Most people who classify themselves as “Libertarian” are not truly accepted by old school Libertarians. Truthfully, they’re anti-dual party seeking an “humanitarian” approach to government. They want a more liberty-minded model of government that is less authoritative and more altruistic. In a city plagued with 3 disgrace council persons from the dominant Philly political machine, a newcomer is needed to break the network of selfishness that has been allowed to flourish.
Entering in this years special election councilmen at large race is an unknown, N.A. Poe. Previously a part of the “Philly Occupy movement,” now taking his rage against power and greed and applying it directly to City Hall. In the passion that spurned the occupation, is the notion of returning the “City of Brotherly love” once again to its citizens. As one of the organizers of the “Independence Mall Smokedowns,” an ongoing monthly act of disobedience protesting the Federal Government refusal to end the losing costly war against Marijuana. Poe, as most people refer to him, is known to speak out publicly against injustice and inequality. Currently, on federal probation for his part in Smokedown, he’s a principle man who empathizes with the underdog, downtrodden, and forgotten.
At his official press conference at the Rocky statue. He outlined the core issues he would tackle when he becomes councilman. Known as a comedian on the Philly comedy circuit, some thought his candidacy was a joke. All doubt was removed when he started to outline the reasons he’s decided to run.
He wants to push for measures to increase police accountability. One measure would include outfitting cameras on police officers to end racist “stop and frisk” searches that are conducted without reasonable suspicion and target predominantly young men of color.
Call for a comprehensive audit of all levels of municipal government, starting with the Philadelphia Parking Authority with the expected outcome of liquidating its assets and reinvesting in after-school and community based programs geared toward children that benefit the community.
Immediately call on Mayor Nutter to suspend the million dollar a year city funding of the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, and to account for the tens of millions already spent on the fusion center.
Create an escrow account to fund Philadelphia Schools with the millions now being squandered on predatory agencies like the PPA and bloated and invasive projects like the fusion center, to insure that our children have access to the enrichment of learning in perpetuity.
The citizens of Philadelphia are effectively subsidizing Comcast through tax abatements, as our schools close over budget shortfalls and a bleak future still presently looms for our children’s educations. Lastly, to oversee our newly available resources and make government audits a regular practice, he would move to immediately reconvene the Council ethics committee that has not met since 1993.
In a very short time, he has done what no other candidate in this race has done, talked about real issues facing everyday Philadelphians. The other candidates seem to be running on the laurels of their political career & well-known associations within the city’s government and corporate circles. While it may be true, he has done it through social media at least he’s trying to connect with every resident of Philadelphia, not just a select few.