Our Communities Can’t Wait: 2023 Campaign to Win
Our Communities Can’t Wait is a movement to win a government of, by, and for the people in Western PA.
No matter where we come from or how much money is in our wallets, we all work hard for our families. But, for our communities to be a place where everyone can thrive, we cannot let the richest 1% and the politicians they pay for exploit divisions among us based on what we look like, where we come from, or how much money we have. It’s time to stand up for each other and come together. Together, we can create a government where the people who work the hardest and bear the greatest burden the most are also the ones who write the laws.
We’re fighting for a new kind of politics in Western Pennsylvania. We know what isn’t working. We have a clear vision for a better future: by coming together to rewrite the rules and making the wealthiest few pay their fair share, we can ensure that everyone — Black, white and brown, native and newcomer — can earn a good living and have a good life; we can resource our schools so that every child can pursue their dreams; and we can provide families with the care we all need to get and stay well.
We’re Winning Across the State!
22 of our 26 candidates won their primary elections in 2021, and 14 of them won their general elections! Our communities really can’t wait for change. Check out this press coverage of their victories:
‘Political earthquake’: How progressive Dems surprised many with State College races
Centre Daily Times
‘Ready to see change:’ Erie County United candidates seize primary nods, build momentum
Kinder sworn in as city’s first female and Black mayor
That’s why members from local chapters have run for local office in 2019 and 2021…and won! With their chapter’s support and a team of members and volunteers behind them, our members have been elected to office and are already co-governing with chapters to win powerful change for their communities:
- Having won a majority on city council, Meadville began a rental inspection program to ensure safe housing, formed an environmental advisory committee, and passed an anti-retaliation ordinance that protects renters when they speak up for their rights.
- State College borough council passed CPAU’s Tenants’ Bill of Rights and fulfilled one of its demands: creating a city staff position to help renters navigate city services.
- After identifying police brutality and child poverty as core issues, Erie County United got Erie to divest $1 million from the police budget and allocate $4.3 million to Roger Young Park and youth programs.
PA United Candidate Pledge
- We won’t take corporate cash.
We promise to run a local, people-funded campaign. We will not take a penny from corporate PACs, corporations, or landlords that profit off exploitation.
- We will always stand with poor and working-class people, whether black, white, or brown, to make a better future for all of us.
We will always stand with people who are working the hardest, whether it’s for low or even no wages. We will never cross a picket line, and remember that our fight is with the 1%, big business, and the powerful few who protect them — not with each other.
- We commit to building a multi-racial, multi-generational grassroots movement.
We will run and govern as an expression of this movement, not as individual saviors. We will focus on issues, organize alongside people of all races, classes, and genders during our campaign, and govern together when we win.
State College Borough Council
Meadville City Council
Arnold City Council
Meadville City Council