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PCAPS Launches Community Schools Campaign


On November 20th, PCAPS (Philly Coalition Advocating for Public Schools) launched our Community Schools Campaign. Over a hundred people came together at Arch St. Methodist Church that night to kick off the campaign and discuss the benefits of the community schools model.  The event was part of a national week of action in 15 cities across […]

VIDEO: SRC’s Simms Screams at Students, We Demand Local Control

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“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” -Assata Shakur To those who have called our action on October 15th “disrespectful”, we invoke this wisdom of Ms. Shakur. As we peacefully protested at the School District of Philadelphia’s […]

National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality


Today is the 19th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. This past weekend, thousands from across the country gathered in Ferguson. Decades of racist abuse, criminalization, and police terror came up against fearless resistance. We stand today to say we want an end to racist policing, repression and mass incarceration. This year, over […]

PSU gives Keynote at Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair

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On Friday, October 17th, we were honored to be the keynote speaker for the Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair. Koby Murphy, a PSU alumnus, and Mahala Papadopoulos, a current PSU member, delivered the keynote to a room full of hundreds of parents, students, organizers and teachers.

“Won’t Back Down” Screening at the School District of Philadelphia

Tonight, the School District of Philadelphia screened “Won’t Back Down” for their Parent Appreciation night during their “Family Appreciation” Month. This movie, at its core, blames teachers and neighborhood schools for the failure of a broken education system that intentionally sets schools and students up to fail. This film demonizes teachers unions and promotes charter […]

SRC Cancels the PFT Contract

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At 9:30am today teachers and students were in school, parents and community allies were at work, and the SRC was voting unanimously to cancel the PFT’s contract and impose new health insurance benefits. In what can only be described as a complete disregard for process, and likely a violation of the Sunshine Act, the meeting […]

Announcing: Cahn Funds for Social Change matching grant to the Philadelphia Student Union!


  The Philadelphia Student Union is excited to announce that the Cahn Funds for Social Change has pledged to match all donations up to $4,000 made to the Philadelphia Student Union by October 31, 2014. PSU is currently raising funds to hold a fall retreat, where 30 to 40 student organizers will spend all weekend […]

Our School Year So Far at PSU!


It feels like the 2014-15 school year just started, but we’ve been busy so far. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past month.  On the first day of school this year, students entered Philadelphia school buildings that are understaffed, overcrowded and severely under-resourced, with a severe shortages of counselors, nurses, and noon-time aides. […]

Our Week of BAYM!

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Another summer has ended and a new school year has begun. Any summer at PSU wouldn’t be complete without our week-long organizing and leadership institute, BAYM (Building A Youth Movement)! Knowing that this schools year will present more challenges than ever before, as our schools continue to be under-resourced and under-funded, BAYM was especially important […]

Our Schools are Far from Nonviolent: PSU’s Response to SDP Statement on Persistently Dangerous List

The School District of Philadelphia announced yesterday that there are no Philadelphia schools on the state’s Persistently Dangerous Schools List. There has been a lot of work done to reduce violent incidents in school and build strong school communities and it shows in these changes. We also know that there is still a lot of […]