Just before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was working to strengthen ties between the civil rights movement and the fight for economic justice. Bread & Roses Community Fund honored this legacy by hosting a town hall meeting in January to highlight successful community-labor partnerships in our region.
“Too often we categorize ourselves as separate from each other—union and community,” Andi Perez, executive director
of Youth United for Change, says. “It is up to us to build a unified movement to improve the quality of life in our communities.
Earlier this year, Youth United for Change decided to work with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to offer a community-based plan for improving public schools. Through this collaboration, which includes additional founding members
Action United and Philadelphia Student Union, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools was born.
The town hall meeting highlighted this joint venture and provided a history of past community-labor partnerships. After the panel, participants broke into small groups to generate more ideas for alliances that could help make the region a better place
As one attendee reported in a follow-up survey, “It’s crucial that labor and community groups find common ground, but that doesn’t always happen automatically. We must get organized and
To learn more about the ideas that emerged from these discussions and see more pictures from the event, visit