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Welcome to the Weekly Happening! Here is your weekly to-do list for the resistance.
Mass Meeting: Abolish ICE & #EndPARS
Join organizers from the Occupy City Hall Campaign at a mass meeting this Friday at the William Way LGBT Community Center to discuss the Abolish ICE movement and where #EndPARS is. The following Saturday, August 4th, organizers will be hosting a march from the Liberty Bell to City Hall to continue to put pressure on Mayor Kenney, Governor Wolf and City Council to abolish ICE, shut down the Berks Family Detention Center and end the PARS data sharing contract with ICE that’s up for renewal on August 31st. Come out and rally in solidarity with Philadelphia’s immigrant communities.
Rally for Environmental Justice and Fight Environmental Racism
Next Thursday, August 2, join Green Justice Philly and Carnival de Resistance for a parade and rally across Philadelphia. The organizations are pushing for the solarization of Philadelphia and demanding the the city integrate social justice goals into their renewable energy plan. The parade will start at PECO where they will protest their energy policies and rate hikes, then it will stop at SEPTA where they will demand that SEPTA stop construction on the gas-fired power plant in Nicetown. The proposed gas plant is considered to be a obvious continuation of environmental racism. Nicetown is a residential neighborhood with a population that’s over 90 percent black. The plant would emit 67 tons of toxic emissions into their air annually, and could further deteriorate the already poor air quality in the neighborhood. The parade will close at City Hall where they will encourage Mayor Kenney and City Council to use solar energy on city infrastructure and to ensure that work on new projects go to Philadelphia residents and that the hired workforce reflects the racial demographics of the city. Turn out to demand the right to clean air for all of Philadelphia residents.
Carnival de Resistance will be in Philadelphia all week with a wide range of events including, mural painting, carnival events and an eco-village demonstration at the Norris Square Neighborhood Project!
Join family and friends of Michael White at his court appearance on Wednesday, August 1st, to demand that his charges be dismissed or down-graded and that he be released on bail until the outcome of his case. Michael White was arrested for the murder of Philly real estate developer Sean Schellenger. Michael was working as a courier delivering food when he encountered Sean and two other men. Michael, a black man, encountered the three white men around Rittenhouse Square. Michael’s family has said these men were “visibly intoxicated” and that Michael felt racially targeted by these men who wanted to start a fight with him. Family, friends and community members have rallied to support Michael, who they believe acted in self defense. PhillyMag reporter Ernest Owens explains how the racial dynamics of the criminal justice system play into the case and how as a black man Michael has unjustly been labelled an aggressor rather than a victim. “I know for certain that if Michael White had been a white boy delivering food in Rittenhouse Square and was confronted by three Black men, self-defense would have been the automatic plea — just as it often is for any white man who kills an unarmed Black person in America,” wrote Owens. Stand with Michael and his family his Wednesday to demand that he receives justice.
Revolutionizing Our Justice System
Join Councilwoman Helen Gym, District Attorney Larry Krasner, writer and activist Shaun King along others for a conversation about revolutionizing our justice system. The event will take place next Tuesday, August 31st, at City Hall. It’s held as part of the Be a Hero campaign launched by activist Ady Barkan. After Ady was diagnosed with ALS almost 2 years ago, he started the Be a Hero campaign as a way to hold politicians accountable to their votes. He is travelling across the U.S. asking politicians to be heroes and energize the progressive legislation that matters the most.
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- July 26, 7-10 PM We (Too) Are Philly: Solidarity Before Citizenship Showcase Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia
- July 26, 7:30-10 PM Disruption: Poetry & Open Mic The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia
- July 27, 6-8 PM Mass Meeting: Abolish ICE & #EndPARS William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia
- July 28, 12-4 PM Movin’ On Out Cookout (For Tenants Facing Eviction) Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia
- July 28, 1-4 PM Artist Against Borders – Community Fundraiser A-Space (Community Center), 4722 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia
- July 31, 12-1 PM Revolutionizing Our System of Justice – Be a Hero Tour in Philly Mayors Reception Room in City Hall, Philadelphia
- July 31, 4-7 PM How to Create Economic Opportunities from Climate Change DiscussionOverbrook Education Center, 6134 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia
- July 31, 6-8 PM Art for Social Change CityCoHo, 2401 Walnut St Suite 102, Philadelphia
- Aug 1, 9 AM Stand with Michael White Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Three South Penn Square, Philadelphia
- Aug 2, 10:45 AM – 1:15 PM Power Toward a Just Future: Parade and Rally 2301 Market St, Philadelphia
- Aug 4, 11 AM – 2 PM March for a Sanctuary City: End Collaboration With ICE Philadelphia Liberty Bell, N 6th St, Philadelphia
- Aug 4, 6-9 PM Support Gaza Event Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia
- Aug 5, 6-8 AM Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony Penn’s Landing, 211 S. Columbus Blvd & Walnut St, Philadelphia
- Aug 5, 10 AM – 1 PM Running Down the Walls 2018 5K Run Lemon Hill Dr, Philadelphia
- Aug 5, 10 AM – 5 PM MOVE9 40 Year Commemoration Fairmount Park, Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia
- Aug 11, 1:30-3:30 Reclaim Philadelphia Citywide Meeting First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
- Aug 11, 2-5 PM Palestine & Black America: A Strategy for Liberation DiscussionChurch of the Advocate, 1801 Diamond St, Philadelphia
- Aug 15, 4:30-7:30 PM Justice in the Workplace: Fairness for Low Wage Workers Panel1650 Market Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia
- Aug 18, 7 PM – 12 AM The Trans Equity Project Fundrager Children’s Community School of West Philadelphia 1212 S 47th St, Philadelphia
- Aug 25, 11 AM Black + Brown Lives March Too Liberty Bell 526 Market Street, Philadelphia
- Aug 27, 6-8 PM Voices of POWER Engaging Others Workshop POWER 1429 N 11th St, Philadelphia
- Aug 30, 8-11 AM Mumia Abu-Jamal Court Hearing 13th & Filbert, Philadelphia
- Sept 8, 10 AM – 6 PM Health, Empowerment & Rights Summit Allentown
- Sept 22, 5 PM 17th Annual Playgrounds for Palestine Gala Houston Hall (University of Pennsylvania), 3417 Spruce St., Philadelphia
- Oct 26-28 Transgender Ally/Advocate Training Camp The Cedar Works, 4919 Pentridge Street, Philadelphia
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