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

(1 day ago)

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

 

Rabb works to provide secure mail-in ballot drop box

(May 29, 2020)

Rep. Rabb and his team have been working successfully with the Board of Elections to provide a secure drop box on Election Day to avoid concerns about possible voter disenfranchisement by allowing constituents who wisely vote at home to bypass putting their ballots in the mail. Read more

 

Rabb introduces resolution to honor life, legacy of Ona Judge

(May 21, 2020)

Ona Judge was a woman who dared to be free — even if it meant fleeing enslavement from George and Martha Washington, our nation’s idyllic first couple. Read more

 

Rabb introduces legislation to extend deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots during disaster emergencies such as COVID-19

(May 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 18 – Holding firm on his belief that all registered voters should have an assurance that their votes will count, especially during a pandemic or other disaster emergency, Rep. Chris Rabb has introduced legislation, H.B. 2532, that would do just that. Read more

 

Rabb, Hanbidge resolution calls for electric vehicle impact study in Pa.

(May 12, 2020)

“The use of electric vehicles means cleaner air, and it’s important to study the specific costs and benefits that these vehicles will have here long term,” said Rabb, D-Phila. Read more

 

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more

 

Rabb announces $49K Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for nonprofit that serves people who are often targets of hate crimes

(Mar 11, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 11 – State Rep. Chris Rabb announced today that Germantown Jewish Centre has received a $49,810 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to improve the safety and security of its facilities. “All people – people of all faiths, ethnicities, genders, races, sexual orientations and abilities – should be safe from violence wherever they gather,” Rabb said. “Our diversity is what makes our communities stronger and more interesting. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of work to be done toward fostering appreciation for people who are different from ourselves, and while that work is in progress, this grant award will help the people of Germantown Jewish Centre to ensure their safety and security when they gather for fellowship or other activities.” The grant award Rabb announced today is one of 113 approved for nonprofit organizations around the state in the first round of grants ever awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency through its Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which was created after H.B. 859 was signed into law last year. The law established the new grant fund program, and directs the commission to administer grants to Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that principally serve people, groups or institutions that are included within a single bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as Read more

 

Rabb announces $10K in cultural and historical grants for Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden

(Mar 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that more than $10,000 in cultural and historical grants through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have been awarded to Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden for general operating support. “Our history grounds us, it informs us of how we got where we are,” Rabb said. “Funding that helps the organizations and institutions that preserve our history is truly invaluable. I’m so pleased to see Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden receive these state dollars.” A grant for $5,655 was awarded to Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and a grant for $4,481 was awarded to Cliveden. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. The grants Rabb announced are among 153 awards totaling $2 million that were approved on Wednesday, to eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by visiting its website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . ### Read more

 

2/25/20 – Voting and Elections – Philadelphia

(Feb 27, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Chris Rabb. Read more

 

Rabb to host February Fling event Saturday

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a February Fling heart month celebration and health fair for residents of his district on Saturday, Feb. 29. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, 8500 Pickering Ave., Philadelphia, 19150. Rabb will join representatives from community health care providers and organizations. Rabb and his staff will be available to provide help with and information about state and local government-related programs and services. There will be music, lunch and giveaways for all those who attend. For more information, contact Rabb’s office at 215-242-7300. ### Read more

 

Rabb, Policy Committee discuss voting and elections

(Feb 26, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25 to discuss voting and elections after recent historic changes were made to the state’s voting laws. “Voting is one of the most cherished rights endowed to the people in this country,” Rabb said. “When we cast our ballot, we’re giving voice to our values by choosing the people we want to serve as our representatives in the spheres that govern many aspects of our lives and determine how our resources are spent. Understanding the recent changes to our voting laws, which will affect people across Pennsylvania for years to come, is vital to our democracy, which is why I was grateful for the opportunity to facilitate discussion on the topic at this Policy Committee hearing.” Rabb was joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We must ensure that every Pennsylvanian who is eligible to vote understands the process so that his, her or their voice can be heard,” Sturla said. “Having conversations like the one at Tuesday’s Policy Committee hearing really brings that idea home.” Testifiers at the hearing held at the United Lutheran Seminary included Rachel Boss, community impact manager in the Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, PA Department of State; Omar Sabir, Read more

 

