Political candidates endorse Black Political Summit recommendations
Written by Vincent Thompson on April 29, 2015
On April 11, the Philadelphia Black Political Summit Coalition (PBPS) convened at Dobbins CTE High School to craft a broad-based agenda identifying solutions for key issues confronting the Black community.
The Summit attracted over 250 participants who collaborated to develop and ratify 31 total recommendations across eleven issue areas. The recommendations were sent to both Democratic and Republican candidates for Mayor and City Council, with a request to indicate whether they would work to make the recommendations a reality upon election/re-election.
At an April 29 press conference at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, PBPS leadership released the Summit recommendations and also made public the names of political candidates who have agreed to drive their implementation.
As of late April 29, PBPS spokesperson Darisha Miller said all six Democratic Mayoral candidates have signed off on implementing recommendations in the document: Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Jim Kenney, Doug Oliver, Milton Street and Anthony Hardy Williams. Republican Mayoral candidate Melissa Bailey has not responded as of yet (candidates were asked to provide feedback by April 28).
Of the 36 candidates running for City Council in the Democratic and Republican at-Large and District Council races, 14 have also agreed to the recommendations (incumbents in bold):
Democratic Council-at-Large candidates: Blondell Reynolds Brown, William Greenlee, Wilson Goode, Jr., Sherrie Cohen, Helen Gym, Isaiah Thomas, Jenné Ayers and Derek Green.
District Council candidates: Cindy Bass, Jannie Blackwell, Kenyatta Johnson, Curtis Jones, Jr., Maria Quinones-Sanchez and State Rep. Cherelle Parker.
PBPS representatives also used the press conference to announce a May 16 education forum at the Abbottsford Homes at 10 a.m. Details will be posted to blackpoliticalsummit.com as available.
PBPS will appoint an accountability committee to hold elected officials responsible for making the recommendations a reality. The group also said they will issue a yearly report card on how the candidates are doing in actually implementing the recommendations from the Summit.
Vincent Thompson is Principal of Thompson Mediaman Communications.