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Meet new district office staffer Ashton Adams

(Feb 02, 2018)

A short interview with Ashton Adams, a new staffer in Rep. Sims’ district office: 1. Where are you from? I am originally from a suburb outside of Pittsburgh, and lived there my whole life until I decided to move to Philadelphia to attend Temple University. I had never visited, or had any close relatives living in Philadelphia, so I was excited to start a brand new chapter in a city I had never explored. I studied public relations and political science at Temple University and served as a tour guide there, which allowed me to meet thousands of people from across the country wanting to come to our great city for higher education. 2. What made you want to do this job? While in college, I decided I wanted to do something that would allow me to serve my community and find a career in purpose driven work. While studying political science in college, I began to understand how effective leadership can change lives and ultimately impact generations to come. I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of something larger than myself, while still helping people on a regular basis. 3. What are some of the things you like about Philadelphia? The people! After college, I knew I wanted to stay in Philadelphia because I have met some of the most inspiring, driven and devoted people in the city who are committed to making not only their life better, but the lives of others. Through living and working in Philadelphia, I have definitely realized that Philadelphia really is Read more

 

State Reps. Miller, Rabb, Sims and Solomon call for prompt action in wake of sexual harassment allegations in Harrisburg

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Reps. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny, Chris Rabb, Brian Sims and Jared Solomon, all D-Phila., today issued the following statement and call for action in the wake of sexual harassment allegations in the Pennsylvania legislature. “The recent reports and allegations emanating from Harrisburg are deeply troubling. For too long, stories of inappropriate behavior have been kept hush-hush, universally acknowledged but rarely acted upon,” the lawmakers wrote to legislative leaders. “It is simply insulting to the character of our Commonwealth that women have to whisper warnings to each other about which legislators they should avoid. In addition, the level of professional harm that far too many women have endured is incalculable. It is vital that we as male legislators reflect on our role in either perpetuating this culture in Harrisburg or analyze our as yet unsuccessful efforts to end it. “It seems rather basic. If you grope someone, you are unfit for office. If you expose yourself to someone, you are unfit for office. If you condition employment or in any way use your office to intimidate or coerce someone into doing something inappropriate, if you are more interested in how a woman looks rather than her skills for the job, you are unfit for office. And, to no less of a degree, if you are silent when such incidents of discrimination and assault occur in front of you, then you are unfit for office. None of these personal Read more

 

Sims denounces Senator Leach’s behavior following misconduct allegations

(Dec 19, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., released the following statement regarding the accusations of allegations of misconduct made against state Sen. Daylin Leach: “The allegations made against Senator Leach are disturbing and credible. I fully and completely believe the multiple accounts detailing Senator Leach’s inexcusable and inappropriate behavior. His social media rants over the last 48 hours have been unprofessional, extremely offensive, and are why many women do not feel comfortable coming forward to report harassment. His decision to attack the women making claims in stark and personal terms rather than respond to the merits of the allegations, or in any way apologize for his behavior, disqualifies him from holding office. “Therefore, I am joining with Governor Wolf and several of my House colleagues in calling on Senator Leach to resign his office immediately. “Senator Leach has championed and fought for many of the issues and communities I care deeply about, but those efforts absolutely do not negate the egregious nature of his actions. These women have bravely come forward, with absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose, to confront this troubling pattern of behavior. “We owe it to these brave women, and the countless other victims of other perpetrators yet named, to eradicate the entrenched misogynistic environment of Harrisburg. That must include Senator Leach’s resignation.” Read more

 

