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Sims announces $16.5M in RACP grants for museums, university and workplace development projects and nonprofits combating homelessness

Sims Committed to Constituent Services

(Feb 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb 25- State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., is highlighting his office’s work in helping the people that matter most: constituents. Compared to 2019, Rep. Sims and his staff resolved 366 more constituent cases through written correspondence, 2,499 more constituent cases via email, and 2,052 more constituent cases over the phone in 2020. That adds up to 4,917 more resolved cases in 2020 than in 2019, a 267.23% increase. “The well-being of our constituents is our main priority. My staff works hard day in and day out to make sure any issues facing the residents in our district are resolved as quickly and as thoroughly as possible,” Sims said. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of hardships to the residents of the Commonwealth and caused disruptions in everyone’s lives. Districts in the Philadelphia area were especially hit hard with higher case counts, hospitalizations, and percent positivity rates. Sims said his staff worked hard to resolve issues concerning unemployment compensation, COVID-19 testing, and now, vaccine administration. “Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, the pandemic is still months away from being over,” said Sims. “Anyone that continues to face problems relating to the pandemic, or any other state-related issue, should not hesitate to contact my office.” Residents in the 182 nd District Sims represents can learn more about the Read more

 

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine

(Feb 25, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 – Members of the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, today condemned U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for the sickening and misinformed transphobic comments he made during the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine. Levine, who if confirmed would be the highest ranking openly trans government official at the federal level, is President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of Health and Human Services. She previously served as Pennsylvania’s physician general and secretary of Health. State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila, a caucus co-chairman, said Levine’s testimony should have left no doubt about her commitment to public health and her qualifications to take on such a role. He condemned Paul for using an opportunity to learn more about a remarkable woman who helped to lead Pennsylvania through a once-in-a-generation worldwide pandemic to instead spew dangerous hate and bigotry. “As the Biden administration moves forward appointing the top experts that reflect the true diversity of our nation to key positions, sadly bigots like Rand Paul still lurk about our government,” Sims said. “Despite his hateful and transphobic rantings and attempt to demean her during questioning, Dr. Levine did what she’s done time and time again, she answered his hate, Read more

 

Sims, Frankel: House Republicans fail moral test in vote

(Jan 26, 2021)

Failure to pass amendment allows historic opportunity to slip away Read more

 

LGBTQ Equality Caucus announces changes for 2021-2 legislative session

(Jan 21, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21 – The Pennsylvania LGBTQ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, has organized for the 2021-22 legislative session, according to state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., a caucus co-chairman. The caucus was formed in 2011 by state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, to fend off attacks on and fight for the rights of LGBTQ people. Since that time, the General Assembly and the caucus have come to include three out members, including Sims, state Rep. Malcom Kenyatta, D-Phila., and first term state Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny. “We are off to a very robust start,” Sims said. “The issues and legislation prioritized by the LGBTQ caucus, most importantly LGBTQ equality, have been set aside for too long. But I want members of the LGBTQ community across the commonwealth to know that this caucus, at almost 70 members strong, is poised and ready to fight for the health, safety and well-being of all LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, now more than ever. As elected officials, we are here to represent all of the people of Pennsylvania and we’ll hold all of our colleagues to the same standard. I’m looking forward to the work that this bipartisan group can accomplish this session.” State Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery/Chester/Berks, was elected as chairwoman of the caucus for the current term. She joins Read more

 

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Statement on Transphobic Attack on Dr. Levine

(Jan 21, 2021)

The members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus immediately call upon the leadership of the House Republican Caucus and the Speaker of the PA House to reprimand Rep. Jeff Pyle for his transphobic attack on Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, and Biden Assistant Secretary of Health-nominee, Dr. Rachel Levine. Read more

 

Sims announces $16.5M in RACP grants for museums, university and workplace development projects and nonprofits combating homelessness

(Jan 13, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced $16.5 million in RACP state grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to support six organizations in the 182nd District. Read more

 

Monthly Newsletter | 182nd District

(Dec 04, 2020)

I am honored to have been re-elected to serve our district and be a strong voice for our community in Harrisburg. Thank you for trusting me with the privilege to serve. Read more

 

New COVID-19 Guidance for Philadelphia

(Nov 17, 2020)

Updated restrictions announced. Read more

 

Election results

(Nov 04, 2020)

The 2020 election is over. No new votes can be cast. But we still have many ballots to count to be able to have official, final results. Read more

 

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE

(Oct 30, 2020)

For all of the information you need to vote. Read more

 

Republicans Attack Our Election + Vote By Mail, Dress Your Ballot, Take The Census, and more

(Oct 02, 2020)

There is a very real possibility that PA House Republicans could interfere with free and fair elections in Pennsylvania with their "Select Committee on Election Integrity." Read more

 

Sims: $4.5M in Cultural and Museum Preservation grants coming to 182nd District

(Sep 17, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Brian Sims today announced that $4,517,575 in Cultural and Museum Preservation grants were awarded to projects in the 182 nd District . “These museums and historic centers preserve important parts of our history for future generations to learn about all the rich history in Philadelphia and the rest of the commonwealth,” Sims said. “I’m glad these grants have been awarded to help these sites continue educating our community about the important legacies we have to continue.” Grants were awarded to these groups: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Orchestra Association. Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. Kimmel Center, Inc. Pennsylvania Ballet Association. Opera Philadelphia. Encore Series Inc. d.b.a. The Philly POPS. Philadelphia Theatre Company. InterAct, Inc. Plays & Players. The Franklin Institute. Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Read more

 

Opt-in process, rent assistance resources, Census 2020, and voting by mail

(Sep 02, 2020)

According to the House rules, I need your permission to contact you 60 days before an election. This fall, that “blackout period” runs from Sept. 3 through the Nov. 3 general election. Read more

