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Students, teachers, parents, activists, concerned Philadelphians to stage massive protest against Gov. Corbett’s appearance Monday at private Center City fundraiser

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For Immediate Release

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ron Whitehorne, 215-779-2672, ronw292@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler, 617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Students, teachers, parents, activists, concerned Philadelphians to stage massive protest against Gov. Corbett’s appearance Monday at private Center City fundraiser

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will join New Jersey residents and many others outside Union League fundraiser with Corbett and Gov. Chris Christie to demand budget with revenue to fully fund education, health, and social services

WHO:

PCAPS public school parents, teachers, students, activists, and supporters; Parents United for Public Education; PA Working Families; NJ Working Families; PULSE NJ (Parents Unified for Local School Education), Working America

WHAT:

Protest against Gov. Corbett to demand a budget that supports education, health, and working people, not big businesses and frackers

WHEN:

Monday, June 9

4pm-6: Rally with speakers, chants, and signs

6pm: Action to greet Corbett and Christie arrival

WHERE:

Outside the Union League, Broad and Sansom

VISUAL:

Large and diverse crowd of students, parents, teachers, activists, community members spilling into the street, signs, chants, speakers, 6pm welcome action

 

PhiladelphiaMonday, hundreds of protesters will greet Gov. Tom Corbett at his latest attempt to quietly visit Philadelphia.  Outside of a private fundraiser with New Jersey Gov. Christie, a large and boisterous crowd will rally for a fair budget instead of more of Corbett’s devastating cuts to education, health, social services, jobs, and public programs.  They will call on Corbett to adequately tax fracking, slow business tax cuts, close corporate tax loopholes, accept federal money to expand Medicaid, and find other ways to raise the money Pennsylvania citizens need for a functioning state. 

Corbett has once again introduced a budget proposal that fails to properly fund vital state services.  After proposing a budget with only small increases to education funding – and no increase in the basic education budget – revenue shortfalls due to Corbett’s tax cuts mean Harrisburg is currently considering across the board cuts.   Current revenue projections show a more than $1 billion budget shortfall by next year, and the governor is reportedly looking to cut $1.2 billion from his proposed budget.  Since taking office, Corbett has signed legislation cutting taxes on businesses by about $1.2 billion.

The governor has cut $1 billion from education statewide since taking office, including $272 million from Philadelphia schools.  He ended the General Assistance program, which provided funds to the temporarily unemployable, including disabled people and others.  Corbett also ended the adultBasic insurance program for low-income individuals (which a Commonwealth Court Judge later found unconstitutional).  He has refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid, leaving 500,000 working families without access to healthcare.  Medicaid expansion would also add $430 million annually to Pennsylvania’s state 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. 

The governor has continued to opposed a severance tax on natural gas extraction, which could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.  The governor has also refused to close the Delaware tax loophole or slow tax cuts to business. 

In January, the governor abruptly canceled a visit to Central High School at the last-minute when he learned protesters would be waiting for him.  He has never visited a Philadelphia public school since taking office.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been helping fundraise for Gov. Corbett in his role as chair of the Republican Governors Association.  The two were in Pittsburgh Friday for a private fundraiser. Several recent polls have shown Corbett trailing Democratic candidate Tom Wolf by over 20 points.

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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, Fight For Philly, Boat People SOS, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs With Justice, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, Neighborhood Networks, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, 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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PCAPS to mark 60th anniversary of landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision with rally, march, picnic, and canvass in support of good schools and good jobs

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For Immediate Release

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ron Whitehorne, 215-779-2672, ronw292@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler, 617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

PCAPS to mark 60th anniversary of landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision with rally, march, picnic, and canvass in support of good schools and good jobs
Parents, students, teachers, and activists will demand full and equal funding for schools, spread the word about wage expansion ballot question and movement to abolish School Reform Commission

Event is part of national week of action

WHO:

PCAPS public school parents, teachers, students, activists, and supporters; Rep. Jim Roebuck, PFT President Jerry Jordan, Steel Elementary parent Kendra Brooks, Students from Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, SEIU 32BJ Area Leader Daisy Cruz, American Federation of Teachers PA President Ted Kirsch

WHAT:

Rally, march, picnic, and canvass for good jobs and good schools for 60th anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education

WHEN:

Saturday, May 17, 10am,  rain or shine

WHERE:

Bryant Elementary , 61st and Cedar Ave.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd of students and parents, speakers, petitions

PhiladelphiaOn Saturday, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for public schools will observe the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which declared state laws establishing segregated public schools unconstitutional.  The event is part of a national week of action, “Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board: Organizing for Educational Justice For All.”  Ralliers will call for our policymakers to recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in that U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Public education is under attack, and separate and unequal remains the reality for our communities. 

