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Kinsey: Fresh Food Financing Initiative grants awarded

Response to Philadelphia Police Officers' Investigation

(Jun 06, 2019)

We are hopeful that the Philadelphia Police Department will conduct a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into widespread social media posting of racist and offensive content by certain officers. In our letter to Commissioner Ross, we’ve encouraged him to publicly hold accountable those found to be responsible and to send a clear message that racism will not be tolerated in any form. Read more

 

Kinsey Honors Local Marine Hero

(Jun 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honors local hero Cpl. Earl Guydon, who was one of the founding Marines to integrate the Corps during WWII. Cpl. Guydon was awarded the congressional gold medal in 2012 and was a stalwart and humble pillar in the community his entire life. Read more

 

Kinsey: $40,800 grant to aid Center in the Park

(May 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said that a $40,800 Senior Community Center Grant has been awarded to the Center in the Park senior center in Philadelphia. “I’m grateful that this grant has been awarded to make improvements and modernize these facilities,” Kinsey said. “I want to thank Governor Tom Wolf for the ongoing commitment in investing in the future of Philadelphia. With proper funding, this center ensures that our older population ages with grace.” Center in the Park has a wide variety of offerings that include nutritious meal programs, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, exercise programs, and more. The Pennsylvania Lottery is responsible for funding this project with a total of $2 million being distributed to 49 senior centers throughout the commonwealth. This announcement takes place during Older Americans Month – a time for the nation to pay tribute to older adults and their contributions to the country and their communities. For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov/SCC . ### Read more

 

Gov. Wolf Joins Legislative Black Caucus, Community Members at Clean Slate Event

(May 02, 2019)

Gov. Wolf Joins Legislative Black Caucus, Community Members at Clean Slate Event Read more

 

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Policy Committee to host public hearing on Clean Slate Thursday in Pittsburgh

(Apr 29, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, April 29 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a joint public hearing on clean slate issues. The hearing will be held at noon Thursday, May 2 at Community Empowerment Association, 7120 Kelly St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208. The media and public are invited to attend. Gainey, D-Allegheny, requested the hearing to bring stakeholders and his legislative colleagues from across the state, including PLBC Chairman Kinsey, together to discuss how clean slate legislation will help empower citizens who have not reoffended. The current agenda is: 12:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 12:10 p.m. Panel One: • John Wetzel , Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections • Matt Smith , President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce • Richard Garland , Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity 1:00 p.m. Panel Two: • Tracey McCants Lewis , Deputy General Counsel and Director of Human Resources, Pittsburgh Penguins • Carol Ramsey , Pardoned Individual • T. Rashad Byrdsong , Founder and CEO, Community Empowerment Association 1:50 p.m. Panel Three: • Theodore Johnson , Chairman, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole • Bret Grote , Legal Read more

 

Kinsey and Grey Panthers meet at SCI Phoenix

(Apr 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said the PLBC recently held a meeting at SCI Phoenix in conjunction with the Grey Panthers to discuss medical parole and the early release of elderly inmates, as it relates to H.B. 642 that he introduced. “Ultimately, we are working together to find a humane alternative to incarceration for non-violent elderly inmates,” Kinsey said. “The results would end in reducing the costs of our prison systems, while simultaneously lessening the burden on our correctional facilities and their workers. For inmates over the age of 50, and especially 65, research shows lower recidivism rates, higher costs due to health care and special needs. We can do better for them and their families.” Kinsey’s bill would permit elderly inmates to petition the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for medical parole and early release. Individuals convicted of violent crimes would not be eligible, and all decisions to approve or reject petitions would be up to the discretion of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. The number of state and federal prisoners older than 55 in the U.S. is predicted to grow rapidly, surpassing 400,000 by the year 2030. On average, it costs almost $70,000 per year to incarcerate an individual 50 or older. This is nearly double the cost for the overall average prisoner. Recent studies show that Read more

 

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus hosts public hearing on reentry initiatives

(Apr 23, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced that the PLBC hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on re-entry initiatives featuring Pennsylvanians who’ve overcome past transgressions and made storied contributions to the state. Kinsey requested the hearing, held at Temple University, to further explore criminal justice reform initiatives that will help prepare individuals who paid their debt to society to transition back into the workforce and reduce recidivism rates. The Chairman was joined by legislators from the across the state including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Those who testified in front of the Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus this evening, served as the proverbial shining light that will hopefully guide us to more empathetic lawmaking in regard to re-entry initiatives,” Kinsey said. “I chose re-entry as the topic of discussion because it correlates with so many other issues that Pennsylvanians are already facing. Empowered by the knowledge and experiences that have been shared here today, we can educate law makers and the public on how together, we can collaborate to reduce recidivism, and provide pathways to success for citizens re-entering society. We must work together to eliminate the barriers of discrimination, prejudice and stigma that often come with making a Read more

 

Kinsey announces PLBC policy hearing on re-entry initiatives

(Apr 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will be hosting a public policy hearing in conjunction with the House Democratic Policy Committee on re-entry initiatives and the transition from incarceration to civilian life. “It is critical that we work together to ensure that those who have paid their debts to society within the criminal justice system are given a chance to re-enter society once again,” Kinsey said. “I’m eager to hear from experts and the public on how we can improve these people’s lives and educate the public on how giving these folks a second chance helps to reduce recidivism.” The public policy hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at Temple University’s Shusterman Hall, 1834 N. Park Ave. in Philadelphia. State legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will attend the hearing. Special guests include: Bernard Hopkins, boxing champion; PA Board of Probation and Parole; The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; The Defender Association of Philadelphia; Philadelphia OIC; Freddy Nole, former juvenile lifer; Romanus Miles, former inmate and tradesman; Dawn Chamberlain-Hunter, former inmate and entrepreneur; Asya Richardson, former inmate and entrepreneur; Bill DeWeese, former Speaker of the House; and more. For more information, contact Read more

