PASS THE PA FAIRNESS ACT

It’s time for civil rights to apply to ALL Pennsylvanians!

In 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County which found an employer cannot discriminate against an individual because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. While this was an historic victory for civil rights, this decision does not prevent a Pennsylvanian identified as LGBTQ+ to be denied housing, education, and access to public accommodations simply because of who they are or who they love.

Pennsylvania’s lack of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law is an affront to human rights, an embarrassment to this commonwealth and a deterrent for workers and businesses who could help grow our economy.

In 2021, the legislature had an historic opportunity to enshrine civil rights for ALL Pennsylvanians into our state constitution. However, the Republican majority which controls the legislature blocked the amendment. It has become increasingly clear that without the interference of GOP leaders, we have the votes to finally provide statewide discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians.

Join us in asking the Senate to pass the PA Fairness Act.

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Protect Abortion Care in Pennsylvania

January 22 marked 50 years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that finally gave pregnant people agency over their bodies and made abortion legal throughout the country.

Unfortunately, the current Supreme Court overturned Roe last summer, paving the way for states to ban abortion and restrict other critical reproductive health services. This past November, voters across America and in Pennsylvania sent a clear message: pregnant people are not ready to give up their bodily autonomy or their right to make reproductive care decisions for themselves and their families.

Because state laws are now all we have to ensure access to abortion and other reproductive care, we need to continue fighting to protect the right of every person to make those decisions without interference from Harrisburg. The fact that a person can get pregnant should not cancel those rights.

Even in the face of last November’s rejection of their extreme position on women’s autonomy and reproductive care, some Republicans in Harrisburg continue to push legislation that would interfere with people’s health choices, including restricting and even outlawing abortion care. We are determined not to let them succeed.

House Democrats are committed to allowing people to make their own decisions regarding reproductive care and keeping politicians out of doctors’ offices. We are determined not to let politicians in Harrisburg put your life or the lives of your family, friends and neighbors at risk by eliminating access to these essential health service.

Join us and make your voice heard.

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Justice for Survivors

Demand the PA State Senate pass the House bill to give survivors of childhood sexual abuse a chance at justice

At the end of February 2023 the PA House passed a bill to give survivors of sexual abuse their day in court to finally get justice from their abusers. For decades thousands of children abused by predators and marginalized by institutions like the Catholic Church had nowhere to turn thanks to an antiquated statute of limitations. Governor Shapiro will sign the bill if it comes to his desk.

Now, the PA State Senate must do its job. Help us hold abusers and the institutions that protected them accountable and give survivors justice.


Exija que el Senado estatal de Pennsylvania apruebe el proyecto de ley de la Cámara estatal de representantes para dar a los sobrevivientes de abuso sexual a menores una oportunidad de justicia  

A finales de febrero de 2023, la Cámara de Representantes de Pennsylvania aprobó un proyecto de ley para dar a los sobrevivientes de abuso sexual su día en la corte para finalmente obtener justicia de sus abusadores. Durante décadas, miles de niños abusados por los agresores y marginados por instituciones como la Iglesia Católica no tenían a dónde acudir por culpa de un estatuto de limitaciones anticuado. El gobernador Shapiro firmará el proyecto de ley si llega a su escritorio. 

Ahora, el Senado del Estado de Pennsylvania debe hacer su trabajo. Ayúdenos a responsabilizar a los abusadores ya las instituciones que los protegieron y a hacer justicia a los sobrevivientes.  

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CROWN Act

Help Us End Hair Discrimination in Pennsylvania

Did you know that it is legal to discriminate against a person in the workplace, at school, or even in recreational activities in the state of Pennsylvania, simply based on how you choose to wear your natural hair?  Well, it’s true.  Hair discrimination remains a source of racial injustice and it has serious consequences for African Americans who choose to wear their hair in its natural state.

The Pennsylvania CROWN Act believes that natural hair should be embraced and that there should be no space where wearing one’s natural hair is deemed unacceptable, inappropriate, or unprofessional.  Therefore, legislation has been introduced in the PA House of Representatives and in the Senate.  This legislation is known as the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), and it is not just about hair, but about protecting everyone’s Human Rights.

Join the movement to end race-based hair discrimination by signing on to this petition to urge Pennsylvania Legislators to vote YES on PA CROWN Act, so that we can put an end to race-based hair discrimination.  Twenty-two states have or have already passed similar legislation in their states and the Federal government has passed similar legislation in the house of Representatives.

