type of event.” The health fair will feature services from a wide range of health-related fields, including: Cancer care Health insurance Behavioral health Medical equipment Women’s-issues-focused counseling Opioid addiction help Sexual violence prevention Fitness Dawkins and his staff will provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Local and state organizations will also be available on site. For more information about the health fair, please call Dawkins’ office at (215)744-7901 or visit www.pahouse.com/Dawkins . Read more