In the past, parents, students and teachers have been pitted against one another. Now, they are taking a stand together.  Parents, students, educators and community residents will rally and march at Bryant Elementary to demand full funding for schools, the end of the state-controlled School Reform Commission in favor of a locally-controlled school board, and the end of the school-to-prison pipeline.  Elected officials, labor leaders, parents, and students will talk about what we can do to fulfill the promise of true school desegregation and equal resources.

Like so many city public schools, Bryant has been devastated by budget cuts that have left it without a nurse on duty at all times. Governor Corbett and his allies have cut funding to the bone, putting our children at risk for educational failure and worse.

Activists will canvass the neighborhood collecting signatures on a petition to enact a Philadelphia ballot question demanding the end of the School Reform Commission and a return to local control. 

The market approach to education – closing schools, charter expansion, over-testing and harsh discipline – has de-stabilized entire neighborhoods, particularly in low-income communities of color.   Ending inequality is impossible without attacking poverty and challenging corporate power. Canvassers will also support the struggle to raise the minimum wage and improve the living conditions of working families in Philadelphia.  They will urge voters to support “Yes on One” for Tuesday’s Ballot Question to give a raise to thousands of city subcontractors at the airport and elsewhere.

The event will conclude with a celebratory picnic.

The five-point PCAPS education plan:

  • A fair funding formula that will distribute state dollars based on student needs and the local district’s ability to pay, not political fights.
  • More revenue for education and human services by closing corporate tax loopholes, taxing natural gas production, and cancelling prison expansion.
  • Holding charter schools accountable and giving local districts the power to monitor them.
  • Shutting down the school to prison pipeline. Replace harsh, zero tolerance policies that criminalize students for minor offenses with restorative justice.
  • Abolishing the School Reform Commission and returning our schools to local control.

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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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Philadelphia Fast Food Workers to Hold First-Ever Strike, Demanding $15/hr and the Right to Form a Union Without Retaliation

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 8am

Jesse Kudler: 617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Philadelphia Fast Food Workers to Hold First-Ever Strike, Demanding $15/hr and the Right to Form a Union Without Retaliation

 

Local Fast Food Workers Join Movement that has now gone global; Strikes in 150 US cities, protests in nearly three dozen countries

‘For the Fast Food Industry…the issue that just won’t go away’—USA Today 

WHO:

Dozens of striking fast food workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Popeye’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC, and others; low wage airport workers; supporters; PA Sen. Christine Tartaglione; PA Rep. Stephen Kinsey; Pastor Larry Patrick; other speakers

WHAT:

First-ever Philadelphia fast food strike

WHEN:

Strike rally Thursday, May 15, 8am, followed by march to rally at Broad and Arch at 9:30am

WHERE:

8am at McDonald’s at Broad and Girard, marching to McDonald’s at Broad and Arch for 9:30am rally

VISUAL:

Strikers, diverse crowd, march, signs, fast food store backdrops

 

 

 

Philadelphia - Calling for $15/hr and the right to form a union without retaliation, fast food workers in Philadelphia will walk off their jobs for the first time ever Thursday as part of a wave of strikes and protests in 150 cities across the US and 33 additional countries on six continents. 

Workers in Philadelphia are calling for $15/hr and the right to form a union without retaliation. They are expected to strike at Philadelphia’s major fast food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. Clergy, elected officials, and community supporters will join fast food workers on the strike lines.

In the US, strikes are expected in cities from Los Angeles to Boston, including the first-ever walkouts in Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia and Sacramento, as the campaign for $15/hr and the right to form a union without retaliation grows. Around the world, workers are planning major protests in at least 33 countries, spanning 80 cities, including in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Malawi, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, and the United Kingdom.

