🥇 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION VICTORIES
After an exceptionally long campaign season followed by weeks of waiting for mail-in ballots results, the dust has settled and we finally know the winners in all of the races we endorsed in.
We were thrilled to see the following endorsed candidates for State Representative come out victorious!
- Malcolm Kenyatta for the 181st District
- Brian Sims for the 182nd District
- Elizabeth Fiedler for the 184th District
- Morgan Cephas for the 192nd District
- Darisha Parker for the 198th District
The 198th District was close throughout the count, so it was especially great to see a last-minute win by our endorsed candidate Darisha Parker in the last few updates.
We were also excited about Nikil Saval's victory in Senate District 1. His stellar response to our questionnaire and obvious fluency in our issues on our Zoom Q&A won over many of our members and supporters even as we did not make an endorsement in that race. We look forward to working with the Senator-elect on state-level housing and transportation issues next year.
The 5th Square community is also excited about the election of Rick Krajewski in West Philly's 188th District. Rick shares many of our goals with regard to housing affordability and environmental justice and we look forward to working alongside him on areas of shared interest.
Lastly, after an energetic campaign in a crowded 4-way race, our endorsed candidate in the 175th District Vanessa McGrath had an impressive showing, but unfortunately came up short. While we went a different direction in this primary, we look forward to working with returning Representative Mary Isaacson, whose questionnaire responses were also frequently in agreement with our state-level goals.
ACTION NEEDED 🚲 SUPPORT THE BICYCLE COMMUTER ACT
We are trying to get the Bicycle Commuter Benefit Act attached to the Transportation bill in the US House of Representatives and we need to act now.
Find your member of Congress and email / call them with this sample message:
Hi, my name is _____ and I'm a constituent asking you to support HR 1507: the Bicycle Commuter Act and to weigh in with the committee. It reinstates and improves on the old benefit that was suspended under the tax cut bill.
Especially right now, anything that can help people get to-and-from work safely and cheaply is really important. Bicycling has been increasing, and for people who don't own cars or rely on transit it can offer a safe and affordable alternative to transit.
We understand the Ways and Means committee is moving quickly on their part of the transportation bill, and they really need to hear from Committee members supporting the Bicycle Commuter Act if it is to make it into the bill. Would you be willing to weigh in with the committee in support of the bill?
🛑 RENAME TANEY STREET
We are supporting and sharing a petition to rename Taney Street throughout Philadelphia.
Taney Street is named in honor of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and the primary author of the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision, considered by many to be the worst decision in the history of the Court.
Recently, both Baltimore and Annapolis removed statues of Taney. Philadelphia is the last major U.S. city to memorialize a Supreme Court Justice who further ingrained the bigoted logic of slavery through federal policy.
New Guidelines for Outdoor Dining - Restaurants that have patio areas on their properties or already have sidewalk café licenses will be able to offer outdoor seating starting Friday, June 12. Businesses without existing permits, and those who wish to expand their existing outdoor dining footprint, are encouraged to apply for our new outdoor dining options. Registration and approval is required for new or expanded outdoor dining prior to opening.
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