June 2013

Fight for Philly and others travel to Harrisburg for education and health Tuesday and Wednesday

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Fight for Philly and others travel to Harrisburg for education and health Tuesday and Wednesday

 

Philadelphia  – Fight for Philly will join The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Action United, Pennsylvania Health Access Network, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Youth United for Change, the Philadelphia Student Union, and others to travel to Harrisburg both Tuesday and Wednesday. 

 

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will lead a rally to demand fair and full funding for Philadelphia education.  Teachers, parents, students, and many others will lobby legislators to restore some of the $1 billion in state education funding cut under Gov. Corbett.  They will also hold a rally, including a speech by a Fight for Philly member with grandchildren in Philadelphia public schools.  Finally, the group will “Ring the Capitol” at 2pm, circling the building in a massive show of support for public school funding.

 

On Wednesday, Fight for Philly will return to Harrisburg to rally in support of expanding Medicaid in the state using federal dollars provided by “Obamacare.”  Expansion is estimated to cover 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians and bring billions of dollars into the state, creating thousands of jobs.  Ralliers will “Demand we expand,” saying “Corbett makes us sick.”

 

Buses will leave from the Fight for Philly office at 846 N. Broad at 8am on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday.  Interviews will be available with activists, parents, and students.  The crowd will be making signs and having breakfast before boarding buses.

 

WHO:

Fight for Philly, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Action United, Pennsylvania Health Access Network, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Youth United for Change, the Philadelphia Student Union, and others.

WHAT:

Rallies in Harrisburg for education and health.

WHEN:

Leaving Fight for Philly offices 8am Tuesday and 9am Wednesday

WHERE:

Leaving from 846 N. Broad St., protesting at Main Rotunda, State Capitol Building, Harrisburg, Pa.

VISUAL:

Activists boarding buses, diverse crowd of protesters, colorful signs, shirts.

 

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Fight for Philly is building a grassroots coalition of residents, community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and labor groups united in the fight for good jobs, corporate accountability and strong communities.

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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Public school coalition to visit charter school to call attention to corruption and waste of taxpayer dollars in Philadelphia

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

Public school coalition to visit charter school to call attention to corruption and waste of taxpayer dollars in Philadelphia

Fight for Philly, Action United, PCAPS, Youth United for Change, and others to demonstrate money wasted on unaccountable charters as city closes successful schools and cuts teachers, staff, and programs

Philadelphia, PA – Community groups, activists, parents, and students will visit a charter school with serious corruption allegations to highlight the waste of giving taxpayer money to unaccountable, unproven charter operators while defunding successful public schools.  Parents and students will join members of Fight for Philly, Action United, PCAPS, Youth United for Change, and other groups at Planet Abacus Charter, whose founding CEO has been indicted for defrauding schools of more than $6.5 million.  The tour will finish at Carroll High School, a public school slated to close.  Local activists, students, and parents will speak about the injustice of continuing to give funds to charter schools under inquiry while public schools close.

24 Philadelphia public schools are slated to close after this school year, and nearly 4,000 school district employees have been laid off.  Funding for programs like music, arts, sports, and other activities has been cut.  Governor Corbett has cut state education funding by $1 billion.  State aid to Philadelphia schools has declined by $274 million in the past three years.  But charters with questionable track records continue to receive funding that could go to public schools, even despite questionable practices and serious allegations of corruptions.

Dorothy June Brown, Planet Abacus Charter’s Found and former CEO, has been indicted on federal charges of defrauding three schools of more than $6.5 million dollars.  Brown and four current and former charter school executives were charged in a 62-count indictment with wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering, but Planet Abacus remains open. According to a March report by the PA Democratic House Education Committee, as many as 24 Philadelphia charter schools have been under investigation in recent years.  In announcing a new FBI tip line in 2012, the head of the FBI’s Philadelphia division “cited the explosion of charter schools in recent years as an area that has become ripe for wrongdoing and scrutiny.” (http://articles.philly.com/2012-10-23/news/34681843_1_corruption-cases-public-corruption-fbi-agents)

Speakers will call for full and fair funding of public education and demand oversight and accountability for charter schools.  At Planet Abacus, they will present a letter from Philadelphia Public School students calling attention to abuse and waste of taxpayer funds.  At Carroll, they will conduct a mock funeral profession for the closing school and then have a community barbecue.

