December 9, 2014
Click here for Livestream. Preachers, poets and activists, including acclaimed poet Sonia Sanchez, will reflect on the last words of 7 black men and women killed by police, in a call to action for our communities.
December 6, 2014
November 24, 2014
November 23, 2014
Clergy who traveled to Ferguson during initial waves of protests will support actions planned in Philadelphia after the announcement, which could come any day.
November 20, 2014
Faith leaders whose congregations have driven efforts to shed light on injustices at the Airport joined workers at the picket line today and called on their employer, PrimeFlight, to pay the living wage mandated by voters last spring.
November 17, 2014
November 6, 2014
A new study conducted by POWER confirms what many have suspected about public education in Pennsylvania: state funding of public schools has a strong correlation to the racial makeup of school districts.
November 5, 2014
People of faith working with POWER held more than 6,000 live person-to-person conversations about faith and voting. The grassroots voter contact program highlighted the growing power of religious voters who are committed to racial and economic justice.
October 30, 2014
Forty POWER clergy leaders, and members of their interfaith congregations, plan daily phone banks and a neighborhood canvass pushing communities of color to the polls on November 4th. The grassroots campaign focuses on diversifying the voter turnout.
October 29, 2014
Sign up to phonebank and canvass with POWER during the Election Day weekend. We need "all hands to the plow" to make sure that we make our communities visible and our elected officials accountable to all, not just the few!
October 3, 2014
POWER clergy and lay leaders led a vigil outside the Governor's debate hosted by KYW Studios on Oct. 1. Bearing witness from our diverse traditions, we prayed for both candidates to prioritize a fair, fully funded formula for public education.
September 30, 2014
September 8, 2014
At 5 schools in the neighborhood of their religious congregations, POWER volunteers registered voters on the first day of school for the School District of Philadelphia and talked to parents about the impact of education cuts on their families.
August 29, 2014
On Open Letter to the Pennsylvania State Legislature.
Last week, several Philadelphia clergy members of the interfaith organization POWER witnessed a powerful movement for racial equality grow in Ferguson, MO.
August 19, 2014
A former state lawmaker with a reputation for consensus-building will manage a newly formed, non-partisan campaign that POWER is a part of. The campaign will address the funding of Pennsylvania public schools.
July 31, 2014
THOUGH THE 100 congregations we represent hail from different faiths, we are united by our belief that each person is made in the divine image. But Pennsylvania faces a school-funding crisis that stands in the way of living according to that value.
June 16, 2014
A group of about three dozen minimum wage activists holding up yellow “Enforce Now” flyers stood outside mayor Nutter’s Office Tuesday morning asking for immediate enforcement of a minimum wage extension.
POWER's demands for a full, fair funding formula featured in Western PA media.
On June 10th, POWER leaders mourned the pain felt due to education cuts at a prayer service at the State Capital with parents and clergy from across Pennsylvania.
June 3, 2014
Philadelphia residents voted 3-1 on May 20 to approve a ballot question empowering the city council to extend the reach of the city's minimum wage and benefit requirements; and a bill was offered May 22 to effect the change.
May 22, 2014
With 97% of precincts reporting, Ballot Question #1 was ahead with 93,000 yes votes, versus 30,000 no votes.
May 20, 2014
Faith leaders from 40 congregations across the city -- collectively known as POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) -- celebrated three months of intensive, systematic voter engagement and turn-out in key wards this evening.
Elected officials, faith and labor leaders, and airport workers rallied Monday morning at the Philadelphia International Airport in support of raising the minimum wage for thousands of airport employees.
POWER and labor union SEIU 32BJ rallied at the Philadelphia International Airport for a rally and tour for elected officials that highlighted the plight of thousands of workers employed by subcontracted firms who are paid poverty wages.
May 18, 2014
More than 100 people are expected at the Philadelphia International Airport for a prayer rally and procession that will highlight the plight of thousands of workers employed by firms with publicly-subsidized subcontracts but who are paid poverty wages.
May 12, 2014
The executive order puts the $12 minimum wage into effect on January 1, and also raises to $10.88 per hour first-tier subcontractor pay.
Aunque no ha sido anunciado oficialmente, se espera que el alcalde de Filadelfia Michael Nutter firme esta tarde una orden ejecutiva que aumentaría los requisitos de salario mínimo para los contratistas y subcontratistas de la ciudad.
Local clergy delivered eulogies outside an office building housing the governor’s regional office on Friday, over a mock coffin symbolizing death for Pennsylvania’s future without adequately funded public schools.
May 9, 2014
On Friday, May 9th, at 4:00pm, hundreds of POWER members will join hundreds of students from three youth-led organizations to conduct a “funeral” for the future of public education in Philadelphia and the whole of Pennsylvania.
May 6, 2014
The living wage gained new life Tuesday in Philadelphia. Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order that will raise the city’s minimum wage for city contractors and subcontractors starting in 2015.
