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Germantown "Making" Progress

February 16, 2013, 2 pm - April 1, 2013
Where: 5722 Greene St
, Philadelphia PA 19144

In a first attempt to work with MoveOn on a local level, the Germantown NN chapter is reaching out to MoveOn email activists, Obama campaign workers, and others who care about saving public schools, gun control, healthcare reform, preserving the environment and putting people ahead of corporate profit, help us focus on keeping our elected officials accountable. What’s their voting record on the issues we care about? How have they led? How can we make them more responsive? Come join us to build a progressive infrastructure that will last beyond the election cycle.

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Get Out the Vote - for Philly Empowerment

April 15, 2012 - April 25, 2012
Where: Organizing for America - Obama HQ
300 block West Chelten

Sign Up now to Get Out the Vote April 24th.

The Republicans are trying hard to suppress voter turnout in Philadelphia but they can't do it unless we let them.

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Progressive Organizing Workship (POW)

September 25, 2010, 1:00 pm - September 25, 2010, 4:30 pm
Where: Community College
Bonnell Bldg Auditorium 16th St., south ofSpring Garden, Philadelphia

Save the Date...more details to come
The POW! Conference will focus on moving the local political power structure to put the needs of poor, working, and community people first and to also make sure that that power structure is inclusive and democratic (small "d") with clear entry points for people who may now feel excluded.

We believe that the first step in pursuing this vision must be to get out the vote to stop the Corbett-Toomey ticket in the fall election. To accomplish that goal, as well as our long-term policy goals, the POW! Conference will focus on creating a strong neighborhood-centered political structure that will be present in every election cycle, and in every significant policy campaign.

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Rally to Make Big Business Pay Its Fair Share

April 29, 2010, 9:00 am
Where: Outside City Council Chambers
4th Floor City Hall, Philadelphia

Join the Coalition for Essential Services in demanding that City Council roll back the recent gross receipt tax cuts, which save big business millions in tax dollars while City services suffer.

We will be meeting at 8:30 am outside City Hall doors, and then going inside (bring IDs!) and taking our rally and our message right into the corridors of power. The rally will start at 9:00.

Let City Council know that Philadelphians refuse to let our politicians get away with cutting big businesses a break at a time when the city can afford it least.

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District Attorney R. Seth Williams - Town Hall Meeting

April 1, 2010, 6:30 pm - April 1, 2010, 8 pm
Where: Simons Recreation Center
Walnut Lane & Woolston Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19138

District Attorney R. Seth Williams is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings. The next meeting is Thursday, April 1, 2010, from 6:30 pm - 8pm in the Simons Recreation Center, at Walnut Lane & Woolston Avenue. Come and learn about the services provided by the District Attorney's Office and share with him your concerns.


Community Access Media Wants You!

March 9, 2010, 6 pm
Where: Center in the Park
5818 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

After years of struggle, Community Access Cable TV (PhillyCAM) is a reality. Neighborhood Networks is proud to bring the staff, board and video producers of PhillyCAM to Northwest Philly to talk about their work and how you can be a part of it. At the forum you will learn how you can submit your own television program, become a PhillyCAM member and gain valuable vido production skills.


Progressive City Organizations sponsor an All-Candidates Gubernatorial Forum!

February 18, 2010, 7 pm
Where: Arch Street United Methodist Church
55 N. Broad Street (215) 568-6250 |, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2531

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Forum to be held on Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at the Arch Street United Methodist Church from 7-9 pm.

All candidates from both parties are invited to participate.

Philly Neighborhood Networks (NN) and the Coalition for Essential Services CES) are sponsoring it, and over 90 other organizations are co-sponsoring. We are hoping for hundreds of attendees; we hope that includes you!


DA Candidates Forum

March 18, 2009, 6 pm
Where: Tritone
1508 South Street

Neighborhood Networks is sponsoring a forum to which all of the candidates for District Attorney in Philadelphia's upcoming election have been invited. We already have four acceptances and hope to have the remaining candidates join us as well. Save this date. There will be more information available shortly. It will be the groundbreaker for the election.


Meeting of Wards 9,21,22 to Probe City Budget Crisis

January 26, 2009, 7:00 pm
Where: Lovett Memorial Library at 6945 Germantown Ave.

It's official; we have ourselves a brand new, grand new, President. He wants to turn this country around, but he reminds us, constantly, that he needs our help. One place to start helping him is right here at home in Philly. We have a horrible budget crisis that is threatening massive layoffs and service cuts. Neighborhood Networks has put together a panel of great experts to help us figure out how we can turn it all around.

Do you want to learn more about the budget crisis and what we can do to preserve necessary services while promoting a fair and equitable tax structure in Philadelphia? Then come to our meeting on Monday, Jan. 26th, 7-9 PM at Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave, 2nd Floor Community Meeting Room. You'll get all the details, and get answers to whatever questions you may have.

Here is our speaker list:

Sharon Ward, Director of Pa. Budget and Policy Center;
Stan Shapiro, former City Council Chief Staff Attorney:
Jonathan Stein, General Counsel Community Legal Services and member, Philadelphia Tax Review Commission

Hope to see you there.