In Wilmington, DE, workers will strike for the third time:

-10:00 am: Strike Rally at McDonald’s 700 W. 4th St. Wilmington, DE, 19801 

-11:00 am: Community Rally outside the County Building 800 N. French St. Wilmington, DE, 19801 ‎

Background: 

A campaign that started in New York City in November 2012, with 200 fast food workers walking off their jobs demanding $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation, has since spread to more than 150 cities in every region of the country, including the South—and now around the world. The growing fight for $15 has been credited with elevating the debate around inequality in the U.S. When Seattle’s mayor proposed a $15 minimum wage earlier this month, Businessweek said he was “adopting the rallying cry of fast food workers.” 

As it spreads, the movement is challenging fast food companies’ outdated notion that their workers are teenagers looking for pocket change. Today’s workers are mothers and fathers struggling to raise children on wages that are too low. And they’re showing the industry that if it doesn’t raise pay, it will continue to be at the center of the national debate on what’s wrong with our economy. 

Earlier this year, workers in three states filed class-action suits against McDonald’s alleging widespread and systematic wage theft. And in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, McDonald’s said worker protests might force it to raise wages this year. With shareholder meeting season upon us, and a recent report showing the industry has by far the largest disparity between worker and CEO pay, scrutiny on fast food companies is bound to intensify. USA Today called the growing worker movement, “the issue that just won’t go away” for the fast food industry. 

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 Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

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

 

 

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PCAPS to rally and canvass in support of neighborhood school parents and students fighting charter conversion

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ron Whitehorne, 215-779-2672, ronw292@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler, 617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

PCAPS to rally and canvass in support of neighborhood school parents and students fighting charter conversion
Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and supporters will also collect petition signatures for local control and voter pledges for candidates who support education

PhiladelphiaSaturday, The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will join parents, students, school staff, and community members to rally and canvass in support of keeping the Munoz-Marin school a district school, rather than turning it over to ASPIRA, a charter school operator.

Speakers will voice opposition to the Philadelphia School District’s proposal to convert Marin to a Renaissance Charter, giving its management over to ASPIRA.  Charterization costs the district an estimated $3000-$4000 extra per student, but none of that money goes to classrooms.  A conversion would also mean that teachers would lose their jobs and have to re-apply to the charter school.   Charter schools also operate without the financial or administrative transparency and accountability that traditional public schools guarantee.

After the rally, English and Spanish-speaking volunteers will canvass the pre-dominantly-Latino surrounding Kensington neighborhood to talk to parents about the May 1st vote on the future of the school.  As part of a PCAPS campaign to mobilize 25,000 Philadelphia education voters for the November election, canvassers will also be asking registered voters to sign a petition to have a non-binding referendum question to abolish the School Reform Commission and return Philadelphia schools to local control added to the November ballot.  And they will carry a pledge card for voters to support candidates who promise fully funded, quality education for all Pennsylvanians.

ASPIRA’s founder Antonia Pantoja was once a strong advocate for unions, but ASPIRA has spent S17,000 of tax payer money on hiring lawyers to keep a union out of Olney High School.  ASPIRA has been repeatedly charged with unfair labor practices. As of June, 2012, Aspira owed its schools $3.3 million, according to an independent audit of the organization’s finances, meaning that money is being kept out of the classroom.

WHO:

Marin parents, school staff, students; ASPIRA teacher from Olney high school; PCAPS supporters

WHAT:

Rally and canvass to keep Munoz-Marin public, canvass to abolish the SRC and return Philadelphia schools to local control

WHEN:

Saturday, April 26th, 10am,  rain or shine

WHERE:

Munoz Marin school, 3300 N. 3rd St.   Rally will be at NW corner.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd of students and parents, speakers, petitions

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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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We Are the 89%: Philadelphia and Wilmington Fast-Food Workers Hit by Wage Theft to Protest

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jesse Kudler (Philadelphia)

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

Julie Blust (Wilmington)

215-713-6777, JBlust@seiu32bj.org

Laura Brandon (National)

202-641-8477, laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com

We Are the 89%: Philadelphia and Wilmington Fast-Food Workers Hit by Wage Theft to Protest
Prayer and speak-out in Philadelphia and “Ronald McDonald” to face “arrest” in Wilmington as outrage grows over new poll shows stealing from employees

Philadelphia and Wilmington – Fast-food workers and faith leader Pastor Larry Patrick will protest Thursday in Philadelphia against systemic and illegal wage theft in the industry—just days after the first-ever national poll of fast-food workers showed companies like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are stealing money from 89 percent of their employees.  Workers will share their stories of wage theft and struggles trying to get by on low wages, and the pastor will offer a prayer in support of fast food workers.

