Philly Educators Solidarity Pledge
WE Campaign to Donate Our Stimulus Checks
We invite all PFT members who are financially able* to center the health of other Philadelphia workers, our students, and their families and donate our stimulus checks. Let’s support those who are struggling to survive during these scary and uncertain times.
Things are really bad right now. It should be the government’s responsibility to support workers during this crisis. But in the absence of an adequate government response, we will support each other. As workers who are still salaried at a time when many are not, we are asking you to pledge your check to step in and support those who are struggling most right now.
Economists predict that we are about to enter a recession potentially worse than the Great Depression. This will not pass quickly. Thousands of people are out of work and have lost most, if not all, of their income. The lives of the most vulnerable people in our society just became even more precarious.
Please join us in making the pledge to donate your stimulus check. Then stay connected to us as we fight to transform our system for the long haul.
*We acknowledge that this does not apply to all PFT members and that some PFT members are paid poverty wages. This campaign is directed at those PFT members who will not rely on this one-time stimulus check to pay bills and other necessities.
Organizations to Donate to:
- First, we are asking folks to donate to the ParaPower Relief Fund. We know that our paras are paid poverty wages. Many of them work second or even third jobs in order to make ends meet. While they are still receiving their para pay, many of them are losing the additional income from their other jobs. Please donate to this fund in order to help others within our same union survive right now.
- Additionally, we are listing below local organizations that are offering resources to some of the most vulnerable populations during this time -- essential workers, poor Black and Brown communities, the LGBTQ community, undocumented immigrants, etc. This is not an extensive list. There are many organizations doing incredibly important work in Philly that are not listed. We chose organizations that we felt would most benefit from our donations.
- ParaPower Relief Fund: A one-time grant to support PFT paraprofessionals who need support resolving an emergency expense. Funded by PFT members for PFT members; support your union siblings! Donate here.
- North Philly Peace Park Free Produce Program: A small farm in North Philadelphia, currently providing free produce regularly to people in their neighborhood. Donate on cashapp: $LaviniaMDavis
- Juntos: Juntos is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for our human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants. Based in South Philly, they are currently providing a range of services to the immigrant community. Donate Here
- Viet Lead: VietLead is an organization focused on sustaining the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia and New Jersey. They are providing various supports to their members and neighbors. Donate here
- Build Up Stay Up: Program aims to decrease housing insecurities among youth ages 18-21 in danger of becoming homeless or are homeless and have aged out of foster care, and to provide transitional housing that includes programming aimed to enhance life skills that lead to housing security and self-sufficiency. Donate here
- COVID-19 Trans/Queer Relief Form: Fund created to support Trans and Queer people during the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donate here
- Unite Here Worker Relief Fund: Funds are used to help hospitality workers maintain family health insurance coverage during layoffs or reduced hours, pay for food, rent, and utilities, replace wages lost due to reduced hours and tips, and to retrain for new jobs during the business downturn. Donate here
- PA Domestic Workers Alliance Relief Fund: The Coronavirus Care Fund (CCF) provides $400 in emergency assistance for qualifying home care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance from the Fund is to help you stay home and stay safe during the pandemic. Donate here
- The Emergency Prisoner & Family Relief Fund: The Abolitionist Law Center, with support from volunteers of the Human Rights Coalition, has launched a relief fund directly supporting 1) people currently or formerly incarcerated in Pennsylvania state prisons and 2) their families affected by job loss, reduced wages, and illness. Donate here