PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus celebrates step forward in state’s nondiscrimination policies

(23 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – In celebration of an affirmative vote today by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission that will enable the PA Human Relations Commission to investigate discrimination based on sexual preference and gender identity, PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement: “LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians now have a legitimate avenue for recourse when they face discrimination from a landlord, employer or in public accommodations. This, along with today’s passage of the landmark Respect for Marriage Act at the federal level, makes today a truly momentous day for LGBTQ+ individuals in our state and across the nation. “While these hard-won victories warrant celebration, it’s important for us to recognize that the fight for true equality is far from over. Members and allies of this community have given blood, sweat, tears and, in some cases, their own lives to get us this far. We can’t quit now. “Pursuing legislation to make these important protections permanent remains one of our top priorities in the General Assembly, and it will be until they are enshrined in our state law. We look forward to championing the PA Fairness Act among other bills to make Pennsylvania equitable for all.” Read more

 

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds move to adopt nondiscrimination protections

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – After nearly a decade of stonewalling by Republicans in the state legislature, the PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, today offered their full support for a move by Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA Human Relations Commission ahead of a PHRC vote tomorrow that could solidify nondiscrimination protections in the state: “It’s 2022 and Pennsylvania still has no law on the books to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, a situation which is completely unacceptable and, quite frankly, embarrassing. “In the realms of employment, education, and housing, it’s currently legal in our commonwealth to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While our caucus fought tooth-and-nail for more comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, like the PA Fairness Act , in previous legislative sessions, the Republican majority at the time did everything they could to obstruct and prevent progress. “That is why we are offering our full support to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to secure these basic, long overdue protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians; something that the General Assembly failed to do for decades under a Republican majority. Additionally, we look forward to re-introducing the PA Fairness Act to enshrine these protections into our state law.” The PHRC is scheduled tomorrow to vote on Regulation Read more

 

Career/Technical Training, School Safety and Security, and Arts and Culture Funding Opportunities

(Dec 05, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/Grants/Pages/PumpoutGrantProgram.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program Read more

 

Kenyatta: Don’t Wait, Apply for PTRR Now

(Dec 02, 2022)

The December 31st deadline to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is right around the corner and Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta’s office is ready to walk you through the application process. Many older or disabled adults living in Pa. are eligible for rebates on rent or property taxes they paid in 2021. To find out if you qualify or for help with your application, call Rep. Kenyatta’s district office at 215-978-0311. For more information or to apply online, check out www.mypath.pa.gov Read more

 

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus issues statement on World AIDS Day

(Dec 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 1 – PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus co-chairs state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement on World AIDS Day: “On this World Aids Day, we recognize the effect this disease and the stigma of it has had on the LGBTQ+ community across the world. “While medical improvements have been made to address this disease, there is still much more we can be doing. According to the CDC, over half of people living with HIV in the US are gay and bisexual men. “We cannot allow this horrible disease to continue to disproportionately affect our communities. Our caucus is committed to working with medical professionals, LGBTQ+ advocates, elected officials and anyone who cares about AIDS to keep LGBTQ+ individuals safe from this horrible disease.” Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on passing of former Rep. Milton Street

(Nov 30, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., issued the following statement on the passing of former state Rep. Milton Street: “It’s safe to say that there has not been another Philadelphia political figure quite like Milton Street. Mr. Street was my first electoral opponent in 2018, and I was his last. Through that campaign I came to know firsthand his fierce determination. He was ahead of his time on issues like equal pay, cannabis legalization, and many others. While we didn’t always agree, my respect for him as an orator, organizer, and out of the box thinker is deep. May his memory be a blessing. My sincere condolences to the entire Street family.” Read more

 

Frankel, Muth to hand off LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership

(Nov 29, 2022)

Kenyatta, Benham will lead the caucus in 2023-24 session Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation joined forces with Philabundance for day of service and solidarity

(Nov 23, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, chair of the Philadelphia House Delegation, and a group of delegation members joined Philabundance Tuesday morning for a day of service and solidarity. The lawmakers helped pack boxes that will be provided to families for Thanksgiving. Cephas said their work at the food bank reaffirmed the commitment of the delegation to ensuring that unserved and underserved families in the city have access to food to celebrate the upcoming holidays. “Our delegation firmly believes that working together makes us stronger, and that aside from advancing important legislation in Harrisburg, it is crucial for us to work alongside residents and local organizations to support our community. “Philabundance has been doing amazing work in our community, and that is why we did not hesitate to join them today when Loree Jones, CEO of Philabundance, extended the invitation. Our delegation will continue partnering with institutions that can help us secure the welfare of our city,” Cephas said. Loree Jones said that the team at Philabundance is grateful to have the support of incredible donors and volunteers. "With over 550,000 people struggling to put food on their table we are working harder than ever to be able to do our part to meet the need.” “To have the support of our legislators will help us not only relieve hunger today but - as we Read more

 

Kenyatta announces $1 million in state funding for Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard upgrades

