What do transformative reforms that improve people’s lives and build working class power actually look like at the municipal level?
This month’s readings examine two cities—Richmond and Philadelphia—where political insurgencies are in active pursuit of policy reforms to advance fundamental change. These readings aim to inform a discussion around the pursuit of specific electoral reforms and tactics that have the power to advance broader political engagement and dismantle mechanisms of state violence.
Challenging a Giant, Mark Dudzic (Jacobin) An exploration of Steve Early’s book on the Richmond Progressive Alliance—a book which acknowledges the limitations of city-based power in the face of organized capital, while detailing successes of the RPA over the past decade with an emphasis on tactics and “real and reproducible public policies.” https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/richmond-progressive-alliance-elections-chevron-steve-early/
Philadelphia District Attorney Advances Criminal Justice Reforms (Equal Justice Initiative). The election of Larry Krasner as District Attorney (and his endorsement by Philly DSA) inspired abolitionists and socialists across the country. This overview of Krasner’s time so far in office (and a brief policy memo detailing new policies to end mass incarceration in Philadelphia) highlights the power of this particular office, and the possibilities of non-traditional arenas of struggle against state violence. https://eji.org/news/philadelphia-district-attorney-advances-criminal-justice-reforms
- May 05, 2018 at 11am to 1pm
Bricks and Scones
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