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PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action

(Nov 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. 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 homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more

 

McClinton: No More Sexual Violence Against Women

(Nov 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton stood with her women colleagues in the House of Representatives to call for the elimination of sexual violence against women. McClinton sponsored a House Resolution designating November 25, 2017, as "Elimination of Violence Against Women Day" in Pennsylvania to coincide with the United Nations' "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women." Read more

 

McClinton: Police Collaboration Improves Public Safety

(Nov 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton spoke at a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee in favor of legislation that would allow collaboration between municipal police forces other officers, such as airport or campus police, in assisting across jurisdictional boundaries. Read more

 

McClinton hosts Second Annual Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon

(Nov 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 65 veterans to her Second Annual Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon. McClinton also honored six constituent veterans in the 191st Legislative District. “It’s important that we honor the brave men and women in our district that put their lives on the line to protect ours,” McClinton said. “This is why I hosted my Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon again this year. We must provide our veterans with the resources and services they need.” Attending veterans were able to receive information on resources and benefits available to them and their families. Representatives from the Veterans Medical Center, Impact Services, the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Humana, Senior Advocate Outreach, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, My Health Vet, and the office of U.S. Rep. Robert Brady were available to offer information on resources across Philadelphia. “I want to give a special thank you to students from the Cornerstone Christian Academy and Mastery Charter Hardy Williams High School for volunteering their time to serve our veterans,” McClinton added. ### Read more

 

McClinton to host Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon

(Nov 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., announced that she will host a Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave. “I am excited to host my Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon right before Veterans Day,” McClinton said. “Our veterans have put their lives on the line to ensure our continuous safety. A resource fair and luncheon is one of the many ways I want to thank them for their service.” Veterans in the 191st Legislative District will be able to receive information on benefits available to them and their family. There also will be giveaways and information on various state-related services available. This is a free event. ### Read more

 

McClinton on Criminal Justice Reform

(Oct 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton rallied a large crowd at the State Capitol in support of legislation that would institute reforms in the criminal justice system, including parole reforms and an end to mass incarceration. Read more

 

McClinton Ending Stop and Go Nuisances

(Oct 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton celebrated with her colleagues after legislation was sent to the governor that aims to put a stop to stop and go nuisance establishments, which have been plaguing Philadelphia and Delaware County communities. Read more

 

PLBC hosts meet and greet luncheon with Philadelphia Eagles

(Oct 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today hosted a meet and greet luncheon with players from the Philadelphia Eagles. During the luncheon, PLBC members and Philadelphia Eagles players discussed criminal justice reform efforts taking place in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Eagles players in attendance included: Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long. Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila., applauded the players for using their platform to uplift Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents. “Beyond being stellar athletes, they have been a vital part of the conversation around criminal justice reform in our nation,” Harris said. “It’s time to remove the scarlet letter that prevents many Pennsylvanians from being able to receive gainful employment, adequate housing and loans to pursue a post-secondary education. If passed, our clean slate bill would be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.” Harris and Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, have introduced H.B. 1419 which would implement automatic sealing of records with no action required by the person. Harris said he believes clean slate legislation can get passed this session, but only if both parties reach a compromise to improve outcomes for all Pennsylvanians. State Reps. Donna Bullock and Joanna McClinton, both D-Phila., discussed their experience today. Bullock is the vice chairwoman of the PLBC. “I admire athletes who use their Read more

 

McClinton, Harris to host Fall Festival on Oct. 31

(Oct 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 – In an effort to provide young people with a safe environment for Halloween, state Reps. Joanna McClinton and Jordan Harris, both D-Phila., will host a Fall Festival. The event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Common Place parking lot, 5736 Chester Ave., 19143. Both McClinton and Harris said this event is a great opportunity for children in both of their districts to have a fun and safe space to go for Halloween. “Halloween is a very popular time for young people, so we want to make sure they are able to celebrate it with their families in the best way possible,” McClinton said. The event will offer treats and refreshments, activities for families as well as information on health and state-related programs. “While we wanted to make the event fun for the young people, we decided to provide something for everyone so it could be a good and informative time for all families,” Harris said. For more information, constituents can call McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712 or Harris’ office at (215) 952-3378. Read more

 

McClinton to host Property Tax/Rent Rebate session in Yeadon

(Oct 18, 2017)