 

Emergency relief grants awarded to cultural organizations

(Aug 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – Today, state Rep. Brian Sims announced that two grants were awarded to cultural organizations in his legislative district to help them continue to provide important services and programs. Of the funding – part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act administered by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council – $7,500 will go to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and $5,000 to Global Philadelphia Association. “Despite unprecedented hardship the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on all of us, it has especially been felt by the cultural infrastructure of our commonwealth. Organizations providing some of the most creative and innovative programs to our community find themselves in dire need of assistance to survive,” Sims said. “This funding will help our cultural organizations sustain their programs when they are needed the most.” Sims encouraged his constituents to continue to practice the most essential safety precautions, including wearing a mask in public, avoiding in-person gatherings of people, and following a healthy personal hygiene regiment to avoid unnecessary risk of contracting COVID-19. Read more

 

Nearly $1.5 million awarded to area higher ed institutions

(Aug 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – Today, state Rep. Brian Sims announced that nearly $1.5 was awarded to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers in his legislative district to help resume operations safely. The funding – part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act – will go to the Community College of Philadelphia, Curtis Institute of Music, Hussian College School of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Peirce College, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Studio Incamminati, The University of the Arts and Thomas Jefferson University. “The ongoing pandemic has forced our shared adjustment to the new normal. Postsecondary institutions are key to the continued social and economic well-being of our district and our commonwealth. This funding is crucial in providing the necessary resources to adjust their operations and procedures and continue the educational process safely,” Sims said. “It is vital that we all continue to practice safety measures, including social distancing, wearing masks in public, and following specific guidelines from appropriate public health officials.” Of the funding, $963,525 will go to Community College of Philadelphia, $128,787 to Thomas Jefferson University, $109,743 to Peirce College, $85,257 to The University of the Arts. The remaining institutions mentioned above will receive funding ranging from $7,782 to $57,900. Read more

 

House lawmakers: Fight for equality not over with historic SCOTUS ruling

(Jun 15, 2020)

Nondiscrimination protections need to include housing, public accommodations, other areas Read more

 

Sims: Nearly $300,000 awarded for youth violence prevention programs

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – Today, state Rep. Brian Sims announced that nearly $300,000 was awarded to anti-delinquency programs in the 182 nd District. The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will go to the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. “These violence prevention programs are so important to our community. This money will help ensure that violence prevention programs have necessary funding, and victims are given proper care and support,” Sims said. “It’s vital that people have the tools they need to rebuild their lives after experiencing violent crime.” Of the funding, $200,000 was awarded to Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia for trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy implementation. Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is receiving $99,905 for a Victim Services Family Advocate position. Read more

 

Sims introduced Pride Month resolution

(Jun 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 1 – State Rep. Brian Sims introduced House Resolution 885 to recognize June 2020 as Pride Month in Pennsylvania. “Pride Month is not only an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and celebrate the progress we have made as a country, but to also remember past hardships, and recognize the hard work that still needs to be done to achieve full equality,” Sims said. “LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians deserve to feel protected at home and work, regardless of their identity or race.” Sims, the first openly gay member of the state legislature, is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus Read more

 

Sims Opposes GOP Effort to Terminate Governor's Emergency Disaster Declaration 

(May 29, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims understands how critical the governor's emergency disaster declaration is in providing the commonwealth with access to funding and resources aimed at helping get Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic safely. He explained why Republicans don't have the authority to terminate it. Read more

 

Sims recirculating bill to increase police accountability

(May 28, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, May 28 – Following the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of police, state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced he is recirculating for co-sponsors H.B. 1382, which would require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor in police cases involving deadly force. “In order to restore any confidence in our criminal justice system, we must require the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor when an on-duty police officer’s conduct constitutes criminal homicide,” Sims said. “Victims deserve justice and the people of Pennsylvania should be able to trust their government. Representative Lee and I introduced this bill over one year ago and black and brown Americans are still facing the same dangers. It’s time that members of law enforcement are held accountable by an impartial prosecutor.” Sims introduced the bill alongside Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, in April 2019. Read more

 

Sims Committed to Constituent Services
Feb 25, 2021

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine
Feb 25, 2021

Sims, Frankel: House Republicans fail moral test in vote
Jan 26, 2021

LGBTQ Equality Caucus announces changes for 2021-2 legislative session
Jan 21, 2021

LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Statement on Transphobic Attack on Dr. Levine
Jan 21, 2021

Sims announces $16.5M in RACP grants for museums, university and workplace development projects and nonprofits combating homelessness
Jan 13, 2021

Monthly Newsletter | 182nd District
Dec 04, 2020

New COVID-19 Guidance for Philadelphia
Nov 17, 2020

Election results
Nov 04, 2020

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE
Oct 30, 2020

Republicans Attack Our Election + Vote By Mail, Dress Your Ballot, Take The Census, and more
Oct 02, 2020

Sims: $4.5M in Cultural and Museum Preservation grants coming to 182nd District
Sep 17, 2020

Opt-in process, rent assistance resources, Census 2020, and voting by mail
Sep 02, 2020

Emergency relief grants awarded to cultural organizations
Aug 05, 2020

Nearly $1.5 million awarded to area higher ed institutions
Aug 04, 2020

House lawmakers: Fight for equality not over with historic SCOTUS ruling
Jun 15, 2020

Sims: Nearly $300,000 awarded for youth violence prevention programs
Jun 10, 2020

Sims introduced Pride Month resolution
Jun 01, 2020

Sims Opposes GOP Effort to Terminate Governor's Emergency Disaster Declaration 
May 29, 2020

Sims recirculating bill to increase police accountability
May 28, 2020