Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Established in 1973, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus is a publicly driven advocacy vehicle. Our primary goal is to promote and protect the rights and interests of marginalized communities throughout Pennsylvania.

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“Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and others in Harrisburg have proposed police reforms, and those b...
11/05/2020
Evans: Tragic Death of Walter Wallace Jr. Must Hasten Policing Reforms – Federal, State and Local

“Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and others in Harrisburg have proposed police reforms, and those bills deserve hearings and votes.” - Rep. Dwight Evans ✊🏾

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 4, 2020) – Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) issued the following statement on the city’s release of police officers’ body-camera footage from last week’s fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. “Mr. Wallace’s life mattered. The tragedy of his death must hasten immediate p...

✅ POLLS ARE OPEN! Be safe & be patient at the polls today. Long lines are expected across PA (bring a snack with your ma...
11/03/2020

✅ POLLS ARE OPEN! Be safe & be patient at the polls today. Long lines are expected across PA (bring a snack with your mask & pen)!
📣 Ensure YOUR VOICE is heard LOUD & CLEAR. #VOTE
🗳 Find your polling place: votespa.com/polls

👉🏿 What did you with the power when you had it? You've always had the power - in your VOTE. Make it happen TODAY ✊🏿✅ Pol...
11/03/2020

👉🏿 What did you with the power when you had it? You've always had the power - in your VOTE. Make it happen TODAY ✊🏿
✅ Polls are open 7am - 8pm. If you're waiting in line at 8pm, you will be able to vote.
🗳️ Find your polling place at votespa.com/polls
👍🏿 Be Safe, Be Patient, Be Powerful. #VOTE

10/28/2020
Governor Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf

First, my heart goes out to the family of Walter Wallace Jr. My heart breaks for his parents and all of his loved ones. No one should ever have to face the immense tragedy and grief that they are grappling with today.

We must address the systemic problems that cause tragedies against people of color. Be it education, gun violence, public health, or the need for additional criminal justice and police reform, too many of our societal challenges affect people of color disproportionately, leading to conflict and violence.

We need to do more to provide mental health support when families are in crisis. Families and police officers are put in impossible situations, and this cannot occur, again, for the safety and security of our communities.

My administration has been in constant contact with the Mayor's office, and will be ready to assist with requests, when they are made, to keep the focus on our deep-seeded challenges, and avoid unnecessary harm to businesses that provide services to affected neighborhoods.

At the same time, we anticipate and expect a thorough investigation into this tragedy.

My thoughts are with all of the people of Philadelphia — from Walter's family, friends, and neighbors, to our officers and first responders. Let's keep each other safe.

We're deeply saddened by the killing of #WalterWallaceJr, but our grieving will absolutely not be in vain. PLBC Chairman...
10/27/2020
Rep. Stephen Kinsey

We're deeply saddened by the killing of #WalterWallaceJr, but our grieving will absolutely not be in vain. PLBC Chairman Kinsey poses the question: How much longer until we get justice? We can't expect any good to come from a broken system; without action, the outcomes will continue to be tragic.

We're calling on the legislature to step up and do what's right. Multiple pieces of legislation-- many of which could have saved Walter's life-- exist, but they just require a vote.

Another video, another life taken, and another family left devastated--this time closer to home. How much longer until we get justice?

I implore the legislature to quickly act on the many pieces of police reform legislation that continue to go ignored. If many of these bills were passed months ago, Walter would still be alive and getting the help he needed.

Chairman Kinsey is absolutely correct in his op-ed in which he highlights how the legislature must do more to put an end...
10/23/2020
Rep. Stephen Kinsey

Chairman Kinsey is absolutely correct in his op-ed in which he highlights how the legislature must do more to put an end to video gambling companies profiting from the vulnerabilities of low-income and minority communities.

A core mission of the PLBC is to guarantee and enact true equality for Pennsylvania's communities of color, which entails taking a stand against any obstacle that impedes this goal.

