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    Updated On: Nov 15, 2017



    Wednesday October 11, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.    

    AFSCME DC 47 - 1606 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Auditorium

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    The recent public displays of the bigotry and racism that we all know exist in our communities is extremely disturbing. All this HATE has awakened a new wave of activists who have risen up with us to stand and resist with love and solidarity. CLUW members are determined to hold elected officials accountable for their actions and statements in response to the hatred and violence, and we will continue as feminists, unionists and civil and human rights activists to march, stand up, speak out and resist with all our power against the forces of evil that seek to divide our country and marginalize people of color, religious and sexual minorities, and all other oppressed people.

    In honor of Heather Heyer and those injured in Charlottesville Va., who were protesting bigotry, racism and hate, the speakers and discussion at this event will focus on non-violent ways to stand up to the white supremacists, anti-Semites, and all hatemongers.

    Our Panelists:

    Sheila E. Armstrong is a community organizer for POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild). POWER is a group of faith based leaders and members from all denominations. Sheila is a single mother of two boys who attend the Philadelphia Public School System. Sheila grew up in a poverty stricken, low income home. At a young age she was the victim of violence and abuse in her home.

    At the age of 18 Sheila went to a nursing assistant training program while attending GED classes on nights and weekends. She continued with her education and in 2007 graduated from Community College of Philadelphia.  But she didn’t stop there. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s Degree in Business.


    Erika Almiron Niz is the Executive Director of Juntos, a Latino immigrant community-led human rights organization based in Philadelphia, dedicated to fighting for the rights of our community on issues like education, immigration, and workers rights.

    She has been working on social justice issues for almost two decades including immigration, education reform, youth organizing, women’s health, gentrification and poverty. Born in South Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Paraguay, she spent most of her youth in Philadelphia or New York.   After college she worked to build organizations like the Media Mobilizing Project, the Philadelphia Student Union and the Mexico/US Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee.

    Since 2011 Erika has been working on local and national immigrant rights issues. She worked on developing campaigns and coalitions to create Sanctuary City policies, to shut down the Berks Detention Center, and she has worked both with the Not1More campaign and the Mijente national network to end deportations, and the criminalization of immigrants and Black and Brown folks.  Earlier this year she was named a Woman of the Year by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women.   In November, she will be one of four Legacy of Leadership honorees at Bread & Roses Community Fund’s 40th Anniversary Tribute to Change.

    In her spare time, Erika is a freelance photographer; her pictures have been published and exhibited over the last several years in Philadelphia and beyond.  She has documented prison conditions in South America, mountain top removal in West Virginia, homelessness in Harlem, and most recently she received the prestigious Leeway Foundation Award to document agricultural reform, land distribution and the landless movements in Brazil and Paraguay. 

    Moderator: Evette Jones,  Community Engagement Coordinator & Staff Rep of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

    Women Against Abuse is the only union-staffed shelter in Philadelphia; they are represent by UAW.  The shelter only accepts women and children in crisis. Due to space limitations, only these items can be accepted by the agency – all items must be NEW!  Financial donations are especially needed as public funding continues to drop.  Please consider running a donation drive at your union or workplace.

    Muslim garb for women: Hijab (head covering), Niqab (face covering), Abaya (over-garment); Cloth Tote Bags; Women’s Clothing: Sweat & Yoga Pants, Bras & Underwear (all sizes); Gift cards (No Wal-Mart!); Diapers (all sizes), Pull-ups, Wipes, Formula; Pacifiers; Toddlers Clothing for ages 1-8; Baby Carriers (front pouch kind, for hands-free baby transport); Toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.); Tampons, Pads; Water Bottles; Hand Lotion; Nail Polish; Note Books, Blank Sketch Books (no lines), USB Drives, Portfolios, Blank Cards for Thank You Notes, Journals, Stress Balls. 

    Checks should be made payable to Women Against Abuse, and mailed to Philly CLUW, 22 S. 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or brought to the event.  Please ask your Union to donate too!  If you would like to donate but cannot come to the event, you may bring your items, prior to the event, to the same address. 

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