A Dignified Education For All
As someone who was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship for low-income students of color, I know what a difference access to a well-funded, well-supported school environment can make in a child’s life.
Mass Liberation for Our People
Philadelphia has become a national leader in criminal justice reform. With the election of Larry Krasner as District Attorney, the decarceration movement has pushed a transformation that’s led to our jail population being its lowest in 20 years.
Healthy Housing For All
Home is a human right and every person should have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing. Our community is threatened by a racist housing system that concentrates poverty for the profit of big developers.
Care For All
We believe healthcare is a human right and it is our Commonwealth’s responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of all of its people, including our children, our infirmed, and our elderly. The rising costs of healthcare, combined with efforts by the current federal administration to dismantle gains made through the Affordable Care Act, have resulted in an environment where people are often unable to seek the treatment they desperately need. We demand quality healthcare that is accessible to everyone, and a medical system that is accountable to its patients instead of insurance and pharmaceutical companies seeking to increase their profits.
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.
Upholding Workers' Rights
We are living in a time of immoral inequality. While many of us struggle to pay our bills, pay for food and housing, pay to live, the wealthy and well-connected continue to make more money than at any time in our nation’s history. It is time for us to build an economy that meets the needs of working people and communities rather than the super rich. We must reclaim our value as workers, and that starts with supporting unions, raising wages, and demanding all workers have the right to organize in their workplace to get what we deserve.
A Green New Deal for Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is suffering from a triple crisis of economic inequality, ecological devastation and climate change, and public disinvestment. Our wages have stagnated, and many communities suffer from deep poverty and despair. The climate crisis threatens the futures of people all over Pennsylvania—none more so than frontline vulnerable communities and young people. On top of that our state government’s dramatic disinvestment in public services has led to toxic schools, unaffordable college, and crumbling physical infrastructure—all while working people across Pennsylvania shoulder the burden.