US Social Forum 2015: Join Us

Thousands of people from across the country will join us for the Third US Social Forum in Philadelphia and San Jose. The Philadelphia US Social Forum will occur June 25th – 28th. Together we will lift up the stories and the struggles of the voiceless of Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and the United States as a whole, together we will build another world

Watch our promo video herehttps://youtu.be/lKjKkFNnaS8

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SAVE THE DATE: Philadelphia USSF 2015

Mark your calendars! The third US Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place in Philadelphia June 25th – 28th, 2015 at Temple University and along American Street. The USSF is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change.

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2015 Alternative Spring Break Reflections

Throughout the month of March, we have had groups of students come from Wesleyan University, Salisbury University, Swarthmore College, and Oberlin College to participate in our Alternative Spring Break Program. Throughout the program students were involved in organizing for the US Social Forum, advocating for the Voter’s Choice Act, working on our urban farm, participating in a march for voter’s rights, going on a reality tour, participating in educationals about opting out, homelessness, the drug war, and working on creating a policy to promote human rights for housing in Philadelphia.

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The 8th Annual May Day USA March, Rally and Celebration

MAY 1 – The 8th Annual May Day USA March, Rally and Celebration here in Philly at Clark Park!

FROM THE 8-HOUR DAY TO THE FIGHT FOR $15 – WHEN WE ORGANIZE WE CAN WIN!

Unbeknownst to many Americans, May Day was founded in the United States after the nationwide general strike for the eight-hour workday that started on May 1, 1886. The annual May Day USA Education Committee celebration – taking place at Clark Park in West Philly this year – highlights this hidden labor history as well as today’s struggles and past labor struggles honored by the Elmwood Park Labor Monument right here in our own City of Brotherly Love!

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Jill Stein Among Those Calling for Release Political Prisoner Rev. Pinkney

St. Joseph, MI- Dr. Jill Stein was among supporters who attended Rev. Edward Pinkney’s evidentiary hearing on Tuesday, April 14, where a motion for a new trial based on the violation of Pinkney’s rights to impartial jurors was denied. Rev. Pinkney remains in prison, serving a 3-10 year term for altering the dates on petitions to recall the Mayor of Benton Harbor. However, according to Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, who covered the trial in depth for Truthout:

“There was absolutely no evidence to convict Pinkney, and, legally, the altering of a petition document should have been a misdemeanor offense. Instead, they charged him with felony forgery – though no signatures were forged and all signatories testified that they signed willingly on the correct day. Incredibly, the all-white jury was urged by the prosecutor to believe that direct evidence was not required; they only had to “believe” that Pinkney was motivated to cheat and that he “could” have changed the dates while circulating the petitions.”

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A March to End Poverty

On Saturday, April 4th PPEHRC joined Reclaim MLK PHL and 15 an Hour Now Philadelphia outside of New Vision UMC Church at Broad and Westmoreland for a march to the OIC Building at Broad and Thompson. As a coalition, we were demanding the end to poverty in one of the largest, poorest, gentrified cities in the country. We are demanding $15.00 an hr, the right to unionize, and full employment in the city of Philadelphia.

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