Hi there,

Democracy Now is committed to bringing you the stories and perspectives you won't hear anywhere else, from the peace activists demanding an end to war to Indigenous leaders fighting to stop fossil fuel extraction and save the planet. Our independent reporting is only possible because we’re funded by you—not by the weapons manufacturers when we cover war or gun violence, not by the oil, gas, coal, or nuclear companies when we cover the climate crisis. Can you donate $10 today to keep us going strong? Every dollar makes a difference. Right now a generous donor will DOUBLE your donation, making it twice as valuable to Democracy Now! Please do your part today, and thank you so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Larry Krasner Wins Dem Primary for Philly DA; Ed Gainey Set to Become Pittsburgh’s 1st Black Mayor

HeadlineMay 19, 2021

In Philadelphia, District Attorney Larry Krasner handily won the Democratic nomination against his challenger Carlos Vega Tuesday. Vega is a former homicide prosecutor who was fired by Krasner after he took office in 2018. Krasner is credited with lowering Philadelphia’s prison population, halting the prosecution of drug possession and other low-level offenses, and reversing around 20 wrongful convictions. But he has also come under fire for opposing the appeals of political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. Krasner will face a Republican defense lawyer, Charles Peruto Jr., in the November general election.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, state Representative Ed Gainey defeated incumbent Bill Peduto for the Democratic mayoral nomination. Tuesday’s win means Gainey is likely to become Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Top