Cindy Bass

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Cindy Bass

Template:TOCnestleft Cindy Bass is a policy formulator and community activist, in Philadelphia. She is the former Senior Policy Advisor on Urban and Domestic Policy to Congressman Chaka Fattah. Prior to joining Congressman Fattah’s staff, Ms. Bass was Special Assistant to then State Senator Allyson Schwartz, who is now a member of Congress as well.[1]

Socialist advisor

Shoshana Bricklin is Legislative Policy Advisor to Councilwoman Cindy Bass.


In 2007, Cindy Bass was a candidate for City Council in Philadelphia’s 8th District. She finished second in a crowded field of challengers and, as a candidate received numerous endorsements, including both The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News.

She is a board member of The Philadelphia Chapter of NOW. She is also the former co-chairperson for the National Coalition of Black Women’s National Public Policy Committee, and the former chairperson of the Political Awareness Committee for this organization’s local chapter. Ms. Bass is a member of and/or previously affiliated with the Philadelphia Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Democrat Women of Philadelphia, The NAACP, The Coalition of Labor Union Women, Metropolitan Career Center and the NARAL Foundation and a former steering committee member for 2000 African American Women PAC.

She is a past president of East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN), one of the oldest community organizations in the nation. EMAN was created to fight racial blockbusting and promote Mt. Airy as a diverse community. Today, Mt. Airy serves as a model for integrated neighborhoods nationwide. She also was the very first employee of Mt. Airy USA, one of the City’s premier community development corporations, where she developed a renowned housing counseling program.[2]

Debbie Bell memorial

On March 18 2018, a memorial was held at the Unitarian Society of Germantown for labor and community leader Debbie Amis Bell, who passed one year ago.

Bell was a founder of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and of its parent union, the American Federation of Teachers. She was well-known and respected in labor circles here in Philadelphia and beyond. She was a National Committee member of the Communist Party USA and a leader in the party’s Philadelphia District organization.

The memorial keynote address was delivered by Jarvis Tyner, head of the New York State Committee of the CPUSA and National Committee member. Other speakers included Melvin Metelits, who at one time served with Debbie on the PFT’s executive board, and Rosita Johnson, a fellow teacher, progressive caucus member, and political activist.

Ron Whitehorne, long-time chair of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, led the 100-plus crowd in singing historic labor songs.

A surprise appearance was made by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who recalled days of street activism alongside Bell and other left activists in Germantown. Councilwoman Bass presented the family with a certificate from City Council recognizing Bell’s longstanding contributions to justice.[3]