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.

Past Classes with Phil Wider

March 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am

The Poor Organizing the Poor: Lessons from the National Union of the Homeless

The course will cover the context for the rise of the National Union of the Homeless, the history of the movement, lessons from its successes and failures, and the organizing approach it helped to define
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December 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Who Profits When We Get Sick?

We all need healthcare, and less and less of us can afford it. This class will introduce the economics and politics of health and healthcare, take a critical look at the “solutions” to the healthcare crisis, and put forward the visions and strategies of grassroots groups organizing for their human right to healthy lives and to the care we need, when we need it.
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Tompkins Square
October 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Lessons from the National Union of the Homeless

This one-day course is an introduction to the National Union of the Homeless (NUH) - an organization led by homeless individuals and families which was active from the mid-80’s to the early 90’s, and came to include some of the key leaders of the Tompkins Square Park encampment.
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