Library Coalition Strategy Committee Meeting

January 6, 2009, 7 pm
Where: Kingsessing Recreation Center
51st and Chester, West Philly

Library Coalition Strategy Committee Members will meet Tuesday at 7 PM at the Kingsessing Recreation Center at 51st and Chester in West Philly to plan response to the outcome of the Monday court appeal by the Nutter administration. The judge is being asked to lift the injunction against the city that prevents the mayor from closing 11 Library branches without the approval of City Council. That injunction was won by a lawsuit argued by NN member Atty. Irv Ackelsberg

Organizers who met with Nutter on Saturday at the Central Branch of the Free Library hope that additional time will allow a plan to develop to keep the branches open.

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Join fellow NN members to watch Obama acceptance speech - Independence Mall

Obama O mark
August 27, 2008, 8 pm
Where: Independence Mall (probably the yard adjacent to Visitor's Center)
probably north side of Market Street, Philly Center City

The DNC - Obama/Biden For President campaign is hosting ALL of us with big sound system and large screen projected live TV.

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National Day of Action to Save Public Education

December 9, 2013, 4::30 pm - December 9, 2013
Where: Governor Corbett's Philly Office
200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA


We're Canvassing To Send Corbett Packing

October 11, 10 am
Where: 5730 Greene St., Philadelphia, PA

We're going door-to-door in three shifts on Saturday to be sure people know how important this election is. We'll have three shifts, leaving from our office at 5730 Greene St, at 10 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. So choose the time that works best for you and we'll train you, supply you with all the material you need, and better yet . . .

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We're Having An Office Warming Party!

September 26, 6 pm
Where: 5730 Greene St., Philadelphia, PA 19119

We're opening our office and we're counting down the last days of the Corbett reign of error, all in one great evening of fun!


We're Sending Corbett Packing

September 11, 7 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church of Germantown
6001 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Time to gear up and get the voters out! Far too many Philadelphia voters stayed home four years ago, a major reason we're stuck with Governor Corbett. At this event we're going to start the work of bringing those voters to the polls this year in Northwest Philadelphia and making a different Tom Governor, Tom Wolf. Come be part of the change!


NN Sponsors Gubernatorial Forum

March 23
Where: Gershman Y
401 S Broad

Primary Candidates to Speak in Philadelphia

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PA Progressive Summit 2014

February 28, 6 pm - March 1, 6 pm
Where: Hilton Hotel
, Harrisburg PA

Annual gathering of progressive organizations from across Pennsylvania.

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Forum -- Jumpstarting the New Economy in Philadelphia

June 25, 2013
Where: SEIU 32 BJ
455 N. 5th St. (between Spring Garden and Callowhill), Philadelphia

On Tuesday, June 25th, an emerging coalition of social innovators in Philadelphia will be declaring their “independence from a rigged economy that traps Philadelphia in failure” and will describe exciting new approaches to creating broadly shared prosperity in our City. In other words, we'll be discussing a new Declaration of Independence: this time from Wall Street!

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Getting That Corporate Money Out of Politics

June 20, 2012, 5:30 pm
Where: Fergie's Pub, 2nd Floor
1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed a flood of corporate money into our political system by ruling that, contrary to longstanding precedents, corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to promote or defeat candidates. The decision in this historic case " Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission " overturned a century of campaign finance law and stands to deal a devastating blow to our democracy unless we act. On June 20 we will gather to act.

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PA Progressive Summit is Coming to Philly!

February 10, 2012, 6:30 pm - February 12, 2012, 1:30 pm
Where: In and Around Philly

The PA Progressive Summit will be held in Philadelphia this year on the weekend of February 10-12.

If you’ve been to the Summit in the past, you know it is the most exciting and important progressive political gathering of the year. Dozens of movement-building panels, workshops and opportunities to meet other progressive leaders and activists will be available, and that’s just a small part of what is being offered.

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We're Giving Corbett Our Scrooge of the Year Award

December 22, 2011, 12 pm
Where: Bellevue Hotel
200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA

Tom Corbett is doing everything he can to make the rich, richer, the poor, poorer, and to poison absolutely everyone's water and air. “Ebenezer” Corbett’s very first budget terminated the PA Housing Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) that kept tens of thousands of PA families in their homes, and eliminated the Adult Basic Health Insurance that helped keep 41,000 Pennsylvanians alive. Corbett saved his cruelest cuts for Tiny Tim and the youngest Pennsylvanians, slicing $900 million from public schools and $245 million from state universities. This may be the most savagely evil budget in PA history. So here's what we're going to do on Thursday.

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We meet to take on Corporate Power

October 25, 2011, 7 pm - October 25, 2011, 8:30 pm
Where: Hotel Brotherhood Hall
1529 Bainbridge Street (1 block south of South St.), Philadelphia

Tonight Neighborhood Networks and will conduct a joint meeting as part of an unprecedented coalition effort to end the systemic corruption that has weakened American democracy for decades. It is a pattern of corruption that historically led to Viet Nam, the Savings and Loans scandal, the invasion of Iraq, and now the destablization of our global economy.

