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PNN Newsletter: Help Our Toy Drive, Join a Working Group, 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: Holiday Toy Drive

  • Educate: Join a Working Group or Planning Team

  • Empower: Attend Andre Carroll Kickoff

Pitch In For Democracy

Our year-end fundraising campaign continues. We know that democracy is on the ballot next year, with one of the candidates openly boasting that if elected, he will be our dictator on Day One and be seeking “retribution” for his friends. We must beat him in PA, and that means right here in Philly, the Democratic heart of the state.

Click the link below to contribute and to be sure that Philly Neighborhood Networks has the resources we need to wage and win the 2024 turnout battle in our City and beyond. With your help, we can do this. If you haven’t already, please pitch in.


Holiday Toy Drive

Donations Until December 21st

Philly Neighborhood Networks is working with Free the Ballot and others to help bring a little holiday joy to kids who have an incarcerated parent by providing toys and clothes (pajamas, socks, coats) to children 0-13 years of age this Christmas. Our allies will be collecting toys until Dec 21st at the following locations and times:

  • Chill ‘N Cheers, 5835 Rising Sun Av (Every Day 12PM-10PM)

  • The People's Baptist Church, 5039 Baltimore Av

  • Lawncrest Rec. Center, 6000 Rising Sun Av (All Days, 1PM-8PM)

  • Truth Baptist Church, 4666 North 15th St (Tues 8:30-9:30AM)

  • Mother Zoar African UMC, 3259 North Broad St (Sun 10AM-1PM, Mon 10AM-3PM, Thur 12PM-3PM, call ahead to 215-225-2827)

If you have questions, please reach out to


Join a Working Group

More than 90 activists took part in our People's Summit at the end of September. It was there that we began our collaborative work on some of the biggest issues this city will face in the coming year. Activists came together around these major areas of concern - Housing Justice, Community Development, Climate Justice, and Schools & Public Institutions. Working Groups were formed to think through priorities, and start to develop SMART goals that will lead to very real successes for our city.

We cannot do this alone, so if you have any skills you can share and some time you can spare, we'd really appreciate your contribution to the greater good. Please take this moment to click on the link below and sign up for something!


Become a Member of Our Planning Team

Want to be part of the team that figures out what movie we should run for our issues-based "Movie Nights"? Want to try your hand at writing a blog for our new website? Want to help plan an episode of our "Talking In the Neighborhood" radio show? Want to help plan and prepare creative presentations for our actions and events? Then become part of our Planning Team and help our community work. Email for more information.


Andre Carroll Kickoff Event

Saturday, December 9th, 12PM, 6830 Germantown Ave.

Join Nic O'Rourke and Isaiah Thomas as they help PNN member Andre Carroll kick off his campaign for the 201st State House District that will be decided in the 2024 Primary. The event will take place at the Our House Culture Center located at 6830 Germantown Ave. Doors open at 11AM and the program starts promptly at noon. Chef Kurt Evans will be cooking!


This Week in History

Dec 8, 1980 – Lennon Murdered. Musician and cultural icon John Lennon was murdered in front of his NYC apartment building shortly after the release of "Double Fantasy", his first album in nearly a decade.

Dec 10, 1906 – First Sit-Down Strike. More than 3,000 IWW workers conducted the first ever sit-down strike and took control of the machinery to defend three workers who had been discriminated against.

Dec 12, 1901 – Transatlantic Radio.  Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, from Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada, laying the groundwork for instant transatlantic communication.

Dec 14, 2012 – Sandy Hook.  Twenty children and six employees were murdered by a former student with known mental health problems, prompting an unsuccessful attempt by President Obama to impose background checks.

Dec 15, 1791 – Bill of Rights Becomes Law. On this day, the first ten amendments to the Constitution were ratified. These laws were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, and the right to fair legal procedure.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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