Philadelphia City Council has NO millennials, NO members of the LGBTQ+ community, and NO scientists or medical professionals.
I want to change that, and my platform reflects that.
Ensure a safe city for members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly members of the trans community.
Strive for racial and ethnic equality within the LGBTQ+ community.
Provide funding for HIV and STD education and care for all Philadelphians.
Expand LGBT roles, visibility and influence in all areas of city government.
Municipal Green New Deal
Transition Philadelphia to a democratically controlled 100% renewable energy system to meet the goal of zero-carbon emissions by 2030.
Transition SEPTA to run entirely on renewable energy by 2030 and purchase new quiet, clean, and electric buses.
Update Philadelphia’s building codes and mandate that all new construction, public and private, meet LEED Gold certification.
Establish a centralized fund to incentivize and subsidize homeowners and local business owners to retrofit their properties to meet environmental standards.
End the current practice of burning 50% of all recyclables in Philadelphia.
Oppose all efforts to increase fossil fuel infrastructure and projects in Philadelphia.
Enact sensible zoning regulations that keep our neighborhoods affordable, safe, and clean.
Re-establish a city-wide street sweeping program.
Support a ban on single-use plastics.
Expand and create protected bike lanes across the city by 2024.
Economic Justice for All
Oppose corporate privatization of all utilities in Philadelphia.
Create a Philadelphia Public Bank to keep our tax dollars in Philadelphia and invest in our communities, while eliminating for-profit practices from big banks.
Support the legalization of recreational use of marijuana and tax it to fund city programs that directly benefit those who have been imprisoned and targeted by the War on Drugs.
Support workers right to unionize and the right for public employees to strike, including teachers.
Support establishing a system of public financing for city elections modeled after Seattle’s “Democracy Voucher” program.
Support a $15/hour living-wage for all workers in Philadelphia and advocate that Philadelphia’s State and Federal elected officials push for legislation to raise the minimum-wage.
Support the creation of a municipal card check system for all city contractors and new business zoning applications.
Implement a high-end real estate transfer tax for properties worth more than $5 million dollars.
Implement a tax on vacant properties to invest revenue in affordable housing programs.
Criminal Justice Reform
Use savings from the closure of the House of Corrections to invest in job training programs and opportunities for formerly incarcerated people.
Establish an elected Civilian Police Accountability Board with the power to recommend charges to the District Attorney’s office, subpoena, investigate, and censure cases of police brutality, over-policing, and corruption.
Increase funding for the Police Advisory Commission from $500K to $1.5M to improve relations between our communities and Philadelphia’s police department.
Support a ban on cash-bail practices and plea mills, which unfairly target and incarcerate those too poor to afford bail.
Decriminalize possession of all drugs to help end the stigma surrounding people who suffer from substance abuse disorder.