Powerful corporate and monied interests have played Congress like a violin, at our expense. The corruption has reached the point where spontaneous opposition like Occupy Wall Street is finally erupting.

We are in a struggle for the soul of our democracy, and for those of us who love our country and what it has stood for at the best of times, it is a call for committed engagement! Tomorrow we will commence that engagement, once again.

We will meet at an historic organizing site for black hotel workers, the Hotel Brotherhood Meeting Hall at 1529 Bainbridge Street, starting at 7 PM. Please let us know you're coming by clicking here. And please, bring a friend who is committed to justice for all.


Rally for Justice and Jobs

October 15, 2011, 12 pm - October 15, 2011, 1 pm
Where: Northwest Corner City Hall
, Philadelphia

This has been postponed from Wednesday, Oct. 12 to Saturday October 15! Please Note!

We're rallying for justice and jobs, along with MoveOn, labor and ordinary people who have just had enough. And what we all want NOW are jobs, good jobs.

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“Freedom From Fracking” Conference

September 8, 2011, 8:30 am
Where: Congregation Rodeph Shalom
615 N Broad St., Philadelphia, PA

The intent of the “Freedom From Fracking” conference is to grow, strengthen, and focus the network of groups in Pennsylvania and beyond that works strategically to stop fracking.

We will develop and prepare to implement coordinated strategies in the areas of electoral and legislative campaigns, direct action, local organizing, media advocacy, legal action, and watershed specific action.

Please bring your experience and commitment so that we can learn from each other and work together to stop hydrofracking.

The Coalition asks for a $40 registration fee, but have a $15- $25 sliding scale fee for low-income persons. If you are able, we ask that you donate a little extra to help subsidize others who aren’t able the pay the standard fee. You can get more information and register here.


Rally to Stop Dirty Gas Drilling in PA

September 7, 2011, 12 pm
Where: Center City Philadelphia, Arch St., between Broad and 13th Streets, in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center

To show that a broad-based popular movement exists that will not tolerate contamination of our air, water, and earth by dirty drilling, or the corruption of our politicians by industry money. Ralliers will demand that not one more family be poisoned by fracking and shale gas extraction.

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Another Rally to Hold Toomey Accountable

September 1, 2011, 12 pm
Where: Toomey's Philly Office
8 Penn Center, 1628 JFK Blvd

The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals (PASNAP) is conducting a national Main Street Contract for America campaign (with National Nurses United). Key demands include jobs at living wages, equal access to quality, public education, guaranteed healthcare for all, a secure and dignified retirement, good housing and protection from hunger and a just taxation system where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

They are targeting Senator Pat Toomey since he has been appointed to the “Super Congress” to determine federal programs to be cut. Rally with them on September 1st to add your voice to those of our labor allies working hard to make Congress pay attention to the real concerns of working and poor people in this country.


"Jobs, Not Cuts" Rally

August 10, 2011, 12 pm - August 10, 2011, 1 pm
Where: Pat Toomey's Philadelphia Office
1678 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

Let's tell Senator Toomey that we know what he's doing, and we don't like it. Toomey is one of the chief architects of the Republican policy of "starving the beast", which, to the Republican Teabaggers, is any government program that helps children, women, seniors, or anyone other than the richest 1% of the population. Let Toomey know we're not going to take his deliberate destruction of the lives of ordinary people without his hearing our voice early and often!


8th District NN Meets to Deal With Public Schools

July 12, 2011, 7 pm
Where: Germantown Y
5722 Greene Street, Philadelphia

Funding for public education was decimated in the budget recently adopted by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. In its next session, coming in September, a real danger exists that public education will be further damaged by the adoption of a voucher program. Come listen to Susan Gobreski, director of Education Voters PA, tell us how NN can respond to this new and challenging political environment for our children. Susan will talk to us at 7, but come at 6 for a potluck dinner. Then at 8 a meeting of Organizing for America will take place focusing on voter registration ahead of the crucial 2012 election.


8th District NN Meets to Prepare for Primary

May 10, 2011, 6 pm
Where: Germantown Y
5722 Greene Street, Philadelphia

The Chapter will be meeting to prepare for the most important local election in years in shaping the direction of Philadelphia City Council. With five veteran Council members declining to run for re-election, at least five new members will be elected. A number of challengers also have a good shot to break through including a number backed by NN.

In the 8th District we'll be working hard to install Greg Paulmier, a longtime NN member and community activist to replace Donna Reed Miller. We'll also be working hard to install two new faces in Council's At-Large roster, Sherrie Cohen and Andy Toy.

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Can Philly Adopt Economically Progressive Policies and Live to Tell the Tale?

May 5, 2011, 7:30 pm
Where: University of Pennsylvania
Houston Hall 311 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

Some of our cosponsors are calling this the "Make Comcast Pay their DAMN TAXES Already!!!" forum. And that's the key question. Can we do that and keep from driving them away? We'll hear three local activists give their answer, and present other ideas they have to get the City to provide essential services, and enact progressive revenue measures to pay for them.

