Show Solidarity With Jewish Community Against Hate

Show Solidarity With Jewish Community Against Hate

In response to the vandalism at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will hold a community gathering on Thursday, March 2nd at 12:00 PM to “Stand Against Hate” at Independence Mall.

“There is no place for these acts of violence and hate in our city and our nation. We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters at this time, and be part of this effort showing solidarity and helping to ensure peace and compassion in our city.”

– DC 47 President Fred Wright

We Must Fight To Keep Our Unions Strong

We Must Fight To Keep Our Unions Strong

We all should be concerned about the passage by the PA Senate’s State Government Committee of Bills 166 & 167. They threaten public sector employee union’s collective bargaining agreements future ability to receive political payroll support from our brothers and sisters. These dollars make possible efforts to support candidates operating in the best interest of workers’ concerns.
The specific language in the so-called paycheck protection Bill 166 passed in the state Senate reads, “ A collective bargaining agreement entered into, renewed or extended on or after the effective date of this section shall not contain provisions authorizing or requiring the deduction of political contributions.”
Republicans in the state Senate, I believe emboldened by the Trump presidency, are now making a frontal attack on those they believe would be organizing against their anti-union agenda.
The PA AFL-CIO stated in opposing the PA House bills, “Rather than address payroll deductions uniformly, Senate Bills 166 and 167 single out public-sector unions in a blatant attempt to silence workers.  Corporations and insurance companies also collect payroll deductions from public employees, and those funds are also used to advocate on issues and lobby politicians.”

We cannot sit on our hands while anti-union measures are being put in place, designed to limit our ability to fight back collectively & politically.
We will be monitoring the situation , talking to our other union brothers and sisters, and determining in the coming days, weeks and months ahead the appropriate steps to take to fight these draconian measures.
We request that you take the time to let your voice be heard. Paycheck deductions are an item subject to collective bargaining, not politicians!

On MLK Day Let’s Get Involved

On MLK Day Let’s Get Involved

On Monday, January 16th, we as a nation honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We honor Dr. King for his courage to stand up and speak out against injustice with incisive and captivating oratory, as well as civil disobedience. Dr. King helped organize and unify people, black and white, rich and poor, by peacefully demonstrating against prejudice and bigotry, to help ensure everyone’s civil rights.
Dr. King marched, was beaten and went to jail for his beliefs that, “people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom.”
We should truly honor Dr. King’s legacy by taking some time on January 16th, to show that more advocacy on the issues of civil rights, social injustice and workers’ rights needs to be done.
I encourage you to get involved in some way. You can support those protesting on that day. You could also volunteer at one of the many community service projects http://www.mlkdayofservice.org/, or come up with your own creative social response in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.