A Call To Action:
Contact PPEHRC today at PPEHRCorg@gmail.com if you want to learn more about opting out of standardized testing, especially during these times of austerity. Let’s work to have every parent and student choosing to opt out of this discriminatory testing process! Join us for a hearing about opting out Nov. 19th, 3-5pm at City Council in Philadelphia.
On Monday, October 6th, the School Reform Commission (SRC) cancelled the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ (PFT) contract, costing teachers their health care benefits. This is yet another destructive act in a long line of attacks on Philadelphia’s public schools. The SRC and Governor Corbett have eliminated jobs, school programs, plus 24 schools. Yet, at the same time, Corbett is advocating for $1.7 billion in tax breaks for Shell Oil. The big business plans to build a plant in Beaver County that is expected to rank in the top ten air polluters. Philadelphia schools and our environment are breaking under the burden of these big business tax breaks. Teachers are being told it is their time to make sacrifices but they have been sacrificing all along with limited resources, over crowded classrooms and fulfilling extra roles such as counselor and nurse due to lack of funding for full time staff.
The US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia, June 25-29, 2015 is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change. It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work toward broader unity. The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression.
We are excited to announce our new USSF website: ussfphilly.org
Check it out for more information about organizing that is going on in Philadelphia such as PMA events, local work group meetings, and meet and greet events. There is also a section for a community calendar where we highlight social justice related events happening in Philly. If you are interested in having an event on our calendar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 21st, over 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan as a unified front against climate justice inaction. Diverse perspectives converge as a popular movement unfolds.
Below is a video created by Meerkat Media Collective that captured various organizations and activists that participated in the People’s Climate March with a special highlight of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. We want to thank them for providing an outlet for us to show how we are connecting poverty to the climate crisis and having our voices heard.
Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign along with Moffet School parents, students, and teachers will be holding a mock auction inside of the Governor’s office (200-South Broad Street, 11th floor) this Thursday (October 9th) at 4pm in response to the news of the SRC’s decision to cut teacher’s heath benefits.
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an Art & Culture Meet and Greet on October 10th from 6-8pm at Liberty Resources (714 Market Street)