Grants in Action

POWER members represent area faith congregations at economic summit.  Photo: POWER

POWER members represent area faith congregations at economic summit.
Photo: POWER

The Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project recently commissioned a report looking at the imbalance in affordable housing and jobs in the greater Philadelphia area. The study found that most employment centers are located in areas with high home values and away from public transportation and affordable housing.

The New Sanctuary Movement and JUNTOS held a joint press conference in June after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision on Arizona immigration bill SB1070. The announcement came while the two groups were fighting a flurry of anti-immigrant bills going through the Pennsylvania senate before its summer break.

In June, POWER held four economic justice forums throughout the city with a total of 1,000 attendees. Eight City Council members have agreed to work on legislation that incorporates POWER’s economic justice principles. The centerpiece is enacting a first-source hiring policy on large-scale city projects to prioritize job applicants from Philadelphia, particularly those in high unemployment neighborhoods.

ACT UP Philadelphia held a joint protest with the Occupy National Gathering over the July 4 weekend calling for a Robin Hood tax on speculative financial transactions to pay for housing and other services for people living with HIV/AIDS. On July 24, ACT UP Philadelphia and other activists descended on Washington, D.C., to hold world leaders accountable during the International AIDS Conference.