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Do Something: Debate “Capitalism for Good” with the Citizen

This week, join us for a discussion about the "elite charade" with Anand Giridharadas, drink beer for spinal cord injury research, remember Syria, learn about Philly's opioid epidemic, and more!

Do Something: Debate “Capitalism for Good” with the Citizen

This week, join us for a discussion about the "elite charade" with Anand Giridharadas, drink beer for spinal cord injury research, remember Syria, learn about Philly's 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. Now get out and do something!

Drink Beers for Good

Bok Bar, South Philadelphia’s trendy rooftop bar on a former school building, is hosting a fundraiser for Cycle for Sci, an organization that aims to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries. The nonprofit is spearheaded by two young women, who are cycling 1,300 miles during late September and organizing events along the way. There will be snacks, music, beers, raffle prizers, and a photo booth. What better way to come “bok” to school than by helping others? Monday, September 3rd, 6 pm-10 pm, $40, Bok Bar, 900 Mifflin St. 

Support children with incarcerated parents

Eastern State Penitentiary might be notorious for having housed Al Capone, but the former most expensive prison also advocates for modern-day criminal reform. Tuesday’s talk by Adalist-Estrin and Charese Browning will talk about an often forgotten population in today’s conversation about the American prison system—children with incarcerated parents. Today 1 in 28 American children (about 2.7 million) has a parent in prison or jail. What are the specific needs of these children and their families? Join the conversation to find out. Tuesday, September 4th, 6 pm-7 pm, Free Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

Read Poems for America

Join Penn’s Kelly Writers House at its first event of the year, featuring readers from the anthology WHO WILL SPEAK FOR AMERICA?, a collection of books inspired by the January 2017 protests and the Writers Resist Movement.  Each reader will bring a new angle about contemporary American politics, society, and culture to the table. The eleven contributors participating are: Cynthia Arrieu-King, Cynthia Atkins, Herman Beavers, Stephanie Feldman, Airea D. Matthews, Liz Moore, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Nathaniel Popkin, Marc Anthony Richardson, Carlos José Pérez Sámano and Fran Wilde. Wednesday, September 5th, 6:00 pm, Free, Kelly Writers House,  3805 Locust Walk. 

Discuss "Capitalism for Good" with the Citizen

Join The Citizen for an evening with Anand Giridharadas, author of the provocative new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, and Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit behind the international B Corp movement of using business as a force for good. You can buy tickets here. Thursday, September 6th, 6 pm-8 pm,  $5 members & $10 nonmembers, Arch Street Presbyterian Church  1724 Arch St. 

Learn about Philly's Opioid Epidemic

Photo: Facebook

Philadelphia had an estimated 55,000 illicit intravenous drug users and an estimated 1,200 overdose deaths in 2017. This is occurring in the context of a massive drug epidemic that has hit the United States, where drug overdose deaths have risen almost 100 percent in the past decade. Join the weekend crowds on this month’s First Friday for “Kensington Blues,” a photo exhibit that centers around the experiences of the people who live in North Philly’s Kensington Avenue. There will also be a panel discussion with local folks who are working to address and eradicate the opioid epidemic that has struck Philadelphia and nationwide. Friday, September 7th, 6 pm-9 pm, Free, Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Ave. 

Remember Syria

Photo: Facebook

While people and the media have forgotten about Syria, its civil war continues to ravage its people, culture, and country. Bryn Mawr College, Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, and the Slought Foundation have organized a conversation this Saturday about the role of art in creating urgency and the human cost of violence and conflict. The event builds off the works of Tania El Khoury at the 2018 Fringe Festival, and will feature guest speakers, music and Syrian food. Political science professor Samer Abboud, refugee resettlement worker Mohammed Al-Juboori, live artist Tania El Khoury and collaborator Kinana Issa, and musicians Hafez Kotain and Jay Fluellen, will perform, with Hazami Sayed running the showas moderator. Saturday, September 8th, 2 pm-4 pm, Free with RSVP, Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut St. 

Downward Dog for Philly's Parks

Photo: Roots2Rise

Roots2Rise, a Philly-based yoga organization that makes yoga accessible to all, is offering a class to support programming in Philadelphia’s Public parks. Root2Rise co-founder and teacher Tim Wagner will lead attendees through an all-levels flow on Manayunk Bridge. Class proceeds will go towards helping Philadelphia Park and Recreation Facilities. BYOMat, and come strike a warrior pose for charity! Sunday, September 9th, 10 am, suggested $5 donation, Manayunk Bridge.

Photo Credits: Ted Talks

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