On Thursday, April 13, POWER in conjunction with the Opportunities Industrial Center (OIC) and UNITE-HERE (the hotel and food service workers union) held their second hearing to discuss solutions to poverty in Philadelphia. As noted at the hearings, some zip codes in Philadelphia have real unemployment rates of 70%. Meanwhile, the state is spending $1,000,000 on certain city blocks to incarcerate people annually.
The discussions have included everything from unionization of service sector jobs, creating a public bank for Philadelphia, justice for citizens returning from prison, and creating more co-ops.
On Thursday, May 19 there will be a Poverty Summit at Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. More information will be coming soon. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. All are welcome.
Mike Kaib (for the Old First POWER Team)