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McClinton hosts How to Save Your Home Workshop

(Apr 20, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 20 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a How to Save Your Home Workshop this week at her monthly police captain meeting at the 18th Police District. Residents in the 191st Legislative District were able to receive information from various local government entities on how to save their home from foreclosure. “While foreclosure activity has decreased nationwide, residents in Philadelphia and Delaware counties have not been as fortunate,” McClinton said. “In fact, Pennsylvania has the 10th-highest foreclosure rate in the nation. I was happy to provide residents with the resources available to make affordable payments on their mortgage and back taxes, so that they can keep their homes.” Representatives from the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue , Philadelphia Legal Assistance’s Save Your Home program, as well as the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement, were available to offer information on the following programs and services: the Homestead Exemption program; the Senior Tax Freeze and Tax Deferral program; foreclosure assistance; free legal assistance; and housing and loan counseling. ### Read more


McClinton addresses urban gun violence before House Judiciary Committee

(Apr 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – During a series of hearings on gun violence this week before the House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, addressed the disparity in coverage of gun violence between low-income communities of color and more affluent majority-white communities. During her testimony, McClinton, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, called on the committee to acknowledge gun violence as a public health crisis just like opioids, immediately advance legislation that would keep guns out of the wrong hands, and provide adequate funding for prevention programs and to the Office of the Attorney General for its Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She said, “While it took tragedies like the Parkland and Las Vegas shootings to gather us here today, I would like to remind everyone that communities of color in Philadelphia, Delaware, Berks, Dauphin, Cambria and Allegheny counties have been victims of gun violence for decades. “In fact, the Center for American Progress reports that African-Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun deaths among African-Americans. Although African-Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for nearly 70 percent of gun homicides in our commonwealth. Moreover, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation for the highest gun death Read more


McClinton: Culture of Gun Violence Must End

(Apr 17, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton testifies before the House Judiciary Committee special hearings on gun violence & public safety on the need to end the senseless tragedies that happen across the Commonwealth due to easy access to legal and illegal firearms. Read more


McClinton hosts Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Seminar

(Apr 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that her recent Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Seminar was a success. Attendees learned more on how to successfully launch a business, what funds are available to assist in launching the business, as well as how best to prepare for the future in terms of budgeting, paying off student loans, as well as making wise investments. “Small businesses are the foundation of a healthy and thriving community,” McClinton said. “I’m proud to support businesses and people that invest back into our communities. When local businesses flourish, so do our communities. That’s why we must continue to provide these businesses with the resources they need to thrive and continue their growth.” Guest panelists and vendors included: the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, Office of Business Services; FINATA; the Enterprise Center; the Student Loan Doctor; Budget Me; The Ivy Investor; Clarifi; Community Solutions CDC; and the Maintenance Lady. McClinton also honored two entrepreneurs in the 191st Legislative District with certificates of recognition for their outstanding leadership, hard work in establishing their business and commitment to the community. These entrepreneurs include Ribhi Mustafa of Sunshine Markets and Jamilah Thompson of Common Ground Realtors. ### Read more


McClinton: Community Colleges Are Essential

(Apr 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton rallied for Community Colleges in Pennsylvania with colleagues and advocates at the State Capitol. McClinton encouraged additional funding and options for these schools that are essential to providing a pathway from poverty to employment. Read more


McClinton Honors Rosa Parks

(Mar 16, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for unanimously approving her resolution designating February 4, 2018, as "Rosa Parks Remembrance Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more


McClinton: Eliminate Teen Dating Violence & Abuse

(Mar 15, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton authored a House Resolution designating the month of February 2018 as "Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more


McClinton’s expungement clinic offers second chance to dozens in Phila.

