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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Parents, students slam high-stakes testing at opt-out forum

Among the lineup of speakers at a forum on high-stakes testing Thursday night, two young people stepped forward to share firsthand knowledge of the toll that the state’s annual standardized assessments can take on learning in the classroom and life beyond high school.

“My mom opted me out,” said Guillermo Santos, a 6th grader at Masterman, facing a room of 90 to 100 educators, parents, and students crowded into a conference room at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St.

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Another World is Possible, Another System is Necessary

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Mark your calendars! The Third US Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place from June 24 to 28, 2015. This year, organizations and activists will convene in Philadelphia, PA, Jackson, MS, and San Jose, CA to build stronger relationships, collaborations, and social movements across fronts of struggle for political understanding and strategic direction as a powerful political force.

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50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

One of our comrades, brother Q Muhammad, a PPEHRC member and Green Party member, was blessed to go to the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday in Selma Alabama and continue activist work for the upcoming US Social Forum. He went to workshops, he met Mike Brown’s father (Mike Brown was the young man who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri), he met Eric Gardner’s Mother (Eric Gardner was the man killed by the police in the illegal chokehold who screamed 11 times “I Can’t Breathe”), met original foot soldiers who were people who were beat at the bridge on Bloody Sunday (Obama just awarded all of them for the Freedom Award). The highlight of the trip was talking to Dr. Diane Nash who was a major organizer in the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act and still holds the torch high today.

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The Voter’s Choice Act

On March 11th, 2015, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and our first group of Alternative Spring Break Students took to the State Capitol in Harrisburg to ask our elected representatives about their positions on the proposed Voter’s Choice Act. The VCA helps make elections fair again by removing the ridiculous barriers on minor parties and independent candidates, who may be required to gather as many as 32 times the signatures as Democrats and Republicans have to get for access to the primaries. We went to the office of Senator Folmer, who has proposed the Act, as well as Senators Williams, Hughes, Tartaglione, and Haywood.

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2012 Green VP candidate Cheri Honkala challenges standardized testing in Philadelphia schools

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Green Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate is taking a leading role in public school parents’ challenges to high stakes standardized testing.  Cheri Honkala, the parent of a child in the Philadelphia public school system, is also the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

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