Democracy for America Celebrates Larry Krasner’s Historic Victory as Philadelphia’s Next District
Democracy for America celebrated attorney Larry Krasner’s election as the next District Attorney of Philadelphia tonight. The progressive organization, which has 11,391 members in Philadelphia and 62,584 across the state of Pennsylvania, endorsed Krasner on April 21. Since then, DFA’s local affiliated group, Philly for Change, mobilized its members to the polls, to door-knocking shifts and to phone-banks for Krasner’s campaign.
Annie Weinberg, Electoral Director of Democracy for America on the victory:
“It is past time to reverse the damage done to generations of families and neighborhoods that have been destroyed by racist police practices and prosecutors and city officials who turned a blind eye to the abuses in the criminal justice system.
"With Larry Krasner’s election tonight, Philadelphia will finally have a District Attorney who will help do that by stopping cash bail imprisonment, reducing the incarceration rate, ending civil forfeiture, and standing up against the death penalty."
"Democracy for America congratulates Larry Krasner on his huge upset win tonight. Larry Krasner’s grassroots, people-powered victory is a beacon of hope for people across the country who don’t want to settle for prosecutors who are doing more harm than good to their communities.”
Larry Krasner has been a leading civil rights attorney for over twenty years. He has filed more than 75 lawsuits against the police for corruption and physical abuse, and has represented protestors at the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, including members of Black Lives Matter. He has also worked as a Federal Public Defender.
Democracy for America has a track record of backing progressive candidates to replace inadequate prosecutors. Last year, the organization helped successfully elect Kim Foxx as Illinois’ Cook County State’s Attorney, and Aramis Ayala as the Florida’s Orange County State’s Attorney.
Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.