Play, Zine Making, More Play: An Afternoon with the Kids of PCM

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in April, 10 kids from across Northwest Philadelphia gathered together to create a Zine documenting their time with the Philly Children’s Movement. The ‘Zine’, a fun, kid-friendly, magazine collage, is to be a submission in the upcoming issue in #CritEdPol (a journal focusing on critical education policy), discovering the “Beautiful…

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Developing Racial Literacy at Media-Providence Friends School

PCM has been working with the Media-Providence Friends School (MPFS), a local Friends school interested in engaging more deeply in issues of race and diversity (1) within its school community. On April 10th, PCM core group members Jen Bradley and Tia Mathisen, along with former PCM intern Alexis Riddick, facilitated a discussion with parents, staff…

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“Talking with children about…”

A child’s innocence is often viewed as a precious, fragile thing that we must work to protect. No matter how hard a guardian may try, however, children will eventually notice differences in class, race, (dis)ability, gender, religion, and more. They will try to make sense of the differences they observe, and turn to you for…

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Why Black Teachers Matter by Messiah Toure Cook

In America, it’s pretty common for us to say that we are one of the best countries in the world. And while I have no doubt that we strive to deserve that title, I still challenge us to answer the question, “Best at what?” Allow me, a black male sophomore receiving a public education in…

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How many Black teachers has your child had?

On September 8, 2018, the Philly Children’s Movement will launch our #BLK2SCHOOL campaign, demanding that schools hire more Black teachers. Our launch event will be held at Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe from 12:30-4pm. We are asking that families and community members drop off school supplies to be donated to a local school and pick up…

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Immigrant Justice: Potluck, Protest, and Play

Yesterday, PCM families gathered together in fellowship and protest against the separation and detention of undocumented families both at the border and in our own more immediate communities. The action, a collaboration between PCM and Philly InFormation: Mt. Airy, took place in the early evening, on the grounds of New Covenant Campus on Germantown Avenue. Families…

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Conversations on Race at the Waldorf School

Steering Group member Maleka Diggs has been working throughout the year with a group of parents, administrators, and teachers at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Alexis and I — two of PCM’s three summer interns — had the pleasure of sitting in on the last of these workshops, which took place June 4th. The goal…

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7th Graders at Lea Elementary School March Against Gun Violence

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7th graders from Henry C. Lea Elementary School marched in their West Philadelphia community against gun violence. The march began at 1:30 pm in front of their school’s beautiful playground. As the students walked, a few younger children from the playground approached the gate to cheer the students on. The students…

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PCM Poster-Making and Chant-Making at Lea Elementary

PCM was invited over to the Henry C. Lea Elementary School, in Walnut Hill on Thursday, May 24th to assist a 7th grade class in making posters and preparing chants for a march that they are planning to have next week. The subject of protest for the class was addressing gun violence in their communities…

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