I am running to represent an Ulster County that brings power to the people, centers marginalized voices, and spends public money toward equity. Together we can usher in a new era of progressive politics in Ulster County.
A Broken System
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed what broke and what was broken beforehand: especially, but not only, disparities in health-care, housing, food security, education, and more, across categories of socioeconomic class, race, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, immigration status, national origin, language, and creed.
Phil is running for county legislator to ensure the lessons from the pandemic are recognized and inform our planning.
Mobility justice is the right of individuals and communities to move or stay put; to safely and comfortably arrive at and depart from work, school, and play, and likewise to be well-housed. Shared, public transportation is a crucial aspect of Mobility Justice, and a core component of our platform. Notably, the way County meetings currently take place prevents all but a tiny minority of the mobile elite from participating.
Phil is a co-founder of Friends of Kingston Public Transit Riders, and has worked closely with Ulster County Area Transit.
Phil has participated in civil disobedience and direct actions for environmental justice. In 2019, he was one of the four men who chained themselves to a tractor in protest of Cricket Valley Energy Project, a fracked-gas power plant in Dover. He has helped organized efforts to protect seniors, schoolchildren, and other vulnerable neighbors from fracked-gas power-plant pollution and similar fossil-fuel-related dangers, where industry and government have proven unwilling or unable to do so. Phil believes our green transition must also be equitable.
Phil is a member of the End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) in Kingston and co-represented the organization at a meeting concerning the Justice Road Map with State Senator Michelle Hinchey. His work for racial justice includes organizing with Wednesday Walks for Black Lives.