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A Forum for the Row Office Candidates. What Are These @!#? Offices & Why Do We Vote For Them?

May 4, 2011, 6:30 pm - May 4, 2011, 8:30 pm
Where: Free Library, Central Branch

All candidates running in the May 17 primary election for Sheriff, City Commissioner, and Register of Wills on Wednesday have been invited. This is for those of you who want to know what a City Commissioner is, what a Sheriff is, and why do we have smart candidates running for these offices who want to abolish them. And why we have another candidate who wants to transform the Sheriff's Office into an office that keeps people in their homes, instead of evicting them. Answers will be given at this event.

Of course, the event has a Facebook page

You can go there and tell us you're coming.


Progressives Hold Forum for Council At Large Candidates

March 21, 2011, 6:30 pm
Where: Free Library, Central Branch
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia

This time progressives, not the media establishment, will be asking the questions. If you care about people and the planet, and what the candidates for Council At-Large want to do to protect them, you'll want to be present at this event.


Rally for Wisconsin Public Employees

February 24, 2011, 11:30 am
Where: Municipal Services Building Plaza
15th and JFK, across from City Hall, Philadelphia

Wisconsin is now ground zero in the growing struggle between the super-rich and everyone else. If you think regular people, not just banksters should have rights, join this rally!


Next Northwest NN Meeting

February 8, 2011, 6 pm
Where: Germantown Y
5722 Greene Street, Philadelphia

The race for the 8th Councilmanic District Council seat is heating up. We will continue to work on having Neighborhood Networks' voice, and the issues it cares about, heard. That work will start at 7 PM. But first, at 6, we will start by breaking bread with each other over a potluck dinner. Everyone is welcome!

Here's some news coverage of our last event.


NNSC Steering Committee meeting

February 7, 2011, 6:45 pm
Where: offices of Gloria Gilman
Suite 200, 135 S. 19th St., Philadelphia PA 19103


Time to Recharge and Restart

November 10, 2010, 7:30 pm
Where: Infusion Cafe
7133 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

The election is over. But the struggle for a just city, state and country is not. Let's get together and figure out our next steps -- over a cup or two of delicious java -- at a great local conversation spot, Infusion Cafe.


Election Day.

November 2, 2010, 7 am
Where: Polling Places all Around the City

Be there and vote. And get your friends, neighbors and everyone else you know to vote as well, but only if they live in the reality-based world with you. And only if you want your government to reside there too.


ELECTION DAY - - and, it's in your own neighborhood, no less!

um... psst. hey... time to wake up, y'know.
November 2, 2010, 7 am
Where: Consider working for a Move-On office in the 'burbs where there are more undecideds & moderate Republicans

... or perhaps you don't think that it matters. Perhaps you think, "I don't matter - I'm just one person...".

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Northwest Obama Office Grand Reopening!

October 7, 2010, 4 pm
Where: 7102 Germantown Ave. (off Mt. Pleasant)

Officially it's not the Obama Office; it's the Organizing for America Office. But whatever you call it, it's all about electing Democrats who will advance the Obama agenda, and who Obama needs to have with him. And who we need to have with us. Otherwise, the big slideback to what we worked so hard to do away with will begin. So don't even wait for the official opening. Canvassing and phonebanking will start at 9 AM on the 7th and go til 9 at night from the new Office. Pick a slot and help the Democrats pick up the pace, right in your own neighborhood.


Interfaith Green Fair

May 16, 2010, 1 pm
Where: Mishkan Shalom Synagogue
4101 Freeland Avenue (in Manayunk)

The Interfaith Green Fair will be an opportunity to learn about an exciting array of environmental programs, services, and goods that can help us to create a more sustainable world. Visit vendor booths, attend workshops, enjoy children’s activities, and hear how to green your home, congregation and the world. Sponsored by a coalition of faith and environmental groups. Please join us, bring your friends, family, and kids, and make the connection between values and the environment. For more information and a complete list of vendors, sponsors, workshops and activities, please go to or contact Here's a list of the informative workshops.

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Teach-in. Beyond War: A New Economy Is Possible

May 8, 2010, 11 am
Where: Tabernacle Church
3700 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA

This event is a teach in and strategy session. The keynote speakers are:

Judith Le Blanc, United for Peace & Justice, speaking on World Conflicts and Real Solutions
Bob Smith, founder of Brandywine Peace Community, speaking on Corporate Role in Support of Conflicts.

The keynote speakers will take questions after their remarks. Workshops and strategy sessions will follow. This is a brown bag affair.

Remember, we are the answer.


NW Philly Community Cafe

April 18, 2010, 2:30 pm
Where: Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, corner of Germantown & Mt. Pleasant Avenues in Mt. Airy

The Community Café will create an opportunity for people to get together in a relaxed setting to talk about issues that matter in our Northwest Philadelphia community. The first Café in November 2009 brought out over 100 people who engaged in active and productive conversations throughout the afternoon. So mark your calendars for April 18, 2:30-5 PM, and plan to join us for a great afternoon of meeting neighbors, catching up with old friends, and sharing information on a wide variety of topics.

