Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym won Emily’s List’s 2017 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.
“The EMILY’s List community is excited to announce Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym as the winner of the 2017 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in the release announcing the winner.
“Helen has displayed an unwavering dedication to the women and families in her community,” Schriock continued.
The award will be presented at the We Are EMILY gala in Washington on May 3rd. Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords will present the award.
Gym was Philadelphia’s first Asian American Councilwoman when she was elected in 2015. Prior to her election Gym co-founded Parents United for Public Education, a grassroots organization that pushed for transparency in school budgets.
I’m disappointed with the racist remarks. Can we refocus on the issues & substance? Leadership is putting yourself out front and having a vision for change. Congratulations Helen Gym.
“That hasn’t worked very well, Seneca, because crazy Republicans seem to think guns, assault weapons and other things that kill people quickly and massively are actually good for your health. ”
Given that we’ve double our population and number of guns over twenty years, and crime has dropped, I would say the evidence is clearly right.
“She is trying to take guns away from violent criminals, and more importantly keep future criminals (and those with mental issues) from getting guns and committing violence, especially with guns with high-capacity ammo clips.”
No she is not. She is trying to take guns away from law abiding citizens, and keep future law abiding citizens from getting guns. None of her proposals would stop criminals from getting guns. And there is no evidence that guns with standard capacity magazines (mistakenly called “high capacity”) actually cause more crime than those with low capacity magazines.
She got the Rising Star for trying to take away peoples rights and taking their money through the beverage tax.
She needs to study her history.
Ok- the 4 time I have herd Councilperson Gym speak ,her speeches consist of randomly strung platitudes and Bernie-esq grievance themes. These nerve-storms are delivered in a over-amplified stridency that leaves the impression of a profound lack of substance. Who is over promoting this first term Philly council person who has done nothing so far and ineffective in getting something done for the teachers and students in the PSD. Statewide she would be a <1% candidate for anything.
For a good time, go to Helen’s Gym…$10. back rub, $100. Front rub…free lotus water…love you long time, G.I.
Rising to what? The Philly D’s barely tolerate her and she’s way too extreme for the rest of the Commonwealth. A Wolf/Gym ticket would be a dream ticket for the republicans to run against.
Me so UNHORNY.
She is trying to take guns away from violent criminals, and more importantly keep future criminals (and those with mental issues) from getting guns and committing violence, especially with guns with high-capacity ammo clips.
The violent criminals who need to be prosecuted are the cops shooting unarmed civilians (and lying about the circumstances).
There are PLENTY of resources for prosecuting violent criminals, because prosecutors seem to have plenty of time/resources for locking up people with an ounce of pot.
Only good as a wedge candidate to split votes sideways
That hasn’t worked very well, Seneca, because crazy Republicans seem to think guns, assault weapons and other things that kill people quickly and massively are actually good for your health. So they’ve blocked every single common sense gun law and instead attempted to put them virtually everywhere. Just nuts and guaranteed to continue the bloodshed and mayhem.
@David Diano. Indeed, she became a celebrity because of it. Just like James Brady.
However, like Brady, she would have done a lot more good fighting for more resources for prosecution of violent criminals rather than trying to take guns away from everyone. That hasn’t worked very well.
@Figs. You obviously don’t understand or appreciate a bit of sarcastic humor.
BTW, you need a sense of humor in following Pennsylvania politics, if for nothing else to balance your sense of outrage.
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Seems to me that Councilwoman Gym, who has, at best, a thin resume as an elected official, is being fast-tracked for something…any validity she is being groomed to replace Lt. Gov. Stack as Gov. Wolf’s running mate should Lt. Gov. Stack decide not to seek reelection…
Only an asshat like Seneca would find that curious.
They named an award afterward because she got shot in the head in a mass shooting, and devoted herself to fighting gun violence (which kills A LOT more Americans that terrorists).
Curious the Democrat apparatchiks named an award after Gabrielle Giffords. Of course maybe this was a good idea. They could have named it after Giffords’ good friend and party associate, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. They’re probably glad they didn’t.