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McClinton hosts free book giveaway to strengthen children’s reading skills

(9 hours ago)

Understanding the critical role reading plays in a child’s future, House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Read by 4th and other community groups to give away free books to nearly 150 children. “Reading is fun, educational and opens the door to so many opportunities for our young people,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “This event was a way to strengthen literacy skills and encourage our kids to want to pick up a book. Getting them interested early helps keep them on the right path to a brighter future. I am so fortunate to work with community partners who share my passion to put our children first.” Their Youth Literacy Extravaganza at the Sayre Recreation Center Playground gave kids the chance to play fun literacy games while adults received information about the educational programs and services that are offered to families by the city and commonwealth. “Engaging with children and supporting families as they build literacy is a core part of what Read by 4th does in the community. We were excited to be able to bring that work to so many families today at the Youth Literacy Extravaganza,” said Jenny Bogoni, Executive Director of Read by 4th. Other organizations that made today’s event possible included Reading Recycled and Global Citizen. Read more

 

McClinton teams up with St. Joe’s Prep and other community groups to fight hunger in Philly

(1 day ago)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton joined St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and other local organizations today to connect 200 boxes of free food with 86 families.    Read more

 

McClinton statement on resignation of Rep. Margo Davidson

(1 day ago)

Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton issued the following statement about the resignation of State Representative Margo Davidson: Read more

 

Temple University recruiting job seekers for workforce readiness program

(Jul 20, 2021)

The Temple University Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative is recruiting adult job seekers for a workforce readiness program. Read more

 

House Democratic Leaders blast social media troll for comparing Black lawmakers to rioters attacking the U.S. Capitol

(Jul 19, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila, and Legislative Black Caucus Chair Donna Bullock, D-Phila., issued the following statement today after an elected official trolled social media for attention by comparing Black lawmakers to the insurrectionists who invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Read more

 

Looking for a job? Check out a recap of McClinton's Virtual Job and Career Fair

(Jul 16, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton partnered with the Church of Christian Compassion and Community of Compassion CDC, Inc. to host a virtual career fair.  Read more

 

McClinton applauds nearly $24,000 awarded to help Darby fire and EMS

(Jun 30, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that $23,993.20 is being awarded to help fire and emergency medical services in Darby. Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jun 29, 2021)

From support for local businesses to job training, there are a number of grant funding opportunities in Pennsylvania. Here's a look at what's available right now. Read more

 

House Democrats: state budget full of missed opportunities

(Jun 25, 2021)

There are billions of dollars in surplus money that belongs to the people and should have been used to help fairly fund every school and maybe even cut property taxes for homeowners. I am determined to keep fighting to invest this funding into families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Does the state have your unclaimed property? McClinton's office can help you find out!

(Jun 25, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton says there is more than $3.2 million of unclaimed property and money within the communities she serves. Read more

 

McClinton recognizes Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly

(Jun 22, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is applauding the Latino Affairs Caucus, calling it a reflection of the diverse communities that make up Pennsylvania. “We’ve come so far since the first Puerto Rican members were sworn into the state House, dating back to German Quiles in 1969 and Ralph Acosta some 15 years later,” explained McClinton. “Today, I’m proud to see individuals like Rep. Danilo Burgos in Philadelphia, who is the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, adding to the largest delegation to date of Latino members.” Led by state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., the Latino Affairs Caucus is the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus, focusing on issues and policies important to Latinx communities in the commonwealth. “As Pennsylvania’s Latino population has increased over the years, I’m excited to see the number of Latinx members has grown in the state legislature as well,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “Having lawmakers from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds helps strengthen our ability to ensure every voice is heard in Harrisburg.” Other members of the Latino Affairs Caucus include state Reps. Liz Hanbidge and Ben Sanchez, both D-Montgomery, and Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, who is a freshman legislator serving Reading, which is home to the largest community of Latinos in Pennsylvania. "This dedicated group Read more

 

Reducing gun violence requires a COVID-19 pandemic response

(Jun 17, 2021)

The same type of collaborative effort used to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is needed to combat gun violence. Read more

 

