Time to Wake Up and Pass the For the People Act

(Aug 06, 2021)

The rhetoric surrounding the sanctity of our right to vote has been discussed in every information silo imaginable over the course of the last several years. I have heard from many of my constituents that they feel disoriented and exhausted from the constant barrage encompassing a right that simply cannot be taken for granted. Choosing who represents us at all levels of government is a privilege that has been denied to many, and while the thought of it being revoked from us seems too daunting to comprehend, we nonetheless have reached a critical juncture in our democracy. The perpetual fight to save our democracy will be taken to Washington, D.C this week as state legislators from throughout the country, along with voting rights advocates, will demand that the Senate and President Joe Biden act now to protect voting rights. State legislators will kick off the Week of Action on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with a “Recess Can Wait - Our Democracy Can’t” rally featuring a lineup of elected officials calling on Congress to put the August recess on hold until the “For the People Act” is passed. In conjunction with this rally, state legislators will also take part in a series of events and meetings with federal lawmakers throughout the week to underscore the urgent need to pass federal legislation protecting the right to vote before the end of summer and undo anti-voter state laws in time for the 2022 midterm elections. State legislatures Read more

 

Guzman traveling to nation’s capital to advocate for passage of the For the People Act

(Aug 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 3 -- State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today is joining hundreds of fellow state legislators to urge the Senate and President Joe Biden to immediately pass the For the People Act . The coordinated Week of Action will begin with a “Recess Can Wait-Our Democracy Can’t” rally featuring a vast coalition of elected officials and voting rights activists calling on Congress to put the August recess on hold until the passage of the act aimed towards expanding voting rights. “We have reached a critical juncture in our democracy,” Guzman said. “The fundamental right of addressing our governmental grievances through the ballot box is being targeted through explicit voter suppression legislation propelled by extremist lawmakers in state legislatures across the country. Sadly, these tactics are targeting our communities of color and their ability to have their voices heard.” In Pennsylvania, the General Assembly passed H.B. 1300, which was viewed by many voting rights advocates as restricting voting access. This legislation was eventually vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, although the primary sponsor, state Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, has already begun seeking co-sponsors for a similar bill aimed at changing the Election Code. “I will never stop advocating for voting laws that work for everyone and ensure free and fair elections”, Guzman said. Read more

 

Guzman announces $400,000 state grant for downtown Reading

(Aug 02, 2021)

READING, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today announced $400,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to the city of Reading for its downtown improvement project on the 800 block of Penn Street South Courtyard. Guzman contacted the Wolf administration with his strong support for the project and was instrumental in securing this Keystone Communities Program grant for the city. The grant will fund improvements being made to seating, paving, landscaping, drainage, lighting, parking, ADA and all courtyard walkway areas within the space site. Guzman said the 800 block of Penn Street in the heart of downtown Reading attracts both locals and visitors frequently and is highly walkable. It also is in the heart of his legislative district, just one block from his constituent service office at 645 Penn St. “Penn Street is our city’s main corridor and will be at the forefront of development now and in years to come,” Guzman said. “The existing courtyard in this project area is occupied by dozens of people at any given time throughout the day. “I am going after every possible state dollar available to bring back to my legislative district, and this grant is another small step in the right direction. I’m thrilled to see the state continue to invest vital development funds into areas of our city, like Penn Street, so they can continue to thrive.” The Keystone Read more

 

Guzman asks Biden, Harris to terminate ICE contract at Berks County Residential Center

(Jul 28, 2021)

READING, July 28 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, has asked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to terminate the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract at the Berks County Residential Center. Guzman said that the unprecedented move was needed because Harrisburg has been slow or ineffective in acting on behalf of families there. Guzman was joined in the letter by more than 50 state and local elected officials. In it , Guzman states that it has been nearly five months since the most previously detained families were freed to their loved ones and sponsors, adding that the facility must permanently end those egregious practices once and for all. “This is the first time in many years that the Berks County Residential Center has stood without detained immigrant families within its walls,” Guzman wrote. “We believe that this decision is only the first step toward ending family detention once and for all in this country. Incarcerating immigrants – whether they are families, children or single adults – is cruel, inhumane, abusive, unnecessary and immoral. “It is a violation not only of American civil liberties but also of international human rights.” The letter, signed by a vast coalition of state senators and representatives, makes an unwavering case against new plans to detain, process, incarcerate or subject immigrants to federal actions within the facility. “I am honored and Read more

 

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.

