WHY THIS RACE IS IMPORTANT

and pledge to hold the candidates accountable to what our communities need.

This May, Philly has a chance to elect a brand new district attorney. The DA is the most powerful decisionmaker in our criminal justice system--and Philly needs a DA that’s here for the people.  In a city that arrests twice as many people on average than other big cities, and that locks up far more Black & Brown folks, the DA has massive power over who is protected and who is prosecuted.

Aside from having control over the decisions that can make or break someone’s life, they have executive power over the hundreds of staff and prosecutors running cases in our city courts. They have deeply coordinated relationships with the police, judges, and a big influence in Harrisburg. Especially in the Trump era, when we’re seeing a resurgence of racially coded “Law & Order” tactics and violent persecution of immigrant families,  the DA election is one of the most important to show up for.

The 2017 race is wide open--and that means candidates have to earn our votes. We need more than talk about progressive policies, we need real concrete plans and commitments to stop putting so many Black and Brown people in cages. Because the persistence of high crime in the most heavily policed areas tells us one thing: criminalizing the most vulnerable of us doesn’t keep us safe.

IT'S TIME TO

#DECARCERATEDA

A District Attorney’s goal should be justice.
Not convictions.

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THE PEOPLE'S D.A. PLATFORM

Stop targeting Black and Brown communities
Commit to Transparency and Accountability
Treat kids like kids
Stand for Immigrant Communities

LETS TALK ABOUT THE FACTS

[Synthesized] Our Vision of Transformative Policies for the 1st 100 Days

Our over 20-group coalition has developed the following asks for Larry Krasner to accomplish in the 1st 100 Days

[Full] Our Vision of Transformative Policies for the 1st 100 Days

Read our entire vision for the 1st 100 Days in detail.

#DecarcerateDA Candidate Questionnaire - Teresa Carr-Deni

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Teresa Carr-Deni did not return answers.

#DecarcerateDA Voter Guide - Candidate Positions on Juvenile Justice

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire and the community asked them more questions at the #DecarcerateDA Forum. Here are their answers on how to address the way the system treats children.

#DecarcerateDA Voter Guide - Candidate Positions on Immigration

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire and the community asked them more questions at the #DecarcerateDA Forum. Here are their answers on how to address immigration's intersections with criminal justice in the city.

#DecarcerateDA Voter Guide - Candidate Positions on Cash Bail

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire and the community asked them more questions at the #DecarcerateDA Forum. Here are their answers on how to address the cash bail system and pre-trial practices.

#DecarcerateDA Voter Guide - Candidate Positions on Juvenile Life Without Parole

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire and the community asked them more questions at the #DecarcerateDA Forum. Here are their answers on juvenile life without parole.

#DecarcerateDA Candidate Questionnaire - Tariq El-Shabazz

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Tariq El-Shabazz did not return answers.

#DecarcerateDA Candidate Questionnaire - Beth Grossman

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Beth Grossman did not return answers.

#DecarcerateDA Candidate Questionnaire - Joe Khan

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Here are Joe Khan's answers.

#DecarcerateDA Candidate Questionnaire - Larry Krasner

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Here are Larry Krasner's answers.

#DecarceratDA Candidate Questionnaire - Rich Negrin

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Here are Rich Negrin's answers.

#DecarcerateDA Candidate Questionnaire - Jack O'Neill

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Jack O'Neill did not return answers.

#DecarcerateDA Candidate Questionnaire - Michael Untermeyer

We sent all of the 8 District Attorney candidates a questionnaire, asking them to tell us in-depth what they would do to #DecarcerateDA. Here are Michael Untermeyer's answers.

PHILLY DA FOR THE PEOPLE CANDIDATE FORUM

Thanks to all who attended this lively and informational forum. Visit this link to watch it in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvs1Jyr97-c&feature=youtu.be

April 18th

[ 6p.m. ]

[ Arch Street Methodist Church, 55 N Broad St. Philadelphia , PA 19107 ]

NEWS

Community Leaders Congratulate Krasner on Historic Victory, Move to Implement #DecarcerateDA Promise

The Philadelphia Coalition for a Just District Attorney heartily congratulates Larry Krasner and all his supporters on a historic election. READ MORE>>

NEWS

Community Leaders Congratulate Krasner on Historic Victory, Move to Implement #DecarcerateDA Promise

The Philadelphia Coalition for a Just District Attorney heartily congratulates Larry Krasner and all his supporters on a historic election. READ MORE>>

NEWS

STATEMENT: #DecarcerateDA: Statement on Nomination of Lawrence Krasner and Beth Grossman for DA

"Throughout the rest of this election and beyond, our Coalition, led by formerly incarcerated people, immigrants and pastors, abolitionists and youth, will work with our communities to hold the candidates for District Attorney accountable." READ MORE>>

NEWS

D.A. Seth Williams Shocks City: He Will Not Seek Reelection

The upcoming race for district attorney has just lost a candidate: Two-term incumbent Seth Williams, and the city’s first Black district attorney, has announced that he will not seek reelection. READ MORE>>

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