House & Senate Democrats join Gov. Wolf to call for investing in schools, delivering equity for all students

(Jun 08, 2021)

It’s impossible to calculate how much we have lost as a state, as a society, thanks to inequitable funding leaving kids behind instead of growing their unlimited potential. It’s time to make sure the playing field is level. It’s time to make sure a line drawn on a map decades ago isn’t a ticket to success for one child while being a ticket to struggle for another. We’ve had the tools, now we have the money. Let’s do this right.” Read more

 

McClinton commends awarding of $100,000 grant to repair historic buildings in Bartram’s Garden

(Jun 03, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that $100,000 in state funding is going to make critical repairs to two of Bartram’s Garden’s most historically significant buildings. McClinton said the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awarded the Keystone Historic Preservation grant to the John Bartram Association to fix the roofs and masonry of the county’s oldest barn built in 1775 and the adjacent stable built in 1743. “Not only does Bartram’s Garden provide a safe outdoor space for our neighbors to enjoy, but it also attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year to southwest Philly,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “It’s imperative we continue investing these types of dollars in protecting this historic landmark so our local economy and families near and far can benefit for generations to come.” The nonprofit John Bartram Association works to maintain and enhance the 45-acre National Historic Landmark Bartram's Garden and House, as well as inspire people of all ages to care for the natural world through gardening and art. Keystone Historic Preservation Grants provide funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the Read more

 

House Democrats seek to prevent prison gerrymandering

(May 26, 2021)

“It’s better for the purposes of drawing our legislative districts, which are population-based, to count these individuals in the communities they call home. It will result in better, more even representation for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

McClinton commends the more than $316,000 in state funding awarded to reduce blight in her West Philly and Delco communities

(May 26, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is applauding $316,650 in state grants that will help to reduce blight in West Philadelphia and Darby Borough. McClinton said the funding was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Blight Remediation Program and will be dispersed as follows: $16,650 to the nonprofit organization ACHIEVEability to create a comprehensive plan to address blighted and vacant commercial properties affecting West Philadelphia business corridors – specifically focusing on 46 th to 63 rd Market Street as well as the 60 th Street Commercial Corridor. $300,000 will support Darby Borough’s remediation project, which involves acquiring and demolishing properties located at 621 Main St. and 304 Marks Ave. “Cleaning up our communities and investing in long-term improvements not only attracts new people and businesses to our neighborhoods but entices those already here to stay, which ultimately strengthens our local economy,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “Blight has also been connected to higher crime rates. By securing these dollars, we help create a safer environment for our neighbors.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth. More information about these grants can be found here . Read more

 

Rep. McClinton comments on Inspector General’s report

(May 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton made this statement after today’s release of a report by the state Inspector General about the Department of State’s failure to advertise a constitutional amendment in the summer of 2020 which halted a ballot question from being put to voters this year: “I want to thank the inspector general for this thorough and complete report. It answers the questions we had about what occurred and I applaud Governor Wolf for making sure it is public. “We were frankly surprised to learn that, throughout multiple administrations since the Pennsylvania Constitution outlined a process for amendments, it appears there were never any written procedures in place to ensure that amendments are advertised. I know the Wolf administration has already implemented policies and procedures to make sure that such an omission is never repeated. “As we are taking stock of this, I call on the Senate leadership to speedily bring up and pass House Bill 951 sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi. This is a statutory solution that will end the needless suffering still being endured by so many adult victims of childhood sexual abuse who are simply waiting to have their day in court.” Read more

 

PA Legislative Black Caucus statement on anniversary of George Floyd's death

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – On the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released a statement on the state of race relations, police reform and the road ahead. “On this anniversary, let’s not say his name in vain,” said PLBC Chair state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “Let not our calls for accountability and justice be used to inflate budgets but rather, let our calls for substantive police reform be heard and included in discussions, not diluted, ignored and waived off. We marched, we prayed, we demanded, and we saw some change. Yet, we still have work to do.” “George Floyd should be alive today, but instead, he joins the long list of Black people who were targets of police violence,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “We have the power to enact real change within policing across Pennsylvania. We must hold bad actors accountable, end systemic racism and save lives.” “One year after the murder of George Floyd, our country and state have much more to do to increase police accountability and professionalism,” said state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny. “The work of our advocates, community members and families of those killed has pushed the legislative process to the point that we are today, and now, we as members of the Read more