Sims announces $1.2 million in state grants for local projects

(Nov 14, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced local projects will receive a total of more than $1.2 million in state grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Sims said the state will provide two grants totaling $898,485 for developing park land in front of Park Towne Place Museum District Residences, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, into an active recreational space, with walking trails and reflective gardens featuring public art. The funding will be in addition to $200,000 in state funding which Sims helped to secure last year. The city's Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Aimco (Apartment Investment and Management Co.) and the Association for Public Art on the project. Sims said the public-private partnership to improve the park area is consistent with the master plan for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- More Park, Less Way, by providing a welcoming open green space along the parkway that will benefit residents, visitors and neighboring cultural institutions. The overall development will also create and retain jobs within the region, he said. Sims said the state also will provide $376,736 to replace the dated headhouse to the 11th Street Market-Frankford Line elevated/subway stop and the heavily used bus shelter next to it on the 1100 block of Market Street. The new headhouse and shelter are intended to increase the visibility of transit assets available to the public. Sims represents the 182nd Read more

 

Sims hosting health and wellness summit Oct. 28 focusing on LGBTQIA people of color

(Oct 20, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 20 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will host a "Be You" health and wellness summit Oct. 28 that will focus on LGBTQIA people of color, but all are welcome to participate. LGBTQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and allies. The summit will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. It will include free resources on: Legal rights Meditation Preventing sexually transmitted infections, or STIs At-home workouts PrEP and PEP , which are categories of medication that can reduce the chances of being infected with HIV when taken before or after sex, respectively Quick healthy recipes The summit also will include exhibitors and on-site HIV testing. Workshops at the summit will include: Social justice: your rights when dealing with law enforcement as an LGBTQIA person of color; and your rights legally and inside of the courtroom (domestic violence, discrimination/harassment). Stress management: everyday practices that participants can use to reduce and manage stress, with a focus on workout tips, healthy cooking tips and breathing techniques. Sexual health awareness and sexuality: community conversation aimed at educating participants on STIs by looking at sexual behaviors and how to reduce the risk of the transmission of STIs. Additionally, this conversation will focus on PEP and PrEP as means of HIV prevention and Read more

 

Equality Caucus: Shame on Pa. senators for putting transgender kids at risk

(Oct 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Leaders of the legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus said the state senators who voted today to deny health care to transgender young people should be ashamed of themselves. "Shame on every senator who voted to add discrimination against trans young people to what had been a simple, clean, bipartisan renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program, a commonsense, popular program that covers hundreds of thousands of kids in Pennsylvania," said co-chair Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny. House Bill 1388 passed the House 194-0 in June. Today, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee voted to add an amendment that would deny reimbursement for gender or sex reassignment surgery, transition services, including physician's services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, prescription drugs or even counseling services. Co-chair Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, said, "You wouldn't deny a child an appendectomy, or a cast for a broken leg, or reconstructive surgery for a cleft palate. Why block some of our most vulnerable kids from getting vital medical care? This amendment is evidence of a profound lack of understanding of transgender children's medical needs." Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., the only out LGBT member of the legislature, said, "This bill picks on some of the most vulnerable children in Pennsylvania. This bill is the opposite of pro-family. This bill would cut off funds for Read more

 

Sims Defends DACA

(Sep 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims explains how DACA helps not only those who have been brought to this country without their consent, but it also helps our state and national economy by allowing those immigrants who are doing the right thing and working hard to stay in America. Read more

 

Sims: #CoverPEPandPrEP

(Sep 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims has introduced legislation (HB1107 & HB1112) that would require insurance companies in Pennsylvania to cover antiretroviral and preventative HIV medication known as PEP and PrEP. The medication can be prohibitively expensive but is extremely effective in treating and preventing HIV infection. Read more

 

Sims: #DefendPublicEducation

(Aug 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims encourages you to contact your state legislators and demand proper funding for public education in Pennsylvania. Sims says education funding should be a non-partisan issue that everyone can support. Read more

 

Meet new district office staffer Shakia Agard

(Aug 17, 2017)

