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McClinton expungement clinic offers second chance

(Apr 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 9 – In her effort to help residents in the 191st Legislative District get a second chance, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, once again teamed up with Sen. Anthony Williams to hold an expungement clinic for minor offenses. Volunteer attorneys helped more than 40 people clear their records at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center on March 30. McClinton said many other attendees received free legal services, and job-readiness support through STRIVE Philadelphia. “This clinic provided people with that much needed leg-up and assistance to get the unnecessary roadblocks in people’s lives removed,” McClinton said. “I’m happy to assist our residents to clear their records, beginning the process of walking into a brighter future for themselves and their families. “I would like to thank Francis J. Meyers Recreation Center for hosting our clinic, and a special thank you to organizations like STRIVE Philadelphia and the Defender Association of Philadelphia for fulfilling their promise to help the residents in our city of brotherly love,” she said. Local residents who believe they may be eligible for an expungement or would like to apply for a pardon, but who were unable to attend the event, are encouraged to contact McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712 for information. ### Read more


McClinton: Housing grants announced to help individuals battling opioid use disorder

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today that Philadelphia and Delaware counties have been selected to receive a portion of the $15 million in state funding that was awarded to create pilot programs for case management and housing support services for Pennsylvanians with an opioid use disorder. The recipients are the Philadelphia Single County Authority and the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health. The pilot programs that will be established through the released grants will assist individuals as they become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment programs and will provide individuals with support services such as pre-tenancy and tenancy education services to maintain stable housing. The recipients were chosen via a formula that considered both the rate of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder and the rate of overdose-related deaths in a county. “The opioid epidemic has been devastating for so many individuals in Pennsylvania, so I am glad to see more state resources being dedicated to this issue,” McClinton said. “This program will help establish much needed support services for people affected by substance use disorder.” According to national data, about one in five people experiencing homelessness has a chronic substance use disorder. The grants were awarded by the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services from the $55.9 Read more


McClinton: We Must End The Suffering

(Mar 27, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton continues her fight to bring dignity to incarcerated women. She joined colleagues and advocates to explain why addressing this issue is critical to families across the commonwealth. Read more


Legislative package would help incarcerated women, parents in Pa.

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and colleagues today unveiled a package of legislation that would help incarcerated women and parents in Pennsylvania. “As chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, I traveled to SCI-Muncy last year, which is one of the two state prisons that house female inmates, and heard the cries for help,” Cephas said. “The visit made me realize that while I'm proud of the significant strides we've seen in our fight for criminal justice reform, we must include our women and girls of color in the bipartisan discussion. "Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population. According to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice, the number of women in jail in the U.S. has grown 14-fold since 1970. Furthermore, a majority are accused of non-violent offenses. What's often ignored by our criminal justice system, though, is the fact female offenders have vastly different needs and experience different stresses compared to men.” Cephas plans to introduce two bills: one would create a Women and Girls Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; the other bill would require the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to submit an annual report on healthcare screenings and care services they provide to the House Health and Human Services committees and the Senate Health and Human Read more


PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber

(Mar 26, 2019)

Members 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, 201st Legislative District: “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, 195th Legislative District: “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, 34th Legislative District: ”We want to foremost, recognize and celebrate the historic victory and Read more


McClinton Celebrates Women in Public Office Day

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined her colleagues to designate March 19, 2019 as Celebrate Women of Public Office Day in PA. She explains why it’s critical for more elected officials to be women. Read more


McClinton Fights For A Diverse Workforce

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. McClinton joined her colleagues in supporting a diverse workforce. She explains the struggles women and people of color are facing when it comes to becoming successful entrepreneurs. Read more


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(Mar 07, 2019)

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McClinton announces appointment of deputy caucus chairs

(Feb 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the appointment of four legislators to serve in the newly-created role of deputy caucus chair for the 2019-2020 legislative session. The newly appointed deputy caucus chairs are: State Rep. Morgan Cephas, Philadelphia County State Rep. Ed Gainey, Allegheny County State Rep. Frank Burns, Cambria County State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, Lehigh County “As the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the House Democratic Caucus chair, I am committed to ensuring that our new members have the information and mentorship they need to best serve their communities. I also know it is equally important to work hand-in-hand with our experienced members to better meet the needs of all of our constituents. For those reasons, I’m grateful to be joined in this effort by four deputy caucus chairs who represent a cross-section of our caucus in terms of gender, race and geographic location,” McClinton said. In their new roles, the deputy caucus chairs will work closely with the 24 new members of the House Democratic Caucus to provide peer mentoring in areas such as messaging, legislative goals, district office outreach and constituent services. The deputy caucus chairs will also work with McClinton to prepare special informational presentations for legislators and to encourage all members to routinely attend daily caucus meetings Read more


McClinton to host energy forum

(Feb 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an Energy Forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia. McClinton is partnering with the 12th District Police Station to help residents learn how the state and other groups can help them save money during the winter heating season. For more information, those interested may call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more


McClinton on Rosa Parks Remembrance Day

(Feb 04, 2019)

Citing the mountain of work still to do, Pa. House Democratic Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton asks the gathered assembly if they have the bravery of Rosa Parks to stand up in the face of fear to fight for equality and civil rights for all people. McClinton honors Mrs. parks with a House Resolution declaring February 4, 2019 as Rosa Parks Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania. Read more