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District Attorney R. Seth Williams - Town Hall Meeting

March 25, 2010, 6:30 pm - March 25, 2010, 8 pm
Where: Kingsessing Recreation Center
50th Kingsessing Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

District Attorney R. Seth Williams is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings. The next meeting is Thursday, March 25th from 6:30 pm - 8pm in the Kingsessing Recreation Center, at 50th & Kingsessing Avenue. Come and learn about the services provided by the District Attorney's Office and share with him your concerns.



March 9, 2010, 6 am
Where: Washington, D.C.
South Jersey, Willingboro Departure, Grand Market Place

On Tuesday, March 9th, thousands of people will hit the streets in Washington DC to protest big insurance and demand that Congress give America the health care reform we voted for. On March 9th the health insurance lobby, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), is holding a national conference to advance their agenda to kill health care reform. Please Spread the Word!

South Jersey
Bus Leaves promptly at 6:00 AM
Grand Market Place
4340 Route 130 North
Willingboro, NJ 08046



February 17, 2010, 12 pm
Where: Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 419 S. 6th Street, just below Pine at Addison Street

The “wise” people in Washington think we’ve given up on quality, affordable health care and that we will give them a pass in November for just letting the issue ride. This rally will say NO to that! Immediately after the rally a march to Washington will take place culminating in a rally there on February 24. Let’s give the marchers a great sendoff that they’ll carry with them all the way!!!



January 26, 2010, 8 am
Where: 112 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
, Event in Washington, D.C.

If you are in the Philadelphia area you can join HCAN on a rally / lobby day trip to Washington. They will rally against the Chamber of Commerce, near the White House, The Chamber of Commerce has spent millions - and laundered millions from big insurance - to kill health care reform and other progressive issues. On Tuesday they will rally outside the Chamber to remind Congress that no matter how much money they have, we have the people.

One or two vans will leave Philadelphia at 8:00 am from 112 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. After the rally we will do some lobbying of members of Congress and then leave Washington by about 4:00 pm to return to Philly by 7:00 pm.

Please respond to following address:


Kearney Campaign New Year's Eve Fundraiser

December 31, 2009, 08 pm - January 1, 2010, 01 am
Where: Tim Kearney's House
4206 Greeby St, Philadelphia, PA 19135

For more information:
215-331-7206 home
215-370-3882 cell



November 15, 2009, 2:30 pm - November 15, 2009, 5:00 pm
Where: Sedgwick Theater, Mt. Airy
Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

MARCHinG, a Northwest group that emerged from the Obama campaign and Northwest NN are joining to create a community based learning and sharing experience at the Sedgwick Theatre Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown Ave, on the afternoon of November 15. All are welcome. Please HOLD THE DATE!

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Candidates to share their campaign experiences

May 23, 2009, 10 am - May 23, 2009, 11:30 am
Where: Merl's South Philly Breakfast Spot
16th and Dickinson, Philadelphia, PA 19146

In the wake of the recent election, Candidates -- some winners, some participants -- will share about their experiences and you will have a chance to ask questions.


South Philly Neighborhood Networks Meeting

March 28, 2009, 10 am
Where: 17th Police District
20th and Federal Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19146

In this monthly South Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks Meeting, we will be inviting the heads of South Philly local neighborhood organizations, to let us know what their organizations are doing.

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March 12, 2009, 6:30 pm

We intend to sponsor and important Town Meeting on the upcoming budgets. Please hold this date.



March 7, 2009, 10:30 am
Where: Thomas Jefferson Univ., Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Bldg.
11th and Locust Sts.

Linda Beckman, a member of NN writes the following information:

"Representative John Conyers, Jr., Democratic congressman from Illinois, sponsor of HR 676, titled The United States National Health Insurance Act ("Expanded & Improved Medicare For ALL"). His talk will explain how, If this act or one like it were passed, not-for-profit health care would give us a universal, comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable system that would benefit individuals, businesses, and government, indeed, everyone but health insurance companies. With the kind of single payer system offered by HR 676, health care would be publicly-funded and privately-delivered: instead of experiencing a reduction in choices, more Americans would have the options that are now available only to the wealthy--and yet the nation's health care costs would be cut drastically.

"Come hear Rep. Conyers talk about the advantages of HR 676 and how to get it passed. Questions and discussion will follow.

A second program will be held on 1PM to 3PM at the Penn Newman Center, 3720 Chestnut St (enter from Sansom St. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Contact persons: Diane Mohney, RN Tel: 215-385-0455 Email: OR Henry D'Silva MD Tel:267-679-0617 Email:

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Germantown Neighborhood Network Meeting

February 3, 2009, 7 pm
Where: Germantown Theater Center
4821 Germantown Ave.

Agenda: We need to stay focused and united as we pursue important actions that can make a big difference in our community.

We'll discuss updates on libraries and YMCA and what needs to happen next as well as other areas of local action and concern and strategies
that can strengthen outreach.
Local issues: keeping the Y open , beautifying our business district; Wayne Junction development, increased efficacy around $$ that impact our community. City wide issues: libraries, local elections;national issues: health care for all.


