Philly Socialists is a political organization dedicated to building a more just, democratic, and sustainable future.
Through service projects that directly meet the needs of our communities, we put our values into practice while planting the seeds of a larger movement to transform society for the benefit of all.
Everything we do is driven by commitment to our core values.
Science means being willing to admit when you're wrong. We don't have all the answers, so we test our assumptions, experiment, and learn from our successes and mistakes.
Democracy means giving everyone a voice. We all help decide what we're going to do and how we're going to do it.
Human Rights means defending the inherent value of every person, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
We organize projects that put our values immediately into practice. We start by identifying a problem. Then we try to fix it.
When a landlord does something wrong, like refusing to exterminate bedbugs or make repairs, we fight back with direct actions that make the landlord's life difficult until they do the right thing.
We offer free ESL and GED prep classes in low-income areas of Philly to demonstrate what could be possible if our society had different priorities.
We took over a vacant lot in North Philly that had been abandoned by its speculator landlord, and we turned it into a public garden. It doubles as a great spot for block parties.
We're proud of our projects, but they're not enough.
The problems that we address with our projects ultimately have larger systemic causes--poverty, racism, political corruption , and economic exploitation. Projects can improve our communities, but as long as the government and economy remain the same , we're not going to be able to fix these underlying problems.
This is where Philly Socialists differs from non-profits. They just treat symptoms. We're trying to overcome the root causes, which means building a political movement to fundamentally change American society to make it more democratic, equitable, and humane. In a word, socialist.
Our success depends on the generosity and hard work of our supporters. By volunteering to help with a project or making a donation, you immediately start making Philly a better place, and you help us to lay the foundation for a better society.