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PNN Newsletter: Support Starbucks Workers, Sign Up to Canvass, March on H'burg, 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: Support Striking Starbucks Workers

  • Educate: Stop Bribery March to Harrisburg

  • Empower: Sign Up to Canvass in Philly; Knock Doors in the Burbs

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

See Photos from Our Summer Soiree

Thanks to everyone who attended our Summer Soiree on Sunday at the home of Organizing Director Tim Brown and his partner Susan Butterweck. Special thanks to our honored guests Larry Krasner and Kendra Brooks for their kind words. Much appreciation to all those who donated to this Fight the Right Fundraiser which raised money to support PNN’s General Election GOTV campaign!

The weather cooperated, we had a great time getting together with old friends and making new ones, we feasted on tacos and sangria, and we crowned our first PNN Beanbag Champions, Melissa Robbins and Paul Sokolar. You can find photos of the event by clicking the link below; then you can click on the first photo and it will allow you to look through them.


Support Striking Starbucks Workers this Weekend

This Weekend, Various Locations

Starbucks workers across the U.S., including here in Philly, are organizing to win a union contract. You can show your support by joining Starbucks Workers United at one of their "Solidarity Sip-Ins" over the Labor Day Weekend. They'll take place in cafes from Friday, 9/1 to Monday, 9/5. Here is their schedule:

  • Friday, Sept 2, 10a-2p, 34th and Walnut

  • Saturday, Sept 3, 10a-2p, Penn Medicine at 3400 Civic Center Blvd

  • Sunday, Sept 4, 10a-2p, 12th and Walnut

  • Monday, Sept 5, 10a-2p, 22nd and South


Sign Up to Canvass in Philly

Kickoff on Saturday, September 17th, 10AM, The Studio, 5535 Lena St.

We will kick off our Election Work at the Studio located at 5535 Lena Street in Germantown where we will meet with some of our favorite elected officials and remind ourselves what's at stake, and how we'll convey the urgency of our message to our neighbors when we meet them at the doors.

Saturday & Sunday Canvass Schedule: Take a look at your schedule and let us know how often you can join us at what will be our Saturday morning canvass at Lena Street and our Sunday morning canvass at Lovett Library.


Blue Pennsylvania Canvass Opportunities This Week

Join us and our partners to canvass outside Philly for progressive candidates in neighboring counties.

  • Saturday, September 3, 10 AM for Paul Friel (HD 26), Katie Muth (SD 44), and Chrissy Houlahan (CD 6). SIGN UP HERE.

  • Sunday, September 4, 11AM 1214 Easton Road, Warrington, 18976 for Brian Munroe (HD 144), and Ann Marie Mitchell (SD 6). SIGN UP HERE.

  • We now have blank postcards for Paul Takac, a great PA House candidate from central Pennsylvania. We will also supply you with the postcards, messages and an address list. If you are interested, please reply to Coleman Poses.


March & Rally Against Corruption in Harrisburg

Friday, September 9th, York, PA – Monday, September 12th, Harrisburg

Join our allies March on Harrisburg as they take to the road in York, PA for a three-day march to our state Capitol Building to hold our legislators accountable. We're giving them no choice but to publicly show what side they're on: the side of the corporate interests and lobbyists, or the side of Pennsylvanians who are sick and tired of our legislature's blatant corruption and legal bribery. To read more about it, Click Here.

The culmination of the three-day march will be a non-violent direct action (NVDA) designed to focus the attention of statewide media on the ubiquitous practice of legal bribery of our elected officials, and to hold them to account. This is an opportunity to see what an NVDA looks like as activists take on the power brokers in Harrisburg. If you'd like to participate, or simply be a moral witness, click below.


This Week in History

Sep 2, 1945 – World War II Ends. Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies bringing an end to World Ward II.

Sep 3, 1838 – Douglass Escapes Slavery. Abolitionist, journalist, author and human rights advocate Frederick Douglass made his escape from enslavement to freedom in Philadelphia.

Sep 5, 1882 – First Labor Day. On this day, 10,000 workers marched in NYC to celebrate the rights of workers. Two years later, Congress recognized it as a national holiday.

Sep 7, 1813 – Uncle Sam is “Born” – Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, NY who supplied barrels of beef to the U.S. Army stamped those barrels with “US” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s”. A local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam soon gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. government.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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