The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) is comprised of students, parents and teachers with an unwavering commitment to improving Philadelphia’s school system.
At its heart, this discussion about the future of our schools is a discussion about fairness. We want all Philadelphia schools – whether public or charter – to be adequately funded based on their need.
PCAPS believes this is an opportunity for everyone with a stake in Philadelphia’s public education system – students, parents, teachers, advocates, charter operators, elected officials, the SRC and others – to refocus on a single goal: improving every school.
Member organizations: ACTION United, American Federation of Teachers PA, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Fight For Philly, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs With Justice, JUNTOS, Media Mobilizing Project, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy(PHARE), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Home and School Council, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU 32BJ, UNITE HERE, Youth United for Change
STAFF: Jihad Seifullah, PCAPS Coordinator
Empowering others to empower others. This is the life mission statement in which Jihad lives. He joins PCAPS with a strong background in union organizing, community organizing, activist leader development, and coalition building. He brings his talent and experience to PCAPS as the Coalition Coordinator.
Before joining PCAPS, Jihad served in multiple capacities with Working America, AFL-CIO, including field manager, assistant field director and most recently as a Member Coordinator in Philadelphia. He conducted high quality community organizing by recruiting member activists and developing and maintaining relationships with key partner organizations. He engaged Working America members in the political process with issues relating to working families including fighting against education budget cuts in Pennsylvania. He developed members into activist leaders, preparing them to speak with legislators, media, and at rallies. He provided training and development for core groups of member volunteers, giving them the confidence to speak up for working families rights as political advocates.
As an Assistant Field Director and Field Manager also with Working America, AFL-CIO he gained valuable experience, having had the opportunity to play a key role in staff recruitment and development. A large portion of his role also included leading by example in the field. Jihad has personally knocked on more than 10,000 doors and as a result recruited more than 5,000 Working America members. He has received recognition for his relentless efforts in the field.
Jihad got his start in the labor movement as a union organizer, with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, where he contributed to 8 successful organizing drives. The role that he played helped lead to record years for the local as he was a key component of a team that helped organize more than 2500 workers within a two year period.
Jihad has a passion and a deep rooted interest for social and economic justice and he is honored to use that passion to serve as the Coalition Coordinator for PCAPS.