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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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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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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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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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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Letters to the Mayor of Philadelphia

  What does our Mayor need to know about kids in Philadelphia? How can Dr. King’s words help guide us today? These are the questions that children were answering as they were invited to write letters to Philadelphia’s newly elected Mayor Kenney. Philly Children’s March, along with many other families, enjoyed the Woodmere Art Museum’s “We Speak:…

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MLK Day: Celebration and Activism at the Woodmere

From Newsworks: Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill hosted its first-ever Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Festival in honor of the civil rights leader whose legacy continues to inspire the fight for equality. More than 550 families came out to enjoy making crafts, hear stories and poems, view art and even dance in honor of…

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“Mommy, what does that Black Lives Matter sign mean?”

If your family has walked or driven through certain parts of Northwest Philadelphia lately, you or your children might have seen signs supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This may feel somewhat redundant in a community like Mt. Airy, which prides itself on being a welcoming and multiracial community. Mt. Airy is indeed such a community, with…

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I am, because you are.

Thank you to Nia Eubanks Dixon for inspiring us at the end of our October family gathering to keep the work in our hearts. Video Credit: Jeannine Cook

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