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Nominate a Philly activist!

People joked that you could have set Philadelphia's progressive community back 30 years if you had targeted Hamilton Hall the night of Bread & Roses' Tribute to Change 30th anniversary gala.

It's true; last year's Tribute to Change was a huge success. Almost 500 people-- from all over the region -- came together to celebrate 30 years of Bread & Roses by honoring the work and lives of 30 local activists who have created and inspired work for social justice in the Delaware Valley.

But we don't just celebrate successes on milestone anniversaries -- Bread & Roses celebrates victories for real change every year. Our annual Tribute to Change awards ceremony provides the opportunity for us to highlight the diversity of the issues, strategies and people involved in local movements for social justice.

This year we'll give our Tribute to Change awards to just a few individuals or organizations, not 30. We need your help deciding who deserves to be honored most.

Can you take a few minutes to nominate an individual or organization whose work you think should be recognized by Delaware Valley's progressive community in 2008? Nominations are due by March 7, 2008. Go to www.breadrosesfund.org/go/nomination to submit your nominations.

The Tribute to Change is the annual awards ceremony for local progressives who support social justice. The Tribute to Change is our community's opportunity to honor the accomplishments of organizers and activists in our area whose work inspires and creates real change. That's why we invite nominations from the community-at-large of deserving activists and organizations who make a real difference in our community.

Potential honorees can be of all ages, all disciplines and working in the Philadelphia region on any issue related to social justice. If the work of an individual is so closely intertwined with another person, or with several people, that it is hard to single her/him out, feel free to nominate two or more as a group. Your answers to the questions don't need to be long but should make it clear why you think this person is worthy of special recognition.

To start nominating honorees, please go to www.breadrosesfund.org/go/nomination.

Tonight--DIY Tribute to the Hard Workers

(from a long time activist and Bread & Roses supporter Kate Sorenson)

DIY Tribute to the Hard Workers

Friday, Feb. 15, 7 – 10pm
Calvary Church Basement
Baltimore Avenue and 48th
(801 S. 48th St. 19143)

Last October Bread and Roses threw a great party honoring 30 Philadelphians who have contributed to social change. The event was a lot of fun and drew an unprecedented amount of support for the foundation. Yet, I can think of hundreds of people who have given their time to make social change and deserve an award. Social change movements are built through all of our collective work, over the long hall.

Here are 5 examples out of hundreds:

This Time We Have Proof

How much does a good education cost?

Last year the Pennsylvania House and Senate hired an auditor to figure out the minimum amount of money that should be spent per student in the state to provide a good education.

They found that each school district in the state needs to spend at least $12,057 per student-- $2,000 MORE per kid than the School District of Philadelphia spends just to provide a basic education.

The Philadelphia Student Union, Bread & Roses grantee and education reform group led by Philadelphia public school students, has helped organize a press conference tonight to release the full report to the media.

They need you to attend and show the press and the legislature how seriously we're taking the findings of this report on education funding. We have to convince House and Senate members to provide the moneyschool districts need to meet the new bottom line dollar amount that they have set.

If you can make it, RSVP here.

Rally & Press Conference for Our Schools
Today, Wednesday November 28 at 6 PM
Benjamin Franklin High School, 550 N Broad St
(near Broad and Spring Garden)

We don't need a study to know that there are real inequities from school district to school district across the state. However, having an objective, well-researched study makes it easier for all of us to agree on a baseline amount of money to spend per kid.

Please help make the efforts of education reform groups, like the Philly Student Union, to get fair and equal funding of schools, a reality. Show your support for equitable funding for school districts across the state by coming to the press conference tonight.

You have our ear. Come meet Bread & Roses' new executive director this evening!

Let's be real: We all need more money and resources to support our efforts.
Bread & Roses is in an exciting transition with new staff and board members who have joined the organization in the past 8-10 months. We are positioning ourselves to leverage greater amounts of money and resources to support progressive grassroots organizing in the Delaware Valley area. We'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas of what Bread & Roses could be doing, as well as share some of ours with you.

Please join us this evening at 7pm to meet Bread & Roses’ new executive director, Casey Cook, and learn about new initiatives at the organization. It’s a casual short get together with drinks and food from Bitar’s Mediterranean Restaurant at the home of Bread & Roses board member Jethro Heiko. The co-hosts are: Matt Ruben, Maori Karmael Holmes, Sarah J. Christman and Jennifer Jones.

Join Bread & Roses for film screening this evening!

Film Screening & Discussion on Housing, Displacement, and Homelessness
April 23rd, 7pm
International House

Join Bread & Roses Community Fund and local activists for the Philadelphia premier of P. Baltimore and a discussion on housing, displacement and homelessness in Philadelphia.

Presented by Barbara Smith Community School in partnership with Community Leadership Institute, Anti Displacement Solidarity Committee, Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront and the African American Business and Residents Association.

Why are people abandoned on the streets when there are so many abandoned buildings? How will Casinos change our neighborhoods? What impact will Industrial Transformation Districts have on our community? Looking for answers to these and other questions about our neighborhoods?

Nominate a Philly activist!

In honor of Bread & Roses Community Fund’s 30th anniversary we will honor 30 activists at this year’s annual Tribute to Change event. Honorees will be people who have created and inspired work in the Philadelphia area toward social justice in the past 30 years as well as those who are currently leading the way to the future. We will highlight the diversity of the issues, strategies and people involved in local movements for social justice.

We invite nominations from the community-at-large of deserving activists. Please use the nomination form below to nominate someone you know. Nominations can be made by anyone; each individual can make up to thirty different nominations. Potential honorees can be of all ages, all disciplines, and working in the Philadelphia area on any issue related to social justice over the past 30 years. If the work of a potential nominee is so closely intertwined with another person, or with several people, that it is hard to single one out, feel free to nominate two or more as a group. Your answers to the questions don’t need to be long but should make it clear why you think this person is worthy of special recognition.

To nominate honorees please download a nomination form at http://www.breadrosesfund.org/Downloads/Honor30forthe30th.pdf

Nominations are due by March 30th, 2007.

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