Today, thousands of people, mostly students, but also former students, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens shut shit down in Center City, Philadelphia filling the streets, and sidewalks and other nearby properties during a protest. Students literally walked out of their classrooms at 12pm and met up at the School District of Philadelphia building on broad and Spring Garden to address the staggering budget cuts that would result in 20 something elementary, middle and high schools closing down for good and other schools receiving heavy cuts such as music, art and sports classes and programs.
The angry, yet peaceful young crowd filled the Center City streets halting traffic and whose roaring chants of “SAVE OUR SCHOOLS” and “NO EDUCATION, NO LIFE” can be heard blocks away. Despite this being a serious and unfortunate matter, students were still smiling and laughing. Honestly, it was my first time seeing Philly students get together to try and make a change.
The protest and rallys were organized by a number of student empowerment groups including the Philadelphia Student Union.