(Mar 14, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 14 – In her ongoing effort to give members of her community a second chance, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila//Delaware, to hold an expungement clinic. “I have come across countless people who are constantly looking for a job and eager to buy a home all as a means to adequately provide for their family. However, they run into unnecessary roadblocks because of a minor criminal offense and lose the motivation to succeed,” McClinton said. “This event was part of my ongoing push to spark inspiration and provide these individuals with a fighting chance at a brighter future.” More than 70 people received assistance at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center on Saturday, March 10. Representatives of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia and the Community College of Philadelphia were also on hand to answer questions and provide participants with information about the requirements needed to have a criminal record expunged or sealed from the general public. McClinton is currently pushing for House Bill 1419 , which would give people with misdemeanor nonviolent criminal records the opportunity to have their record sealed from public view. She voted affirmatively this week to advance this “clean slate” legislation to the full House of Representatives. ### Read more


PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – PA SAFE Caucus members today outlined their legislative goals related to gun safety reform during a Capitol news conference, one month following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and coinciding with a national student walkout calling for immediate changes to gun laws across the country. Lawmakers spoke about their frustrations with trying to pass commonsense legislation as well as specific House bills that they would like to see move from committee. “The time is now to finally say enough is enough — to listen to the students whose wisdom and bravery is inspirational,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Madeleine Dean , D-Montgomery. “We can and must do something to combat this gun violence epidemic, not just to prevent mass shootings like in Parkland, but to combat the everyday violence that claims 33,000 lives a year in this country, and injures 80,000 others in the crossfire.” Members expressed their expectations ahead of a special set of hearings on gun laws scheduled for the week of April 9. "We are pleased to see that the House Judiciary Committee will give members a chance to speak about important gun safety proposals,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Dan Frankel , D-Allegheny. “But we also know that a hearing is not enough – we expect the chance to vet some of these bills on the House floor in the very near future.” “Family and close friends are often the first to notice early Read more


PLBC announces new Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Reform

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the creation of a new Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Reform. The subcommittee will be co-chaired by Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Sen. Sharif Street, D-Phila., both attorneys. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., and Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, will also serve as members of the subcommittee. Harris said, “Criminal justice reform has become one of the leading issues in Pennsylvania and across our nation. I’m excited that our caucus will be spearheading this initiative and pushing for much needed reforms in the state legislature. While we have made some movement on providing second chances to returning citizens, there are countless other avenues that must be explored if we are to fully restructure our criminal justice system.” The subcommittee will push an aggressive legislative agenda and will also be vital in the creation of a criminal justice advisory group made up of formerly incarcerated people and expert legal practitioners. The advisory committee will be co-chaired by Keir Bradford-Grey, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and Bill DeWeese, former state representative and the 135th speaker of the House. Among his many legal and legislative accomplishments, Street has supported numerous bills that would reform Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. One bill Read more


McClinton: Clean Slate Moving Forward

(Mar 13, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks at a voting meeting of the Pa. House Judiciary Committee in favor of Clean Slate legislation that would enable certain offenders to have their criminal record "wiped clean" after their sentence is over, giving them a second chance at life. Read more


McClinton Putting #PeopleFirst with the #Plan4Pa

(Mar 08, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is fighting for good paying jobs, quality schools and putting people first by empowering small businesses with the Plan4Pa. Read more


McClinton provides energy-saving tips to seniors in the 191st District

(Mar 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that her Southwest Energy Forums at the 12th and 18th District police stations were a success. McClinton said there were more than 60 seniors in attendance at each energy forum who learned more about how to weatherize their homes properly during the winter months. “I was excited to host my Southwest Energy Forums and provide residents with the information on how to save money on utility bills this winter and the winter months to come,” McClinton said. “On average, low-income communities and communities of color spend 26 percent of their income on utilities. It’s time we teach residents how they can best save money on energy costs and spend those extra dollars elsewhere. “I would like to give a special thanks to representatives from PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works, Energy Coordinating Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission and PennEnvironment for providing attendees with vital information that will save them hundreds of dollars each year.” ### Read more


McClinton to host energy forums Feb. 14 & 20 to help people cut heating costs

(Feb 13, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., is helping her communities stay warm and save money this winter by holding an energy forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. Participants will have the opportunity to: Learn about the resources available to cut down on heating costs; Apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Discover the best ways to weatherize their home; and Meet with representatives of local utility companies. McClinton is also scheduled to hold a second energy forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. ### Read more


McClinton: Invest in Education and Job Development

(Feb 08, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Johanna McClinton reacts to Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address by applauding his efforts to invest in education and job development. McClinton also says gun violence is a serious issue across the state, particularly in Philadelphia, and is happy to work with the Governor to find a solution. Read more


