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POLITICS ON THE EDGE: Penn and Black Lives: Perspectives from West Philly

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

ONLINE: Zoom link emailed to registered attendees
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The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and the Philomathean Society present a POLITICS ON THE EDGE event featuring three West Philly leaders — Jamie Gauthier, Rick Krajewski, and Paul Prescod — on the impact of Penn and its policies on their neighborhood.

JAMIE R. GAUTHIER, a born-and-raised West Philadelphian, was elected to represent the Third City Council District in November 2019. With an eye towards tackling gentrification and poverty, her agenda prioritizes creating and preserving affordable housing, improving educational outcomes, connecting residents to family-sustaining jobs, and advancing small businesses. Prior to her City Council candidacy, she was Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, which carried out vital improvements in West Fairmount Park, and served with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which helped develop affordable housing across Philadelphia.

RICK KRAJEWSKI is a Penn alumnus, West Philadelphia neighbor, criminal justice organizer, educator and artist running for State Representative in the 188th State House District. Since 2016, Rick has been an organizer with Reclaim Philadelphia, fighting to put working class people at the forefront. In the 2017 general election, Rick led a team of 200 volunteers in our neighborhoods to elect Larry Krasner, the most progressive District Attorney in the country on historic platform of ending mass incarceration, ending cash bail, and fighting corruption in the police department and within the DA’s office itself.

PAUL PRESCOD is a social studies teacher at Kensington Health Sciences Academy and Political Liaison with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. He is also a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine.

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