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South Philly Update & COVID-19 Resources

(Mar 19, 2021)

COVID-19 vaccination resources, economic mitigation updates, community news and events, and other useful information. Read more

 

Lee: Cash bail reforms needed to address racial inequities, public health and safety

(Mar 18, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – State Rep. Summer Lee today hosted a hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, bringing together advocates statewide to highlight the need for eliminating cash bail in Pennsylvania. The hearing’s first panel included Larry Krasner, district attorney, city of Philadelphia; Bethany Hallam, at-large member, Allegheny County Council; Jessica Lopez, community activist and Lancaster County resident; and Muhammad “MAN-E” Ali Nasir, community activist and co-founder of Jailbreak PGH. Krasner highlighted reforms Philadelphia implemented that resulted in public health and safety improvements through the pandemic and called for reforms at the state level. Hallam, Lopez and Nasir shared their personal experiences with cash bail that exposed systemic racism and traumatic practices that ignored the presumption of innocence and implemented punitive detainment practices. Lee, D-Allegheny, said, “While we must eliminate debtors’ prisons, we cannot replace it with other pre-trial practices and conditions that impose unjust and harmful physical and financial barriers for folks who -- until convicted by a jury of their peers -- are presumed innocent! We have to proceed with caution to ensure we're not replacing one harm with another. Today’s discussion clearly showed the benefits to eliminating cash bail and making the system more fair and equitable.” “Cash bail punishes Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Mar 13, 2021)

Reflection after one year of COVID-19 in the city, vaccination sites, SEPTA guidance, childcare centers, work in our District, #YouthArtMonth. Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Mar 05, 2021)

Report from Harrisburg, fair funding for schools, COVID-19 resources, tax tips and unemployment information, Pennsylvania's birthday and Women's History Month. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee: funding and consistency would improve student outcomes

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 -- State Reps. Liz Fiedler and Rick Krajewski hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday to highlight how an education budget focused on the people could best impact Pennsylvania students, especially the neediest populations. The committee heard testimony from a panel of pre-k advocates, including Shalonda Spencer, director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Trying Together; Damaris Alvarado-Rodriguez, CEO of Children's Playhouse Early Learning Center; and De’Wayne Drummond, president, Mantua Civic Association Parent Engagement Specialist, Head Start at Philadelphia School District. The panel shared concerns regarding workforce retention, low pay and the need for additional funding so they can increase pay for workers. The panel also described the devastating mental and emotional toll COVID-19 has taken on them, and on childcare center workers and families. They called for renewed investment in the care and education of Pennsylvania’s youngest residents. “I am deeply invested in the equitable education of Pennsylvania’s children from birth on up. As a mother, it’s personal for me and as a legislator, it’s my mission to ensure our children have access to high-quality care and education,” Fiedler explained. “We must draw a line and refuse to let some children be viewed as less valuable than others by the General Assembly. That starts by valuing the labor of the Read more

 

Fiedler joins South Philadelphia elected officials to advocate for increased vaccine access

(Mar 02, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, March 2 — Nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically changed life in Philadelphia and across the world, a group of elected officials who represent South Philadelphia in city, state and federal government called for improved vaccine access in South Philadelphia. State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., said that while acknowledging doses remain limited, it is nonetheless concerning that the city’s map of vaccination sites clearly shows that South Philadelphia is dramatically unserved. “I hear from constituents everyday who have spent the last year just trying to get by. Many South Philly senior citizens are unable to travel the considerable distance that is currently required of them to get the vaccine. I am advocating for them to get local access to a shot that could save their life!” Fielder said. Fiedler was joined by state Rep. Regina Young, state Sen. Nikil Saval and city Councilman Mark Squilla in sending a letter to city Health Department Commissioner Thomas Farley calling for the city to work quickly to add vaccination sites in South Philadelphia. They identified the need for vaccination sites for senior citizens specifically, as well as supporting a proposal submitted to the city by Jefferson Health, in partnership with SEAMAAC and others, to create a vaccination site at their new health clinic -- the Wyss Wellness Center -- along with other possible Read more

 

South Philadelphia Vaccine Letter

(Mar 02, 2021)

Letter to city Health Department Commissioner Thomas Farley calling for the city to work quickly to add vaccination sites in South Philadelphia. Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Feb 27, 2021)

COVID-19 vaccine status in Philadelphia, report from Harrisburg, fighting for safe schools in PA, community mental health virtual fair, unemployment resources, community updates. Read more

 

