Danny Drew is a non-binary activist running to be mayor of Guelph. Born and raised in Oshawa, they moved to attend the University of Guelph in 2009, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Danny worked in a wide range of jobs, always encouraging co-workers to exercise their rights and push for unionization. Currently seeking to win rights for thousands of workers via reclassification, they’ve supported many striking workers on picket lines.
Danny is a steadfast ally of ongoing social justice movements – such as Indigenous Land Back and Black Lives Matter – actively resisting the rising tide of fascism.
Their main focus has always been poverty relief; offering labour, organizing capabilities, and vast quantities of recovered supplies for those in need. At the onset of the COVID pandemic Danny co-developed a renter’s union as well as helped to operate a Food Not Bombs project.
In the municipal arena, Danny pledges to fight tooth-and-nail for every possible concession from Capital and its state. That includes a high-powered harm reduction strategy involving: reformed social housing systems and relations, expanded and improved public transit, increased funding for mental health and drug user support programs, worker co-op and community land trust formation and expansion, and a drastically altered and reduced police force. Danny, as part of the Municipal Socialist Alliance, commits to expose the propaganda that keeps the bourgeoisie in power and the majority oppressed. In other words, a campaign for a Workers’ Government to increase class consciousness, and spur unionization, mutual aid, and local self-organization to enable working people to improve their lives.