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.
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.
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.
Please join us on the 50th year Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. This was a 5 day March that was approximately 54 miles. We are honoring our ancestors with THE VOTERS MARCH (Across Philly)
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.
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.
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.
Mark your calendars! The third US Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place in Philadelphia June 25th – 28th, 2015. The USSF is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change.
The 17th Annual Homelessness Marathon is set to air. If you’ve never seen or heard it, it is, literally, like no other broadcast in the world (except for our daughter broadcast, the Canadian Homelessness Marathon). This is the world turned upside down and looked at from the perspective of the poorest-of-the-poor, and featuring their voices as they speak for themselves.
The broadcast will start tomorrow (Tuesday the 17th) at 7p.m., eastern time, and it will run for fourteen hours until 9a.m., eastern time, on Wednesday the 18th.
The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process that brings together thousands of people and organizations to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis that we face. More than 30,000 people participated in the 2007 US Social forum in Atlanta and the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit.
Now we need your help to build momentum towards the third US Social Forum in June 2015. Your support will fuel two critical building blocks of the social forum process – Peoples Movement Assemblies (PMAs) and Movement Schools.