Housing is a human right, not a commodity for profit.
We must end displacement caused by gentrification, the encroachment of large educational and medical institutions on Black and Brown communities, and plans to build Temple’s stadium in North Philly.
We must also end redlining, the eviction crisis, and the ten-year property tax abatement.
Instead, we need a vast increase in affordable, accessible and decent housing, expanded just cause eviction legislation, and rent stabilization and rent control.
We need housing co-ops, community-based land trusts, an end to discrimination against voucher holders, lead-free homes, a right to counsel for all tenants at risk of eviction, and automatic housing inspections for new tenants instead of complaint-based inspections which we currently have.
We also need an end to tenant blacklisting based on housing court records, accountability for banks that engage in redlining and accountability for slumlords, a moratorium on sheriff sales due to foreclosures and on evictions in communities where the rates of foreclosures and evictions are high, and a moratorium on sheriff sales on active gardens and a pathway to community ownership of community gardens.
We Must Fight Displacement!
End Mass Incarceration
We must decarcerate our city.
We must end disproportionate police stops in Black and Brown communities, racial bias in prosecution and incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, the trying of youth as adults, wealth-based detention, automatic detainers, death by incarceration, indefinite and long-term solitary confinement, the city’s expansive parole and probation supervision regimes, and the state prison’s new draconian mail policy.
We must fully decriminalize marijuana, provide automatic and retroactive expungements of criminal records based on marijuana possession or sales, decriminalize sex work, and demolish the House of Corrections.
Instead, we must treat drug addiction as a health issue, conduct needs assessments not risk assessments, reinvest money saved by decarceration into the communities most harmed by mass incarceration, and place strict limits on requests for electronic monitoring.
We must fight for restorative justice, healing justice, participatory defense, and community oversight of police with power to make disciplinary, budgetary, hiring and firing decisions.
We Must End the Prison Industrial Complex
We must fight for a living wage of at least $15/hour and a union for all workers, end the state preemption of the minimum wage, end the two-tiered wage system for tipped workers, and end racial and gender wage inequity.
We must invest in cooperative economies, expand local purchasing by the city and by educational and medical institutions in order to increase jobs for Philadelphia workers.
We must reenact the wage tax credit for the working poor, demand PILOTs from anchor institutions, pass a domestic workers’ bill of rights, establish a minimum base fare to support drivers in the city’s private transportation industry, and fight for free childcare and a federal jobs guarantee.
Let’s Continue the Fight for $15/Hour
We need a rapid and just transition to 100% renewable energy citywide, no further fossil fuel infrastructure, and commit to community control of our energy infrastructure.
We must plan and implement a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This includes facilitating a transition of Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) from gas to renewable heating and cooling that honors labor agreements, prioritizes workers’ rights and access to jobs, and centers community in the process; revoking the permit for SEPTA’s gas-fired polluting power plant in Nicetown, and stopping PGW’s proposed liquified natural gas plant (LNG).
We must ensure that the City procure all of its energy through Pennsylvania renewable energy sources by 2030, including a prioritization of investing in and purchasing solar energy projects owned by Philadelphia’s low-income and environmental justice communities.
We must demand that PECO obtain 20% of the electricity that it sells from local solar projects by 2025 or pursue legislation that permits community choice aggregation, which would allow the city to take all its residents and small businesses into one bulk purchaser and negotiate for renewable energy provision on the market, with savings invested in community-owned projects.
We must transition the SEPTA bus fleet to all electric vehicles, while improving and expanding bus service and making fares more affordable. We must ensure that our streets are not just green, but safe for bikes and pedestrians.
To fund this transition we must hold our polluters accountable and advocate for federal solutions to create these investments. This includes demanding that Philadelphia Energy Solutions pay the $3.8 billion in back-taxes it owes to the state, ensuring that Sunoco pay for a clean-up of the soil that the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery has contaminated; and advocating for a federal Green New Deal.
We Need a Green New Deal for Philadelphia
We need full funding of our libraries and schools, and educational equity.
We must end the privatization of public schools, the school to prison pipeline, school suspensions of elementary school students, high stakes testing, zero tolerance policies; provide air conditioning and clean out the toxic lead, asbestos and mold in our schools.
Instead, we must fight for an elected School Board, democratic school governance, school and community-based solutions to school transformation, restorative practices and restorative justice, a curriculum that will educate to liberate, a vast increase in Black and Brown teachers, counselors not cops and military recruiters, small class sizes, music and arts and libraries in our schools, social and emotional supports, and College for All.
We Must Educate to Liberate