OUR DEMANDS

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We demand Penn defund and eventually disband Penn Police and make Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) to the Education Equity Fund in support of Philadelphia public schools:

  1. Establish an indefinite agreement with the City of Philadelphia, through a Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program, to pay at least 40% of the university’s yearly property tax obligation into a publicly accountable Education Equity Fund.

  2. Permanently divest from the prison industrial complex and other industries, such as fossil fuels, known to perpetuate harm against Black, Indigenous, and other minority communities, while reporting fully transparent and public accounts of the university’s investments and contributions.

  3. Defund Penn Police and work with community and campus violence prevention organizations to institute police-free alternatives for community safety, both on and off campus.

We are also invested in a longer-term reimagining of Penn’s relationship to Philadelphia, based on an equitable partnership, which would necessitate that Penn:

  1. Establish a genuine, open and ongoing dialogue with Philadelphia community members in order to heal and address community needs through solutions grounded in restorative justice principles and public accountability.

  2. Democratize Penn’s amassed resources to truly serve the Philadelphia community. Essential changes include, but are not limited to, eliminating physical and psychological barriers to community assets on Penn’s campus, and engaging in good faith with labor demands for economic justice.