A short interview with Shakia Agard, a new staffer in Rep. Sims' district office: 1. Where are you from? I’m originally from Atlantic City, N.J.; however, I presently live in Northeast Philadelphia. I originally came to Philadelphia in 1999 to attend Temple University. My grandmother has also resided in Philadelphia for many years -- prior to my move I would visit Philadelphia frequently. Once I visited Philadelphia for my college orientation, I knew then that this was where I wanted to be! 2. What made you want to do this job? As a resident of Philadelphia, I have always cared about the overall well-being of my community. Prior to working for Representative Sims, I did a lot of research about Representative Sims so that I could understand who he was as a Pennsylvania state representative. I became instantly impressed to find out that Representative Sims advocates for many of the same social rights and concerns that I and many other citizens of Philadelphia fight for every day. 3. What are some of the things you like about Philadelphia? Philadelphia is a wonderful place to live; every day I am learning to embrace the “City of Brotherly Love” and all that it has to offer. Some of my hobbies include community outreach, volunteering and thrift shopping. I enjoy all of the wonderful restaurants, museums, night life and culture. Additionally, I appreciate that there’s such an incredible amount of history right here in my city! Read more

 

Sims to introduce resolution condemning the terrorist attack in Charlottesville

(Aug 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., circulated a memo today to his colleagues in the House of Representatives that he is introducing a resolution calling on the legislature to officially condemn the terrorist attack carried out by white supremacists and nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. "I am calling on all my colleagues, progressive and conservative, Democratic and Republican, to stand united and send a message to not only condemn and reject to those advocating such a repugnant ideology, but also stand and support the millions of Pennsylvanians they seek to intimidate and harass." In his memo to colleagues seeking co-sponsors, Sims said, "What began as a purported white nationalist rally organized to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee devolved into a proving ground for white supremacists, white nationalists, and alt-right activists, to further deepen the racial divide that has worsened since the election of our nation’s commander-in-chief, President Donald J. Trump. "When studying the history of our nation and our world, we often wonder what we would have done if we were living in Germany during the late 1930s when fascism spread like a disease or whether we would join those courageous American icons who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday,” Sims said. “This is our generation’s test. This is a new era, Read more

 

Meet new district office staffer Jordan Rogers

(Aug 11, 2017)

A short interview with Jordan Rogers, a new staffer in Rep. Sims' district office: 1. Where are you from? I’m from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Downingtown to be exact, and graduated from the same high school as Rep. Sims. I spent the majority of my time growing up in the city of Philadelphia. I did two years at Bloomsburg University playing lacrosse, and transferred after my sophomore year to Florida State University. I studied political science and public policy at both schools, and came back to Philly to work in government after finding my niche in urban politics while at FSU. 2. What made you want to do this job? I have a strong drive to give back to my community, a passion that was instilled in me at a young age by my mother. My father passed away when I was 4, and she raised my older brother and me on her own for nine years. We had the support of our community, our sports coaches, and our neighbors, and I will never forget that. She had us volunteer on mission trips to relieve poverty and rebuild after Katrina. When President Barack Obama was elected, I knew instantly I wanted to go into government. Someone who looked like ME was the most powerful person in the world, and I saw government as the ultimate way of giving back to the community. Government and elected officials are there to serve those who elected them into office, and what better way to connect people to their government, help them get the services they need, and to give back to Read more

 

Pa. LGBT Equality Caucus: Trump adding to string of broken promises, this time to trans service members

(Jul 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus are denouncing President Trump's announcement that he will discriminate against transgender people who serve or wish to serve in the U.S. military. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, said, "This is discrimination, adding to a string of broken Trump promises, this time one he made to LGBT Americans, and it's a waste of tax dollars and the talents and abilities of thousands of Americans who just want to serve their country. "A news report has already confirmed this morning that this is just a cynical political ploy . And it's unlikely to work, as former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's example shows – he lost re-election in 2016 in a swing state after discriminating against LGBT citizens. I would add that the health-care cost argument is false , like so many other things the president says or tweets. In addition, 18 other countries allow transgender people to serve – including several of our NATO allies and Israel – and who takes security more seriously than Israel? Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, co-chair of the caucus, said, "Thousands of transgender Americans currently serve honorably in our military, yet President Trump claims they are a 'disruption.' Perhaps when he claimed he would have the LGBTQ community's back, he was already planning to stab them in Read more

