New Interfaith Coalition Looks to Play Major Role in Philadelphia
New Interfaith Coalition Looks to Play Major Role in Philadelphia Community Advocacy
Two thousand people packed into Tindley Temple on Sunday to launch a major new community organizing group - POWER, or Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild. POWER is an interfaith coalition including dozens of congregations with tens of thousands of members from all corners of the city.
Prior to their launch, POWER conducted a lengthy process of developing a 5-point platform, which features education reform as well as public safety, healthcare, housing, and jobs. During this process, they met with Cross City groups, many of whom attended POWER's launch and were publicly praised during the event for their work.
With its enormous constituency of racially, socioeconomically, and religiously diverse Philadelphians, POWER looks to become a major voice for community activism. Their event featured the launch of a major "Jobs and Education" campaign that looks to combat joblessness and increase access to living-wage jobs. POWER will next host regional meetings around Philadelphia throughout October to plan next steps on this campaign and other work.
Posted on September 27, 2011