PHILADELPHIA (May 15, 2015) – TODAY, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers came to Philadelphia for a rally and press conference to support Helen Gym for City Council At-Large.

Randi Weingarten, President of AFT said at the rally, “Helen Gym has been reclaiming the promise of public education in Philadelphia for years. I would travel far & wide to stand with this inspirational parent and leader. Helen Gym belongs on City Council because she walks the walk and backs up her words with action when she advocates for Philadelphia’s schools.”

Also in attendance at Wednesday’s rally were Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, also endorsed by the AFT, and District Attorney Seth Williams, who spoke in support of Helen Gym’s efforts to strengthen education in Philadelphia.

Williams said, “The number one crime prevention tool is early childhood education. I’m going to vote for the right person–I’m here to endorse education as a priority in our city.”

Helen Gym fired up the crowd at the conclusion of the rally, saying,

“The groundrules of this election were defined by this grassroots education community–not by the political establishment. You made people wake up and pay attention to the voices of our neighborhoods and families. Your voices have been heard, people are paying attention, and on May 19 we are going to hold our government accountable and usher in a new kind of politics in our city that prioritizes our families, our schools, and our neighborhoods.”

Helen Gym is a former teacher, mother of three children in Philadelphia’s public schools, and a nationally recognized community activist. Helen co-founded Parents United for Public Education and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. In 2007, Helen was honored as the Citizen of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in 2014 she was honored by President Obama as a Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.