The action comes as two former McDonald’s managers speak out for the first time about how they were forced to steal from workers’ checks. In a video made public Tuesday, the managers talk about how they shaved time off of workers schedules, among other practices, so they wouldn’t “blow labor,” or spend more than they were supposed to, on workers.

Last month, class-action lawsuits filed in California, Michigan and New York alleged McDonald’s is systematically robbing employees by forcing them to work off the clock, shaving hours off their time cards and not paying them overtime, among other practices. The suits demand McDonald’s, which earned nearly $5.6 billion in profits in 2013, pay back the stolen wages and stop its illegal theft of workers’ pay.

Philadelphia fast food workers have recently joined the national movement for $15/hr and the right to form a union, kicking off their campaign on March 18 with a march and rally.

In Wilmington, DE at 1pm, fast food workers and community leaders will hold a protest against wage theft in front of the McDonald’s in downtown Wilmington culminating in the mock “arrest” of “Ronald McDonald.”

Concern over fast food low wages and wage theft has reached a fever pitch in Delaware. Last week, New Castle County Council passed a resolution in support of local fast food workers who are organizing for better wages and a union.

Philadelphia:

WHO:

Fast-food workers, including victims of wage theft; Pastor Larry Patrick of Redeemer Church

WHAT:

Protest Against Wage Theft

WHEN:

Thursday, April 3, 4:30pm

WHERE:

McDonald’s, Broad and Allegheny

VISUAL:

Fast food workers, diverse crowd, speaker, signs

 

Wilmington:

WHO:

Fast-food workers; Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker; Reverend Donald Morton; Darlene Battle from Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement; Jenna Fenstermacher of the Delaware Chapter of Americans for Democratic action; Councilman Michael Brown; Sam Lathem, DE AFL-CIO President

WHAT:

Protest Against Wage Theft

WHEN:

Thursday, April 3, 1:00pm

WHERE:

In front of McDonald’s, 700 W 4th St, Wilmington, DE 19801

VISUAL:

Mock “arrest” of “Ronald McDonald, fast food workers, diverse crowd, speaker, signs

 

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Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

 

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

 

DE Fast Food Forward is a movement of DE fast food workers, and supporters from faith, labor and community groups, who are fighting to raise wages and gain rights at work. It is part of the national movement of low-wage workers fighting for a better future.

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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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PCAPS to rally for charter school accountability

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 14, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

PCAPS to rally for charter school accountability
Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and elected officials will call for commonsense regulation and oversight of Pennsylvania charter schools

Philadelphia, PA – Parents, activists, and elected officials will rally at City Hall Friday at noon in advance of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s 1pm hearing on Charter School accountability and oversight in Pennsylvania.  Ralliers will call for more oversight of Pennsylvania’s and Philadelphia’s charter schools and demand accountability for schools that spend public education dollars.  PCAPS will also release a report, “Restoring the Public Trust: Public Accountability for Pennsylvania Charter Schools,” that calls for commonsense regulation and oversight of PA charter schools to guarantee they are committed to properly educating students.

The report calls for curbs on profiteering and draining money from public schools, transparent and representative governance, rigorous oversight, and open access to a diverse student population.  The report also calls for an end to the school-to-prison pipeline, supports for excellent and experienced teachers, an end to fights for facilities with public schools, and an end to the cyberschool boondoggle.  It offers specific steps and policies in services of these goals and the best features of charters.

Read the report: http://wearepcaps.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/pcaps_publictrust_hires.pdf

Speakers will include public and charter school parents, State Rep. James Roebuck, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and a retired teacher and PFT member.  Speakers will call for commonsense regulation and oversight of charters to guarantee quality education with public money and that charters fulfil their mission to innovate and contribute to educational opportunities. Ralliers will also highlight the many allegations of fraud and abuse at Philadelphia charter schools.

