Philly DSA

There's no specific info on this chapter's M4A campaign yet but that doesn't mean they aren't organizing! Reach out through their website or social media page to see how you can get involved.

If you're a member of this chapter and want to see something here, get in touch with us at medicareforall@dsausa.org!

From the Blog

October 30, 2018

“We’re Having Those Light-Bulb Moments”

by Meagan Day, interviewing Kristin Seale

Originally appeared at Jacobin on October 22, 2018.

Kristin Seale is a democratic socialist candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She’s running to represent the 168th district in Delaware County, which encompasses the southern suburbs of Philadelphia. Seale’s campaign is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, and she’s a member of Philadelphia DSA.

Seale is a full-time worker whose family depends on her income, which means she’s been campaigning in her off-hours. She was a labor delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, and her platform sounds a lot like those of Sanders and the candidates he’s inspired since his presidential run: Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free college and student debt relief, and strong action against corporations on behalf of the environment.

Jacobin’s Meagan Day talked with Seale about the public versus the private provision of goods and services, and the rise of working-class politics in the United States.

MD

Let’s start with healthcare, which is the first issue on your platform. How is the private health insurance system failing ordinary people?

KS

My district is a very mixed-income district. And what I’ve found, no matter what door I knock on in this district, healthcare is an issue... (read more)

June 22, 2018

So, You Want to Pass a Medicare for All City Council Resolution...

by Philly DSA

What does a city council resolution accomplish?

Philly DSA in the council chambers.

In March, Philadelphia DSA members showed up in droves with healthcare workers, community members, and elected leaders to pass a Philadelphia city-wide resolution supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2017 and affirming universal access to healthcare as a human right. This victory showed that in a city where the poverty rate is over 26%, city council leaders learned where to stand when it comes to universal healthcare. To move a national campaign to win Medicare for All, we need to build support from a broad range of cities and municipalities across the country. With some research, planning, and lobbying, you could work with city council members to pass a resolution of support in your city too!

What does a City Council Resolution Accomplish?

  • Moves Public Opinion: Successful resolutions can move public support in favor of universal healthcare. When you are canvassing, talking to community members, or recruiting people to the campaign, you can point to this resolution to build credibility towards your campaign.
  • Builds Momentum: Since single-payer healthcare is a long-term goal, it is important to build tangible benchmarks along the way! If we can move more elected leaders to... (read more)