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State Rep. Chris Rabb to introduce resolution that would designate Pennsylvania as a Hidden Heroes state

RepRabb: Urban Agriculture Grows Equity, Prosperity

(Jan 10, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb stood with Sec. of Agriculture Russell Redding at the Pa. Farm Show to announce more than $500,000 in grants to help grow urban agriculture and shrink food deserts in the Commonwealth. Rabb says supporting urban agriculture helps lift people out of poverty, creates good, sustainable jobs and can help further conversations about long-standing racial injustices and disparities. Read more

 

On Jan. 6th, Rep. Kenyatta introduces two bills related to the failed insurrection

(Jan 06, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta D-Phila., reintroduced a bill that designates Jan 6th as “Democracy Observance Day,” as well as a resolution with Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., that would formally condemn the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021. On Jan. 6, 2021, while Congress met to officially tally the Electoral College votes for president, a violent mob of domestic terrorists descended upon the Capitol building and forcibly entered its hallowed halls. As lawmakers and staff barricaded themselves in secure locations, the insurrectionists proceeded to pillage offices, destroy property and assault law enforcement personnel. Still others paraded around the chambers of the House and Senate and smiled for photographs while pilfering public property. “January 6, 2021 was a shameful day in our nation’s history and if we don’t remember and learn from it, we are doomed to repeat it,” Kenyatta said. “Violent insurrectionists armed with weapons and lies told by former President Trump and Republican leaders about the 2020 presidential election led to this attack; he did nothing to stop the violence. Because of this rhetoric, lives were lost, including members of law enforcement.” Kenyatta continued, “We must make sure that any attack on our governing body’s is condemned.” “Our nation is not impervious to fascism, authoritarianism or extremism. But we cannot Read more

 

Rabb, Neilson announce legislation establishing Jan. 6 Day in schools

(Jan 06, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Reps. Chris Rabb and Ed Neilson, both D-Phila., today announced they are drafting legislation that would establish an observance of Jan. 6 Day in the Commonwealth’s schools. The legislation is a companion bill to one that state Sen. Art Haywood, D-Phila./Montgomery, has proposed. “The January 6th insurrection is a stark reminder that democracy is only as effective as the sum effort of its parts and that it takes our collective will toward being an inclusive and honest society to function,” Rabb said. “We must commit to reshaping America into a country that lives up to the creed: liberty and justice for all.” On Jan. 6, 2021, members of the U.S. Capitol Police Department and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department faced an unprecedented situation when insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol building intent on violently attacking members of Congress to stop them from carrying out the electoral college process. “Two years ago on Jan. 6, after 9,400 rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol, five Capitol Police officers gave the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect our democracy," Neilson said. "This legislation would honor their heroism, bravery and devotion to the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution and our country." This legislation would honor the five police officers who lost their lives due to the events of their hours-long battle with more than 9,000 rioters that day. Read more

 

Rabb announces legislation to ensure no detention centers can operate in commonwealth

(Dec 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Date – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced he is reintroducing legislation that would ensure detention centers cannot operate in Pennsylvania following the recent closure of the Berks County Residential Center. This legislation would update the state’s Human Services Code to direct the Department of Human Services to update facility licensure regulations. “As public servants, we are charged with protecting the health and safety of people across our commonwealth. Therefore, we must take every precaution to safeguard all people, especially those members of our most vulnerable communities,” Rabb said. “Group homes are not children’s nursing homes, and child residential facilities are not family detention centers.” With the tools the state has at hand, Rabb said, it does not have the ability to guarantee the health and safety of human beings who end up stuck in such detention centers. He said is the legislature’s constitutional responsibility to ensure it is not complicit in perpetuating a humanitarian crisis within the state’s borders. Read more

 

