Supporting a Special Session to Address Gun Violence
Following the weekend’s rash of gun violence across the nation, and the epidemic of gun deaths plaguing Pennsylvania, I joined a bicameral group of legislators to urge Governor Wolf to call for a special session to address gun reform immediately.
The group, PA SAFE Caucus, sent a letter to the Governor and leaders of both chambers to request the session. The PA SAFE Caucus is made up of 70 members of the PA House and Senate who believe in reducing all types of violence in our society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; resources to curb the effects of addiction and illegal drugs; and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety.
I cannot accept this level of gun violence anymore. I am tired of seeing footage of massacres; I’m tired of meeting with gun violence survivors and being unable to help them; I’m tired of inaction and excuses and contributions from the NRA that matter more than the lives of our children. We need action on real gun reform now. A special session will force everyone to the table to find a solution before the next shooting.
So far in 2019, there have been six mass shootings in Philadelphia, resulting in two deaths and 30 injuries. In July, seven people were shot at a playground in West Philadelphia.
Additional startling statistics about gun violence in the United States:
- US gun homicide is 25 times higher than any other high-income country
- Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children
- America’s gun death rate is tragic and unique – 10 times higher than other high-income countries. In other words, by early February more Americans are killed with guns than are killed in our peer countries in an entire calendar year.
- There are more guns on the streets than in the US military
For the full press release, please visit my website by clicking here.
CeaseFirePA Rally to End Gun Violence
On August 6, 2019, I joined CeaseFirePA, faith leaders, community leaders, elected officials, and members of our community to discuss how we can take action against gun violence. Our nation continues to be plagued by senseless gun violence. We must push for common sense gun legislation. Earlier this year, Senator Vincent Hughes and I reintroduced a bill to push for stricter penalties for straw purchasers. It only takes one loophole for a gun to end up in the wrong hands, and we must do the best we can to stop them. My Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus colleagues and I have continued to introduce and push for common sense gun reform, and we will continue to fight for this issue.
On August 6th, I saw courage and a community that stands together. Never stop fighting, Philadelphia! Click here or below to watch.
Percy Street Paint Day – August 11th from 9-11:30am
Join the Passyunk Square Civic Association and local community members on Sunday, August 11th from 9-11:30 am at 9th & Percy Streets for a Community Paint Day. For more information and to RSVP to participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Enjoying fresh, Pennsylvania produce is easier than you think. If you have checks for Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program or have received PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks during a recent WIC visit, download the FMNP Market Locator app to find your closest participating market.
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PennDOT Opens Rail Freight Grant Application Period for 2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has opened the application period for the 2019 Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).
Eligible organizations, such as freight railroads, freight railroad served shippers, and economic development entities, may apply for funding through either program. Applications for both programs are available on the Bureau’s application website, beginning today and ending at 4:00 PM on Friday, August 30.
Program information can be found on the “Rail Freight & Ports” section of “Doing Business” at www.penndot.gov. Application questions should be directed to Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways at 717 787 1211.
Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program – Now Open
The Department of Agriculture announced on the first grant program made possible by the PA Farm Bill. The Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program will provide $500,000 in funding to increase market opportunities for the Commonwealth’s urban agriculturalists. These grants will build out the infrastructure of urban agriculture by infesting in the system, filling gaps, encouraging entities to work together, finding ways to bring operations to a greater scale, overcoming food deserts, and opening opportunities for people to become social entrepreneurs. For more information on the grant program, click here. Interest parties can apply by clicking here. The application deadline is September 6, 2019.
Property Tax/Rent Rebates
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2019.
For more information and details, please contact my district office at 215-952-3121 or click here.
Sugarhouse Casino Hosts Hiring Happy Hour
Sugarhouse Casino is hosting a job fair Wednesday, August 14th, from 3-6pm in their Event Center. Information on how to RSVP and apply are included in the flyer below.
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