PCAPS to launch education election campaign with rally and canvass

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ron Whitehorne

215-779-2672, ronw292@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 PCAPS to launch education election campaign with rally and canvass
Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and supporters will kick-off canvass to pledge 25,000 voters to support the education Pennsylvania’s children deserve

Saturday, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) will hold a rally to kick off an intensive seven-month campaign to make this year’s gubernatorial election a referendum on fully funded, quality schools for all children.   The coalition will announce a program to gather the signatures of 25,000 registered Philadelphia voters on a five-point pledge for candidates to fully support Philadelphia and PA education.  Saturday’s events will include a rally with State Sen. James Roebuck, Parents United Co-Founder Helen Gym, and student speakers.  Over 100 expected volunteers will then canvass Philadelphia voters.

Student speakers will represent Youth United for Change, Philadelphia Student Union, and Boat People SOS.  A parent from Action United will also address the crowd.  Following the rally, students from YUC and other PCAPS organizers will lead a canvass training session. 

Canvassers will then head into Philadelphia neighborhoods to begin gathering signatures on the education pledge.

The five-point education pledge asks voters to support candidates who:

1.       Support a fair funding formula that will distribute state dollars based on student needs and the local district’s ability to pay, not political fights.

2.       Provide more revenue for education and human services by closing corporate tax loopholes, taxing natural gas production, and cancelling prison expansion.

3.       Hold charter schools accountable and give local districts the power to monitor them,

4.       Shut down the school to prison pipeline.  Replace harsh, zero-tolerance policies that criminalize students for minor offenses with restorative justice.

5.       Abolish the School Reform Commission and return our schools to local control.

 

WHO:

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), parents, students, canvassers, State Sen. James Roebuck, Parents United Co-founder Helen Gym, YUC, PSU, BPSOS

WHAT:

PCAPS canvass rally and kick-off

WHEN:

Saturday, March 29, 11am

WHERE:

Media Mobilizing Project, 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, speakers, pledge cards

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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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