Frustrated, tired of excuses and fired up to fight for Philly, West Philadelphia community members gathered at 55th and Poplar Street to highlight abandoned lots and buildings that once housed community centers and basketball courts.
One of the participants, Tianna, said that she wants “change and to see people stand up and get involved to make the neighborhood I grew up in better for my three year old daughter.”
As local residents gathered around a poster cut-out of Senator Pat Toomey, pedestrians used their cell phones to call the senator and demand that he support The American Jobs Act right away. Senator Toomey is on the all-powerful congressional Super Committee that will decide our nation’s priorities for this generation.
Toomey is trying to use his position to make us believe that deficit reduction and tax cuts for big corporations actually create jobs. It’s not true. It’s the big lie being driven by the rich CEOs and corporations backing Senator Toomey.
Corporations are raking in the dough and sitting on large piles of cash that they can use to create jobs. But what incentive do they have when they can just keep sitting on it themselves? Senator Toomey just enables this greed that takes money out of our communities and into the hands of a select few in Center City Philadelphia.
We’re reminding Toomey that job creation is priority number one. We’ll never reduce the deficit until we put America back to work. That’s why we’re urging Congress to put America back to work by creating jobs that will clean lots and build playgrounds for our children.
Why does West Philly fight? We fight to improve our communities and schools, and to preserve and create new jobs!
The intersection of Broad and Glenwood was a sight to see on Thursday afternoon. Wrapped in yellow caution tape and highlighting the need to fix the country’s ailing bridges and highways, Fight for Philly volunteers were well-received by the honking, fist-pumping passers-by. It was a reminder that when buildings and bridges crumble due to neglect, the community crumbles as well.
People have been driving and walking on bridges that are cracked and in need of repair. Philadelphia residents have been living next to vacant houses that are occupied by rodents and disease. Children attend schools that are underfunded and have cut programs. It was out of this despair that brought us to North Broad Street on Thursday.
There were supporters on each side of the street hoisting flags, chanting, and handing out fliers for upcoming meetings. It was exciting to see people stop and ask about the meetings and the Fight for Philly campaign.
“It was so uplifting to look down the street,” said Dave. “There were people on each corner having a conversation about the American Jobs Act and what it could do for Pennsylvania.”
If you want to join the Fight for Philly, see more about we are and where we’ll be!
Tell them how Fight for Philly is an organization that is working to fix our economy – by advocating for the creation of good jobs, by cleaning up our neighborhoods, and calling on big corporations to pay their fair share.