Phil Wider has been an organizer and political educator in the U.S. movement to end poverty for the last three decades. His entry point to the U.S. survival movement was through the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Union of the Homeless, where he was an organizer and educator with its educational arm – the Annie Smart Leadership Development Institute. He is a co-founder of the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia and a past Communications Director and Leadership Development Director at the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI). He currently serves as a Coordinator of Political Education and Leadership Development with Put People First! PA and as a Political Education Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He is a Coordinator of the University of the Poor and recently joined the staff of the Popular Education Project.