For the last two Sundays, we’ve done something different at the end of worship. Immediately before the Benediction, we’ve taken out and turned on our cellphones to call, e-mail, text or tweet State leaders, insisting that they stop transferring more and more financial responsibility for public education on already strapped local communities and their school districts.
On May 29, we contacted Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. On June 2, our messages were directed at Mike Turzai, the House Majority Leader.
On Friday, June 14, POWER will be joining with the Philadelphia Student Union to demonstrate in front of Governor Corbett’s Office in Philadelphia, in The Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets.
Our message will be for the three top state leaders, Corbett, Pileggi and Turzai. As the state budget gets worked out before the end of this month, these three politicians will either stand in the way of or help to find a solution for finding support for local schools across this state.
With all the noise and energy that the students can bring to such event… with clergy and leaders from congregations across this city standing with them, we will make a stand and send a clear message:
“Stop dumping all the financial responsibility for public education on already beleaguered local communities and their school districts.”
We will gather at JFK Plaza / Love Park at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 14.
From there, we will march together down Broad Street to the Bellevue. Imagine the signs inviting drivers to honk if they want the state to step up and fund public education.
At 4:30, there will be a brief rally in front of the Bellevue while a delegation goes into the Governor’s office. Students, teachers, parents and a clergy person from Chester country will speak. Then delegation will report on their visit to the Governor’s office. And the rally will be done by 5 p.m.
Please plan on joining us, and inviting others to join too.