Hunger strikers protesting massive education layoffs in Philadelphia are calling on Gov. Tom Corbett to prioritize safe schools.
A rotating group of activists has been fasting since June 17 to demand the funding needed to rehire about 1,200 lunchtime aides.
The aides are among more than 3,800 public school employees who will lose their jobs next week because of the district's $304 million deficit.
The “Fast for Safe Schools” is being organized by Unite Here, a labor union representing the aides. Participants drink only water.
On Friday, fasters are delivering a petition signed by at least 1,000 people to Corbett's office in Philadelphia.
Fifteen elected officials fasted in solidarity with the group on Thursday, including a congressman, state lawmakers, members of City Council and the district attorney.
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