After two prayers last Sunday about the dismal situation in our schools, Michael announced that POWER was having a meeting on Tuesday about possible civil disobedience vis a vis the injustices of failing our children and their educations. He could feel the support in the congregation.
POWER staff and leaders are researching the specific of such actions: how and where civil disobedience might make the strongest statement and create some serious pressure on lawmakers to come up with adequate funding and a full, fair funding formula.
But before that is all figured out, there looks to be an opportunity soon to make a strong, prayerful statement from the diverse but organized religious communities of this city and Montgomery County. The two gubernatorial candidates will be at KYW’s studios — at Spring Garden between 15th and 16th Street — for a gubernatorial debate on Wed., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Imagine if as they arrived, people have encircled the whole block, holding candles and signs about the need for the state to take a leadership position on funding public education for our children. Prayers, songs and news coverage. Maybe even an aerial view of all those flames in the night.
Instead of taking it for granted that education in this state is bankrupt, we need to come out and make some noise and show ourselves and our political muscle.
Look for more details in the days and weeks ahead…