Several hundred people staged a spirited rally outside the Governor’s office at Broad and Walnut as the culminating event of a week of rallies around the city to dramatize the plight of Philadelphia’s schools. A letter a delegation of parents, students and teachers delivered to the Governor charged him and his allies with creating “a two-tier, separate and unequal system of education in our state”.
A series of speakers including State Senator Vincent Hughes, Sheryl Lee Ralph, ACTION United parent leader Kia Hinton, PFT President Jerry Jordan, teacher Chrissie Delarossi, YUC student Deonni Martinez, and Antoine Little from AFSCME District 33 and Action United delivered the message that we will not accept another year of “bare bones” education for our children. When police refused to allow a delegation with the letter for the Governor into the building people sat down and shut down Broad St. Eventually a small delegation was allowed to deliver the letter.
PCAPS leader and PFT community engagement staffer Evette Jones reminded the crowd that we must continue to be in the streets, confront Corbett at every turn, and work to bring out a huge education vote in November.