 

Sims Recognizes Anniversary of Orlando Massacre

(Jun 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims recognized the one year anniversary of the mass shooting in Orlando, FL at the Pulse Nightclub. The massacre was the largest act of terrorism against the LGBT community in United States history. Over 200 were injured and 49 died as a result of the attack. Read more

 

LGBT Equality Caucus backs agency non-discrimination proposals

(May 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – Members of the legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus today submitted public comment in favor of a state agency's proposals to interpret existing law on sex discrimination to protect LGBT people from discrimination, as several courts and agencies have already done. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission , which enforces state non-discrimination law, is accepting public comment through Friday on its proposals to update how it interprets the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. That law bans discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on several categories, including sex. The commission also proposes to make a similar update to how it interprets the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus, said, "While I still believe we need the Pennsylvania Fairness Act signed into law to avoid any ambiguity, I fully support these proposals to interpret existing laws to include anti-LGBT discrimination. As Equality PA noted in its public comment, a federal appeals court stated, 'Any discomfort, disapproval, or job decision based on the fact that the complainant -- woman or man -- dresses differently, speaks differently, or dates or marries a same-sex partner, is a reaction purely and simply based on sex... It would require considerable calisthenics to remove the 'sex' from 'sexual orientation.'" The bipartisan Read more

 

Sims Risk Assessment Task Force testifies before PA Commission on Sentencing

(May 25, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 25 – State Rep. Brian K. Sims, D- Phila., announced that the Risk Assessment Task Force he created with co-chairwoman Marni Snyder, a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, testified on Tuesday before the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing . “I formed this task force due to the growing concern over new guidelines, like the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument, that are being created,” Sims said. "We cannot have a fair criminal justice system within our state if the guidelines we use are imbalanced and unfair.” As a Philadelphia native and seasoned attorney, Snyder works on behalf of the Philadelphia court system. Snyder’s expertise has focused on both criminal and special education law. The task force also includes a diverse field of practitioners, scholars, jurists and advocates within the criminal justice system. During Tuesday's hearing the task force proposed this new guideline would not only be considered unjust towards defendants but could also ignite costs and delays for the local courts. On March 16, the commission adopted for public comment the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument. Its purpose is to serve the sentencing court in determining the appropriate sentence within the limits established by law. Specifically, it would aide in evaluating the relative risk that an offender will reoffend and be a threat to public safety. The instrument further determines whether a more thorough assessment would Read more

 

Sims co-sponsoring bipartisan Fairness Act to protect LGBT Pennsylvanians

(May 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 18 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Pennsylvania Fairness Act, reintroduced this week in the House by Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, which would protect LGBT Pennsylvanians from discrimination in in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. The bill ( H.B. 1410 / S.B. 613 ) would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide. Sims said, "Now is the time for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to act. We, as a legislature, owe it to the people we serve to act swiftly and substantively to protect LGBT Pennsylvanians from legal discrimination. For decades the legislature has allowed LGBT individuals to be legally fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, and refused service strictly because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day the legislature fails to act, it diminishes the values upon which Pennsylvania was founded. "More than 40 local governments across Pennsylvania have taken a stand against legal discrimination – including last week's passage in Camp Hill, a Republican suburb of Harrisburg. The Fairness Act has continued to have more than 70 percent public support for nearly a decade. There have been ongoing discussions with previous opponents to find common ground on this important issue. Reflecting the strong support of Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth, there is broad bipartisan support Read more

 

Sims: Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay

(Apr 04, 2017)

On April 4, Equal Pay Day, Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims rallied with colleagues and advocates at the State Capitol for measures that will ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day's work. Read more

 

