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January 13, 2017

6 Ways to Fight Trump in Philly in 2017

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States. It is also home to powerful community with a deep history of organizations and leaders who fight for justice and make Philly a place where everyone can thrive. In the face of whatever adversity the Trump administration brings in 2017, we must rise on our blocks, in our neighborhoods and in our city, and build alternatives together.

Here are ways to take action in Philly in 2017:

1. Get out in the streets with family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens.

Remember Dr. King’s legacy with the Reclaim MLK March on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, join the thousands of women marching across the country to speak out against president-elect Trump following his inauguration, stand up to protect health care access, or take the young people in your life to the Philly Kids Solidarity Rally.

  • Our First Stand to Save Healthcare Sunday, Jan. 15 @ 1 PM at Temple U. Hospital (3401 N. Broad Street
    This rally to fight cuts to the lifesaving provisions of the Affordable Care Act will take place at Temple University Hospital
  • MLK DARE March Monday, Jan. 16 @ 11 AM
    This march to reclaim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy steps off from the President’s House at 6th and Market at 11 AM
  • Philly Kids Solidarity Rally Wednesday, Jan. 18 @ 4 PM at the Liberty Bell
    Join young people, their families and friends to rally and march for our future!
  • Women’s March on Philly Saturday, Jan. 21 @ 10 AM on the Ben Franklin Parkway
    Unite with over 150 cities around the world marching for women’s rights and gender equality

 

2. Learn how to practice civil disobedience and other kinds of nonviolent direct action

Several groups around Philly are also holding trainings so we can be prepared to stand up to Trump from day 1.

  • Nonviolent Direct Action Training Sunday, Jan. 15 @ 6 PM at the Second Baptist Church of Germantown
    The first training in POWER’s 100 Days of Faithful Resistance series. (Currently at capacity, but waitlist signup is available)
  • Escalating Political Resistance: Tactics for Racial Justice Saturday, Jan. 28 @ 11 AM at Repair the World (4029 Market Street)
    Join movement leaders from Philly REAL Justice, the Black and Brown Workers’ Collective, and Philly War Tax Resistance for this workshop on resistance tactics that work.
  • Training for Change Trainings Ongoing 
    Join Training for Change at one of their many workshops in the coming months on topics including creative workshop design and whites confronting racism.

 

3. Join the movement to make our schools better for young people and their families

The Trump administration poses a dramatic threat to schools and classrooms that already struggle in a system that undervalues teachers and underestimates the importance of schools as vital spaces of community, growth and education for young people and their families. Help make schools positive places where young people and their families can be safe, celebrate themselves and each other, and learn about who they are.

 

4. Help make Philly a city that protects and welcomes all of its residents

The Trump campaign heightened xenophobia in the United States to record levels, and has promised his administration will deport millions. But targeted immigration enforcement and racial profiling is nothing new in the United States, and longtime Philly organizations that work to keep families and communities together are rising up to protect people under the Trump administration. Come together with the New Sanctuary Movement for the People’s Inauguration, or volunteer for their Sanctuary in the Streets program, which responds to immigration raids in real time. Pressure our politicians to protect undocumented community members and ask local business owners to explicitly denounce racial profiling.

 

5. Learn the best ways to pressure politicians, or run for office yourself

Trump can’t get anything done if other people in government don’t let him. American democracy is set up with checks and balances, so put pressure on state and local politicians to check the president’s power, or learn how to run for local office yourself!

 

6. Get creative through art, music, writing and dance

Resistance isn’t only accomplished through marches and petitions — art is a critical part of movement building. Join writers, dancers, painters, performers, and more in resisting through creativity.

  • JVP and Dancing for Justice Philly Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 11 AM at the Whole Shebang (1813 South 11th Street)
    Join JVP and Lela Aisha Jones of Dancing For Justice Philly for a movement class and discussion responding to the current state of the world.
  • No Justice No Peace Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 6 PM at the ICA
    Join the ICA for a “panel discussion regarding the current state of police brutality, prison abolition, and critical resistance. There will be a DJ (Rashid Zakat), live screen printing, and a light installation.”
  • Collective Action Art Auction Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 6 PM at 990 Spring Garden Street
    Join Collective Action for “A silent art auction to raise money for 10 local and national social justice organizations that will be on the front lines during Trump’s presidency.”
  • Writers Resist Sunday, Jan. 15 @ 2 PM at the National Museum of American Jewish History
    Join writers resisting all across the United States.
  • Inauguration Week Open Art  Jan. 16-19 with Spiral Q at Various Locations
    Join Spiral Q making art to support various protests and actions across the city.
January 12, 2017

Prepping for the Philly Womens March

Philly women are getting ready to march on Trump’s first day as president:

April 28, 2016

Jared Kushner, Piazza at Schmidt’s/The Schmidt’s Commons

Jared Kushner is, of course, Trump’s son-in-law and trusted advisor. In 2013, Kushner invested in the Piazza at Schmidts/The Schmidt’s Commons and Liberties Walk with Oaktree Capital Management when developer Bart Blatstein sold 60% of his interest in the properties.

