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Helen Gym

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A headshot of Helen Gym

Helen Gym, a member of the Philadelphia City Council since 2016, is leading a human rights agenda rooted in housing, education, and quality outcomes for children, youth, and families. During her first term, she helped end a 17-year state takeover of the Philadelphia schools, established a legal defense fund for renters facing eviction, and introduced and successfully pushed through one of the nation’s strongest Fair Workweek laws which guarantees stable schedules for 130,000 hourly workers. Gym is vice chair of Local Progress, a national network of progressive municipal officials, where she leads efforts to defend sanctuary cities, support school boards, and promote economic justice policies.

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