We are three Black femme Philly natives politicized by the threat of privatization when we were in high school. Nearly a decade later, we continue the fight for self determination as mothers, aunties and the core of PhillySUN.
Our work grew from a collection of parent stories launched within Media Mobilizing Project in response to massive school closures and cuts in 2013. There was a narrative that apathy in our communities led us to that moment, but Voices From Our Public Schools offers a counter narrative. Throughout this citywide listening process we met countless parent volunteers filling the gaps in their schools that the district created. Many were seeing the inner workings of their children’s schools for the first time and found there was no internal mechanism to share concerns and solutions.
Since that time we have been building and maintaining spaces for collective community decision-making in school-level parent groups, campaigns against closures, new citywide models and governance structures, and at national education justice conferences. PhillySUN is committed to developing, connecting and sustaining the parent leaders our movements need.