Rabb, Miller announce legislation to prevent union busting using public funds

(Dec 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – State Reps. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, today announced they are drafting legislation that would prohibit the use of public money to bust unions. “Unions are the backbone of our communities and have a rich and storied history in our state, from the coal mines of the northeast to the steel mills of Pittsburgh. Union workers built this state and have for years been the protectors of the working class,” Miller said. “Now, with economic inequality on the rise, we need to stand up to support our unions and send a strong message that our commonwealth stands not only with them but, more importantly, with the working families and communities who rely on them.” Modeled after similar legislation in New Mexico, the legislation would amend the Public Employee Relations Act to prohibit public and state-related employers from spending taxpayer dollars for union avoidance or union busting services or activities. “It is impossible to tell the story of economic progress in Pennsylvania without the inclusion of unions, which have been a keystone in the fight for improved workplace safety, increased wages, employer-provided healthcare and retirement benefits.” Rabb said. “In keeping with our state’s history, we should ensure that union votes are able to be made free from intimidation by public or state-related employers who would seek to infringe upon that right using taxpayer Read more

 

RepRabb Celebrates Berks Detention Center Shutdown

(Dec 02, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb and the Shutdown Berks Coalition received word that the Biden Administration will end its contract with ICE in Berks County on January 31st, 2023. Rabb says detention centers like this only serve to further marginalize the immigrants and asylum seekers that bring so much to our diverse country. Read more

 

Rabb announces election integrity legislation

(Nov 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that he intends to introduce legislation during the 2023 session that would establish an election integrity board to combat election disinformation. This legislation would give the new board the ability to perform oversight and combat election disinformation, ensuring that candidates for public office accept election results. Election denialism and disinformation are destructive forces in the country. “Nationwide, over 100 election-denying candidates won primaries this year. Such individuals continue to perpetuate unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, despite evidence confirming that our elections are highly secure,” Rabb said. “This rhetoric falsely impugns the legitimacy of our elections for the sake of partisan politics, sowing doubt about the validity of results. “Pennsylvanians deserve elections where legitimate issues are the focus and quality candidates present their positions in good faith. Baseless claims and conspiracy theories meant to disrupt elections have no place in the democratic process.” Read more

 

Rabb announces legislation to assist municipalities in establishing green banks

(Nov 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today he is drafting legislation that would empower municipalities to utilize funding and investment in green banks. As part of the federal government’s Inflation Reduction Act, the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will go toward providing financial assistance to green banks, which are nonprofit organizations focused on the deployment of low- and zero-emission products, technologies and services. Pennsylvania needs to ensure it is well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunity, Rabb said. “The Pennsylvania Constitution enshrines the right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment,” he said. “Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. Therefore, it is our collective duty to conserve and maintain our natural resources.” Read more

 

Rabb highlights Native-centered legislation for Native American Heritage Month

(Nov 22, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today he is introducing wide-ranging legislation to honor and protect Native American culture and history. Rabb said he is highlighting his spate of Native-centered legislation in November, which is Native American Heritage month, to bring awareness to the continuing and widespread disregard for indigenous peoples, their history and culture, and the misappropriation thereof and how Pennsylvania can substantively right these wrongs. In 2021, Rabb authored a resolution that would have amended the rules of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to include a formal land acknowledgment at the beginning of each legislative week. In 2018, Rabb introduced a bill to formally abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day ( H.B. 2110 ), legislation he has reintroduced twice. “Symbolism matters -- particularly when it’s tethered to substantive action. That’s why rhetoric must be followed by redress,” Rabb said. With the involvement and affirmation of tribal leaders, Rabb has also put forth legislation to protect Native American trademarks by preventing the use of Pennsylvania state trademarks by non-Native American groups to claim Native American patterns and tribal names as well as other cultural heritage and intellectual property. “With the name change of the Washington NFL team to the Washington Commanders, one small step has been taken to Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s Efforts to Fight Climate Change Can Lead the Way for the World

(Nov 21, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today released the following opinion/editorial in cooperation with the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators: Governments from across the globe recently came together in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), to identify the next steps the world’s governments must take to address the worsening impacts of climate change. But it isn’t just federal governments who will ensure we meet our global climate goals. States are also vitally important. This past week, I traveled to COP27 with a delegation of state legislators from across the United States. We worked to shine a light on the way our home states are leading efforts to combat climate change and equitably transition to a clean energy economy. In the wake of consequential midterm elections and a new report that the U.S. has warmed 68% faster than the planet as a whole, U.S. states are more ready than ever to lead in the passage and implementation of strong climate policy. Some may be still asking why state governments matter in the fight against global climate change. After all, addressing climate change will require an all-hands-on-deck approach with buy in from all nations. But local and state climate policy solutions are critical. The impacts of climate change are not uniform and result in different types of burdens depending on Read more

