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Do Something: Listen to Survivors

This week, learn more about mandatory sentencing through film, hear Philly's best performers on stages across the city, march to put an end to rape culture everywhere, 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!

Use Your Vote To Help End Climate Change

Among Millennials, 85 percent believe that climate change is a problem that demands immediate action, but only 20 percent voted during the 2014 midterm elections. That’s why Temple University, Defend Our Future and PennFuture’s Green in 18′ program will host a stand-up press conference calling on young people to #VoteClimate. The conference feature the voices of elected officials like Congressman Dwight Evans, voting experts like Professor David Nickerson, and local student leaders on how young Americans can vote to end climate change. Monday, September 24, 2 pm-3 p.m, Free, Temple University 1801 N Broad St.

View A Mandatory Film

Mandatory minimum sentencing is a large part of why the United States has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of those who are incarcerated. This Tuesday at the Temple Law School, an airing of “The Sentence” will deep dive into this startling statistic. Hosted by FAMM, the Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU, and other organizations, the film—which won the 2018 Sundance Audience Award for Documentary Filmfollows Cindy Shank, mother of three, serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. Filmed over the course of 10 years by Cindy’s brother, the film is an intimate portrayal of the devastating consequences mandatory minimums had on the Shank family, and through it, a reflection of the many families experiencing the same. The airing is followed by a panel and Q&A with the film’s director, Rudy ValdezTuesday, September 25, 6 pm-9 pm, Free, Temple Law School, Klein Hall, Room K1E, 1719 N Broad St.

Hear How Philly's Combatting Addiction

As the opioid crisis continues to touch every corner of Philadelphia, State Senator Anthony Williams and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus are hosting an open-house to do their part in combatting it, while encouraging others to do the same. The event, which will take place in the Francis J Myers Recreation Center in the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Kingsessing, will provide information about certified addiction treatment centers, group or individual counseling services, and low-cost legal help. Wednesday, September 26, 6 pm-9 pm, Free, Francis J Myers Recreation Center, 5800 Kingsessing Ave

Make Your Community Close Knit

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Close to 600 Philadelphians aged 13 to 25 were homeless and unaccompanied on a single night in August of 2016. As winter approaches, many of these homeless youths will be out in the streets in the cold, which is why the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, in partnership with the Urban Affairs Coalition, will host their annual day-long “knit-in.” Participants will knit mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for the teens in Philadelphia’s homeless shelters. This is a BYO knitting supplies event. Thursday, September 27, 10 am-2 pm, Free, Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 JFK Blvd.

Get to the Very, Very Local Gig

Starting on Friday and running through the weekend, three locations across the city  are hosting a three day music fest, but here’s the kicker: all of the bands and artists performing hail from Philly! On Thursday head on over to Johnny Brenda’s, go to World Cafe Live at WXPN on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday it’ll be at Milkboy on ChestnutThe festival is founded, produced and curated by Greg Seltzer, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, who started the fest last year as a way to route money to local musicians and local music education charities like the Settlement Music School and Rock To The Future. Did we mention that all of the cocktails and brews on tap are also local? Friday-Sunday, September 28-30, TIMES VARY EACH DAY, $15-$30 day passes (depending on venue), Johnny Brenda’s: 1201 Frankford Ave, World Café Live: 3025 Walnut St, Milkboy: 1100 Chestnut St

March To End Rape Culture

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Rain or shine, hundreds will be marching through the streets of Philadelphia to speak out against rape culture. The March to End Rape Culture (#MTERC) is an annual occasion for Philadelphians to learn about systemic sexual violence and what is being done to end it. The event is open to both survivors of abuse and their advocates, to not only come together to speak out and be heard, but also connect with a wide variety of local activists, resource groups, and on-site therapists. Speakers will include LaQuisha Anthony, founder and CEO of V.O.I.C.E, Milan Nicole Sherry of GALAEI, as well as poets and local youth speakers. Remember: it’s B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Poster). Saturday, September 29, 11 am-2:30 pm, Free, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd

Take A Step Toward Ending Cancer

One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old. In Philadelphia, many children who are diagnosed are treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where world-class oncologists, surgeons, and staff fight for their survival. On Sunday, CHOP will be hosting its annual Parkway Run & Walk where cancer survivors, their families, and hundreds of supportive Philadelphians run to raise money for cancer research. If you are without a team, you can join dozens of different groups who are running in the names of friends and family who battled cancer: like 4-year old “Super D,” 6-year old Maren, and others. With every step, you are fighting cancer. Sunday, September 30, 7 am, See Event Site for Ticket Info, Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Photo: Steve Rainwater via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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