Education Not Deportation Actions & Events!

Screen_Shot_2017-02-01_at_10.24.06_PM.pngThere are lots of upcoming organizing events and actions for migrant rights and public schools. Click on the links below and share. If we missed any, let us know so we can update the listings.

The WE Immigration Justice Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month. Please join us! [email protected].

Get your inspiration here: Full Video: Student Testimony at the SRC for the School Solidarity Petition, January 19
New petition - please sign now!

Tell Mayor Kenney to Defy Trump, Defend Philly & Make Us a Real Sanctuary City

Tell Mayor Kenney and our city council to stand up to Trump and take action that both keeps our local police separate from ICE AND transforms our Philadelphia's policies to address the unjust criminal system that uses black and brown bodies to fill up jails through "broken window" policing policies, a racist cash bail system and the overuse of ankle monitors.


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#FurnessSayNoToHate student letter-writing campaign @Miss_Lorch!


Thursday, February 2nd

March Against Discrimination

6 PM - 8:30 PM at 4th & Market, Philadelphia

Join us as we march down Market Street to City Hall to protest the new administration’s racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and malicious policies, and to call on all federal, state, and local elected officials and government agencies to stand up for human rights.



Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop call for participants

Led by Cynthia Dewi Oka
Saturdays 11 am - 1 pm, March 4 – April 1
With a public sharing on Friday, April 7
This workshop will explore questions of belonging, safety, and identity for (im)migrants in the aftermath of election 2016 and the consolidation of racist, misogynist, and xenophobic forces in the United States. 
Apply Here: Applications are due Feb. 3, 2017.


Friday, February 3rd

Save Our Schools: Down with DeVos!

3pm 8 Penn Center

1628 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Teachers and supporters of public education, LISTEN UP! We're gathering on Friday after school in front of Senator Toomey's office to make our voices heard! Betsy DeVos will be a disaster for public education! This could be our last chance to fight for our society's great equalizer! Please join me in fighting for our kids and make Toomey listen!! Toomey is on the fence, let's make him listen!! Make signs and meet in front of his office on Friday after school!


Saturday, February 4th

Stand Up, Fight Back - Training

Unite Here Philadelphia 1415 N. Broad Street, Suite 219, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Join us for a day of skill building, analysis and making a concrete plan for movement building organizing in 2017.
Sponsored by Reclaim Philadelphia and UNITE HERE Philly.


Saturday, February 4th

Philadelphia March for Humanity - #SanctuaryEverywhere

We will not stand by quietly after the executive order that bans refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen). We oppose the ban and any other action that harms our communities or treats people with indignity. We will march on Saturday, February 4th from 1-4pm and we invite people to create sanctuary for each other in the midst of this crisis.
Sunday, February 5th
12 PM - 5 PM, Furness High School, 1900 3rd St
VietLead invites you to our first Tet Lunar New Year Festival - “A Taste of Home/A Story of Resilience.” Our youth-led, adult-supported event aims to celebrate and share Vietnamese culture, uplift food sovereignty practices, and raise awareness of social justice issues in the Viet, Southeast Asian, and broader community. In light of the upcoming Trump presidency, and the hate it has unleashed -- vandalism and intimidation right in our South Philly neighborhoods -- it’s more important than ever for our immigrant and refugee community to be united and continue resisting in the ways we have been--and also in different ways. 
Kính mời mọi người đến dự Hội chợ Tết Nguyên Đán lần đầu tiên được tổ chức bởi VietLead nhằm chào mừng năm Đinh Dậu 2017 với chủ đề “Hương vị quê nhà/Câu chuyện về sự kiên cường”. Hội chợ sẽ được tổ chức vào ngày Chủ nhật, 5 tháng 2, 2017 từ 12 giờ trưa đến 5 giờ chiều tại Furness High School (1900 S 3rd St. Philadelphia PA, 19148). Với sự hỗ trợ của các nhân viên trong tổ chức VietLead, các em thanh thiếu niên trung học đã làm việc cật lực để lên kế hoạch cho sự kiện này nhằm ăn mừng và chia sẻ văn hoá Việt Nam, đề cao các hoạt động liên quan đến việc trồng trọt và nấu ăn của dân tộc, và nâng cao ý thức về các vấn đề xã hội tồn tại trong cộng đồng Việt Nam, Đông Nam Á, cùng các cộng đồng khác trong thành phố. Trước những chủ trương mà chính phủ mới đem lại, bao gồm sự phân biệt chủng tộc, sự chống di dân, chống phụ nữ, chống người đồng tính, chống người da màu, chống người Hồi giáo, chống người tàn tật, v.v., việc mà cộng đồng người di dân và tị nạn ta đoàn kết lại với nhau để cùng nhau chống lại những sự thù ghét này là quan trọng hơn bao giờ hết.
Sunday, February 5th
3-5 pm in the Church of Visitation, 300 E Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia 

Sunday, February 5th
 2 PM - 7 PM 
Pennsylvania State Capitol
N 3rd St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Rally at the PA State Capitol building in Harrisburg PA to show solidarity with our Immigrant brothers and sisters. At the present time there are families being held in detention centers around the country for people who are fleeing their war torn and crime infested countries for a better life with their children. This is an Immigrants' Rights Rally and March for Immigrants' Rights. NO PERSON IS ILLEGAL.
Wednesday, February 8th
5pm-7pm Philadelphia City Hall
On Wednesday February 8th, Muslim and Jewish youth will gather in Philadelphia to declare our uncompromising unity. 
Young Muslims and Jews, allies of faith and secular allies will show what it looks like to fight hate and fear with love and hope. We are coming together to commit to unconditional solidarity between our communities. 
Saturday, February 11th
8:30 AM - 4 PM 
Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School
1901 N Front St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
The Philadelphia Black History Collaborative is sponsoring a curriculum conference entitled “Controlling Our Narrative.” The theme of conference is focused on “Oppression, Resistance, and Accommodation: Contextualizing the Modern Black Experience 1968-2008” 
Thursday, February 16th
55 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
ItAG #4: Immigrant Justice and the Fight for Sanctuary Schools
ItAGs bring together educators, parents, students, and community members to focus on topics related to social justice in education, and to take action connected to what they learned. See all the ItAG descriptions and registerHERE.