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PNN Newsletter: Poor People's March, Earth Day Rally, Canvass with a Buddy, more

PNN’s mission is to engage, educate and empower. Here’s what’s coming up in each of these areas:

  • Engage: Sign Up for Buddy Canvassing & Meet the Candidates

  • Educate: Black Health Matters Conference; Earth Day Rally

  • Empower: Poor People's Campaign Rally & March

Read on to find out the when, where, and how.

March with the Poor People's Campaign

Monday, April 25th, 4:30PM, City Hall, North Apron

Join poor people and moral witnesses in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection as we rally at City Hall, then march thru Center City with Rev. William Barber. The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent, and economically insane.

At the end of the march, Hear Rev. Barber and other moral witnesses speak at the First Unitarian Church, at 21st and Chestnut Sts.

Want to help? PPC is looking for volunteers to act as march captains, ushers, greeters, set-up and clean-up and tablers for voter registration. Click Here to Volunteer.


We Need Your Help. Canvass with a Buddy!

Philly Neighborhood Networks will be knocking on doors in key areas in NW Philly. We are targeting the hotly contested HD 200 race where our friend State Rep Chris Rabb is trying to keep his seat in Harrisburg, and other PNN endorsed candidates.

From now until the election, we will be canvassing on Saturdays, starting at 10:30AM and Sundays, starting at 1PM. You will go out in teams of two to knock on about 40 doors, talk with neighbors about the election, and leave a flyer with information on the coming election and our positions on the issues.

Meet the Candidates: We will be joined on our May 7th canvass by Malcolm Kenyatta and Chris Rabb outside the Lovett Library. Click the link below to find a date and location that works for you.

You'll be paired up with another canvasser, which makes the important task of canvassing a more fun adventure! If you're new to canvassing, you'll learn the ropes from a veteran; if you've canvassed before, you'll have someone to work with as you talk with your neighbors.

A few hours of your time, working with our other volunteers, can make the difference in what promises to be a couple of very close races. Now is the time to do your part.


Want to Volunteer for Another Endorsed Candidate?

PNN is organizing canvasses in HD 200 where Rep Chris Rabb is running for re-election (See above). And there are other races where our progressive candidates are running in contested elections. Click on the Candidate’s Name below and you can directly contact the campaign to volunteer:


Important Information for the 2022 Primary

Vote by Mail (VBM)

· CHECK YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL STATUS HERE - if you’re not sure if you applied

· May 10, 5 PM: Deadline to Apply to Vote by Mail. APPLY ONLINE TO VBM

· May 17, 8 PM: Deadline for your completed Mail Ballot to be received (not postmarked)

Endorsements & Ballot Questions

Philly Neighborhood Networks endorsed a slate of progressive candidates for the Primary 2022 and made recommendations on the four ballot questions. Endorsements are based upon a written questionnaire, an interview, research and a vote by our members. Our ballot recommendations are based upon research and vote by the Steering Committee. Please consider our endorsements as you vote.


Earth Day Rally to #FightForOurFuture

Saturday, April 23rd, 12PM, City Hall, North Apron Join environmental allies at City Hall on April 23rd for a belated Earth Day rally to call on President Biden and Congress to vote for and sign the Energy Security and independence Act. (H.R. 7439 and S. 4013) This legislation would invoke the Defense Production Act to transition to 100% renewable energy.

Moneyed special interests have continued to block progress on President Biden's agenda, especially in legislation and policy that works to mitigate climate crisis. Every year the heat rises, storms worsen, and our dependence on foreign fuels enables authoritarian power grabs, as the world is witnessing with the invasion of Ukraine.

There is a way forward through this mess, and it requires a massive build-out of American-made clean energy to preserve a habitable planet, create good union jobs, and lower energy bills. It starts with this legislation.


Black Health Matters Conference

April 18th-24th, Virtual

Clinicians, physicians, elected officials and government and community leaders will present at this year's Black Health Matters Conference, a week-long event of virtual live and recorded performances centered around improving health outcomes for the black and brown communities in the Keystone State. Click below to attend or learn more.


We're Looking for Organizers. We are currently accepting resumes for Organizing Staff (full/part) on Contingency Funding for c3/c4 electoral and community work. Send your interest to


This Week in History

April 22, 1970 – First Earth Day. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson, the day saw millions of Americans participating in rallies, marches and educational programs across the country, and led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

April 25, 1950 – Cooper Breaks Color Line. The Boston Celtics make Chuck Cooper, an All-American forward from Duquesne University, the first African American picked in NBA draft.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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