Monday, October 21, 2013

Our Good Neighbor campaign to make mega-nonprofits pay their fair share is gaining serious traction. Stories about making local mega-nonprofits pay their fair share have been recently featured in the Inquirer, the Daily News, KYW, and several other local news sources.

And mega-nonprofits are getting nervous. Last week, they released a report (funded and commissioned, of course, by them) claiming they shouldn't have to pay their fair share. Mega-nonprofits are on the defensive, and we need to keep the pressure on.

Join us tonight for our monthly happy hour, and find out how to get involved:

Monthly Happy Hour at Bards!

 2013 Walnut Street

6:00- 7:30 pm


posted by gwen at 5:40pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

September 7th-- our annual Sustainer Soiree-- is right around the corner, and we're just 17 people away from making our 2013 goal of 100 sustainers!

Thanks to our growing sustainer base, in the past year we’ve been able to hire part time staff member and launched a campaign to generate revenue for our schools and public services. We've fasted beside the #phillyfast hunger strikers, left the SRC school closure meetings in handcuffs, and continued our fight for paid sick days in Philadelphia. Without the help of individual donors like you, we couldn't have had the impact we did.

We've also been working hard this year to build our grassroots support base and further reduce our dependence on grants. This spring, we launched our Cultivating Justice campaign, challenging ourselves to reach a total of 100 monthly supporters by our September 7th Sustainer Soiree. 

In the past four months, thanks to our membership's enthusiasm, we’ve grown our base from 40 sustainers to 83 sustainers.

Steelworkers and students, rabbis and professors, nurses and grandparents-- folks from all different backgrounds are stepping up to support our work fighting for justice.

Will you join them?

Can we count on you to sustain JwJ and help us reach 100?

Workers are under attacks from every direction. With your help as a sustainer, JwJ can continue its growth--and its role as a rising force against economic injustice in Philadelphia. 

posted by gwen at 8:46pm
Friday, August 23, 2013

Thanks to all of you who joined us-- first at Corbett's office, then at 440 last week-- to fast in support of student safety.

We stood hungry together in the hot sun, prayed with leaders from many faiths, and demanded reinstatement for school safety staff. We stood strong alongside those who fasted, and spoke to an obvious truth: our children deserve to be protected.

This week, the School District sent recall letters to the 1,157 previously laid off student safety staff. Because of the resolve of activists, workers, students, and parents like you, Philadelphia children can learn in safety this September.

There is still a long and difficult road ahead for Philadelphia Public Education, but it's vital to recognize that when we stand together, change is possible.

With this in mind, we hope you'll join us to celebrate this moment of victory at our Sustainer Soiree on September 7th, from 7pm to 11pm at 1512 Spruce Street. With live music and an open bar, we'll take a moment's respite and regroup for the fight ahead.

Tickets are $50, but sustainers get in free-- please consider showing your support by signing up as a sustainer today. We're just 17 people short of hitting our goal of having 100 sustainers by the night of the Soiree!

 Thank you again for taking a stand with us-- things only change when we stick together.

posted by gwen at 6:33pm
Monday, August 12, 2013

I wanted to invite you to the annual training that Philly Jobs with Justice hosts, the 2013 Taproot Training. I participated in the training in 2010, and I feel confident in saying this is truly the best training I’ve ever participated in.

The training covers several topics including, building relationships, understanding power, the meaning and understanding of self-interest, issues and action, and creating winnable campaigns.

2013 Taproot Training: September 20, 21, 22 (Location TBA)

Friday: 9-5:30pm

Saturday: 9-6pm

Sunday: 9-2pm

-Check out the Facebook event, here.

-All meals will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday.

-Cost: We suggest a donation of $200 per participant. We request this donation in order to cover the expenses of meals, staff time, and space provision. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

-Application deadline: September 10.

We hope that this training will help build a stronger, more powerful movement for justice in Philadelphia. Feel free to shoot me an email back with any questions!

posted by gwen at 6:53pm
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dear JwJers, 

Philly JwJ is growing! In the past few months alone, we have doubled the number of our monthly sustainers and launched the Good Neighbors Campaign, our first JwJ-led campaign in three years. Thanks to our increased capacity, we able to play a key role in in both the school funding and paid sick days campaigns, and our May Solidarity Awards turned out to be our most successful fundraiser ever. Our student chapter at UPenn, Penn SLAP, helped win campus workers union recognition, and our student base is bigger than ever. 

But we've got a lot to do. Our public schools are still desperately underfunded, the folks who provide some of our most essential services have gone years without a contract, and private sector workers are still fighting back against corporate greed. Our workers and our communities are under attack.

