We Have a Right to Breathe.

With your help, we raised more than $2100!! Thank you so much for all of your generous support.

We have closed this GoFundMe, but if you are interested in donating to support our work for environmental and climate justice, you can donate on our website! 


Generations of Philadelphians have paid with their bodies for the pollution of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery, the largest oil refinery on the East Coast. It’s time for a transition to an energy system that uplifts generations to come, instead of burying them under illness, poverty, and a dying planet. It’s time to #PayUp PES.

Philly Thrive is an environmental justice organization that organizes for the Right to Breathe in Philadelphia. Our new campaign, #PayUpPES, will mobilize fenceline communities to hold the PES refinery accountable at every permit hearing, showing the costs residents pay for the refinery’s dirty business. We call on local officials — from City Council to Air Management Services — to stand with us to demand wealth redistribution from the refinery to residents. The #PayUpPES Campaign seeks to weaken government support for the PES refinery and begin redistributing the wealth from the PES refinery to make our communities sustainable.

PES is responsible for over 70% of toxic air emissions in Philadelphia and is among the top toxic polluters in the petroleum industry nationwide, releasing toxins that cause headaches, asthma, and cancer. Through our #Pay Up PES campaign, we are amplifying the voices of Philadelphians who live on the fenceline of the refinery, and demanding justice.

Your support will help sustain our vital work, as we make sure the voices of black, low-income Philadelphia residents are heard and heeded. Donate today!

$25 will help buy action and training materials including banners, paint, flipchart paper, and markers.

$50 will support an environmental justice art project, led by the youth members of Philly Thrive

$80 will pay for childcare for our public hearing training on November 8th

$100 will cover space rentals for our trainings through the end of 2018

$150 will allow us to rent a 15-passenger van, providing transportation for our members and supporters who will voice their dissent at upcoming permit hearings

$200 will allow us to print hundreds of beautiful and engaging flyers to distribute in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia

$360 will allow us to pay an organizer for six weeks of house visits and outreach, rallying the energy and support we need to make this campaign a success!

$500 will allow us to produce an amazing animated video, explaining the refinery’s permit process, and what we’re doing to disrupt it and demand justice

$1,000 donation will fund a major mobilization, allowing us to rally hundreds of people to publicly oppose the refinery’s pollution, and make the case for wealth redistribution

  • Jeff Rousset 
    • $20 
    • 33 mos
  • Margaret Herndon  
    • $10 
    • 33 mos
  • Jeffrey Ordower 
    • $18 
    • 33 mos
  • Taylor Brown 
    • $50 
    • 33 mos
  • Janet Forgash 
    • $25 
    • 33 mos
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Philly Thrive 
Philadelphia, PA
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