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PNN Newsletter: All-Hands Meeting, People's Budget, Walk for Peace, More

PNN’s mission is to engage, educate and empower our neighbors to make our City a better place to live. Here’s what’s coming up in each of these areas:

  • Engage: Join Our Online All-Hands Meeting on March 23rd

  • Educate: Take Safe Streets Survey, People's Budget Action

  • Empower: Walk for Peace, Vote on Our Endorsement Recommendations

Annual "All-Hands" Membership Meeting

Saturday, March 23rd, 3PM-4:30PM, Virtual

Our most important meeting of the year will take place on Saturday, March 23rd starting at 3PM. It's our annual All-Hands Meeting that will be conducted virtually (via Zoom).  This year we need your hand more than ever to defeat the looming threats we have to democracy itself from MAGA Republicans.

We are going to unveil our plan for preventing a catastrophic change in the White House at this event, as well as have a discussion of specific things we can do on the ground in Philly to advance the cause of justice in 2024.

Speaking of threats to democracy, you'll hear from D.A. Larry Krasner about Act 40, the blatant attempt to nullify the voice of Philly voters, and how this is part of a larger attempt by a minority party to subjugate the will of the American people.

You'll also hear from Councilmember Kendra Brooks on the state of the city and how our city plays a role in protecting our democracy.

Our action-packed agenda will include:

  • Highlights of the Year. We've had a busy year. Get a review of all the actions, rallies, issue and electoral campaigns in which PNN participated.

  • Issue Work. Criminal justice & prison reform, the environment, economic justice & public banking, housing, and education. Learn how you can plug into this work.

  • Primary Election Plan. We will roll out PNN’s plan to Get Out the Vote. This local election is an opportunity to expand our progressive leadership in Harrisburg, and get our team out there knocking doors and practicing their skills for the all-important Fall campaign.

  • Summer Immersive Community Work. If we want to keep our democracy safe from Trump/Putin fascists, then we need to win Pennsylvania. And that only happens if we successfully engage voters in our lowest-turnout neighborhoods. Learn how we will work to build trust and increase turnout in this disenfranchised community.

Now is the time to sign up for our Annual All Hands Meeting to learn how you can make a difference. Once you sign up, the zoom information will be sent to you.


Vote On Our Endorsement Recommendations

Did you miss our recent email inviting you to vote on the PNN Endorsements in the 2024 Primary Election?

If so, it’s not too late.  You can review the reasons for PNN’s Endorsement Recommendations and the Candidates’ Questionnaires.

If you are a dues paying member of PNN, you are eligible to vote. To be a dues- paying member, you had to make a donation in any amount to PNN in 2023 up to the deadline to vote.  Click here to make a donation.



Walk for Peace in Palestine

Friday, March 8th, 1PM, 320 Arch Street

Join activists for a "Walk for Peace" that will start at Arch Street Friends Meeting House located at 320 Arch Street at 1PM. Activists will take a four-block walk to Senator John Fetterman's Philly office located at 200 Chestnut Street, where activists will conduct a peace vigil. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend or family member.


Rally to Defend Democracy

Tuesday, March 12th, 11AM,419 S. 6th Street

The Coalition to Defend Democracy will be holding a press conference in front of Mother Bethel AME Church located at 6th & Lombard Streets to announce the formation of the Coalition to Defend Democracy and to demand that the governor not enforce the provisions of Act 40 that will strip away the power of our elected District Attorney and hand it over to an unelected and unaccountable special prosecutor appointed by the Attorney General.


People's Budget Action

Tuesday, March 12th, 11:45AM, North Apron City Hall

Join workers and community members on Tuesday, March 12th as we launch our plan for the Philly People’s Budget — just days before the Mayor’s budget address. We know that a safe and thriving city requires fully-staffed city services with full funding.

As a member of the Alliance for a Just Philadelphia, we’re demanding full staffing and funding for the Community College of Philadelphia, frontline services like recreation centers, parks and libraries, mobile crisis units, workplace protections and renter protections.

The wealth to fund our city exists — and we’re coming together to demand City Hall stand with working people, not Big Business! Join us as we launch help our People’s Budget on Tuesday, March 12th starting at 11:45AM on the North Apron of City Hall.


Take the Safe Streets Survey

Councilmember Isaiah Thomas is asking city residents to weigh in on which of our streets need speed enforcement cameras. Take a moment to click the link below to let him know what you think. This feedback will help City Council formulate the policies that will lead to safer thoroughfares in Philly.


Good News for Consumers!

As part of the Biden administration's efforts to eliminate so-called "junk fees," the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finalized a rule that would cap credit card late fees at $8. The average credit card late fee is $32, so the savings for consumers could be huge. The CFPB estimates that, once it takes effect, the new rule will save Americans over $10 billion a year. The rule will go into effect in June.


This Week in History

Mar 9, 1841 – Amistad Ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the enslaved Africans who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus were free under American law.

Mar 11, 1973 – PFLAG Founded. In response to a hate crime attack on gays in NYC in which the police did not intervene, family members created “Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays,” or PFLAG, which has since become the largest ally organization for the LGBTQ community in the U.S.

Mar 13, 2020 – Breonna Taylor Murdered. On this day, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician, was shot and killed by police in her Louisville, Kentucky apartment after officers busted through her door with a battering ram while she was sleeping.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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