Let’s Get Political in 2017!

This is the year to get political! There isn’t just one political system that we live with. The national political system is complex, currently out of progressives’ reach and it’s over-run with unaccountable money. At this point, it is un-fixable.  PA State is too red to fix any time soon. Local (municipal and county governments) may be fixable with constant effort.

Things will never get better if we keep waiting for our governments to change themselves or if we wait for others to change it. Progress will stand a chance when we decide to fix our government ourselves!  Let’s aim at municipal and county governments and see what we can do!

Oh yeah… and a Happy New Year!

Phoenixville Workers

​With this anti-labor administration in the White House, we have to commit ourselves to spending our money conscientiously as consumers.  

It is absolutely time for citizens with a conscience to stop shopping anywhere that companies treat workers like trash. Carl’s Jr and Arby’s must be on the boycott list.  Yuengling is a union-buster, they should be on the list. Wal-mart opposes workers’ rights. 

Why boycott?  The reason we must boycott is that by giving our dollars to these anti-labor businesses we ensure that their business practices will not change.  Another way of thinking about it is this: when we spend our money at these bad actors, their competitors who treat employees more equitably don’t get our money.  When their competitors don’t get our money they feel the need to behave like the bad actors to make similar profits on the business they do get. 

We can encourage better business practices, therefore, by spending our money in a way that is consistent with our conscience.  Boycotting is fundamental to changing the immoral economic system that gives all profits to owners and shareholders and leaves workers struggling to survive.

The more we spend at bad corporate citizens, the less incentive corporations have to change.  The head of one of the worst corporate citizens has just been nominated Labor Secretary.  Puzder is among the worst choices to be the voice of workers in our economy.

At the local level, this means citizens in Phoenixville must be vigilant in our choice to defend workers’ rights in our town. 

Bernie made me run

“A Future To Believe in” was the slogan for Bernie Sanders’ campaign.  If that’s where I thought his message ended, I would never have knocked on doors in two states.  

From day one, Bernie said that his campaign wasn’t about him, but about building a movement. That movement would have to take root in local, county, and state governments.  I’m running at the local level to build on his vision in my town, Phoenixville.

He envisioned a HUGE movement that would grow into a revolution. That vision inspired 11,000,000 of us to vote for him (thousands of us to call strangers and knock on doors).  The movement he envisioned will only ever materialize if the people who were inspired by his vision refuse sit and wait on others to carry the torch of progress which Bernie has helped carry now for 30 years. 

His vision is for a more moral country. His vision is for a more just criminal justice system. His vision is for an economy where hard-working Americans have a fighting chance to do well. His vision will only ever happen if we carry the inspiration Bernie brought to us  into our local, county and state governments.

My name is Nate Craig and I am running for Mayor of Phoenixville as a member of the Green Party.  I’m not here to fix the world with a magic wand, but, rather, to do the work that is required to create a more moral society.  I’m running to help continue to ensure fairness in Phoenixville’s criminal justice practices.  I’m running for Mayor to help move Phoenixville towards a local economy that works better for more residents. 

While I will need your help to secure the Mayorship, my priority is to do the work of building a confident and competent progressive contingent right here in Phoenixville to take on jobs in the planning commission to stop the development of every open acre in our corner of Chester County. We need to get competent, progressive Borough Councilpeople in seats occupied by corporate subsidizers (yes, it happens here). 

We need strong progressives in county government who are willing to stand up to violators of the environment and alert the public when our parks are being bulldozed.

We need School board members with progressive values in every district to raise the red flag when our schools aren’t receiving adequate funds. 

So I ask you for your support in becoming Mayor, but I beg you all to rise up and find our place in our governments. Otherwise, we must expect more of the same. It’s up to us to now build a “future to believe in.”