 

Tele Town Hall on Criminal Justice Reform in PA

(Apr 17, 2019)

Miss the discussion? Catch up on the debate about the most important civil rights issue of our time. Read more

 

Coalition of legislators unveils bills aimed at reforming police procedures

(Apr 16, 2019)

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and PLBC members were joined by a coalition of legislators from around the state for a press conference to unveil a package of legislation aimed at streamlining police procedures and improving police-community relations at noon today in the Capitol Media Center. Read more

 

Kinsey Commends Choice For New Secretary Of Pardons

(Apr 08, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey joined the Lt. Governor and colleagues to announce the new secretary of pardons. He explains why Brandon Flood is the perfect person for the job. Read more

 

4/2/19 – Bullying – Philadelphia

(Apr 04, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey. Read more

 

Kinsey Continues Fight To Combat Bullying

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee for a public hearing to address how to combat bullying. He discussed why addressing this issue now is critical to children across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Kinsey hosts Policy Committee hearing on bullying in Philadelphia

(Apr 02, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 2 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on bullying at Tabor Services in Philadelphia. Kinsey requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can to do curb bullying and his H.B. 643 that would require bullying prevention education in schools at all grade levels. He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Educating students about bullying and the lifelong impact it can have on their peers is imperative. We want to make sure every kid knows that bullying is not okay, and that those actions have consequences. We must do everything we can to help kids learn that lesson. This is our responsibility as a community and society,” Kinsey said. Sturla said: “I’ve recently learned a lot about adverse childhood experiences and how these experiences can have a lifelong influence on children. These experiences can impact health, development, and ultimately the state’s educational and correctional costs. If we can get to the bottom of why kids are bullying others and help educate them and curb bullying, it will make a big difference in the long run.” The committee heard testimony from: The Delancy Family; Layna Smith, resource parent support manager, Tabor Services; Shantelle Willis, parent; Eric Marsh, co-founder, The Know Bullying Coalition; The Rooney Family; Aziza Read more

 

Kinsey opposes U.S. Department of Commerce’s citizenship question

(Apr 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced his opposition to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. “I am proud to sign on with more than 150 bipartisan state and local elected officials to oppose the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census,” Kinsey said. “The addition of this citizenship question will result in inaccurate census data and the diversion of hundreds of millions of dollars away from vital programs that support education, health care, criminal justice, rehabilitation centers and unemployment compensation, among many other programs. The improper allocation of these funds impacts the lives of millions of Americans who need it the most. On Monday, April 1, an amicus brief was filed in support of plaintiffs in Department of Commerce v. New York , currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, which addresses the important issue of whether a citizenship question should be added to the 2020 Census. The addition of a citizenship question in the Census will significantly impair the accuracy of the Census, which is used to determine the allocation of more than $900 billion of federal funding. “I urge the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the decision of the lower court and reject the addition of the question to ensure the proper allocation of federal funds to the communities and people who need and rely on this funding.” Read more

 

Kinsey to host Policy Committee hearing on bullying Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Mar 28, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 28 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on bullying. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Tabor Services, 57 East Armat Street, Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. Kinsey requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can to do curb bullying and also his House Bill 643 that would require bullying prevention education in schools at all grade levels. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: The Delancy Family Eric Marsh , Co-Founder, The Know Bullying Coalition 10:40 a.m. Panel Two: The Rooney Family Monique Gaillard , Public Relations and Business Development Manager, Tabor Services 11:10 a.m. Panel Three: Roi Ligon , Safe School Advocate, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Dr. Claudio Curello , National Anti-Bullying/Anti-Violence Expert 11:40 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . For more information about the Policy Committee, go to Read more

 

Kinsey Fighting For Workplace Protections

(Mar 26, 2019)

Pa. state Stephen Kinsey joined advocates in Harrisburg to fight back against workplace discrimination by pushing legislation that would offer better protections for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber

(Mar 26, 2019)

Members from Philadelphia and of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today condemned a divisive opening prayer delivered Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Here’s a selection of quotes. Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman: “On a day that should have been celebrated, we found ourselves confused and mortified. The swearing-in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell as the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was overshadowed by the outrageous remarks made by the Republican member. This is disgusting behavior. I choose to celebrate the diversity of our caucus, and welcome Representative Johnson-Harrell with open, loving arms. I believe our Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said it best, ‘It was beneath the dignity of the House.’ There is no room for hate.” Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairwoman: “It is unfortunate that prayer was used to intimidate and divide. As our state legislature becomes more diverse, as we elect more women, more people of color, and people of different faiths and experiences, our ability to work together for all Pennsylvanians will be tested. I pray that my colleagues come to understand that Pennsylvania's diversity is our strength, not the enemy.” Rep. Summer Lee, PLBC treasurer who represents a portion of Allegheny County: ”We want to foremost, recognize and celebrate the historic victory and swearing-in of Read more

 

Kinsey Stands Up For Nurses

(Mar 20, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey rallied with healthcare workers in Harrisburg to address a growing number of nurses being overworked and understaffed. He explains why it’s critical for Pennsylvanians we take action now. Read more

 

Kinsey Honors AKA

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey joined his colleagues in Harrisburg to recognize March 19, 2019 as Alpha Kappa Alpha day at the state Capitol. He explains the sorority’s success and commitment to communities across the commonwealth. Read more