McClinton expungement clinic offers second chance in Delaware County

(Jan 31, 2019)

DARBY, Jan. 31 – In her continuing effort to give residents in her district a second chance, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, recently partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams to hold an expungement clinic. “There are countless people who run into unnecessary roadblocks because of a minor criminal offense and they can’t get a job or buy a home,” McClinton said. “This expungement clinic provided them with the means to gain a fighting chance at a brighter future.” More than 45 people received assistance at the Academy Park High School to have their criminal records expunged. Free legal services also were offered at the event. “I would like to thank Academy Park High School for hosting our clinic and thanks to Senator Williams, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA and the Chester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for partnering with me to make it a success,” McClinton said. Local residents who believe they may be eligible for an expungement or would like to apply for a pardon, but were unable to attend the event, are encouraged to contact McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712 for information. Read more


We must educate our young people about human trafficking

(Jan 29, 2019)

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and you may think this is a problem unique to other countries around the world, but you would be wrong. This epidemic knows no national boundaries – imprisoning millions of people each and every year to a life of indentured servitude, sexual exploitation, violence and fear. Human trafficking doesn’t just take place in foreign countries, dark alleyways, or on Hollywood movie sets. It’s happening right now in the neighborhoods where we all live, where we send our children to school and where we go to work. Human trafficking refers to the sexual or labor exploitation of people by threat, force or coercion. According to the United Nation’s International Labour Organization, there are over 40 million victims of human trafficking globally, with the vast majority of them being women and girls. While victims live in isolation and deplorable living conditions, perpetrators of this abuse rake in millions of dollars. In fact, forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide, and the United States is not immune. In the United States, 8,759 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2017 – a 13 percent increase in cases compared to 2016. In Pennsylvania, roughly 200 cases of human trafficking were reported to this hotline in 2017, up from 157 in 2016 and 109 in 2014. In 2017, an estimated one out of seven endangered runaways reported to the Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


McClinton: Helping The Community And Working To Stop Illegal Guns

(Jan 17, 2019)

PA state Rep. Joanna McClinton wants to help those who have trouble getting a job due to criminal past, find steady work. She also plans to work with the Attorney General's office in an effort to rid the streets of illegal guns. Read more


McClinton sworn in for 3rd term as state legislator; first as House Democratic Caucus Chair

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin her third term representing the 191 st Legislative District. “I am honored to continue serving and representing my neighbors in the 191st District in the General Assembly,” McClinton said. “I will continue fighting for better public education, fair wages for working people, a more equitable justice system, sustainable environmental policies and earnest and honest approaches to combat the opioid and gun-violence epidemics.” Her legislative goals mirror the recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy from the House Democratic Caucus that is focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. McClinton was also selected by her peers to serve as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session. McClinton is the first woman and first African American to serve as the Caucus Chair. “I’m honored by the faith and trust that my Democratic colleagues have placed in me to represent them on the leadership team,” McClinton said. “I’m looking forward to overseeing our caucus discussions and ensuring that Members have the information they need to cast informed votes on the House Floor this Session.” The Pennsylvania House of Read more


McClinton Looks Back At Year, Pushes Forward to a Better Tomorrow

(Dec 14, 2018)

2018 has been a great year for our communities. Together, we passed laws to keep innocent people out of prison, protect domestic violence victims, and offer second chances to those trying to better their lives. You can count on me to continue putting you and your family first in 2019. Read more


McClinton Hosts Holiday Health Expo

(Dec 05, 2018)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Joanna McClinton hosted her Celebrate the Season with Seniors Holiday Health & Fitness Expo to ensure that local seniors have the information they need to live a happy & healthy life. McClinton also provided a free lunch for the over 300 attendees and entertainment from local school children. Read more


McClinton to host Senior Health Expo on Dec. 4

(Nov 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Senior Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Motivation High School, 5900 Baltimore Ave. “The expo is a free event to provide our wisest neighbors with the opportunity to easily get information about the services and programs available to them in one place,” McClinton said. “We’ll have free health screenings and flu shots, exercise demonstrations, line dancing and door prizes. I hope seniors of the 191st District come out to take advantage of the benefits to which they are entitled.” McClinton’s staff and representatives from local and state agencies will be on-site offering information geared toward older adults. Lunch will be served. Read more


West Philadelphia community mobilizes to fight gun violence

(Nov 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – Tired of the endless gun violence, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to host an emergency community meeting to elaborate a plan of action to fight against gun violence in Philadelphia. The elected officials were joined by the Philadelphia Police Department, the state’s Attorney General’s Office, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Philadelphia Anti-Violence Anti-Drug Partnership, Every Murder Is Real and Sayre Health Center. “On Wednesday night the community gathered at Anointed Tabernacle of Praise looking for answers after a triple shooting in West Philadelphia injured two teens and an 8-year-old boy,” McClinton said. “And that meeting was the beginning of our healing process. It provided a safe space to express our frustration and it helped craft the first steps to start building a safer community – to come up with solutions together.” Neighbors had the opportunity to voice their safety concerns and ask questions. McClinton, along with community stakeholders, created a plan of action to promote early intervention and move the community towards a zero violence goal. The plan includes: Resource fairs for parents. Activities for affected families and children (gifts, counseling services, mental health services). Block Club/Tenants Association (Ludlow, Millick and 61st streets). Read more