Rally at Masterman School today

Today, Masterman PFT members will be reporting to work outside of their building, refusing to enter a dangerous facility.

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Masterman School in North Philadelphia is facing an asbestos crisis. Parents at the school, organized through their Home & School Association (HSA) describe the situation:

"Due to the School District of Philadelphia's lack of transparency and collaboration, the Masterman HSA was forced to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about capital projects and environmental hazards at the school...The HSA learned that there were at least 100 asbestos hazards identified by licensed inspectors at the school that families were NOT notified about."

Today, Masterman PFT members will be reporting to work outside of their building, refusing to enter a dangerous facility. There will be a press conference and rally TODAY at 3:20 PM, outside the school (1699 Spring Garden St, 19130). Masterman PFT members are asking for fellow union members and concerned community members to turn out in support. If you can’t make it, please sign this petition, and read more about the situation in The Inquirer

On the calendar
Unless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.

  • Electoral Committee Open Meeting, tonight at 6pm; We'll be joined by Rick Krajewski to vision what DSA's electoral work will look like heading into the fall and 2022, and what policy goals we will work to achieve through our chapter's electoral work. RSVP here

  • Defund the Police Campaign Meeting, August 27 at 6pm; Join the regular meeting of the RJC’s Defund the Police campaign and discuss gun violence in the city, Red Rabbits, and the campaign’s mission. RSVP here
  • #TeachTruth Teach-in, August 27 at 5pm at the President's House; Learn SNCC-style and visit our Green Schools Committee table this Friday. Check out the Facebook event here
  • Green New Deal Commission Meeting, August 30th at 6:30pm; Discuss the GND Comission's campaigns and future actions at this regular meeting. RSVP here
  • Labor Day Cookout! September 5 at 3pm, Lemon Hill Picnic Site #3 in Fairmount Park; Come join DSA for this cookout in the park! We'll provide the grill and grilltables - please bring beverages, sides, and desserts to share. All are welcome, including kids and non-members. Register here

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Updates from BuxMont DSA

  • BuxMont DSA Steering Committee elections will be held during the annual convention today at 7pm. Access the convention packet and more here

  • Socialist Social, tomorrow at 7pm; Register here

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  • AFSCME DC 33, DC 47, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and the American Postal Workers Union, Local 89 are all in contract negotiations or about to head into contract negotiations. Keep an eye out for updates from us on the best ways to support them moving forward. 
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