Ron Whitehorne

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Ron Whitehorne

Ronald E. Whitehorne is a Pennsylvania activist.He is a former coordinator for Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, and former editor of the Organizer.

He has been with Patricia Eakin for 40 years.

Philadelphia Workers Organizing Committee

Ron Whitehorne, in 1981 was in the Philadelphia Workers Organizing Committee.[1]

Miner connection


Ron Whitehorne, Barbara Miner, March 2013.

Education Crisis


Ron Whitehorne, June 2013 was on a panel on the education crisis at the Social Science Forum at the W.E.B Dubois Bookstore in West Philadelphia, along with Karel Kilimnik, Dennis Barneby and Dr. Mahdi Ibn Ziyad from Camden.

Rebekah Scotland Phillips connection


Ron Whitehorne June 23, 2015 ·

At the Father's day Rally for school funding hosted by Make the Road in Reading with my friend Rebekah Scotland Phillips from MMP, PCAPS, and 215 People’s Alliance.

Notebook Bloggers

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook honored its eight community bloggers, who contribute regularly to our site: Helen Gym, Len Rieser, Ron Whitehorne, Samuel Reed, Frank Murphy, Timothy Boyle, Peak Johnson, and Nijmie Dzurinko.[2]

MMP Host Committee

Media Mobilizing Project April 23, 2014:


MMP is thrilled to announce our powerhouse-of-a-host-committee for our 5th Annual Sustainer Celebration and Launch Party for The Spark: Stories that Change Our Times.

Our hosts are movement-builders, media-makers, organizers, strategists, and everyday people fighting to win our human rights!

Alex Wiles * Alix Mariko Webb * Allison Budschalow & Jonathan Barnes * Amber Felton * Amendu Evans * Amy Miller, Melissa Beatriz, Jonathan Barnes, Gary Broderick, Desi Burnette, Wende Elizabeth Marshall, Anna Grant, Zoraida Cecilia, Melissa Robbins, Bryan Mercer, Audra Traynham, Mica Root, Kati Sipp, Bek Phil, Antoine Haywood, Jay Graber, Renee McBride Williams, Todd Wolfson, Sunanda Ghosh, Molly McLidz, Sheila Quintana, Nomi M-b, Alex Wiles, Fred Pinguel, Milena Velis, Ron Blount, Jeff Rousset, Katya Rosa Botwinick, Harvey Finkle, Brendon Jobs, Patricia Eakin, Willie Colon, Kristin Campbell, Amendu Evans, Allison Budschalow, Ociele Hawkins, Tc Owens, Rugiatu Conteh and Ron Whitehorne.

Helen Gym connection


Ron Whitehorne May 25, 2016 with Helen Gym.

Youth United for Change


Ron Whitehorne December 18, 2016 ·

Hanging out with Youth United for Change at a great event with the members and supporters last night. Over 25 years old and stronger than ever. Proud to have been a part of it all these years and now stepping off the board but still down to support the vision. Pictured here with Cecilia Rivera, office manager, Saxon Nelson, Board President, and Rapheal Randall, Executive Director.

SLAP endorsement

Student Labor Action Project announced its endorsement, February 2014 of Democratic candidate and Penn Law graduate John Hanger for governor of Pennsylvania, citing his progressive stance on labor, education and environmental issues.

“It is a rare movement for labor groups to engage in electoral politics,” SLAP member and College sophomore Clara Hendrickson said. “But the state of affairs [in Pennsylvania] … has just been so awful that it’s a very strategic moment to back this progressive candidate.”

Hanger is the only candidate in this election to have been in a union himself and is calling his campaign “the People’s Campaign.” He recognizes that “the only way to reduce income inequality is to support unions,” Hendrickson said.

SLAP supports Hanger because of his commitment to creating more jobs — specifically well-paying green jobs, something he did as secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. SLAP also supports Hanger’s plan to invest in public education by returning over $1 billion of funding cuts in this area.

“Most Penn students spend more than four years here in Philly,” Devan Spear, a College freshman and member of SLAP, said. “We have a responsibility to do more than just pass through.”

On Saturday, the group joined several other activist groups from across Philadelphia for an event at the Arch Street Methodist Church in Center City, where the Point Breeze Organizing Committee officially endorsed Hanger’s campaign.

