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PNN Newsletter: Collect Petition Signatures, H'burg Workshop, Rent Control Meeting, 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: Help Collect Petition Signatures for Our Endorsed Candidates

  • Educate: Workshop on How Harrisburg Works; Latest on PA Death Penalty Law

  • Empower: City Council Candidates Forum; Philly Rent Control Meeting

Breaking: Shapiro Announces No Executions; Rabb Issues Memorandum to Abolish Death Penalty

Yesterday, Governor Josh Shapiro announced that he will not issue any execution warrants during his term and called on the General Assembly to Abolish the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

State Representative Chris Rabb answered the governor's call by circulating a memorandum indicating his intention to introduce a new bill to join 23 other states in abolishing the death penalty. Stay tuned for further developments.


Lovett Library Petition Rally for Helen, Seth & Amanda

Saturday, February 25th, 11AM-1PM, 6945 Germantown Ave

Want to help Helen Gym collect signatures to get on the ballot for mayor? Then join us at the Lovett Library on Saturday, February 25th at 11AM for a petition rally!

Helen will kick us off with some inspiring words and then we will head out to our favorite places to gather signatures. We'll also be joined by Council at-Large candidate Amanda McIllmurray and 8th District candidate Seth Anderson-Oberman - their petitions will also be available.

Not sure how or where to collect signatures? No worries, we'll help you! We'll conduct a brief on-site training on the dos and don'ts of gathering petition signatures, then we'll coordinate with you on where you might want to go to collect those signatures, and how/where to return them.

Can't make it on Saturday, but still want to help? Click Here


Want to Circulate Petitions for Other Candidates?

All candidates are now in search of as many signatures as they can get by to assure their place on the ballot. PNN will be helping our endorsed candidates in this work that is underway right now and continues next week.

Use the link below to sign up to help one or more of our endorsed candidates and we'll help you get started.


Workshop: How Harrisburg Works

Wednesday, March 15th, 7PM, Virtual

Ever wonder how the folks who make our laws in Harrisburg operate on a daily basis? How they come to their decisions, who influences them (and why), and how we can fight back against the rampant corruption that seems to have infected our state capital? Want to find out how the newly-configured state house can be influenced by progressives?

Then you want to come to this joint training by Philly Neighborhood Networks and March on Harrisburg founder Rabbi Michael Pollack. This year, we’ll be working with our friends at March on Harrisburg to hold our new state government to account. We’re going to work to pass a Gift Ban to stop lobbyists from providing graft to legislators, and to support Ranked Choice Voting, among other priorities.

If you want to know more, then join us on March 15th for this informative workshop.


City Council Candidates Forum

Sunday, March 26th, 3PM, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street

The Alliance for Just Philadelphia will conduct its second City Council Candidates Forum focusing on the many candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring to become an At-Large Councilmember.

You may recall that the first Forum in 2019 drew more than 1,000 residents at Congregation Rodeph Shalom to hear the candidates speak on a variety of important local issues. We anticipate another large turnout of both candidates (nearly 30 showed up the first time!) and Philly activists.

Let us know that you'll be joining us by clicking on the link below.


Philly Rent Control Meeting

Saturday, February 25th, 1PM-3PM, 1801 W. Diamond Street

City Council President Darrell Clarke just cancelled a planned informational hearing that would allow community members to have the opportunity to speak on the record about why Philadelphia renters deserve protections from unfair rent increases and price gouging. He did so at the behest of the landlord lobby and District Council members who are afraid that they'll lose their political benefactors.

Join our allies at the Philly Rent Coalition for a meeting at Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Street to discuss what we can do together to take on these special interests and help our city's renters.


This Week in History

Feb 18, 2010 – Manning Docs Leaked. Wikileaks began releasing nearly 750,000 documents by Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, shedding light on atrocities committed by American armed forces, painting a far grimmer picture of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Feb 19, 1942 – Japanese-Americans Interned. In one of the sadder moments in our nation's history, FDR ordered the internment of fellow Americans for fear they might harbor spies and saboteurs for the Japanese Empire.

Feb 21, 1965 – Malcolm-X Assassinated. Black leader Malcolm-X was gunned down while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity in NYC.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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