“We’re witnessing the collapse of the neoliberal vision around privatizing these public commons,” says Rapheal Randall, executive director of Youth United for Change, a youth-centered organization that works to develop leadership among black and brown youth in working class communities in Philadelphia. Randall says that the model in Philadelphia has been to treat schools like businesses, rather than focusing on the needs of the communities they serve. That model, he says, has shown itself to be a failure, and people are more primed than ever to reinvest in the public good.

“I think we’re at a really good point, with Bernie, seeing these conversations about what it means to have young people asking about what socialism is,” says Randall. “There’s an opportunity for us to capitalize on that and reassert the importance of public goods.”


By Molly Knefel
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