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February 14, 2018

Take Action for Voting Rights

The highest court in Pennsylvania ruled that the districts our statehouse has drawn for our Congressional representatives in Congress are unconstitutional. Republican leadership in Harrisburg wants to stack the deck so Democratic voters and people of color don’t count. Congress has immense power over the resources that come to our communities, and the policies that hurt or help our families every day. Here’s why you need to take action for you and your neighbors.

In 2011, Republicans in Harrisburg drew maps to advantage their Republican friends in Congress. The Republicans used a number of tricks – called gerrymandering – to keep the state red, even though the majority of PA voters are Democrats. The maps divide up communities of color to dilute their vote, by either segregating people of color in just a few districts, or splitting communities up into unrecognizable pieces. This means many of our districts look like Rorschach blots. PA’s 7th Congressional district is a good example:

The PA Supreme Court gave state Republicans a chance to fix the maps. The maps Republican PA Speaker of the House Mike Turzai and PA State Senate President Joe Scarnati drew still aim to discount Democratic voters. Their map splits areas with high numbers of Democrats across districts and exclude from Republican strongholds places where people of color and women leaders could emerge to take office.

 

Here’s the line between the 1st District that covers much of Philadelphia and the 7th District reaching into Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties. Notice anything? The district cuts out the Philly suburbs in Delaware, so high numbers of people of color are not in the 7th. A district like this from Turzai and Scarnati is no surprise after Delaware County Council picked up it’s first Democratic reps in history and Delaware County Democrats now outnumber Republicans by 16,525 voters.

 

The new districts continue to split Montgomery County voters across 4 congressional districts, cutting up the county’s growing communities of color into districts that stop representatives who are people of color.

 
 
 

Up in the the Lehigh Valley, shifting the 15th District borders into Carbon County pack in even more Republicans registered voters into the district in an attempt to hold power in a rapidly diversifying area.

 
 

When it comes to funding our schools, prioritizing investment in communities rather than investment in prisons, and protecting our environment these maps help state and congressional Republicans win elections even though the majority of voters want otherwise.

Make sure you and your neighbor’s vote count.

December 22, 2017

Onward to 2018 — Happy Holidays from Philly We Rise!

Happy holidays, Philly We Rise! We can’t believe 2017 is already over. For many of us, this has been a year unlike any we have ever known. Each day seems to bring a new unprecedented political moment, and a new battle to hold onto things we may have never imagined might be taken away.

And in other ways, this year has simply brought more of what we’ve been faced for as long as we — and our ancestors — can remember. We didn’t start Philly We Rise after Trump’s election because we thought we had new battles that we didn’t have before. We started Philly We Rise because we wanted to lift up the organizing and voices of those that knew that Trump’s rise, though frightening, was simply one symptom of a broken system that, for centuries, has pushed down the interests of everyday people in order to lift up the wealthy and powerful. We wanted to bring a spotlight onto the leaders who know what we’re up against, so that no one newly mobilized by Trump’s rise would enter the struggle alone from square one.

The calls to action we’ve heard across Philadelphia and the region this year are too many to list. We shut down the city for multiple days when the Republicans came to town for their “retreat” in January, marching on City Hall, and dancing in the streets for LGBTQ healthcare. We dropped what we were doing and came out to the airport by the thousands when Trump announced his first anti-Muslim travel ban. We went to Senator Toomey’s office every Tuesday to demand he hear from his constituents. We forced the District Attorney race to be about what matters most to Philadelphians: ending mass incarceration and a racist criminal legal system that targets Black and Brown people in our city. We organized community networks to look out for each other and helped families find safety. We took back control of our public schools.

With the last-ditch passage of the #TaxScam that will hurt everyone but the super rich, with the destabilization of our healthcare system, with uncertainty for immigrants, and serious threats to free and open internet communication, there will be no rest to our struggle in 2018. The new year also brings new potential, including a new District Attorney, and the opportunity to push the governors race and midterm elections to be about issues that matter to us, the people.

In 2018, Philly We Rise will continue to report from the ground, bringing you links, events, livestreams, video, photos, and Weekly Happenings to let you know what’s going on and what’s coming up in the #PhillyResistance. We are so grateful to be your source for progressive and people-powered organizing in Philadelphia in the age of Trump.

If you’ve found value in Philly We Rise this year, please consider making a donation or buying a t-shirt or hoodie to support our work, so we can amplify and elevate the struggle in Philadelphia and the region until we’re all free.

We’ll see you in 2018! Until then, we are sending you the warmest wishes on this Winter Solstice, and joy and power for the new year!

In Solidarity,

Philly We Rise
August 3, 2017

Take part in the Philly We Rise Community Survey!!

Since day one, Philly We Rise has been all about the people in and around our city. We don’t answer to anyone but you, so we want to know some more about you and what you want to see from Philly We Rise in the coming months. Plus — enter for a chance to win some Philly swag! Please take a few minutes to fill out our community survey. Your feedback is so valuable to us! We can’t do this without you.

In solidarity,
Philly We Rise

June 29, 2017

Donate to the #PhillyWeRise Election Coverage Fund

If there is any lesson learned from recent elections it’s that the best chance to make real progressive gains is with a well-mobilized resistance pushing for it. That’s why we need you to donate to a new fund to power news and information for upcoming elections through Philly We Rise.

The next major moment is in front of us. Key local, state and federal elections are fast approaching, with the 2018 primary elections less than 12 months away. We need your help to make sure Philly We Rise is there for the moment.

We’re launching a new fund for political news and coverage supporting candidates and pushing the issues that the resistance believes in: racial justice, economic justice, environmental justice, gender justice, reproductive rights and immigrant rights. To make it work we need to raise new funds so that Philly We Rise can support progressive candidates and oppose the little Trumps of our region.