 

PA Rescue Plan, $1.7 billion investment in workers’ focus of House Democratic leaders’ rally in State College Wednesday

(May 11, 2021)

STATE COLLEGE, May 11 – The workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic need support. The PA House Democratic leadership team is hosting a rally Wednesday to make the case for workers’ rights to a fair wage, hazard pay and paid family and sick leave and how the PA Rescue plan would do just that. The rally will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 at The Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St., State College . The media is encouraged to attend. The PA Rescue Plan includes more than $1.5 billion for job training, hazard pay, wage boosts for direct-care workers and job creation efforts to kickstart the economy in communities across the state. The PRP aims to ensure federal American Rescue Plan funding is invested for immediate impact and long-term success. Additional information about the plan is available at www.pahouse.com/parescueplan . Read more

 

Investment for affordable housing support strategies focus of Davis, House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing

(May 11, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, May 11 – The need for affording housing is a need only exacerbated by the pandemic and Allegheny County Delegation Chairman Austin Davis today hosted a hearing to discuss how the PA Rescue Plan would invest federal funding to bring relief to homeowners and renters. “Wages have not kept up with the rise in housing costs. With the oldest housing stock in the country and a minimum wage that remains stagnant, Pennsylvanians need us to take action in Harrisburg. Today, we learned how the PA Rescue Plan funding would be helpful and the legislative actions we can take to empower local municipalities so that state and local governments and developers can work together to solve this problem.” Testifiers included Larry Swanson, executive director of Action Housing; and Robert Damewood, staff attorney for Regional Housing Legal Services. Swanson advocated for affordable housing assistance as lender forbearance programs come to an end this summer. Damewood shared that over 299,000 Pennsylvania families cannot afford rent and the state desperately needs expansion of affordable, safe and stable housing. He called on the legislature to apply rights in the Manufactured Homes Community Rights Act to renters across the board. “Housing is a human right, period, and the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the fact that too many Pennsylvanians can’t afford to stay in their homes, especially in our communities of color,” said House Democratic Read more

 

McClinton hosts free book giveaway to strengthen children’s reading skills
9 hours ago

McClinton teams up with St. Joe’s Prep and other community groups to fight hunger in Philly
1 day ago

McClinton statement on resignation of Rep. Margo Davidson
1 day ago

Temple University recruiting job seekers for workforce readiness program
Jul 20, 2021

House Democratic Leaders blast social media troll for comparing Black lawmakers to rioters attacking the U.S. Capitol
Jul 19, 2021

Looking for a job? Check out a recap of McClinton's Virtual Job and Career Fair
Jul 16, 2021

McClinton applauds nearly $24,000 awarded to help Darby fire and EMS
Jun 30, 2021

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jun 29, 2021

House Democrats: state budget full of missed opportunities
Jun 25, 2021

Does the state have your unclaimed property? McClinton's office can help you find out!
Jun 25, 2021

McClinton recognizes Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly
Jun 22, 2021

Reducing gun violence requires a COVID-19 pandemic response
Jun 17, 2021

House & Senate Democrats join Gov. Wolf to call for investing in schools, delivering equity for all students
Jun 08, 2021

McClinton commends awarding of $100,000 grant to repair historic buildings in Bartram’s Garden
Jun 03, 2021

House Democrats seek to prevent prison gerrymandering
May 26, 2021

McClinton commends the more than $316,000 in state funding awarded to reduce blight in her West Philly and Delco communities
May 26, 2021

Rep. McClinton comments on Inspector General’s report
May 26, 2021

PA Legislative Black Caucus statement on anniversary of George Floyd's death
May 25, 2021

PA Rescue Plan, $1.7 billion investment in workers’ focus of House Democratic leaders’ rally in State College Wednesday
May 11, 2021

Investment for affordable housing support strategies focus of Davis, House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing
May 11, 2021