What does PCM do?
The Philly Children's Movement knows that families and schools are critical spaces for building racially just communities. We envision a world in which all people are liberated, whole, and valued. We work to dismantle racism, anti-Blackness, and White supremacy. Our organizing for racial justice happens in schools, community events, child-centered activism, and racial justice campaigns.
Work with Schools
Activism & Organizing
PCM CORE MEMBERS
After a season of: filling our Radical Little Library with summer reads that offered readers windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors (Rudine Simms-Bishop), working with families to disrupt book bans, and joyfully resisting and dancing away hate in Philadelphia, PCM has spent the fall supporting schools, families, and partner organizations across the city. Here’s a[…]
“It’s so, so important to see other people like you in books. It’s so important to see pictures and stories about people who you can say ‘hey, I’m like them, that’s awesome! They’re cool, I’m cool, this is amazing,’” Oona, a fiery tween, told the crowd of close to 200 people, as they stood up[…]
PCM has been busy the past two months working in solidarity with a whole host of amazing Philly-based activist organizations to fight Moms for Liberty and their impending “Joyful Warriors” summit. We’ve partnered with old and new friends from ACT-UP, BAR-WE, Philly Family Pride, COLAGE, Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Zinn Education Project, Black Lives Matter at[…]
We would like to thank the RESIST grant-making panel for supporting our work again this year! Your theory of change and continued support of grassroots racial and social organizing is so very important us at PCM and to the communities we serve. We are honored to be recognized alongside so many other wonderful collectives and[…]
What’s going on? Maya Angelou. Stan Berenstain. Judy Blume. John Green. Children’s and young adult books by these beloved authors are just a handful of the 1,648 titles banned from schools last year with claims ranging from pornography to making white kids uncomfortable. These are far from arbitrary or isolated incidents– the image of a[…]
In September, Jeannine Cook (a founding member of PCM and owner of Harriett’s Bookshop) invited PCM to take part in an evening with Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning, Antiracist Baby, and How to be an Antiracist. Kendi’s stunning new children’s book, Magnolia Flower, is an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s short[…]
As a collective, PCM has been working to align our work more with the goals and practices of mutual aid. PCM sees mutual aid as organizing children and families to challenge unequal systems by working to care for each other and meet the needs in our community. One idea we hope to highlight is how[…]
PCM Core Member, Ty Johnson (he/him) is an educator in Philadelphia, who specializes in special education, science, reading, and math. Ty completed leadership training with PhillyPLUS, where he learned to balance adaptive and technical skill sets to drive teacher improvement and gains in student outcomes. His greatest achievements came while serving as an Assistant Principal[…]
We are very appreciative of the General Operating Support grant we received from The Allen Hilles Fund, which directly supports our work in communities! The Hilles Fund makes grants to organizations that provide education, youth development and community development opportunities, and help neighborhoods and/or communities organize, plan, and work together to improve their quality of[…]
We would like to thank Yani and the RESIST grant-making panel for this amazing award! Your trust in us to “do the work” of racial justice organizing for children and families means the world!! About RESIST: Resist is a foundation that supports people’s movements for justice and liberation. We redistribute resources back to frontline communities[…]