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.