Valentine's Day rally for public education. Photo by Kara Newhouse.

Students Converge on Capitol to Demand Better Schools

“Show some love to public education!” That was the message that more than 400 high school students, parents and teachers from across PA took to the State Capitol for Valentine’s day.

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Willie Baptist. Photo courtesy of M.A.G. Siddiqui.

Understanding the 1%: An Interview with Willie Baptist

Willie Baptist is a Poverty Initiative Scholar-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary and the coordinator of the Poverty Scholars Program.

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Students fight for their education. Photo by Mitch Troutman.
Valentine's Day rally for public education. Photo by Kara Newhouse.
Willie Baptist. Photo courtesy of M.A.G. Siddiqui.
PA from Below's Occupy Coverage Featured on MMP TV

MMP TV, a public access program in Philadelphia, hosted Pennsylvania from Below's Mitch Troutman and Kara Newhouse in an episode focused on the mobilization of the 99% last fall.

#OccupyPA Report: The Lehigh Valley
Wayne Swingle and Sara Peters at Occupy Easton. Photo by Kara Newhouse.

Occupy Easton, Allentown and Bethlehem have different personalities and priorities, but they each identify as part of the Lehigh Valley and have worked together more directly than other Occupy groups around the state.

#OccupyPA Report: Central PA
Occupy Harrisburg. Photo by Kara Newhouse.

Central Pennsylvania has three Occupy groups within 40 miles of each other. Harrisburg and Lancaster both maintain 24-hour occupations, while York is focused on education and direct action.
 
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#OccupyPA Report: Erie and Scranton
Frank Broncasno at Occupy Erie. Photo by Kara Newhouse.

Poor and working people of Pennsylvania’s northwest and northeast have joined occupations at the urban centers of Erie and Scranton—cities of 100,000 and 70,000 people, respectively. Erie borders the Great Lakes and General Electric is its largest employer.

Uniting the 99%
Carmen Cuadrado of the Media Mobilizing Project. Photo by Kara Newhouse.

“Movements begin with the telling of untold stories” says the slogan of Philadelphia-based Media Mobilizing Project.

#OccupyPA Report: The Big Cities
Occupy Pittsburgh, November 2011. Photo by Kara Newhouse.

With more than 100 tents in camp and at least that many participants in general assemblies, Occupy Pittsburgh and Occupy Philly are a class of their own for PA occupations. Their size comes with advantages and challenges, and so far both have have been met with cooperation from city government.