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PNN Newsletter: Petition for Candidates, Rent Control Meeting, Student Poll Workers Needed, 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: Help Collect Petition Signatures for Our Endorsed Candidates

  • Educate: Workshop on How Harrisburg Works; Gym on Public Banking Show

  • Empower: City Council Candidates Forum; Philly Rent Control Meeting

Tomorrow: Lovett Library Petition Rally for Helen, Seth & Amanda!

TOMORROW, Saturday, February 25th, 11AM-1PM, 6945 Germantown Ave

Want to help Helen Gym collect signatures to get on the ballot for mayor? Then join us at the Lovett Library tomorrow, Saturday, February 25th at 11AM for a petition rally! Everyone who comes tomorrow will get our brand new PNN tee shirt with our new logo - for free! (until we run out)

Helen will start us off with some inspiring words, followed by comments from 8th District candidate Seth Anderson-Oberman and at-Large candidate Amanda McIllmurray. Then we will head out to our favorite places to gather signatures. (You can choose to go out another day, but you must pick up the petitions and your tee shirt on Saturday.)

Not sure how or where to collect signatures? No worries, we'll help you! We'll conduct a brief on-site training on the dos and don'ts of gathering petition signatures, then we'll coordinate with you on where you might want to go to collect those signatures, and how/where to return them.

We urge you to come out tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 25th, at 11 AM, to meet and greet our candidates and get their petitions. However, if you can’t come tomorrow, click this link to volunteer for any one or more of our endorsed candidates next week.


Public Banking: A Conversation with Helen Gym

Tuesday, February 28th, 4:30PM

The Philadelphia Public Banking Coalition (PPBC), is providing all candidates competing in the City's Primary Elections an opportunity to discuss their vision for financing the City and for financing a more prosperous and equitable Philadelphia.

This time we will be joined by Mayoral Candidate Helen Gym for an open discussion on the role that public banking can take to benefit Philadelphia.


Tell Students: Get Paid to Be a Poll Worker!

The City of Philadelphia wants students to become poll workers for the upcoming May Primary Election and they are willing to pay for it. The City Commissioners' Office has just released a great new online application for their "Involved at 17" student poll worker and bilingual interpreter program. The program is a great way for students to take part an authentic civic learning experience that fulfills an important need on Election Day, and students will get paid $250 or more!


Workshop: Want to Know How Harrisburg Works?

Wednesday, March 15th, 7PM, Virtual

Ever wonder how the folks who make our laws in Harrisburg operate on a daily basis? How they come to their decisions, who influences them (and why), and how we can fight back against the rampant corruption that seems to have infected our state capital? Want to find out how the newly-configured state house can be influenced by progressives?

Then you want to come to this joint training by Philly Neighborhood Networks and March on Harrisburg founder Rabbi Michael Pollack. This year, we’ll be working with our friends at March on Harrisburg to hold our new state government to account. We’re going to work to pass a Gift Ban to stop lobbyists from providing graft to legislators, and to support Ranked Choice Voting, among other priorities.

If you want to know more, then join us on March 15th for this informative workshop.


City Council Candidates Forum

Sunday, March 26th, 3PM, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street

The Alliance for Just Philadelphia will conduct its second City Council Candidates Forum focusing on the many candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring to become an At-Large Councilmember.

You may recall that the first Forum in 2019 drew more than 1,000 residents at Congregation Rodeph Shalom to hear the candidates speak on a variety of important local issues. We anticipate another large turnout of both candidates (nearly 30 showed up the first time!) and Philly activists.

Let us know that you'll be joining us by clicking on the link below.


Philly Rent Control Meeting

Saturday, February 25th, 1PM-3PM, 1801 W. Diamond Street

City Council President Darrell Clarke just cancelled a planned informational hearing that would allow community members to have the opportunity to speak on the record about why Philadelphia renters deserve protections from unfair rent increases and price gouging. He did so at the behest of the landlord lobby and District Council members who are afraid that they'll lose their political benefactors.

Join our allies at the Philly Rent Coalition for a meeting at Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Street to discuss what we can do together to take on these special interests and help our city's renters.


Support Affordable Housing in West Philly

Wednesday, March 1st, 6PM, Alain Locke School, 4550 Haverford Ave

Iron Stone Real Estate Partners is planning to build 1,240 luxury homes on property that is subsidized by Philly taxpayers like you. They will be holding a community meeting on March 1st at the Alain Locke School located at 4550 Haverford Ave. Let's demand they construct homes affordable to the average neighbor. If you cannot make it, then you can sign into your zoom account, click the “JOIN" icon and put in the Meeting ID 970 079 9024.


This Week in History

February 24, 1988 - SCOTUS Defends Satire. The Supreme Court rules 8-0 to overturn the $200,000 settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his emotional distress at being parodied in Hustler magazine.

February 25, 1862 - Paper Becomes Legal Tender. In order to pay for the funding of the Civil War, Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper notes to pay the government’s bills instead of using only gold or silver.

February 26, 2012 - Treyvon Martin Murdered. Walking home from a trip to a convenience store, the 17-year-old was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, who later was acquitted of murder.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director

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