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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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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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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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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Plannning to march at Powel Elementary!

Philly Children’s March had the enormous honor of meeting with BOTH fourth grade classes at Powel Elementary! These young students are working with Need in Deed to address the issue of gun violence in their community. I was invited to talk with them about people I know personally who have been lost to gun violence,…

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