Starting this week, the Occupy Philadelphia calendar will be sent weekly on Sunday night. Please send your information to OccupyPhillyCalendar@gmail.com at least one week in advance in order to give us enough time to include it in the weekly calendar.
Mon Aug 12 6:00pm Act-UP Weekly Meeting – St Luke’s Church Basement – 330 S. 13th St Between Pine and Spruce
Tue Aug 13 7:30pm Books Through Bars Packing Cafe – The A-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave
Wed Aug 14 6:00pm Money Out of Politics working group/ Philly Rootstrikers – Friends Center
Fri Aug 16 12:00pm Third Friday Protest for Palestine – 19th & JFK
Sun Aug 18 2:00pm PHARE/Wells Fargo working group – 1706 Race St.
5:00pmLong Term Organizing MDU working group – Ethical Humanist Society, Rittenhouse Square
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has announced seven Regional Meetings this week. TAG Core Members will be at each one.
Monday August 12th
-Central Region: Meade Elementary, 1600 N. 18th Street, 1-2 PM
-West Region: Penn Alexander Elementary, 4209 Spruce Street, 1-2 PM
Tuesday, August 13th
-East/East Central Region: Juniata Park, 801 E. Hunting Park Ave, 1-2 PM
-Northeast Region: Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Ave, 1-2 PM
Wednesday, August 14th
-Northwest Region: Hill-Freeman, 6200 Crittenden Street, 12-1 PM
-Southwest Region: West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut Street, 12-1 PM
-South Region: CAPA, 901 S. Broad Street (Enter on Christian Street side), 12-1 PM
The meetings are organized by the PFT to both update and get feedback from the membership. If you’re unsure about what to say, here are some talking points:
-We need to get prepared to NOT let the doomsday scenario happen in our schools. We need to make a plan NOW.
-The contract is up on August 31st, and it sounds like the District is not working with us. If the bargaining team isn’t satisfied, we need a plan to SHOW OUR POWER.
-Thousands of our colleagues are STILL laid off. We need to make a plan to get them their jobs back.
-The District may try to impose a bad contract on us. We need to make a plan to defend our rights and our schools.
It’s time to make sure the PFT knows that we are prepared to hit the streets and do whatever it takes to get what our schools need! We need to send the PFT to the negotiating table with the power of our numbers behind them. If we show frustration and urgency at the Regional Meetings, the PFT Community Engagement Staff will take it back to the negotiating team, and they will be empowered to act.
Monday, August 12, 7:00pm, Tell It to the Children: Town Hall on School Funding, Mother Bethel AME Church, 419 S. 6th St.
We have learned that Dr. Hite will be in Harrisburg Monday evening to negotiate with the Governor. But our actions do not depend on what they say or do…we will gather at 7 PM Monday to make our voices heard all the way in Harrisburg. We must begin now to make sure that this doesn’t happen again next year and the year after that.
Join faith leaders, public school parents and students, and allies, to demand answers regarding Superintendent Hite’s recent announcement that Philadelphia Public Schools won’t open Sept. 9th due to funding shortfalls and to demand a plan for a long-term, state-level funding formula to avoid yearly school budget crises.
Moderators: Lauren Grabelle-Herrmann, Senior Rabbi of Kol Tzedek Synagogue, Dr. Kevin Johnson, Senior Pastor Bright Hope Baptist Church, Invited Officials: Mayor Nutter, Council President Clarke, Superintendent Hite, Governor Corbett. Please bring your cell phone. We will be calling city and state officials during this event.
Tuesday, August 13, 12pm, Back to School Rally in Support of ASPIRA Teachers and Staff, ASPIRA Headquarters (4322 N. 5th Street)
As we head back to school this year, teachers and students are fighting for a lot more with a lot less. This is true across the board, including for the dedicated teachers and staff at ASPIRA’s Olney Charter High School, who are forming a union to strengthen staff voice and make improvements. In a charter environment hostile to organizing, and through intense pressure from the administration, ASPIRA staff are coming together to advocate for each other and their students, and to pave the way for better standards for all teachers in the future.
We will be rallying, singing and chanting, and staging a theatrical “Back to School Drive” in front of ASPIRA’s central offices. Teachers, staff, parents, alumni, and community supporters will demonstrate that we’re ready to bring back to school everything we and our students need to be successful, but that requires a seat at the table to negotiate a strong union contract. The ASPIRA union organizing campaign connects more educators to the broader movement for charter accountability and quality education for all. Stand with us on Tuesday!
Please RSVP to email@example.com and let us know you’ll join us.
Wednesday, August 14, 8am, Join the Fast for Safe Schools, 440 N. Broad, outside the School District HQ.
Come support parents, clergy, students and school staff as they Fast for Safe Schools! We will be camped out in front of the School District of Philadelphia from 8am -8pm calling on the city, state and school district to make student safety a top priority.
Join Unite Here Philadelphia by fasting in solidarity, sharing words of support or rallying with us at the district’s headquarters at 5pm.
