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Do Something: Let’s Talk About Guns and Health

Learn how gun violence is a national health epidemic and what we can do about it. Plus, learn to win elections, talk gentrification, and more ways to be an outstanding citizen this week.

Do Something: Let’s Talk About Guns and Health

Learn how gun violence is a national health epidemic and what we can do about it. Plus, learn to win elections, talk gentrification, and more ways to be an outstanding citizen this week.

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here. And find more evergreen ways to get engaged in our handy Do Something guides

Cut Down Landfill, Clean Out Your Closet

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About 13 million pounds of clothes are sent to landfills or incinerators every year. That’s 85 percent of Americans’ jeans, t-shirts, and old socks sitting at a disposal site rather than being reused or reprocessed. As summer (finally) winds down and people start reorganizing closet space for those bulky sweaters and mismatched gloves, consider taking unwanted bags of clothes to the Pop-Up Clothing Swap hosted by Penn Green Campus Partnership, as part of their ReThink Your Footprint campaign. Penn Green Campus asks that participants bring at least one item to swap if you are planning to take an item, and anything leftover will be donated to Goodwill. They accept clean, dry, wearable clothing, shoes, socks and accessories. The ReThink Your Footprint campaign is centered around ways to promote waste minimization efforts and to ask Philadelphians to get involved in happenings across the city throughout the month of October. Wednesday, October 18th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., free, University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street. 

Support the mission to end homelessness

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission has worked to support the homeless population of Philadelphia since 1878 and is home to the largest emergency shelter and recovery mission in the city. This week, they continue their efforts with a movie screening of the film Same Kind of Different as Me based on the New York Times bestselling book cowritten by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The film is based on true events involving Hall and a homeless man. The screening will be followed by an address by Sunday Morning Breakfast Mission’s Executive Director/CEO Richard McMillen on how you can become involved. Wednesday, October 18th. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m., free but reserve tickets, United Artists Theatres, Riverview Plaza 17, 1100-1400 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

Win a "winnable" election

Grassroots political organizing among young people in Philadelphia and across the country has seen a dramatic bump within the last year. Regardless of how or why, young people getting involved in their city’s politics will help encourage a more engaged environment and amplify more voices. This Wednesday, the groups Millenials In Action, Philadelphia 3.0, and Young Involved Philadelphia will host State of Young Philly: Ward Politics 101. The event is meant to steer young politicians to “the smallest, most winnable elections that matter: the 2018 committeeperson races.” Committeepeople represent their immediate neighborhoods and are elected every four years, with the next election coming up in May 2018. Presenters to help engage the audience in discussion, questions, and action include Dave Davies (WHYY), Jen Devor (36th Ward Committeeperson), Felicia Harris (Influencing Action Movement), Anthony Bellmon (61st Ward Committeeperson, Millenials In Action), Ted Smith (44th Ward Committeeperson, Millenials In Action). Attendees will learn about why ward organizations still matter, tips and strategies, and how to do the job well while making a difference in their community. Wednesday, October 18th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, Field House, 1150 Filbert Street. 

Learn How Gun Violence is a Health Epidemic

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Over 30,000 deaths in America are from gun-related homicides and suicides each year. How can we use this data on gun violence to inform the causes of—and solutions for—this public health crisis? That’s the question Penn’s Susan B. Sorenson has been asking for decades, and it takes on new resonance after the  recent events in Las Vegas. On Thursday,  Sorenson talks with Franklin Institute Chief Bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das about the epidemiology and prevention of gun violence as part of the the Franklin Institute Speaker Series. Learn about common misconceptions around firearm use, the societal influences on violence, practical strategies for prevention, and how a novel partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department could be a nationwide model for the future. Thursday, October 19th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, The Franklin Institute 271 North 21st Street.

Let's talk about gentrification

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What is gentrification? What does it mean for Philadelphians of every stripe? How does the displacement of communities change the city? And what can be done about it? Philadelphia Assembled is hosting a day-long seminar on Saturday to explore the impacts and history of gentrification in Philadelphia, with an art workshop in the morning and a teach-in in the afternoon. During the seminar, participants will have the chance to voice their questions, concerns, and personal stories. Tacked onto the tail end of both the Workshop and the Teach-In will be a Call to Action with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project. Saturday, October 21st, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, Perelman Building, 2540 Meredith Street. 

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