November 2013

Tom Corbett: Turkey of the Year!

MARCH TGOn November 19th,  Fight for Philly members boarded a bus to Harrisburg to present Governor Tom Corbett with the “Turkey of the Year” award.  The governor has refused to accept Medicaid expansion for thousands of working PA families, leaving them without healthcare.  Along with allies from SEIU Healthcare, One Pittsburgh, and others, Fight for Philly marched to the Governor’s Mansion to protest this shameful decision and let the governor know he’s being a big turkey.

Despite guaranteed funding from the federal government, Gov. Corbett has refused to follow the lead of many Democratic governors and even some of his Republican counterparts and expand Medicaid coverage.  Medicaid expansion would extend health insurance to over 400,000 Pennsylvanians who currently lack care.  Governor Corbett still has the power to help uninsured Pennsylvanians get access to the care they need by January 1st by accepting federal Medicaid expansion funding.

Medicaid expansion advocates – some in wheelchairs and walkers – marched to the Governor’s Mansion and called on him to expand Medicaid. Outside of the mansion’s giant iron fence, activists chanted for expansion as healthcare providers and people without insurance told their stories. Anthony, a former nurse, recently sold his house to pay for hospital bills. He explained he suffered a heart attack and then lost his healthcare.  Thousands of folks like Anthony, who lack insurance through no faults of their own, would be helped by Medicaid expansion.  But the heart-wrenching stories didn’t stop there. A resident from Pittsburgh said if Governor Corbett accepted Medicaid expansion, he could finally have the surgery to repair his damaged knee and live without pain.  After the rally, activists presented the governor with the “Turkey Award” and demanded he stop being a turkey and expand Medicaid.

Aside from helping hundreds of thousands of people, Medicaid expansion is a no-brainer for our state’s economy.  Expanding Medicaid will put more people to work in Pennsylvania, creating 35,000 good-paying jobs.  Extending Medicaid will save taxpayers $522 million in 2015 and bring billions of dollars into the state. The January 1st deadline to expand Medicaid is quickly approaching. If Governor Corbett does not follow through, hundreds of thousands of working families will be left without coverage for another year, and the state will lose billions of dollars that could help boost our economy.

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Fight for Philly Activists head to Harrisburg to crown Gov. Corbett “Turkey of the Year”

Fight for Philly Activists head to Harrisburg to crown Gov. Corbett “Turkey of the Year”

 

Hundreds will shame governor for refusal to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PAOver 50 activists with Fight for Philly will travel to Harrisburg Tuesday, November 19 to join hundreds of other activists, healthcare providers, and uninsured people in calling Gov. Tom Corbett the “Turkey of the Year.”  The governor has refused to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, leaving hundreds of thousands of state residents without health insurance. 

Despite guaranteed funding from the federal government, Gov. Corbett has refused to follow the lead of his fellow Republican Governor Kasich in Ohio and expand Medicaid coverage to over 400,000 Pennsylvanians.  Governor Corbett still has the power to help uninsured Pennsylvanians get access to the care they need by January 1st by accepting federal Medicaid expansion funding.

Demonstrators will share personal stories of why Medicaid expansion is vital to the future of their patients and their families before delivering a life-sized turkey to Governor Corbett with a message saying, “Stop denying Pennsylvanians” access to healthcare services and delaying care that they need now. It’s time to expand Medicaid.

An energetic crowd of Fight for Philly activists will board a bus to Harrisburg at 9am carrying signs.

WHO:

Fight for Philly activists

WHAT:

Trip to Harrisburg to crown Gov. Corbett “Turkey of the Year” for refusing to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania

WHEN:

Tuesday, November 19, 9am

WHERE:

Fight for Philly office, 846 N. Broad St., 19130, traveling to Governor’s Mansion, McClay and 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

VISUAL:

Bus, diverse and energetic crowd of protesters, colorful signs, interviews

 

 

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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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Governor Corbett Leaving PA Families Out In the Cold

corbett makes me sickGovernor Tom Corbett has continued to refuse federal funding to expand Medicaid, the federally-funded healthcare program for low-income people lacking insurance. But a Republican just to our West has decided to be far less cruel.   Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich stunned with his recent decision to do the right thing and expand Medicaid in the Buckeye state.  Governor Kasich has followed the lead of many Democratic governors and even a few Republicans, despite the efforts of Congressional Republicans to block the health care law.  Governor Corbett should follow his lead.

