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PNN Newsletter: Toy Drive, Philly Talks Trash, H'burg Democracy Conference, 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: Philly Talks Trash Series: From Packaging to Pollution

  • Educate: Watch People's Economic Forum Redux

  • Empower: Reclaiming Our Democracy Conference in Harrisburg

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



Reclaiming Our Democracy Conference

Saturday, December 3rd, 9AM-4:30PM, 23 South 2nd Street, Harrisburg

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd, our friends at Fair Districts will be holding "Reclaiming Our Democracy Conference: Redistricting, Rules and Representation" at the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg on Saturday, Dec 3rd


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Philly Talks Trash: From Packaging to Pollution

Thursday, December 15th, 6:30PM - 8:00PM, Virtual


It’s the annual season for gift giving and that time of year when the U.S. sees an almost 25% increase in waste. This is a bonanza for the packaging industry, a significant boost in demand for plastic products, and further rationale for the fossil fuel industry to continue fracking.


Join us virtually on Thursday, December 15, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, for our next Philly Talks Trash program, “From Packaging to Pollution,” a discussion led by experts who will provide a detailed look at how the fossil fuel industry is responsible for the huge rise in plastic manufacturing. We’ll discuss how this intentional strategy has affected the products we buy and led to overwhelming amounts of pollution on the streets in our local communities and in our local waterways. With a problem at this scale, we need everyone to act.


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Watch People's Economic Forum


On November 17th, PNN and the Public Banking Coalition presented a first-in-a-series forum on public banking and housing justice. It featured local and national grass roots leaders and experts who presented a take on the housing crisis – including causes and solutions - that you will never see in the mainstream press.


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Holiday Toy Drive

Donations Until December 21st


Philly Neighborhood Networks is working with Free the Ballot and others to help bring a little holiday joy to kids who have an incarcerated parent by providing toys and clothes (pajamas, socks, coats) to children 0-13 years of age this Christmas. Our allies will be collecting toys until Dec 21st at the following locations and times:

  • Chill ‘N Cheers, 5835 Rising Sun Av (Every Day 12PM-10PM)

  • Truth Baptist Church, 4666 North 15th St (Tues 8:30-9:30AM)

  • Mother Zoar African UMC, 3259 North Broad St (Sun 10AM-1PM, Mon 10AM-3PM, Thur 12PM-3PM, call ahead to 215-225-2827)

If you have questions, please reach out to Tim@phillynn.org

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This Week in History


Dec 5, 1933 – Prohibition Ends. Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment that banned the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.” Cheers!


Dec 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor. Calling it "a day that will live in infamy", FDR informed the nation that the Japanese attacked the US naval base in Hawaii.


Dec 8, 1980 – Lennon Shot. Former Beatle John Lennon was murdered in front of his apartment building in NYC. Lennon had released "Double Fantasy" a month earlier, which was awarded a posthumous Grammy.


Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director

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