In August, the Philadelphia Coalition for Public Schools (PCAPS) was born. The coalition—whose members include Bread & Roses grantees Youth United for Change and Philadelphia Student Union, as well as Action United, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers—is trying to define a community-based vision for schools.
Thanks to a generous gift from the Saba Chai Five foundation—and the support of thousands of individual donors—Bread & Roses is offering grants to strengthen grassroots organizing in the region’s Latino communities.
Naomi Christine Leapheart has a plan for the future of Philadelphia.
“I care about social justice because I pay attention to the people around me and to the striking differences in living conditions, educational opportunities, and health care access and outcomes,” says Heather.
Occupy Philly, inspired by Occupy Wall Street, began in September 2011. Their demand to elected and corporate leaders was simple: Do something about economic inequality.