Media Mobilizing Fund received an Opportunity Fund grant to attend a convention at the Vermont Workers’ Center in September. MMP gained valuable skills by learning about successful campaigns that promote the dignity of all people.
The Philadelphia chapters of the National Organization for Women and the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Opportunity Fund grantees, created a handbook and held trainings this winter about running for election board or committee person as part of an effort to encourage community and civic group members to run for local office.
One Percent Fund grantee Decarcerate PA joined Opportunity Fund grantee Philadelphia Student Union and Fight for Philly to take over the state house in Harrisburg during Governor Corbett’s budget address in February. The group demanded halting the construction of a new state prison in Montgomery County and more investment in schools, not prisons. In 2011, Governor Corbett decreased education spending by over $1 billion and increased prison spending.
After pressure from groups including Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative grantee One Love Movement, Philadelphia City Council adopted the Resolution on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in February. In testimony at the hearing, One Love’s Mia-Lia Kiernan said, “Our federal government will have to respond to its failures in lawmaking as more and more local governments take a stand.”