Rep. McClinton, Sen. Williams to host paper shredding event Saturday

(Jun 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a free paper shredding event in her district on Saturday, June 8. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., McClinton, joined by Sen. Anthony Williams, invites residents seeking to securely dispose of old documents to bring them to the Motivation High School parking lot, located at 60 th Street and Baltimore Avenue. “Although some personal documents are no longer needed, they still contain private information, which makes disposing of them in regular trash or recycling risky,” McClinton said. “My paper shredding events allow residents to dispose of these documents with the security in knowing their personal information is protected.” Residents with documents to shred are advised to remove any paper clips before putting them in the shredder. Both lawmakers and their staff will also be available to assist people with state government issues such as PennDOT, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. For more information, contact McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712. Read more


McClinton Fights For Criminal Justice Reform

(Jun 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined a bipartisan effort to achieve criminal justice reform. She explains how legislation would provide opportunities for people to move forward. Read more


McClinton applauds unanimous approval of bipartisan bill to crack down on sexual extortion

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – A bipartisan bill that would include sexual extortion as a sex crime unanimously passed the House today, according to state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, one of its authors. McClinton introduced the bill (H.B. 1402) with Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler. “Currently, there is no state law that adequately names sexual extortion as a crime, despite it being a growing form of sexual exploitation in which an individual misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims, usually in exchange for something the victim is heavily dependent upon such as a service or something of value,” McClinton said. “I’m happy that my House colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, also agree that combatting this crime is very important.” McClinton said that sexual extortion can occur in any setting such as schools, workplaces, and community settings, but the most common setting is online. “Perpetrators hack people’s accounts to gain access to their intimate photos to extort them or manipulate victims by tricking them into sending pictures and then extort them to send more images or to engage in sexual acts,” McClinton said. The Department of Justice reports that 71% of sexual extortion cases involve victims under the age of 18, McClinton added, and is a significantly growing threat to children as they are considered easy targets because of their Read more


Acquitted individuals still have a criminal record. This proposed law would change that

(Jun 05, 2019)

The legislation was introduced in February by Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, and Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer, who were joined by their colleagues Wednesday at a Capitol event to promote the bill. “[When] an acquittal is granted, that should be the start of a clean record,” McClinton, a former public defender, said Wednesday. Read more


McClinton, Nesbit call for passage of automatic expungement legislation

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton and Tedd Nesbit were joined by advocates, legal experts and fellow colleagues for a news conference to urge the General Assembly to pass their bipartisan legislation that would automatically expunge some people’s criminal record. “There are women and men who have served their time for a minor offense, yet they are still being punished while no longer being incarcerated. Their criminal record is a blemish that is prohibiting them from obtaining employment, purchasing a home and walking into a brighter future for themselves and their families,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “It’s time that we remove the unnecessary roadblocks so these people can move forward with their lives.” House Bill 440 would provide an opportunity to expunge a person’s record if they have been unconditionally pardoned or fully acquitted of all charges. The commonwealth would receive notice of a potential expungement and would have an opportunity to object and conduct a hearing. “It’s plain and simple: individuals that are fully acquitted or pardoned of crimes should not have to be forced to carry the burdens and stigma that are associated with a criminal record,” said Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler. “That’s what this bill seeks to do—improve our expungement laws and remove barriers to employment for the people of the commonwealth. I am excited to work with Read more


McClinton announces grants for proposed traffic projects along Cobbs Creek Parkway

(May 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila. /Delaware, today announced upcoming traffic projects scheduled along Cobbs Creek Parkway in Philadelphia, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program. The grant, supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia, totals in at $15.4 million distributed statewide, with $7.6 million staying in Philadelphia. A portion of the funding awarded to Philadelphia will be used towards guiderail system replacement on Cobbs Creek Parkway from 63 rd Street to Upland Street, and a proposed roundabout installation at Cobbs Creek Parkway and 70 th Street. “Driving along Cobbs Creek Parkway can be difficult, the deep winding roads has resulted in drivers veering off the road into the woods, and during rush hour, travel times are greatly increased due to traffic congestion,” McClinton said. “I am happy to see this grant used to possibly alleviate these issues by allowing traffic flow to move steadily and at a safe pace.” Since 2010, the Automated Red Light Enforcement program has funded 416 safety projects throughout Pennsylvania, totaling $78.49 million. This year, municipalities submitted 134 applications, totaling almost $38 million in requests. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost Read more


McClinton welcomes over 300 constituents to Delaware County Community Day

(May 07, 2019)

YEADON, May 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton welcomed more than 300 constituents for a family-friendly day of fun and entertainment during her Delaware County Community Day. “Thankfully, the weather held out, and it turned out to be a great day to celebrate our community and empower neighbors with resources,” McClinton said. “Whether in my office or on Church Lane, I always love to talk with my constituents and hear about the issues that are impacting their lives. It’s great to host events such as Delaware County Community Day, which provide a relaxed environment where we can all connect.” The event featured 35 vendors that provided community resources, giveaways, and tips on healthy living; entertainment by Evelyn Graves Ministries, Royal Excellence Step Team, Feet of Faith Dance Company, Soul on Demand Band, and local youth rappers, singers and poets; children’s activities including bouncy houses, face painting and dancing; and free food. McClinton said she wanted to thank AETNA as the prime sponsor of the event, and to JEVS at Home, Mercy Health System, Lowes, Fresh Grocer and Philadelphia Water Ice Company for partnering with her to make this event possible. “I am thrilled that we were able to provide this event for the over 300 neighbors who attended. I cannot thank the vendors, sponsors and staff enough. They went above and beyond to make this event truly all about the community,” McClinton said. You can Read more


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


Winter 2019 Newsletter

(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