#ICYM: I penned an op-ed explaining how some members in the state legislature continue to allow video gambling companies to profit at the peril of economically disenfranchised and minority communities, which are among our most vulnerable communities in our commonwealth.

As lawmakers, we need to stand against these types of policies that prey on communities or color and force on us additional social issues that negatively impact our economic opportunities.

You can read my full thoughts on this pressing matter below:

10/22/2020
Roebuck Recounts His Legislative Career

We say goodbye to a long-serving member of the Pa. House and a former Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus this year, as Rep. James Roebuck ends his legislative career. Also the long time Democratic Chairman of the House Education Committee, he has served his West Philadelphia district for 36 years with distinction and dignity. Thank you for your service, Mr. Chairman, and well done!

This is an important step in #CriminalJusticeReform and helping people, especially young folks, get their life back on t...
10/22/2020
WHYY News

This is an important step in #CriminalJusticeReform and helping people, especially young folks, get their life back on track. Great effort by Rep. Morgan Cephas and team.

If passed, state and state-related colleges and universities in Pennsylvania would no longer be able to ask prospective students about their criminal records.

REGISTER TODAY! Make sure that you can make your voice heard on #ElectionDay by registering to #vote. AND make sure your...
10/19/2020

REGISTER TODAY! Make sure that you can make your voice heard on #ElectionDay by registering to #vote. AND make sure your brother, your neighbor, your postal worker, everyone that you see today, is also registered. It's quick & easy and vital to you and your community. #RegisterNow at votespa.com

This Monday, October 19 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election. You can register at votespa.com, a...
10/16/2020

This Monday, October 19 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election. You can register at votespa.com, and while you're there, request your Mail-In Ballot. Already registered? Make sure that everyone you know is, too!
#VOTE

10/15/2020

MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD! Check out the video below for instructions on the many ways you can submit your mail-in ballot. Didn't get yours yet? You can request one at votespa.com and get more info on your voting options. You have the power to affect change with your VOTE! Don't sit this one out!

DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER! The 2020 Census ends TOMORROW NIGHT! Filling out your Census form can create opportunity and impr...
10/14/2020

DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER! The 2020 Census ends TOMORROW NIGHT! Filling out your Census form can create opportunity and improvement in your neighborhood and across Pennsylvania. Fill out your form now at pa.gov/Census. Time is running out!

Join this esteemed panel at 5pm tonight for a discussion about the importance of the #BlackVote in Pa. PA Black Votes Ma...
10/13/2020

Join this esteemed panel at 5pm tonight for a discussion about the importance of the #BlackVote in Pa. PA Black Votes Matter #BlackVotersMatter #VOTE

Chairman James Barber, in the center of this plate, served the 190th Legislative District in Philadelphia from 1969-1986...
10/08/2020

Chairman James Barber, in the center of this plate, served the 190th Legislative District in Philadelphia from 1969-1986 and was succeeded by Vincent Hughes, who now serves as Democratic Appropriations Chairman in the Pa. Senate.

Today's favorite object is from Taylor Mason! Her favorite is the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Plate from 1976. She uses this plate a lot in House Archives exhibits since it has so many well known Members like K. Leroy Irvis and Frank Oliver! She explains that "I really enjoy learning and teaching our followers about African American History in Pennsylvania, particularly PA House African American History." #favoriteobject #archivesmonth

10/02/2020
Rep. Stephen Kinsey

Our Chairman's personal message about the realities of #covid19. Take a moment to listen.

People please understand, COVID is real !!!!!!

Congratulations Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief Lisa Forrest!
09/29/2020
WHYY News

Congratulations Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief Lisa Forrest!

A hundred and forty-nine years after it was founded, the Philadelphia Fire Department has its first Black woman battalion chief.