Fiedler, Krajewski to host hearing focused on Pa.’s education budget

(Feb 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 -- State Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler and Rick Krajewski, both D-Phila., will host Monday’s House Democratic Policy Committee meeting on the state’s early childhood and k-12 education budget. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. March 1. The public and media may tune in at www.pahouse.com/policy or the committee’s Facebook page --@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro will join Fiedler, Krajewski and House Democratic colleagues for a look at how the education budget should take a fair and equitable approach that provides quality educational opportunities regardless of zip code. This hearing is part of the People’s Budget project which includes public hearings on environmental policy, education and infrastructure. The committee hopes to generate legislative policy that upholds Pennsylvania’s constitutional obligation to provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the commonwealth. Read more

 

Mental health in the age of COVID-19 virtual health fair

(Feb 25, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, with city and state partners, held a virtual mental health fair Tuesday, Feb. 23, to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to connect constituents with mental health support and resources. Fiedler partnered with state Rep. Regina Young, City Councilmember Kendra Brooks, and City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson to hold the event. “Many people are struggling with job loss, housing and food insecurity, virtual schooling, and the physical toll of COVID-19,” Fiedler said. “We are now nearly one year into the pandemic and it has taken other tolls on our families as well: trauma, stress, anxiety, intense fear and loss. There is a lot of stigma around asking for mental health help, but it’s critical for us to break down those barriers, to get through this pandemic and beyond.” Andrea October from the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services encouraged viewers to “validate, center and allow space,” especially for teenagers and children who may be coping with the stress of the pandemic in a different way than adults in the home. Chantay Love, from EMIR Healing Center which provides education and advocacy, talked about the additional struggles many families face due to ongoing gun violence. “Grandparents are raising grandkids during a pandemic,” she Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Feb 21, 2021)

Mental health virtual fair, COVID-19 status and updates, raising minimum wage, fighting for safe schools, financial fraud tips. Read more

 

House, Senate Democrats call for repairs to hazardous, toxic schools across the commonwealth

(Feb 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Phila./Montgomery) and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Phila.) were joined by several Democratic House and Senate members from across Pennsylvania on Friday to call for repairs to hazardous and toxic schools across Pennsylvania . Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Rep. Kyle Mullins (D-Lackawanna) pointed to public school buildings in their districts in desperate need of repair during the virtual news conference. The legislators spoke in support of recently unveiled proposals in the House and Senate pushing for significant investment in school infrastructure. “Today’s event addressed conditions in schools all across the commonwealth, and make no mistake, these same hazardous and toxic conditions exist in communities represented by the Republican caucuses,” Hughes said. “Rural, suburban and urban communities alike face daunting challenges because of our aging public school buildings. We cannot wait any longer to act. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support on this legislation, as well as the awareness they are helping raise for this important issue.” The first proposal would expand the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program by $1 billion to help address health hazards in public school buildings across Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf put forth the RACP proposal as a top priority in his recent 2021-22 budget address. “Our Read more

 

Hughes, Fiedler unveil plan to repair hazardous, toxic public schools across Pa.

(Feb 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Phila./Montgomery) and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Phila.) unveiled two proposals that would address toxic, unsafe conditions in public schools across the commonwealth. The two said that concern about school conditions, including ventilation, is not new. However, air quality concerns require even more attention and immediate action amid the COVID-19 pandemic and potential return to schools. The first proposal would expand the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to help address health hazards in public school buildings across Pennsylvania, which Gov. Tom Wolf put forth as a top priority in his 2021-22 budget address. The second proposal would create the Public School Building Emergency Repair and Renovation Grant program, which would distribute grants to public schools for emergency repairs, including lead and asbestos abatement or remediation, HVAC repair or replacement,­ electrical system repair or replacement, plumbing repair or replacement, roof and window repair or replacement and other repairs or replacements that present a health or safety issue. This proposal would rely on federal funding provided through the American Rescue Plan. “Pennsylvania’s legislature cannot defer addressing our public-school infrastructure problems any longer,” Hughes said. “The lives and long-term health of our children, teachers and school staff are put in danger through the time they spend in Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Feb 12, 2021)

COVID vaccinations, legislative updates, news from Harrisburg, community happenings, unemployment resources. Read more

 

State lawmakers and advocates call for ‘People’s Budget’ focused on equity, inclusion and transparency

(Feb 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – One week after Gov. Tom Wolf announced his budget priorities, Rep Fiedler joined nearly 30 state lawmakers and advocacy groups to call for a People’s Budget process, so Pennsylvanians can voice their budget priorities. Together they called for a more transparent process that brings equity and inclusion front and center. “Across the commonwealth we’re all connected by common human needs for a home, a good school for our kids, health care that won't bankrupt us, a job where we’re treated with dignity and respect,” said Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People. “We’ve been told for so long that the status quo is the best we can get, but that is not true. Our state’s budget is built using taxpayer dollars and those same working people deserve to have a voice in how their public money is spent.” In their announcement statement, the lawmakers indicated they support many things in the Governor’s budget, and that the People’s Budget represents a long-term vision to create a more open process for allocating public taxpayer dollars. The People’s Budget will build on work that has been done by legislators and advocacy groups in previous sessions. Learn more about the People’s Budget here . Read more