Governor Corbett has refused to accept billions of dollars to expand access to health care for working families in his state, failing to do the right thing for PA’s families and the state’s economy and leaving thousands of people in the cold. Instead of easily accepting the healthcare plan put forth, the governor has proposed a plan of his own using private health insurance. His plan also institutes new requirements for all Medicaid enrollees, including monthly premiums and work search requirements that could make it more difficult for people to access health coverage. The federal government must approve this plan before it can go forward.

Work search requirements add an unnecessary hurdle to getting Medicaid and make little sense when three out of every four uninsured Pennsylvanians live in a household with at least one working adult.

Medicaid expansion is a no-brainer for our state’s economy.  Expanding Medicaid will put more people to work in Pennsylvania, creating 35,000 good-paying jobs.  Extending Medicaid will save taxpayers $522 million in 2015 and bring billions of dollars into the state.

The January 1st deadline to expand Medicaid is quickly approaching. If Governor Corbett does not follow through, hundreds of thousands of working families will be left without coverage for another year, and the state will lose billions of dollars that could help boost our economy.   Corbett should follow the lead of our neighbor to the west and expand Medicaid now.

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PCAPS to Protest Gov. Corbett’s Re-election Announcement

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jihad Seifullah

614-390-1105, pcapscoordinator@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

PCAPS to Protest Gov. Corbett’s Re-election Announcement

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schoolswill highlight governor’s abysmal record on public schools as he announces campaign for re-election

 

Philadelphia, PA – Thursday morning, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) willgreet Governor Tom Corbett in Philadelphia with a crowd of parents, students, and activists holding signs and chanting.  A “moving crew” with a van and boxes will also be on hand to encourage the governor to move out of his position.

 

The governor has been an enemy to public education statewide, especially Philadelphia education.  The governor cut nearly $1 billion from state-wide education funding when he took office, including $272 million in cuts to Philadelphia since 2011, the deepest per pupil cut in the state.  Corbett has slashed K-12 classroom funding by 10.8 percent, early childhood education by 26 percent, and higher education funding by 20 percent. He’s put more than 20,000 teachers and school employees out of work.

 

Despite Governor Corbett finally releasing $45million in federal funds he had cruellykept from Philadelphia education, city schools are still suffering from massive shortfalls.  The 400 staff that are being rehired represent only a fraction of those laid off under the School Reform Commission’s “doomsday budget,” and no nurses will be rehired, even after the tragic death of student Laporshia Massey.

 

Corbett’s approval ratings have hit record lows, with only one in five voters believing Governor Corbett is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor in a recent Franklin and Marshall poll.

 

WHO:

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), parents,students, community members

WHAT:

Tell Tom Corbett to Pack His Bags! Protest against Corbett’s re-election campaign announcement

WHEN:

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:30am.

WHERE:

Corp. Lauderslager American Legion 7976 Oxford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19111

VISUAL:

Signs, diverse crowd of protesters, moving vans and boxes, decorated yellow school buses

 

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PCAPS is a coalition of students, parents, and teachers with an unwavering commitment to improving Philadelphia’s school system.Members of the coalition include ACTION United, American Federation of Teachers PA,AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Fight For Philly, Jewish Labor Committee,Jobs With Justice, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, Neighborhood Networks, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy(PHARE), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Home and School Council, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU 32BJ, UNITE HERE, Youth United for Change.

http://www.wearepcaps.org

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Monster March for Full Funding!

tax abatementsLast Tuesday, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools held a Halloween–themed “Monster March for Full Funding” at some of the most valuable buildings in Rittenhouse Square.  PCAPS released a detailed report called “Short-Changing Philadelphia Students: How the 10-year Tax Abatement Underwrites Luxury Developments and Starves schools” and called for redirecting city funds from property tax abatements to education.

Students, teachers, parents, and activists dressed up in costumes and called on Mayor Nutter and City Council to put an end to wasteful tax giveaways for wealthy developers. Philly’s property tax abatement is considered to be the friendliest in the nation.  New development and major renovations get a break on their property taxes for 10 years, with no cap, meaning even huge, fancy new buildings like those in Rittenhouse get a nice tax break.  Just 20 buildings in Philadelphia account for almost $15 million in lost tax revenue that would otherwise go towards schools in 2014.  Overall, property tax abatements are expected to cost the school district $50 million next year.

Following the release of the white paper, education activists had a Monster March to other large buildings that benefit from tax abatements at the expense of Philly public schools. 10 Rittenhouse Square is worth nearly $150 million and contains a condo owned by Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. The building’s abatement costs the school district over $1 million annually! Adding more burden on the backs of teachers and students, Comcast Center’s abatement will cost the school district $1.5 million in 2014.

Check out some pictures from the Monster March below! Visit our online album here to see the rest of the photos from the day!

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