Rallies for Public Education, Transit This Week in Pittsburgh

Sunday afternoon marks the “Rally for Public Education 2013” at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty. The organizers plan to review the public education elements in the Corbett Budget and discuss the ongoing battle to preserve quality public education resources for all children.

2012  Rally
2012 Rally


• performances by Anne Feeney, Vanessa German, the Squirrel Hillbillies, and more!

• community conversation with Dr. Tim Slekar (head of the education department at Penn State Altoona, host of the education radio program At the Chalkface, and a national leader of United Opt Out)

• special free showing of the new pro-public education documentary, “Brooklyn Castle,” under special arrangement with the producers

Last year, over 250 people turned out on a snowy day to support public education. For good information, follow the Yinzercation blog. @Yinzercation

PPTLogoMonday, February 11 a statewide transit coalition is mobilizing in Harrisburg around Corbett’s proposed cut to public transportation budgets. They – like most of us – want dedicated, sustainable funding for public transit. Amen!

The coalition will urge the Governor against privatization of crucial transportation infrastructure, saying it would reduce the quality of service and lead to poor conditions for workers and riders.

“More and more Pennsylvanians are using public transportation and we must meet this growing demand,” said the Coalition, “The $40 million dollars proposed by the Governor for transit doesn’t even cover the financial needs of SEPTA, much less the funding crisis facing transit agencies across the state.We stand united in the call for more investment in public transit that will keep our economy moving and our communities connected”

Buses from Pittsburgh leave at 7:30 AM. More details here on how to participate.  Follow Pittsburghers for Public Transit for more information. @Pgh4PubTransit

Two opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get involved in protecting critical public assets.

Rest assured, these are LGBTQ battles – our children, our neighbors rely on these resources. If we want basic elements like safety, we need to ensure adequate funding – across the nation, things like anti-bullying and safe-space curricula go out the window with funding cuts. We need public transit to get from Point A to Point B – like school. And we need to lift the veil of fear knowing each year that these things worsen.



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