 

Fund Our Facilities Coalition members outline need for transparency and to remedy building concerns as schools reopen

(Feb 08, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 8 – Thirty members of the Fund Our Facilities Coalition, including lawmakers, unions and advocacy groups sent a letter to Philadelphia School Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite Jr. and Mayor Jim Kenney calling for them to devote themselves to transparency about decision making and to completely remedying building concerns before proceeding to reopen schools. State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., is among the members of the coalition and has been working with the group over the past two years to dedicate state funding and find other resources to fix unhealthy and unsafe building conditions in Philadelphia public schools. The letter can be read here . Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Feb 05, 2021)

COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and pre-registration, Pennsylvania budget, property tax / rent rebate program, community calendar, and more. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Democratic Delegation responds to allegations against Philly Fighting COVID

(Jan 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – The Philadelphia House Democratic Delegation sent a letter today to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley demanding answers to the COVID-19 vaccine problems between the city and Philly Fighting COVID, the organization tasked with administering vaccines to Philadelphia residents, according to the delegation’s chairman, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila. “This is a completely unacceptable turn of events,” Dawkins said. “The people of Philadelphia have relied on the city to ensure they are able to access vaccines in this critical time, and if this organization is who was designated to do the job, not only did they fail to vaccinate but also failed the people of the city by then compromising their personal information. What’s worse, to then learn the organization’s CEO was allegedly taking vaccine home. If this is true, it is completely unacceptable. How did this organization even get chosen to administer the city’s plan? It is disturbing and upsetting, and answers must be given. We all have a right to know.” “People in my district are struggling to get the vaccine while this guy is taking them home,” said state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila. “I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that what he did was illegal, and he needs to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” Kenyatta represents the 181st Legislative Read more

 

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information

(Jan 15, 2021)

Armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, leading progressive policy for working people, COVID-19 resources, and Martin Luther King Day. Read more

 

Fiedler brings $1 million in state funds for IATSE Local 8 Training Center Expansion

(Jan 14, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., today announced $1 million in RACP state grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to support the IATSE training center expansion. “It’s critical for our families that the state invest in good, family-sustaining jobs in our communities. I was proud to support IATSE Local No.8’s application to RACP for their training facility expansion,” Fiedler said. “Public funding - our tax dollars - should be invested to support working people and our communities, and this project will do just that, with the strength of the union, right here in South Philly for years to come!” The grant will support IATSE’s project to renovate the existing 10,000-square-foot facility at 2401 S. Swanson St. and cover all particulars of expansion, including an elevator and second floor addition. Work will include site and substructure of the building, structural elements such as steel and concrete, roofing and waterproofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical and more. “The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local No. 8 was chartered in 1893. Local 8 and our international organization have represented workers in entertainment industry throughout Pennsylvania continuously for over 128 years. The entertainment industry is one of the fastest growing segments in our economy. As we continue to grow and service this industry, we are pressed to provide Read more

 

South Philly Update & COVID-19 Resources
Mar 19, 2021

Lee: Cash bail reforms needed to address racial inequities, public health and safety
Mar 18, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Mar 13, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Mar 05, 2021

House Democratic Policy Committee: funding and consistency would improve student outcomes
Mar 02, 2021

Fiedler joins South Philadelphia elected officials to advocate for increased vaccine access
Mar 02, 2021

South Philadelphia Vaccine Letter
Mar 02, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Feb 27, 2021

Fiedler, Krajewski to host hearing focused on Pa.’s education budget
Feb 26, 2021

Mental health in the age of COVID-19 virtual health fair
Feb 25, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Feb 21, 2021

House, Senate Democrats call for repairs to hazardous, toxic schools across the commonwealth
Feb 19, 2021

Hughes, Fiedler unveil plan to repair hazardous, toxic public schools across Pa.
Feb 16, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Feb 12, 2021

State lawmakers and advocates call for ‘People’s Budget’ focused on equity, inclusion and transparency
Feb 10, 2021

Fund Our Facilities Coalition members outline need for transparency and to remedy building concerns as schools reopen
Feb 08, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Feb 05, 2021

Philadelphia House Democratic Delegation responds to allegations against Philly Fighting COVID
Jan 28, 2021

South Philly Update with COVID-19 Information
Jan 15, 2021

Fiedler brings $1 million in state funds for IATSE Local 8 Training Center Expansion
Jan 14, 2021