After 6 phone banks, over 75+ volunteers hours, and 2000+ attempted calls to unlikely voters by Old First volunteers – all just a tiny part in the broader POWER voter engagement campaign in which Philadelphia interfaith congregations called over 45,000 voters this spirng – the results are in!
And the ballot measure to extend the City Charter to subcontrators permanently has PASSED by a landslide!
What a blessing!
We hope together with Mayor Nutter’s recent order, this new wage floor will help low-income employees under city subcontractors to better be able to support themselves and their families and have access to time off and medical benefits that the deserve. We also hope this victory will spur further conversations in this city about the need for living wages and to create more opportunities to stand with our neighbors struggling at the poverty line.
So a huge thank you to all of you Old Firsters who voted on Tuesday and talked up the referendum question with your family, friends, and coworkers this spring.
Also another big THANK YOU to all the Old First volunteers who helped out with the phone banks these past few months — Mindy B., Michael C., Clark D., Katrina F., Barbara G., Karen H., Rochelle H., Mimi C. J., Delilah M., Pat M., Yajeh N., Alice R., Scott S., Mark S., Kathy S., Beth W., Mike W., Linda W., Marjorie W., and Steve W.
Mad props must also be given to Kayla Feifer, who tirelessly entered in all the data from each of those 2000 calls to voters into the system – THANK YOU Kayla!
I also want to just highlight our pastor’s leadership in this campaign both at Old First and in POWER as he’s served in this campaign’s oversight committee; Michael has not only tirelessly phone banked and put in the energy to keep Old First’s campaigns going, but also really helped keep us all focused on how important this macro work can be to help our neighbors and our city as a whole – so thank you Michael!
As a last note, POWER is having a Leadership Assembly on May 29 at Mother Bethel AME. If you’re interested in attending the celebration and learning about the next projects this interfaith community organizing group is hoping to engage in, let
Michael, Mike W., or Hannah know!