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Continuing the Political Revolution

Update, June 3Late Tuesday night into this morning, the returns of Tuesday’s in-person voting in showed Philly DSA-endorsed candidates Nikil Saval (PA Senate District 1) and Rick Krajewski (PA House District 188) with strong leads against established incumbent opponents. Running on platforms including a 15 dollar minimum wage, increased social spending, criminal justice reform, as well as support for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, Saval and Krajewski inspired a groundswell of support among Philadelphians in this moment of unprecedented crisis.

As candidates, Rick and Nikil embody the principles of a political movement that puts working people first. Philly DSA is proud of the campaigns that these two have run, and especially proud of the role we were able to play in bolstering their candidacies.

Philly DSA knocked on over 2,000 doors before the quarantine forced the end of our in-person canvassing operations; since then we made over 10,200 phone calls, demonstrating the power that a grassroots organizing project can wield even when constricted by a major pandemic.

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Bernie is out, but democratic socialists can still win at the ballot box. These DSA-endorsed downballot candidates are fighting for Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, Housing for All, and an end to mass incarceration. Our membership endorsed all three of these candidates in a unanimous vote earlier this year.

Nikil Saval is a writer, editor and former UNITE HERE labor organizer running for PA State Senate (SD-1)

Rick Krajewski is an educator and criminal justice organizer running for PA State House (HD-188).

Elizabeth Fiedler is a DSA-endorsed state legislator running for reelection (HD-184). Since her election in 2018, she has introduced Fair Workweek PA legislation and pushed to protect essential workers’ safety during COVID-19. She ran unopposed.

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