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On September 15th, the last day that the Federal Communications Commission accepted public comments on Net Neutrality. The CAP Comcast campaign and Media Mobilizing Project, in collaboration with Free Press, held a rally against Comcast’s dominance over our right to communicate. Check here for a gallery of photos from the event.

UPDATED: Now with video. Philadelphia fast food workers have pledged to do what it takes to win “$15 and a union.” Over 50 workers have pledged their willingness to escalate action on Thursday, September 4th. They will be joined by fast food workers in over 150 cities. Hear the stories of why and find out how you can join them.

For 5 years, the nurses in Wilkes-Barre, along with union healthcare workers across the country, have pushed back on CHS under the banner of "Patients Before Profits." During their third strike, we asked what kept them fighting.
In April, Media Mobilizing Project launched the CAP Comcast Campaign -- focused on helping everyday Philadelphians secure what we need from Comcast and the City while they negotiate their next franchise, allowing Comcast to sell cable services in

Parents, students and teachers protested outside the Comcast Center in downtown Philadelphia while PA Governor Tom Corbett and NJ Governor Chris Christie held a private fundraiser. Six people were arrested, claiming they wouldn't move until Corbett agreed to fully fund education.

I propose that the real solution to addressing poverty - and challenging a system that creates extreme economic inequality in the first place - must come from within the ranks of poor and working people themselves. I am not the first to make this claim: There were two moments in U.S. history when we placed faith and hope in the power of poor and working people.
Media Mobilizing Project TV is proud to announce The Spark: Stories that Change Our Times. The Spark brings you stories of everyday people who are leading the way to winning our human rights. Tune in now for a sneak peak at what to expect from the next six episodes, premiering May 6th!
Luis Muñoz Marín is the last remaining public schools in it's North Philadelphia neighborhood. Neighboring schools have either closed entirely or have been turned over to ASPIRA Charter Schools.
Steel Elementary School is the last remaining public school in Nicetown. Neighboring schools have either closed entirely or have been turned over to Mastery Charter Schools, a charter management operator. Now, parents have one month before they vote on whether their school remains a traditional neighborhood public school or whether it would be turned over to Mastery Charter.
Four years ago, my school, Science Leadership Academy, started a partnership with Strath Haven High School, a public suburban school. The partnership aims for a group of 15 students from each school to come together to compare the two schools and discuss issues important to them.
"The Fight Against ICE Holds" originally published by the Monthly Review investigates the context surrounding the Philadelphia Family Unity Network (PFUN)’s fight to end Police-ICE collaboration.
Black and minority owned media is disappearing. This shifting landscape in media ownership is a direct result of nearly two decades of media consolidation, which is not slowing down in light of Comcast Corporation's plans to merge with Time Warner Cable. To find out what you can do about it, listen to this radio interview on The Nick Taliaferro Show, 900AM-WURD.
Four of the candidates in the race for Governor of Pennsylvania stated their positions on key issues such as healthcare, education, immigration and incarceration. If you didn’t catch the longer two-hour discussion here is a look back question by question.

The deadline for signing up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is coming up on March 31st.

On March 6th, I went to Beyond the Headlines: A Community Forum on Public Education as a part of the MMP Media Fellows Education Team. The event was hosted by Bread and Roses Community Fund and co-sponsored by Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) at University of Pennsylvania.

On this beautiful Saturday afternoon in March, workers, organizers, and activists are holding their first public action in Philadelphia demanding that city officials raise the city’s minimum wage from $7.25/ hr. to $15/ hr.

Students from across Philadelphia came together on Saturday, February 1st, at Edison High School to educate each other on the effects of inadequate funding for public education and to organize and build strategy for responding to budget cuts and dismantling the school-to-pr
Click above to read Media Mobilizing Project's Policy Director Hannah Sassaman's statement on the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger.
If you think Philadelphia residents should have a say over who runs their school district, sign the petition to the PA State House, Senate, and Governor Tom Corbett. The petition calls for the reinstatement of a locally elected school board to replace the current School Reform Commission.
Tune in today, Friday January 17th, at 10:30am for MMP’s live stream coverage of Governor Corbett’s visit to Central High in Philadelphia.
Parents, education and community leaders, taxicab workers and the disability rights community gathered at the monthly December Philadelphia Parking Authority board meeting to re-iterate their call that a pending $60+ million Philadelphia Parking Authority windfall must go to help Phi

After 6 years, AFSCME District Council 33 has settled their contract with the Philadelphia Parking Authority.  We talked with Pete Matthews, President of AFSCME DC 33, about what this victory will mean for Parking Authority workers. 

