Voices from the Philly Schools Unifying Neighborhoods Network

Young people, parents, school staff, and neighbors work every day to combat decades of top down decisions to dismantle public neighborhood schools. In this series, members of PhillySUN (Schools Unifying Neighborhoods) share their day to day work towards their visions for their schools and neighborhoods.  These stories lift up organizers in the broadest sense–those who are paid to do this work formally through non-profit work and public institutions, but also all of the leaders who have organically begun the relationship building and offering supports needed to move toward a collective vision.

These videos were produced by MMP’s Movement Media Fellows Program in the summer of 2017.

Ismael Jimenez: Helping communities define themselves

Ismael is an African American History teacher in Philadelphia public high school and an active member of the Caucus of Working Educators. As a member of the PhillySUN network, he works to build critical thinking and capacity in the movement for education justice.


Zakia Royster-Morris – We’re worth so much more

Zakia is a PhillySUN parent organizer, a mother of two children, and an alum of the Philadelphia Student Union. As an organizer she works to support public school parents to have a say in their child’s education and build schools that unify neighborhoods.


Dontae Privette: On the field, off the field, in our schools

Dontae is the director of the Kingsessing Roadrunners, a sports club and academic support in Southwest Philly. The Roadrunners connect young people to their community and build life skills.