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Do Something: Become A Citizen Scientist

This week, learn about LGBT leadership in religion, count frogs for Philly's zoo, listen to Philly's Poet Laureate, 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.

Learn About LGBT Leadership in Religious Spaces

What is it like to be a LGBT+ religious leader in Philadelphia? How can queer religious leaders make religious spaces more inclusive for everyone? Join the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania in a discussion with local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian queer leaders in a conversation about resistance, identity, and spirituality. Speakers include the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs Raquel Evita Saraswati, Kol Tzedek Synagogue Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, and Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart of the National LGBT Task Force. Monday, April 9, 7:30 pm-8:45 pm, Free, Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.

Honor the Poetry of Africa & the African Diaspora

Penn’s Africana Studies Department is hosting award-winning poet Alysia Harris and Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate, Husnaa Hashim, in an afternoon of words, rhythm, and celebration of Black and African voices.  Tuesday, April 10, 5:30 pm to 7 pm, Free, Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St.

Collaborate with Philadelphia Activists

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Advocating and activism can be exhausting, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance wants to make it easier for you to do the important work you’re already trying to do. What can multi-issue advocates do to find points of collaborations? Join activists and community leaders in a convening of advocacy organizations looking to find ways to work together, including STAMP, CeaseFirePA, HIAS, and the Office of Mayor Jim Kenney in a panel moderated by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Bonus happy hour afterwards to keep the conversations going! Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Free, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 

Change Our Culture, Don't Be A Bystander

Learn how to be a positive bystander and supporter of consent culture by taking this interactive workshop to learn best new practices. See how you can combat microaggressions and be able to create safer spaces for all. The workshop will be facilitated by Emma Kaywin, a Brooklyn-based consent educator, with support from local community organizations who offer consent education, counseling, safe space events, and other relevant services. Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm-9 pm, $15, Back to Life Urban Sanctuary, 171 W Thompson St.

Count Frogs for Conservation Efforts!

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Attention all Philadelphian citizen scientists! The Philadelphia Zoo needs your help to document spring frogs as part of a FrogWatch, a national initiative to count and conserve frogs. You’ll learn how to identify frog songs and help out conservation biologists and zoo experts! No experience needed. Friday, April 13, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Free, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum, 8601 Lindberg Blvd

Join the Rally for Science

Philadelphia Science Action, a new organization in the city protecting science and scientists in today’s political climate, is following up last year’s March for Science to organize a march to highlight the vital role of science in all of our lives. Make flyers, banners, and posters, and come out to defend science, discovery, and human progress. Saturday, April 14, 1 pm to 3 pm, Free, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy

Get Informed on Race and Fair Housing

Black Quantum Futurism has organized an art exhibition and community programming inspired by the Fair Housing Act, Civil Rights, and Black Liberation Movements. Come learn about issues revolving around fair housing, displacement, and Black spatial-temporal autonomy via the work of Afro artists. Films and readings are part of the event scheduling, too, so be sure to check those out. Sunday, April 15, 3 pm to 6 pm, Free, Icebox Project Space, 1400 N American St.

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