So this summer, we're continuing our ambitious project of building our capacity and our power. We're: working with faith leaders and congregations to build our September Labor in the Pulpit/Bimah/Minaret Program, a coordinated program incorporating worker justice into faith services on or around Labor Day. Seasoned Penn SLAPista and JwJ summer intern Penny Jennewein is coordinating our first-ever Philly Area SLAP Council, which will bring together student activists from Penn, Swarthmore, and Temple. This August, we'll convene our Mobilization Committee, tasked with building our mobilization capacity. In September, we'll be hosting our fourth annual sustainer soiree (we're hoping to hit 100 sustainers!), and our second annual Taproot Training.

And next week, we kick off a monthly JwJ happy hour, a chance for JwJers to meet and socialize informally, and for newer folks to find out what we're up to. If you've never attended a JwJ event before, don't be shy--come out and join us Monday! We're hoping new folks will see it as a fun opportunity to meet the staff and find out more about our work.

So stay excited, and save these dates:


Bastille Day Happy Hour

Monday, July 15th, 6-7pm @ The Bards Irish Bar, 2013 Walnut Street

Bastille Day marks the teardown of a 1% fortress-prison by the 99%--what better day to kick off JwJ's new series of monthly happy hours? Drop in, grab a drink, talk to staff, and help us build the JwJ community! (click here to RSVP on Facebook)

4th Annual Sustainer Soiree

Saturday, September 7th, 7-11 pm @ The Drake, 1512 Spruce Street

Join us in our annual celebration of our monthly donors--the sustainers that help keep us grassroots and locally accountable! We suggest a $50 donation at the door for non-sustainers (sustainers enter free!). We're working hard to hit 100 sustainers by the soiree (right now we're at 75). Are you a sustainer yet? Help us reach our goal by signing up here

2013 Taproot Training

September 20th, 21st, and 22nd (Location TBA)

Carefully honed and developed by and through the national Jobs with Justice network, this training program provides leaders with insight into value-based organizing's key concepts and skills. 

 For more information about meals, costs, and registration, please click here.


It's an exciting time to be part of Jobs with Justice--we hope you'll be able to make it to some (or all!) of our upcoming events. 




posted by gwen at 3:55pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I'm writing from the #phillyfast tent outside Corbett's office at Broad and Walnut. It's day three, and JwJ members  Kate Goodman and I are joining the #phillyfast parent and worker hunger strikers (including JwJ member Mike Mullins) for a day of fasting to keep our schools safe and staffed. We're asking other JwJ members to let us know if they're interested in doing the same.


Over the next week, there will also be many opportunities to show your support for the battle to fund our schools-- all #phillyfast events will take place in front of Corbett's office at Broad and Walnut.


- Tonight at 5 pm, we're hoping you'll join us in a show of solidarity with the hunger strikers. We're asking our members and allies to join us down at the #phillyfast site to come out again and show your support. (Click to RSVP)


- Tomorrow at 9 am, join PCAPS, JwJ, and Unite Here at City Council to demand a yes vote on the U&O tax, which would require businesses to pay their fair share towards our schools. 


- Saturday at 2 pm, #phillyfast is asking all its community allies to join them in a mass solidarity action calling on Corbett and Nutter to end this crisis and fund our schools.(Click to RSVP)


- Next Wednesday at 5 pm, the Philadelphia AFL-CIO is calling for a day of labor mobilization in support of the #phillyfast hunger strikers.


We hope you'll come to as many of these events as you can--now more than ever, we need to fight like hell to save our city's schools.

posted by gwen at 5:27pm
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Don't forget--tomorrow's the big day!

May 30th, 2013, 5:30 pm
1319 Locust Street
open bar, light fare
Come join us as we celebrate leaders that made a difference in our workplaces and communities this year: Barbara Rahke, who spends her days fighting employers who try to cut corners that could cut workers' lives tragically short. Kahim Boles, who has spent decades with one foot in labor and the other in anti-poverty work, teaching folks that community and labor justice issues go hand in hand. Daniel Denvir, one of the most extraordinary reporters in Philadelphia, who has spent his career reporting on the excesses and corruption of big business and covering important social justice campaigns and stories.
Let's celebrate our allies and their audacity: IATSE Local 8, for striking to spotlight the hypocrisy of a theater company that tried to undermine its workers and their jobs even as it planned to profit from the launch of a biographical play about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. CWA Locals 13000 and 13500 for their long and ultimately successful battle with Verizon against slashed wages and benefits. And of course PCAPS, for their work uniting many of our community, labor, and education advocates in a historic fight that saved many much-needed public schools from closure.
Our communities and our workplace rights are under vicious attack, and our awardees didn't give up--they fought back, and they're still fighting. 
Workers are still under vicious attack, and right now it's more important than ever that we celebrate our victories. Will you plan to attend tomorrow, and help us out by buying a ticket today?
Many thanks to our event's Premier Sponsors, CWA 2-13 & CWA  13000, and our Diamond Sponsor, UAW Region 9!

