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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PCM in Wakanda/aka NYC

Describe your Wakanda. That was our invitation to 75 teachers at the 6th Annual Teaching Activism Conference on Sunday May 20 at the City Museum of New York when Philly Children’s Movement Steering Group members Maleka Diggs, Andrea Myers, and Jen Bradley facilitated a discussion with educators entitled, “Black Panther: Champion for his community and…

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Rise Up! January Gatherings & Actions

Want to get involved in action and community this month? You’ll find other PCM members leading and/or attending the following events around the city and throughout the month: PCM Co-sponsored Events: MLK Day at the Woodmere Art Museum Monday January 16, 2017 12-4pm Visitors in the gallery will be surrounded by an exhibition of John…

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Sanctuary Project: speaking through art

  With the recent election, many groups and individuals across Philadelphia are feeling intimidated by statements from the incoming administration. Some of the most worrisome policies are President Trump’s emerging ideas around immigration. In response to threats to tripling the number of I.C.E. officers, catching-and-releasing new immigrants, building a wall, ending DACA, and other xenophobic/racist policies, the “sanctuary”…

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MOBS: Million Moms March Philly!

“I matter! You matter! We matter! Guns don’t matter!” Those words, echoed by the long line of people marching down Broad Street on October 16 were especially poignant to hear, since that chant was created by Samuel Powel Elementary students working with PCM earlier in the year. But on this bright sunny Sunday, it was an honor…

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What can you do with the power you have right now?

Feeling the need to join together as a community after the traumatic and racially charged shootings in early summer, Philly Children’s March families gathered together to break bread and affirm our commitment to racial justice and healing. New Covenant’s sweeping fields in Mt. Airy offered a backdrop for families to take time to mourn, heal, play, and…

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Powel students storm Harrisburg AND City Hall!

Philly Children’s March continued to support the work of Philadelphia public school students throughout the spring of 2016. After a powerful march in their own neighborhood, Samuel Powel Elementary’s 4th grade students wanted to keep marching against gun violence. As part of their work with teachers Joe Alberti and Chris Power, Need in Deed, and CeasefirePA,…

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Philadelphia 4th Graders March Against Gun Violence

We are 2-0 thrive  (Rm. 205), and we are marching against gun violence and we need your help when we go to Harrisburg.  We need to change the law because children and adults and cops are getting killed from guns all around the world. This needs to stop because we need a safe environment for…

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Black Superheroes Matter!

  “I am a huge XMen fan. Storm is the reason I got into comic books, and that’s where the biggest geekgirl part of me lies. Even though they have superpowers, it’s still a very human story because their superpowers don’t take away their humanity.” That’s how Ariell Johnson fielded a question from a young…

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Finding Peace with Sonia Sanchez by Doriana Markovitz

i Am YElloW i have arrived in this world like a clump of Yellow pollen melting inside plastic flower-hearts a.w.a.i.t.i.n.g. the feed of honeybees risin’ and fallin’ with the echoing laughs of God  i know the grueling sensation of losing yourself  i have spread out my veins and straggled my desires until they have streamed…

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