WHO: Parents, students, Fight for Philly, Action United, PCAPS, and Youth United for Change, and other groups.
WHAT: No more money for corrupt charters! bus trip.
WHEN: Thursday, 20, 2013, leaving Fight for Philly at 4pm.  4:30 at Planet Abacus, 5:00 at Carroll High.
WHERE: Fight for Philly, 846 N. Broad. St., Planet Abacus, 6660 Keystone St  Philadelphia, PA 19135, and Carroll High, 2700 E. Auburn St., Philadelphia PA 19134
VISUAL: Diverse crowd of protesters, colorful signs, speeches, funeral procession, letter to Planet Abacus, barbecue, “caution: unaccountable charter” tape.

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Fight for Philly is building a grassroots coalition of residents, community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and labor groups united in the fight for good jobs, corporate accountability and strong communities.

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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Broad coalition of Philadelphians to protest Gov. Corbett visit at shale gas conference

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 14, 2013

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Broad coalition of Philadelphians to protest

Gov. Corbett visit at shale gas conference

 

Fight for Philly joins PCAPS, ACT-UP, Action United, Youth United for Change, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, PA Health Access Network, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU Healthcare PA, and others to call for Medicaid expansion and education funding

 

Philadelphia, PA – Fight for Philly will join a number of other groups, activists, parents, and citizens to protest Governor Tom’s Corbett’s speech at the Pennsylvania Natural Gas Summit Friday, June 14.  Activists will rally outside the Franklin Institute beginning at 9am to protest Corbett’s complete failure to protect the health and welfare of the state’s citizens and children.

 

Ralliers will call for Corbett to adequately fund education in Philadelphia and across the state, and to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid to an estimated 700,000 Pennsylvanians without health insurance.   A healthy state includes good schools and good access to health care.

 

Twenty-three city schools have been voted to close next year, and the School Reform Commission recently passed a “doomsday” budget laying off 3,700 personnel, including 676 teachers, and alsocutting funds for assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletics, music programs, paper, new books, librarians, secretaries, and more.  Since taking office, Corbett has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from education funding, even while refusing to adequately tax fracking, close “the Delaware loophole,” or end business tax cuts.   

 

Corbett also has yet to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid in the state, even though it would provide health care for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians and add an estimated $430 million annually to Pennsylvania’s budget and add about $3 billion annually to its economy.   A Pennsylvania Economy League study finds that expansion will support 35,000 new jobs by 2016 and 40,000 jobs by 2022.

Ralliers will roll out a sardonic “red carpet” for Corbett, chant, hold signs, and give speeches demanding the governor fully fund public education and accept money to expand Medicaid.

 

WHO:

Fight for Philly, PCAPS, ACT-UP, Action United, Youth United for Change, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, PA Health Access Network, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU Healthcare PA, and others

WHAT:

Protest against Gov. Corbett in Philadelphia

WHEN:

Friday, June 13, 9am-11am

WHERE:

The Franklin Institute

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd of protesters, red carpet, colorful signs, speeches

 

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Fight for Philly is building a grassroots coalition of residents, community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and labor groups united in the fight for good jobs, corporate accountability and strong communities.

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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One Philadelphia, PCAPS, and others to support Use and Occupancy tax reform bill Thursday

 

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

One Philadelphia, PCAPS, and others to support

Use and Occupancy tax reform bill Thursday

Rally and lobbying will call on City Council to make big businesses pay their fair share

Philadelphia, PA – One Philadelphia Coalition and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) will rally at the Comcast Building and then lobby City Councilpeople on Thursday, June 6, beginning at noon.  Parents, students, and activists will support the Use and Occupancy tax reform bill introduced by Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez.

Speakers will demand Council act to fund city schools.  Twenty-three schools have been voted to close next year, and the School Reform Commission recently passed a “doomsday” budget cutting funds for assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletics, music programs, paper, new books, librarians, secretaries, and more.  Members of Fight for Philly, Neighborhood Networks, PCAPS, Philadelphia Neighbors for Tax Action, and others will call for Council to enact policies that fully fund schools while fairly balancing the tax burden by making large corporations and big businesses like Comcast pay their fair share.

The group will then move to City Council, where activists will lobby council people to vote for U&O tax reform and also encourage a freeze on the wage tax, a cap on property tax abatements, and passage of the “good neighbors” policy that makes large non-profits pay taxes on commercial real estate.  Lobbyists will include a group of public school students calling for funding for schools.

WHO: One Philadelphia, Fight for Philly, PCAPS, Neighborhood Networks, Philadelphia Neighbors for Tax Action, public school students
WHAT: Rally and Lobby for Tax Fairness for Schools
WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 2013, noon
WHERE: Comcast Building and City Hall
VISUAL: Diverse crowd of protesters, colorful signs, speeches, council lobby visits

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Fight for Philly is building a grassroots coalition of residents, community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and labor groups united in the fight for good jobs, corporate accountability and strong communities.

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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