PHILADELPHIA, PA – Color Of Change PAC, the political action committee affiliated with the national civil rights advocacy group Color of Change, has put its support behind Larry Krasner, the civil rights lawyer who is running for the Democratic nomination for District Attorney of Philadelphia.
Color of Change PAC joins the Bernie Sanders offshoot group Our Revolution among influential national groups assembling behind Krasner.
"Krasner has a clear track-record of specializing in criminal defense and police brutality matters, representing activists including members of the Black Lives Matter movement and advocating for fair law enforcement treatment toward minority and poor communities," Color of Change PAC announced on Thursday.
The group pledged to "engage hundreds of thousands of Philly voters" in an effort to "reach every Black voter in this Philly area" in support of Krasner.
"Philadelphia's criminal justice system is a national embarrassment," said Krasner. "The exploitation of poor people, and especially people of color, for political power and financial gain is going to end right here. We are going to show the rest of the country what equal justice means and we are going to lead the way there."
Color of Change was co-founded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by James Rucker and Van Jones. Color of Change has campaigned in defense of the Jena Six, to stop the execution of Troy Davis, to repeal "stand your ground laws" after the killing of Trayvon Martin and to divest from the private prison industry. The group has previously criticized district attorneys including Devon Anderson of Harris County, Texas and Seth Williams of Philadelphia.
Krasner's campaign is already endorsed by a broad range of powerful progressive organizations: AFSCME 1199C, Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, Food & Water Action Fund, Philly for Change, Pennsylvania Working Families Party, Pennsylvania Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED) - IBT, The B.L.O.C. Party (Build, Lead, Organize, Campaign), Reclaim Philadelphia, and 215 People’s Alliance.