The event was sponsored by Progressive Philly Rising, a new coalition of social justice groups like PBOC that are “committed to putting front and center [the issues of] public education and economic inequality,” Dina Yarmus, a member of PPR and the emcee at the event, said. The event included speakers from many of the organizations in the coalition and prominent activists, including retired teacher and education activist Ron Whitehorne and labor activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. The Media Mobilizing Project presented a video of the progress made by working people across the city throughout the past year. The event closed with PBOC’s endorsement of Hanger, and Hanger accepted the endorsement in his keynote speech.[3]

215 People’s Alliance

215 People’s Alliance May 13, 2015;

6 DAYS LEFT. Former public school teacher and public education advocate Ron Whitehorne:


"With a progressive Mayor and strong support in City Council for a living wage, fully funded schools and a criminal justice system that is fair to all, Philadelphia can move forward as a city. By working for this slate of candidates we help build a united front for a politics independent of big business that will stand up for the city’s working class majority. Finally this is a slate that stands for racial inclusion and equality, that recognizes only on this basis can we build the unity we need to win."

215 People’s Alliance canvasser

215 People’s Alliance May 10, 2015:


With Ron Whitehorne, Bryan Mercer, Patricia Eakin, Dinah DeWald and Rebekah Scotland Phillips.

Our City, Our Schools


Ron Whitehorne, October 14, 2016 ·

Great to be at the launch of the Our City, Our Schools campaign to end the rule of the SRC and return our schools to local control — with Hanako Franz, Jesse Gottschalk and Kia Philpot Hinton.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included Ron Whitehorne.[4]

Election campaigners


Ron Whitehorne November 9, 2016 ·

With Lev Hirschhorn and Bryan Mercer.

Philadelphia comrades

Todd Wolfson in his book "Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left" thanked activists from the Media Mobilizing Project and Philadelphia, including Shivaani Selvaraj, Mica Root, Phil Wider, Nijmie Dzurinko, Desi Burnette, Ron Blount, Alix Webb, Bryan Mercer, Rebekah Scotland Phillips, Kristin Campbell, Hannah Jane Sassaman, Erika Almiron, Rachel Goffe, Megan Williamson, Fred Pinguel, Amalia Deloney, Martin Lautz, John Hough, Steve Chrevenka, Al Alston, Carmen Cuadrado, Amendu Evans, Audra Traynham, Peter Bloom, Lawrence Jones, Charles Clark, Koby Murphy, Quon Chance, Willie Baptist, Liz Theoharis, Liz McElroy, Mohammad Shukur, Bill Zoda, Tekle Gebrehmdin, Patrick Animah, Gary Broderick, Dina Yarmus, Ron Whitehorne, Patricia Eakin and others. [5]

Democratic Socialists of America Unity

Ron Whitehorne supported the Democratic Socialists of America Unity grouping, established for the 2017 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Chicago.[6]

Krasner crew

Amanda McIllmurray May 4 2018:


With Kelly Morton, Lev Hirschhorn, Camille Sheron Turner, Bernie Sanders, Ron Whitehorne, Ryan Hancock, Hannah Jane Sassaman, Daniel Denvir and Larry Krasner.

Debbie Bell memorial

On March 18 2018, a memorial was held at the Unitarian Society of Germantown for labor and community leader Debbie Amis Bell, who passed one year ago.

Bell was a founder of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and of its parent union, the American Federation of Teachers. She was well-known and respected in labor circles here in Philadelphia and beyond. She was a National Committee member of the Communist Party USA and a leader in the party’s Philadelphia District organization.

The memorial keynote address was delivered by Jarvis Tyner, head of the New York State Committee of the CPUSA and National Committee member. Other speakers included Melvin Metelits, who at one time served with Debbie on the PFT’s executive board, and Rosita Johnson, a fellow teacher, progressive caucus member, and political activist.

Ron Whitehorne, long-time chair of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, led the 100-plus crowd in singing historic labor songs.

A surprise appearance was made by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who recalled days of street activism alongside Bell and other left activists in Germantown. Councilwoman Bass presented the family with a certificate from City Council recognizing Bell’s longstanding contributions to justice.[7]

Philly DSA

In July 2018 Ron Whitehorne was a member of Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America. [8]


  1. [The Organizer, Vol. 7, No. 8, August 1981]
  2. [ The NB NEWS June 13, 2012 — 1:50pm Turning the Page for Change: Notebook community gathers to celebrate]
  3. [ The daily Pennsylvanian, SLAP backs John Hanger for Governor SLAP seeks to engage more Penn students with Philadelphia By LAUREN FEINER ・ 02/02/14 7:30pm]
  4. FB Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing Went 109
  5. [Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left By Todd Wolfson. Acknowledgements]
  6. [1]
  7. PW Family, friends, and comrades remember Debbie Bell in Philadelphia April 6, 2018 9:42 AM CDT BY MYKE SIMONIAN
  8. [file:///C:/Users/Trevor/Downloads/July%20General%20Meeting%20Packet%20Version%202.5%20.pdf Philly DSA July general Meeting]