Dear Friends and Supporters,
Yesterday a court ruling definitively silenced the voices of the one-thousand-plus Philadelphia Democrats who signed my nomination petition. The ruling also denied the rights of many thousands more to cast a regular vote for me on May 19th. Entrenched interests were behind this injustice because they knew they couldn’t beat me fair and square on Election Day. While I am no longer actively campaigning, I will continue to fight for what so many Americans believe in: voters’ rights, transparency and government by the people.
We (you and I together) can be proud of what we have accomplished in four years.
- We defeated a Voter ID Law that could have disenfranchised hundreds of thousands
- We saved the City hundreds of thousands of dollars per year
- We streamlined the absentee ballot process
- We brought transparency to the Office of the City Commissioners
- We published a voter guide in English and Spanish
- We engaged the community, empowering voters, poll workers and candidates to get involved, with knowledge and confidence, in the democratic process
- We blew the whistle on nepotism and corruption at the Board of Elections.
There are eight months left in my current term as City Commissioner, and much work yet to do. After that? I don’t know yet, but there are many ways to serve. I look forward to continuing to work with you to make Philadelphia a more transparent, democratic and just city.
Thank you for your support and thank you, as always, for paying attention.
PS: Please join me and Henry Nicholas for a rally on Monday at 11am. Here are the details:
Philadelphia Civil Rights Icon Henry Nicholas stands with Stephanie Singer for Voter Choice and Ballot Access
What: Rally and news conference with Stephanie Singer and President Henry Nicholas, union members and Singer supporters
When: Monday, April 27 at 11:00 am
Where: 1199 National Union Hall, 1319 Locust St.
Philadelphia’s civil rights icon and president of the city’s largest union, 1199C National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, stands with Stephanie Singer in defense of voting rights for all Philadelphians. Nicholas affirms that Singer’s removal from the ballot is an abrogation of the rights he and Dr. King and John Lewis were marching for in Selma, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and federal highway 80 to the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. President Nicholas is one of the highest ranking African-Americans in the nation’s labor movement.
“We marched for all Americans to have the right to vote and to vote their conscience, not just African-Americans, because we know that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The decision to throw Stephanie off the ballot is a violation of her rights and the rights of every person who signed her petition. Dr. King simply asked that all voters be given the ballot. All voters have a right to the opportunity to choose their elected officials. No more, no less. Yet those 1500 people who signed Stephanie’s petition have had their right to make a decision of their own free will violated,” said President Nicholas.