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PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action

(Nov 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. African Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more

 

Dawkins: $200,000 state grant for NE Frankford Boys and Girls Club

(Nov 22, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., is proud to announce that the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club will receive a $200,000 grant for renovations at the organization’s headquarters. “The work of the Northeast Frankford Unit of the Boys and Girls Club is vital for our community,” Dawkins said. “This organization has helped build good character and citizenship, as well as long-term academic, social and personal achievement among our youth for more than 130 years. I am humbled to be part of this new chapter.” The funding, provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will go toward renovating the first floor to create a Social Recreation Room and Grand Gallery, building on significant facility improvements that have taken place over the last two years. The new spaces help provide more after-school, summer and evening programs focused on academic success and healthy lifestyles. The total project cost is $487,278. “I want to thank my colleague Senator Tina Tartaglione for taking part in advocating for the grant. I’m looking forward to continue working with the Boys and Girls Club to build and promote a stronger and healthier community,” Dawkins said. 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 Read more

 

Veterans Day, Fighting for Criminal Justice Reform; Upcoming Events

(Nov 20, 2017)

Veterans Day Fund Allocation I was honored to spend Veterans Day helping to prepare and serve breakfast at the Lloyd C. Wilson Jr. Memorial American Legion Post 224. Between myself and state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, we were able to ensure that everyone in attendance had a hearty meal of waffles and omelets. The senator and I were also excited to announce that we had worked together to secure a $1 million allocation for physical improvements to the post as part of the Commonwealth’s recently enacted Capital Budget. I am thankful for all veterans and their service to our nation, and I am looking forward to working with the Post in the years to come, helping create these needed improvements. Criminal Justice Rally Last week, I attended a rally in Center City to speak out against injustices in our criminal justice system. I believe that it’s important to speak out and call for reform of our judicial system. I always make sure to turn out to those rallies and events to help those who stand on the front line of that battlefield every day. Simultaneously, to help fight for a more equitable and even-handed judicial branch, it’s imperative that we all exercise our right to vote. If we do not show up at the polls we cannot elect officials who will make these big changes happen. Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere! SCI Muncy Visit I’m thankful I had a chance to visit SCI Muncy with the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus last Read more

 

Everyone deserves to have and to know about health care

(Nov 20, 2017)

The Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period is now open and closes in less than a month on Dec. 15. I fear many people in our neighbors and communities in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania are unaware of that -- and it’s unacceptable. Underserved communities face many roadblocks with health care and the challenges read like a lengthy shopping list. There is a lack of qualified local physicians in our neighborhoods, an absence of health-related knowledge in our school systems, and an enormous dearth of community resources to help promote better health. I have walked the streets of my district and seen the absence of ample green space and the lack of full produce sections in grocery stores. Given this obstacle course of challenges that stands to impede public health, the absolute least we must do is to ensure that all are given access to health insurance. I have seen the prevalent health problems in my community. I’ve seen individuals struggling with a multitude of health problems -- from type 2 diabetes and severe obesity to heart disease and hypertension. While in many cases these conditions are untreatable, they can be managed with access to quality health care. It is unacceptable for Pennsylvanians to struggle with illnesses without any help or resources. Our prerogative must be making health insurance more accessible, not hiding it away and allowing premiums to skyrocket. I challenge anyone to tell me what possible benefit can come from less Read more

 

Dawkins speaks at #FreeMeekMill rally, urges attendees to vote

(Nov 14, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., joined local celebrities and fellow city leaders at the #FreeMeekMill rally Monday evening to express outrage over injustices in the criminal justice system. Dawkins also discussed the importance voting has on reforming the criminal justice system: “If we want to see real justice, we have to make sure we show up to the polls. Next year, there are a ton of seats open for reelection. It’s important that we make our voices heard and support the same folks who are on the front lines demanding justice. “Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere. To enact real change in the city of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation, we must make our voices heard in the voting booth.” ### Read more

 

ACA open enrollment underway; Attend my weatherization informational events; “Stop-and-go” legislation becomes law;

(Nov 09, 2017)

Halloween Harvest Fair We had a spooky time at Wissinoming Park for our inaugural Halloween Harvest Fair and Resource Festival. It was great to speak with constituents about local concerns, and to see our youngest community members fully dressed in creepy and creative costumes. Thank you to Sen. Tina Tartaglione for joining our event and helping to conjure up some bewitching fun! “Stop-and-go” legislation I was honored to stand with some of my fellow colleagues in the House and the Senate as Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation into law that will help regulate nuisance bars and “stop-and-go” establishments throughout Philadelphia. I am excited to see the immediate effects of having increased regulatory powers and enforcement mechanisms for dealing with these businesses. It is important to hold these establishments accountable for the negative influences they have on our communities. Affordable Care Act open enrollment underway Please remember that the Affordable Care Act is still law, despite efforts to repeal it. Benefits and consumer protections are still in place, and you still may have to pay a penalty if you do not purchase coverage for 2018. Also know that open enrollment for 2018 is significantly shorter and runs now through Friday, Dec. 15. Unless you have a life event that qualifies you for a special enrollment period, this is your only chance to enroll in coverage for 2018. Financial assistance is available Read more

 

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)

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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

 

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action
Nov 28, 2017

Dawkins: $200,000 state grant for NE Frankford Boys and Girls Club
Nov 22, 2017

Veterans Day, Fighting for Criminal Justice Reform; Upcoming Events
Nov 20, 2017

Everyone deserves to have and to know about health care
Nov 20, 2017

Dawkins speaks at #FreeMeekMill rally, urges attendees to vote
Nov 14, 2017

ACA open enrollment underway; Attend my weatherization informational events; “Stop-and-go” legislation becomes law;
Nov 09, 2017

Dawkins to host weatherization events
Nov 06, 2017

Philly Eagles at the Capitol; Stop-and-Gos Update, Event Recap
Oct 30, 2017

Dawkins hails passage of legislation to combat stop and go nuisances
Oct 26, 2017

Dawkins on Criminal Justice Reforms
Oct 26, 2017

Town Hall Meeting Oct. 26; Recognizing an “Unlitter Us” hero; Celebrating our future leaders
Oct 23, 2017

Dawkins Hosting Meeting on Domestic Violence
Oct 18, 2017

Tracking down unclaimed property
Oct 18, 2017

Dawkins to provide resources for domestic violence, sex abuse victims during town hall meeting
Oct 13, 2017

House passes bill to designate bridge after fallen officer
Oct 02, 2017

Dawkins to host Harvest Resource Festival and Children’s Fright Night
Oct 02, 2017

Dawkins invites constituents to 5th Annual Olney Youth Arts Festival
Oct 02, 2017

Fall 2017 newsletter
Sep 26, 2017

Dawkins Working to Honor Fallen Officer
Sep 25, 2017

Bill to designate Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge voted out of committee
Sep 25, 2017