People’s Strike: Fighting for Our Lives, Forging Our Future

On May 1st, International Workers Day, Put People First! PA accepted an invitation to be part of a day-long streaming event with Cooperation Jackson about organizing around the country. PPF-PA members Nijmie, Terrell, Karim, and Hope represented PPF-PA. We were interviewed by Wende Marshall. PPF-PA’s speakers begin at the 1 hour and 30 minute mark and ends around 1’55”. Watch the video here.

Philly May Day 2020 – Workers Resistance Caravan

Put People First! PA participated in a Workers Resistance Caravan May 1st. Watch the video here. Catch PPF-PA member Jacob speaking in front of Hahnemann Hospital at minute 2:15. The caravan drove around various sites in Philadelphia and stopped to hear about resistance struggles. Organizations that participated include:

Juntos
New Sanctuary Movement
Asian Americans United
Black and Brown Workers Cooperative
Put People First! PA
Workers World Party
International Action Center
Philly Workers Solidarity Network

Freedom Church of the Poor

Recently, the Kairos center has been hosting a weekly event called Freedom Church of the Poor, where folks come together to study the Bible as a document about the struggles of poor people. This past week, on Sunday May 10th, PPF-PA was asked to participate and talk about our struggles against healthcare profiteers, as this week’s theme was “Non-Cooperation in a Death Dealing Society”. Watch the video here. We read a passage about organized resistance to injustice in Exodus, and then Tammy shared about battling UPMC in Lancaster, Jae talked about the fight for Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, and Jacob brought their skills of theomusicology.

You can watch the recorded session on here on Kairos Center facebook page, where you can also catch the livestream every Sunday evening from 6-7:30 pm!

Applause will not Protect Us: The Reality of Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines

The People’s Forum is convening a recurring online space to hear and discuss current analysis and reports from leaders of people’s movements and organizations in the US and across the world. PPF-PA participated in the discussion yesterday, Monday, May 11th.

During this global pandemic, health workers are celebrated and applauded as heroes as they put their own lives at risk to care for the vulnerable and ill. Despite this, frontline workers are not provided even the minimum PPE required to carry out their work safely. Watch the video here. What does this contradiction reveal about the system in which we live today? How has the for-profit medical system created the conditions in which health care workers are forced to work in unsafe conditions? What is the global dimension of US capitalist approach to healthcare? To discuss this and more, the People’s forum hosted a discussion between PPF-PA member Karim Sariahmed, NYC nurse and organizer Cris Hilo, and Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival leader, Sheilah Garland-Olaniran. Watch the video recording here.

PPF-PA member and healthcare worker Karim speaking on The People’s Forum.

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