For the past few days, I have been emailing colleagues about my departure from Fight for Philly. The Fight for Philly campaign is part of the Fight for a Fair Economy, an effort to organize and empower the folks hardest hit by the “new normal” economy. Powers that be decided to scale the effort back. As a result, my position as political director was given the heave-ho. Ironically, after throwing heart & mind into fighting austerity, I have become a victim of cutbacks! And, after working WITH Philadelphia Unemployment Project, now I am one of their members. At least my kids’ schools are still open Kidding aside, Fight for Philly has been a great gig. It brought me to amazing people. But, I always knew it was a temporary campaign position. I expected it to be over at some point & here I am.
What I did not expect, was the very moving responses I received from coalition partners, colleagues and the network of volunteers. So much encouragement. Many emails and calls that detailed different things people recalled over the past years. Gratitude for the work we did, hope, assurances, confidence in me; it was overwhelming. Then, some emails were excited for me. Whoa! Wow! What’s next?!?! Like they couldn’t wait to see. I was incredibly moved by the many words and shared memories. Thanks, friends. Stay tuned.