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: Come to Our Autumn Lawn Party!
Educate: Sign Up for the Public Safety Conversation
Empower: Join Our Rally for a Fossil Fuel-Free World
See You at Our Autumn Lawn Party!
Sunday, September 10th, 4PM-6PM, 1905 Wynnewood Road
If you attended last year’s Summer Soiree, you’ll remember the great time we all had. More than 80 of us got together to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. We heard from Councilmember Kendra Brooks and District Attorney Larry Krasner about the current state of our politics.
And, of course, you’ll remember the wonderful meal prepared by our hosts – PNN Organizing Director, Tim Brown and his partner Susan Butterweck – who grilled up chicken, beef and vegetables for homemade tortillas and mixed big batches of sangria and iced tea for everyone.
And we crowned our first Bean Bag Toss Champions!
This year’s fundraiser is called The Autumn Lawn Party and it will support both PNN and our friends at WFP, who will be up against the City Establishment to take those minority party seats that always defaulted to the GOP.
Out Autumn Lawn Party will be held on Sunday, September 10th, from 4PM to 6PM at the same place as last year – 1905 Wynnewood Rd, in Overbrook Farms near St Charles Seminary. There is plenty of free parking in the neighborhood. And we’ll conduct our 2nd Annual Bean Toss Championship! We look forward to seeing you there!
Public Safety Community Conversation
Wednesday, September 13th, 6PM–8PM, 3259 N. Broad Street
Join PNN and allies on Wednesday, September 13th for a Public Safety Community Conversation. It will be held at Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church, located at 3259 N. Broad Street.
During the past few years, public safety has become a top issue for Philadelphians – community members, leaders, and stakeholders. This Community Conversation is designed to create an intentional space to hear from those directly impacted by violent crime.
We will also delve into the root causes of problematic interactions with police and the legal system, and have dialogue around community concerns, so that we can develop solutions that address our most challenging public safety problems. We plan to use the findings from conversation to put together a public safety plan that can be adopted by the new administration.
Visibility Rally for a Fossil Fuel-Free World
Sunday, September 17th, 1PM-3PM, City Avenue & Lancaster Avenue
PNN and our allies will be joining a nation-wide action to remind President Biden that he has the power to stop the expansion of fossil fuels, ensuring that we all have clean air and water, and better health and safety for our communities.
On September 20th, the UN Climate Ambition Summit will gather world leaders to commit to phasing out fossil fuels, and take real steps to lead us to a fossil fuel-free planet. Meanwhile, advocates for a cleaner environment will be holding actions across America to send a message to Joe Biden that he can use the power of the presidency to put an end to Big Oil’s insatiable desire to expand drilling to reap more profits at the expense of everyone else.
Philly will do our part on Sunday, September 17th by conducting a visibility rally at one of the busiest intersections in the city. We will cover all four corners of the intersection at Lancaster and City Avenue, hold signs and make a righteous noise for two hours as thousands of vehicles make their way in and out of the city.
This Week in History
Aug 20, 1619 – African Slavery at Jamestown. The first enslaved Africans were sold for food and supplies by privateers in this Virginia colony, setting the stage for 250 years of slavery in America.
Aug 21, 1831 – Turner's Slave Rebellion. On this day, enslaved preacher Nat Turner led a 2-day revolt against slave owners in southern Virginia that destroyed the white Southern myth that slaves were actually happy with their subjugation, along with harsher slave laws.
Thanks for your activism!
Tim Brown, Organizing Director