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 21, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections next week. The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at United Lutheran Seminary, The Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19119. Rabb requested the hearing to discuss the changes to Pennsylvania’s voting laws with Act 77 of 2019 – the most comprehensive changes to the state’s election laws in more than 80 years – and how those changes will affect voters starting this year. He will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Rachel Boss , Community Impact Manager in Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement, Pa. Department of State Omar Sabir , City Commissioner, City of Philadelphia 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Patrick Christmas , Policy Director, Committee of Seventy Marc Stier , Director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 5:30 p.m. Panel Three: Sara Mullen , Associate Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania Kendra Cochran , Statewide Voter Engagement Coordinator, POWER Interfaith 6:10 p.m. Closing Remarks This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Read more

 

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(Feb 18, 2020)

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Rabb to host Thankful Thursday event with PA AG’s office focused on protecting against scams and fraud

(Feb 03, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 3 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a Thankful Thursday event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday at the Wadsworth Library, 1500 Wadsworth Ave., 19150. The event will focus on how people can protect themselves and their loved ones against scams and fraud and allow Rabb to discuss legislation he recently introduced to compensate Pennsylvanians exonerated for wrongful convictions. An expert from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office will be in attendance to talk avoiding scams and being the victim of fraud. Rabb will discuss legislation he recently introduced which would compensate Pennsylvanians who are exonerated for wrongful convictions. Pennsylvania is one of only 15 states without a law to compensate the innocent for years lost after a wrongful conviction. Wrongful convictions often leave those people who are exonerated in the difficult position of reentering society after a period of incarceration without any services or money. Wrongful convictions have resulted in lawsuits that have cost Pennsylvanians millions of dollars. Rabb’s legislation would allow people who can demonstrate proof of their innocence to be eligible for a sum of money per each year they were incarcerated, as well as social services that would help them rejoin their communities. Rabb hosts regular Thankful Thursday events around the 200 th Legislative District to Read more

 

Rabb announces $3,100 state grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to provide quality meals for students

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that a $3,193 state grant has been awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to be used to provide quality meals for students. “Our schools feed our children’s minds, but increasingly, our schools also feed our children’s appetites for nutritious food, which is a vital service since we know that children who are hungry cannot concentrate in the classroom,” Rabb said. “This grant money will allow Hill-Freedman World Academy to purchase equipment that will provide nourishment to its students so that they can maximize their potential in the classroom.” Rabb said the grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. Hill-Freedman World Academy will use the grant to purchase a new reach-in refrigerator. Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to ensure safe food handling. ### Read more

 

Why I voted YES on S.B. 906

(Jan 15, 2020)

While I am strongly for de-institutionalization, the plan for the closures of Polk and White Haven did not provide for an adequate transition for the individuals and the staff who have provided direct care to the individuals for countless years. Simply closing the facility does not, in and of itself, solve the problems faced by the continued institutionalization of individuals. While it is an immediate remedy, consumers should have a plan to identify if they are eligible for medical assistance and could thus be waiver recipients, providing for a smoother, less traumatic transition. Employment opportunities in the community-based provider agencies should be offered and suggested to the direct care staff who have provided daily, around-the-clock care to the individuals in these facilities, so there can be a measure of continuity. I am a proponent of everyday lives and believe everyone should be provided care in the most natural setting in our communities. How we provide that care needs to be planned with each individual team and the transition should be accountable to the needs of each individual. Read more

 

Rabb announces $7,500 grant awarded to Philly Goat Project to introduce middle schoolers to livestock management, land stewardship

(Jan 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Chris Rabb announced today that the Philly Goat Project has been awarded a $7,500 state grant to introduce middle schoolers to livestock management and land stewardship through experiential learning opportunities. “Being able to give our youth new and different experiences to broaden their horizons is invaluable,” Rabb said. “This grant will allow for more of our youth – the young men and women who will be tomorrow’s leaders – to have new experiences that will enrich their culture, and it could launch their interest in a field that they wouldn’t have otherwise discovered. I’m excited to see what the Philly Goat Project does with this grant funding and the ways it will benefit the young people in our community.” The $7,500 grant announced today is made possible through the Ag and Youth Grant Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The program provides direct and matching grants to help fund eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases conducted or made by organizations composed mainly of youth and organized to promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship. The grant awarded to the Philly Goat Project is a direct grant. The grant program’s aim is to address the looming 75,000 workforce deficit the industry is expected to face in the next decade. Read more

 

Rabb, Howard introduce legislation that would ban carrying a firearm while intoxicated

