Helen Gym left an indelible impression on me when I first met her in Phoenix at Netroots Nation 2015. She was running for Philadelphia City Council at large. She was endorsed by Democracy for America (DFA).
Gym followed Ohio State Senator Nina Turner in the candidate mixer. No one in their right mind would want to follow Tuner after a stump speech. I must admit that when I saw this petite woman get on stage in a rather loud and unruly crowd to get her message out, I felt kind sorry for Helen. Then she started talking. I was convinced after the third sentence.
One might ask why such importance in a City Council Election. Positions like City Councilperson and School Board member are as close as any politician gets to their constituent. And when Helen Gym was done, one knew exactly her purpose, what she intended to do, and why that position should be hers.
Gym went back to Philly and took that position. She earned the vote of her constituents.
As I sat at my table in Radio Row at Netroots Nation 2019, Councilwoman Helen Gym passed by to say hi. Of course, I wanted to give you all an update about this powerhouse of an activist politician. Helen did not disappoint. Watch/listen to what someone who really cares for her local community sounds like. Most importantly listen to how she understands the problems of her community and the solutions she is fighting for ad nauseam.
Helen Gym Interview with Politics Done Right
Helen Gym is the template Progressives should emulate at every level of politics.
“A person like me comes into offices when movements are possible,” Gym said. “If you are passionate about something, invest in movements. Invest in organizing.”
Learn more about Helen here.