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Rep. Kinsey to welcome Gov. Wolf to Northwest Philadelphia Friday

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Rep. Kinsey to welcome Gov. Wolf to Northwest Philadelphia Friday PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will host Gov. Tom Wolf on a tour of the 201 st Legislative District to discuss funding measures for gun violence prevention. The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 with Parkway Northwest High School, 6200 Crittenden St., 19138 , as the starting location. Wolf’s visit is part of Kinsey’s recently unveiled initiative, Step Up, Stand Up, to combat gun violence across Northwest Philadelphia. Wolf gave his budget address earlier this month, in which he proposed allocating $6 million across the commonwealth and $4 million in Philadelphia for anti-gun violence efforts. Kinsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and PLBC members, led efforts to lobby for the funding. The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

Kinsey Leads Collaborative Discussion About Ending Gun Violence

(Feb 19, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosted his first of a series of public meetings to address gun violence. He talked about his Step Up Stand Up initiative and why collaborative discussions are a key part in protecting neighborhoods across the commonwealth. Read more

 

PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures

(Feb 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the caucus’ comprehensive measures to reducing gun violence statewide. The first was the appointments of Reps. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, as chairs of the caucus’ anti-gun violence subcommittee, who began their tenure immediately. “In the fight to eradicate gun violence in their own communities and across our commonwealth, Representatives Kirkland and Gainey have always been on the frontlines,” Kinsey said. “Both lawmakers serve with me on the PA Safe Caucus and both respectively lend a set of skills and perspectives on how we can move forward with ensuring all communities are safe.” Gainey, who is serving in his fourth term representing the 24 th Legislative District, lost his sister to gun violence after she rejected a man’s advances. He also recently introduced legislation, H.B. 307, that would ban the possession, purchase, transfer and use or manufacture of assault weapons. “My sister’s life was tragically cut short for simply standing her ground and telling a man no. Her memory guides me in ensuring no other woman or person is innocently gunned down for their right to live,” he said. “As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents through the creation of comprehensive laws and initiatives. Read more

 

Kinsey to host public safety listening tour Tuesday

(Feb 13, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – Seeking public input on curbing gun violence in communities across Northwest Philadelphia, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, will host a public safety listening tour on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The listening tour will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 West Chelten Ave., 19144. The public and media are invited to attend. Kinsey’s public safety listening tour is part of the first installment of his newly launched anti-gun violence campaign -- Step Up, Stand Up -- an initiative to tackle the root causes of gun violence through community cohesion between residents, city, state and federal elected officials, cooperation with law enforcement, and bolstering economic opportunity across Northwest Philadelphia. Read more

 

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – Following Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli being reassigned on Tuesday to summary appeals after allegedly calling a Black female juror “Aunt Jemima” and making other racist remarks toward her, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now urging the Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate. Leading the effort are PLBC members representing Allegheny County, who condemned Tranquilli’s comments as another manifestation of a broken criminal justice system that systemically targets black and brown people. “The alleged comments made by Judge Mark Tranquilli are alarming on multiple fronts,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35 th Legislative District in Allegheny County. “On one hand we have an individual tasked with upholding the law to the highest extent but who clearly harbors bias and judgment toward defendants before a verdict is even reached. On the other hand, we have a judge who harbors an even stronger bias toward people of color, both of which are a recipe for disaster and an injustice to our community. I’m calling on the Judicial Conduct Review Board to do a thorough investigation into this matter.” State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, who represents the 24 th Legislative District, also in Allegheny County, echoed similar sentiments. “Our society is based on the belief that justice is blind – that regardless of race, color Read more

 

McClinton, Kinsey to introduce legislation to increase opportunities for pardons in Pennsylvania

(Feb 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that she and Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will soon introduce legislation to increase pardon opportunities for individuals currently serving a sentence of life in prison. House Bill 2262 would do away with the requirement for a unanimous vote by the state Board of Pardons, and instead, replace it with a required simple majority vote. This vote is needed in order to recommend a pardon or commutation of a sentence to the governor for final approval. “Criminal justice reform is front and center on the minds of legislators in Harrisburg and people all across the commonwealth,” McClinton said. “One way we can truly seek reform is to offer hope to persons who have served decades in prison and no longer pose a threat to their communities. By lowering the threshold to a three-fifths vote of the pardons board to recommend pardon or commutation to the governor, Pennsylvania can show that it is truly leading by example when it comes to reforming our criminal justice system.” “In 1995, the Pennsylvania Constitution was amended to require a unanimous vote by the pardons board. I believe we’ve come a long way in understanding that we must do more in order to provide true opportunities for rehabilitated offenders to be pardoned or have their sentences commuted,” Kinsey said. “Ultimately, the final decision will still lay with Read more

