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Fight for Philly to rally at Toomey’s office in support of minimum wage increase

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Fight for Philly to rally at Toomey’s office in support of minimum wage increase
Protesters will call for Toomey to support plan to raise federal minimum wage to $10.10 as part of national week of action

Philadelphia, PA – Thursday afternoon, a group of Fight for Philly protesters will rally, chant, and carry signs to demand Sen. Pat Toomey join the majority of Americans in supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage.  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) have introduced bills to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and provide automatic annual increases indexed to inflation.

The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009. It’s stuck at $7.25, which amounts to only $15,080 a year – far below the federal poverty line for a family of four. Meanwhile, CEO pay has risen 725% over the last 30 years, and 80% of all real income growth has gone to the richest 1 percent of Americans. If the federal minimum wage had kept up with inflation since 1968, the current minimum wage would actually be $10.71.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center and USA Today, 73% of the public favors raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, including 53% of of Republicans.  The Economic Policy Institute has found that “an increase to $10.10 would either directly or indirectly raise the wages of 27.8 million workers, who would receive about $35 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period.  GDP would grow by about $22 billion, resulting in the creation of roughly 85,000 net new jobs over that period.”

Protesters will chant, carry signs, and rally outside Sen. Toomey’s Philadelphia office to demand he support raising the federal minimum wage for the good of his state, workers, and the national economy.

WHO:

Fight for Philly, minimum wage workers

WHAT:

Demand Sen. Toomey support a minimum wage increase

WHEN:

Wednesday, February 19, 2:30pm

WHERE:

Sen. Toomey’s Philadelphia office, 1628 JFK Blvd.

VISUAL:

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

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Fight for Philly to Protest Corbett budget in Harrisburg at Annual Address

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Fight for Philly to protest Corbett budget in Harrisburg at annual address
Dozens of protesters will leave at 8am to demand budget that works for the people and full and fair funding for education

Philadelphia, PA – Seventy-five Fight for Philly members will board buses and travel to Harrisburg Tuesday for Gov. Corbett’s annual budget address.  They will join hundreds of other activists, parents, students, union members, and others to protest the governor’s record of putting corporations before people and cutting vital programs for health and education.

Corbett cut nearly $1 billion from education when he first took office.  $272 million has been cut from Philadelphia schools.  His new budget is rumored to return $100-200 million to his state education budget, but this represents only a drop in the bucket and does little to fully restore education funding and provide fully-resourced schools.  It has also been reported that none of this money will go to basic education.  Protesters will demand full, fair funding for education.

A recent Franklin and Marshall poll found 62% of registered voters think the state is “off on the wrong track,” and only 23% believe Governor Tom Corbett “has performed sufficiently well to deserve re-election.”

Corbett has hired a former speechwriter for George W. Bush to help with his budget address, betraying his desperation to get re-elected.  Last month, Gov. Corbett canceled an appearance at Central High School last-minute after hundreds of protesters showed up to rally against his education policies.

Protesters will rally at the Capitol and tell their stories of suffering under Corbett’s cuts and previous budgets.  They will chant, hold signs, and join others in demanding Corbett work for the people, not big corporations.

WHO:

Fight for Philly, parents, unemployed workers, union members

WHAT:

Protest Gov. Corbett’s budget

WHEN:

Tuesday, February 4, leaving at 8am

WHERE:

Fight for Philly office, 846 N. Broad St.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd boarding buses, 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

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Fight for Philly to Protest Corbett One Day Before Budget Address

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For Immediate Release

Monday, February 3, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Fight for Philly to protest Corbett one day before budget address
Protesters will demand full funding for education in advance of heading to the Capitol tomorrow 

Philadelphia, PA – One day before the governor’s annual budget address, Fight for Philly members will brave the cold and snow to rally at the governor’s Philadelphia office to protest his budget priorities and failure to fund education adequately. 

Corbett cut nearly $1 billion from education when he first took office.  $272 million has been cut from Philadelphia schools.  His new budget is rumored to return $100-200 million to his state education budget, but this represents only a drop in the bucket and does little to fully restore education funding and provide fully-supplied schools.  Protesters will demand full, fair funding for education.

A recent Franklin and Marshall poll found 62% of  registered voters think the state is “off on the wrong track, and only 23% believe Governor Tom Corbett “has performed sufficiently well to deserve re-election.”

Last month, Gov. Corbett canceled an appearance at Central High School last-minute after hundreds of protesters showed up to rally against his education policies.

