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Governor in town; activists to protest

By Anonymous on May 15, 2012 02:10 PM
Photo: Dale Mezzacappa

At the rally, Crystal Pulle of Youth United for Change. Pulle said, "I am here to fight for my education. Budget cuts have already affected us. We're already down the drain. What more can you do to us? Taking away more money will not give us a quality education; already we are seeing higher class size, fewer teachers, and less support."

Today Governor Corbett is scheduled to give a speech to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and several activist groups plan to protest the event. Corbett will be speaking at the Prince Music Theater, and the protest is planned for 4-6:45 p.m.

Corbett protest rally
Groups are protesting Corbett's proposed budget, which slashes funding for education, general assistance, and medical assistance. The protest is being convened by Decarcerate PA,  Teacher Action Group, Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, ACT UP, Occupy Philadelphia, and Fight for Philly.

Are you planning to attend? Organizers plan to tweet the event under the #pabudget hash tag.

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Comments (7)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 15, 2012 10:42 pm

I tried before but I'll try again. Corbett is the uncle nobody likes. He's guilty of ending the dreams of our kids and he just doesn't care. He shouldn't be allowed to land in Philly after what he did here.

Submitted by Education Grad Student (not verified) on May 16, 2012 12:21 am

I saw footage on the news with people holding "Education not Incarceration" posters. I'm glad people are letting him know that they pay attention to his policies. Shaking my head, this state spends $32,000 per inmate and far less on education. It's a shame. It shows that he cares more about campaign contributions from private prison companies than helping children from low-income families, especially children of color. Power concedes nothing without a demand!

Submitted by Ron Whitehorne on May 16, 2012 11:32 am

Jerry Jordan gave a strong speech on the theme of education not incarceration, students from Youth United for Change spoke, several parents, SEIU 32 BJ, UNITE HERE Local 634 and PFT all had members there.   Now it's time to build for a massive protest on the 31st of this month when the SRC meets.   No to the Privatization Plan.   Fight to Restore the Budget Cuts.   Parents, educators, students and the community demand a real voice, not "input" on a plan developed by high paid corporate turnaroud specialists.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 16, 2012 7:03 pm

Well Said !!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 16, 2012 7:20 pm

The Power of Numbers is ALL we have against these ripoff artists back by huge money.

Submitted by rugshd (not verified) on May 19, 2012 4:40 am

Great to see youth sticking up for their education!

Submitted by rugshd (not verified) on May 19, 2012 4:47 am

Great to see youth sticking up for their education!

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