(Jan 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Reps. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and Kristine C. Howard, D-Chester, today introduced legislation that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to prohibit licensed gunowners from carrying a concealed firearm while intoxicated. “Alcohol intoxication clouds judgement and dulls a person’s ability to discern the consequences of their actions,” Rabb said. “Similar to the hazards an intoxicated driver poses to themselves and the public, a firearm in the hands of even the most diligent handler who is intoxicated can also be dangerous and potentially fatal.” Under the bill, individuals carrying a firearm with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater would be penalized with a summary offense, a $100 fine and suspension of their concealed carry permit for up to three years. The bill would also impose a third-degree misdemeanor, a $500 fine, and a license suspension for a minimum of three years, with the possibility of permanent permit revocation. Rabb said alcohol has been the constant variable in many violent crimes cases and pointed to a 2015 study that found a positive association between alcohol misuse, risk behaviors involving firearms and firearm violence, both self-inflicted and against another person. According to the study, deaths among men caused by alcohol-related violence firearm violence were equal to those from motor-vehicle crashes also involving alcohol. The legislation poises Read more

 

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event

(Nov 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said more than 1,000 constituents were served during a pre-Thanksgiving event that provided a free meal and opportunities to learn about state services. The event was co-hosted by Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, Chris Rabb, Rosita C. Youngblood, and Sens. Sharif Street and Art Haywood. There was also an appearance by Congressman Dwight Evans. “We had a wonderful turnout for the Feeding 1,000 for Thanksgiving event. It was a great opportunity to connect with our constituents here in northwest Philadelphia and provide them with a full course meal along with dessert,” Kinsey said. “Not only did we welcome people to Treasures Banquet Hall for a sit-down meal and entertainment, but we also delivered meals to those who were unable to attend in person as well as provided meals to homeless people in Center City. “This is the eighth year that this event was held and judging by the feedback, I will continue to host events such as Feeding 1,000, which the community loves. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who attended, hosted and helped make this event possible.” Read more

 

Rabb announces $850,000 grant for Chestnut Hill College

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financial Authority, state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced Chestnut Hill College has been awarded a $850,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund Program state grant to improve access to its Sugarloaf Hill campus. “Safety should always be a top priority in and around our college campuses for students and community members. This funding will help further achieve safety measures already in place at Chestnut Hill College and its Sugarloaf Hill campus,” Rabb said. “This grant will improve the relationship between the college and the community by funding the work that will alleviate some of the traffic congestion that’s often problematic for motorists in the vicinity.” The college will use the grant to construct a new entryway at Germantown Avenue across from East Hillcrest Avenue, a bus bay and shelter at that entryway and a new path along Germantown Avenue that will also connect to nearby trails and the Chestnut Hill campus. “We are honored and humbled by the generosity of DCED, and the steadfast support of our legislators, Senator Haywood and Representative Rabb, and their steadfast commitment to improving the Level of Service and Traffic Stress along Germantown Avenue,” said Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., president, Chestnut Hill College. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development Read more

 

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

Rabb works to provide secure mail-in ballot drop box
May 29, 2020

Rabb introduces resolution to honor life, legacy of Ona Judge
May 21, 2020

Rabb introduces legislation to extend deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots during disaster emergencies such as COVID-19
May 18, 2020

Rabb, Hanbidge resolution calls for electric vehicle impact study in Pa.
May 12, 2020

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 12, 2020

Rabb announces $49K Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for nonprofit that serves people who are often targets of hate crimes
Mar 11, 2020

Rabb announces $10K in cultural and historical grants for Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and Cliveden
Mar 06, 2020

2/25/20 – Voting and Elections – Philadelphia
Feb 27, 2020

Rabb to host February Fling event Saturday
Feb 26, 2020

Rabb, Policy Committee discuss voting and elections
Feb 26, 2020

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on voting and elections Tuesday in Philadelphia
Feb 21, 2020

Winter 2020 Newsletter
Feb 18, 2020

Rabb to host Thankful Thursday event with PA AG’s office focused on protecting against scams and fraud
Feb 03, 2020

Rabb announces $3,100 state grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to provide quality meals for students
Jan 30, 2020

Why I voted YES on S.B. 906
Jan 15, 2020

Rabb announces $7,500 grant awarded to Philly Goat Project to introduce middle schoolers to livestock management, land stewardship
Jan 06, 2020

Rabb, Howard introduce legislation that would ban carrying a firearm while intoxicated
Jan 03, 2020

Over 1,000 people served at pre-Thanksgiving event
Nov 27, 2019

Rabb announces $850,000 grant for Chestnut Hill College
Nov 12, 2019