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PNN Newsletter: Juneteenth Event, Belfield Rec Day, March for Reproductive Rights, 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: Community Day at Belfield Rec, Get Involved this Summer

  • Educate: Home Ownership Conference, Juneteenth Event

  • Empower: March for Reproductive Rights, Raise the Wage Presser

Success on Public School Funding!

Blue Pennsylvania Report

Good news on public school funding! House Bill 2370 passed the Pennsylvania House by a vote of 107 to 94. Five Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for full and fair funding in all of the school districts in Pennsylvania. The legislative district of one of those Republicans - Tom Mehaffie - encompasses two school districts - Derry Township, and Lower Dauphin - that were on our email list to the board members in those districts. Those emails may have made the difference in his vote.

For everyone who helped with our email campaign, know that your work paid off, and we offer a big thank you!

The bill now goes to the senate, where we will most likely need three Republican votes to get this bill to pass. That may be difficult, but we'll target any vulnerable Republican who does not support this bill - and we'll do it with a postcard campaign. Expect this work to start in July, right after the budget process is completed.


Raise the Wage Press Conference

Friday, June 14th, 11AM, 29 E. Chelten Ave - TODAY!

Join PNN and State Senator Art Haywood for a Press Conference in front of the Germantown McDonald's store. The presser is in partnership with SEIU, and statewide advocacy groups to urge the General Assembly to raise the minimum wage.


Juneteenth Celebration!

Sunday, June 16th, Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine St.

Join activists and allies and Chef Kurt Evans for a Juneteenth parade and the celebration at Malcolm X Park in West Philly. PNN will be there to hand out penny candy and help folks with voter registration. If you would like to help, click below.


Community Day at Belfield Rec Center

Saturday, June 22nd, 1PM-4PM, Belfield Rec Center, 2109 W. Chew Ave.

Chef Kurt will make an encore appearance at Belfield Recreation Center to prepare food as part of a Community Day in this NW Philly gathering spot. The day will be filled with numerous activities for all ages. Come by to say hello and spend the day with friends.

If you'd like to help with the logistics, then click here.


Home Ownership Conference

Saturday, June 22nd, 8:30AM-12:30PM, 7500 Germantown Ave.

Have you wanted to become a homeowner, but struggled to find a path for ownership in an increasingly tough market? Then show up at the New Covenant Church located at 7500 Germantown Ave to learn from the experts. State Senator Art Haywood is sponsoring the event, which will include a continental breakfast, workshops, panel discussions, bankers and realtors, raffles and more.


March for Reproductive Justice & Bodily Autonomy

Saturday, June 22nd, 10AM, Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

Join us and our allies at Philly DSA for a rally and counter demonstration, to the annual event that the so-called "march for life" group has every year, to remember the anniversary of the Dobbs Decision, that stripped away protections for the right to choose.

Sign up at the link below, then be sure to contact Victoria to let her know you'll be coming and your tee shirt size and she'll have one for you at the start of the event.


What Are You Doing This Summer?

Sign Up to Buddy Canvass, Help with Events, Postcard & More!

This summer, we plan to do immersive community work in often-neglected neighborhoods with the goals of earning their trust and working with local leaders to build organizing capacity.

We believe this will help us increase voter turnout for the November election, as well as establish a working team of community activists - a mixture of current PNN members and new folks we hope to recruit to our work - to take on the very real, very local issues that can lead to a better quality of life for everyone.

If you'd like to get involved in the planning and implementation of our summer community work, then click the link below. (Thanks to all of you who already have signed up!)


This Week in History

June 14, 1777 – Flag Day. The Continental Congress adopted a resolution deciding on our first national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes.”

June 18, 1983 – Ride, Sally Ride. On this day, Dr. Sally Ride became the first woman in space when the shuttle Challenger flew its second mission.

June 19, 1865 – Juneteenth. See above.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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