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If you do only one thing on this list this week, choose this one. Vote! The Pennsylvania primary is Tuesday May 16, and there are a host of crucial seats on the ballot, including District Attorney of Philadelphia, City Controller and more judges seats than you can shake a gavel at. We have put together a thorough voting guide that will get you up to date on the election and all the offices you’ll be voting on. Heck, take it with you inside the voting booth as a guide. We’ve also teamed up with the Pamela + Ajay Raju Foundation to offer voters an extra incentive for going to the polls this Tuesday: a voter lottery. One lucky and randomly selected person in the city will become $5,000 richer just for voting. It could be you. Get more information on that here. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Make sure you’re going to the right place by checking with the state. Happy voting!
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Philadelphia-based organization United By Blue hosts one of its cleanup events this Tuesday, this time tackling the banks of the mighty Delaware River. Those interested are asked to meet the group at Penn Treaty Park for two hours of litter removal. Afterward, join your fellow cleaners at Fette Sau for food, free wine and high fives for a job well done. Clothing and gear company United By Blue has been dedicated to cleaning up and preserving the environment since 2010, removing a pound of trash for every product sold. The company has so far removed a total of 995,291 pounds of trash across 26 states. Tuesday, May 16, 5-7 p.m., free, Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach Street.
The Pepsi Protest at City Hall this week takes a tongue-and-cheek jab at the Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial that ruffled feathers—and was subsequently pulled from the air—for trivializing Black Lives Matter and the issue of police brutality. Organized by local performance art troupe Creatures of the Night, the event calls on folks to come with Pepsi in hand and ready to protest anything that happens to be nagging at them that day—whether it be Trump, the Soda Tax, war, whatever. “We will be using the power of Pepsi to solve all of the world’s problems and injustices by using the refreshing soft drink as a [segue] of peace and prosperity,” writes a cheeky organizer on the events Facebook page. Wednesday, May 17, 1:23-4:56 p.m., free, City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
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Award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal gets screen time in Philadelphia this Wednesday. The documentary explores gender inequality in the United States through the lens of some of our top women’s right activists, like Linda J. Wharton (pictured), former managing attorney at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, who will be in attendance at this screening. Your $10 ticket includes a selection of light bites and wine at a social hour starting at 5:30. The film kicks off at 6:25. Wednesday, May 17, 5:30-8 p.m., $10, New Century Trust, 1307 Locust Street.
The annual Bike to Work Day returns to Philadelphia this Friday, when citizens across the city are encouraged to ditch their cars, grab a helmet and pedal their way to the office. Hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP), the event seeks to promote a long list of reasons why biking is superior to other forms of transportation—from its ability to save the earth by reducing harmful emissions to the myriad health benefits for cyclers. Look out for Energizer Stations around the city in the morning where you can fuel up on java and snacks from The Last Drop, La Colombe and Snap Kitchen, and even grab a bouquet of flowers for your handlebar basket. Go here for more information on where to find these stations and details about ways you can volunteer. Be sure to share your experience on social media using #BikeToWorkPHL. Friday, May 19, all day, your favorite bike lane.