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Eighth Council District NN Adopts A Platform

It Puts People, and Communities, Before Profits

By Stan Shapiro

February 21, 2011

After two energizing and productive meetings among NN members in the 8th Councilmanic District, the group endorsed a platform for Council candidates at its February 8th meeting. It stresses community, jobs and government transparency. Here it is, in its entirety.

I. Government Transparency accessibility and accountability

A) Council members should maintain an office in the district (if they represent one) so their constituents have more direct access.

B) Decisions about large funding streams shall require community input to make sure they benefit the local community. Funding of CDC’s, and other quasi-governmental organizations, shall be approved by City Council after public hearing and subjected to regular financial and performance auditing. Audits shall be published on the City website and subject to public hearings when requested by affected residents, communities or advocacy groups.

C) All meetings of government and quasi-public bodies shall be widely publicized in local as well as citywide media, with substantial advance notice, and held at convenient times and locations. Any changes in zoning shall require public input, prior to submission to City Council. Local neighborhood groups shall be informed of proposed changes in a timely manner.

II. Create More Housing Opportunities

A) Reorganize the acquisition and distribution of abandoned houses in the City. The City needs a single agency to be in charge of acquiring, disposing and rehabilitating abandoned homes that blight communities across the District and the City.

B) Funding streams must be developed that enable local residents to acquire abandoned properties, rehabilitate them employing local residents to the extent possible to do the work, and maintain them as their primary residence.

C) Developers should be compelled to contribute funding into a linked development fund to build low-income housing or renovate existing housing.


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Minutes of NW Neighborhood Networks Mtg Jan. 10, 2011

Eighth District Race Remains in Forefront

By David Schogel, Connie Bille, Stan Shapiro

January 27, 2011

The Potluck meeting began promptly at 6PM. David Schogel provided a brief overview of what happened at the last Neighborhood Network meeting that was held at Germantown Y on December 12th. He explained that today’s agenda is a continuation of that December 12th meeting and that minutes were mailed to all those with email address. Those that received phone calls as a method to invite them to tonight’s meeting are referred to the web site and that there were a limited number of minutes available for those who wanted them this evening.

Tonight’s meeting followed the same format of folks dividing themselves into the 3 sub-group for topics discussions on 12-12. David Schogel summarized what happened in Subgroup 1, Stan Shapiro summarized what had occurred in Group 2 and Connie Bille summarized what had happened in Subgroup 3. David pointed out that after the 3 Subgroups meet this evening we would reconvene as a large group and hear what the 3 Subgroups discussed and decided. Minutes would be written and again sent out to all 350 members on our email and phone lists....

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Germantown NN Community Meeting

Summary of the Meeting Dec. 12, 2010

December 26, 2010

The Potluck dinner meeting began promptly at 6PM with David Schogel updating everyone on the last meeting that was held in November at the Germantown Friends Meeting House. The December agenda was a result of that meeting. David also referred everyone to the web site for an up to date report. He mentioned that there is an effort to start a Progressive Caucus within the Philadelphia Democratic Party spearheaded by NN members who are Committeepersons. Everyone present was introduced, and divided into 3 sub groups to discuss various topics...

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Saving the Germantown Y

Germantown NN Members Play Key Role

August 23, 2010

Two years ago the venerable YMCA of Germantown, established in 1871, was on the ropes, ready to become yet another Germantown community treasure that passed away from neglect and lack of effective leadership. But that is when several members of the Germantown NN chapter "took it on" as a community project. The Y had to be saved....

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Coming September 25: POW (the Progressive Organizing Workshop).

What you'll learn: everything you need to know about beating Republicans, and Keeping Democrats . . . democrats.

By Stan Shapiro

August 15, 2010

OK, let’s start with first things first. We must defeat the Republicans this Fall. The Republican Party has scuttled all pretenses to moderation, particularly in Pennsylvania. Its candidates for Governor and Senator, Tom Corbett and Pat Toomey, are far to the right of the last Republican holders of those offices, Tom Ridge and Rick Santorum. Yes, that’s right, Pat Toomey is far to the right of Rick Santorum. And Tom Corbett, who claims that the unemployed like being out of work, and that national health care legislation is unconstitutional, thinks taking Pennsylvania back to the 1920’s would be really swell.

So these two must be beaten, no ifs, ands, or buts. Insuring that PA remains blue this Fall is reason enough to hold a training event devoted to getting out a huge Democratic vote in November. Register now!...

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Northwest Neighborhood Networks Meeting

9, 21, and 22 Wards Get Together

January 9, 2009

The meeting on December 10 had 45 people in attendance including many new members whom we worked with during the Obama Campaign. We agreed that we would focus on health care issues and we plan to invite a legislative staff person from Congressman Fattah's office to our February 16 meeting. The next meeting of the Northwest group is scheduled for January 26. It will be held at Lovett Memorial Library at 6945 Germantown Ave. at 7:00PM....

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Opening of Obama Office in Germantown

NNers Attend Opening August 7

By Conni Bille, Germantown NN Coordinator

August 8, 2008

Several members of Germantown Neighborhood Networks joined the throng at the jam-packed opening of the Obama campaign office at 206 W Chelten Avenue on Thursday night August 7. The enthusiastic and diverse attendees at the meeting came from all sections of Northwest Philly - from Nicetown to Chestnut Hill. Most - including the Germantown contingent - had only a day's notice of the event.

At the meeting NN connected with the staff organizers assigned to our Wards. We had representatives present to cover all of the teams (each team covering two wards) Over the next week or so the Obama team leaders will meet with their respective groups. Most are convening at the Obama campaign office on Saturday August 9 between 10 and 2 PM.


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