WHO:

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), parents, , State Rep. James Roebuck, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

WHAT:

Rally for charter school accountability and oversight

WHEN:

Friday, March 14, 2014, noon

WHERE:

Northeast corner of City Hall

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, graphics of charter school abuse

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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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Thurs, 10:30am: Fight for Philly and airport worker to join state Sens. Leach and Stack to call for increase in state minimum wage

Advisory: Stack, Leach to Call for Wage Reform for Restaurant Workers

 

 

PHILADELPHIA –March 11, 2014 – -Against the backdrop of chain restaurants on Roosevelt Boulevard, state Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Stack will hold a news conference Thursday to call for sweeping changes in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage laws, including adjusting the current minimum wage for inflation, and elimination of the dated and abused second-tier rate for workers who accept tips. Philadelphia International Airport wheelchair attendant John Stewart will be a featured speaking, talking about the difficulty of surviving on $5.25/hr plus tips. 

The senators will be joined by local restaurant employees, worker advocates and labor leaders.

 

Minimum Wage News Conference

Thursday, March 13, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Roosevelt Boulevard and Goodnaw Sts.

Philadelphia, PA 19115

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PCAPS to protest Bill Green’s first SRC meeting

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

PCAPS to protest Bill Green’s first SRC meeting
Protesters will call for Green to listen to community, not corporate-backed “reformers”

Philadelphia, PA –Parents, teachers, students, and activists with the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) will rally on Thursday at the first School Reform Commission meeting since Bill Green was confirmed as chair.  Protesters will demand that Green heed community calls for full education funding, a fair contract for teachers, and real oversight of charter school growth.

Rather than fighting for more funding, restoring programs, or pushing for local control of schools, Bill Green announced this week that his first priority for schools is weakening teacher protections by changing their contract.  Green wants to pick a fight with educators rather than ally with them.

Green was nominated by Gov. Corbett and confirmed by the state Senate as SRC chair with no testimony from parents, teachers, or students.

Protesters will chant, hold signs, and turn their backs on Green to demand he listen to parents, teachers, and students.

Previous PCAPS statement on Bill Green’s appointment:
“Our biggest priority is to support neighborhood public schools and to make sure our schools get the resources they need from Harrisburg. We don’t think appointing Bill Green to head the SRC is a step in the right direction. Bill Green has a history of supporting vouchers and charter schools, which divert resources from our neighborhood schools. Ultimately, our goal is to replace the SRC, which has been flawed from the beginning and has plunged the district into debt and dysfunction, with local control. Our message to Bill Green: Don’t give up your day job.”

 

WHO:

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

WHAT:

PCAPS and parents tell Bill Green where we stand!

WHEN:

Thursday, February 20, 4:30pm

WHERE:

School District Headquarters,  440 N. Broad St.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, chants

 

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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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Activists to rally at Rep. Kampf’s office to protest education cuts, attack on working families

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Activists to rally at Rep. Kampf’s office to protest education cuts, attack on working families

Families will urge a vote against HB 1507, which makes it harder for PA workers to fight for their rights

Philadelphia, PA – Dozens of activists will rally Thursday outside the office of Rep. Warren Kampf, urging him not to support the toxic HB 1507, which outlaws public workers like nurses and teachers from having their union dues and political contributions automatically deducted from their pay, even though it costs almost nothing and has been done for years.  HB 1507 is the beginning of a broader attack on working families in the state, supported by money from outside billionaires like the Koch brothers and right-wing organizations like ALEC.  It is part of Gov. Corbett’s attack on families, which includes massive cuts to education.

At a time when schools across the state lack proper funding, healthcare access is being denied to thousands of people, and our state desperately needs more good jobs, legislators are seriously considering making things even harder for working people.  HB 1507 is a politically-motivated attack on the very people that fight for the middle class across the state.

Activists will rally outside Representative Kampf’s office with signs, banners, and chants. 


WHO:

Working families, union members

WHAT:

Rally to tell Rep. Kampf not to support HB1507

WHEN:

Thursday, February 20, 11am

WHERE:

Office of Representative Warren Kampf, 42 East Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, chants

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