PSU Blog

Students Demand Real Accountability And An End To School Police Violence

Students Demand Real Accountability And An End To School Police Violence Police brutality is an epidemic that has existed since the Reconstruction Era in the U.S. For decades, the over criminalization of people of color and police violence in our communities has been disregarded by those with the privilege of ignoring it. In Philadelphia’s Public […]

Philly Mama’s Bail Out Day

The week before Mother’s Day, Philadelphia is joining organizations around the country as part of the National Mama’s Bail Out Day to give incarcerated mothers an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families and build community through gatherings that highlight the impact of inhumane and destructive bail practices on Black communities and support the […]

We’re Hiring— Executive Director

Executive Director Philadelphia Student Union Position Summary: The Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) based in West Philadelphia, is a community based youth organizing and leadership development organization led by high school and middle school aged youth with adult support. PSU is national leader in the youth organizing movement with school based, citywide, statewide, and national organizing […]

We’re Hiring! — Youth Organizer

The Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) is a community-based youth organizing and leadership development organization led by high school aged youth with adult support. PSU is a national leader in the youth organizing movement with school-based, citywide, statewide, and national organizing campaigns and strategies, a well-developed media and communications infrastructure, and supportive programs for members. PSU […]

Support PSU on Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday! We hope you’ll consider making a contribution to support the Philadelphia Student Union. We’re excited to announce that ALL donations to the Philadelphia Student Union made today will be matched by the Cahn Funds for Social Change (up to $8,000).

A win on five demands- but fight to end school police violence isn’t over

For the past six weeks, students in the Philadelphia Student Union have held weekly vigils at 440, held press conferences, organized student speak-outs about school police violence, written editorials in major newspapers and The Nation magazine, and testified in front of the School Reform Commission, all to call attention to the injustice of a student […]

Assault at Ben Franklin

On Thursday, May 5th, 2016, Brian Burney, a member of the Philadelphia Student Union and student at Benjamin Franklin High School, was assaulted by a school police officer while attempting to use the bathroom at his school. During 9th period, Brian attempted to use the bathrooms on the 4th and 3rd floor but they were both […]

Last week to get your donation to PSU doubled!

If you believe in youth organizing, and want to help the Philadelphia Student Union hold a weekend-long leadership development retreat for high school students; if you support building the power of students to demand high-quality public education in Philadelphia; if you’ve been meaning to make a contribution to the Philadelphia Student Union but haven’t gotten […]

#GivingTuesday

Today is “Giving Tuesday”, when people around the world give back to their communities, and donate to organizations whose work they appreciate. We hope you’ll consider making a contribution today to support the Philadelphia Student Union! In honor of #GivingTuesday, all donations made on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, December 1 – December 3 2015 will be […]

Our Current Work: #No215Jail Working Group

In May of 2015, Councilman Bobby Henon put forth a bill that would pave the way for a new prison along the Delaware River to replace the aging House of Corrections. Thanks to the work of tireless advocates, vocal city council attendees and those who called in to voice their concerns regarding the building a […]