Address: 1001 N 2nd Street, Piazza at Schmidts/The Schmidt’s Commons
Phone number: 215-825-7552, Piazza at Schmidts/The Schmidt’s Commons Residential Leasing Cente

April 28, 2016

Howard Marks & Bruce Karsh, Oaktree Capital Management & Piazza at Schmidt’s/The Schmidt’s Commons

Billionaire investors Howard Marks and Bruce Karsh are Co-Chairmen of the enormous, Los Angeles-based private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management. In 2013, they invested in Philadelphia’s Piazza at Schmidts/The Schmidt’s Commons and Liberties Walk with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Address: 1001 N 2nd Street, Piazza at Schmidts/The Schmidt’s Commons

Phone number: (213) 830-6300, Oaktree Capital Management headquarters

April 28, 2016

George Norcross, Conner Strong & Buckelew

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, George Norcross is “a South Jersey Democratic power broker and insurance tycoon.” He is a member of Mar-a-Lago and a longtime friend of Trump. According to an article in The Palm Beach Daily News, Norcross consulted Trump when he and his wife bought a $10.9 million home on luxurious Everglades Island in Palm Beach.

Address: 50 N 16th St #3600, Conner Strong & Buckelew Philadelphia office

Phone number: (267) 702-1400, Conner Strong & Buckelew Philadelphia office
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April 28, 2016

Bruce Toll, Toll Brothers & BET Investments

Bruce Toll is the co-founder of Toll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based luxury homebuilder with properties across the United States. He retired from the Toll Brothers board last year and is now a principal at BET Investments, a real estate investment firm that owns, manages, and develops office buildings, retail complexes, and apartment buildings. Toll is a member of Mar-a-Lago. He told The New York Times that he owns a home near Mar-a-Lago and frequently interacts with Trump at the private club. According to The New York Times, “While [the two] did not discuss any of Mr. Toll’s specific projects, [Toll] said, the two would occasionally discuss national issues, such as Mr. Trump’s plans to increase spending on highways and other infrastructure projects. ‘Maybe you ought to do this or that,’ Mr. Toll said of the kind of advice that Mr. Trump got from club members.”

Address: 200 Witmer Road #200, BET Investments office

Phone number: 215-938-7300

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April 28, 2016

Eric Foss, Aramark

Eric Foss is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Aramark. Aramark is a prison profiteer corporation; it operates commissaries, laundry facilities, kitchens, and facility management for more than 500 prisons in the United States. Aramark’s Healthcare and Correctional Services Businesses generate approximately $2.4 billion in annual revenue. Earlier this year, Aramark won a three-year, $154 million food-procurement and management contract for 26 PA state correctional facilities. Aramark is therefore poised to profit from Trump’s promises to crack down on crime and “illegal immigration”– which translate into putting more people behind bars. Foss is also a member of the Business Roundtable, the Jamie Dimon- headed corporate trade group that is looking to re-make itself into an influential powerhouse in the Trump era in order to take full advantage of Trump’s “pro-business agenda.”

Address: 1101 Market Street, Aramark Global headquarters

Phone number: (937) 660-4708

 

April 28, 2016

Philip Rinaldi, Retired Chairman and CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Phil Rinaldi is the retired Chairman and CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, the largest oil refining complex on the East Coast. For the last several years, he has also been the architect and public cheerleader of a plan to make Philadelphia an “energy hub,” vastly expanding dirty oil and gas infrastructure in the region. In October, he contributed the maximum amount of $5,000 to Trump’s transition fundraising committee, Trump for America.

Address: 1735 Market Street, 11th floor, Philadelphia Energy Solutions headquarters

Phone number: 215-339-1200

 

April 28, 2016

Joshua Harris, Apollo Global Management & The Philadelphia 76ers (Wells Fargo Center)

Joshua Harris is a billionaire Co-founder and Senior Managing Director of private equity giant Apollo Global Management. He also owns the Philadelphia 76ers. In March, he was among a handful of business leaders who met with Trump to discuss the President’s infrastructure plan, which private equity firms including Apollo stand to make enormous profits from. It seems the meeting (and Trump’s ongoing close relationships with private equity billionaires, including Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone) is paying off for private equity; Trump’s tax plan maintains key tax loopholes for private equity firms and it is becoming increasingly clear that the Trump agenda of corporate de-regulation will enrich private equity billionaires including Harris.

Address: 3601 S Broad St, Wells Fargo Center

Phone number: (212) 515-3200

 

April 28, 2016

Jay Weitzman, Park America

Jay Weitzman is the President and Founder of Park America, a parking management company based in Bala Cynwyd. The company has 10 parking garages across Philadelphia, as well as additional locations in New Jersey, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. In December, Weitzman contributed $25,000 to Trump’s inaugural fundraising committee.

Address: 1 Bala Avenue #500, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Park America headquarters

Phone number: (610) 617-2100