Do Something: Paddleboard for Clean Water

This week, indulge in a vegan bake sale for immigrants, chow down on burgers for tenant's rights, and hop on a paddle board for clean water. Keep reading!

Do Something: Paddleboard for Clean Water

This week, indulge in a vegan bake sale for immigrants, chow down on burgers for tenant's rights, and hop on a paddle board for clean water. Keep reading!

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!


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Help your Monday go down in history by visiting the “Speaking Out For Equality” exhibit at the Liberty Bell Pavilion. The Independence National Historical Park and the William Way LGBT Community Center have teamed up for the cultivation of this exhibit that explores the relationship between the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall and the Annual Reminder demonstrations held every 4th of July at this location by some of the earliest LGBT activists between 1965 and 1969. Take this opportunity to juxtapose the movement’s current standing with that of its pioneers through archival footage from one of these early demonstrations. How much (or how little) progress have we made in the last half century? As the archetypal city for revolution and liberty, are we living up to the standard expected by our predecessors?  Find out at this exhibit, which will be on display until August 5th if you can’t make it today. Monday, July 16, 9am-7pm, Free, Liberty Bell Pavilion, North 6th Street & Market Street


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Do you have unused school supplies and want to put them to good use? Bring them to the Independence Beer Garden this Tuesday for the “ECS Young Friends: Fill the Bus Happy Hour” to help young Philadelphia students get the proper tools for academic success. And if the inherent joy of giving isn’t enough, donors will also receive a free drink courtesy of the Episcopal Community Services, Philadelphia (ECS). The ECS serves nearly 1,000 students citywide with programs like, Out of School Time, an award-winning after school enrichment program that provides elementary and middle school students with the necessary life skills to ensure a promising future for Philadelphia’s youth. For those who would like to make a contribution but cannot attend the event, the ECS has set up an Amazon Wishlist for remote donations. Tuesday, July 17, 5pm-8pm, Free, Independence Beer Garden, 100 S Independence Mall West


Reconsider preconceptions about marginalization with author Onnesha Roychoudhuri, who will be discussing ideas from her new book The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America. Roychoudhuri posits, despite what mainstream politics and the media tells us, divide-and-conquer techniques are not overcome through a singularity of identity politics, but rather through an acceptance of this plurality of identities. She will show that this diversity of identity has actually been the greatest strength for combatting marginalization and disenfranchisement throughout history. This discussion sets out to inspire hope for marginalized communities through the empowering idea that marginalized identities may in fact be the majority. Wednesday, July 18, 7pm-9pm, Free, Wooden Shoe Books and Records, 704 South Street


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Have a say in Philadelphia’s zoning policy! On Thursday Philly YIMBY (‘Yes In My Back Yard’) will be hosting its kick-off meeting where there will be a discussion on current zoning politics with the goal to maintain and bolster Philadelphia’s progressive strides in zoning reform, which is increasingly threatened by developers whose plans clash with Philadelphia’s ability to grow in a way that benefits all residents. Join Philly YIMBY and help create and uphold progressive zoning codes with livability, affordability and sustainability in mind. Thursday, July 19, 6pm-7pm, Free, Front Street Cafe, 1253 North Front Street


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Go against the current this Friday night at the Stand Up Paddle Boarding Cleanup of the Spruce Street Harbor. Aqua Vida, United By Blue and Clean Ocean Action have collaborated in organizing this fun and relaxing way to make a difference in the fight against water pollution by removing trash from the harbor while paddle boarding. The evening will begin on the dock with a 15-minute introduction to Philadelphia’s efforts to conserve and preserve our waterways, followed by a 45-minute stand up paddleboard cleanup of the harbor, and concluding with a 60-minute after party aboard a 30’ sailboat. Aqua Vida has already removed over 3,300 pounds of trash from Philadelphia’s waterways in only 16 cleanups, so if you’re looking for a way to combine a night out with an opportunity to make a noticeable difference, look no further! Friday, July 20, 6pm-8pm, Donation-based, Spruce Street Harbor, Penn’s Landing Marina


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This Saturday afternoon, enjoy lunch and live music in Clark Park while supporting tenants facing illegal eviction. Organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, the Movin’ On Out Cookout aims to raise money to assist the tenants of Admiral and Dorset Court who are being forced from their homes in a mass eviction. Help get these tenants back on their feet. All money raised goes toward this larger fundraiser’s goal of $1,500 to go directly to tenants being affected by this community crisis. Saturday, July 21, 12pm-4pm, $5-10 suggested donation, Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Avenue


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Don’t miss this opportunity for guilt-free pleasure at the Philly Vegan Bake Sale to Benefit Immigrant & Refugee Families. This collaborative effort from Maria Rose of Vegan Street, V Marks the Spot, and Tattooed Mom makes it easy to contribute to immigrant and refugee families; simply purchase your favorite cruelty-free pastries and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), a non-profit agency working to provide the legal support necessary for connecting these separated families. This event is open to patrons and volunteers of all ages who would like to bring justice to immigrant and refugee families without compromising animal life! Sunday, July 22, 2pm-5pm, Free, Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street

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