(Nov 21, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., has announced that a $1 million state grant has been awarded to the Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard for upgrades to the facility. “I am very excited to see this funding go toward the Behavioral Wellness Center,” Kenyatta said. “This funding will provide more safety enhancements for the employees and patients, as well as improvements to the facility as a whole. The upgrades to the facility will provide the people of my district with a safe and reliable place to go for their health.” The funding comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation announces new leadership team

(Nov 18, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, former co-chair of the Legislative Women’s Health Caucus, has been elected chairperson of the Philadelphia Delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a two-year term starting in the 2023-24 legislative session. The delegation also elected Rep. Danilo Burgos as vice-chair and Rep. Malcom Kenyatta as secretary/treasurer. Cephas said that she is looking forward to working with fellow members in the delegation to advance a strategic agenda for the city of Philadelphia. “I feel honored to step into this new role, to be able to lead such a hardworking team. I’m ready to embrace the challenges that this position will bring,” Cephas said. “I can assure all Philadelphians that in this pivotal moment, we are aware of the complex issues impacting our communities, and we are going to keep furthering commonsense policy that can generate lasting impact for our city.” She highlights priorities for the delegation to address include overwhelming gun violence rates, ongoing levels of high poverty, affordable housing, aging infrastructure, education funding, and access to care. Burgos said he feels proud to assume his position in the delegation because it will help him amplify his voice on behalf of underserved residents of the community. “This is really a meaningful moment in Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation praises coordinated response of the city on the arrival of first migrant bus sent from Texas

(Nov 17, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 17 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, chair of the House Philadelphia Democratic Delegation, along with fellow members, today thanked city officials for the immediate response and support provided to an estimated 30 immigrants sent to Philadelphia from Texas on a bus that arrived outside the 30th Street Station Wednesday morning. The delegation said its top concern and priority is the welfare of the group of migrants and highlighted that the key words against the backdrop of migrations are collaboration and solidarity. “The most important aspect to take into consideration is to make this group of people feel safe. We all have the right to feel protected and respected; we are talking about a fundamental right.” The delegation applauded the city officials for the humane response and emphasized that once again Philadelphia has proved why it is referred to as the “City of Brotherly Love.’ “We are proud to say that Philadelphia is one of very few sanctuary cities in the country. The Texas officials did not even coordinate with the city, but we opened our doors to them, and we are ready to offer shelter, health care and essential resources.” The delegation also stressed that although Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has stated that he will continue sending buses to other cities, because he understands that the government keeps allowing illegal immigrants, this is far from that case. “The individuals we welcomed are not Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Workforce Support, Historic Preservation, and Criminal Justice Disparity Research Funding Opportunities For Your District

(Nov 15, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Pennsylvania Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania local workforce development boards. Use : To support the convening of Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnerships in lower moderate-income communities and guide the development and registration of healthcare apprenticeship programs, with emphasis on nursing occupations, through group sponsorships. Funds : Up to $260,000. Application Deadline : November 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Documents/Nurse-Pathway-IP/Nursing%20Pathway%20Apprenticeship%20IP%20NGA%20FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Work Force Support Grant (WFSG) 2.0 (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible DHS certified childcare providers. Use : To provide funding to eligible DHS certified childcare providers (providers) for staff retention and staff recruitment purposes. Funds : Variable depending on staff levels. Application Deadline : December 6, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants2/ . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022 Read more

 

Kenyatta Can Help with Your LIHEAP Application

(Nov 02, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta reminds you that the 2022-23 LIHEAP application season is now open. If you need help with home heating costs, you can contact his district office at 215-978-0311. You can also go to LIHEAP.com for more information on how you can stay warm this winter. Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta brings more than $7 million in funding to 181st District

(Oct 27, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced $7.8 million in state funding to multiple facilities in the 181 st Legislative District. The funds come from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. “I am excited to see these funds coming to our district in North Philly,” Kenyatta said. “These are important programs that will improve our community, and the state should be investing in them.” The beneficiaries of the awards include: Alliance for Progress Charter School Inc. received $500,000 to fit out its fourth floor. Beech Community Services received $1 million for a redevelopment construction project at 1905-1911 Cecil B Moore Ave. Philadelphia Housing Authority received $1.5 million to benefit the Hartfrant Community Center Complex. Temple University Main Campus received $1 million for infrastructure modernization and improvements. Philadelphia Youth for Change received $3.5 million as a part of the YouthBuild Philadelphia project that will transform a vacant building into a world-class alternative education, workforce and leadership development movement. Beech Community Services received $340,000 for the Dox Thrash House project for the design and planning of redevelopment construction at 2340-42 Cecil B. Moore Ave. The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia received $1 million for the Cozen and Scattered Sites Program to Read more

 

Kenyatta Rallies for Abortion Rights

(Oct 24, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta joined colleagues and activists on the steps of the state Capitol to defend abortion rights. Kenyatta said, #AbortionIsHealthcare and government has no right to force anyone to give birth. Read more

 

Roxborough High School is getting $500,000 for security enhancements after the fatal shooting last month