My name is Nomi Martin-Brouillette (second from left in photo), and I’m going to be blogging about public education from a student's perspective for Media Mobilizing Project!

UPDATE: Video from the forum now online in full (starts at 18 minutes). Saturday Nov. 23rd, from 4-6pm, candidates in the 2014 Pennsylvania Governors race will speak at a community forum on issues affecting working families.

This past Saturday, students, interfaith clergy and concerned consumers rallied together outside of Wendy’s at 15th & Chestnut St., to call on the restaurant chain to support human rights in its tomato supply chain by joining the internationally-recognized Fair Food Program (FFP).
On Saturday, October 26th, I traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the largest protest against surveillance ever held. To give you a sense of what I learned, here is a day by day account, with a list of what you can do to help protect privacy at the end.

On October 11th, teachers, students and parents gathered before school at Sayre High School to demand full funding for public schools.

This video is a message to everyone who cares about the future of public schools. Watch how local communities are responding to a year of unprecedented attacks, including the closing of 24 schools, layoffs of hundreds of teachers and counselors, and the elimination of school libraries, art, music, and sports programs. And find out what you can do about it.

It’s hard to imagine a day without public workers, but in the second week of the federal government shut down it’s more apparent than ever how much our public workers make possible. 

Teachers, students and parents gathered outside Locke Elementary School in West Philadelphia at the start of the school day on October 4th to demand full funding for public schools. This event is part of an ongoing series of community protests of education budget cuts happening every Friday at schools across Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania state constitution says students have the right to a “thorough and efficient system of public education.” In the wake of massive budget cuts, school closings and staff layoffs this right is not being met.
On the 50th anniversary of MLK's March on Washington, residents of the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia gathered to remember his legacy and stand up for justice. Long term residents as well as newer residents spoke about their vision for development that takes the entire community's needs into account.
After calling a hearing less than 24 hours in advance, the School Reform Commission unanimously voted to suspend school codes based on Superintendent Hite's proposal. This will deeply impact the working conditions of our public school teachers and the learning conditions of our city's students.
The Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union - Local 22 has launched an effort, along with a number of other city unions, to amend the City Home Rule Charter. The unions need 20,000 signatures to petition City Council for the charter amendment to be placed on November's ballot.

Throughout our struggle to tell untold stories and put an end to poverty, we are always looking to learn from the past.

Philly’s public education system is under attack. Last spring the city closed down 23 schools and began massive layoffs.

Watch this video story about the teachers and staff at ASPIRA charter schools, in Philadelphia, who are organizing to improve the quality of education and conditions for themselves and their students.

In this episode of MMPTV, Special Education Teacher Nicole Son-Culbreth tells us about how Teacher Action Group (TAG) is fighting for public education in Philadelphia.

In the parking lot of a Home Depot in Northeast Philly, day laborers gather to wait hopefully for folks who might contract them to do various jobs. The work is hard and the wages are low.

In the days leading up to this 4th of July three moments have weighed deep on my mind. For me, these moments were examples of a much larger question that should weigh on the whole of the American conscience. Reflections on the organizing of Vamos Juntos, The Philadelphia Workers Association, and New Sanctuary Movement on the American holiday.
PHILADELPHIA HAS BECOME ground zero in the application of “shock and awe” tactics to public education. Faced with a manufactured fiscal crisis an appointed board has moved to close an unprecedented number of schools, slash instructional programs and support services, impose draconian cuts on school employees, gut collective bargaining, and institute privatization.
Our communities have fought back, escalating a growing movement to take back our schools and ensure quality public education as a human right. The end of the school year is an opportunity to learn from the powerful momentum that has been built and take five key lessons from this year into the next stage of the fight.