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Northeast Notes
Buying American Products to Preserve Jobs

OreoNortheast Philadelphia has seen its share of the decline in industrial jobs over the past couple of decades. The final closing last month of the former Nabisco plant at Roosevelt Boulevard and Byberry Road was just the latest of the dramatic changes to the local landscape.

Mondelez, which now owns the plant, made $3 billion in profit last year, and said they were moving production from Philadelphia to more efficient plants in the United States.

But the company has dramatically increased production in a government subsidized plant in Mexico, where they pay a fraction of the middle-class wages they were paying in Philadelphia.

Events like this have drawn an increasing attention by consumers on buying American-made products to preserve American jobs. For companies that only understand the bottom line, consumer action may be the best way to convince them to keep U.S. plants open.

Everywhere I go in the district people ask for guidance in how to shift their buying toward American products.  A local group runs a website called AmericanWorkersNeedYou.com, which has articles and links about products that are made in the U.S.A..

Two other helpful websites are www.ibuyamericanstore.com and buyamerican.com.

RiveraNoted NJ Family Supports Transplant Equality Effort

For the first time since her life saving surgery, a New Jersey girl who inspired landmark disability rights legislation in that state, appeared in Pennsylvania to support my effort to pass similar legislation here.

Amelia Rivera, the inspiration behind New Jersey’s “Amelia’s Law,” received a kidney transplant two years ago after being initially denied the operation because of her intellectual disability.  An on-line petition started by her mother, Chrissy, eventually convinced doctors to change their decision about the transplant and prompted the passage of legislation in New Jersey ending discrimination by disability in the transplant system.

At a news conference at SpArc of Philadelphia last week, Chrissy Rivera spoke about her ordeal and the way public support sparked the change that saved her daughter. I have introduced legislation in both the Senate and the House that would ban discrimination in Pennsylvania’s transplant system on the basis of disability.

After 25 years we still have work to do in recognizing people with disabilities as having equal rights and equal opportunity. Our laws have changed. Our society has changed, but this young girl and her family are proof that the need for change remains constant.

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Senior Fair Scheduled for October 9

My first Senior Expo as a member of the Senate is Friday, October 9 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road (on the corner of Southampton and the Boulevard).

Refreshments will be provided.

Help for Local Veterans

Good luck in retirement to former Marine Joseph Buckley, who provided guidance to veterans in my district offices. Joe will be replaced by John Foster, department chair of the PA Veterans Services Association.

John will be available every other Tuesday by appointment at my district office at 8016 Bustleton Ave. to help veterans and their families with various issues, including housing for homeless vets, access to medical services, obtaining deceased vets’ medals for surviving families and more.

To make an appointment, call my district office at 215-695-1020.

 


Offices to Serve You

  District Office
8016 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone: (215) 695-1020
Fax: (215) 695-1027
District Office
12361 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: (215) 281-2539
Fax: (215) 281-2798
Harrisburg Office
457 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3005
Phone: (717) 787-9608
Fax: (717) 772-2162