We are fighting for the future of our democracy. This moment calls for courage, a bold vision for justice, and people power to get us there. That’s why I’m running for re-election to the State House in the 188th District.Meet Rick
An Agenda for Mass Liberation
In my first term, I launched a Vaccination Canvassing program to talk to over 2500 neighbors and vaccinate 200 people. I've called on leaders across the city and state to extend the eviction moratorium during this crisis and I've rallied with activists to call for the release of the elderly and vulnerable from prisons.
A Dignified Education For All
I have called on the governor to invest $1 billion in public schools statewide, and spoken out constistently in Harrisburg about the urgent need to remediate our schools of lead and asbestos.
Mass Liberation for Our People
I have brought $4.8 million into our district, investing in the Kingsessing Rec Center and Library, Woodland Cemetery and Mercy Hospital. I have introduced legislation to protect the rights of children and their incarcerated parents, and to advocate for geriatric parole.
Healthy Housing For All
I've worked with my colleagues in the House and the Senate to introduce a Whole Home Repairs Act that calls for $1 billion in funding towards the Basic Systems Repair program. I've held town halls to inform renters and homeowners about their rights, and I've worked with Councilmember Gauthier to fight against the sale of the University City Townhomes.
Care For All
I fought for $2 million to be invested in the Mercy Hospital Public Health Campus, which plans to expand its family welfare services including a youth mentorship program for young people who are survivors of sexual abuse.
Ending The War On Drugs
I was raised in a community that was devastated by the War on Drugs. Seeing the disinvestment and policing of my neighborhood, then learning it was manufactured by Reagan-era tactics of crackdowns on black neighborhoods, solidified my belief that we need to drastically redefine how we address crime and drug use. We must face the opioid crisis we currently face in Philadelphia, and we must hold our government accountable for its failure to acknowledge the human rights crisis the War on Drugs wrought upon black and brown communities for the past 40 years.
American Federation Of Teachers, Local 2026
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Penn Justice Democrats
SEIU State Council
215 People's Alliance
AFSCME District Council 47
Bills that fill jails are Harrisburg’s version of bipartisanship. We can do without it
As legislators, it is our job to listen what our constituents want, to understand that their priorities are our priorities. Some 91% of Americans say that the criminal justice system needs to be changed, including large majorities who want expanded alternatives to incarceration, community-based violence prevention workers, and expanded support services for victims.
For this, we have collaborated with partners working to end mass incarceration across our state to devise a five-question litmus test. When any criminal offense bill comes to a vote in committee or on the floor, we will ask ourselves the following:
Does this bill:
- Duplicate existing crimes and penalties?
- Increase prison sentences?
- Reduce resources available for incarcerated people to finish their sentences or be eligible for parole?
- Add conditions to parole or otherwise increase the chances that someone will violate their parole?
- Institute a mandatory minimum sentence or mandatory consecutive sentences?
Gov. Wolf, Black Caucus announce efforts to combat environmental racism
Krajewski said he hopes that the orders can bring more green space and better health to his West Philly district. “How do we take these things that already exist in some of the more privileged parts of our community, and how do we bring them to parts that are underserved, disadvantaged, so that they can benefit from them too?” he asked.
Five House Democrats introduce Fair Share Tax Plan to increase taxes on income from wealth, decrease tax on income from wages and interest
“Pennsylvania’s current tax system places an unfair burden on our most vulnerable neighbors while corporations and the wealthy take in profits,” Krajewski said. “My colleagues and I have a plan, the Fair Share Tax Plan, to fix our broken system and create a more equitable system that will fund all the priorities important to Pennsylvanians while reducing the burden on working people and making sure the rich pay their dues.”