Join us for a conversation about strategy for winning working class power in City Hall.
As the 2019 City Council elections approach, we face a continuing social and economic crisis in Philly. Along with powerful movements in the streets, there is an urgent need for a political majority in City Hall to fight unapologetically with the working class: both against Trump’s right wing agenda and against Philadelphia’s corporate establishment.
We need to tax the rich to fully fund our schools, and to pay for a real green new deal jobs program for Philadelphia to repair our crumbling city. We need a $15/hour minimum wage for all workers. We need to make housing affordable, by implementing rent control and taxing the rich to build abundant high-quality public housing. We need real teeth on a democratic police oversight body. None of these proposals will move in City Hall without an approach that confronts the political establishment.
In this first election since Trump stepped into office, community activists and open socialist candidates are running for City Council, many of them very genuine about their progressive vision for the city. Over the past 80 years working people in Philly have tried again and again to move through the Democratic Party, to take political power and carry out the reforms we need. What lessons can we draw from this experience? Is there a way forward for the working people of this town - for a working class democratic socialist program - in the Democratic Party? What does it mean to get a fighting progressive working class majority in City Hall and how can we win the reforms we need to survive and thrive in our City?