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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

 

McClinton delivers 1,000 facemasks to West Philadelphia senior home to help protect residents from COVID-19

(May 29, 2020)

In her ongoing effort to keep her communities safe from the COVID-19 virus, state Rep. Joanna McClinton helped secure and deliver 1,000 protective face masks to a senior home in the Cobbs Creek section of West Philadelphia. McClinton said the masks were provided by two donors from Taiwan, Chun Hwai Tom Su and Sandy Su, and distributed Wednesday to residents at Walnut Park Plaza. "Our wisest neighbors remain highly susceptible to this coronavirus, and these masks are critical in not only protecting them, but also their loved ones, friends and anyone else they come in contact with," explained McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. McClinton also worked with officials in Taiwan last month to provide personal protective equipment for the Black Doctors Consortium to aid in its efforts to conduct free COVID-19 testing in communities of color. "I have been fortunate enough to connect with dedicated and passionate individuals in Taiwan who understand the dire situation the commonwealth is facing and have been extremely accommodating in contributing PPE to Pennsylvanians who need it the most," McClinton said. Earlier this month, McClinton joined: House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris and other colleagues to secure 100,000 face Read more

 

McClinton denounces House Republican leaders for blatantly staying quiet about a lawmaker testing positive for COVID-19

(May 28, 2020)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton is joining her Democratic colleagues in calling for answers after House Republican leaders kept secret that one of their members tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. She released the following statement: “First, I am relieved to hear Representative Andrew Lewis has recovered and that the other House Republicans in self-quarantine appear to be doing well also,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “However, the audacity and severity of this entire situation cannot be overstated. “Deliberate actions were taken to keep this diagnosis a secret from members and staff who work near individuals who were infected – or exposed to – COVID-19. I am appalled that these careless acts have now put the health of our fellow legislators, their staff, their loved ones and anyone else they've come in contact with in jeopardy. “With all we know about the damaging effects of COVID-19, it is disheartening to know that we have some who would still report to the Capitol, fail to engage in social distancing and face-masking, and make a mockery of a virus that has claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans. “I stand with my colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus and even some in the House Republican Caucus to demand answers – who knew what and when, Read more

 

McClinton, Williams team up with Aetna to deliver PPE to help protect older Pennsylvanians from COVID-19

(May 20, 2020)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton teamed up with state Sen. Anthony Williams and Aetna to deliver self-care kits aimed at keeping seniors in Southwest Philadelphia safe from the COVID-19 virus. McClinton helped drop-off personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, along with hand sanitizer and thermometers Tuesday to 65 residents at Paschall Senior Apartments, which is an independent senior living facility. "This coronavirus continues putting the lives of our most vulnerable populations at risk, and we have a responsibility to connect our wisest neighbors with the care and tools they need to make it through this health crisis safely," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "These materials will go a long way in helping older Pennsylvanians protect themselves, loved ones and others around them." 65 additional kits were also distributed at the Hardy Williams Veterans Housing Center. "This kind of collaborative effort is critical in acquiring resources, providing relief and moving our communities past this pandemic," McClinton said. McClinton recently joined House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris and other colleagues to secure 100,000 face masks for front-line workers in Philadelphia. McClinton also worked with officials in Taiwan last month Read more

 

Join us for our online mental health discussion May 22

(May 20, 2020)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I want to connect you with the resources available to help you safely cope with this COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to address societal inequality

(May 15, 2020)

This crisis shines yet another light on the inequality African American communities have been facing for longer than my own lifetime. Read more

 

Letter urging Supreme Court to protect residents from evictions and foreclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic

(May 14, 2020)

House and Senate Democrats wrote a letter urging the state Supreme Court to protect residents from evictions and foreclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Philadelphia House leaders secure 100,000 face masks for Philadelphians working on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic

(May 14, 2020)

Calling it an example of working together for the greater good of Philadelphia, 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, announced today a partnership with Lowe’s that has delivered 100,000 essential face masks to frontline workers in Philadelphia. Read more

 

McClinton Reminds Voters to Apply for a Mail-In Ballot

(May 13, 2020)

With Pennsylvania's primary election coming up on June 2, 2020, state Rep. Joanna McClinton is reminding Pennsylvanians to vote safely and securely by using a mail-in ballot. She lays out the application process. Read more

 

Stay-at-home order extended again, other COVID-19 updates

(May 09, 2020)

From the stay-at-home order being extended to an update about evictions, check out the latest COVID-19 updates from the week of May 4. Read more

 

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

McClinton delivers 1,000 facemasks to West Philadelphia senior home to help protect residents from COVID-19
May 29, 2020

McClinton denounces House Republican leaders for blatantly staying quiet about a lawmaker testing positive for COVID-19
May 28, 2020

McClinton, Williams team up with Aetna to deliver PPE to help protect older Pennsylvanians from COVID-19
May 20, 2020

Join us for our online mental health discussion May 22
May 20, 2020

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to address societal inequality
May 15, 2020

Letter urging Supreme Court to protect residents from evictions and foreclosure during the COVID-19 pandemic
May 14, 2020

Philadelphia House leaders secure 100,000 face masks for Philadelphians working on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic
May 14, 2020

McClinton Reminds Voters to Apply for a Mail-In Ballot
May 13, 2020

Stay-at-home order extended again, other COVID-19 updates
May 09, 2020