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.”
Over 100 protesters march through University City demanding Penn, Drexel pay PILOTs
“An institution with $14 billion in endowments can do so much more. It must do so much more,” Krajewski said. “We can model what it looks like to create real community benefit agreements between a university and neighborhood it aims to serve. We can knock down the ivory towers and strive to make education access as equitable as possible. And we can make it so a poor Black child doesn’t have to question whether they belong when they step onto campus. I was one of those poor Black children, and I don’t want anyone to go through that feeling ever again.”
Meet organizer Rick Krajewski, candidate for Pennsylvania's 188th
“The mutual aid work may stem from a place of empathy, but it’s not just about that. “It’s showing up for people and really being in solidarity with a community that we care about and that I identify with, but it’s also about ‘this is what leadership is,’” says Krajewski. “It is still proving to people that I’m the person that should be State Rep.” Instead of disappearing into the confusion of COVID-19 or pretending to go along with business as usual, the Krajewski campaign decided to respond to this moment by pushing full-throttle for the values they espouse. “
‘A political revolution’: Meet the left-wing group that’s slaying Democratic giants in Philly
He’s at a city rec center, where the left-wing group Reclaim Philadelphia is meeting, on a muggy June night … Through the evening, young leader after young leader of Reclaim Philadelphia shares the experiences that have fueled their political activism. A man tells the crowd his mother was arrested on Christmas Eve for driving a car involved in a robbery, and why that inspires his fight for criminal justice reform. A woman talks about being raped in college, and how that powers her work against sexual violence.
It’s gritty, emotional, it speaks to the almost surprisingly vulnerable — and it’s working.
Reclaim Philadelphia has been a major force behind the left wing’s biggest victories in the city in recent years.