If you want Philly We Rise to be your source for what’s happening in the local elections that will define the second half of Trump’s presidency, donate to our special Philly We Rise Election Coverage Fund.

Thank you for trusting Philly We Rise to be your hub for the resistance.

[1] Tax exempt charitable non-profits are prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates for elections. The Philly We Rise Election Coverage Fund is housed by 215 People’s Alliance C4 so your donation can go to Philly We Rise taking a stand through the mid-terms. Contributions to the Election Coverage Fund are not tax deductible.

June 29, 2017

Reimagining Resistance: A Video Series

While Trump’s rise to the presidency has heightened our political awareness as a country, we also know that he is just one symptom of the injustice and inequality that have been part of our realities for centuries. And while Trump didn’t come from nowhere, the resistance to him, his policies, and his sympathizers hasn’t come from nowhere either.

In Philly We Rise’s new seven-segment series, Reimagining Resistance, we highlight different groups who organize for a just future for our city and our state. These groups know there are battles to be fought — and won — no matter who is in the White House or the State House. They’re fighting for our communities, our families, our city, our state, our country, our world. Read More

June 27, 2017

Community Is Power

Reimagining Resistance: Community is Power

"All we really do is look to our ancestral and cultural ways to find the answer." Our final video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Lan Dinh of VietLead. VietLEAD focuses on sustainability, and self-determination for the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. Under the new administration, the Vietnamese community has been rocked by a surge of ICE detentions targeting hundreds of community members with prior criminal convictions. VietLEAD has pulled together a national “Anti-Deportation Vietnamese Strategies Network,” because they believe that no one should be forcefully deported and removed from their families and communities. #not1more #refugeeresilience

Posted by Philly We Rise on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

“All we really do is look to our ancestral and cultural ways to find the answer.”

Our final video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Lan Dinh of VietLEAD. VietLEAD focuses on sustainability and self-determination for the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. Under the new administration, the Vietnamese community has been rocked by a surge of ICE detentions targeting hundreds of community members with prior criminal convictions. VietLEAD has pulled together a national “Anti-Deportation Vietnamese Strategies Network,” because they believe that no one should be forcefully deported and removed from their families and communities.

 

June 26, 2017

Sanctuary in the Streets

Reimagining Resistance: Sanctuary in the Streets

"Especially in this hostile political environment, we need to offer sanctuary for each other." In our 6th video of the Reimagining Resistance series, Stevanie Theresa of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia talks about the collective power of community, NSM’s emergency hotlines, and creating sanctuary spaces to fight back against the ever-growing threat of deportations and hate crimes in Philadelphia.

Posted by Philly We Rise on Monday, June 26, 2017

“Especially in this hostile political environment, we need to offer sanctuary for each other.”

In our 6th video of the Reimagining Resistance series, Stevanie Theresa of New Sanctuary Movement – Philadelphia talks about the collective power of community, NSM’s emergency hotlines, and creating sanctuary spaces to fight back against the ever-growing threat of deportations and hate crimes in Philadelphia.

June 23, 2017

At war with the 1%

Reimagining Resistance: At war with the 1%

"We have to link the struggles in the workplace with the struggles at home." Spring 2017, 215 People's Alliance led a campaign calling for the City of Philadelphia to divest its payroll funds from Wells Fargo Bank. And won. Our fifth video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Meghna Chandra and Derrick Mathis of 215PA.

Posted by Philly We Rise on Friday, June 23, 2017

“We have to link the struggles in the workplace with the struggles at home.”

Spring 2017, 215 People’s Alliance led a campaign calling for the City of Philadelphia to divest its payroll funds from Wells Fargo Bank. And won. Our fifth video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Meghna Chandra and Derrick Mathis of 215PA.

June 19, 2017

Real Change Comes from Being Prepared

Reimagining Resistance: Real Change Comes from Being Prepared

"You need to find the folks that have been moving towards a vision for a long time, and throw down with those folks." Our forth video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Pep Marie of the PhillySUN Project. Philly SUN is currently building a network of parents, students, school staff, community members and community partners in West & Southwest Philly. Pep talked with us about how envisioning the communities we want can help us deal with the changing political climate.

Posted by Philly We Rise on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

“You need to find the folks that have been moving towards a vision for a long time, and throw down with those folks.”

Our forth video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Pep Felton of Philly SUN. Philly SUN is currently building a network of parents, students, school staff, community members and community partners in West & Southwest Philly. Pep talked with us about how envisioning the communities we want can help us deal with the changing political climate.

June 17, 2017

Freeing Philly Mothers For Mama’s Bailout Day

Reimagining Resistance: Freeing Philly Mothers For Mama's Bail…

"Cash bail doesn't keep communities safe." Our third video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Reuben Jones and Elizabeth Long of the #No215Jail Coalition. On May 13th, Members of #No215Jail Coalition, Philadelphia Student Union, and 7 other organizations bailed out Philly mamas as part of the national movement to end cash bail and mass incarceration. Watch this video to learn how cash bail affects families of color. Sign the petition to end cash bail in Philadelphia #PhillyWeRise #No215Jail https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/end-cash-bail

Posted by Philly We Rise on Saturday, June 17, 2017

“Cash bail doesn’t keep communities safe.” Our third video in the Reimagining Resistance series is with Reuben Jones and Elizabeth Long of the #No215Jail Coalition.

On May 13th, Members of #No215Jail Coalition, Philly Student Union, and 7 other organizations bailed out Philly mamas as part of the national movement to end cash bail and mass incarceration. Watch this video to learn how cash bail affects families of color.

Sign the petition to end cash bail in Philadelphia #PhillyWeRise #No215Jail https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/end-cash-bail

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