McClinton: Wolf budget proposal good for Philly and Delaware County

(Feb 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said Gov. Tom Wolf's 2018-19 budget proposal is good for Philadelphia and Delaware County residents. "Good schools lead to good jobs – good schools help our young people to succeed, and they help in attracting and keeping jobs here. In his three years in office, Governor Wolf has worked with us to restore the Corbett-Republican cuts to K-12 and higher education, but there's more to do. The funding increases he's calling for would help education, and in turn economic development, in Philadelphia and Delaware counties," McClinton said. "And I'm glad the governor has renewed his call for a commonsense severance tax on natural gas that's drilled in Pennsylvania. As he said, 'It’s a tax paid by people mostly outside of Pennsylvania to use our natural resources.' All of the other major natural-gas states have a tax like this and it's only fair to our taxpayers to do the same." McClinton said Wolf's proposal includes many elements of the House Democrats' Plan For PA, which is outlined at http://plan4pa.pahouse.com/ A video of McClinton’s reaction to the budget proposal is available at https://youtu.be/Gx8znf9P53c ### Read more


McClinton commemorates MLK day with “day-on” event

(Jan 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, joined students and volunteers from local organizations for a “day-on” to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on Jan. 15. McClinton co-hosted the MLK day of service alongside The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program, Sayre Health Center and Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “We had such an amazing turnout and all who helped did a tremendous job,” McClinton said. “It was great to see everyone come together and not think of MLK day as a day off from work or school.” The day consisted of painting the hallways, lockers, stairwells and cafeteria of Sayre High School and workshops for girls on the topics of dressing for success, conflict resolution and social media branding. “I would like to thank those organizations who co-hosted this event with me for their hard work and efforts. Judge Sierra Thomas Street led the charge at bringing both judges and staff to beautify the school alongside of returning citizens led by Robyn Buseman. The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosted ‘My Sisters’ Dream,’ which was an empowerment day for young girls at Sayre High School. As these two activities were unfolding, the Sayre Health Center hosted an emotional wellness project that included vision boards and line dancing,” McClinton said. Read more


PLBC honored by Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia on MLK Day

(Jan 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on Monday was presented with the Outstanding Organization Award by the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia during their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Each year, the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia present this award to an organization that fights to ensure that minorities and people of color have full access to the rights and privileges guaranteed under the law. State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the caucus, said, “I was honored to accept the Outstanding Organization Award on behalf of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. While we do not work for awards or recognition, it is humbling to see that our efforts to create a more fair and just society are noticed – especially from Governor Wolf, who presented us with the award. I would like to thank the Barristers’ Association for their commitment to fighting injustice and promoting awareness of the law.” State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, also was presented with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. She said, “I am beyond grateful, humbled and honored to have been awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from my Barristers’ Association family. As a proud member of the Barristers’ Association and a former public defender, my commitment to seeking justice did not end after taking office. We must continue to speak truth to power and Read more


McClinton: $1.25 million grant awarded to the Free Library of Philadelphia

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced a $1.25 million grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. McClinton said the library system will use the funding for its 21st Century Libraries Initiative, the plan to renovate and modernize the network of neighborhood libraries located throughout Philadelphia. Under the project, three buildings, including the Paschalville Library in southwest Philadelphia, will receive interior renovation, exterior repairs, technology upgrades, new furniture, fixtures and equipment and mechanical upgrades. “Libraries are a crucial part of our neighborhoods. They provide a variety of resources and opportunities for people of all ages,” McClinton said. “This grant will help the 21st Century Libraries Initiative continue its great work in ensuring our libraries have the up-to-date technology and tools to meet the needs of their communities.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are Read more


McClinton: Southwest town hall meeting a success

(Dec 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that her Southwest Town Hall Meeting was an overwhelming success. McClinton hosted the event with state Reps. Jordan Harris and James Roebuck, both D-Phila. The event had more than 150 residents in attendance and McClinton answered questions surrounding her efforts on criminal justice reform, making voting in Pennsylvania easier, as well as next steps for stop-and-go enforcements. “As a state legislator, it is my responsibility to keep constituents up-to-date on legislative and policy efforts taking place in Harrisburg and how it relates to them in their neighborhoods,” McClinton said. “This is especially true for our more vulnerable residents. They deserve to have a space where they can air out their concerns and in turn get an honest response.” McClinton added that she looks forward to hosting future town halls to better gauge the interests of her entire district. ### Read more