#familydayofaction

No words. There are no words to describe the power and sheer numbers of families who took time to talk with the children, their neighbors, and their loved ones about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Black Lives Matter, the protests, the uprising, police brutality and racial justice. Play is the language of childhood. These…

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Family Day of Action: Sunday May 31

First of all, we hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and doing ok. We know that there is a lot weighing heavily on our hearts and minds. Parenting in the midst of a pandemic is very challenging in its own right, yet it continues to bring injustice and inequity out into the…

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Joy. And Justice.

When the pandemic hit, we were all thrown into survival mode. How to get groceries, how to do school, how to stay safe amidst an invisible threat. It was constant. It was stressful, and it was scary. It still is. With our children’s lives disrupted and so many joyful activities put on hold, the Philly…

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PCM Turned Five Years Old!

PCM celebrated its 5th birthday in style! With core families, PCM friends, and the always amazing band, Mixed People- it was a night! And of course… there was a birthday cake! As we set our intentions for the next five years, it was good to take a moment to honor and celebrate the origins of…

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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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