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A trailblazer: Getting to Know Rep. Joanna McClinton, Democratic Leader of Pennsylvania’s State House

A trailblazer: Getting to Know Rep. Joanna McClinton, Democratic Leader of Pennsylvania’s State House

February 28, 2022

Join us this week as we speak with Representative Joanna McClinton, Democratic Leader of Pennsylvania’s State House.

Representative McClinton has served as a member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2015, representing the 191st State House District, which includes parts of Western and Southwestern Philadelphia, Yeadon, and Darby.

Representative McClinton has worked as an attorney and policymaker for a decade. She’s a historic trailblazer, passionate advocate, and dedicated public servant.

In 2015, Rep McClinton was the first woman ever to be elected from her district to the State House. Three years later, she became the first woman and first black person in Pennsylvania’s History to serve as Chair of the State House Democratic Caucus. In 2020, Representative McClinton became the first woman elected to serve as Democratic Leader of Pennsylvania’s State House, the oldest legislative body in the United States.

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History You Should Know: Claudette Colvin

History You Should Know: Claudette Colvin

February 23, 2022

In this episode of History You Should Know, you will learn about 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat on the bus six months before Rosa Parks would do the same. These actions contributed to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which has gone down in history as the first large-scale US demonstration against segregation. 

A grandmother’s influence: Getting to know Rep. Donna Bullock, chair of the PA Legislative Black Caucus

A grandmother’s influence: Getting to know Rep. Donna Bullock, chair of the PA Legislative Black Caucus

February 17, 2022

Join us this week as we speak with Representative Donna Bullock, a member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 195th Legislative District, which includes parts of North and West Philadelphia.

Representative Bullock is an attorney, mother, wife, and a tireless public servant, who is committed to supporting working families through legislative initiatives that fund public education, create jobs, and build healthy, sustainable communities. She is an advocate for equal pay, an increased minimum wage, clean energy and environmental justice, quality public schools and pre-k education, and sustainable community development.

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Episode 40: Teen Dating Violence Policies

Episode 40: Teen Dating Violence Policies

January 20, 2022

This episode we are joined by the Women’s Resource Center to learn about a project they did looking at the state of teen dating violence (TDV) policies in public school districts. Listen now to learn how you can utilize the scorecard they created to improve TDV policies in your own schools!

 

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Break the Cycle - Safe Schools Model Policy 

Episode 39: The Role of Children’s Advocacy Centers & Child Medical Exams

Episode 39: The Role of Children’s Advocacy Centers & Child Medical Exams

January 6, 2022

In this episode, we are joined by three experts who share with us the role of Children's Advocacy Centers (CAC) and debunk some myths about what a child medical exam is actually like. We also discuss the importance of collaboration between rape crisis centers and CACs, and how this process can benefit child survivors and their families.

To report suspected child abuse in PA, call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

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Episode 38- PA State Leadership Team

Episode 38- PA State Leadership Team

December 16, 2021

Episode Description: This episode we are joined by members of the State Leadership Team (SLT) to learn more about the Pennsylvania Prevention State Action Plan. The SLT is a multi-disciplinary action team that works to prevent intimate partner violence across the Commonwealth.

 

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Episode 37: Creating Safer Spaces with Consent Culture Initiative

Episode 37: Creating Safer Spaces with Consent Culture Initiative

December 6, 2021

Episode Description: This episode we are joined by Gina McGrath, CEO and Founder of Consent Culture Initiative (CCI). Gina shares with us how CCI empowers folks to create cultures of consent, respect, and accountability -- and how you can get involved with their Consent Action Team!

 

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Episode 36: Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Episode 36: Pennsylvania Health Law Project

November 17, 2021

Episode Description: This episode we are joined by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) to learn how they help people access medical assistance. PHLP is a statewide, nonprofit legal organization devoted to helping low-income folks, people with disabilities, the immigrant community, and survivors of crime gain access to public health coverage and services.

 

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Episode 35: Supporting Victims of Trokosi

Episode 35: Supporting Victims of Trokosi

November 3, 2021

Episode Description: This episode we are joined by Rovaughna Richardson, an international ministries missionary and social worker, who shares with us the work she is doing in Ghana with young women who have been victims of a cultural practice called Trokosi, a form of human trafficking.

 

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Introducing Policy in Focus

Introducing Policy in Focus

October 20, 2021

When the conversation turns to legislation, public policy, or politics, do you ever feel like you’re out of the loop? Or maybe you’re a real news junkie and would love to learn more about the policies that affect survivors and the sexual violence advocacy community? With Policy in Focus, we’ve got you covered! Tune in to our pilot episode, where PCAR’s Policy Director, Donna Greco, and Policy and Communications Specialist, Kelsey Myers, tell you what you can expect out of this exciting new series on PA Centered.

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