YEADON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that she will host a Property Tax/Rent Rebate session at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Yeadon Public Library, 809 Longacre Blvd. McClinton is hosting the event to assist constituents with completing their 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is administered by the state Department of Revenue and funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Individuals who are 65 or older, at least 50 and widowed, or are permanently disabled and 18 or older are eligible to receive a rebate if their income falls below a certain threshold. The annual household income for property owners must be $35,000 or less, and the annual household income for renters must be $15,000 or less. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but some homeowners can qualify for a $975 rebate. Constituents will need to bring proof of identification, income and paid taxes for 2016. Information on the Yeadon Borough Homestead Exemption program will also be offered. This event is open to the community. ### Read more

 

McClinton’s Legislative Luncheon a success

(Oct 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a senior Legislative Luncheon for residents in the 191st Legislative District. The luncheon took place Oct. 13 at Presbyterian Homes, Mary Fields Building, 2000 S. 58th St. “Our seniors are our most treasured residents,” McClinton said. “That’s why I was excited to host my senior Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon is only one of my many initiatives to ensure that our wisest neighbors have access to the resources they need.” McClinton said there were more than 75 seniors in attendance. McClinton provided attendees with a legislative update on what has been going on in Harrisburg as well as information on various state-related resources available to seniors. “I would like to thank AARP, Traci’s Bio, the Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., PECO and Penn Medicine for making this event a success. With their help, we were able to provide our seniors with many of the resources they have been searching for,” she said. ### Read more

 

McClinton helps returning citizens get a second chance

(Oct 05, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 200 constituents of the 191 st Legislative District to the Re-Entry Resource Fair: Pathways to Pardons and Expungement Clinic, co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. "This event opened the window of opportunity for those who may have made a mistake years ago as young adults and were still paying for it today. This also helps reduce costs associated with our overburdened criminal justice system," said McClinton. “The Defender Association of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity provided more than 50 expungements. Many people learned exactly how to apply for a pardon. Others in attendance have family members who are currently incarcerated but needed to learn how to seek commutation. With strong community partnerships and government working together we can empower neighbors to move forward,” McClinton added. McClinton said she wanted to thank Williams and Stack for co-hosting the event, and resource vendors who provided citizens the information needed to move forward, such as Gateway to Re-Entry, Career Wardrobe, Pennsylvania CareerLink, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) and JEVS Prison Program. Access photo gallery here. Read more

 

McClinton Helping to Give a Second Chance

(Sep 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is hosting a Re-Entry Resource Fair for those seeking to expunge criminal records and looking for a pathway to pardon. McClinton welcomes Lt. Governor Mike Stack and more local organizations for discussion and assistance on getting a second chance. Read more

 

McClinton, to co-host Pathway to Pardons and Expungements Resource Fair

(Sep 14, 2017)

PHILDELPHIA, Sept. 14 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will join state Sen. Anthony Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack for a resource fair designed to inform constituents about the possibilities of clearing their name from minor past convictions. The Re-entry Resource Fair: Pathways to Pardons and Expungements will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center, 5800 Chester Ave., 19143. McClinton said constituents can learn how the pardon process works in Pennsylvania and how they can seek a pardon for past convictions. “Many people have fallen on hard times as a result of a minor conviction that keeps haunting them,” McClinton said. “I believe this workshop will help constituents find a way to clear that conviction from their name and set them on the right path.” McClinton added many local agencies will be on hand with valuable information that focuses on reentry. Anyone who is looking for an expungement for free should call Sen. Williams’ office at (215) 492-2980 to RSVP. Read more

 

McClinton: Republican Budget Bad For PA

(Sep 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined her House Democratic colleagues to demand a responsible alternative revenue proposal and to ask our Republican colleagues to stop playing games and get the 2017-18 state budget passed. Read more

 

McClinton’s Back to School Resource Fair a success

(Sep 08, 2017)

DARBY, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a Back to School Resource Fair at the Darby Borough Recreation Center. McClinton invited residents of the 191st Legislative District to receive school supplies and other resources for students to have a productive and safe school year. “Our students are in line to become the next generation of leaders,” McClinton said. “That is why we have to provide them with the resources they need to lead. My Back to School Resource Fair is just one of the many initiatives I have to ensure that our younger residents are successful.” McClinton said more than 130 families participated in the resource fair and over 100 children received school supplies. Students also received free haircuts and hair styles by Manners Make Men, BBC Beauty Academy, and Uncle Lou's Barbershop. There were more than 20 local vendors in attendance – including representatives from Aetna, the Maternity Care Coalition and the William Penn School District – providing information on health care and school safety to attendees. McClinton was joined by Mayor Helen Thomas, Darby Borough Council President Janice Davis, Darby Police Chief Robert Smythe and Lieutenant Joseph Gabe. “I would like to thank our corporate sponsors as well as the residents of the 191st Legislative District. With their help, the event was a success, and hundreds of students now have the resources they need to have a Read more

