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PNN Newsletter: Canvass Kickoff Tomorrow, Tax the Rich Rally, Festival in Germantown, 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:

  • Empower: Sign Up to Canvass Now!

  • Engage: Come to the Wealth Tax Rally on Wednesday

  • Educate: Join the "92.9 Day Festival"; Rally to Protect Abortion Rights

Read on to find out the when, where, and how.

Now Is the Time to Sign Up to Canvass in Philly!

Our Canvass Kickoff Starts Saturday, September 17th, 10AM, at The Studio, 5535 Lena St.

We all know how important the upcoming General Election in PA is - we must win the Governorship, US Senate seat and flip the state legislative chambers. And to do this, we must turn out a big vote in Philly where so much of our Democratic base resides.

To kick off PNN’s canvassing campaign, we will gather on Saturday, Sept 17, 10 AM at the Studio, 5535 Lena St, in Germantown to rally with elected political allies, get trained on the best techniques to convey the urgency of our message to our neighbors, and then buddy up to knock doors.

Fight the Right! The far right has been pushing their obnoxious agenda down our throats for years and they are preparing a series of Constitutional Amendments in Harrisburg that will guarantee that they will be able to take full possession of our government by minority rule when they win in November.

But we have our own plans and they begin with bucking the odds and actually winning back a chamber in Harrisburg, as well as maintaining possession of the House and strengthening our advantage in the Senate to thwart Mitch McConnell from blocking every decent piece of legislation that will help struggling Americans.

And we need to retain the Governorship to thwart the draconian proposals of Mastriano to abolish abortions, suppress voting, and stop all efforts at preventing climate change, among other things.

Do Three Shifts. It starts with getting out the vote in numbers we haven't ever seen in a midterm election. If Philadelphia can increase our voting percentage to match the rest of the state, we will shut down the MAGA Republicans and send a clear message to the rest of America that we've had enough of their fascist bullying.

We have a lot of territory to cover, so we're asking that you commit to doing three shifts this election cycle to make sure we get to everyone's door to remind them how important this election is to our City, our state and or nation.

Join Us. We will kick off our Election Work on Saturday, September 17th at 10AM at the Studio located at 5535 Lena Street in Germantown. Take a look at your schedule and let us know how often you can join us at what will be our regular Saturday and Sunday Canvasses. We will train you and pair you up in canvassing teams. There are also scheduled phone banks.


Want to Do Some Voter Registration Tabling? We have an opportunity for you. Tomorrow, September 17- Community Fair at the Deliverance Evangelical Church located at 2001 West Lehigh Ave from 10AM-3PM. We'll do 2-hour shifts. If you are interested in participating, email Lori Jardines.


Blue Pennsylvania Canvass Opportunities This Week

Join us and our partners to canvass outside Philly for progressive candidates in neighboring counties.


Join Us at the Rally to Support the Philly Wealth Tax

Wednesday, September 21st, 1PM, City Hall, South Entrance

We learned at the end of last week that Council President Darrell Clarke is not letting the Wealth Tax hearing go forward as planned. While he's citing all the various resignations from City Councilmembers running for Mayor, we also know that the Chamber of Commerce and the ultra-rich have a huge influence in City Hall -- and seem to be stopping the process from taking place.

To show just how important a fully funded city is despite what the Chamber thinks, we're planning to have the hearing anyway -- as a People's Hearing for the Philly Wealth Tax at the same time and place.

We'll gather on the south side of City Hall on Wednesday, Sept 21st at 1PM and rally to demand that we tax the rich to fund our schools, housing for all, equitable public services and more.

As the campaigns for Mayor and City Council start to ramp up, we are planning to use this People's Hearing to also lift up the demands for PILOTS, ending the 10-year tax abatement and stopping tax giveaways to Big Business -- and make sure all of City Council knows that when the rich don't pay what they owe, it's working people that shoulder the cost.

What's the Wealth Tax about? Last April, Councilmember Kendra Brooks introduced a bill for a Philadelphia Wealth Tax to bring much needed revenue to the city in order to fund public services like our schools, parks, recreation centers, libraries, sanitation programs, and more.

The Philly Wealth Tax would require those who have the most – surplus income in the stock market (outside of retirement accounts and pensions) – to pay a small tax, and would raise nearly $200 million a year for our public services and schools.

That's a small tax on the uber-wealthy that they'll never miss, but that will pay great dividends to the City of Philadelphia. So, sign up to join us at the Council hearing to let City Councilmembers know that we expect them to support this worthwhile legislation.


Visit the "92.9 Day Festival"

Saturday, September 24th, 12PM-6PM, Maplewood Mall

Join the festivities in Germantown at the 92.9 Day Festival to celebrate Germantown Radio's fourth year serving the community. There will be a bike parade, line dancing, a bookmobile and face painting for the kids. There will also be live music and performances throughout the day. You can even bring your favorite CD and play your song on the radio! The festival is a free event at the Maplewood Mall located at Germantown and Greene Sts.


Rally & Fundraiser to Protect Abortion Rights

Sunday, October 2nd, 3:30-5PM, 131 W. Walnut Lane

Join State Representative Stephen Kinsey for a fundraiser in support of the Abortion Liberation Fund and Planned Parenthood SE. Learn what we can do together to protect our rights and say, "We won't go back!" There will be a performance by PNN members Stevie & the Bluescasters, so don't miss it!


This Week in History

Sep 17, 2011 – Occupy Wall Street. The protest started when citizens "Occupied" Zuccotti Park in NYC's Financial District to protest against how the poor and wealthy are treated differently in society. It captures the zeitgeist of the moment and Occupy encampments spread across the nation.

Sep 22, 1862 – Emancipation Proclamation. Following the Union Army's victory at Antietam, Abraham Lincoln announced that enslaved people in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free. He followed up in January with a formal document detailing this presidential order.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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