Open Letter Against the Krasner Impeachment and in Defense of Philly Voters

Larry Krasner stands in front of a banner that reads 'Healing and Compassion' in front of a mostly Black audience.

The following letter was sent to Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, House Majority Leader Kerry A. Benninghoff and House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton. We will -at anytime and always- defend the will of Black and brown voters and fight to uphold justice reforms that work to end the systemic and violent harm of mass incarceration. 

Dear Representatives Cutler, Benninghoff, and McClinton:

We write today as a network of directly impacted organizers, legal advocates, civil rights and grassroots organizations to urge you to decline any attempt to impeach Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a democratically elected public official. The efforts of members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to subvert the popular majority amid a very real gun violence crisis is merely a political spectacle that threatens the most sacred parts of our democratic process by design. This attempt to silence voters, and in particular Black voters, in the months leading up to the general election cannot be allowed.

Larry Krasner won in 2021 with more than 69 percent of the vote - an overwhelming majority. The election, which DA Krasner’s opponents sought to make a referendum on public safety, became a rebuke to sweeping tough on crime policies that have, for decades, now stood in the way of addressing the real causes of violence. The root causes of violence in Philadelphia are due to the failure to address decades of poverty, unemployment, the crisis in affordable housing, and houselessness - all of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant economic impacts. 

At this moment, it is imperative that we do not waste time on a disingenuous endeavor to impeach a democratically-elected district attorney. The legislature has an opportunity to declare gun violence a public health crisis and move to enact legislation that addresses the structural and systemic inequities at the heart of that crisis. In fact, at the very moment intentions to impeach were being announced, the legislature voted down a slate of bills that sought to address gun violence.. Members of the legislature who are in support of impeachment clearly are not looking for solutions, but rather to undermine our democratic political process by dampening civic engagement and subverting the will of the majority.

We urge you to not allow spectacle to dominate our political process. Instead, hear our collective voice and respond in ways that will have material, life-saving benefits for our communities.

 

Sincerely,

Abolitionist Law Center

ACLU of PA

Amistad Law Project

Amistad Movement Power

BetterPA

Bible Way Baptist Church

Church of the Overcomer 

Coaltion to Abolish Death By Incarceration 

Coaltion to Abolish Death By Incarceration- Delco Chapter

Dignity and Power Now Philly

Free The Ballot

Frontline Dads Inc.

Healing Communities PA

Human Rights Coalition 

Movement Alliance Project

Neighborhood Networks

Oil of Joy Worship Ministries Church

PENNfranchise Project 

Pennsylvania Working Families Party

Philadelphia Justice Project for Women and Girls

Reclaim Philadelphia

Recovery Christian Center Urban CDC

Redemption Housing 

Straight Ahead

The BrothaHood Foundation

The CHARLES Foundation

Unincarcerated Minds, Inc

Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project

215 People's Alliance


 


 

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