PCAPS Statement on Budget Impasse

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Day 5 of Harrisburg Budget Sit-In

We began the day with an action at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce targetting the firm alliance between Governor Corbett and big business which has starved schools and enriched corporations. We were joined by Media Mobilizing Project and Common Cause. MMP highlighted the role of Comcast which while making record profits has reaped government subsidies and avoided paying both local and state taxes.

Back at the capitol, we joined our allies from Pittsburgh including One Pittsbugh, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and the Pittsburgh chapter of ACTION United, for a spirited demonstration in the House Corridor before marching to the site of the the sit-in outside the Governor’s office.

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The vigil continued outside the Governor’s office as the House put the final touches on a budget full of one time gimmicks, accounting sleight of hand, continued phase out of business taxes, and no new revenue. Education funding, while increased slightly over last year, is substantially less then what Corbett promised earlier in his budget address. Philadelphia will get an estimated 20 million more from the new budget.

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After the House voted to pass the budget, Corbett declined to sign it, still trying to blackmail legislators into passing his version of pension reform. At this point we decided to end our sit in. The one good thing about this budget is captured on the sign here:
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This is jerry built budget that may well collapse because the revenue projections are not reality based. At best it kicks the can down the road to next year when, hopefully, a new administration will come in with the political will to fund schools and human services, tax the frackers, and go after corporate loopholdes and subsidies. That’s what we will be working for between now and next year.

We want to thank all the people who supported this sit-in – people from various parts of the state who came in for different events or, in some cases, for many days. Part of what made this worth the effort was the new relationships and solidarity we built across this very large and diverse state. We also want to thanks the unions and other organizations that contibuted meals and other material support that kept us going. We will offer a fuller report on what we did and what we think it accomplished later.

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Outside the Senate Chambers on Day 4 of the Sit-In

BrU0tBrCEAANX_K.jpg-largeAs the senate appeared poised to pass a Doomsday budget, we chanted and sang at the portals until police moved us out. We then marched around and then sat down in the Rotunda where we remained until the Senate adjourned.

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Lights Out at State Capitol: PCAPS Still There

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Harrisburg Sit In: Day 2

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Local Control Ballot Question Hearing on Wednesday

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Students Walk for School Funding

Several hundred students walked out of school today to demand an end to the budget cuts and school funding.    Students from Kensington CAPA, Mastbaum, Frankford, Masterman and several other schools rallied at District Headquarters and marched first to City Hall and then to the Governor’s office in the Bellvue Straford to press their case that both the City and the State need to act to prevent yet another round of cuts to Philadlephia public schools.

The spirited action was led by Youth United for Change and supported by adults from PCAPS who helped marshall the event.

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PCAPS in the News!

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“Six arrested, hundreds protest Corbett, Christie during Phila. stop,” Inquirer, 6/10/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140610_Hundreds_protest_Corbett__Christie_in_Phila__stop.html

“600 activists slam Corbett over school funding,” Daily News, 6/10/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140610_600_activists_slam_Corbett_over_school_funding.html#i3KCiiqGejgIx7Qv.99

“Corbett hides in the Comcast castle,” Attytood blog at Philly.com, 6/9/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/How-far-will-politicians-go-to-deny-health-care-to-their-constituents.html

“Corbett can’t visit state’s largest city without mass protest,” CIty Paper, 6/9/14

http://citypaper.net/article.php?Corbett-can-t-visit-state-s-largest-city-without-mass-protest-20523

“Christie visits Philly for Corbett fundraiser,” Newsworks.org, 6/10/14

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/69015-christie-visits-philly-for-corbett-fundraiser

“Protesters follow Corbett, Christie through Philly,” 6ABC, 6/9/14

http://6abc.com/news/protesters-follow-corbett-christie-through-philly/105200/

“Christie, Corbett Try to Trick Protesters?,” NBC10, 6/9/14

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/local/Christie–Corbett-Try-to-Trick-Protesters-/262445441

“Protesters Demand That Corbett Reverse Education Cuts,” NBC10, 6/9/14

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Protesters-Demand-Corbett-Repeal-Education-Cuts-262444041.html

“Activists Protest Proposed Education Cuts And School Closures,” Fox29, 6/9/14

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/25732369/activists-protest-proposed-education-cuts-and-school-closures

“BREAKING: Protestors Gather As Governor Christie Joins Governor Corbett At Center City Event,” CBS3, 6/10/14

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/10248714-breaking-protestors-gather-as-governor-christie-joins-governor-corbett-at-center-city-event/

“BREAKING: Protesters Converge On Site Of Re-Election Fundraiser For Pennsylvania Governor Corbett” CBS3, 6/10/14

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/10249120-breaking-protesters-converge-on-site-of-re-election-fundraiser-for-pennsylvania-governor-corbett/

“Protestors Target Political Fundraiser For Governor Corbett,” 6/19/14

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/06/09/protesters-call-on-governor-corbett-to-reverse-education-cuts-in-center-city/

“Tom Corbett Has Another Memorable Visit to Philly,” Phillymag.com, 6/10/14

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/06/10/tom-corbett-another-memorable-visit-philly/