Inter-faith clergy leaders still pushing vote #YesOnOne in the May 20th Primary to make wage increase permanent.
Responding to pressure from POWER and our partners, Mayor Michael Nutter will be signing an executive order that will include subcontracted workers under the 21st Century Minimum Wage and Benefit legislation.
May 5, 2014
Ronnie Polaneczky of the Philadelphia Daily News features Fabricio Rodriguez, a longtime advocate for economic justice in Philadelphia and our newest organizer on staff at POWER.
May 1, 2014
POWER’s ambitious Voter Engagement Campaign is moving into high gear weeks before the May 20th primary and the innovative community organizing model is gaining national attention.
April 21, 2014
On Friday, May 2, 2014, the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia will bestow its 7th Annual St. Rita Peace Award on Bishop Dwayne Royster, POWER's founding director.
April 16, 2014
This week, Mayor Michael Nutter ended an agreement with ICE to hold individuals based solely on immigration status. We applaud the local organizations whose advocacy made this happen and hope leaders nationwide will follow Philadelphia's example.
April 11, 2014
Airport workers rallied on April 11 to urge Philadelphians to vote for the ballot measure that will raise subcontracted workers' wages to $10.85/hr.
Even though a referendum asking voters to raise the minimum wage will be on the May 20 ballot, airport workers are continuing to call on the city and residents to push the increase forward for one big reason: so they can make a living wage.
March 27, 2014
POWER Executive Director Bishop Dwayne speaks with Vincent Thompson of WURD 900AM before giving the opening invocation at City Council on March 20th, 2014.
March 17, 2014
Local interfaith group Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild (POWER) wants to make sure voters get out to the polls for Pennsylvania's upcoming primary and gubernatorial elections.
March 13, 2014
An interfaith group of 40 Philadelphia congregations is joining forces for a voter outreach campaign, kicking off this week.
A representative from the multi-denominational umbrella organization POWER will be one of the five members of the review committee, joining a representative from Services Employees International Union Local 32BJ.
March 12, 2014
Philadelphia City Council voted to include POWER and SEIU-32BJ on the committee that reviews the City’s 21st Minimum Wage and Benefits Standard.
March 7, 2014
Thousands of Philadelphians attending worship services this Saturday and Sunday (March 8th & 9th) will enlist in POWER's campaign aimed at getting more than 5,000 infrequent voters to the polls for the upcoming May primary and November election.
February 18, 2014
February 14, 2014
POWER will use voter targeting strategies and its its broad network of faith and neighborhood-based relationships to boost the turnout of those who favor living wage policies and increased public school funding in the May election.
February 6, 2014
On the day of Governor Corbett's budget address, POWER members demanded action on a full, fair funding formula for public education that will guarantee Pennsylvania's neediest students have the resources they need to thrive.
On January 26th at the historic Rodeph Shalom, over 400 Philadelphians from diverse faiths and backgrounds attended our first annual musical fundraiser to celebrate leaders and fuel POWER's work. Click here for video and photos.
February 4, 2014
Ana Gamboa / Redacción AL DÍA
December 17, 2013
Un referéndo por el aumento del salario mínimo en Filadelfia cobró fuerza con la victoria histórica en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Sea Tac, en Seatle.
Thanks to the pressure of POWER and our union allies, the City of Philadelphia will require a base wage of $10.88/hr in new contracts with food and retail businesses at Philadelphia International Airport starting in 2014.
September 30, 2013
Talk by POWER Leader Rabbi Julie Greenberg about POWER's goals and organizing style at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia.
September 26, 2013
September 21, 2014
September 19, 2013
September 28, 2014
September 27, 2013
September 18, 2013
August 22, 2013
National and Local Faith Leaders and School Advocates to Gather at Mother Bethel AME Church Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm
August 15, 2013
August 13, 2013
August 12, 2013
June 27, 2013
June 24, 2013
Members of POWER congregations pray, deliver postcards outside Sen. Pat Toomey's Office, urging his support for immigration reform.
June 14, 2013
June 21, 2013
POWER leaders to dress in full clergy regalia, will march to Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office for three consecutive days of prayer for immigration reform. The prayer rallies will take place on Mon 6/24, Tues 6/25, and Wed 6/26.
June 18, 2013
More than 300 faith leaders, parents and students block Broad Street, urge the Governor to restore $270M in education cuts
May 22, 2013
Rev. Mark Tyler, of Mother Bethel AME Church, and Fr. Thomas Higgins, of Holy Innocents RC Church, Argue for a Living Wage Provision in the City's Lease Agreement with U.S. Airways.
