Help Us Break Down the Digital Divide and Empower Women Throughout the Kensington Community!
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Who We Are
Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) is committed to uniting the poor across color lines as the leadership base for a broad movement to abolish poverty everywhere and forever. We share a common interest in uniting against the prevailing conditions and around our vision of a society where we all have the right to health care, housing, living wage jobs, and access to quality primary, secondary, and higher education. We are mothers, fathers, children, and grandparents; we are the unemployed, the working poor, the downsized, the homeless, the victims of welfare reform and NAFTA, the cast-asides of the new economy; we are social workers, religious leaders, labor leaders, artists, lawyers, and other people of conscience; we are young and old; we live in rural areas and in urban centers.
Why Philadelphia / The Impact
The digital divide is arguably the single greatest indicator of the distribution of power. In Philadelphia 49% are not online or computer literate, the majority of these are women. This leaves many poor, single mothers and other women and low-income men disconnected from opportunities that would allow them to help shape what is happening in their lives and their communities. In response, our project aims to train 20 women in the community of Kensington with basic computer skills and skills to become active leaders within their communities.
Direct Response & Involvement with the US Social Forum
These trainings will be directly tied to the organizing of the U.S. Social Forum (USSF), which will take place in June 2015. Philadelphia will be one of the primary sites of the USSF and PPEHRC is the local anchor. As a local anchor, we believe that it is vital to have budding organizers and leaders working for the USSF who are well-versed in all forms of electronic communications, in order to make possible the inclusive planning and then execution of the forum. We want to ensure that poor women and women of color of all ages are central to this process. This will be made possible through the technology and leadership trainings that will take place within the community of Kensington.
What We Will Accomplish
Through these trainings, women will master email and manage listservs; and use social media and other digital platforms to propose and negotiate policy changes, document human rights violations, manage fundraising campaigns, write newsletters—and train others to do so. The skills in combined electronic communications and organizing that these women will learn will not obviously end with the 2015 USSF (just as the USSF is not an end in itself), but will rather serve as long-term skills for organizing and taking leadership in north Philadelphia. The training will also serve as a basis for future paid employment opportunities in an area with the lowest income average in the city.
What is the US Social Forum?
The US Social Forum (USSF) is taking place in Philadelphia summer of 2015 and is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change. It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work towards broader unity. The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression. The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build a powerful and inclusive movement that transforms this country and the world. We will reach far and near to lift up our people so that they can be heard and know they are not alone. Through learning together we will tear down divisions and put into practice the idea that ‘Your Fight Is My Fight’.
The third USSF will be unlike any social forum previously held in the US. It will be ‘polycentric’ or multi-sited to enable greater participation across diverse regions of the country. Each polycentric USSF site will hold spaces for strategy discussions, political education, People’s Movement Assemblies, local actions, arts and culture, community building, and healing and collective empowerment. All sites will be linked through shared communication & infrastructure to begin to build powerful responses and solutions to the crises in our local, national and global communities. National working groups will support building of capacity and skills in each of the sites and regions.
What We Need
In order to kickstart this training, we need to raise $7,500. The money will specifically go towards a stipend for the trainer as well as the purchase of computers which will be used by the women during the training sessions.
Questions? Contact us at PPEHRCorg@gmail.com
**Please note: Alliance For Global Justice is our fiscal sponsor which is why their name will appear on your donation confirmation email.