09/28/2020
Rep. Stephen Kinsey

Rep. Stephen Kinsey

We will not stop until Pennsylvania gets the police reforms it needs. The recent, unfortunate events in Kentucky surrounding the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor underline how widespread and urgent the situation is. #PoliceReform #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForAll

WATCH NOW! We're live talking about #PoliceReform in Pennsylvania with the PA House Democratic Policy Committee. PLBC Ch...
09/25/2020
PA House Democratic Policy Committee

WATCH NOW! We're live talking about #PoliceReform in Pennsylvania with the PA House Democratic Policy Committee. PLBC Chairman Rep. Stephen Kinsey is chairing the meeting with Rep. Brian Kirkland.
👁💻➡️ pahouse.com/live
👁💻➡️ https://youtu.be/j5K9YXZUx94

Joint HDPC-Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on Police Reform with Rep. Brian Kirkland is now streaming live: www.pahouse.com/live

We support Rep. Dwight Evans' "Making Housing Matter” plan, as a federal level response to the housing crisis. Our membe...
09/17/2020
Evans Pushing to Include Housing in Covid Relief Deal

We support Rep. Dwight Evans' "Making Housing Matter” plan, as a federal level response to the housing crisis. Our members are working at the state level with the "Safe At Home" package of bills to expand and protect rent & mortgage assistance programs, ensure legal representation for low-income renters & homeowners, and help small-business landlords serve their communities, among other housing priorities.

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2020) – Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) is pushing to include substantial renter and homeowner aid in a potential congressional Covid-19 relief deal. Today Evans released his “Making Housing Matter” plan, which would provide both immediate relief and long-term funding. ....

08/27/2020
Rep. Jordan Harris

We stand with Pennsylvania House Democrats Whip Rep. Jordan Harris and the Police Reform Working Group; proud of the progress, but looking to the future and the work that remains to be done. Let's get to work.

The murders of #GeorgeFloyd and #BreonnaTalyor woke America up to the need for #PoliceReformNow. We've made progress on police reform in the Pennsylvania legislature this summer, but we're not done. There's much more work to do, and we're determined to do it.

"You cannot be neutral. You must either join with us who believe in the bright future or be destroyed by those who would...
08/26/2020
Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists

"You cannot be neutral. You must either join with us who believe in the bright future or be destroyed by those who would return us to the dark past.” - Daisy Elizabeth Adams Lampkin
On this 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we look to these African-American women suffragists who shaped the fight that ultimately won the right to vote for women in America, including Daisy Lampkin from Pittsburgh.

The women's suffrage movement had many heroines who bravely fought for the rights of women in the United States. Here are the stories of five African American suffragists who helped women in America secure the right to vote.

‼️ ATTENTION historically disadvantaged #SmallBusinesses affected by #COVID19 ‼️ More relief grants are available now, b...
08/25/2020

‼️ ATTENTION historically disadvantaged #SmallBusinesses affected by #COVID19 ‼️
More relief grants are available now, but you must apply by this Friday, August 28!
ℹ️ More info ⬇️

Please call or go online if you need help. Share this if you know someone who does.
08/21/2020

Please call or go online if you need help. Share this if you know someone who does.

08/20/2020
Rep. Stephen Kinsey

Rep. Stephen Kinsey

People are concerned with the direction our communities are going and how police engage with the communities they serve and we live in. This topic is vitally important and I am going to continue to work hard in Harrisburg to ensure that our entire commonwealth is as safe as possible for everyone.

WATCH LIVE! Our series of public hearings on Police Reform with PA House Democratic Policy Committee continues today Thu...
08/20/2020

WATCH LIVE! Our series of public hearings on Police Reform with PA House Democratic Policy Committee continues today Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 am with a discussion hosted by Rep. Patty Kim about reform efforts in the Harrisburg region.
Watch live at pahouse.com/live

Today, we celebrate Mary Ellen Pleasant who was born in Philadelphia on Aug 19, 1814. She was one of the first Black mil...
08/19/2020
Mary Ellen Pleasant

Today, we celebrate Mary Ellen Pleasant who was born in Philadelphia on Aug 19, 1814.