Thursday, August 15, 6:30pm, Stop Snitching on Yourself Training in the 19th District. Know Your Rights!, 6006 Master St., Philadelphia, PA
UATL is working with GLAW foundation to train members of the community in Philly’s 19th Police District to know your rights during stop and frisk encounters with cops on the street, at your home, in custody, in your car, and on the Web. Come out on Thursday, August 15th prepared for an informative presentation and lively discussion about your rights and the cops. Have questions or want more information? Call 267-202-5213.
Thursday, August 15, 8:00pm, Philadelphia Organizers drink beer, Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street
Organizers from labor and the broader social justice movement in Philly are invited to drink beer, get to know each others work, make new friends, and nerd out about the struggle. Pass this on to anyone you think would be interested.
Thursday, August 15, 7:00pm, Hard Time Blues: a reading by Elwin Cotman, A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.
Join fantasy writer Elwin Cotman and poet Shevaun Brannigan for the Philly stop on Cotman’s Hard Time Blues tour.
Friday, August 16, 4:30pm, Third Friday Protest for Palestine, in front of the Israeli Consulate, 19th & JFK.
Come show your support for Palestine, bring signs. For more information contact PhillyIAC@gmail.com or call 215-724-1618.
Friday, August 16, 7:45pm, Philadelphia IAC film under the stars series: The Central Park Five. Clark Park, 45th & Regent Sts.
A documentary that examines the 1989 cause of five Black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 12 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. Watch the film and ask yourself: Is the legal system in 2013 that exonerated George Zimmerman any better than in 1989?
Friday, August 16, 7:00pm, Documentary screening and discussions of “HISphoria: Trans, Male & Dysphoric” and “STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen” A-Space 4722 Baltimore Ave.
The screenings will be used as a fundraising tool for Lovehall’s surgery, but also hopes to spark dialogue around topics such as gender binarism, gender identity, gender expression, trans* empowerment and trans* consciousness. $10 Admission. Light Refreshments Served; for more information, please email ChristianLovehall@yahoo.com
Saturday, August 17, 2:00pm, Training to Resist the Keystone XL Pipeline – Philadelphia & Delaware Valley, Friends Center 1501 Cherry St.
Join us for a training this regional training, facilitated by George Lakey, Eileen Flanagan, and Matthew Armstead. This fall, we will sweep out dirty politics and help President Obama say a clear “No!” to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The State Department has been caught doing a dirty trick and then trying to hide it. Asked by the White House for an expert memo on the consequences of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, State produced a report in March written by the same corporations that stand to gain mega-bucks from the project. Then, as Mother Jones later revealed, State redacted the corporate connections of the authors when filing the report for public consumption.
This fall, over 68,000 people across the country have pledged to “engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience” sending a clear message to President Obama that he must say “No” to the corporate interests that snuck in the back door of his State Department.
Earth Quaker Action Team, is organizing the Delaware Valley action in conjunction with CREDO and Rainforest Action Network. Whether or not you signed the pledge or plan to commit civil disobedience, join us for a training to sweep out dirty politics.
Monday, August 19, 5:30pm, Happy Hour Fundraiser for Decarcerate PA, Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th St.
This is a fundraiser for Decarcerate PA at Dock Street Brewery! Come out and show your support for ending the expansion of Graterford Prison.
Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. We demand that PA stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities.
$6 gets you a drink from Dock Street and a donation for Decarcerate! Please invite your friends and family to this event. Raffle items will be available! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Thursday, August 22, 3:30pm, PCAPS Day of Action to Save Our Schools, 17th & JFK.
As the days tick down to September our schools remain on course for a disastrous opening without the necessary staff to maintain health and safety, let alone insure that learning goes on. We can’t let that happen.
Join PCAPS on Thursday, August 22 for an afternoon of events.
• 3:30 Rally at Comcast, 17th and JFK – Demand corporations pay their fare share
• 4:15 March to City Hall, Demand City Council and the Mayor take emergency action to fund the schools
• 4:45 March to SRC meeting, Demand they fight for funding instead of attacking teachers and school workers
Saturday, August 24, 11am, March on Point Breeze Ave. for Affordable Housing, Public Education, Jobs, and Freedom, 1717 Point Breeze Ave, outside the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we will march on Point Breeze Ave. for Affordable Housings, Public Education, Jobs, & Freedom.
Long-term residents of the Point Breeze community, have suffered through years of divestment, drug epidemics, and gun violence. NO JOBS. Young people with NO OPTIONS – locked up, often charged as adults, and come home with even less options.
Finally, some resources are coming into POINT BREEZE.
BUT those resources are not being allocated with the design to help long-term residents, or to build a vibrant working-class Point Breeze. Instead they’re being allocated to push people out! Outrageous!
We recently defeated OCF’s plan to build Ori Feibush’s dreamhouse on Annin St. against the neighbors wishes. ZBA votes against Ori Feibush’s Point Breeze Project
We need others to stand with us! We need others who recognize that what happens in Point Breeze has implications for all of Philadelphia. We need people to stand in SOLIDARITY WITH US against UN-DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT.
We will begin with a rally outside the historic Point Breeze Performing Arts Center (1717 Point Breeze Ave. and end at Point Breeze Ave. and Federal St. protesting the profit-first development of OCF Realty
Events listed here include Occupy Philly related events as well as other social justice events. For more updates be sure to check the Occupy Philly Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OccupyPhilly. Your support is greatly appreciated!