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Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police

(Jul 09, 2020)

In response to Vice President Mike Pence visiting with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, the Police Reform Working Group, made up of state and county elected officials and advocates, released the following statement:“As members of the Police Reform Working Group, we believe that the path to achieving community safety and racial justice in Pennsylvania must be two-fold. First, we must improve our current system of policing through accountability, oversight, and tangible policy changes that will diminish instances of police brutality against all citizens, but especially against the Black community. Second, we must work with communities to transform and re-envision policing itself through bold systemic changes that center around those most impacted by police violence and structural racism. Read more

 

McClinton applauds governor for signing critical criminal justice reform into law

(Jul 08, 2020)

In her ongoing fight for criminal justice reform, state Rep. Joanna McClinton today is commending Gov. Tom Wolf for signing S.B. 637 into law. The bill removes outdated professional licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The bill makes the following improvements for the state’s 29 occupational licensing boards: Boards and commissions can no longer use a person’s criminal history to deny someone a license unless their criminal history is directly related to the occupation in which they are seeking licensure. Directs boards to individually consider applications based on the offense, the amount of time since the conviction and the applicant’s personal progress and training, among other factors, before withholding licensure. Requires boards to create a public list of criminal offenses that may prevent licensure. Allows individuals to get a preliminary decision if their conviction is likely to disqualify them from licensure so they do not waste time and money on training. Individuals can still apply and present evidence to support their licensure. Creates temporary licenses in barbering and cosmetology for reentrants trained in a correctional facility who otherwise would be denied a license because of their criminal record. Licensees can work one to two years and demonstrate competency. “This Read more

 

My Office is Back Open, Police Reforms Head to Governor

(Jul 07, 2020)

Check out my latest e-newsletter to find out which police reforms are heading to the governor, how homeowners and renters can apply for COVID-19 relief and the grant program available for small businesses. Read more

 

Check Out my Summer Newsletter!

(Jul 07, 2020)

From passing police reform legislation to helping you through the COVID-19 pandemic, it's all in my Summer Newsletter. Read more

 

Action on police reform the first step, but many more to come

(Jun 30, 2020)

In response to the Pennsylvania Senate passing H.Bs. 1841 and 1910, state Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., House Democratic chair, Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., Philadelphia Delegation chairman, Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Allegheny Delegation chairman, Dan Williams, D-Chester, Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, and Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement:“In Harrisburg, the legislative process can often be slow and grinding. However, in times of crisis, slow and grinding is unacceptable. The passage of these two police reform bills in only a month’s time reflects the fact that when people take to the streets and demand action from their elected officials, we as a General Assembly are capable of working deliberatively and quickly. Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more

 

Our Office is Reopening on July 6, Details on New Grants for Small Businesses

(Jun 30, 2020)

From our office reopening to a new grant program to help small businesses recover from COVID-19, check out my latest e-newsletter. Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

McClinton helps House pass police reform legislation unanimously, reminds colleagues this is a critical first step in bringing justice for all

(Jun 24, 2020)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton is commending her House colleagues for joining her today in unanimously passing critical police reform bills to help ensure accountability and transparency in law enforcement across the commonwealth. "I'm proud to have been part of history, as all members from both sides of the political aisle came together, did the people's work and moved Pennsylvania forward," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "We have a responsibility to provide justice to all, but too many times, justice and fairness have fallen short for Black and Brown folks, particularly as it deals with policing. Today, we put our communities of color first by using our power as legislators to push to implement change." The House passed: H.B. 1841 – Would require thorough background checks prior to the hiring of a police officer, as well as require the establishment and upkeep of a confidential database which will contain information about past criminal convictions/employment separations of police officers. Hiring departments would be expected to query this database prior to hiring a certified officer. H.B. 1910 – Would require that police officers be trained on racial, ethnic, and economic diversity; implicit bias; recognizing and reporting child abuse; and annual training on the appropriate use of force. The bill also would Read more

 

Police reform bills moving forward, Philly's plan to move into the green phase

(Jun 19, 2020)

Check out which police reform bills are moving forward, Philly's plan to get to the Green Phase and the new support available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Read more

 

McClinton says Delco taskforce is critical in helping bridge divide between law enforcement and communities of color

