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McClinton Historically Elected as House Democratic Leader

McClinton elected secretary/treasurer of Philadelphia Delegation in Pa. House

(Nov 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Philadelphia County Delegation for the 2017-18 legislative session. McClinton was first elected to serve the 191 st Legislative District in August 2015. She was elected to her first full term last week. She will join the delegation's leadership team of Chairwoman Maria Donatucci and Vice Chairman Jason Dawkins. All three were chosen by delegation members during a reorganizational meeting on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Delegation is comprised of more than 20 representatives that serve Philadelphia, providing an opportunity to work together to improve the city and all of Pennsylvania. "I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to serve in this leadership position," McClinton said. "The delegation has been a strong voice for the city, its residents and Pennsylvanians all across the Commonwealth who are concerned about educating our children, job creation and empowering our communities." ### Read more


McClinton to host mobile office and provide Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 19

(Nov 15, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host a mobile office event as part of a Thanksgiving meal giveaway from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Sunshine Supermarket, 16 S. 60 th St., Philadelphia. Twenty-five local families have been selected to receive gift baskets, including a turkey and all other food items necessary for a Thanksgiving meal. The baskets will be presented at noon. McClinton and her staff will be available to answer questions regarding state programs and to assist residents wishing to apply for state programs such as the winter heating assistance program, LIHEAP; the health insurance program for otherwise uninsured children, CHIP; and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PTRR. "My staff and I can assist in those applications and also advise on the current open enrollment periods for both Medicare and the Healthcare Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act," McClinton said. "We can also help with requests for death or birth certificates. "Additionally, thanks to this event, a number of families will have a holiday meal they can truly be thankful for." For more information, contact McClinton's office at (215) 748-6712 . ### Read more


McClinton hosting veterans resource fair Nov. 17

(Nov 04, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, is hosting a veterans resource fair and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia. A number of local organizations focusing on veterans and their needs are scheduled to attend, including: • Veterans Multi-Service Center; • The Veterans Group; • Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House; • Veterans Administration Philadelphia Regional Benefits Office; • Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center; • Philadelphia Gas Works; • Project Home – Philadelphia Alliance for Supportive Services for Veterans Families; • Turning the TIDE; and • Fathers Finding Their Families. Free health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose levels, also will be offered. "This is a great opportunity for veterans to ensure they are taking advantage of all the benefits they earned for their service," McClinton said. "I look forward to talking with them, learning their stories and recognizing them for their courage under fire." Since a lunch is being provided, an RSVP is encouraged. Veterans are asked to please contact McClinton's office at (215) 748-6712 to reserve a space. McClinton's staff also will be available to assist with any issues regarding state agencies, such as PennDOT. ### Read more


McClinton Opposes Withholding Names of Officers in Police Shootings

(Oct 27, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks against legislation that would prohibit officials from releasing the names of officers involved in police shootings. Read more


McClinton Welcomes BMe Leaders

(Oct 17, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton welcomed to the House Chamber leaders in the Philadelphia & Delaware Counties BMe Community and recognized them for their work with the area. Read more


McClinton to host SEPTA Key photo ID events in October

(Oct 12, 2016)

McClinton to host SEPTA Key photo ID events in October PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host two events for older residents of Southwest Philadelphia to have their photos taken for SEPTA's new Key photo ID cards. SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being unveiled by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The events locations, dates and times are: Thursday, Oct. 20 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Walnut Park Plaza 6250 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 19139 And Thursday, Oct. 27 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Presbyterian Homes 2050 S. 58th St., Philadelphia, 19143 Lunch will be served at both events. The new SEPTA Key card will have a contactless chip, so riders only will need to scan it to pay for their ride. While an appointment is not required to attend the events, interested attendees can call McClinton's constituent service office at 215-748-6712 for more information. "The new SEPTA Key cards will make it much easier for our seniors to take advantage of the free and reduced travel opportunities available in the region," McClinton said. "I encourage local seniors to get their photos taken now to enjoy the benefits of this new ID and fare system." Read more


Rep. McClinton's SEPTA Key ID photo event Oct. 27, 2016

(Oct 12, 2016)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Presbyterian Homes 2050 S. 58th St, Philadelphia, 19143 Read more


