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PNN Newsletter: Planning Team Call, Gun Violence Documentary, 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: Come to Our PNN Planning Team Call

  • Educate: Documentary "A Hope that Lights the Way"

  • Empower: Collect Petition Signatures, Summer for Housing Equity



Tell Us What You Think PNN Should Do Next

Wednesday, August 16th, 7:30PM, Virtual Planning Team Call

Join our Planning Team Call and learn how you can create, and/or effectively support, issue campaigns that you care about. We'll meet online to talk about the issues that plague our city and figure out what we can do about them. If you have an idea, you’ll be able to share it with like-minded activists.


Otherwise, you can take part in the issue analysis and planning that goes into making a campaign a success, and in mapping out winning strategies. Activism has its privileges, and one of them is working together with like-minded justice-warriors to change the world, while also making life-long friends. Join us.


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Summer for Housing Equity Meeting

Saturday, July 22nd, 2PM-3:30PM, 3259 North Broad Street


On Saturday, July 22, 2023, the Philadelphia Rent Control Coalition will kick off their Summer for Housing Equity series. It will take place at Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church located at 3259 North Broad Street. The goal of the series is to bring the fight for fair and equitable housing to those Philadelphia citizens most in need of relief from the skyrocketing rents in our communities


The Coalition is currently working with Organizations from across the nation for production of a video to highlight the plight of Philadelphians' most marginalized citizens. Stay tuned for updates.

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Documentary: A Hope that Lights the Way

Friday, July 28th, 6PM-10PM, Franklin Institute


The Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement will host a world premiere screening on July 28th for the screening of "A Hope That Lights the Way", a groundbreaking documentary aiming to redefine the narrative surrounding gun violence in Philadelphia. This film showcases community leaders and organizations who are committed to violence prevention and intervention.


Through the power of hope, belief, and tangible support, this documentary encourages residents in Philadelphia and beyond that there is hope to overcome the challenges of gun violence. We invite you to be a part of this, and help build a safer, more hopeful city.

This free premiere event includes a dinner reception, and conversation with our film makers and community leaders. It will be held at the Franklin Institute located at 222 North 20th Street. RSVP required.


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Help WFP Candidates Get on the Ballot for November

Immediate Request


We need to get the WFP candidates - Kendra Brooks and Nic O’Rourke for Council At-Large, and Jarrett Smith for City Commissioner - on the November ballot by getting several thousand signatures on their nomination petitions by July 31st. We can do it if we all pitch in!


It’s so important that these folks get elected if PNN or its allies are to have any chance of advancing a progressive agenda in our City over the next four years. But they must get on the ballot first! So please click the link below to sign up, and we will get you petitions and instructions on how to get them signed by voters.

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Beautify Your Block with a Block Captain Grant

Apply Now


It takes a special kind of person to take pride in their block, and your dedication has truly made your neighborhood a better place to live. And the Streets Department wants to help you keep it going. The Block Captains Beautification Program is designed to support your neighborhood beautification and upkeep efforts to help you KEEP IT CLEAN PHILLY.


The grant can be used for beautification supplies (plants, flowers, paint and paint brushes, etc.); Tools and equipment for neighborhood upkeep (leaf blowers, brooms, rakes, gloves, shovels, etc.). You can receive as much as $500 to beautify your block. Check out the link for more information


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This Week in History


July 15, 1978 – The Longest Walk. On this day, a 2,800-mile trek for Native American justice that started with several hundred marchers in California—ends in Washington, D.C., accompanied by thousands of supporters to call attention to the mistreatment of First Americans.


July 17, 2020 – John Lewis Died. Civil Rights leader and U.S. Representative for Georgia John Lewis died at the age of 80. Before being elected to Congress, Lewis was the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and a chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom .


July 19, 1848 – U.S. Women's Rights Movement Born. The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women's rights convention in the United States. The meeting was the start of a 70-year journey, which eventually led to women's suffrage.


July 20, 1969 – One Small Step for Man. On this day, astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar module Eagle to become the first person to walk on the moon.


Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director

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