 

Kinsey applauds Wolf’s budget provisions

(Feb 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., applauded the 2020-21 state budget proposal outlined Tuesday by Gov. Tom Wolf. “Governor Wolf’s proposal is ambitious and is exactly what’s needed to lay the foundation that poises Pennsylvania to be a better, more equitable commonwealth,” said Kinsey, who serves as subcommittee chairman on education in the House Appropriations Committee. “My top committee duty will be to work relentlessly to ensure that these proposals become concrete and implemented.” Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well as new workforce initiatives to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “Student loan debt bounds college students to a life of misery and potential financial ruin,” Kinsey said. “I’m thrilled for these provisions that would not just provide financial relief for graduates, but also address every academic stage in the lives of young Pennsylvanians to prepare them for bright futures.” Reiterating his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, Wolf proposed additional measures to protect vulnerable populations and renewed his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” law and Read more

 

Let's Talk Public Safety!

(Jan 31, 2020)

My upcoming public safety tour, and more about what's happening in our community and across our state! Read more

 

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Following the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with caucus members, reflected on the Pennsylvania native’s legacy and his activism, and spearhead bi-partisan effort to have Bryant’s memory etched in the state’s legislative record by way of a House resolution. “Lives were lost, and families are mourning. A wife and mother is mourning the loss of her husband and child; siblings are reeling from the loss of their father and sister,” Kinsey said. “Across the globe, our nation and in our commonwealth -- where Kobe grew up -- young children are trying to comprehend the death of a world-famous athlete, a role model they innocently thought was immortal. “Through basketball, Kobe inspired, unified and uplifted people around the world. As chairman of a legislative body that tirelessly advocates for policy that is inclusive and demands fairness for black lives across our commonwealth, I especially appreciate Kobe using his celebrity platform for his activism to elevate black voices by unapologetically wearing a ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt, compelling everyone to recognize our humanity and the pervasive culture of police brutality,” he said. State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, Read more

 

Kinsey outlines Northwest Philadelphia public safety tour, set to host communitywide meeting

(Jan 24, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 24 – Following the spate of shootings throughout the city, one of which left an 18-month-old baby suffering from a bullet-graze wound just blocks away from his Germantown district office, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today outlined Step Up, Stand Up -- a grassroots community campaign to end gun violence throughout Northwest Philadelphia. To kick off the campaign, Kinsey and state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, who represents Northwest Philadelphia’s 203 rd Legislative District, were joined by local community organizations and city law enforcement for a roundtable discussion on rampant gun violence across Northwest Philadelphia. “While our loved one’s lives are cut short and our community reels for solace through these dark times; our legislature turns it back by ignoring our calls to vote on the nearly two dozen bills that would address gun violence and ultimately save lives,” Kinsey said. “We must take back our communities and I extend the invitation to anyone else in helping to develop comprehensive actions to end this public health crisis.” Step Up, Stand Up, an initiative that Kinsey is leading, is geared toward providing comprehensive approaches to reducing local and citywide gun violence through education, community empowerment and fostering healthy relationships between residents, community organizations, law enforcement, and city, state and federal officials. Kinsey said he is seeking input Read more

 

Kinsey Presents More Than $125K In State Grants To Local Groups

(Jan 17, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey proudly presented more than $125,000 in state grants to a number of local organizations. He explained why these groups are critical in the success of his communities. Read more

 

Kinsey blasts Mummers for use of blackface for second year in a row

(Jan 03, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, called the use of blackface by members of the Froggy Carr Wench Brigade during the New Year’s Day Philadelphia Mummers Parade racist. “It was just last year, almost exactly to the date, that the Mummers stirred controversy with an incident of similar nature. PLBC representatives met with them and attempted to use that as a teachable moment on how hurtful and racist these character portrayals are, but this year, we’re through,” said Kinsey, D-Phila. “We’re through with trying to reason with an entity that is essentially a modern minstrel show laced with hate speech, xenophobia and the denigration of Blackness under the guise of entertainment. We can no longer tolerate having our humanity and skin color repeatedly mocked and donned as costumes.” Kinsey applauded Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for censuring and subsequently disqualifying the Froggy Carr Wench Brigade but pressed for more substantive consequences for performers who engage in racially insensitive behavior. “I am pleased that Mayor Kenney immediately stepped up to condemn the use of blackface; however, as chairman of the PLBC, I’m calling on the mayor to impose more harsh penalties that are swift and severe for any performer or troupe who indulges in this disgusting spectacle. Funneling taxpayer dollars in the form of city employees Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald welcome over 350 children at 2nd annual Holiday Toy Giveaway on Saturday

