Screening of Flesh and Blood (Minnesota)

Screening of Flesh and Blood hosted by MN PPEHRC on Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm at 253 State Street, St Paul, MN 55107.

Shot in Philadelphia and featuring a local cast, FLESH AND BLOOD tells the story of Mark (writer/director Webber), a man just home from prison who must once again live with his mother and teenage half-brother. Attempting to re-integrate himself back into society and resume his life in Philadelphia, Mark is forced to revisit a community that has barely changed. Legitimate jobs are still hard to come by, and his strained relationships with both his activist mother (Cheri Honkala) and his brother with Asperger Syndrome (Guillermo Santos) are unavoidable upon his return home. Outside of his damaged home life, Mark must also resist the temptations of crime and substance abuse that would subsequently throw him back into the life he is trying so hard to move on from. Despite his abstinence, he surrounds himself with his old circle of friends, all of whom are still deep in the throes of hard partying, proving as a particularly trying test for his sobriety. Using his real mother and younger half-brother to play versions of themselves and often shooting in vérité style, Webber delivers an intimate and touching character study that effortlessly experiments with the blending of documentary and fiction.

CAST: Mark Webber, Cheri Honkala, Guillermo Santos, Madeline Brewer

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/152168605493352/


US Social Forum 2015: The Real Philadelphia

We the people of Philadelphia are building another world. We are tearing down the walls that keep us divided and weakened. We are building a powerful and inclusive movement that recognizes “Your Fight is My Fight”.

Thousands of people from across the country will join us at the Philadelphia Site from June 25th – 28th for the US Social Forum. Together we will lift up the stories and the struggles of the real Philadelphia, together we will build another world.

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The Fight for Education

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.

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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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A Fight For Wages

On Thursday, May 22nd we demanded that the 19 workers from Kensington who painted St Ives Apartments in the northeast were paid their hard earned wages. They painted every room and closets on several units of a huge complex but when it came time to be paid for their work, they became victims of wage theft. Due to this, people were unable to pay their bills, keep their electric on, or even attend a friends funeral. In the end with everyone’s support we were able to win back the wages of all 19 workers! Thank you to all who supported us!

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Summer of Social Action!

Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internships

PPEHRC is looking for students interested in social and economic justice to take part in summer internships. This is a great opportunity to learn from seasoned leaders about organizing for economic human rights and be part of the movement to end poverty.

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