On the Issues
I recognize that everyone in Philadelphia has a fundamental right to a decent home, good education, quality jobs with a living wage, and access to quality healthcare. Inspired by my passion to serve and staying true to my values, I am running a grassroots campaign that rejects big money and is powered by you, the people. My vision as a democratic socialist is one of a just and equitable Philadelphia for everyone. Together, we will have the Philadelphia we deserve!
-Adrian Rivera-Reyes, Ph.D.
Housing for All
Construct and rebuild units of public, affordable, and mixed-income housing in 10 years that meet green building standards.
Rebuild our current stock of public housing while meeting environmental goals and decarbonizing structures.
Increase the homestead exemption tax to alleviate the tax burden on homeowners and prevent the gentrification and the displacement of existing residents in our neighborhoods.
Increase and create grants for first-time home buyers, including grants to weatherize homes and other infrastructure.
Implement universal rent control legislation that applies to all rental properties across Philadelphia.
Expand the “Good Cause” eviction legislation to all renters in the city and provide legal counsel for victims of evictions.
Invest in community land trusts by using funds from a city owned public bank.
Education for All
Support a democratically elected school board with the ability to levy taxes.
Eliminate the 10-year tax abatement for new construction to invest $386M over 10 years into our education and school system, fully staffing our schools with teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses.
Support a moratorium on charter school expansion and increase oversight on current charter schools.
Collect payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) from major non-profits like the University of Pennsylvania.
Re-open, fund, and fully staff our public libraries and recreation centers.
Healthcare for All
Support the creation of overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites to combat the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia.
Increase funding for our community healthcare centers to meet the demands of the city.
Expand access to women’s health, mental health, and LGBTQ+ health resources, including treatment for folks with HIV+ diagnoses and access to therapies for HIV- folks.
Support the creation of a single-payer “Medicare for All” program and advocate that Philadelphia’s State and Federal elected officials implement such a program.