Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
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Attention West Philly residents! Have ideas about how to improve the area? Maybe it’s an issue with traffic, public space or environmental friendliness? If so, join 5th Square, Philly’s urbanist political action committee, and the anti-litter initiative Not in Philly to discuss how West Philly could be a better place. The goal of this first meeting is to identify the three most-pressing issues the community faces and to develop a plan to find solutions within six months. Monday, January 29, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, Renewal Presbyterian Church, 4633 Cedar Ave.
We all pay the price when politicians take advantage of the very residents they’re elected to serve. By using gerrymandering to carve out politically advantageous district lines, the people living in those areas end up with less power, which can also affect voter turnout at the polls. But Fair Districts PA and Committee of Seventy are working to change that. Join them on Tuesday for a non partisan discussion on Pennsylvania’s congressional districts. Here, members of these organizations will get an update about where the state is currently and what Philadelphians can do to make improvements and ignite change. They’ll also hear from the new business manager of the South 9th Street Italian Market Business Association. Tuesday, January 30, 7 pm-8:15 pm, Free, Palumbo Recreation Center, 725 South 10th Street.
Keeping in the spirit of MLK Day and Black History Month, the Annenberg School for Communication and the Black Alumni Society will be hosting the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice this year with a focus on “The State of Our Union.” Here, they’ll feature a conversation with Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project; Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and more. The discussion will highlight topics related to the state of our country and what the continuing struggles for social justice are. Wednesday, January 31, 5:30 pm-7 pm, Free, Center for Africana Studies UPENN, 3730 Walnut St.
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Philly made it to the final 20 for Amazon’s HQ2 locations and it wasn’t without a lot of hard work. The Philadelphia Delivers campaign boosted the city to the top and now Sylvie Gallier Howard of the city’s Department of Commerce and Anne Nevins of Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation (PIDC) will discuss how we can leverage the Amazon process and how it affects the future economy. Thursday, February 1, 8 am, Free, Center / Architecture, 1218 Arch St.
Black Lives Matter Philly will kick off their 2018 Black Lives Matter Week of Action, with a focus on education in schools here in Philly and across the country. Join The Caucus of Working Educators Racial Justice Committee, along with several other organizations, educators, students, families, and community members who will highlight the 13 guiding principles of Black Lives Matter. They’ll also offer curriculum and lesson resources, nightly events, and organize spaces for deeper discussion and introspection. Friday, February 2, 4:30 pm – 8 pm, Maximum Level lounge, 51st & Sansom St.
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Join Philly Fixers and Kensington Tool Library for Repair Fair #14 where a team of volunteers will help you get that broken typewriter, toasted toaster, or tangled jewelry back to new and give you the tools and resources to make repairs in the future. The goal is to help Philadelphians get things fixed and decrease the amount of waste we produce by repairing rather than buying new. Saturday, February 3, 10 am-2 pm, Free, Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E Cumberland St.
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Initiated by artist Sean Desiree of bell’s roar, the Art Funds Art tour promotes solidarity within the queer and trans people of color community with an emphasis on protecting DIY spaces for art and music. The national tour uses ticket sales, and partnerships with other brands and organizations to provide artist grants and two performance stipends to underfunded artists in the cities they visit. This event will support the tour and build the financial stability to give out these grants. Note: the tour is seeking two queer and/or trans identified local performers to join the bill, pass along the message! Sunday, February 4, 2 pm-6 pm, Donation Sliding Scale $5-$20, The Art Dept Collective, 1638 E Berks St.