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PNN Newsletter: Buddy Canvass, Docs on Strike, Blitz the Governor, 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: Canvass Opportunities for Primary, Help Docs on Strike

  • Educate: All-Hands Video, Budget Hearing

  • Empower: Media Blitz the Governor, Petition City Council

Canvassing Opportunities for the Primary Election

As the PA Primary election is just around the corner, here are some canvassing opportunities:

Sunday Canvasses, 11 AM at Lovett Library - PNN will be partnering with the Ward 22 Open Caucus to target certain divisions in Mt. Airy. We will be canvassing for our diverse slate of endorsed candidates which include important state wide offices such as Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer. Remaining canvass dates are April14th and 21st.

April 14th and 20th Canvassing for Cass Green - Cass is in a very competitive race for PA House District 10 located in West Philly.  She needs all the help she can get.  Come out for a few hours so that PA 10 can get the progressive legislator that they deserve!


2024 Primary Election Endorsements & Mail-In Ballots

As you prepare your mail-in-ballots, please consider PNN’s endorsed candidates and the  reasons for our endorsement.

Important Info for Voting by Mail:  Deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is April 16, by 5 PM. Apply online at Your completed ballot must be received (not postmarked) by April 23, at 8 PM.

Drop boxes available at City Hall, Room 142 (1400 JFK Blvd), Dorothy Emmanuel Rec Center (8500 Pickering Street), and Pleasant Playground (6757 Chew St).


Tell City Council We Want a Better Public School Board

Mayor Parker is announcing new school board candidates, and it's time to tell your City Council members that we only support new board members who will deny all new charter applications until accountability and transparency is increased and all public schools are fully and fairly funded!

You can send an electronic letter to every member of City Council in a few clicks. Start by clicking below.


All-Hands Video

For those of you who missed our annual All-Hands Meeting, you can click the link below to see it. Please be sure to Click Here to Sign Up for Something as we plan our immersive community work this summer.


Join Our Media Blitz of PA Leadership on Act 40!

Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30PM, Virtual

Thursday evening activists from the Coalition to Defend Democracy delivered a petition to the State Attorney General's office to protest the implementation of Act 40. That law nullifies the votes and voices of black and brown residents of Philadelphia. While this made a clear moral statement, the truth is that politicians don't often pay attention to protests unless we do something that lands right in the middle of their path.

So, that's what we're going to do on April 16th, starting @ 6:30PM. We’ll provide training and then we're going to blitz the phones, emails and social media of Governor Shapiro, Speaker Joanna McClinton, and Acting State's Attorney General Michelle Henry so they get our message loud and clear.


Council Budget Hearing: Let's Fill the Room!

Wednesday, April 24th, 1:30PM-4PM, City Hall, 4th Floor

City Hall is currently deciding on the city's budget. As you know, a budget is a moral document and it needs to reflect the priorities of our communities, families, and all Philadelphians.

So join PNN and our allies on April 24 from 1:30-4pm to pack City Council chambers and call for a People's Budget. We need our elected officials to make a choice: will they invest in our demands for the common good of all Philadelphians?

This is the first time budget public testimony will be in person in years. With a new Council and Mayor, join us to fill Council Chambers to the rafters and make our voices heard! Click the link below to let us know you'll be in attendance.

If you would like to be part of the team that will present public testimony in this hearing, then click the link below and check the box. If you want it, we'll help get you ready to testify.


Help Penn Docs Fight for Fair Contract

Wednesday, May 1st, 5PM, 201 South 34th Street

Join the resident physicians of CIR at Penn on International Workers Day this May 1st to stand in solidarity in their fight for a fair contract.  Last year, the doctors in training at the Hospital of UPenn made history by voting to unionize with CIR-SEIU, becoming the largest new union in Philly in over 50 years.

Now, Penn residents and fellows are negotiating their first union contract and are asking for support from the community at 5pm on May 1st, when they will be rallying outside of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

CIR members are fighting to make sure they have adequate time off, all the resources they need to do their jobs, and call rooms that are safely proximate to patient care areas.


This Week in History

April 12, 1861 – War Between the States. Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, leading to the four year Civil War.

April 13, 1964 – Poitier Wins Best Actor. Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in "Lilies of the Field".

April 15, 1947 – Jackie Breaks Color Barrier. Jack Roosevelt Robinson became the first African American player in Major League Baseball when he stepped onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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