May 17, 2013
Click below for video clips and links to media coverage of POWER's prayer vigil for living wages outside Mayor Nutter's Office on 5-16-13
April 26, 2013
WHYY Radio Coverage of POWER's Airport Jobs Living Wage Campaign
April 23, 2013
Click to read Daily News coverage of POWER's Recent Action for Good Jobs, Great Schools and a Pathway to Citizenship
April 28, 2013
Chestnut Hill Local Newspaper Covers POWER Action on Airport Jobs
April 24, 2013
At the April 21st Public Action, Thousands of Philadelphians of Faith, their Allies, Convened to Advance Agenda for Good Jobs, Great Schools & a Pathway to Citizenship
April 18, 2013
POWER's Bishop Dwayne Royster and Pati Krasensky Talk About Justice for Airport Workers
February 20, 2014
April 15, 2013
On Sunday, April 21st, POWER and its Allies will Bring Together Congregations, City Leaders to Promote Bold Anti-Poverty Measure
April 12, 2013
Pressure Builds as City Council Nears Vote on Airlines Lease Agreement
April 9, 2013
POWER Clergy Leader Rev. Greg Holston, speaks at rally in solidarity with Airport workers
January 22, 2013
More than 125 POWER members and allies gather to continue the social justice legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
December 11, 2012
Two dozen clergy and lay leaders conducted a press conference outside City Council Chambers yesterday, calling for full enforcement of the city's Living Wage standards for all Airport jobs.
November 16, 2012
Faith and Labor Allies to Call for Jobs, Better Wages at Airport - New Study Highlights Low Wages and Lack of Benefits for Many Airport Workers
September 19, 2012
POWER Faith Leaders React to State Supreme Court Decision on Voter ID Law
September 11, 2012
POWER Clergy Speak Out About New Voter ID Law, Kick Off Campaign to Ensure Maximum Voter Registration Among Its Membership
August 7, 2012
POWER Launches Video
July 23, 2012
More than 125 Leaders from 37 Member Congregations Gathered to Evaluate Recent Economic Justice Forums and Map Out Plan For Winning Jobs Policy and Launching Education Reform Campaign
July 12, 2012
June 29, 2012
June 21, 2012
More than 1,000 Members and Allies of POWER Congregations Participate in Month-long Series of Public Action Meetings Held Across the City - Secure Commitments from 8 City Councilmembers to Co-Sponsor Jobs Legislation
June 19, 2012
June 13, 2012
At Second of Four Economic Justice Forums in June, POWER Gains Commitments from Councilman William Green and Councilman Mark Squilla
June 6, 2012
At First of Four Economic Justice Forums, POWER Gains Commitments from Two Key Councilmembers
April 30, 2012
On Sunday, April 28th, POWER member, Mother Bethel AME Church, gathered hundreds for a public action meeting to highlight problems in recent School District Plans.
April 10, 2012
Dozens of POWER clergy and lay leaders gather at the Philadelphia International Airport to call for "local hiring preference" for Airport Jobs.
March 30, 2012
Dozens of POWER Clergy and Lay Leaders Conducted a Prayer Rally at the Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, March 29th
March 21, 2012
POWER Leaders Respond to Recent Announcement by Mayor and U.S. Airways
March 19, 2012
More than 225 POWER clergy and lay leaders gathered at Congregation Rodeph Shalom to ratify Economic Justice Platform and advance 10,000 Jobs Campaign
March 16, 2012
St. Vincent's in Germantown is organizing parishioners and neighbors to bring needed attention to blight, safety and youth issues.
January 17, 2012
Videographer and POWER member Tim Fryett captures highlights from POWER's Founding Convention
November 9, 2011
Within weeks of POWER's Founding Convention, POWER conducted four strategy and training meetings for members and allies. These Regional Gatherings will take place monthly in four different sections of the city.
POWER brings together Philadelphia's diversity around common aims: fixing our broken systems and putting Philadelphians back to work.
November 1, 2011
Philadelphia - a city that works for everyone
October 11, 2011
On September 25th, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) hosted its founding Convention in South Philadelphia. About 3,000 people turned out at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church on Broad Street.
Mayor Nutter, Councilman Bill Green and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey joined more than 2,000 POWER supporters who packed the pews at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church for POWER's inaugural event.
October 10, 2011
Thousands gather for POWER Founding Convention - Mayor Nutter commits to work with group on jobs issues
Members of nearly four dozen congregations ventured to a South of South church for an interfaith group’s founding convention.
September 26, 2011
About 2,000 people packed the pews at Tindley Temple UMC on Broad Street in Center City last night to celebrate the launch of the interfaith coalition, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER)
September 27, 2011
Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER), a new community organizing initiative, held its opening convention Sunday, unveiling a platform that will focus on jobs and education.
October 7, 2011
The Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild, also known as POWER, drew hundreds from Northwest Philadelphia to the standing room only crowd of 2,000 recently for its inaugural founding convention recently.
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October 21, 2011
Rabbi Eli Freeman of Congregation Rodeph Shalom speaks with WHYY Radio about the work of building POWER
October 19, 2011
Patti Jackson of WDAS Radio interviews Rev. Mark Tyler, Pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church, Rev. Carole Wright, Pastor of Woodcrest United Church of Christ, and Andrea Watson, leader at Woodcrest United Church of Christ.
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