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ON THE ISSUES

On the Issues As your next City Commissioner, I intend to increase the voice and power of the people by mobilizing, and teaching them the power of effectively using their votes to get the desired political and governmental outcomes.

ISSUE ONE

1.  When elected I will continue to protect Voters’ Rights  

The 15th Amendment is clear, “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”  Despite the amendment, by the late 1870s, various discriminatory practices were used to prevent African Americans from exercising their right to vote, especially in the South. After decades of discrimination, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that denied blacks their right to vote under the 15th Amendment. 

However, even today, people are presented with barriers to voting, based on current incarceration, being unable to speak English or through voter ID discrimination tactics. On my watch, people won’t be denied their constitutional voting rights.

ISSUE TWO

2.  My goal is to increase Philadelphia citywide voter turn out to 100%

Under the last City Commissioner’s administration on average, less 1/3 of the Philadelphia’s registered voters came out to vote. This means a small minority of Philadelphians are making the major decisions for the masses. I will work to reverse this negative trend and raise the voice of all Philadelphians.

ISSUE THREE

3.  My commitment is to remove language barriers that non English speaking citizens encounter while attempting to vote 

By providing language interpreters at polls, requiring poll workers to post signage ( in multiple languages) that alerts non English speaking voters that they can use a city-provided telephone to call an interpreter on the spot, and by utilizing student volunteers for election translating, especially Asian languages. This would allow young people to play a role in the election process, as well as, become more civic minded while allowing them to earn school credit for community service.

ISSUE FOUR

4.  To make it more feasible for incarcerated people to exercise their rights to vote

I intend to work with the Mayor’s Office of Re-integration Services for Ex-Offenders and the Department of Prisons to see that ex-offenders are registered to vote and that current incarcerated non felons are afforded the opportunity to vote at machines in the prison instead of absentee ballots. This would ensure more seamless and effective voting for thousands of detainees.

ISSUE FIVE

5.  When elected I will make better use of technology in order to make voting easier, more effective and more efficient

The City Commissioners must make use of social media, email, text messaging, Robo Calls, Radio, and TV to increase voter awareness and turnout. I want to put the swipe on driver’s licenses to use with new voting machines that are more technology efficient.

ISSUE SIX

6.    When elected I will lobby the state legislature to make early voting and voting on weekends an option

ISSUE SEVEN

7.    When elected I will continue to lobby the school district to include civics as a mandatory part of the school curriculum

ISSUE EIGHT

8.   When elected I will continue to educate the electorate (voters) about how to use their voting power to bring resources and justice to their community

Through assisting with the creation of a bi partisan nonprofit Philadelphia Based organization that would raise funds for voter education, voter registration and GOTV efforts, current Committee People and Block Captains who become members would be able to get paid stipends quarterly for their ongoing and year round civic engagement community efforts.