Protesters will rally, chant, hold signs, and give speeches demanding the governor’s budget work for the people, not big corporate interests.  They will also talk about their plans to head to Harrisburg tomorrow to protest the governor at the Capitol as he gives his budget address.

 

WHO:

Fight for Philly, parents

WHAT:

Protest Gov. Corbett’s budget

WHEN:

Monday, February 3, noon

WHERE:

Outside Gov. Corbett’s Philadelphia office,  the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, chants

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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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Fight for Philly to travel to West Chester to protest attack on working families

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

Fight for Philly to travel to West Chester to protest attack on working families
Activists will urge a vote against HB 1507, which makes it harder for PA workers to fight for their rights

Philadelphia, PA – Dozens of Fight for Philly activists will travel to West Chester, PA Thursday to urge Rep. Dan Truitt 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.

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 leave the Fight for Philly office at 2pm to travel to Rep. Truitt’s office in West Chester.  They will rally there to call attention to this hurtful bill and urge its defeat.

WHO: Fight for Philly, working families
WHAT: Trip to West Chester to tell Rep. Truitt not to support HB1507
WHEN: Thursday, January 30, leaving at 2pm
WHERE: Fight for Philly, 846 N. Broad St.
VISUAL: Diverse crowd, signs, chants

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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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Activists to protest Sen. Toomey’s vote hurting long-term unemployed

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

Activists to protest Sen. Toomey’s vote hurting long-term unemployed
Protesters will tell Toomey to support crucial lifeline for long-term unemployed workers in slow economy 

Philadelphia, PA – Members of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) and Fight for Philly, including unemployed workers, will march through the cold on Thursday to the Philadelphia office of Senator Pat Toomey, demanding he support an extension in unemployment benefits that help long-term unemployed workers. Sen. Toomey voted this month not to extend unemployment benefits.

Congress failed to extend emergency unemployment compensation before the new year, cutting off 1.3 million workers, including 12,000 from Philly and 86,900 from Pennsylvania, which has the fourth-highest total of unemployed workers collecting emergency long-term benefits.  70,000 more people will lose benefits every week Congress does not extend employment benefits.  Long-term unemployment remains as high as it has been since World War II.   There are currently about 3 unemployed workers for every job opening.   There is little evidence that ending benefits will force people to find jobs more quickly. 

Sen. Toomey has voted to extend unemployment insurance in the past, when George W. Bush was president, but he voted against an extention this month.  PUP and Fight for Philly are asking him to change his vote as emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) extension returns to the Senate.

Protesters will march, chant, carry signs, and tell stories of trouble finding work, demanding Pat Toomey support his constituents and vote to extend unemployment compensation.

WHO:

Unemployed people and activists with Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Fight for Philly

WHAT:

Demand Sen. Toomey help the long-term unemployed!

WHEN:

Thursday, January 23, 11:00am (arrive Toomey’s office 11:15am)

WHERE:

PUP office, 112 N. Broad St., marching to Sen. Toomey’s office , 1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

VISUAL:

Diverse crowd, signs, chants

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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 holiday protest will target Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP)

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 1:30pm

Jihad Seifullah

614-390-1105, pcapscoordinator@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

 

PCAPS holiday protest will target Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP)

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will challenge private reform group to provide more transparency, give more funds to public schools

Philadelphia, PA – Parents and activists with the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will visit the offices of the Philadelphia School Partnership and two of its board members Wednesday in a holiday-themed protest to demand the education “reform” group provide greater transparency and access and support public education.  Protesters will sing carols urging support for public education and deliver a holiday “wish list” including letting PCAPS attend PSP board meetings where crucial public school policy is discussed, opening up board meetings to the public, allowing a public school parent or student on the PSP board, and funding public education.

PSP is a financially well-endowed public school “reform” group that pushes charter schools, privatization, and secret decision-making about our schools.  It has been implicated most recently in a secret contract to SRC member Sylvia Sims for organizing and advocacy work.  PSP also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for work by the Boston Consulting Group on its notorious public schools blueprint, prescribing massive school closings, layoffs, and privatization.  PSP supported Gov. Corbett’s withholding of $50 million in federal funds for Philadelphia public schools at the start of this school year.  The group made robocalls in support of Corbett’s plan.  PSP has been a major force in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania school policy but has demonstrated little transparency or public accountability.  PSP has millions of dollars it has raised from foundations and private donors that could go towards public education.

After caroling at PSPS’s office,  PCAPS will visit the office of Evelyn W. McNiff, President of Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia who “lives outside of Philadelphia,” according to PSP’s website.  They will then travel to the office of Drexel President John Fry. Fry was recently in the news for being paid more than $1million in total compensation in 2011.  Fry is also CEO of Drexel e-Learning, Inc., Drexel’s for-profit subsidiary marketing online Drexel degree programs.  Fry joined Gov. Corbett on a controversial trade trip to South America in April, joining various Corbett corporate fundraisers.