(Jun 18, 2020)

Amid ongoing demand for racial equality and police reforms, state Rep. Joanna McClinton said she is proud to be part of the newly created Taskforce on Criminal Justice Reform in Delaware County and looks to use her role to bridge the divide between law enforcement and communities of color. "We must take action now to help stop targeted violence against our black and brown neighbors at the hands of police," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "Just this week, 1,000 young people at Penn Wood High School organized their very own protest to make sure everybody knows that their lives matter. They are concerned about whether or not they'll be the next Breonna Taylor or George Floyd. We have a responsibility to prevent that from ever happening and this taskforce is a step in the right direction." McClinton joined Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer and County Council, who are both spearheading this initiative, along with other community leaders Tuesday outside of the county courthouse in Media, to lay out details of the taskforce, which will include measures to strengthen accountability in the criminal justice system, as well as improve police-community relations. "I look forward to working with this diverse group to ensure we don't let this be a moment in time that passes," McClinton said. Read more

 

Rep. McClinton applauds committee passage of important police and criminal justice reform bills; urges quick movement on House floor

(Jun 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 16 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Phila), the House Democratic Caucus Chair, applauded the House Judiciary Committee for passing a series of important police and criminal justice reform bills on Monday. Two bills related to police hiring and training, and a third bill that will help citizens with past convictions return to the workforce all passed unanimously. “I want to thank my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee for working in a thoughtful, bi-partisan manner to move these pivotal police and criminal justice reform bills forward,” McClinton said. “I’m proud to see the committee following part of the road map created by the PA Legislative Black Caucus and the Police Reform Working Group to get us to this point. Now I’m calling on House Republican Leadership to schedule these bills for a vote during the week of June 22 when we return to Harrisburg for voting session.” The committee passed several important pieces of legislation at their meeting on Monday: H.B. 1841 – Would require thorough background checks prior to the hiring of a police officer, as well as require the establishment and upkeep of a confidential database which will contain information about past criminal convictions/employment separations of police officers. Hiring departments would be expected to query this database prior to hiring a certified officer. H.B. 1910 – Would Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group looks forward to working with Mayor Kenney

(Jun 09, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement in response to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s commitment to police reform: “To bring about true and meaningful law enforcement reform, we must work together with leaders at all levels of government so the voices of those we represent can be heard and forward-thinking change achieved. We’ve already had several conversations with Mayor Kenney’s administration and those discussions have been promising. We appreciate the mayor’s willingness to listen and believe that his announcement today is the first step in what will be a long, but productive, journey to reform. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform

(Jun 04, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s adoption today of their request for a state-level deputy inspector general aimed at improving law enforcement conduct, as well as Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s, along with the Fraternal Order of Police’s, support of a confidential database to track complaints against police officers: Read more

 

McClinton joins Shapiro, Outlaw to condemn recent acts of violence and encourage peaceful protests for justice

(Jun 03, 2020)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw today to condemn recent acts of destruction across the city while encouraging peaceful protests for justice. "I'm proud to align with individuals who are exercising their first amendment right to demand change to an unjust system that has discriminated against black and brown communities for too long," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "However, blowing up ATMs, looting businesses and destroying communities does nothing but dissolve our message for reforms and changes the narrative of our cause." Following a recent rash of ATM explosions across Philadelphia, Shapiro announced the arrest of a man accused of selling sticks of dynamite on the street. "I appreciate AG Shapiro and Chief Outlaw's efforts to hold individuals responsible for coming into our neighborhoods with the intention of destroying assets, businesses and resources that benefit all of our families. It is very disturbing that these senseless acts are diluting the protests demanding the changes we need in the justice system immediately," explained McClinton. "We cannot lose this moment in history to fight for and achieve justice for all and prevent tragedies like George Floyd from happening in the future." Read more

 

McClinton praises removal of Rizzo statue, continues pushing reforms to strengthen community-police relations

