On May 28, 2015, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and German Parodi of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, Inc. (DIA) announced a new “March for Our Lives” to take place at the 2016 Democratic National Nominating Convention in Philadelphia.
Shane Claiborne is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. As a student, Shane worked alongside the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, which is now the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (An anchor organization of the USSF), during a church takeover to help house homeless families in the Kensington community. This experience is highlighted in his book, The Irresistible Revolution.
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.
Actor and filmmaker Mark Webber grew up as a homeless youth on the streets of Philadelphia. Mark invites all of us to join the US Social Forum in Philadelphia or San Jose this June.
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!
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.