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Do Something: March for Women

This week, join thousands on the Parkway to celebrate women, support pipeline fighting nuns, learn about the opioid epidemic, 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.

Celebrate MLK by Tackling Mass Incarceration

Minorities are disproportionately imprisoned in the United States, and rates of mass incarceration continue to grow. According to a 2015 New York Times analysis, 36,000 black men are “missing” in Philadelphia alone because of early death or jail time. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Jewish Community Relations Council, SPAN, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the National Council of Jewish women are hosting a panel about how race affects incarceration in the United States. Join the organizations to celebrate MLK’s legacy, and to understand one of the most pressing civil rights issues of the 21st century. Monday, January 15, 5:30 pm-7 pm, Free, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch St.

Learn About the Generational Cycles of Housing and Poverty

Generational poverty and its effects have been extensively studied by scholars and researchers alike. But what about the effects of poverty on intergenerational housing practices? Join the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Kyung Hwam Kim in this week’s session of The World Today, a weekly, expert-led conversation on pressing global challenges. Professor Kim was a visiting professor at the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also an Urban Finance Advisor to the United Nations Center for Human Settlements. Food and refreshments will be provided. Tuesday, January 16, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm, Free, Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk.

Fight for Healthcare 4 All

How do the rising costs of healthcare affect Philadelphians? How do they affect employment and business? How will changes to existing healthcare laws impact the average citizen’s life? Join the Philadelphia chapter of Healthcare 4 All PA in a screening of Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point,” a documentary about the rising costs of healthcare in the United States and the ramifications this will have. After the movie, the group will facilitate a discussion. Food will be provided. Wednesday, January 17, 7 pm to 9 pm, Free, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. 

Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdose deaths have risen almost 100 percent in the past decade in the United States. The numbers have shot up so exponentially that drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death, surpassing the number of fatalities as a result of HIV, guns, or car crashes. This public health issue has strongly impacted Philadelphia. In 2017, the city had an estimated 55,000 illicit intravenous drug users. It is also estimated that there were over 1,200 overdose deaths. In this talk, Jose Benitez, Executive Director of Prevention Point Philadelphia, will speak about the ways in which his organization combats the opioid epidemic through a harm reduction approach. Join Benitez in a discussion about the services Prevention Point offers, such as naloxone distribution, a needle exchange program, case management, overdose prevention education, and more.  Thursday, January 18, 12 pm-1:30 pm, Free, Center for Public Health Initiatives, 3417 Spruce St.

Join Forces with Eco-Nuns to Stop a Pipeline

Since 2014, Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP) has been fighting to stop the Atlantic Sunrise fracked gas pipeline. Since construction has started, LAP is now looking for new, creative strategies of resistance. The pipeline travels across multiple private properties. Among them is that of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a group of nuns that has challenged FERC on freedoms of religious grounds with hopes of stopping construction. Join the sisters and their supporters in solidarity at the Circuit Court of Appeals next Friday, where oral arguments for their case will be heard. Friday, January 19, 9 am-11 am, Free, 601 Market Street.

Resist. Persist. Rise

It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since the last Women’s March, the day after Pres. Trump’s inauguration galvanized a nation of women and those who respect them. This year, the theme is “We Resist. We Persist. We Rise,” a reference to so many good and bad moments of the last year—and to the hopes and work of the year ahead. Last year’s event drew around 50,000 people; this year might be even larger. If last year is any indication, it will be less about anger and more about hope, determination and community. The March will go from Logan Square to Eakins Oval. Saturday, January 20, 10:30 am-3 pm, Free, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Help the Homeless

Join forces with Hand ‘n’ Heart and its ally, Lowe’s Home Improvement, to provide comforting goodies and supplies to Kensington’s homeless. The organization is looking for volunteers to help make “Love bags,” which consist of  snacks, a drink, and resources, and to distribute them amongst needy individuals. Hot chocolate, clothing, blankets, gloves, and hats, will also be given out. Sunday, January 21, 9 am-12:30 pm, Free, Lowe’s Home Improvement, 3800 Aramingo Avenue.

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