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PNN Newsletter: People's Summit, Fossil Fuel-Free Rally, 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: Quarterly Environmental Newsletter

  • Educate: Rally for a Fossil Fuel-Free World

  • Empower: People's Summit, "Hug the Block"


Sign Up Now for the People's Summit!

Saturday, September 23rd, 2PM-5PM, 5722 Greene Street


Be ready to join us at Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC) on Saturday, September 23rd for an all-hands NW People's Summit hosted by Seth Anderson-Oberman.


The question before us is how do we continue to grow our movement while leveraging the power we’ve already built to demand the resources and solutions our communities so desperately need: affordable housing, great public schools, community centered development, environmental justice and thriving small business corridors that hire our neighbors and breathe life into our neighborhoods.


Our work starts by signing up using the link below and taking the survey that will help us to shape the conversation we will have on the 23rd. The next step is to tell your friends and neighbors to join you. If we want to build real, lasting political power, it begins by working in our communities, building relationships, and engaging others beyond electoral work.


Help us do this work by joining us at this first People's Summit.

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This Sunday: Rally for a Fossil Fuel-Free World

Sunday, September 17th, 1PM-3PM, City Avenue & Lancaster Avenue


PNN and our allies will be joining a nation-wide action to remind President Biden that he has the power to stop the expansion of fossil fuels, ensuring that we all have clean air and water, and better health and safety for our communities.


On September 20th, the UN Climate Ambition Summit will gather world leaders to commit to phasing out fossil fuels, and take real steps to lead us to a fossil fuel-free planet. Meanwhile, advocates for a cleaner environment will be holding actions across America to send a message to Joe Biden that he can use the power of the presidency to put an end to Big Oil’s insatiable desire to expand drilling to reap more profits at the expense of everyone else.


Philly will do our part on Sunday, September 17th by conducting a visibility rally at one of the busiest intersections in the city. We will cover all four corners of the intersection at Lancaster and City Avenue, hold signs and make a righteous noise for two hours as thousands of vehicles make their way in and out of the city.


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Our Environmental Team's Quarterly Newsletter: Philly Talks Trash


Sign up below for the September issue of the Philly Talks Trash Quarterly Newsletter. Like our first two newsletters, which can be found on the Environment tab on PNN’s website, it will be full of useful information concerning plastics and waste.


We need to drastically cut our dependence on single use plastics and Philadelphians can play an important role in achieving that end. Our newsletters highlight the politics of waste from the local to the international level, list meetings and events happening locally, and provide zero-waste resources and ideas to cut our individual waste footprints.


We feature a guest writer each quarterly, and this month we have a terrific article on what happens to glass after you put it in your recycle bin and some solutions to the broken glass recycling system by Philly’s own Remark Glass and Bottle Underground.

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Join Philly's "Hug the Block" Operation

Ongoing, Overnight, Throughout the City


In response to the continued gun violence in some of our most challenged neighborhoods, residents have pulled together a boots-on-the-ground program designed to put peace patrols on the streets during the nights, to show solidarity and help to curtail the violence.


The "Hug the Block" operation is a neighbor-led effort that coordinates with the Philadelphia Police Department to patrol our streets from 10PM until 4AM, the likeliest times for gun violence. Participants will partner up and be given vests and flashlights and will check in with police officers on duty for that shift.


Patrols last an hour with a five-minute break, and then resume. Participants can set their own schedule and participate as long as they desire. Training will be provided.


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This Week in History

Sep 17, 2011 – Occupy Wall Street. The protest started when citizens "Occupied" Zuccotti Park in NYC's Financial District to protest against how the poor and wealthy are treated differently in society. It captures the zeitgeist of the moment and Occupy encampments spread across the nation.


Sep 22, 1862 – Emancipation Proclamation. Following the Union Army's victory at Antietam, Abraham Lincoln announced that enslaved people in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free. He followed up in January with a formal document detailing this presidential order.


Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director

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