Power Metro Update

POWER METRO=GPC AND 14 OTHER INTERFAITH CONGREGATIONS

Three asks:

Ask #1. GPC as a member of Power Metro, fifteen interfaith congregations that are uniting together to work on social justice issues, is supporting *POWER and #EQAT in an initiative that is meant to move PECO Energy Company to become an energy provider that uses more solar power as a base for meeting regional energy needs. Find out about EQAT recent initiative “Power Local Green Jobs“.  If you are interested  in assisting in this particular initiative please contact Mark Fifer (610-513-5638 or libbers@comcast.net).  

Ask #2.  There were many congregation members who went to the initial meetings of Power Metro in January and February 2016.  GPC is revitalizing its connection to this group and needs to rally those who are interested in being on a GPC strategy team, helping Mark Fifer to mobilize those in our congregation who show interest in discerning social justice issues and direct action, leveraging the power of local congregations that have similar passions and interests. Please contact Mark Fifer (610-513-5638 or libbers@comcast.net). if you have interest.

Ask #3.  There are many social justice questions that need attention.  One that combines numerous issues is in the area of education, specifically the inequity of educational funding in Pennsylvania. Take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about this issue.   On Sunday May 7 David Mosenkis will be speaking about racial bias in education funding, and the fight for a truly moral budget for education. His research shows that Pennsylvania has the most inequitable public school funding of any state.  One aspect of inequity arises because the state portion of school funding is not enough to compensate for disparities in local property tax-based funding.  But another, even more disturbing aspect is the systemic racial bias in the amount of funding the state provides to districts.  The whitest districts receive on average $1,900 per student more than their fair share, and the least white districts receive $1,900 per student less than their fair share according to the state’s own fair funding formula.   Please contact Mark Fifer (610-513-5638 or libbers@comcast.net) if you are interested in attending.

THREE ASKS—PLEASE JOIN BY PARTICIPATING IN ANY OF THE THREE. LET’S JOIN TOGETHER TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER, AS WELL AS, SUPPORTING OTHER CONGREGATIONS IN THE AREA TO ACT IN FAITH, TOGETHER.

 

*POWER: More than 40 congregations that together have a total membership of more than 25,000 individuals. POWER member congregations touch each of Philadelphia’s ten City Council Districts and a majority of Philadelphia’s 44 zip codes. Collectively, POWER congregational membership reflects the racial, ethnic, religious, and economic diversity of our city.

 

#Earth Quaker Action Team, EQAT (pronounced “equate”), is a grassroots, nonviolent action group including Quakers and people of diverse beliefs, who join with millions of people around the world fighting for a just and sustainable economy.