Philly School Solidarity Petition to be delivered to Superintendent Hite and the SRC January 19th, 2017
OUR SCHOOLS HAVE NO ROOM FOR HATE.
Today, students from Philly public schools are speaking to the SRC about their fears and concerns for themselves, families, and friends. They are delivering a petition, decorated with love by students in Philly art classes, sponsored by 40 local organizations, and signed by 1000 Philadelphia voters, family members, school staff, and students.
Public schools must be safe places for all children. That’s why the School Reform Commission needs to join the Mayor in protecting the rights of all children and their families regardless of immigration status. We share the district’s stated policy goal “to foster knowledge about and respect for those of all races, ethnic groups, social classes, genders, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations, and gender, and transgender identities.” We call for the District to go further with policy that recognizes the intersecting needs of immigrant students and families. The district must uphold the US Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, privacy, and due process and refuse cooperation with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the fullest extent under the law. We also call on the District to protect all children and their families who are at risk because of the climate of fear following the election of Donald Trump including people of color, women, Muslims, and LGBTQ students. It’s time to train all district employees with the knowledge and tools they need to act in solidarity with our students and families in an increasingly hostile political environment.
Read and sign the full petition here: tinyurl.com/PhillySchoolSolidarityPetition
For a list of signers and more information:
The People's Inauguration/La Inaguración del Pueblo
JOIN US AS WE TAKE A COLLECTIVE OATH TO DEFEND EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND BEGIN BUILDING A NEW WORLD
Friday, January 20th at 4pm
6th and Market in Philadelphia
On the day that Trump takes office, we come together and collectively take an oath to defend our most deep humanity and dignity for everyone - no exceptions. This is the People's Inauguration. Join us.
Bringing together communities from all over the city, we will celebrate our love and faith, and take an oath to defend each other and work for a world of justice, love and dignity.
There will be a march joining us organized by One PA. They will be leaving Thomas Paine Plaza (at City Hall) at 3:45pmand joining us at 4pm for the full program.
Education Town Hall
Supporting Philly Immigrant Students
On January 24th, Council members Helen Gym, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Jannie Blackwell, the Philadelphia School District, the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), United Voices for Philadelphia, and Juntos will host a Town Hall to discuss the needs of immigrant students.
Parents, students, and community members are encouraged to come to the Community College of Philadelphia (1700 Spring Garden Street, Phila., 19130) on January 24th at 6:00pm to share their stories and to weigh in on the needs of immigrant students. To RSVP, request fliers, or for more details, please contact Steve Paul at 215-686-8350.
Event Page: facebook.com/events/1829064400639653