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PNN Newsletter: Buddy Canvass with Us, Hug the Block, Phone Bank, 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: Buddy Canvass with Us, Rally for Safe Communities

  • Educate: Phone Bank Opportunities

  • Empower: Hug the Block, Housing Fair

Come Out & Buddy Canvass With Us!

We'll be launching two canvasses from Lovett Library

  • Sunday, October 22nd, 11AM at Lovett Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave

  • Sunday, October 29th, 11AM at Lovett Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave

Please join us for at least one of these canvasses, thanks!


Big Canvass & Rally for Safe Communities!

Saturday, November 4th, 11AM & 2PM, Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Ave.

We will start off our day with a show of strength by conducting a huge Buddy Canvass with our neighbors in Germantown. We'll meet in Vernon Park at 11AM (you'll see our signs!)

We'll prepare you for your conversation at the door, so that you can effectively explain to voters that a vote for Kendra and Nic means replacing Republicans and does not threaten any of the Democrats running for at-Large positions. Plus, we'll provide info about Judge Daniel McCaffery, expressing how important it is for us to keep control over the PA Supreme Court, especially on the eve of the presidential election.

Then we'll "buddy you up" with a fellow activist to knock doors together and share the conversation. It's always fun to canvass with a buddy!

Rally for Safe Communities: After our canvass, we'll meet back at Vernon Park for our Rally for Safe Communities, starting at 2PM. All our candidates will be there, as well as community leaders and fellow activists.

Please sign up and bring at least one friend with you!


Make (Auto-Dial) Calls!

Every Wednesday Until Election Day, 7PM, Virtual

You can also help by making phone calls to neighbors to tell them about the upcoming election. We'll start with a short workshop to get you prepared to have those conversations and provide you with a script you can follow. The auto-dialer process is easy and fun to learn! Join the team and help us make calls on Wednesday evenings starting at 7PM.


Annual Housing Fair

Saturday, October 21st, 10AM-3PM, 1816 N 15th Street

If you want to buy an affordable house, rent an apartment, or repair the home you live in – come to the Annual Housing Fair on October 21st at Temple University.

Thanks to City Council and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, you’ll find resources for current homeowners, first-time home buyers, renters and others.

Learn about the city’s Turn the Key Affordable Home Ownership initiative, the Basic Systems Repair program, and more.

The Housing Fair runs from 10AM to 3 PM at Temple’s STAR complex at 1816 North 15th Street. Go to fair or call 215-448-3000 to learn more.


Join Philly's "Hug the Block" Operation

Ongoing, Overnight, Throughout the City, Until Election Day

In response to the continued gun violence in some of our most challenged neighborhoods, residents have pulled together a boots-on-the-ground program designed to put peace patrols on the streets during the nights, to show solidarity and help to curtail the violence.

The "Hug the Block" operation is a neighbor-led effort that coordinates with the Philadelphia Police Department to patrol our streets. Shifts start at 10PM and continue on the hour until 4AM, the likeliest times for gun violence.

We go out as a group with given vests and flashlights and a bullhorn, and have a police presence for each shift. Participants can set their own schedule and go as long as they desire. It is energizing, and we've been greeted by grateful neighbors.


Know Anyone Willing to Canvass for Money?

PNN will be hiring a limited number of paid canvassers for this election cycle. This work will last until Election Day, and the schedule is flexible. Must know or be willing to learn the Voter Activation Network (VAN) application.

Participants will be required to knock doors in a provided turf, have conversations with neighbors and record their choice of candidates on their phones. If you know someone who might be interested, email Put "Paid Canvass" in the Header


This Week in History

Oct 14, 1979 – First March for Gay Rights. The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights aimed to urge Jimmy Carter to sign a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Oct 15, 1965 – Card Burning. The student-run National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam held the first coordinated public burnings of draft cards in 40 cities across the nation.

Oct 16, 1859 – Harper's Ferry Raid. On this day, abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the Federal Armory at Harper's Ferry, in what is considered by historians to be the main precipitating incident that triggered the Civil War.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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