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Do Something: Be a Civic Leader this 4th of July

This week, be intentional about your celebrations, support Palestinians, protest ICE, pamper your puppy, and more!

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.

Turn Up the Heat on ICE

Upset about governmental inaction in response to recent family detentions and deportations? Show your representatives! Groups such as the Liberation Project, Philly DSA, and Reclaim Philadelphia will gather at City Hall to demand that Governor Wolf take a stand against family detentions at Berks County Family Detention Center. As of now, this detention center, one of three in the county, can hold families indefinitely, but Governor Wolf has the power to take action against these detention policies. The groups also plan to encourage Mayor Kenney to permanently end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s contract with Philadelphia that allows them access to the Preliminary Arraignment System (PARS), the real-time arrest database that can allow arrests to escalate quickly to deportations. Take time out of your evening to display support for immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees and encourage major policy reform for social change. Monday, July 2, 4:30 pm-7:30 pm, Free, City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard.

Stretch Your Body and Your Mind

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Stretch out your Tuesday night with a relaxing hour of yoga at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary. Transformation Yoga Projects’ Colleen DeVirgiliis and Brianne Murphy will collaborate with social activist Kempis Songster to lead a yoga class for people with any amount of prior experience. Afterward, the group will host a reception as a part of Eastern State’s ongoing Searchlight Series, bringing the present state of corrections programs in America to the historic context of Eastern State. Bring friends and comfortable clothing for a night to focus on wellness. Tuesday, July 3, 6 pm-8 pm, Free, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

Become a Voter!

This year, the annual Wawa Welcome America festival, which hosts seven days of free concerts, events, movie screenings, open access museums and more to celebrate the birthplace of the United States, is becoming more patriotic than it already was. Wawa is teaming up with Serve Philadelphia to organize a voter registration table. In other words, it’s making it super convenient to not only celebrate independence day, but to also make sure you can fulfil one of your most important civic duties as an American: voting. Bring your families and friends to register, too! Wednesday, July 4, 12 pm -5 pm, Free, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Support Palestinian Medical Aid Through Music

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Fire Museum Presents is hosting performers Evan Cory Levine, Neil Feather, Matt Engle, and Rosie Langabeer for an energetic evening of musical variety. Philly-based vocalist and guitarist Evan Cory Levine leads his band with a style reminiscent of ‘20’s and ‘40’s jazz and blues artists, while sound mechanic Neil Feather is anything but traditional in his clever manipulation of sound. The event will also feature University of the Arts alum and composer Matt Engle and award-winning composer Rosie Langabeer for a theatrical twist on the evening. Proceeds from the night of musical exploration will benefit the Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), an organization aiming to institute comprehensive and sustainable healthcare for all Palestinians. MAP aims to address these health concerns within the context of political conflict and emphasizes justice for Palestinians through healthcare. Join the fun to expand your musical imagination and support Palestinians’ health. Thursday, July 5, 8 pm-10 pm, $10, Mascher Space Co-op, 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue (2B).

Celebrate Immigrant Communities

The artists and activists of the Chinatown Art Brigade, Asian Americans United, and Viet Lead joined together in response to recent threats of deportation and detention against immigrant communities. Thanks to the contributions of the Illuminator, the closing event of the Here To Stay project will feature a massive outdoor projection to honor and celebrate histories of immigration in Philadelphia and throughout the nation with pride. Stop by to endorse the local artists behind the effort, and to take time to better understand the issues that immigrant communities face. Friday, June 6, 8:30 pm-9:30 pm, Chinese Christian Church & Center Vine Street Parking Lot, 1101 Vine Street

Pamper Your Puppy

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Support needy animals with a cocktail! Amelie’s Bark Shop will be offering $20 luxury shampoos and conditioners; giving owners a chance to sit back and relax. For the afternoon, Manatawny Still Works’ refreshing cocktails and other vodka drinks will benefit the Morris Animal Refuge and support homeless pets in Philadelphia. Give yourself and your pet a chance to cool down from the summer heat while you sponsor shelter animals. Saturday, July 7, 12 pm-4 pm, $20, Manatawny Still Works, 1603 East Passyunk Avenue.

Deliver Food to Low-Income Communities

Give back with the Jewish Relief Agency as they [use] their Sunday morning to pack boxes of food and deliver them throughout the Philadelphia area. The organization is committed to serving over 6,000 low-income people in more ways than delivering food; in the past they have offered transportation and outreach to individuals throughout the community. Regardless of your age or ability, the Jewish Relief Agency welcomes anyone with a helping spirit to participate. Contact them at [email protected] or at (610) 660-0190 for more information on this weekend’s events. Sunday, July 8, 10 am-3 pm, Free, Jewish Relief Agency Warehouse, 10980 Dutton Road.

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