While we are in the midst of summer and most folks are on vacation, we still have some interesting things to do this coming week. On Saturday, join our allies in Germantown to help clean up the Lonnie Young Rec Center. On Monday, we'll be at City Hall for the "Stop Killing Us" Rally and March to end gun violence. On Tuesday, you can meet allies at the "Democracy Can't Wait" Rally at 2nd & Chestnut to call for the passage of the For the People Act. Renters can find help below for staying in their homes. And be sure to find out what happened this week in history.
"Stop Killing Us" Rally & March to End Gun Violence
Monday, August 9th, 11AM, North Apron of City Hall
On Monday morning at 11am, City activists and elected leaders organized by Stop Killing Us, including Councilmember Jamie Gauthier and District Attorney Larry Krasner, will rally on the north apron of City Hall to call for immediate action to end gun violence. The rally will include statements from elected officials, testimonials from community members, and a performance from members of Rock to the Future.
Immediately following the rally, the 5th annual Stop Killing Us March to Washington, D.C. will begin and will take approximately 3-weeks. Upon arrival at the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C., activists will demand immediate federal assistance to combat the gun violence that has rapidly increased during the pandemic and call for the passage of the George Floyd Bill in the Senate.
Activists are encouraged to attend the rally and join the marchers on their first day as they travel through the city on a 6-mile march that will end at 70th Street and Woodland Ave.
Join the "Democracy Can't Wait" Rally to Protect Our Vote
Tuesday, August 10th, 12PM, 200 Chestnut St
Join our allies at the U.S. Customs House to call for immediate action on the For the People Act that is languishing in the Senate. When passed, it will ensure fair districting, keeping our communities whole and ensuring our communities can thrive for the next decade.
This action will be one of hundreds that will take place across the nation as we the people stand up to protect our democracy by protecting our freedom to vote, which is under partisan attack by extremists in Harrisburg.
Lonnie Young Rec Center Clean-Up
Saturday, August 7th, 10AM-1PM, 1100 E. Chelten Ave.
This weekend you have an opportunity to join our allies to help clean up the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in East Germantown. This is a vital center of community activity that helps keeps our youth busy with wholesome activities. No need to sign up, just show up, tell them you're with Philly Neighborhood Networks and they'll put you to work.
Need Rental Assistance? Here's How to Apply
While we just got some good news that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD) will extend the Federal Eviction Moratorium through October 3rd, that only covers 90% of those in danger of losing their homes.
The folks at Philly Eviction Prevention Project are ready to help anyone who needs it by going to PHLRentAssist.org or calling the Philly Tennant Hotline at 267-443-2500.
Save the Date: Public Bank Visioning Summit, Sep. 18th
Philly Neighborhood Networks has been working for years to have City Council create a Philadelphia Public Bank that would take the City’s money from Wall St. and reinvest it here at home. Now a bill as been introduced into City Council to start the process and we believe it will pass by the end of the year. But we need to shape the mission of the bank so that it truly serves the needs of underserved communities.
So on Saturday, September 18th, from 1-4 PM, we will gather – via Zoom – at a Visioning Summit to learn details about what a public bank is and how it functions. We will hear from speakers expert in their fields who will excite our imaginations. And then we will have a chance to offer ideas that each of us think will help the bank truly help the left behind. So, please save the date. A sign-up link will follow soon.
This Week in History
Aug 6, 1945 – Hiroshima Destroyed. On this day, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing 80,000 people. Another 60,000 would die of the effects of radioactive fallout.
Aug. 8, 1974 – Nixon Resigns. Following an exhaustive investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first President to resign from office.
Aug 9, 2014 – Michael Brown Killed. During a confrontation in Ferguson, MO, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer, sparking weeks of protest that spread across the nation.
Thanks for your activism!
Tim Brown, Organizing Director