Rep. McClinton's SEPTA Key ID photo event Oct. 20, 2016

(Oct 12, 2016)

Thursday, Oct. 20 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Walnut Park Plaza 6250 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 19139 Read more


Hundreds attend McClinton's 60th Street Health & Wellness Summer Jam

(Sep 28, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said about 750 people joined her for her "60 th Street Health and Wellness Community Summer Jam" held last month in Southwest Philadelphia. This community festival was held along 60 th Street between Chestnut and Arch streets and extended from 59 th to 61 st streets, as well. This huge block party was the first of its nature ever held on the 60 th Street corridor! There were a number of fun activities for children, including face painting, bounce houses, waterslides and games. Adults were offered a number of health screenings, including blood pressure, glucose and HIV tests, and the Penn Mobile Mammography truck also was available. "I was thrilled with the turnout for the 60 th Street neighborhood," McClinton said. "Thank you to all of the local organizations that offered information, fun and entertainment for local residents of all ages. Children and adults enjoyed fun games and live musical entertainment at the mainstage. I also wanted to give a special recognition to all neighbors and volunteers who braved the excessive heat." McClinton was joined by her partners for the event, District Attorney Seth Williams, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and ACHIEVEability. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined this community celebration as well! A variety of food items were provided by event Read more


Hundreds attend McClinton's Bartram Community Day event

(Sep 01, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said hundreds of people joined her for her "Celebrating Bartram Village" Health and Wellness Community Event on Aug. 27 in Bartram Village. McClinton was joined by state Rep. Dwight Evans, Sharif Street, Anna Brown and Dr. Branville Bard Jr., public safety director for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. "I was thrilled with the community support for my first Bartram Village Community Day," McClinton said. "Thank you to all of the local organizations that offered information, fun and entertainment for local residents of all ages. We were able to offer face painting, fitness classes, interactive games and live musical entertainment." More than 200 registered residents from the Bartram and Southwest Philadelphia area were offered a number of free health screenings and other health and wellness information. Some 100 youths received book bags and school supplies in preparation for the school year. Cookout food was prepared by the Bartram Village Council and was provided by the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Brown's Shop-Rite. Other sponsors that contributed to the day included: ACHIEVEability, Comcast, Gateway Health Plan and the Outreach to Youth program of Open Door Church. Dr. Kim C. Davis and Dr. Juwan Bennett provided musical entertainment with an inspirational concert. Children's activities, including games and face painting, were run by Read more


McClinton: End the Pipeline to Prison

(Aug 19, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia to explore methods to keep Pennsylvania's young people out of the criminal justice system. Read more


State Rep. Joanna McClinton chairs House Democratic Policy hearing to end the pipeline to prison

(Aug 18, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania. McClinton requested the hearing to create a dialogue on reforming the criminal justice system that would be fair to those in the system and taxpayers. “I thank Chairman Sturla for allowing the Policy Committee to give this worthy cause a platform,” McClinton said. “We are looking to make reasonable changes that would give citizens a second chance, restore their right to vote and remove criminal charges from their records that they have been absolved of. Addressing the pipeline to prison and making sure we devote resources to reduce incarceration rates will restore dignity to our citizens and save taxpayer dollars.” "We have to come up with alternatives to incarceration and Representative McClinton is doing a great job leading that discussion,” said House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Those alternatives should include investing in early childhood education, mental and behavioral health services and rehabilitation efforts. If we can address these pivotal components, we can have a meaningful impact on communities and reduce our prison populations." Hearing testifiers included George Mosee, First Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney; Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Public Defender, Read more


McClinton to host Policy Committee hearing on Ending the Pipeline to Prison Thursday in Philadelphia

(Aug 15, 2016)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Ending the Pipeline to Prison in Pennsylvania 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, Library, 2601 S. 58 th St., Philadelphia. The hearing agenda is as follows: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. George Mosee, first assistant district attorney, Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney 10:40 a.m. Keir Bradford-Grey, chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia 11:10 a.m. William Cobb, founder, Redeemed PA 11:40 Closing Remarks The hearing is open to the public . Read more