 

House Republicans Working to Undermine Philly Voters

(Nov 16, 2022)

In a meeting of the Pa. House Judiciary Committee, Republican legislators pushed forward their plan to impeach Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Many Philadelphia Democratic members call these efforts a witch hunt and a politically motivated overreach, pointing to a lack of substantive facts and due process. Read more

 

Rabb releases statement on DA Krasner Impeachment proceedings

(Nov 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – The House Judiciary Committee decided by partisan vote Tuesday to move forward with H.R. 240 , otherwise known as the resolution to impeach District Attorney of Philadelphia Larry Krasner for misbehavior in office. State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., said the decision by Republicans in the PA House is the height of absurdity. “This resolution is nothing more than partisan drivel, put forth in the dying days of a lame duck session. It is a political stunt with far-reaching potential consequences. Not only does it deprive Philadelphians of their agency as voters, but it sets a dangerous precedent where this constitutional body is removing local elected officials from office because of disagreements over how policy is enacted,” Rabb said. “I hope the irony of giving district attorneys broad discretion to operate and then getting upset when they use said discretion is not lost on everyone.” A vote on the House floor on the resolution is likely to be held on Wednesday, as it is the last constitutionally mandated session day before the new term. Read more

 

RepRabb’s Team Offers Help with Heating Assistance Application

(Nov 02, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Rabb wants to remind you that The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, application season is now open. Call his district office at 215-242-7300 and his skilled staff will work with you to get you and your family the help they need. Read more

 

Rabb highlights innovative election-related legislation

(Nov 02, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 2 – With Election Day just under a week away, state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today is highlighting a package of election-related legislation that would reshape the way elections are conducted in Pennsylvania. “The election process is the keystone of our democracy, and I believe every eligible voter has the right to a process that is easy to use, understand, access and trust,” Rabb said. “There are too many systematic deterrents and structural flaws that disenfranchise current and potential voters. This legislation will break down those barriers and springboard our fragile participatory democracy toward a more equitable, inclusive and efficient electoral system.” The legislation is as follows: Making Election Day a state holiday , which would remove Columbus Day as a holiday and replace it with an Election Day holiday, ( H.B. 2112 , H.B. 2113 and H.B. 2114 ). Rotating ballot positions , which would establish a randomized candidate ballot position rotation system to ensure no candidate has an unfair advantage based on the luck of the ballot position draw, ( H.B. 1797 ). Electing the president by popular vote , which would authorize the Commonwealth to join the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote and thereby guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes, ( H.B. 270 ). Modernizing the system by which the collection of signatures for Read more

 

Rabb announces $1 million in grant funding to Weavers Way

(Nov 01, 2022)

PHILADEPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today applauded the awarding of $1 million in state grant funding to the Weavers Way Cooperative Association for its Weavers Way Germantown Development project. The project will restore the building at 328 W. Chelten Ave. by renovating the façade with new storefront windows and an easy-to-access vestibule; as well as building a new roof, plumbing, fire suppression and mechanical systems; and upgrading the electric and lighting. The funds will be used to cover construction costs and initial store inventory. Read more

 

State officials, civil rights groups react to report denying thousands in Pa. their voting rights due to felony convictions

(Nov 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 1 – On the last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot in Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rick Krajewski and Chris Rabb, both D-Phila., and civil rights groups reacted to a new report, which found that 42,976 people in Pennsylvania will be formally disenfranchised. The report is by The Sentencing Project, which found that across the country, 4.6 million people, or one in every 50 adults, will be barred from voting in the 2022 midterms due to a felony conviction. In Pennsylvania, only those incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. The 45.4% who will be disenfranchised are African American in a state that is less than 12.2% Black. In addition, advocates warned that thousands of Pennsylvanians currently held in local jails will be unable to vote despite being legally eligible to cast a ballot. A 2021 report by All Voting is Local, Committee of Seventy and Common Cause PA found that only 52 people had requested mail-in ballots in the 2020 general election using an address associated with one of 18 county jails. At the time, nearly 25,000 people were held in jails across the 67 counties. Reactions to the report included: "Felony disenfranchisement is a manifestation of how we dehumanize people in the carceral system,” Krajewski said. “We value retribution over rehabilitation. Punishment over restorative justice. And because we believe people who make mistakes should be penalized, it also means that we Read more