(Oct 12, 2022)

Article from the Philadelphia Inquirer about $500,000 in state funding for security enhancements to Roxborough High School that Rep. Kenyatta, Rep. DeLissio and Sen. Hughes were able to secure. Read more

 

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta releases a statement on officer-involved shooting in Richard Allen neighborhood

(Oct 12, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., released the following statement in response to the early morning shooting of multiple swat officers in Richard Allen: “Just yesterday at a Roxborough news conference I thanked gathered law enforcement for the critical work they do. This morning’s shooting shows how dangerous that work can be as well. My deepest prayers are with the officers who were hurt and their families. “Every time a member of law enforcement puts on their uniform as my aunt used to do, they take on huge risks to try and keep us all safe. This gun crime crisis is a scourge on our city and I know has shaken the Richard Allen community to its foundations. This violence must end!!” Kenyatta previously laid out a three-point plan to address the gun crime crisis: Declaring a state of emergency on gun violence. Passing stalled gun safety legislation. Addressing root causes of violence and investing in the youth. Read more

 

State lawmakers announce $500,000 in funding for Roxborough High School for security enhancements

(Oct 11, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., and state Sen. Vince Hughes, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced $500,000 in funding for Roxborough High School today for security enhancements. The legislators were joined by School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony B. Watlington, Sr., Ed.D., Councilman Curtis Jones and Roxborough High School Principal Kristin Smalley. Kenyatta, DeLissio and Hughes were able to secure the funding a week after the mass shooting at Roxborough High School that took the life of one student and left four others injured following a junior varsity football scrimmage. The legislators commented on this funding. “This for me is not a moment of celebration. Nicholas is gone and four other students will never be the same. This is the least we can do to help make students and families at Roxborough feel a tiny bit safer in light of this tragedy,” Kenyatta said. “We must do everything possible to make sure that another parent or guardian doesn’t have to grieve the loss of their child. We allocated $300 million in the last budget for additional supports to communities to address the gun crime crisis, but I’m committed to doing more.” “Nothing will bring back Nicholas. Nothing will take away the pain his family is feeling. Nothing will fully right this Read more

 

Kenyatta, Hughes secure $500,000 to assist Roxborough High School with security enhancements

(Oct 05, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and state Sen. Vince Hughes, D-Montgomery/Phila., were able to help secure $500,000 in state funds to assist Roxborough High School with security enhancements. This funding comes on the heels of the mass shooting last week following a junior varsity football scrimmage that took the life of one student and left four others injured. The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “This past week has been agonizing for the victims and their families. It’s also been a gut punch for me and the entire Roxborough community.” Kenyatta said. “Our children should not go to school in fear of losing their life. It is my hope that this funding will help prevent another tragedy like this from happening again. I’m grateful for my caucus leadership and Representative Pam DeLissio for their support.” “Nicolas Elizalde should still be alive today. The four other boys wounded should be worried about winning their next football game, but instead are traumatized as they recover from being shot,” said Hughes. “As a community, we need to put the guns down, and we need to make sure our young people are safe. That’s why it was so important to partner with Representative Kenyatta right away to get Roxborough High School $500,000 to increase its security efforts. We cannot let this happen again and I am Read more

 

Roxborough alum Malcolm Kenyatta: ‘We are failing our kids’

(Oct 04, 2022)

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta walked the halls of his alma mater, Roxborough High School, the day after a 14-year-old football player was killed following a scrimmage. Read more

 

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus celebrates step forward in state’s nondiscrimination policies
23 hours ago

PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds move to adopt nondiscrimination protections
1 day ago

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Kenyatta: Don’t Wait, Apply for PTRR Now
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PA House LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus issues statement on World AIDS Day
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Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on passing of former Rep. Milton Street
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Frankel, Muth to hand off LGBTQ+ Caucus Leadership
Nov 29, 2022

Philadelphia Delegation joined forces with Philabundance for day of service and solidarity
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Kenyatta announces $1 million in state funding for Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard upgrades
Nov 21, 2022

Philadelphia Delegation announces new leadership team
Nov 18, 2022

Philadelphia Delegation praises coordinated response of the city on the arrival of first migrant bus sent from Texas
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GRANT MEMO: Workforce Support, Historic Preservation, and Criminal Justice Disparity Research Funding Opportunities For Your District
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Kenyatta Can Help with Your LIHEAP Application
Nov 02, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta brings more than $7 million in funding to 181st District
Oct 27, 2022

Kenyatta Rallies for Abortion Rights
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Roxborough High School is getting $500,000 for security enhancements after the fatal shooting last month
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Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta releases a statement on officer-involved shooting in Richard Allen neighborhood
Oct 12, 2022

State lawmakers announce $500,000 in funding for Roxborough High School for security enhancements
Oct 11, 2022

Kenyatta, Hughes secure $500,000 to assist Roxborough High School with security enhancements
Oct 05, 2022

Roxborough alum Malcolm Kenyatta: ‘We are failing our kids’
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