Newsletter 6/8/2020

Dear Friends,

This past week has witnessed unprecedented uprisings across the nation. Philly for Bernie hopes everyone is  doing their best to stay safe in these times. Please take a look at our statement on police violence here

Philly for Bernie is now making the transition into an organization committed to fighting for the progressive goals pioneered by Bernie’s campaign. Our new situation leaves a lot to be decided about the future of our group. We invite everyone to join us in making those decisions at our next citywide meeting. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, join the 16 organizations in Philly in calling on City Council to pass a budget that reflects the true needs of working people in our city, “Revenue for a Just Recovery”. 

The “Revenue for A Just Recovery” Plan: Funding our Communities and City Services

During this time of crisis, the inequities in our nation have become more apparent than ever before. In our own city of Philadelphia, the pandemic has created a public health and fiscal crisis, which has disproportionately affected communities that have been historically underfunded and most impacted by austerity measures. 

The “Revenue for A Just Recovery” Plan is a proposal for progressive revenue options on the city, state, and federal level as well for the federal reserve. The goal of this plan is to shift the financial burden from the shoulders of working-class Philadelphians and small businesses to the people and institutions with the resources to fund Philadelphia communities. Suggested revenue options include fully ending the tax abatement, canceling cuts to the wage tax, closing the “Delaware loophole”, creating a People’s Bailout in Philadelphia, and using the Federal CARES Act to fund services in Black and Brown communities, among many other options. 

Click here to read more about “Revenue for A Just Recovery”.  

Show your support for the “Revenue for A Just Recovery” by giving public testimony during the FY2021 City Budget Hearings!

Last week marked the start of FY2021 City Budget Hearings. All hearings will be held until June 10th via Microsoft Teams. Tuesday, June 9th (3-5pm) is the last date for the public to provide testimony on any part of the revised City budget.  

For information on how to register to provide a public testimony, please call 215-686-3407, or send an email to budget.hearings@phila.gov by 3 p.m. on the day before that Council session and submit the following information:

  • Full name
  • Call-back telephone number where you can be reached
  • Identify the bill number or resolution number that will be addressed: 
  • Ordinance #200287 (Ordinance to adopt FY21 budget), and Resolution #200307 (Resolution to accept changes in FY20 and 21 budgets).
  • State whether your comments are for, or against, that particular bill or resolution. 

See the agenda for details

In Solidarity,
Philly for Bernie

Philly for Bernie Statement on Police Violence

thousands gather on JFK to demand accountability from our leadership

Philly4Bernie has spent the greater part of this last election cycle creating a basis for citizens to onboard themselves and take action politically in our city

We seek to bring together those who may be apprehensive or new to politics and seasoned organizers. We’ve come together to put our collective finger prints on Philadelphia’s sociopolitical stratosphere.

Our goal together as an organization is to build support in our communities in order to achieve the equality, liberty, and justice that we all deserve.

Deserving is a key word. We want everyone to understand we all are entitled to liberty, equality, to live a life free of fear, and full of opportunities.

As an organization we stand in solidarity with those who are making themselves heard. We stand in solidarity with Black lives Matter in achieving justice for Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor who were tragically murdered as well as all black people who are regularly under immense pressure put upon them by systemic and systematic racism. We also understand that in addition to these issues there is weight brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and the financial crisis.

This moment requires many actions. While direct action is taking place on our streets we want to also ensure that everyone continues to put energy into organizing to continue to build power. We want to ensure that there is change that supports our communities on the back end of these demonstrations.

We were a group created to elect Bernie Sanders and in addition to the frame of his agenda we have requests of our Mayor, City Council, members of the state legislature and elected officials around the nation.

What can our leaders do to address these events:

  • Start a citizens action committee that has power to hold police accountable with recommendations for punitive actions in regards to how they perform their duties.
  • Commit to demilitarizing our police
  • Receive a statement from our city leaders that fully and flatly calls for justice and equality for the murders of unarmed black citizens Immediately pass HR 40 as a first step towards healing the country’s racial divide.
  • Guarantee a livable wage of at least $15/hour
  • Guarantee a fair wage scale commensurate with the cost of living
  • Guarantee a fair wage scale that ensures black men and women are paid an equal wage for equal work
  • Guarantee healthcare as a human right through a single payer system.
  • Take every single monument of problematic and racist idolatry down. Including in our city the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo
  • Provide free PUBLIC college and trade school opportunities for citizens.
  • Place a rent freeze and a rent cap on city rents as well as ensuring that affordable housing is available in every neighborhood in our city.

We stand today in Philadelphia as our nations poorest major city. Many of these material requests are long overdue. We hope that these things will partially assist in addressing the frustrations of our city.

Citizens of Philadelphia we have a request of you as well. Come aboard, join our email list, follow us on social media, and come to our monthly meetings. Help our organizing community demand these objectives for our sisters and brothers. It is a small token that we hope to assist with in pushing for the agenda of ensuring that our cities citizenry and our nation receives the equality, liberty, dignity, and respect that we all deserve and that too many have been kept from.