Lewis Thomas III On Reclaiming The Streets Of Philadelphia
Lewis believes that all communities should feel safe to roam free as they see fit without fear of shootings, robberies, harassment or police brutality. He also firmly believes in the idea of community policing – the idea that police officers must build relationships with the people of the communities they serve in order to make their neighborhoods safe. Community policing also engenders trust, openness and understanding between the police and community. Lewis also believes that police misconduct, police brutality and police corruption must be addressed directly, prosecuted without hesitation and protested in order to address the systemic racism perpetrated against Black and Brown peoples throughout North Philadelphia. Lewis will:
Lead, support and encourage the Philadelphia Police Department to expand; community policing; to all troubled areas of the 181st district; he believes that this will directly effect the; no snitching culture, and crime overall.
Support state legislation that calls for the abolishment of mandatory minimums.
Support legislation that will make Governor Wolf's moratorium on the death penalty permanent.
Support the creation of a 181st district-wide localized police advisory board.
Introduce legislation that will automatically expunge juvenile records upon their entry into adulthood.
Lead a discourse between police and men of the community to examine tangible ways to improve working relationships.
Support legislation at the state-level to decriminalize marijuana.
Support Gun control legislation.
Submit a proposal to create a PAL Center in the 181st District.
Hold monthly meetings with constituents to express any concerns as it relates to crime or police behavior.
Lewis Thomas, III will reclaim our Quality Of Life
Lewis believes that the Quality of Life of a community is at the foundation of that community’s success or failure. The 181st Legislative District is one of the most economically imbalanced in the entire state and Lewis believes it is paramount that all citizens assist in creating neighborhoods that empower those living in them. Basic community upkeep like cleanliness of streets, nuisance bars/eateries, inadequate resources for the unemployed and low expectations for large and small businesses all have contributed to the deterioration of some neighborhoods within the district. Lewis will:
Utilize State Neighborhood Community grants and city resources to ensure that all neighborhoods within the district can participate in the 181st Neighborhood Beautification
Project – which will all Block Captains to sustain clean streets but also beautify their streets with new lamps, trees and flowers.
Create a 181st District Community Fund for small and large businesses within the district to pool their resources and monies, which then would be allocated to community groups, neighborhoods, youth organizations and senior activities within the district.
Lead the charge in creating a bi-monthly district wide neighborhood cleanup focusing on communities in need of neighborhood support.
Meet with the community to identify nuisance bars/eateries; then engage those bars/eateries in developing a comprehensive plan to improve their business model and relationships with the community.
Partner with Unions and businesses throughout the city to allocate specified number jobs and apprenticeships to citizens within the 181st District.
Lewis Thomas, III will Reclaim Our Schools
Lewis believes that Education is the pathway to freedom and upward mobility for all people. For the past 17 years, Lewis has been on the front lines of preparing an educated mass of young people equipped with the necessary tools for success. Lewis will continue to fight in Harrisburg on behalf of the children and citizens of the 181st Legislative District, Lewis will:
Introduce legislation that will mandate the equitable distribution of resources and monies to all public schools in Philadelphia.
Introduce legislation that will ensure a more equitable and fair distribution of state aid towards cities like Philadelphia which compose the largest tax base in the state.
Introduce legislation that will protect worker rights for teachers and staff at Charter Schools. Support legislation to abolish the SRC in Philadelphia and return the School District to local control.
Engage in the aggressive recruitment of more Black male teachers for Philadelphia Schools. Lead the charge in developing a more comprehensive rapid response to struggling public schools.
Support legislation to halt school financial reallocation, which draws resources from community public schools and redirects them in a way that causes irreparable harm. Lead the charge in developing flexible state benchmarks for reading and math. Lead the charge in developing more vocational-technical programs within Philadelphia Schools.
Introduce legislation creating a long term direct funding stream for Reengagement of high school dropouts.