UAC Holds Rally and Budget Watch for Budget Address

March 7, 2011

The Urban Affairs Coalition, a network of more than 80 grassroots organizations and concerned citizens will converge to hold a rally and to watch Governor Corbett's budget address. 


On Tuesday, March 8 at 10:45 a.m., members of the Coalition will rally in front of UAC (1207 Chestnut Street) with a 12 foot puppet (courtesy of the arts organization, Spiral Q Puppet Theatre) dressed in a cap and gown and hand out flyers to the public to support adequate State funding for "education and social services instead of funding to build prisons and incarcerate people in PA."  It currently costs $33,000 per year to incarcerate a low-level offender and $9,500 per year to educate a Philadelphia public school student.


"These are hard times for all our citizens," said Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President of the Coalition. "Adequate funding for nonprofits will ensure that youth stay out of trouble, people get job training, families avoid foreclosures, and small businesses can hire people. We want to send the message to Harrisburg that we want jobs not jails, programs not prisons, to educate not incarcerate."  


At 11:45 a.m., UAC program partners and concerned community members will view Gov. Corbett's budget address as it airs live as it is being presented in Harrisburg.


In addition, Budget Watch viewings are being held throughout the city including at:

One Day At A Time (2426 W. Lehigh Avenue)

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (1616 Walnut Street)

Turning Points for Children (415 South Fifteen Street

West Oak Lane Senior Center (7210 Ogontz Avenue)



Following the address, commentary will be made by Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO of UAC; Kate Atkins, head of the South Eastern PA Budget Coalition; and Linda Burnette, Director of the Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program regarding the potential budget impact on nonprofits and the Philadelphia community.


UAC is a made up of more than 80 organizations in the southeastern PA region serving an estimated 84,000 people each year.  They will rally for adequate funding in the state budget to support social services in region.