Come Celebrate at a Post-Inaugural Ball!

January 31, 2009
Where: Ukrainian League Hall
Brown & 23rd Streets

Sponsored by the Neighborhood Networks/Obama campaign workers in the Faimount area. All are invited. Details to follow.


Library Coalition Weekly Meetings

January 24, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: Calvary Lutheran Church, 5401 Springfield Avenue

What the coalition is fighting for:
• Full PUBLIC services for all 54 neighborhood branches
• Prioritization of Libraries in a Time of Economic Crisis
• Transparency & Accountability in Budgeting & Decision-Making
• Fairness & Equity in Budgeting
• No rolling closures
• No library branch privatization


South Philadelphia Neighborhood Meeting

January 24, 2009


NN8W Neighborhood Networks Eighth Ward meeting

January 14, 2009, 7:00 pm - January 14, 2009, 8:30 pm
Where: 1818 Market St., 35th Flr. - Martin Banks offices
, Philadelphia

Eighth Ward to follow up on two principal items:

1) background, alternatives and context of library branch closings;

2) structure a discussion of healthcare insurance policy or partner with others on such a public program.

We intend to develop a PLAN OF ACTION by NN 8th Ward, or NN city-wide, or jointly with other organizations as we have done before.

Finally, we will be planning for the Neighborhood Networks Inauguration Day celebration - watch on large-screen TV, eat, drink, hob-nob, and CHEER !!!

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January 14, 2009, 7:30 pm
Where: Center City
1818 Market St., 35th Floor

We welcome attendees from any Ward/Area of the city. Neighboring wards groups from South Philly, West Philly, the 4th, 29th, 15th and 29th wards and all other surrounding groups are encouraged to join us.

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Pot Luck Dinner for Fifteenth Ward

January 11, 2009


Germantown NN Meets Tues. Jan. 6th

January 6, 2009, 7 pm
Where: Germantown Theatre Center
4821 Germantown Ave, (through gate and down path to theatre buiding)

At our last meeting, the first after Obama's election, we began to identify the issues we want to work on locally to improve the quality of life in Germantown. In addition, we decided to take immediate action on collecting signatures to keep our neighborhood libraries open. Thank you for your library petition-gathering efforts.

At the January meeting we will: get update on fight to keep libraries open, update on efforts to save the Germantown Y, share info regarding the fate of local newspapers, report from those who
attended Germantown coalition meeting and
return to our list of issues so that we can refine and identify what local work our group will focus on this year.

We need all voices and perspectives because we have a great community and it needs a united effort to capitalize on its assets, and solve
some of its problems. Please bring friends and neighbors so we can have a strong local group effectively working on community priorities.

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Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Roxborough and Manayunk Get Ready to Be the Change

December 10, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Lovett Library, 2nd Floor Community Meeting Room
6945 Germantown Ave (corner of Sedgwick), Philadelphia

Agenda Items will include discussion and action that we can take on issues such as:

1. Local Phila Budget Crisis & Library Cuts- Prepare for Town Hall Meeting in our area to tell our elected officials what we want

2. National Health Care - Get involved in a national campaign to help the Obama Administration fulfill its pledge to provide quality health care for all.

3. Other issues of interest to attendees such as jobs, environment, energy.

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Germantown Meets to Organize!

December 2, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Germantown Theatre Center
4821 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

Germantown citizens from all walks of life poured their hearts into the Obama campaign. Many were so encouraged by what the "power of organized people" can do, that they plan to get together to see how to "keep it up" to improve our own community.

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We Are the Change We Need

November 17, 2008, 7 pm
Where: First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street

At this Philly NN Post-Election gathering will celebrate our amazing work and talk about what we have learned about community organizing and how to make good things happen right here in our city!

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September 25, 2008, 12 pm - September 25, 2008, 1 pm
Where: City Hall
, Philadelphia

Since the Mayor is saying the city is facing a massive budget crisis, this is an important moment. Inclusionary housing is a way
to bring additional resources into city coffers, in order to provide affordable housing to those who are most in need of support. Please let others know about the: "It's Time to Act" rally at 12 noon outside City Hall on Thursday, September 25!


NN Eighth Ward gathers in support of Obama Campaign

August 26, 2008, 7 pm
Where: the Patio of Wm Penn House
1919 Chestnut St., Philly Center City

Philly NN and several other organizations are joining forces by folding our resources into the Obama Campaign and into the party organization following the Convention.

Since they have set it up by 4 broad geographic areas - NN 5th, 8th, 15th & 32nd city wards all fall within Obama's Cate Brandon and the Center City area.

I emailed a checklist of roles for those of you who want a specific job, and will try to remember to send it again a few days before we next meet. Will you attend our next meeting - Tuesday August 26 in the "Patio" room of William Penn House at 1919 Chestnut at 7pm. We will have more of the effort's specific jobs defined so each person can choose what they do best, or where most people are needed.

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Make MORE out of your Obama support through Neighborhood Networks, your LOCAL organization.

