Get On The Bus to NYC!

Date: September 19th – 21st
Bus Ticket: FREE (Please call to reserve a ticket)

Join Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) as we take a bus to NYC on September 19th to participate in the NYC Climate Convergence. This will be a conference, skill share and festival rolled into one – assisting mobilization for change to prevent catastrophic climate change. PPEHRC will be holding various workshops connecting issues of poverty to the environmental justice movement. Please join us for the largest climate march in history!

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We Are Women Rally

Pushing back against a wave of legislative and judicial action seen as targeting the rights of women, the grassroots organization “We Are Woman” will lead a Constitutional Day Rally in Washington on Saturday, September 13th, launching the return of a demand for the ERA to fully enfranchise women into the United States Constitution. The organizers have included a special tribute to military women and are expecting thousands of supporters from across the nation to attend the rally scheduled from 9:30am-4pm on the west lawn of the Capitol. The rally comes just weeks ahead of the fall elections in which women are projected to be the key voting demographic.

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They Call Me Arethusa

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Colie McClellan and Mark Kennedy’s critically acclaimed Philly FringeArts production: They Call Me Arethusa. This performance uses spoken word to bring awareness to issues of domestic violence. PPEHRC’s very own, Cheri Honkala, will be participating in a panel discussion following the show on Sept. 14th. Please join us for this special event.

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65th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference

Bringing Equitable Participation into Sustainable Development Decisions

Initiative for Equality is calling for more equitable participation in the discussions and decisions surrounding sustainable development. The United Nations is in the process of adopting new Sustainable Development Goals to supplant the Millennium Development Goals which expire in 2015.  Initiative for Equality, or IfE, is a global network of civil society groups and individuals advocating for greater social, economic and political equality. IfE’s global Field Hearings project will be presented at the UN’s DPI NGO conference at UN HQ in New York this week.

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Homeless Housing and Gay Rights

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Jerry Jones the director of the National Coalition for the Homeless has expressed a desire to learn from the LGBT community about how they started out as an obscure  minority and yet have won rights in various states and nations over the past 25 years. Jerry has drawn parallels between them and the homeless: Both make up about 1% of the U.S. population and both have been looked down on by the vast majority of people. So, Jerry wants to use the tactics and techniques of the LGBT community to gain similar victories for the homeless. At least that’s what David Pirtle told me. He’s often right. 

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DC’s Family Homelessness Crisis

It can be argued that our economic troubles began long before the crisis of 2008. But let’s use that as a starting point anyway as we consider the causes of the family homelessness crisis that has arisen in in Washington, DC. I’d read about the failure of Bear Stearns and how it was purchased by JP Morgan Chase in the spring of 2008. Over the next seven months, I would read about other investment banks whose names I’d either never heard or that just didn’t mean anything to me previously – names such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch (whose bull-silhouette commercials were etched into my memory during childhood) and Morgan Stanley. But the depth of the crisis didn’t “hit home” for me until mid-October when I read an e-mail announcing a special meeting at DC’s City Hall to address immediate cuts to the Dept. of Human Services budget for FY 2009 with us being two weeks into that fiscal year.

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