My issue platform comes from the People’s Platform which was created by a coalition of community organizations, labor, activists and concerned citizens (including me). These are the policy prescriptions that we developed as a diverse coalition with the intent of best outlining the needs of the people of Philadelphia. These are the issues that I intend to work on as a member of the Philadelphia City Council.

Affordable and Accessible Housing:

Enact rent control legislation.

Pass and fund the right to counsel for all housing-related civil cases.

Expand funding for housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness to reduce the harms associated with housing instability.

Funding For Our Schools:

Direct city funding for the School District of Philadelphia be used to immediately clean up toxic lead, asbestos, and mold; remove rodents; and fix faulty electrical and poor ventilation in all schools.

Fund support and trauma treatment for the victims of gun violence, their families, and the community.

Hold the District accountable to fund recruitment and retention strategies and programs to hire more teachers and support staff of color, particularly Black teachers, multilingual teachers, and support staff.

Protect the Dignity and Respect of all Work

Enact a $15 minimum wage.

Support workers fighting to unionize and win a fair contract.

Create a fully funded Enforcement Office with a council of workers and city officials to enforce pro-worker ordinances by seeking and collecting penalties from employers when the law is violated. This includes enforcement of Fair Work Week, wage theft, paid sick days, and other ordinances to protect workers.

Stop Police Targeting of Black and Brown People

End Philadelphia Police Department cooperation with federal Immigrant Customs and Enforcement (ICE).

Add staff and increase funding to the Police Advisory Commission.

Cut the adult parole and probation population.

Provide young people with resources, not prisons and detention centers.

End stop-and-frisk by Philadelphia police.

Create a Philadelphia That Is Accessible and Affordable

Enact rent control legislation.

Stop taxing the poor by exempting the first $25,000 of income for the city wage tax.

Make the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) permanent and stop sheriff sales.

Pass and fund the right to counsel for all housing-related civil cases.

Pass legislation to make newly constructed homes accessible by creating one entrance on the first floor with no steps, widening doors and hallways, and mandating access to a half bathroom that where someone in a wheelchair would be able to close the door.

Expand funding for housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness to reduce the harms associated with housing instability.

Expand mental health support programs for homeless individuals to their level of desired support.

Pursue legal action against banks that have, in recent history, redlined Philadelphia.

Invest in Healthy Schools, Jobs and Re-Entry, and Affordable Accessible Housing

Create a permanent, dedicated source of funding for the city’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and ensure that half of all money in the HTF goes to families making less than 30 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) -- or about $26,000/ year for a family of four.

With the savings from our decreasing jail population and closing facilities like the House of Corrections, we demand that City Council use that funding to invest in:

Alternative sentencing programs like restorative and transformative justice initiatives; and

Skill and trade building programs, paired with job programs, to prevent recidivism and support re-entry.

Investing in community-centered pre-trial and re-entry services.

Retraining and upgrading skills for the current corrections workforce for good union jobs that support decarceration.

Direct city funding for the School District of Philadelphia be used to immediately clean up toxic lead, asbestos, and mold; remove rodents; and fix faulty electrical and poor ventilation in all schools.

Hold the District accountable to:

Fund recruitment and retention strategies and programs to hire more teachers and support staff of color, particularly Black teachers, multilingual teachers, and support staff:

Fund support and trauma treatment for the victims of gun violence, their families and the community.

Invest in waste reduction, including supporting community-led composting enterprises and municipal composting, and requiring all city agencies and departments to compost.

Make Corporations, Developers, and Universities Pay their Fair Share

End the 10-year tax abatement completely and ensure that the 55 percent coming back to the School District goes towards cleaning up toxic schools and the 45 percent coming back to the city goes to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and is earmarked for families making less than 30 percent AMI.

Enact payment in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) for large non-profits (defined by Rendell’s 1994 memo) at a rate of 50 percent of their estimated forgone taxes.

Reclaim public control of taxpayer subsidies from the Chamber of Commerce by severing the city’s relationship with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

Restore the Business Income and Revenue Tax (BIRT), particularly the Gross Receipts portion of the BIRT, to pre-2018 cut levels (1.415 percent on Gross Receipts).

Increase the Use and Occupancy Tax to 1.5 percent and proportionally increase the exemption.

Enact an Impact Fee on low-wage employers who fail to pay their employees a living wage in order to recuperate costs to the city for city social services.

Expand Community Control of Land, Housing, Schools, and Energy

Put publicly held, vacant land into the Land Bank and ensure the Land Bank puts land back out for community needs -- especially gardens, green space, and low-income housing.

Fix the broken EOI process for a more transparent and accessible pathway for land ownership.

Increase transparency around land allocation decision-making.

Call for a moratorium on all sheriff sales.

End councilmanic prerogative and introduce community accountability measures.

Support and nominate people to the school Board of Philadelphia who support a moratorium on new charter schools and strengthen charter school accountability standards.

Invest in an alternative safety plan that doesn't rely on school police and security.

Advocate for a federal Green New Deal to advance efforts to move Philadelphia towards a democratically controlled 100 percent renewable energy system by 2030 through unionized job creation that prioritizes Philadelphia's working class and communities of color.

Make Philadelphia a Safe and Healthy City for Everyone

Support the proven ability of Philadelphia’s addicted population, and those working with them, to keep themselves and those around them healthy, while addressing the legacy of racism and community devastation created by the so-called War on Drugs.

Commit to a healthy fossil-free energy system and hold our polluters accountable.

Invest in and purchase in good food communities.

Make transportation more equitable, affordable, and safe.

Create a city trust fund to supplement benefits available to Philadelphia’s publicly funded Philadelphia Health Centers as an essential part of needed primary care.

Expand access to primary healthcare, complete plans to expand the District 10 Health Center and add needed resources to other health centers across the city.

Registered nurses in our city's hospitals are fighting every day for safe patient limits. All patients, regardless of income or zip code, deserve to have an adequate number of nurses at the bedside.

Protect the Dignity and Respect of all Work

Enact a $15 minimum wage.

Support workers fighting to unionize and win a fair contract.

Create a fully funded Enforcement Office with a council of workers and city officials to enforce pro-worker ordinances by seeking and collecting penalties from employers when the law is violated. This includes enforcement of Fair Work Week, wage theft, paid sick days, and other ordinances to protect workers.

Pass a Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights to expand labor protections and raise workplace standards for the 16,000 nannies, house cleaners, and care providers in Philadelphia.

Let all of Philadelphia’s citizens access protection and health care without stigma and judgement.

Expand funding and make permanent the Office of Workforce Development, with a stronger emphasis on job training and community organizing supports.

Ensure a Democracy Where We Can All Participate

Create a democratically elected school board with taxation power and publicly funded elections that are open to all Philadelphians, regardless of documentation status.

Create a publicly-owned bank for the City of Philadelphia that would hold all city funds to reduce our payments to Wall Street banks, invest in projects for the public good like education, housing, and community-owned businesses, and be governed by a politically independent board.

Expand language access supports in all city agencies and documents -- including budgets -- that focus on achieving language access, proper training for staff, and emphasis on hiring bilingual staff across all city agencies.

Enact public financing of candidates in city elections.