 

A reminder from Philly House Democrats about landmark Pa. animal protection law taking effect today

(Aug 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 28 – Today, a landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws takes effect, and state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila.; and Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, want the public to know what to expect. Named after a Boston terrier puppy rescued from near death on a Lancaster County farm last summer, Libre’s Law will allow felony charges for first-time animal cruelty offenders. This is a first for the state. According to Humane PA, this level of punishment was usually used in cases of animal fighting or killings of endangered species. The new law also spells out the rules for tethering an animal. It specifically requires: A leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is longer. No tow or logged chain or pinch, choke, or prong collars used with a tether. A well-fitted collar and no open sores or wounds on the dog's body. The lead must be on a swivel and ideally a lead that has a coated cover to avoid getting tangled. The area where the pet is kept must be kept clear of excessive feces, with access to drinkable water and shade. No more than nine consecutive hours on a leash in a day's time. No more than 30 minutes tied up when temperatures are lower than 32 degrees or higher than 90 degrees. Anyone who tethers a dog outside in extreme weather or severely abuses a horse will face more than a summary offense. In the past, Read more

 

Over 1,200 constituents attend McClinton & Cephas’ 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam

(Aug 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., welcomed more than 1,200 constituents of the 191st and 192nd Legislative Districts to the Second Annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam, where families could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “It was my honor to host the event again this year. We provided health screenings and resources for our constituents, but more importantly we united our communities even more. Communities where back in the days neighbors were not allowed to cross from one side to another,” McClinton said. “This event proves that peace is possible and that communities can come together, grow and thrive.” The Summer Jam began with a March for Peace and included health screenings conducted by Sayre Health Center, Mercy Health System and Penn Medicine; children’s activities, food and refreshments. Philadelphia radio show personality Dezzie hosted live performances that included the African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Carnival, and L&L Dance Company. With more than 50 exhibitors, attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Congressman Dwight Evans, state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Rep. Donna Bullock and Councilmembers Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones Jr. Read more

 

McClinton and Cephas to host Health and Wellness Summer Jam on Aug. 12

(Jul 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 28 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., are proud to announce the 60th Street Health and Wellness Community Summer Jam. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at 60th Street between Arch and Chestnut streets . It will feature health screenings and resources, children’s activities – including a moon bounce, main stage entertainment, food, refreshments and fun for the whole family. “We are excited to host this event, because it lets us interact with neighbors who want to ask questions and provide feedback on a wide range of matters,” McClinton said. “People from every neighborhood and community in the district are invited to come together to enjoy food, games, entertainment, win prizes, and learn about important community health partners in Philly.” Cephas said, “Often, people aren’t aware of everything that is available to them through the state. My job as a state representative is to help get that information to them, and this event is a great way for me to reach a lot of my constituents while we all enjoy ourselves.” Legislative staff will be available to answer any state-related concerns constituents may have, including on a variety of state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Local and state agencies will also be available onsite. More information Read more

 

McClinton, Bullock to introduce bill to create community-based sentencing programs for women with children

(Jul 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 27 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Deleware, and Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that they will introduce legislation that would direct Pennsylvania courts to sentence the primary caretakers of children younger than 18 to individualized community-based sentencing programs. The bill would require judges to determine if an offender is the primary caretaker of a child under 18, and if so, to hand down a sentence of non-confinement for low-level and non-violent offenses as long as they do not carry mandatory minimums. The offender would be required to complete a number of rehabilitative services instead of serving time in prison. “The tough-on-crime stances in our Commonwealth are ineffective and are tearing families apart,” McClinton said. “Yes, individuals who break the law should be held accountable. However, if they have committed a low-level, non-violent offense, they should not be sent to prison where they would lose custody of their child.” Over the past 30 years, the number of incarcerated women in the United States increased by over 700 percent, rising from 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. More than 60 percent of women in state prisons are reported to have a child under 18. Incarcerated mothers are forced to either relinquish their child to foster care or place them under the care of relatives. “Incarcerating women for low-level, non-violent offenses has detrimental effects on children,” Read more