July 26, 2008, 10 am
Where: The Patio of Wm Penn House
1919 Chestnut St., Philadelphia (center city)

“These are the times that ...”

... oh, you’ve heard that before? You already knew that?

Well here’s something you may not know: there are thousands of unregistered voters in the 8th ward. That’s potentially thousands of Obama voters who will not be counted for Obama unless someone gets them registered and someone helps get them to the polls.

That someone can be YOU. Neighborhood Networks can show you how easy it is to:

1) locate unregistered voters right where you live;
2) help people fill out the registration forms;
3) get the forms back to Neighborhood Networks for submission to the Election Board;
4) and a bonus benefit from working through NN �" you’ll be increasing the political capacity among your own neighbors (fellow Philadelphians!) for issues facing all of us in the future. The Obama campaign can’t do that for you, and they won’t.

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NN Members Respond to Wayne Junction Plan July 16th

July 16, 2008, 6:30 pm
Where: St Francis of Assisi RC Church
4821 Greene Street (Greene & Logan)

Neighborhood Networks members from the Germantown wards will have the chance to respond to the city's plans for the Wayne Junction improvement project. This is a significant redevelopment initiative and has the potential to make a tremendous impact upon the surrounding communities of Lower Germantown and Nicetown.

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A Panel Discussion on "Predatory Lending, Foreclosures and Bankruptcy

June 26, 2008, 7
Where: First African Baptist Church
16th and Christian Sts., Philadelphia

For more information on this or the June 3 event, contact Damon Doberts, S. Phila. Ward Coordinator at



June 19, 2008, 12 pm
Where: Two Liberty Place at 16th and Chestnut Sts.

This is an event endorsed by PhillyNN. Join nurses, doctors, patients and Americans of every stripe protesting in memory of the countless
victims of the insurance industry. Protests are being held around the country on a day when 38,000 health insurance lobbyists are having their annual convention in San Francisco. Join the protest against Cigna, one of the merciless health insurance giants that deny care every day, including the recently publicized denial of a life-saving liver transplant for 17-year old Natalie Sarkisyan.

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Join Us! Northwest Organizing Meeting

June 15, 2008, 1 pm
Where: Allens Lane Art Center
Allens Lane & McCallum St

On Sunday June 15, starting at 1:00 PM at Allens Lane Art Center, Germantown and Mt Airy members meet to communicate our local strategy to win Pennsylvania and the White House. Organized by Dave Bell, Ward Coordinator in Mt Airy, working with Conni Bille, Ward Coordinator in Germantown, this meeting will mark the beginning of our campaign.

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Larry Farnese To Appear at Potluck

June 8, 2008, 6 pm
Where: Bill and Polly's House
811 N. Woodstock St., Philadelphia

As you know Larry Farnese won the recent Democratic state senate primary very convincingly. For example, he took 18 out of the 19 divisions in the 15th ward.

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The Last Primary Results Watching Party at South Philly Tap Room

June 3, 2008, 8 pm
Where: 1509 Mifflin Street
, Philadelphia



May 18, 2008, 5:30 pm
Where: 881 N. Woodstock St.
, Philadelphia

One answer is that he will most likely be our next state senator after the election in November. 15th Ward Neighborhood Networks endorsed one of his opponents, Anne Dicker, in the recent Democratic primary. Despite all of our efforts, however, Mr. Farnese won 18 of the ward’s 19 divisions. But the fact remains that despite his successful campaign, Larry Farnese is still somewhat of an unknown to most of us.

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Chance to Share "Great Expectations" for NW Philly

May 13, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Lutheran Theological Seminary
Germantown & Allens Lane

Donna Reed Miller is co-hosting a meeting at Lutheran Theological Seminary (Gtn Avenue & Allen's Lane) on Tuesday, May l3 from 7-9:30 with the Great Expectations project and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.

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Outreach Committee Meeting

May 13, 2008, 7:30 pm
Where: Stan Diamond's House
403 E. Allens Lane, Philadelphia


SEPTA Meeting on Wayne Junction

May 12, 2008, 6 pm
Where: St Francis Church

Germantown NN member Pam Bracey tells us there will be a SEPTA meeting to get community input on the plans to redesign/ renovate the SEPTA regional rail station at Wayne Junction

The meeting will be held at 6 PM Monday May 12 at St Francis Church in Germantown. All interested community members are welcome.


NN Germantown May Meeting

May 5, 2008, 7:30 pm
Where: YMCA of Germantown
Greene St near Chelten

The primary is over - and the race is still on! At our May meeting, let's discuss our local experiences and talk about our next steps - for the national election in November and in local politics where we have the opportunity to help shape the new agenda.

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Steering Committee Meeting

May 4, 2008, 2:30 pm
Where: Gloria's Office
21 S. 12th St., Philadelphia



April 22, 2008
Where: Pennsylvania

Go to the polls. Make sure an NN representative is there at all times. We need to get our candidates elected.


Campaign Work for Anne Dicker

April 10, 2008 - April 22, 2008
Where: 15th Ward

The 15th ward NN group will be busy working for its endorsed candidate, Anne Dicker, in her race for the state senate seat in the 1st district.

