The fastest growing third party movement in America is the so-called Working Families Party (WFP), a left-wing radical group founded in New York in 1998 by coalitions of labor unions, community organizers and activists.
WFP advocates for racial justice, climate change, debt-free higher education, everything current (and soon to be “discovered”) in the world of gender ideology, and a green economy.
The party’s National Director is Maurice Mitchell (“Moe”), a leader in the Movement for Black Lives, a global network behind Black Lives Matter.
Since its founding, WFP has expanded to 18 states and runs candidates for state and municipal posts. The party’s exponential growth can be attributed to the high numbers of progressives who have switched allegiances from the Democrat Party.
WFP’s first national convention was held in Philadelphia on October 6-8, 2023 and included speakers like Mitchell who listed two obstacles to the party’s success: “corporate power” and “structural racism.” Big corporations, according to WFP, have been able to get what they need from the Democrat Party, so “corporate” Democrats as well as Republicans are part of the problem.
Other convention speakers cautioned that, “People are coming for us” while stressing the need to “build a reflective democracy” because “the power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”
Additionally, convention delegates were told that “Their systems were not built overnight, so we have to outlast them.”
WFP member Kendra Brooks, elected as an At-Large Philadelphia City Council member four years ago, told the cheering delegates, “We’re building something that people have never seen before.”
That ‘something’ is a socialist Marxist revolution that uses the altruistic sounding “working families” as a tool to seduce naïve poor people into voting for candidates they think are only interested in helping them out of poverty.
At the convention, speakers and delegates raised their fists and shouted, “Build the Party,” “All Power to the people” and “When we fight, we win!”
The fervor was intense and evangelical in style; the level of fanaticism overwhelming. It’s no wonder that this grassroots minor political party is moving with great speed to eliminate the Republican Party in big blue cities like New York and Philadelphia.
Reporting on the WFP convention, The Philadelphia Inquirer noted:
“More than seventy elected officials from across the country will be in attendance over the three-day convention, including U.S. Reps. Summer Lee, Delia Ramirez, Greg Casar, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, and New York City Comptroller Brad Lander. Nineteen states are sending delegations to the WFP National Convention, as are national partner organizations like the Communications Workers of America…”
Summer Lee, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a former Pittsburgh community and BLM organizer, was elected the first black woman to represent Pennsylvania in Congress after winning the state’s Congressional District in the November 2022 midterm elections.
(Earlier this moth, Pittsburgh-area rabbis called on U.S. Rep. Summer Lee to “Exercise better leadership and join her colleagues in upholding the moral obligation for Israel to protect its citizens against Hamas.”)
WFP’s growing strength was reflected in the results of Philadelphia’s November 2023 Municipal Election when two WFP members coasted to victory with fairly large majorities, and swept the Republican Party out of the chamber’s at-large seats.
The disastrous results leaves just one Republican-controlled seat on Philadelphia City Council: District 10’s Councilmember Brian O’Neill in Northeast Philadelphia, where WFP has yet to make significant inroads.
The November sweep saw the re-election of Kendra Brooks and the election of WFP’s Nicolas O’Rourke. They will now occupy the two at-large council seats normally reserved for a minority party in a city dominated by Democrats.
Democrats hold a 7-1 voter registration advantage in Philadelphia, with Republicans numbering a mere 115,000 registered voters.
Brooks and O’Rourke received endorsements from Gov. Josh Shapiro, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the Democratic Socialists of America, DA Larry Krasner and Sen. John Fetterman.
WFP’s win on November 7 essentially put the nail in the coffin: the Republican Party is essentially history in the City of Philadelphia.
Working the polls in Philadelphia on November 7 as a Republican committee person, I witnessed first hand the flock of young progressives coming to vote for WFP candidates Brooks and O’Rourke.
They came with their babies in strollers; they came with toddlers; they came from yoga classes carrying lattes. Curiously, nearly all of them refused sample ballots and wound up holding up the voting lines by reading histories of the candidates and various municipal questions on their phone apps while inside the voting booth.
“Shutting out Republicans and making history,” The Inquirer noted after WFP’s twin victory at the polls.
Indeed, it was O’Rourke who commented,
“We just left the Republican Party to the dustbin of history by running on a positive vision for Philadelphia. Philly can be a city where everybody can get a good job, send their kids to a good school, and feel safe in their neighborhoods. Kendra and I are ready to fight for a city where everyone can thrive, not just the powerful or the privileged.”
Maurice Mitchell’s convention speech explicitly stated that the way to fight crime was not by enhancing the police force but by community programs that would counsel troubled youth and then mold them into dutiful citizens. But he never mentioned how these expensive (and intensive) mentoring programs would work if the families “behind” these children don’t care or aren’t there for them in the first place.
During my time at the polls, I heard from Democrat poll watchers (and one important Ward leader) that WFP was a real threat to the decades old harmonious relationship on City Council between Democrats and Republicans.
She used the word ‘harmony’ because even liberal Democrats realize that WFP advocates are nothing but inflexible and doctrinaire Marxists.
“The WFP is the closest thing there is to a political party that believes in my vision of democratic socialism,” Bernie Sanders wrote.
At the polls, I also observed the Democrat Ward leader reading text messages she later told me were from confused Democrat voters asking her to explain why she was against the WFP and its members.
The sad fact is that these text messages were coming from people who didn’t know anything about WFP except that its name suggested that they were fighting for poor working families.
Very few had a clue about WFP’s Marxist undercurrents: CRT-like ideology, false notions of equity, climate change, gender ideology and a view of the police that bordered on the criminal.