She was one of the first Black millionaires, and spent her life funding abolitionist movements and rallying enslaved people to join the fight for independence.

Did this woman really become a millionaire by practicing voodoo?

WATCH LIVE! Our series of public hearings on police reform with the PA House Democratic Policy Committee continues on We...
08/18/2020

WATCH LIVE! Our series of public hearings on police reform with the PA House Democratic Policy Committee continues on Wednesday, August 19 at 2 p.m. with a discussion hosted by Rep. Ed Gainey about reform efforts in the Pittsburgh region. Watch live at www.pahouse.com/live

This past weekend’s celebration of the Negro National Leagues was a good start, but MLB needs to do more. Chairman Rep. ...
08/18/2020
Perspective | Baseball is honoring the Negro Leagues. It needs to explain why they existed.

This past weekend’s celebration of the Negro National Leagues was a good start, but MLB needs to do more. Chairman Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. Dan Williams and Rep. Ed Gainey have introduced HR735 to honor the NNL and Pa’s place in that history – the Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords and Philadelphia Stars were some of the most successful teams in the League. But players like Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Oscar Charleston and so many others should have been allowed to play alongside their more lauded white counterparts of Major League Baseball as teammates.

As Major League Baseball pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, it should also admit its history of social injustice.

Join the fight to Save The USPS! A properly funded and functioning US Postal Service is a lifeline for so many rural & u...
08/17/2020

Join the fight to Save The USPS! A properly funded and functioning US Postal Service is a lifeline for so many rural & urban folks, especially our seniors. It's also critical for confidence in a fair electoral process. Encourage your officials in Congress and the U.S. Senate to save the U.S. Postal Service!

08/14/2020
Rep. Stephen Kinsey

Rep. Stephen Kinsey

NO ONE should be targeted for speaking out about what they think is right! As chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, I'm proud to stand with Rep. Joe Webster, Rep Margo Davidson, Rep Patty Kim, PA Women Rise - PWR and everyone fighting to denounce racial injustice and demanding the removal of a MontCo commissioner for his hateful comments against the Black Lives Matter Movement.

08/13/2020
PA Women Rise - PWR

WATCH LIVE: We're joining Rep. Margo Davidson, Rep. Patty Kim, Rep. Joe Webster , PA Women Rise - PWR and several others for our Free from Hate news conference to denounce racial injustice in MontCo.

Live with Rep. Joe Webster and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus

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"STAY IN THAT LINE”. You are standing in a long voting line Your legs are tired; your back is starting to hurt, and your left foot is killing you. You can quietly slip out of that line go to your car and none of your friends will ever know but a few people looking down on you will say “STAY IN THAT LINE”. Your slave ancestors who were taken from their homeland, transported in the bottom of a ship and treated less than dogs but never gave up are saying to you. “STAY IN THAT LINE”. Harriet Tubman (our Black Moses) who escaped to freedom but made”13” trips back to free other slaves. She once told Frederick Douglass “I freed a thousand slaves—I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves”. Harriet would look you in your eyes and say, “STAY IN THAT LINE”. Thousands of people were demoted on their jobs, fired, beaten, run out of town and some killed fighting for Congress to pass the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Both bills were signed by Democrat President Lyndon Johnson. They all would say to you “STAY IN THAT LINE”. The three M’s martyrs Medgar Evers (Field Secretary NAACP), Malcolm X (Muslim Minister) and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Baptist Minister/SCLC) all assassinated (1963, 1965 and 1968) fighting for civil rights would say to you. “STAY IN THAT LINE”. Your family members who taught you how to register and vote will not physically be in line with you but will be there in spirit are whispering to you “STAY IN THAT LINE”! Excerpt from my book— “What We Blacks Need To Do”!!!
Democrats want to Impeach the Black Communities only Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas. Why would anyone from the Black Community want to vote democrat again?
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