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“Hundreds (Maybe) Gathering To Chant Down Corbett/Christie Babylon At Union League Today,” Philebrity.com, 6/9/14

http://www.philebrity.com/2014/06/09/hundreds-maybe-gathering-to-chant-down-corbettchristie-babylon-at-union-league-today/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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NBC10 preview, 6/9/14:

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/local/Protestors-Plan-to-Disrupt-Governors-Event/262356381

NBC 10 preview, 6/9/14:

http://partner.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=207037&partnerToken=8a8083bf453457e10146810936683ec7&clientId=56139

NBC 10 preview, 6/9/14:

http://partner.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=207034&partnerToken=8a8083bf453457e10146810936683ec7&clientId=56139

NBC10 Preview, 6/9/14:

http://partner.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=207032&partnerToken=8a8083bf453457e10146810936683ec7&clientId=56139

“Christie to campaign with Corbett,” Inquirer, 6/5/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/christie_chronicles/Christie-to-campaign-with-Corbett.html

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Hundreds protest Corbett, Christie during Phila. stop,” Inquirer, 6/10/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140610_Hundreds_protest_Corbett__Christie_in_Phila__stop.html

“600 activists slam Corbett over school funding,” Daily News, 6/10/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140610_600_activists_slam_Corbett_over_school_funding.html#i3KCiiqGejgIx7Qv.99

“Corbett hides in the Comcast castle,” Attytood blog at Philly.com, 6/9/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/How-far-will-politicians-go-to-deny-health-care-to-their-constituents.html

“Corbett can’t visit state’s largest city without mass protest,” CIty Paper, 6/9/14

http://citypaper.net/article.php?Corbett-can-t-visit-state-s-largest-city-without-mass-protest-20523

“Christie visits Philly for Corbett fundraiser,” Newsworks.org, 6/10/14

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/69015-christie-visits-philly-for-corbett-fundraiser

“Protesters follow Corbett, Christie through Philly,” 6ABC, 6/9/14

http://6abc.com/news/protesters-follow-corbett-christie-through-philly/105200/

“Christie, Corbett Try to Trick Protesters?,” NBC10, 6/9/14

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/local/Christie–Corbett-Try-to-Trick-Protesters-/262445441

“Protesters Demand That Corbett Reverse Education Cuts,” NBC10, 6/9/14

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Protesters-Demand-Corbett-Repeal-Education-Cuts-262444041.html

“Activists Protest Proposed Education Cuts And School Closures,” Fox29, 6/9/14

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/25732369/activists-protest-proposed-education-cuts-and-school-closures

“BREAKING: Protestors Gather As Governor Christie Joins Governor Corbett At Center City Event,” CBS3, 6/10/14

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/10248714-breaking-protestors-gather-as-governor-christie-joins-governor-corbett-at-center-city-event/

“BREAKING: Protesters Converge On Site Of Re-Election Fundraiser For Pennsylvania Governor Corbett” CBS3, 6/10/14

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/10249120-breaking-protesters-converge-on-site-of-re-election-fundraiser-for-pennsylvania-governor-corbett/

“Protestors Target Political Fundraiser For Governor Corbett,” 6/19/14

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/06/09/protesters-call-on-governor-corbett-to-reverse-education-cuts-in-center-city/

“Tom Corbett Has Another Memorable Visit to Philly,” Phillymag.com, 6/10/14

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/06/10/tom-corbett-another-memorable-visit-philly/

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“Hundreds (Maybe) Gathering To Chant Down Corbett/Christie Babylon At Union League Today,” Philebrity.com, 6/9/14

http://www.philebrity.com/2014/06/09/hundreds-maybe-gathering-to-chant-down-corbettchristie-babylon-at-union-league-today/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

preview story

NBC10 preview, 6/9/14:

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/local/Protestors-Plan-to-Disrupt-Governors-Event/262356381

NBC 10 preview, 6/9/14:

http://partner.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=207037&partnerToken=8a8083bf453457e10146810936683ec7&clientId=56139

NBC 10 preview, 6/9/14:

http://partner.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=207034&partnerToken=8a8083bf453457e10146810936683ec7&clientId=56139

NBC10 Preview, 6/9/14:

http://partner.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=207032&partnerToken=8a8083bf453457e10146810936683ec7&clientId=56139

“Christie to campaign with Corbett,” Inquirer, 6/5/14

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/christie_chronicles/Christie-to-campaign-with-Corbett.html

preview, mentions PCAPS

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On the Corbett Trail…From the Union League to the Comcast Tower

PCAPs and our allies brought out a thousand people who tracked the elusive Governor and his pal Chris Christie down yesterday. Pictures are from Marcel Pautrat, teacher at Julia de Burgos Elementary in Kensington

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Pay to Play with Tom and Vahan

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Pictured here are Governor Tom Corbett and Charter School magnate Vahan Gureghian at  the Chester Community Charter School, founded and managed by Gureghain.   The school is the largest brick and mortar Charter in the state, enrolling half the children in the city of Chester.   Gureghain owns the buildings and his for profit managment company  runs the school.   In 2011 the charter was investigated for cheating by the state but, in spite of irregularities, no sanctions were issued.  Perhaps this is because Gureghian has contributed $332,714 to Corbett’s political campaigns.

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