Do Something: March for Women

This week is about social movements, for women, African Americans and workers. Support a cause that matters to you—and have fun doing it

Do Something: March for Women

This week is about social movements, for women, African Americans and workers. Support a cause that matters to you—and have fun doing it

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!

Explore Philly Through Food

Are you a foodie on a budget? Then you know Center City District Restaurant Week is for you. Starting Monday, enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 or dinner for $35 at more than 100 restaurants which span cultures, flavors and atmospheres. Sunday, January 13 though Friday, January 25, $20 – $35, participating restaurants.

Paint For the Pups

Photo: Eventbrite

Join Urban Village Brewing Company to help change the life of an animal in need on Tuesday. First, your $25 ticket will get you food and drink and specials at the Northern Liberties brew pub. Then, you’ll get painting supplies and a master class with an artist who will teach you how make your very own masterpiece. Proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia’s Morris Animal Refuge, which is dedicated to helping the homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets in the Philly region. Tuesday, January 15, 6 pm-8 pm, $25, Urban Village Brewing Company, 1001 N 2nd St.

Read With Your Neighbors

The Free Library of Philadelphia kicks off the annual One Book, One Philadelphia on Wednesday, launching another citywide book club to spark conversation, community and literacy. This years pick: Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Ward read from the book, and have a discussion with WURD radio President and CEO Sara Lomax-Reese. Afterward, Philadelphia composer Elizabeth Younan will perform an original piece, and Ward will stick around for book signings. Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 pm, Free, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Explore Faith and Race

How does race and racism inform religion? How, in a city diverse and divided, can communities of faith be part of the solution? Interfaith Philadelphia, NewCORE (New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity) and WHYY are bringing together prominent local religious leaders to address these issues, through stories about how race and racism affect the communities they lead.  Moderated by Reverend Steven Lawrence, the pane will include Rev. Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport, bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rabbi David Straus of Main Line Reform Temple; Rev. Bonnie Camarda, director of Partnerships for The Salvation Army in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware; Sheikh Anwar Muhaimin, Senior Imam at Masjid Quba. The event will include a reception and a chance for attendees to share their own stories. Thursday, January 17, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Free, WHYY, 150 N. 6th St.

See Ferguson on Film

Kick off Martin Luther King weekend at the African American Museum, with a free screening of Whose Streets?, a documentary about the protests in Ferguson, MO, after the police killing of Michael Brown, followed by a discussion with media personality, Stephanie Renee. Then come back over the weekend for a series of family-friendly events exploring the relationship between current and former social justice movements, and the news media. And take some time to check out the museum’s permanent collection while you’re there. Admission all weekend is just $2—so now’s your chance. Friday, January 18th, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Free with registration, 701 Arch Street.

March for Women

The Women’s March is making its third annual comeback this Saturday in Philadelphia and around the world. The march first gathered two years ago, making headlines as one of the biggest protests in American history. This year continues the mission of the Women’s March to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures, and spawning new grassroots activists and organizers to engage in their local communities. For more details including route map & contact info, visit the organizers Facebook page. Saturday, January 19, 10 pm-2 pm, Free, 1700 Ben Franklin Parkway.

Learn about working class movements

Is socialism the answer to our current political and economic state? Are you curious about what the term means, and how it might apply to your civic activism? The Philly Socialists are hosting a study club to explore just these ideas. For the next few months, the group will read and discuss the book Can the Working Class Change the World?published by Michael D. Yates, editor of socialist magazine The Monthly Review, in October. For this first session, come prepared to discuss the first two chapters, but even those who have not read it are welcome to join in. Sunday, January 20, 12 pm-1:30 pm, Free, Jerry’s Bar, 2341 N. Front St.

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