(Dec 23, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 23 – In the spirit of giving for the holiday season, state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., hosted their second annual Holiday Toy Giveaway at the New Journey Christian Center on Saturday. “We’re at the peak of the holiday season and what better way to celebrate than giving toys to our local youth,” Kinsey said. “I am pleased to partner with my House colleague, community leaders and business partners in hosting another successful annual toy giveaway.” Nearly 300 families attended the event, and more than 350 children received presents, just in time for Christmas. The children and their families also indulged in holiday music, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. “When communities come together, the possibilities are endless in how we can truly make a difference,” Kinsey said. “Our community joined forces in providing this amazing and festive event to bring joy to every child and family this holiday season. I look forward to more years of spreading joy.” The lawmaker duo thanked Pastor Rob Harrison and First Lady Liz Harrison of the New Journey Christian Center, Philadelphia 14 th Police District, Men Who Care of Germantown, Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Mentoring Our Youth Through the Arts, community leaders, business partners and other civic organizations. Read more

 

Kinsey to lead Policy roundtable with Alliance of Community Service Providers Thursday in Philadelphia

(Dec 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, will host a joint PLBC-House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable meeting with the Alliance of Community Service Providers at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 at Oxford Mills, 100 W. Oxford St., 19122. Kinsey requested the meeting to have an open discussion with members of the Alliance of Community Service Providers regarding housing and longstanding obstacles such as funding cuts and long waitlists that impede the region’s most vulnerable populations from accessing resources. Other topics include ensuring people employed in the industry are properly compensated. Kinsey will also be joined by members of the PLBC, House Democratic Policy Committee, Philadelphia Delegation, Southeastern Delegation, House Democratic Human Services Committee and the House Democratic Health Committee. The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

Kinsey announces $5K state grant for Philadelphia’s only surviving Underground Railroad stop

(Dec 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced a $5,000 state grant has been awarded to the Johnson House Historic Site that will go towards the continued preservation of historical records. “The Johnson House Historic Site is the oldest home in Germantown and also the only Underground Railroad stop still standing in Philadelphia,” said Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “This home has served as a think-tank for agents of social justice and those seeking freedom. This grant will enable JHHS to showcase and preserve the contributions of these revolutionaries for generations to come.” The Johnson House Historic Site will use the grant to organize and preserve its archives and special collections- comprised of historic materials that have been collected over the course of decades- and make them available for research and educational purposes. The grant is funded by the Historical and Archival Records Care Grant Awards, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. They are intended to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically significant records maintained by local governments, historical societies and academic institutions. Projects include initiatives such as digitization; arranging, describing and rehousing collections into appropriate formats, containers, and environments; and disaster planning. The grants are administered on a Read more

 

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event

(Nov 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said more than 1,000 constituents were served during a pre-Thanksgiving event that provided a free meal and opportunities to learn about state services. The event was co-hosted by Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, Chris Rabb, Rosita C. Youngblood, and Sens. Sharif Street and Art Haywood. There was also an appearance by Congressman Dwight Evans. “We had a wonderful turnout for the Feeding 1,000 for Thanksgiving event. It was a great opportunity to connect with our constituents here in northwest Philadelphia and provide them with a full course meal along with dessert,” Kinsey said. “Not only did we welcome people to Treasures Banquet Hall for a sit-down meal and entertainment, but we also delivered meals to those who were unable to attend in person as well as provided meals to homeless people in Center City. “This is the eighth year that this event was held and judging by the feedback, I will continue to host events such as Feeding 1,000, which the community loves. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who attended, hosted and helped make this event possible.” Read more

 

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked with Cheyney University over the years and is committed to doing what we can to foster the education process and success of all people across the commonwealth. With this accreditation, Cheyney University will remain a viable educational resource to students now and for years to come. I’m proud of the work our legislative leaders have done to support the efforts of Cheyney University and thank the leadership of Cheyney’s President Aaron Walton along with Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Appropriation Chairman Vincent Hughes, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, House Democratic Education Chairman Jim Roebuck,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC Chairman. “As a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the PLBC and I were very involved in investigating and helping to form solutions to right the ship at Cheyney and I’m proud that that same passion has been continued by current PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey and his leadership team. Collectively, we’ve been working with leaders in state Read more

 

