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PNN Newsletter: Transparency for Public School Vouchers; G'Mom Learning Circle, Shredding, 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: Shredding Events, Home Ownership Conference, Train Music Fest

  • Educate: G'town Grandmother's Learning Circle, Learn Transportation Plans

  • Empower: Tell State Reps to Help Students in Need, George Floyd Event

Interested in Our Region's Transportation Plans?

Tuesday, May 21st, 6PM-7:30PM, Online

DVRPC’s Public Participation Task Force invites you to an online meeting on how the region’s Long-Range Plan and Transportation Improvement Program support the planning and funding of critical infrastructure in the Greater Philadelphia region:

Attendees will see presentations from DVRPC and Burlington County planning staff and will leave the meeting with information on how regional transportation investments are made.


Music Fest on the Chestnut Hill West Stations

Tuesday, May 21st, Starting at 5 PM at Chelten Station

Please note that this event has been moved from its previous May 15th date.

Join the Save the Train Coalition in this multi-station concert to support the ongoing efforts to get more funding in this year’s budget from the State Legislature to save the CHW Septa Line.

The Music Fest will feature local musicians at various train stations and you can hop on the train with them between sets:

  • Chelten Station 5PM - meet for a set by Dani Hawkins, a local cellist, then hop on the train to…

  • Tulpehocken Station 5:30PM - Midnight on the Water, then hop on to…

  • Carpenter Station 6:20PM - Koof and friends will be joined by all the musicians for the biggest set of all.

Have some fun to support your advocacy. The concerts will be in the parking lots of each station. Feel free to bring food and drinks for a post concert picnic.


G'town Grandmother's Learning Circle

Thursday, May 23rd, 6PM-8:30PM, Virtual

Interested in education? Join Grandmother Collective for a workshop to learn tools you can use to make a positive impact in our community. They'll explore the unique roles of elders and talk about the ways these roles can help us drive local change in Philly's neighborhood schools and educational institutions. Come to meet your fellow elders on Zoom to learn how to create change and discover untapped potential. The community already has the answers.


George Floyd Memorial Event

Saturday, May 25th, 1PM-3PM, City Hall North Apron

Join Labor for Black Lives, SEIU and activists and organizers from across the city to commemorate the 4th Annual George Floyd Memorial Event. The afternoon will feature spoken word, song, reflection and action.


Spring Shredding Events

Both events are open to the general public. There will also be an opportunity to discuss state government-related requests or concerns with state officials. Papers only, no liquids, binders or staples.

Saturday, May 18th, 8AM-12PM, 7115 Stenton Ave.

If you've collected a pile of documents that you need to securely dispose of, then you can do so on Saturday, May 18th at the West Oak Lane Charter School located at 7115 Stenton Ave.

Saturday, June 1st, 11AM-1PM, 7500 Germantown Ave.

If you've collected a pile of documents that you need to securely dispose of, then you can do so on Saturday, June 1st at the New Covenant Church located at 7500 Germantown Ave.


Tell State House to Vote "YES" on HB 2063

We believe that every child in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is entitled to a quality education.

HB 2063 guarantees that at least 90% of taxpayer contributions will fund actual scholarships for PA students who live at less than 200% of the Federal Poverty level. We must ensure that taxpayer-funded scholarships are properly allocated and well accounted for. You can read more about these tax credits, and what the bill would accomplish in this recent editorial in The Keystone.

Show your state representatives how much education matters to you, tell them to...


Home Ownership Conference

Saturday, June 22nd, 8:30AM-12:30PM, 7500 Germantown Ave.

Have you wanted to become a homeowner, but struggled to find a path for ownership in an increasingly tough market? Then show up au the New Covenant Church located at 7500 Germantown Ave to learn from the experts. State Senator Art Haywood is sponsoring the event, which will include a continental breakfast, workshops, panel discussions, bankers and realtors, raffles and more.


This Week in History

May 17, 1954 – Brown v. Board of Ed. In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.

May 18, 1980 – St Helen's Fallout. Mt. St. Helen's in Washington State erupted, killing 57 and causing an ash plume that covered eleven states.

May 20, 1862 – " Go West..." Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for the settlement of the American West.

May 23, 1935 – First MLB Night Game. Cincinnati's Crosby Field held the first MLB night game where the host Reds beat the Phillies 2-1.

Thanks for your activism!

Tim Brown, Organizing Director


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