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PNN Newsletter: Meet Our New Organizer, Trump Verdict Rally, George Floyd Event, 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: Introducing Our Newest Organizer, Rally Against Vouchers in H'burg

  • Educate: Home Ownership Conference, George Floyd Memorial

  • Empower: No One Is Above the Law Rally, Help Students in Need, Shredding Event

Introducing Our Newest Organizer, Jayme Walker!

Our search for a Community Engagement Specialist to lead our immersive summer work ended when we met Jayme Walker. He is a young returning citizen with organizing skills and deep ties to our neighborhoods in North and NW Philly.

We think that we're lucky to have him, and already he has been at work putting together the logistics for events and actions that will take place this summer. Expect our first event announcement in next week's newsletter.


"No One Is Above the Law" Rapid Response Event

Next Week, the Day of the Trump Verdict, 5PM

Next week, the Mango Menace will hear the verdict of a jury of his peers in NYC. Here is the timeline: Closing arguments will be heard on Tuesday. On Wednesday, jury will be "charged" with their responsibilities and sent to deliberate on those charges. Court watchers think the decision will come down on Thursday or Friday.

If the Tangerine Traitor is convicted, we will hold a "No One Is Above the Law" Visibility Rally on the North Apron of City Hall starting at 5PM to take advantage of rush hour traffic.


George Floyd Memorial Event

Saturday, May 25th, 1PM-3PM, City Hall North Apron

Join Labor for Black Lives, SEIU and activists and organizers from across the city to commemorate the 4th Annual George Floyd Memorial Event. The afternoon will feature spoken word, song, reflection and action.


Shredding Event

Saturday, June 1st, 11AM-1PM, 7500 Germantown Ave.

If you've collected a pile of documents that you need to securely dispose of, then you can do so on Saturday, June 1st at the New Covenant Church located at 7500 Germantown Ave.

The event is open to the general public. There will also be an opportunity to discuss state government-related requests or concerns with state officials. Papers only, no liquids, binders or staples.


Day of Action Against Vouchers

Monday, June 10, All Day, State Capital, Harrisburg

Join allies and activists as we descend upon our state capital to let legislators know we oppose efforts to use our tax dollars to fund private schools. This will be a combined rally and lobby day. The idea of the rally is to highlight voices of parents, students and teachers and to call into direct focus that Jeffrey Yass and other billionaires are pushing our students into private schools with public money. Let us know you're interested and we'll help arrange a ride.


Tell State House to Vote "YES" on HB 2063

We believe that every child in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is entitled to a quality education.

HB 2063 guarantees that at least 90% of taxpayer contributions will fund actual scholarships for PA students who live at less than 200% of the Federal Poverty level. We must ensure that taxpayer-funded scholarships are properly allocated and well accounted for. You can read more about these tax credits, and what the bill would accomplish in this recent editorial in The Keystone.

Show your state representatives how much education matters to you, tell them to...


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 au 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.


This Week in History

May 24, 1844 – Morse Code. On this day, inventor Samuel Morse demonstrated the telegraph to Congress by sending the message, "What hath God wrought?" This new invention greatly aided American expansion, and replaced the Pony Express as a reliable form of long distance communication.

May 25, 1787 – Constitutional Convention. Four years after the United States won its independence, George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin and others convened in Philadelphia to compose a new U.S. constitution.

May 30, 1868 – Memorial Day Observed. The first major Memorial Day observance was held to honor those who died “in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” Known to some as “Decoration Day,” mourners honored the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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