Sims elected vice chair of PA SAFE Caucus, which pushes for gun reforms

(Feb 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., this week was elected vice chair of the PA SAFE caucus, which pushes for commonsense gun safety reforms in the Pennsylvania legislature. "I'm honored that my colleagues chose me for this role, and I will continue advocating for much-needed gun safety laws in Pennsylvania. So much attention is paid to terrorism when many more Pennsylvanians and Americans die each year from so-called 'routine' gun violence. There is solid public support for reforms such as 'no fly, no buy' to keep people on the terror watch list from buying guns, for example," Sims said. In the new legislative session, Sims plans to introduce new commonsense gun safety reforms he has crafted. More information about the PA SAFE Caucus is available at www.pahouse.com/PASafe/ Sims is in his third term representing the 182nd Legislative District, which includes Rittenhouse, Fitler and Logan squares, the Gayborhood and parts of Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Graduate Hospital and Queen Village. Sims' constituent service office is located at 21 S. 12th St., Suite 182, Philadelphia; phone 215-246-1501. In addition to his website -- www.pahouse.com/Sims -- he provides information to constituents through his legislative Facebook and Twitter pages: www.facebook.com/RepBrianSims and www.twitter.com/repsims . ### Read more

 

Sims to host forum Monday on how to get involved with 'amazing' public schools in Center City

(Jan 26, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., will host an education forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 901 S. Broad St. Sims invites the public to join him, elementary school principals, policy experts, academics, and community leaders for a discussion about education and engagement in Philadelphia. "Together we’ll explore how entire communities can use their unique assets to support local public schools and move our vision for Philadelphia schools forward. Dr. William Hite, the Philadelphia School District superintendent, will kick off the forum and help us welcome panelists, parents and attendees," Sims said. "A panel of principals from five neighborhood elementary schools will join us and each will share their school's accomplishments as well as opportunities for growth. It's a great way for parents, community members and those who are new to the area to learn more about how to get involved with the amazing public schools in Center City." The principals are: April Brown, Waring Elementary; Zack Duberstein, Vare-Washington Elementary; Lisa Kaplan, Jackson Elementary; Dan Lazar, Greenfield Elementary; and Lauren Overton, Meredith Elementary. Sims said a second "all-star" panel will focus on sharing best practices for engaging entire communities in supporting local public schools through fundraising, program development, community partnerships and Read more

 

Meet new district office staffer Ashton Adams
Feb 02, 2018

State Reps. Miller, Rabb, Sims and Solomon call for prompt action in wake of sexual harassment allegations in Harrisburg
Dec 22, 2017

Sims denounces Senator Leach’s behavior following misconduct allegations
Dec 19, 2017

Sims announces $1.2 million in state grants for local projects
Nov 14, 2017

Sims hosting health and wellness summit Oct. 28 focusing on LGBTQIA people of color
Oct 20, 2017

Equality Caucus: Shame on Pa. senators for putting transgender kids at risk
Oct 18, 2017

Sims Defends DACA
Sep 13, 2017

Sims: #CoverPEPandPrEP
Sep 06, 2017

Sims: #DefendPublicEducation
Aug 31, 2017

Meet new district office staffer Shakia Agard
Aug 17, 2017

Sims to introduce resolution condemning the terrorist attack in Charlottesville
Aug 15, 2017

Meet new district office staffer Jordan Rogers
Aug 11, 2017

Pa. LGBT Equality Caucus: Trump adding to string of broken promises, this time to trans service members
Jul 26, 2017

Sims Recognizes Anniversary of Orlando Massacre
Jun 13, 2017

LGBT Equality Caucus backs agency non-discrimination proposals
May 25, 2017

Sims Risk Assessment Task Force testifies before PA Commission on Sentencing
May 25, 2017

Sims co-sponsoring bipartisan Fairness Act to protect LGBT Pennsylvanians
May 18, 2017

Sims: Equal Work Deserves Equal Pay
Apr 04, 2017

Sims elected vice chair of PA SAFE Caucus, which pushes for gun reforms
Feb 08, 2017

Sims to host forum Monday on how to get involved with 'amazing' public schools in Center City
Jan 26, 2017