Not without a fight: Grantees push back on public school closures

While over a thousand people were rallying outside School District of Philadelphia headquarters in March, members of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools—including Bread & Roses’ grantees Youth United for Change, Philadelphia Student Union, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, and Occupy Philly Labor Working Group —participated in a civil disobedience action inside the building. Nineteen protestors were arrested for blocking entry to the School Reform Commission meeting, where a vote was held to close 23 public schools. A trial is expected in May. Meanwhile, students, parents, teachers, school workers, and allies are planning the next phase of their campaign to save public education.

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools rallies against school closures in March. Photo: Media Mobilizing Project

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools
rallies against school closures in March. Photo: Media Mobilizing Project

Photo: PCAPS

Photo: PCAPS

Photo: Philadelphia Student Union

Photo: Philadelphia Student Union