Beginning this Sunday, March 24, Old First will begin signing up people in our community to attend POWER’s April 21 Assembly. Turn-out will be important as POWER is pressing both the Mayor and the School’s Superintendent for significant commitments towards building a city that works for all.
We want to bring at least 200 people, to add to the 4,000 protestants, catholics, jews and muslims from across the city who will gather to pressure:
1) Mayor Nutter and city council to support a jobs plan that will assure every worker at the airport:
~ hiring that gives needy Philadelphia residents a leg up to jobs at the airport;
~ access to a job readiness & continuing skills training programs;
~ full living wage coverage;
~ a worker retention program (for employees whose jobs end);
~ the right to organize.
2) School District Superintendent Hite to agree to:
~ meet with the broad-based parent organizations in the 4 schools POWER has begun working in when those parent organizations have come up with their agendas, recommendation and issues.
~ Assign a leader from the Office of Parent, Family, Community Engagement & Faith-Based Partnerships to meet with us regularly, keep us apprised of the school district’s efforts to involve parents and the community integrally (and before bad decisions have been made!) in the school district’s decision making processes?
That day, we will have worship outside as part of the UCC’s 4/1 Earth celebration. We will then have a potluck luncheon (at which we may be hosting some of our friends and neighbors that will be coming with us to the POWER Assembly).
Can you make the commitment to participate on 4/21? If so sign up?
Can you tell others about the Assembly, why it’s important and how POWER can help make our city better? If so, how many people can you bring to the meeting on 4/21? (There’s a place on the sign-up sheet to say how many you can bring!)
Thanks for helping us help to make this a better city for all its residents!