posted by gwen at 6:26pm | tags: Solidarity Awards, event, Verizon, CWA, PhilaPOSH, IATSE, PCAPS
Monday, May 20, 2013

It's a busy time here at Philly JwJ. Over the next two Wednesdays, there are two parties coming up. We need you to join us in anger at one, and in celebration at the other.

Anger: Crashing Mayor 1%'s Party
this Wednesday, 5/22, 2:00 pm
Westin Philadelphia 99 South 17th Street

click here to RSVP on Facebook

Mayor Nutter has spent $45,569 in taxpayer dollars on membership to the United Conference of Mayors--money that could have been used to help out our struggling schools, neighborhoods, and working families. As UCM President, he's flown to Italy, China, and around the country for free, portraying himself as a model leader.

Meanwhile, our schools are closing and the number of city workers living below the poverty rate has DOUBLED.

This week, Mayor Nutter celebrates the last UCM event of his term as "America's Mayor." Let's join our friends from AFSCME in letting him know that Philly's sick of our mayor buying titles and placing 1% interests ahead of the rest of us--join us Wednesday!

Celebrate: Philly JwJ's Party!
next Thursday, 5/30, 5:30 pm
1319 Spruce Street, 1199c

click here to RSVP on Facebook

Next week is Philly JwJ's Solidarity Awards Night, featuring awardees Barbara Rahke (PhilaPOSH), Daniel Denvir, Kahim Boles (AFSCME DC 47), IATSE Local 8, and PCAPS.

As always, our Awards Night also features an open bar and some really good food!

Buy your ticket online, and be entered into a raffle to win a JwJ t-shirt!

Here's hoping to see you a couple Wednesdays in a row!


Want to support solidarity, reciprocity, and action for workers' rights?


posted by gwen at 8:17pm
Friday, April 19, 2013

For the past six months, we’ve being pushing quietly for Mayor Nutter to institute the Good Neighbors policy. The Good Neighbors policy would make mega-nonprofits pay their fair share towards the schools and services we depend on, by taxing properties that aren’t used for charitable efforts.

Well, we’re done pushing quietly. It’s time to launch a campaign.

Join us outside Mayor Nutter’s office for our formal press conference launching Good Neighbors Philadelphia and recognizing our coalition partners!

Tuesday, April 23rd
4:00 pm
Philadelphia City Hall, 2nd Floor Hall

- Featuring AFSCME DC 47 President Cathy Scott and City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown!

Together, we'll call on Mayor Nutter to issue assessments to mega nonprofits and enforce the Good Neighbors Policy, raising tens of millions of dollars for our city's schools and public services.

RSVP on facebook, and be sure to invite your friends!

posted by gwen at 7:19pm
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Get ready--our annual Solidarity Awards Reception is coming up!

Philly Jobs with Justice's Solidarity Awards
May 30th, 2013, 5:30 pm
1319 Locust Street

As usual, we've got an amazing slate of awardees:

Individual Honorees

  • Barbara Rahke, Executive Director, PhilaPOSH, for her tireless advocacy for workplace safety;
  • Kahim Boles, AFSCME DC 47, for his long support of our organization;
  • Daniel Denvir, journalist, for his remarkable coverage of social justice work and issues in the Philadelphia area and beyond;

Organizational Honorees

  • Phladelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), for their efforts to save our public school system from closure and charterization;
  • IATSE Local 8, for their bold Martin Luther King, Jr. Day strike and victory;
  • CWA Locals 13000 & 13500, for their sustained contract fight and win against Verizon.

We're thrilled to invite you to join us and these wonderful organizers and activists on the evening of May 30th, for an awards ceremony, light fare, and an open bar.

We suggest a donation of $50 per individual ticket (sliding scale $10-30 for low-income, fixed income, student, and unemployed).

Buy your ticket in advance and you will be entered into a raffle to win a JwJ t-shirt!

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, or by mailing a check to Philly JwJ, 1315 Spruce Street, Suite 331, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

posted by gwen at 8:27pm