WHO:

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

WHAT:

PCAPS holiday caroling to Philadelphia Schools Partnership Office and offices of board members

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 1:30pm (bus leaves 846 N. Broad St. at 1pm)

WHERE:

Philadelphia Schools Partnership office, 150 South Independence Mall W (between 6th and 7th on Chestnut), Philadelphia, PA 19106; office of PSP board member Evelyn McNiff, Children’s Scholarship Fund, 100 South Broad Street, Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19110; office of PSP board member and Drexel President John Fry, 3141 Chestnut Street, Suite 103, Philadelphia, PA 19104

VISUAL:

Holiday-themed performances, caroling. signs, diverse crowd

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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 continues to oppose SB 1085 after meeting with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 16, 2013

Jihad Seifullah

614-390-1105, pcapscoordinator@gmail.com

Jesse Kudler

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

PCAPS to meet with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams to urge him to drop support for SB 1085

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools to voice opposition to charter school bill that would weaken oversight, cost local school districts.

Philadelphia, PA – Parents and activists with the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will meet with PA Sen. Anthony H. Williams Monday to ask Williams to drop his support of the controversial SB 1085, the “Charter School Reform” bill.  Williams is the only Democratic co-sponsor of the bill and the only one from Philadelphia.  Activists will rally outside during and after the meeting to show support for true charter school reform, not the problematic SB 1085.

SB 1085 purports to bring much-needed reform to Pennsylvania charter schools, but it does more harm than good.  The bill would remove caps on charter school enrollments, leading to unrestricted charter expansion without local community input.  It also strips language requiring charter schools to be models of innovation for public schools, eliminating their intended purpose as laboratories for new teaching methods.

PCAPS opposes provisions of SB 1085 that allow additional entities to grant charters. These provisions of the bill greatly disenfranchise communities from public education by allowing appointed entities to govern public schools.  PCAPS is also concerned with provisions of SB 1085 that require direct payment to charter schools, require ten year charter school renewals, and require all school districts to make their “strategic vision for chartering” available on their public websites.  Under state funding trends, these provisions would severely impact school district budgets at a time when districts are struggling financially.

PCAPS will share these concerns with Sen. Williams and urge him to drop his support for SB 1085 in its current form.  Parents and supporters will speak directly to the senator to share their concerns with him.  They will then join a rally for public education outside the senator’s office at 3:30pm.

WHO:

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

WHAT: PCAPS meeting with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams to urge him to drop support for  SB 1085, rally
WHEN: Monday, December 16, 2013, 3:30pm
WHERE: Sen. Williams District Office, 2901 Island Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153
VISUAL: Signs, diverse crowd

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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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Fight for Philly Activists to protest Gov. Corbett in Drexel Hill

Fight for Philly Activists to protest Gov. Corbett in Drexel Hill

Over fifty protesters to tell governor he needs to “Give Back” at “Main Line Gives Back Awards”

Philadelphia, PA Tuesday, December 3rd, over fifty protesters will travel from the Fight for Philly office to Drexel Hill to protest Governor Tom Corbett. The governor will be the keynote speaker at the Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s “Main Line Gives Back Awards.”  The Main Line Chamber of Commerce represents business interests in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties and helps promote businesses in the region.  “It looks out for their interests in dealing with government,” according to the group’s website.

Fight for Philly will be joined by members of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Action United, Food and Water Watch Pennsylvania, and others.  They will protest the governor for all he has done to hurt citizens across the state, including slashing education funding, ending vital programs like Adult Basic and General Assistance, refusing to expand Medicaid, and putting big business ahead of people. 

Protesters will call for the governor who has taken so much from PA families to “give back” crucial programs and full fair funding for education.  They will hold signs telling the governor to stop taking from citizens to fund a pro-corporate agenda.

 

WHO:

Fight for Philly activists, Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Action United, Food and Water Watch Pennsylvania

WHAT:

Protesting Gov. Corbett at Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s “Main Line Gives Back Awards”: Governor, stop taking from PA!

WHEN:

Tuesday, December 3, 5:30pm [Leaving from Fight for Philly office (846 N. Broad) at 4:15pm]

WHERE:

Drexelbrook, 4700 Drexelbrook Dr., Drexel Hill, PA 19026

VISUAL:

Diverse and energetic crowd of protesters, colorful signs, interviews

 

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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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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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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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