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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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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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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Into The Streets – People’s Climate March

On September 21st, over 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan as a unified front against climate justice inaction. Diverse perspectives converge as a popular movement unfolds.

Below is a video created by Meerkat Media Collective that captured various organizations and activists that participated in the People’s Climate March with a special highlight of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. We want to thank them for providing an outlet for us to show how we are connecting poverty to the climate crisis and having our voices heard.

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We Are Women Rally

Pushing back against a wave of legislative and judicial action seen as targeting the rights of women, the grassroots organization “We Are Woman” will lead a Constitutional Day Rally in Washington on Saturday, September 13th, launching the return of a demand for the ERA to fully enfranchise women into the United States Constitution. The organizers have included a special tribute to military women and are expecting thousands of supporters from across the nation to attend the rally scheduled from 9:30am-4pm on the west lawn of the Capitol. The rally comes just weeks ahead of the fall elections in which women are projected to be the key voting demographic.

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