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PPEHRC to Hold Press Conference this THURSDAY (July 7) in Cleveland on Cleveland March to End Poverty and Philadelphia March for Our Lives
Members of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign announced today that their March for Our Lives will put forward the specific demand to release Rev. Edward Pinkney NOW.
The march takes place on opening day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, Philadelphia. Kick-off is at 3pm in front of city hall; participants will march to the front doors of the convention hall with the demand that the so-called “progressive democrats” step forward and ensure that the human rights freedom fighter be released from prison.
More info about Rev. Pinkney and organizing to support him can be found HERE.
On May 28, 2015, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and German Parodi of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, Inc. (DIA) announced a new “March for Our Lives” to take place at the 2016 Democratic National Nominating Convention in Philadelphia.
Planning for that march began here in Philadelphia during the United States Social Forum, June 25-28, 2015, one of the biggest organizing events in the country. During the U.S. Social Forum, organizers and community members participated in workshops, assemblies, strategy meetings, marches, performances, and other cultural events which took place concurrently in Philadelphia, San Jose (CA), Jackson (MS) and Tijuana, Mexico.
In 2000, thousands marched on the Republican National Convention, but Honkala said organizers are planning an even bigger march for this year. Standing in front of the Constitution Center, she and Parodi delivered the message that Philadelphia, a city that to many Americans represents “liberty,” in fact represents the economic and political failures of our nation.
Today, said Honkala and Parodi, Philadelphia’s politicians continue to fail our schools. Yet, at the same time, they continue to support a few wealthy individuals who profit from gentrification. The city fails to provide jobs and services for its most vulnerable – people in recovery, returning citizens, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, children waiting for foster housing – favoring incarceration instead.
“As Philadelphians, we must choose a side. Which side are you on?” Honkala asked.