(Jul 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Manuel Guzman today announced that they will soon introduce legislation that would mandate ammunition manufacturers to encode ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers, making the bullet a more useable piece of evidence for law enforcement to solve more crimes in the wake of increasing gun violence. The bill would also require manufacturers to provide the serial numbers to the Pennsylvania State Police, who would be responsible for keeping a database on all encoded ammunition sold in Pennsylvania and allow law enforcement to easily trace the ownership of any ammunition involved in a crime. “Our commonwealth has experienced an uptick in gun violence, and very few of these crimes have resulted in an arrest or conviction because all that’s left at the crime scene is a victim and spent shell-casings,” said Kinsey, D-Phila. “Our bill that would require every piece of ammunition sold in this state to be encoded with identifying serial numbers -- much like the guns they’re discharged from. It is time for us to keep track of these lethal weapons and ensure that we have the tools necessary to convict individuals who use their firearms for unlawful purposes.” “Police investigations involving firearms go cold over a lack of evidence too often,” said Guzman, D-Berks. “By encoding ammunition, we will provide a much-needed tool in the fight to reduce firearm Read more

 

Guzman votes to pass budget, bring $176.7M in funding, including Level Up funds, to Reading School District

(Jun 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, on Friday voted to pass a state budget that will bring $176,767,992 in vital basic, special, and Ready to Learn block grant education funding, including more than $6 million in “Level Up” funds that invest in the poorest school districts, back to Reading School District. “Investments in communities like the beautiful, burgeoning city of Reading will undoubtedly ripple beyond our city limits,” Guzman said. “And that is especially so when it comes to funding that will help our schools and invest in the children in our community and their education.” A new initiative called “Level Up,” through which $100 million will be allocated to each of the 100 poorest schools in Pennsylvania, will provide Reading School District with $6.5 million in funding. That’s on top of more than $150.7 million in Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Funding, more than $14.7 million in Special Education Funding and $4.7 million in Ready to Learn Block Grants. The Level Up money can be used to hire more educators, upgrade schools that were built more than a century ago and provide students and faculty with 21 st century technology. “The children in our community and their education must be a top priority,” Guzman said. “For too long, our schools haven’t received the funding they need to meet students’ needs. I Read more

 

Internship with Rep. Guzman's office interest form

(Jun 29, 2021)

Interest form for college students looking to intern with Rep. Guzman's office. Read more

 

Berks lawmakers announce $884K in grants

(Jun 10, 2021)

"I remain committed to fighting for criminal justice reform and ending mass incarceration, and while much more work still needs to be done, I’m pleased to see that one of these grants will allow the Berks County Jail System to decrease its incarcerated population,” Rep. Guzman said. Read more

 

Guzman, Rozzi announce $150K grant for Reading School District

(Jun 09, 2021)

As a former member of the Reading School Board, I’m well aware of the inequities in funding schools such as Reading face. It’s a relief to see state funds going to a quality program that provides teachers and students with information they can use to improve and grow. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Library, gun violence, conservation and recycling funding opportunities

(May 27, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries: Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund) Who May Apply : Local public libraries (state-aided). Must partner with a sponsoring municipality. Use : To plan, acquire, construct, or rehabilitate public library facilities including, but not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction. Funds : Funding limits not yet announced. Grants require a dollar-for-dollar match; match may include cash, in-kind contributions, federal funds, and other state funds. Letter of Interest : As soon as possible. Letters of interest are currently being accepted in anticipation of opening an application round this summer. The dates of the next application round are still being finalized. More Information : Click on https://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/libraries/subsidies-and-grants/pages/keystone-recreation-park-and-conservation-funds.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: FY 2021 Gun Violence Reduction Grants (Funding Source: General Fund ) Who May Apply : Community-based organizations and local units of government across the Commonwealth with the highest rates of gun violence. Use : Projects that lead to immediate impacts. Read more

