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December 2022 PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has published its 2022 Year in Review, outlining images, stories, videos, member messages, and news releases from an historic year.  The year has been one of tireless advocacy and fighting for justice. Throughout the look back at the year, it is clearer than ever that our union is deeply committed to fighting for what is right. We have advocated around and drawn the connections between so many issues: ending the crisis of gun violence, fighting for a woman's right to make healthcare decisions, ending racism and bigotry in all forms, fighting for resources for students and advocating for the schools our students and members deserve, and so many more. On the 2022 Year in Review, PFT President Jerry Jordan said the following: "I am so proud of the work of this union this year and every year. Collectively, we have pushed forward amidst trying times, and we have never stopped in our pursuit of justice and equity. In the joy and in the sadness, our solidarity unites us, strengthens us, and moves us forward." MORE
On December 14th, PFT joined CeaseFirePA's vigil in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting and in honor of the 15,000 lives of Pennsylvanians stolen by gun violence in the ten years since then.  Speakers at the event included: Roz Pichardo (CeaseFirePA) Chante Love (EMIR Healing Center) Dennis Carradin (The Trauma Survivors Foundation) Meredith Elizalde (mother of Nicolas, and PFT member) Rev. Tonya Waller-Waddy Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight (Mothers In Charge) Adam Garber (CeaseFirePA) Michael Reed At the vigil, Meredith Elizalde read a poem she authored in honor of her son Nicolas, "What Does the Green Bird See?" Meredith began by saying, "Dedicated to Nick Elizalde: The greatest honor of my life was to be your mother.  The second greatest honor of my life was to hold you as you died.  May we all be blessed to see the world and our role in it, as you did.  Rest in power." MORE
December 2022 In the Winter issue of American Educator, PFT staff representative LeShawna Coleman and teacher resident Gemayel Keyes delve into the PFT paraprofessionals pathway program. A must read! MORE
November 23, 2022 In response to the shooting outside of Overbrook High School at dismissal today, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement: PHILADELPHIA—"The ongoing scourge of gun violence continues to plague our city and our nation. I am enraged by the shooting outside of Overbrook High School this afternoon that injured four students and surely traumatized so many more students, staff, and community members. MORE
November 16, 2022 In response to the PA House passage of HR 240, PFT President Jerry Jordan issued the following statement: PHILADELPHIA—"In a desperate maneuver in their waning days of power, the Pennsylvania House Republicans tripled down on their desire to circumvent the will of Philadelphians by voting to move forward with the impeachment of District Attorney Larry Krasner. MORE

November 15, 2022

Dear PFT Members:

Today, the PA State House Judiciary Committee furthered their efforts to impeach the twice elected District Attorney of Philadelphia Larry Krasner, passing this wrongheaded legislation through the Judiciary Committee.

I've shared our opposition to this stunt with you a number of times, and I write today to urge you to call your State Senator and State Representative to urge them to repudiate this charade and get down to the business of governing. 

Here are two of my recent statements on this effort: