Miss my Tele-Town Hall? Click Here to Listen!

(Feb 14, 2020)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to our community. 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

 

Lee: As governor proposes progressive budget, silence from conservatives

(Feb 04, 2020)

Braddock representative calls for action on critical issues, despite apparent conservative indifference Read more

 

Don't miss my Telephone Town Hall

(Jan 29, 2020)

Make sure YOU get to join the community and take part in the discussion! This Read more

 

Woodland Hills, Pittsburgh to receive $70,000 for tech in schools

(Jan 17, 2020)

Grants will help expand computer science programs, teacher training Read more

 

2019 Winter Newslettter

(Dec 19, 2019)

Catch up with the latest news from Harrisburg and our communities! Read more

 

In Edgewood, two busy intersections to be subject of safety study

(Dec 17, 2019)

The study will look for low-cost safety improvements at Maple and McKelvey Avenue and Swissvale Avenue and Race Street in Edgewood Read more

 

2019-20 Pennsylvania Grant & Resource Directory

(Dec 04, 2019)

This is a free resource that provides a general overview of state government programs along with deadline and contact information. Read more

 

Legislator, staff issue open letter to community in wake of Pittsburgh attack

(Sep 26, 2019)

As protests and cries of condemnation continue on the heels of a shocking assaults of two women outside a Pittsburgh-area gas station, state Rep. Summer Lee and her staff wrote an open letter to the community, imploring that readers examine the historical context and underlying issues of the assault. Read more

 

Rep. Lee and staff's open letter to the people of Pittsburgh

(Sep 26, 2019)

State Rep. Summer Lee and her staff wrote an open letter to the community, imploring that readers examine the historical context and underlying issues of a recent assault in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

8/27/19 – Use of Police Force – Rankin

(Aug 29, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Summer Lee and State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more

 

Lee, Gainey host Policy Committee hearing on use of police force

(Aug 27, 2019)

State Reps. Summer Lee and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, co-hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee at Hawkins Village in Rankin. Read more

 

Lee calls on health department to act on Braddock fracking proposal

(Aug 16, 2019)

Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, today sent a letter to the Allegheny County Health Department, urging it to review the current proposal by Merrion Oil and Gas to build a fracking well site in Braddock. Read more

 

Lee to host environmental forum in Forest Hills

(Aug 14, 2019)

The public is invited to join Lee and local organizations to learn about local and global environmental concerns and how they can impact policy-making at the local and state level. Read more

 

Legislators ‘serve up’ support for minimum wage hike in Pa.

(Jul 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, Stephen Kinsey, Chris Rabb, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato joined advocates and restaurant workers in support of increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. The group marched from the Pennsylvania Convention Center to El Fuego restaurant, where the legislators served food and drink to customers and addressed how a minimum wage hike would improve the lives of thousands of workers in the commonwealth. McClinton said, “Every state surrounding Pennsylvania has increased its minimum wage and yet it remains stagnant here in the commonwealth. It is antiquated and, at this point, disgraceful. Too many Pennsylvanians must continue to work for what amounts to nothing in today’s economy, still struggling well below the poverty line to pay bills and provide for their families. An increased and fair wage would give these people more purchasing power and the ability to afford necessities, contributing more to our overall economy.” Kinsey said, "Our communities of color shouldn't have to choose between paying the bills and putting food on the table. I was proud to join Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and other advocates in fighting to raise the minimum wage across the commonwealth so hardworking Pennsylvanians can afford to support their families and live their lives." Rabb has legislation that would raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $12 an hour , then increase it each year Read more

 

2019 Summer Newsletter

(Jul 04, 2019)

Catch up on the latest from Harrisburg and our communities with this newsletter. Read more

 

Lee hosts Real ID information event

(May 15, 2019)

Rep. Lee will hold a Real ID informational event May 29. Read more

 

Legislators join rally to call for law enforcement reforms

(May 01, 2019)

Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and other legislators joined hundreds of youth and community members at a noontime rally Tuesday in the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda to call for reforms to Pennsylvania’s law enforcement system. 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

 

Rep. Lee encourages youth to apply for PLBC scholarships

(Apr 09, 2019)

This is an excellent opportunity, so please share if you know of someone who might be interested. Read more