 

Rabb secures $500K in state grant funds for district

(Oct 27, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced that $500,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to Wissahickon Valley Park in Northwest Philadelphia. The Friends of the Wissahickon are set to receive $500,000 in grant funding to help Wissahickon Valley Park accommodate the recent influx of visitors. The money will go toward the construction or adaptive reuse of existing park restrooms and amenities, such as water bottle filling stations, litter receptacles, bike parking stations, hand sanitizer dispensers and diaper changing tables. “People want many things from their state government, among them is quality recreation. By funding this project, we are making a commitment to bettering the lives of everyone living in our community,” Rabb said. “Grant funding like this is just a small step in our continuing journey toward a more equitable society.” Read more

 

Rabb announces legislation to expand green human interment options

(Oct 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced today that they are drafting legislation to expand the environmentally friendly options available to Pennsylvanians for after-death care. “This is about increasing green options for Pennsylvanians such as the use of alkaline hydrolysis, also known as water-based cremation,” Rabb said. “It would also allow for a process called natural organic reduction, where the body is placed in a large vessel with straw, wood chips and other natural materials. The body then decomposes naturally, with the process sped up by the presence of microorganisms.” The process used in natural organic reduction uses one-eighth the amount of energy of a more traditional cremation and creates soil that is perfectly safe for gardens, trees and general land use. Cremation is viewed as an environmentally friendly alternative to burial; however, that’s not necessarily the case as the process required to cremate a body needs heat in excess of 1,600 degrees. The amount of energy required to generate heat above 1,600 degree is massive and emits about as much carbon dioxide as taking a 1,000-mile-long road trip in a car, Rabb said. Rabb is a member of the PA Climate Caucus. Read more

 

Rabb Shows Support for Abortion Rights

(Oct 25, 2022)

Armed with the strongest of beliefs that no one should be forced to give birth, Pa. state Rep. Rabb rallied to defend abortion rights. He explained that no government has a place in anyone’s uterus and vowed to continue to fight to keep it that way. Read more

 

Make Sure Your Mail In Ballot Gets Counted

(Oct 21, 2022)

A recent Supreme Court ruling says your mail in ballot might not be counted if the date is not written on the envelope. Your vote matters! Watch this short video and make sure your vote gets counted. Read more

 

RepRabb: Urban Agriculture Grows Equity, Prosperity
Jan 10, 2023

On Jan. 6th, Rep. Kenyatta introduces two bills related to the failed insurrection
Jan 06, 2023

Rabb, Neilson announce legislation establishing Jan. 6 Day in schools
Jan 06, 2023

Rabb announces legislation to ensure no detention centers can operate in commonwealth
Dec 09, 2022

Rabb, Miller announce legislation to prevent union busting using public funds
Dec 08, 2022

RepRabb Celebrates Berks Detention Center Shutdown
Dec 02, 2022

Rabb announces election integrity legislation
Nov 28, 2022

Rabb announces legislation to assist municipalities in establishing green banks
Nov 28, 2022

Rabb highlights Native-centered legislation for Native American Heritage Month
Nov 22, 2022

Pennsylvania’s Efforts to Fight Climate Change Can Lead the Way for the World
Nov 21, 2022

House Republicans Working to Undermine Philly Voters
Nov 16, 2022

Rabb releases statement on DA Krasner Impeachment proceedings
Nov 15, 2022

RepRabb’s Team Offers Help with Heating Assistance Application
Nov 02, 2022

Rabb highlights innovative election-related legislation
Nov 02, 2022

Rabb announces $1 million in grant funding to Weavers Way
Nov 01, 2022

State officials, civil rights groups react to report denying thousands in Pa. their voting rights due to felony convictions
Nov 01, 2022

Rabb secures $500K in state grant funds for district
Oct 27, 2022

Rabb announces legislation to expand green human interment options
Oct 26, 2022

Rabb Shows Support for Abortion Rights
Oct 25, 2022

Make Sure Your Mail In Ballot Gets Counted
Oct 21, 2022