Legislators, advocates help raise awareness for bone marrow donor need

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – Inspired by a Pennsylvania teen who is in need of a bone marrow transplant, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, hosted a news conference to bring attention to the crucial need of bone marrow donors, especially people of color. Kinsey was joined by Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila.; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans; Sarah Speed, a cancer mom; and Michael Garbin from Be the Match. The news conference was held in honor of Juwan Adams, a senior at Abington Senior High School who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and who is currently waiting for a donor match. “At a 23% match rate currently, there is a crucial need for bone marrow donors among African Americans,” Kinsey said. “Juwan’s story is one of several that must be heard. Many of our young people are battling life changing diseases and require so much more than basic medical care. It’s important that everyone looks into being a donor if their health permits them, so they can be a hero for those who need and await lifesaving procedures.” Farnese said, “My father suffered from cancer and was the recipient of a bone marrow transplant, so I know how important these lifesaving registrations are. I hope that today’s event brings awareness about how easy it is to register and encourages my colleagues in Harrisburg and my constituents back home to sign up Read more

 

Grant programs now open for applications

(Nov 07, 2019)

Upcoming Application Deadlines: CFA Dairy Investment Program: November 15 Businesses; nonprofits; public, private, and charter schools; and institutions of higher education. – R esearch and development, organic transition, value-added processing, and marketing to support the dairy industry. DEP Driving PA Forward – Electric Cargo Handling Grants: November 15 Airports, port authorities, schools, municipalities, municipal authorities, non-profits, for-profit entities. – Replace large forklifts, airport ground equipment, and port cargo handling equipment with electric versions. Aging – Senior Community Center Grants: November 15 Senior Community Centers with a contractual relationship with the Area Agency on Aging. – New programs, center renovations, safety improvements, repairs or replacement of essential equipment, such as kitchen appliances and HVAC systems. DEP West Nile Virus County Grants: November 15 A county authority awarded a West Nile Virus grant in 2019. – Mosquito pest management activities . L&I/PDE Teacher in the Workplace – Targeted Grants: November 20 School districts, career & technical centers, intermediate units, charter schools, and cyber charter schools in partnership with Local Workforce Development Boards and businesses. – Workplace professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. Agriculture - Read more

 

Kinsey: PLBC opposes Senate Bill 421 for its negative impact on marginalized communities

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, issued the following statement opposing S.B. 421, which passed the House today. “All Americans have a fundamental right to vote, so any election reform we pass should make it easier for people to cast their votes. Unfortunately, we have a long legacy of doing the opposite in this country. As legislators, we should avoid any effort to make voting harder for disadvantaged communities. “By taking away the convenience of straight ticket voting, the process would be longer and wait times would extend for Pennsylvanians who already must fit voting into their busy schedules. It is going to heavily impact whether our most vulnerable citizens are able to participate at the polls,” Kinsey said. Kinsey was joined by other members of the PLBC who also voiced concerns about S.B 421. Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., agreed that this bill is an act of voter suppression that will undoubtedly disproportionately affect people of color, especially in urban centers such as Philadelphia. “I am astounded by Republicans’ efforts to limit the freedom of choice that voters had by eliminating straight party voting, to create confusion at the polls by purging thousands of voters from the registry and to offer hollow voting reforms without resources to implement them. I find the audacity of those Republicans to try to Read more

 

Rep. Kinsey to welcome Gov. Wolf to Northwest Philadelphia Friday
1 day ago

Kinsey Leads Collaborative Discussion About Ending Gun Violence
Feb 19, 2020

PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures
Feb 14, 2020

Kinsey to host public safety listening tour Tuesday
Feb 13, 2020

PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge
Feb 12, 2020

McClinton, Kinsey to introduce legislation to increase opportunities for pardons in Pennsylvania
Feb 06, 2020

Kinsey applauds Wolf’s budget provisions
Feb 05, 2020

Let's Talk Public Safety!
Jan 31, 2020

PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution
Jan 30, 2020

Kinsey outlines Northwest Philadelphia public safety tour, set to host communitywide meeting
Jan 24, 2020

Kinsey Presents More Than $125K In State Grants To Local Groups
Jan 17, 2020

Kinsey blasts Mummers for use of blackface for second year in a row
Jan 03, 2020

Kinsey, Fitzgerald welcome over 350 children at 2nd annual Holiday Toy Giveaway on Saturday
Dec 23, 2019

Kinsey to lead Policy roundtable with Alliance of Community Service Providers Thursday in Philadelphia
Dec 11, 2019

Kinsey announces $5K state grant for Philadelphia’s only surviving Underground Railroad stop
Dec 05, 2019

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event
Nov 27, 2019

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 26, 2019

Legislators, advocates help raise awareness for bone marrow donor need
Nov 19, 2019

Grant programs now open for applications
Nov 07, 2019

Kinsey: PLBC opposes Senate Bill 421 for its negative impact on marginalized communities
Oct 29, 2019