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Do Something: Speak Up, Be Heard

This week, join a rally for clean air, sleep outside and fundraise for youth, then spend your Saturday adopting dogs with an epic Philly view.

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.

Stand with women

Throughout history, strong female voices have fought for equality, from the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls to today’s #MeToo movement. Join Amanda Owen, the executive director of the Justice Bell Foundation; Jean Hunt, a leader at the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women; and Salima Suswell, a Philadelphia Women’s March Organizer to celebrate a proud history of empowered women. Owen, Hunt, and Suswell will offer their personal experiences in leading a discussion about embracing intersectionality as a framework for understanding power. Monday, March 19, 6 pm–8:30 pm, Free, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 

Rally for clean air

Photo: via: CNN

As the first day of Spring approaches and we begin to emerge from Winter hibernation, it’s time to make sure the air we breathe is clean and healthy. However, one out of every four days in Philadelphia is considered a “bad air day,” or days when air is not entirely safe to breathe. Join PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council, Moms Clean Air Force, Philadelphia City Council members and healthcare professionals for a rally to work toward fixing this issue. Individuals from these organizations and others will be speaking to inspire change.Tuesday, March 20, 12 pm-1 pm, Free, Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 

Demand gun reform

Last Wednesday, thousands of students from all over the region walked out of their schools to protest inaction on gun control. Keep this movement alive by joining Demand the Ban for a peaceful protest to end gun violence. Demand the Ban is a coalition of advocates in the region who are working to ban semi-automatic assault weapons nationwide. Before the protest, they will reveal a project in which an assault weapon was welted and repurposed into a “symbol of life.” Wednesday, March 21, 10 am-2 pm, Free, 320 Arch St.

Voice your concern

Are you a West Philadelphia resident who thinks public safety is an issue in your community? If so, the Philadelphia Police Department is hosting an event to hear your concerns. Come to the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas to join the conversation and identify issues you see in your community. Then, work to discuss strategies for solutions. Thursday, March 22, 7 pm-8 pm, Free, The Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave. 

Sleep outside, support homeless youth

This year, 4.2 million kids will face homelessness in America––a statistic that Covenant House, a homeless shelter for young people, is raising awareness for. Over the weekend the team at Covenant House is asking Philadelphians to raise money for the shelter and spend a night sleeping outdoors in a safe location. They say the “Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless or about facing the life-or-death dangers of youth who live every day on the streets. It’s an act of solidarity and simple kindness.” Grab a sleeping bag or blankets and join the Philadelphia chapter as part of the Sleep Out Movement, and sleep outside for one night so kids don’t have to. Friday March 23-Saturday March 24, 7 PM-7 AM, Free, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.

Adopt a pet, see all of Philly

On National Puppy Day, spend time with dogs while overlooking the city. The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) will be holding the first-ever adoption event on the 57th floor of One Liberty Observation Deck. PAWS is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless animals. Since they started in 2006, nearly 40 percent fewer animals have entered city shelters, but there is still more to do. So come meet your new best friend and enjoy the view. Saturday, March 24, 11 am-3 pm, Free, One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St.

Eat Dessert, Talk About Food Justice

Join Repair The World: Philadelphia, a non-profit organization looking to engage young adults on issues like education and food justice, for a sampling of desserts made by Fran Costigan, a renowned pastry chef. Complementing the desserts will be a discussion about food justice in Philadelphia, where 19.4 percent of people face food insecurity. Space is limited so reserve a ticket soon. Sunday, March 25, 1 PM-3:30 PM, Free, Repair The World: Philadelphia, 4029 Market St.

Photo: Stacie DaPonte via Flickr

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