Learning Tour on Racial Equity
I am very pleased to announce that the Senate Democratic Caucus and I will soon be embarking on a statewide learning tour on the many racial injustices people of color still face in our communities.
The deaths of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, of Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others are the tragic byproduct of systemic racism still very present in our society.
The peaceful protests and calls to action that have followed these unjust deaths are an expression of the moral injustice that has been present and building among people for years. I do not condone the theft and vandalism that has occurred in the course of these protests, but these actions do not outweigh the immense calls for change and the end to the unjust killings of black people.
Black lives do matter, and we need to make sure that the public policies of Pennsylvania reflect that.
This tour is an opportunity to hear directly from the people of Pennsylvania about the systemic race issues that are barriers to equity. It is important that we have these difficult conversations with people so that we can implement the changes we desperately need to save lives
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Letter to Mayor Jim Kenney on Defunding the Police Advisory Commission
I wrote a letter to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney yesterday, June 4, to voice my opposition to the proposed funding cuts to the City of Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission.
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have serious economic impacts on funding at every level of government but cutting the funding for this commission during a time when transparency and equity are more essential than ever is wrong.
I am committed to making sure that Police Advisory Council remains fully funded and continues to work on the critical relationships between our community members and police officers.
Philly and Delco enter Yellow Phase of PA Reopening
Today, both Philadelphia and Delaware County have moved to the Yellow Phase of reopening following 10 weeks of strict stay-at-home orders.
The statewide stay-at-home order was essential in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we begin to relax restrictions, we must remember that COVID-19 is still actively infecting people. We must remain vigilant and continue to fight this virus.
As our region enters the Yellow phase, restrictions will relax on retailers, day care centers, offices, and restaurants. This is not a full return to normal, and social gathering should continue to be avoided or limited to 25 or less people.
Governor Tom Wolf has released specific guidance for businesses reopening, and reopening for dining services specifically.
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