(Jun 03, 2020)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton today is praising the removal of the controversial statue portraying Frank Rizzo, former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner, which stood in Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall for more than two decades. She released the following statement: "While in office, Frank Rizzo constantly abused his power to discriminate against our communities of color, and his statue has been a constant reminder of the social injustices we have been fighting to eradicate for far too long across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the entire country. "The fact this symbol of racism and inequality is now gone represents a major win in our ongoing efforts to invoke change during a time we need it the most. "We must take this momentum and use it to pass the critical reform proposals we just introduced yesterday on the state and local levels to strengthen community-police relations. From outlawing chokeholds to requiring law enforcement to be mandated reporters of officer misconduct, we must change the laws to help our police departments ensure transparency and accountability from within their forces. "While I support the peaceful protests for justice in response to George Floyd's death, the time for talking is over and the time for action is now," said McClinton, Read more

 

Philadelphia elected officials call for state, local reform of community-police relationships

(Jun 02, 2020)

In the midst of civil unrest across Pennsylvania ignited by the murder of George Floyd, elected officials from Philadelphia introduced a series of much-needed reforms aimed at improving community/police relationships. Read more

 

Governor Extends Deadline for Voters Mailing in Ballots for Pa. Primary Election

(Jun 01, 2020)

Details about what this executive order means for individuals voting by mail. Read more

 

McClinton joins Williams, Gauthier and other community leaders to align with peaceful protestors and demand justice for all

(May 31, 2020)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton today joined state Sen. Anthony Williams, City Councilmember Jamie Gauthier and other community leaders to address yesterday's peaceful protests and ensuing unrest across Philadelphia in response to George Floyds death at the hands of a white police officer. "Our hearts are hurting, and our voices are aligned with the young people and folks who started off yesterday as peaceful protestors, risking their lives during this pandemic to spread our message that enough is enough," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "We're rising up today to join in solidarity to say not only do black lives matter but to ensure we are upholding the humanity and promise this nation started with to provide justice for all." McClinton spoke at the Church of Christian Compassion this afternoon to solidify her commitment to rooting out racism and to remind Philadelphians that liberating communities of color starts with peace not violence. "How long will we have to wait for justice? We lost George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery all in the same month in which we spent 100 days behind closed doors because of the coronavirus," explained McClinton. "But systematic racism remains another pandemic in the fabric of this nation that we must deal with by passing laws to ensure we don't come back around to Read more

 

Philadelphia House leaders applaud passage of $2.6 billion in CARES funding

(May 29, 2020)

House leaders from the Philadelphia Delegation led by Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, Democratic Chairwoman Joanna McClinton, Philadelphia Delegation Chairman Jason Dawkins, and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Stephen Kinsey, today applauded the passage of legislation that would deliver $2.6 billion of federal coronavirus aid to Pennsylvania’s hardest hit communities and help small businesses, schools and seniors. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police
Jul 09, 2020

McClinton applauds governor for signing critical criminal justice reform into law
Jul 08, 2020

My Office is Back Open, Police Reforms Head to Governor
Jul 07, 2020

Check Out my Summer Newsletter!
Jul 07, 2020

Action on police reform the first step, but many more to come
Jun 30, 2020

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jun 30, 2020

Our Office is Reopening on July 6, Details on New Grants for Small Businesses
Jun 30, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

McClinton helps House pass police reform legislation unanimously, reminds colleagues this is a critical first step in bringing justice for all
Jun 24, 2020

Police reform bills moving forward, Philly's plan to move into the green phase
Jun 19, 2020

McClinton says Delco taskforce is critical in helping bridge divide between law enforcement and communities of color
Jun 18, 2020

Rep. McClinton applauds committee passage of important police and criminal justice reform bills; urges quick movement on House floor
Jun 16, 2020

Police Reform Working Group looks forward to working with Mayor Kenney
Jun 09, 2020

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform
Jun 04, 2020

McClinton joins Shapiro, Outlaw to condemn recent acts of violence and encourage peaceful protests for justice
Jun 03, 2020

McClinton praises removal of Rizzo statue, continues pushing reforms to strengthen community-police relations
Jun 03, 2020

Philadelphia elected officials call for state, local reform of community-police relationships
Jun 02, 2020

Governor Extends Deadline for Voters Mailing in Ballots for Pa. Primary Election
Jun 01, 2020

McClinton joins Williams, Gauthier and other community leaders to align with peaceful protestors and demand justice for all
May 31, 2020

Philadelphia House leaders applaud passage of $2.6 billion in CARES funding
May 29, 2020