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PNN Newsletter: Huge Win for Philly Public Bank, How to Tell a Great Story, Check Out Our Radio Show

PNN’s mission is to engage, empower and educate. Here’s what’s coming up in each of these areas:

  • Engage: Listen to Our Radio Show

  • Empower: Stage a Canvass at Your Place

  • Educate: Take Our Workshop on Political Storytelling

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

City Council Votes 15-1 for a Philly Public Bank

We have great news this morning! City Council, by an overwhelming 15-1 vote, passed a bill to create a Philadelphia Public Financial Authority, the first step in the creation of a Philadelphia Public Bank.

Creation of the first and only municipal bank in the country will be a game-changing event, making Philly the home of a new declaration of independence, this time from the kings of Wall Street.

All thanks for this event go to those of you who, with Philly NN and the Philadelphia Public Banking Coalition, have relentlessly, for nearly ten years, pushed for this result. And, of course, thank you, Councilmember Derek Green who led the fight in Council. Congratulations all!

Now all eyes turn to the Mayor. He must sign the bill, appoint the Board, and provide funding to get the Authority up and running. We will be reaching out to him soon and, of course, we will keep you posted on what’s next for us all to do.


Workshop: The Power of Storytelling

Monday, March 7th @ 7PM, Virtual Event

Telling a good story is a valuable skill to have, no matter what you do in life. It is a particularly important skill if you're an activist or organizer. At the end of this workshop you will:

  • Understand the value of sharing personal stories to organize

  • Learn to craft and share a personal story that connects with people

  • Develop the ability to create urgency and inspire action

You don't need to bring any organizing knowledge to this workshop, just an open mind and willingness to learn. Sign up for an open spot now.


Listen to "Talking In the Neighborhood" Radio Show

Friday, March 4th, 3PM, 92.9FM

Germantown Community Radio (92.9FM) will be featuring PNN's first monthly radio show called, "Talking In the Neighborhood". The 30 minute show debuts with an exploration of healthcare. We'll be talking about the state of the U.S. healthcare system; what works; what’s broken; and what we can do to fix it. And we’ll talk about universal healthcare; how it works for other civilized nations; what it might look like instituted here in the United States; and what we can do to help get it implemented.

Our guests for this topic are Dr. Walter Tsou from the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, and Chuck Pennacchio, producer of the documentary "Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point”, and current president of One Payer States.

Be sure to tune in to listen!


Want to Help this Primary? (New Link)

Canvasses will Start in April, Sign Up NOW

PNN is looking for a volunteers for the Primary Election. We need help with:

  • Canvass with a Partner

  • Launch a Canvass from Your Home

  • Make Calls to Recruit Volunteers

  • Telephone & Text Voters

  • Work at the Polls on Election Day

We also want to know what issues you care about. Our activists are taking on issues around education, the environment, healthcare and housing, and preparing for the upcoming elections that will be part of everything we do for 2022.

The theme of Saving Our Democracy permeates all the work that we will be taking on this year. And we cannot do it without you – so please sign up for whatever you can do and we will be in touch to follow up.




Philly Neighborhood Networks has been busy reviewing questionnaires and interviewing candidates who are seeking our endorsement in the May Primary Election. In the next few weeks, the Steering Com will be coming to you to present the candidates and to ask for your input on PNN Endorsements.

In order to vote on the endorsements, you must be a dues paying member. Since this is the first year of this policy, we are making it easy for you to qualify.

Who is a Dues Paying PNN Member: Anyone who made a financial contribution of any amount to PNN in the year of 2021 and at any time in 2022 up to the date of the endorsement vote is a dues paying member and can vote on the endorsements.

How to Become a Dues Paying Member: If you are not already a dues paying PNN member, just go to our donation link and make a donation. It’s that easy! We welcome your support and look forward to your participation in the upcoming endorsements and election season.


We're Looking for Organizers. We are currently accepting resumes for Organizing Staff (full/part) on Contingency Funding for c3/c4 electoral and community work. Send your interest to


This Week in History

Mar 4, 1933 – FDR's New Deal. On this day, Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced his "New Deal" for economically battered Americans at his inauguration as 32nd President, where he proclaimed, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself".

Mar 7, 1965 – "Bloody Sunday." John Lewis was among 600 marchers who were assaulted by state troopers and local police as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside Selma, to prevent them from reaching the Alabama state capital.

Mar 9, 1841 – Amistad Ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the enslaved Africans who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus were free under American law.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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