 

Berks lawmakers announce grants for redevelopment in Reading

(May 26, 2021)

READING, May 26 – State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Manny Guzman announced today a state investment in affordable housing in Reading. According to the lawmakers, $200,000 in state Redevelopment Authority grant funding to help rehabilitate and sell properties will help address a shortage of affordable housing in Reading. "Rehabilitating Reading neighborhoods' is a priority," Reading Mayor Eddie Moran said. "We are equally committed to bringing economic development as to invest in our surroundings. With these funds, we can now invest comprehensively and adequately in communities that urgently need improvements. Public investment and partnerships are essential to continue making our city more livable, walkable, sustainable and affordable." $75,000 in Blight Remediation Program funds were awarded in the City of Reading's South of Penn area. The county will oversee rehabilitation on three properties they currently own. Once the three property renovations are completed, these affordable homes can be sold. The total project cost is $575,000 with Reading HOME Program providing $150,000, Wyomissing Foundation providing $100,000 and Customers Bank Loan providing $250,000 of matching funds. “Our focus is investment into people who want to live and work in Reading,” Guzman, D-Berks, said. “Housing insecurity and blight have been a concern for some time throughout many areas and they have only Read more

 

Join here @7PM MAY 19: Virtual Town Hall on Gun Violence

(May 19, 2021)

Send questions to RepGuzman@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Reading tour showcases successful implementation of opportunity zones and regional needs

(May 10, 2021)

READING, May 10 – State Rep. Manuel Guzman, D-Reading, and the Reading Redevelopment Authority showed the House Democratic Policy Committee how an infusion of investment could benefit Reading and how that success could be duplicated in communities across the state. Overcoming post-pandemic concerns for public safety was a point of concern from Reading Economic Development Director Jamal Abodalo. Alvernia University President John Loyack discussed the university’s renovation and small business incubator investments in Reading. “We have the potential to help lift people out of poverty with investments that would revitalize communities, encourage private investment and put people to work, said Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro. “We must capitalize on federal funding to help people across the state recover from the hardships of the pandemic.” “Our PA Rescue Plan would get money to local businesses, working people and schools to help them recover and thrive as we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Guzman said. “In the absence of any plan on the part of the majority party in Harrisburg to direct federal pandemic relief funds to these areas, I am happy to welcome my colleagues to the heart of Reading’s Keystone Opportunity Zone so that we can show the public how the plan I am working to enact would improve cities like Reading and communities throughout the state.” The PA Rescue Plan proposes a $475 Read more

 

Guzman to host Monday tour highlighting PA Rescue Plan proposed investments for downtowns

(May 06, 2021)

READING, May 6 – The media is invited to join Rep. Manny Guzman and the House Democratic Policy Committee for a tour of how the PA Rescue Plan would deliver for downtowns. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, May 10 at Reading City Hall, 815 Washington St., near the heart of Reading’s Keystone Opportunity Zone. Immediately following the tour at 2 p.m., the committee will host a media opportunity for press to discuss the PA Rescue Plan with legislators and participants. The PA Rescue Plan aims to ensure federal American Rescue Plan funding is invested for immediate impact and long-term success. Additional information about the plan is available at www.pahouse.com/parescueplan . READING, 6 de mayo – Se invita a los medios de comunicación a unirse al representante Manny Guzmán y al Democratic Policy Committee de la Cámara de Representantes para una gira sobre cómo el Plan de Rescate de Pennsylvania podría funcionar en los centros urbanos. El recorrido comenzará a la 1 p.m. el lunes 10 de mayo en Reading City Hall, 815 Washington St., cerca del corazón de la Zona de Oportunidades de Reading. Inmediatamente después de la gira a las 2 p.m., el comité presentará una oportunidad para que la prensa discuta el Plan de Rescate de la Pennsylvania con legisladores y participantes. El Plan de Rescate de PA tiene como objetivo garantizar que los fondos del Plan de Rescate Read more

