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Philadelphia Weekly: 'Third-party candidates emerge as champions of the working-class'

From Philadelphia Weekly (read the whole article here):

Hugh Giordano, a 26-year-old, Roxborough native and food workers’ union organizer for UFCW Local 152, ran on the Green Party ticket against Democrat Lou Agre for a seat in the 194th. He lost, but garnered 18 percent of the vote (23 percent in Philly)—an unprecedented number for a third-party candidate. He may have his district’s attention, but Giordano and the Green Party of Philadelphia want everyone to know that when it comes to the ballot, three isn’t a crowd. What’s more, they’ve got heavy union support—typically an automatic vote for Democrats—to help them.

“They want you to be stupid,” he says of the “party button,” which essentially allows citizens to vote along party lines without looking at who’s up for election...

Political Art: Shadow World by David Kessler

Shadow World opening, 4/14 flyer

Shadow World is a project by David Kessler to document the lives of real people living under the El Train in Kensington, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia. He gives people a chance to give a first person account of their lives. It's political work, giving a voice to people that aren't heard from as much.

I thought Jennifer had written about this guy at some point, but I couldn't find it. Anyway, a lot of times, political types have a hard time with political art. What's the message? Where's the demand? Artists are taking on a different project than we are, though. They are moving consciousness and perspective and causing unusual juxtapositions that shake up our comfortable realities. Kessler's video work is pretty simple, but that's because his subject is so rich that he doesn't need to dress it up.

As you can see, there is an opening tomorrow night at The International House, 3701 Chestnut St, 6PM - 8PM. As long as the weather is bike-able, I'll be there. Maybe I'll see some other Philadelphians I know there, too? Let me know if you plan to go.

Cross-posted at ThisTooWillPass

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