PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Read more

 

Net Neutrality - Testimony

(Mar 29, 2021)

A hearing with the Pa. Senate Policy Committee on net neutrality. Read more

 

Net Neutrality

(Mar 29, 2021)

The Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees are hosting a joint hearing to discuss net neutrality. The virtual hearing, held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 29, can be viewed here. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net. Senate Democratic Policy Committee Read more

 

Racism on Pennsylvania high schools and college campuses creates barriers to opportunity

(Mar 26, 2021)

How far have we come, and how far do we have to go to diminish -- and possibly eradicate -- racism in high schools and college campuses? Our hearing on racism on the topic pulled the curtain on the continued systematic injustice towards minority students on high school and college campuses and the lack of diversity in educators. In some Pennsylvania school districts there is a blatant lack of effort to recruit and retain educators of color and that is problematic. The historic limited access to education for people of color is still happening. Students shared their stories of the mental, physical and emotional toll their experiences with racism and discrimination have had on their well-being. Fortunately, these students turned their painful experiences into meaningful advocacy. Their testimony showed the challenge facing educational institutions in Pennsylvania. Educators, including teachers and administrators play a large role in dispelling hate in their schools. It’s imperative that they are reflective of the communities that they represent but the statistics show, they don’t. While students of color make up 33 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, less than 5 percent of teachers are people of color. Across the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education faculty, 4 percent are Black, 3 percent are Hispanic and just 6 percent are Asian. When students see a diversity that reflects them in their educators, it shows promise. It shows Read more

 

DefendingDemocracy

(Mar 26, 2021)

Defending Democracy: Legislative Package Read more

 

Madden, Kenyatta lead discussion on racism on high school and college campuses

(Mar 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 25 -- Education and shattering social norms are key in combatting racism in high schools and colleges, as evidenced by testimony at today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by state Reps. Maureen Madden and Malcolm Kenyatta. The Monroe and Philadelphia County legislators led today’s discussion bringing together state officials, students and educators to brainstorm solutions that aim to help break cycles of systemic racism via policy development and implementation. “How do we start conversations that help people understand that freedom of speech should not be a free pass for racism? We all deserve to be respected and the blatant hate and disrespect for others is impacting lives. Hate has no place in our education system. Students go to school to learn, grow and often overcome any barriers the hand that life has dealt them. I’m grateful for this forum today to learn what’s happening in our education system and what lawmakers can do to overcome the racism in our schools,” Madden shared. “Terms like ‘diversity quota’ and ‘affirmative action applicant’ are just some of the covertly racist insults that disparage the merits of students and faculty of color in academia. Ultimately, these slights have devastating effects on the emotional and mental health of these students and faculty, thereby straining their likelihood to graduate and excel at these institutions,” Read more

 

Racism on High School and College Campuses

(Mar 25, 2021)

A discussion on racism on high school and college campuses hosted by Reps. Maureen Madden and Malcolm Kenyatta. Read more

 

Racism on High School and College Campuses - Test

(Mar 24, 2021)

Testimony - Racism on college and high school campuses Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Bridging the Digital Divide - A More Connected PA

(Mar 24, 2021)

A virtual hearing on bridging the digital divide and its impact on Internet access, employment and health outcomes. Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Bridging the Digital Divide

(Mar 24, 2021)

A House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on bridging the digital divide and its impact on education Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Net Neutrality

(Mar 24, 2021)

A joint virtual hearing with the Pennsylvania Senate on net neutrality Read more

 

Madden, Kenyatta to examine incidents of racism on high school and college campuses at Thursday’s public hearing

(Mar 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – Recent incidents of racism involving students at the high school and college levels will be discussed at a House Democratic Policy Committee virtual hearing hosted by state Reps. Maureen Madden and Malcolm Kenyatta. The hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25. To view the hearing, the media and public can tune in to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Madden and Kenyatta will be joined by committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and Democratic Policy Committee members to hear from educators, state officials and advocates on how to curb racism with meaningful policy reforms. Additional hearing information will be available by clicking here . Read more

 

Advocate addresses ADA’s legacy, challenges that remain

(Mar 23, 2021)

The question posed by Gamel-McCormick during the March 3 Disability and Mental Health Summit hosted by state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, is illustrative of obstacles that remain 30 years after the federal Americans With Disability Act became law. Read more

 

Coping with mental illness: Comedian offers personal perspective

(Mar 20, 2021)

Miller keeps going with his annual Disability Summit, with 2019 marking its sixth year at Beth El Congregation in Scott Township. This year’s three-day event featured workshops, presentations and legislative discussions, plus the region’s most extensive resource fair, with more than 120 exhibiting organizations. Read more

 

Dignity for Incarcerated Parents - Testimony

(Mar 19, 2021)

Rep. Krajewski hosts a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on dignity for incarcerated parents. Read more

 

Rights of Incarcerated Parents

(Mar 19, 2021)

A virtual hearing on the rights of incarcerated parents hosted by state Representatives Summer Lee and Rick Krajewski. Read more

 

Proposals to Eliminate Cash Bail - Testimony

(Mar 18, 2021)

Testimony - Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hearing on eliminating cash bail hosted by Rep. Summer Lee. Read more

 

Proposals to Eliminate Cash Bail

(Mar 18, 2021)

A House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on proposals to eliminate cash bail. Read more

 

Virtual Hearing: Racism on High School and College Campuses

(Mar 12, 2021)

A discussion on racism on high school and college campuses hosted by Representatives Malcolm Kenyatta and Maureen Madden. Read more

 

Breaking down information barriers key to supporting communities of color through COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine efforts

(Mar 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Trust and inclusive policies are key in getting COVID-19 vaccines distributed to communities of color and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from multiple researchers, doctors and advocates on how to execute those strategies. Read more