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Fighting for Every Kid in Every School - And Taxpayers, Too

We have to deliver on the education promise of our constitution

Pennsylvania’s constitution requires all Pennsylvania students should have access to a comprehensive, effective, and contemporary public education.

For too long our funding system hasn’t delivered on this constitutional – and moral – obligation to our students.

Our current system relies heavily on local property taxes tied to community wealth and wages. Students who live in school districts with low property values and incomes or a higher proportion of untaxable property like government buildings & houses of worship don’t receive the same educational resources and opportunities as students who live where property values and incomes are higher.

It’s not fair. Which is why parents sued the state and Commonwealth Court agreed: our disparities violate the rights of all students  – rural, suburban, and urban – of equal protection under the law.

We worked with lawmakers from both parties and from the administration to find a solution -- to create a funding system for our schools in which every student and every taxpayer is treated equally. Now, we’re asking for your help, please, to make sure that system becomes law.

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CROWN Act

Far too often, people of color – and particularly Black Americans – are subjected to these incidents of discrimination and although strides have been made to end discrimination through policy, it still exists in reality.

We ask for your support for legislation we intend to introduce known as The Pennsylvania CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. This legislation would prohibit discrimination based on a person’s hair type, hair texture or hairstyle.

Dreads, locs, braids, twists, coils, Bantu knots, cornrows, afros and extensions are typically associated with Black Americans. Historically, these hair styles have created a problem for many human resources managers, educators and coaches, who want employees, students, or participants to follow established policies and maintain a uniform “neat” appearance regardless of culture or ethnicity.

We can no longer stand by while individuals are being targeted, harassed, and denied access to opportunities based on their hair type, hair texture or hairstyle. 

Join the movement to end race-based hair discrimination by signing onto this petition to urge Pennsylvania Legislators to vote YES on PA CROWN Act, so that we can put an end to race-based hair discrimination. Twenty-two states have passed the CROWN Act into law. Both the City of Philadelphia and the City of Pittsburgh have already passed the CROWN Act.

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Protecting Nurses. Protecting Patients. Saving Lives.

We’re going to get sick. We might get injured. We’re definitely going to grow older.

When these things happen, we’ll be cared for by nurses, and we want to be sure the nurses taking care of us aren’t overworked, overwhelmed, or handling far too many patients to keep everyone safe.

The Patient Safety Act is the key to our health – and theirs.

House Democrats led the way with a bipartisan plan to get more nurses on the job – to set staffing levels that allow a nurse to safely care for patients to deliver better health care outcomes *and* be able to care for themselves and their families.

Now, the state Senate has to do its job, protect our nurses and SAVE LIVES! Add your voice – because the life you save just might be your own!

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Junk the Junk Fees, Beat the Grinch Bots, and Stop Scammers to protect Pennsylvanians

Hard-working people like you who want to buy tickets to see your favorite sports team, enjoy concerts, or even just order dinner to be delivered after a hard day’s work are being taken advantage of – and House Democrats are leading the fight to stop the scammers and protect your wallet. 

The PA House of Representatives has passed bills to end Junk Fees, stop Grinch Bots, and end Speculative Ticketing. Join House Democrats in urging the Senate to immediately act on these bills and get them signed into law before one more Pennsylvanian falls victim to scammers.

 

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Raise the minimum wage for working families, Pennsylvania’s economy

Working hard is at the core of what Pennsylvanians are about. Raising the minimum wage is about economic fairness and economic sense: every state around Pennsylvania has raised their wage multiple times since our last raise. The PA House has passed legislation to boost our state's economy by raising the minimum wage and making sure it keeps pace with inflation. This would put more money in the pockets of low-wage workers, money that would be spent on goods and services in our local businesses.

Fill out the form to email your state senator and their leaders in the state Senate to let them know that you support an increase in the minimum wage.

 

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We've Waited too Long. Addressing Gun Violence Must be a Priority

Gun violence remains an ever-present danger in Pennsylvania and throughout our nation. This is particularly true of under-served areas, from Philadelphia to Erie.

Bipartisan bills designed to reduce gun violence and keep communities safer – none of which come anywhere close to a rejection of the 2nd Amendment,  continue to languish in committee, not even deemed important enough to discuss, let alone receive votes.

Help your PA neighbors make noise by sending legislative leaders in Harrisburg, including House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairs Rob Kauffman and Lisa Baker, a message that you still expect action on legislation to fight yet another deadly public health emergency.

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