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Operation Hidden Costs/ Casino-Free Philadelphia.

April 10, 2008, 3 pm
Where: Governow Rendell's Phila. Office
11th Floor of the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut, Phila.

This is a debate-in, a chance to challenge Rendell's assertions about the profitiability of the casinos. For more information contact It should be fun as well as informative.


Germantown April Meeting

April 7, 2008, 7:30 pm
Where: YMCA of Germantown

At our April monthly meeting we will be discussing the upcoming primary election, as well as issues-related activities and community outreach.

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April 6, 2008, 3 pm
Where: Bill and Polly's House
2133 Mt. Vernon St., Philadelphia



April 6, 2008, 3 pm
Where: 2133 Mt. Vernon St.
, Phila.


Cleanup Day in Philly

April 6, 2008, 9:30 am
Where: 15th Ward and Everywhere Else


NN Annual Meeting

March 29, 2008, 8:30 am
Where: Drexel University
31st & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA

See home page for further details.


Hearing on HB 1660 (single payer bill)

March 19, 2008, 10 am
Where: Majority Caucus Room, #140, State Capitol
, Harrisburg, PA

Just a quick reminder that HC4ALLPA's first-ever hearing before a standing committee of the State Legislature will be taking place this coming Wednesday, March 19, 10-1, Majority Caucus Room, #140, State Capitol, Harrisburg.

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NN WPhilly Regular Meeting

March 16, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Bindlestiff Books
4530 Baltimore Ave

Agenda includes:
+Check-in with voter registration efforts & support for ward leaders/committee people.
+Discussion on local candidate endorsements.
+Prep for March 29th citywide conference @ Drexel.
+Status of health care bills in Harrisburg.


9th Ward Meeting

March 5, 2008, 7:30 pm
Where: 513 E. Allens Lane

This will be an event to discuss possible NN endorsement for the upcoming primary.



February 28, 2008, 8 pm
Where: Italian Bistro Restaurant
211 S. Broad St., Center City


Candidate Forum - 198th State Legislative District

collage of photos from past forums
February 28, 2008, 6 pm
Where: Center in the Park
5818 Germantown Avenue

A public forum for candidates in the April primary for state representative from the 198th legislative district, the seat currently held by Rosita Youngblood.


9th Ward Meeting

February 20, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Home of Interim Ward Coordinator Dave Bell
513 E. Allens Lane

We have some very important business to discuss including: election of a 9th ward coordinator, endorsement for state legislature for the primary election, preparation for the March 29th Annual Meeting, general discussion about the presidential primary and how things are lining up making Pennsylvania a key state in spite of its late primary, and any other timely business.

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West Philly Monthly Business Meeting

February 17, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Bindlestiff Books
4530 Baltimore Ave

A new meeting place and time. Hope you can join us!

Agenda items include:
1) Candidate endorsements - local and national
2) Statewide health care plans - status of Rendell Plan with State Rep. Jim Roebuck event
3) Citywide NN conference @ Drexel March 29th

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WPhilly monthly business meeting

February 10, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Bindlestiff Books
4530 Baltimore Ave

Agenda items include:
1.) Candidate endorsements - local and national
2.) Statewide healthcare plans - discussion with Jim Roebuck State Rep on status of bills
3.) Citywide NN conference @ Drexel March 29th

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Election Helpers Celebration

January 13, 2008, 6 pm - February 1, 2008, 8 pm
Where: Allens Lane Art Center
McCallum St. and Allens Lane, Phila., PA

We are writing on behalf of Neighborhood Networks.
Like many of you, we supported the candidates who opposed
Donna Miller in the last primary and general election
- Irv Ackelsberg and Rev Jesse Brown.

At divisions where we posted volunteers on election
day, we quadrupled the number of votes for our
candidates. So let's celebrate!

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NN West Philly Panel Discussion

January 20, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Abraccios Restaraunt
47th Street south of Baltimore Ave, Philly PA

Panel discussion on get out the vote efforts in the neighborhood.

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15th Ward Potluck Diner: Philadelphia Political History

January 20, 2008, 5:30 pm - January 20, 2008
Where: 881 N. Woodstock Street
, Phila.

Our monthly potluck will kick off the new year with a bang. It will feature a guest speaker, Sherman Labovitz, who will talk about his experiences as the District Organizer for the Communist party of Philadelphia in the 1940’s and 50’s. This was a period in which the CP was the dominant force on the left in the city and Sherm was at the center of it all. Come and hear a veteran describe how his generation addressed many of the same questions we face today. All are welcome.


Share Your "Great Expectations" for NW Philly

May 13, 2008, 7 pm
Where: Lutheran Theological Seminary
Germantown Ave & Allens Lane

8th District Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller is co-hosting a meeting at Lutheran Theological Seminary (Gtn Avenue & Allen's Lane) on Tuesday, May l3 from 7-9:30 with the Great Expectations project and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. This would be be a good opportunity to follow up on communicating our community needs to her and pressing her to deliver services more effectively. You need to register (it is free) so call 215-854-5956 to do so.



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