McClinton invites residents to 60th Street Health & Wellness Summer Jam Saturday

(Aug 12, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton is hosting a summer street party Saturday for her constituents. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 on 60th Street, between Chestnut and Arch streets. "It's a way for area residents to learn more about keeping healthy and staying fit in a fun atmosphere," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "Free fresh fruit salads, water ice and other refreshements will keep all neighbors cool. This event is a way to enjoy the summer, while providing helpful and informative information about one's health and safety as well." McClinton said a number of public officials will be on hand, with introductions and brief remarks planned at 2 p.m. Those attending include Mayor Jim Kenney, state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Sen. Vincent Hughes and District Attorney Seth Williams. Throughout the day, there will be free food and children's activities and information about state programs and services. The event also features a full slate of entertainment, from gospel, dance and hip-hop, to rap, R&B, and jazz beginning at 11:45 a.m. A musical battle between contestants will be held at 3:40 p.m., with the winner announced at 4 p.m. "Saturday promises to be a fun-filled educational event. I hope everyone will come out and spend the day," McClinton said. Read more


McClinton to host Employment Law Seminar Aug. 4

(Jul 22, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host a seminar on employment law issues from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the First Baptist Church of Paschall, 2210 S. 71 st St. Those with questions about their rights as an employee are encouraged to attend. "When there are problems in a job situation, the employee is often at a big disadvantage," McClinton said. "Employers hold the power with the threat of termination, as well as access to funding should a case end up in litigation. This seminar will help employees understand their rights." Local experts will discuss such topics as: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment discrimination based on race, gender or pregnancy, Hostile work environments, and Unemployment compensation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact McClinton's office staff at (215) 748-6712 . ### Read more


McClinton recognizes area teen as PLBC Scholarship winner

(Jul 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton said a Cobbs Creek teenager has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. The PLBC recognized 10 Pennsylvania high school seniors as scholarship recipients last week during a program at the state Capitol. One winner is from McClinton's district: Ricardo Burton Jr. of Cobbs Creek, who will attend Temple University this fall. "I am incredibly pleased to have presented Ricardo one the scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus," McClinton said. "The scholarships are the caucus' way to help make higher education a reality for hardworking students of color in Pennsylvania, and this young man certainly fits the bill. I wish him much success as he embarks on his future academic plans." Burton graduated from Franklin Learning Center in June with a 3.5 grade-point average. He was active in sports and other extracurricular activities and community service, while holding down a part-time job. Burton plans to study business management at Temple. The scholarship program was initiated in 2010. Students are selected based upon their academic success, leadership, extracurricular and community participation, and financial need. "This scholarship program is an excellent opportunity to encourage minority students to pursue a higher education, while also providing incentive for students who are still in high school," McClinton Read more


Community Resource Guide for Delaware County residents

(Jul 05, 2016)

Government resource guide for Delaware County residents. Read more


Community Resource Guide for Philadelphia residents

(Jul 05, 2016)

Government resource guide for Philadelphia residents. Read more


DelCo Members Welcome Home Officer Dorman

(Jun 28, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton joined elected state officials representing Delaware County, including Gov. Tom Wolf, to send welcome home wishes to officer Chris Dorman of the Folcroft Police. Officer Dorman was released from the hospital after being ambushed three days earlier and shot seven times. Read more


Hundreds shred personal documents to protect themselves from ID theft

(Jun 24, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, June 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said hundreds of people came out to the document-shredding event she sponsored with Sen. Anthony H. Williams last Saturday. McClinton and Williams held a three-hour shredding event on June 18 in the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center. More than 150 residents brought old paperwork that they no longer needed to be shredded on site. "It was amazing -- at 10 a.m. the parking lot was already full of constituents waiting for the shredding to begin," McClinton said. "We had a steady flow of people throughout the event. It just goes to show you how seriously people take protecting their identity and financial information. "Shredding is a great way to dispose of sensitive documents in an environmentally friendly way while also protecting one's identity from fraud." Local residents were encouraged to bring old financial, tax and medical records, as well as other sensitive papers, for proper disposal. Additionally, McClinton's staff was on hand to help residents with state issues and with applying for state programs, such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicaid or the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more