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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