 

Shots are available; Governor Wolf visits Reading; Hay vacunas disponibles; El gobernador Wolf visita Reading

(Apr 30, 2021)

Shots are available; Governor Wolf visits Reading; Hay vacunas disponibles; El gobernador Wolf visita Reading Read more

 

Guzman announces $45K investment in Berks County

(Apr 29, 2021)

“I’m thrilled to see the state make this important and valuable investment in the Latino community in Berks County.” Read more

 

Krajewski, Burgos, Rozzi and Guzman introduce legislation to allow minors to obtain a copy of their birth certificate more easily

(Apr 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 28 — State Reps. Rick Krajewski, Mark Rozzi, Danilo Burgos and Manuel Guzman have authored legislation that would make it easier for youth to access a copy of their birth certificate, which is especially important for youth experiencing homelessness or other challenges where a copy of their birth certificate is essential to getting a job or accessing programs or services. "We must support young people who deserve to have access to every opportunity they need to thrive,” said Krajewski, D-Phila. “Access to birth certificates helps our youth apply for a job, a passport, bank account, housing opportunities, a driver’s license, or to receive services from the government or community-based organizations. These programs and services are essential for youth becoming successful adults. I am proud to work alongside Representatives Rozzi, Burgos, and Guzman to introduce this bill." “Our legislation would disrupt what would likely become a cycle of poverty,” said Guzman, D-Berks. “The youth who need their birth certificate but don’t have access to a copy of it are often youth who are estranged from their family or lacking in a support system. Poverty is cyclical and those in poverty often face huge challenges to work their way out of poverty. Being able to access services and programs is crucial and having a birth certificate is essential to accessing many support programs.” “Sadly, some Read more

 

Community update: COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Reading Wednesday, April 28

(Apr 23, 2021)

In this week's update, learn about a walk-up vaccination clinic in Reading, the expansion at Mary's Shelter, the opening of a new business and more. Read more

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, and is administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Read more

 

Time to Wake Up and Pass the For the People Act
Aug 06, 2021

Guzman traveling to nation’s capital to advocate for passage of the For the People Act
Aug 03, 2021

Guzman announces $400,000 state grant for downtown Reading
Aug 02, 2021

Guzman asks Biden, Harris to terminate ICE contract at Berks County Residential Center
Jul 28, 2021

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.
Jul 01, 2021

WATCH LIVE @7PM WED, JUNE 30: Virtual Town Hall on Education Funding
Jun 30, 2021

Guzman votes to pass budget, bring $176.7M in funding, including Level Up funds, to Reading School District
Jun 29, 2021

Internship with Rep. Guzman's office interest form
Jun 29, 2021

Berks lawmakers announce $884K in grants
Jun 10, 2021

Guzman, Rozzi announce $150K grant for Reading School District
Jun 09, 2021

Now open for applications: Library, gun violence, conservation and recycling funding opportunities
May 27, 2021

Berks lawmakers announce grants for redevelopment in Reading
May 26, 2021

Join here @7PM MAY 19: Virtual Town Hall on Gun Violence
May 19, 2021

Reading tour showcases successful implementation of opportunity zones and regional needs
May 10, 2021

Guzman to host Monday tour highlighting PA Rescue Plan proposed investments for downtowns
May 06, 2021

Shots are available; Governor Wolf visits Reading; Hay vacunas disponibles; El gobernador Wolf visita Reading
Apr 30, 2021

Guzman announces $45K investment in Berks County
Apr 29, 2021

Krajewski, Burgos, Rozzi and Guzman introduce legislation to allow minors to obtain a copy of their birth certificate more easily
Apr 28, 2021

Community update: COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Reading Wednesday, April 28
Apr 23, 2021

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th
Apr 23, 2021