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Do Something: Stand Up for Clean Air

This week, help rescue animals, speak up for clean air, support Philadelphia's Muslim community, 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! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.

Support Local Music and Local Animal Rescues

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Make Monday night a pawty night with Concrete Jungle Rescue. The animal rescue organization is hosting a family-friendly fundraiser featuring bowling, food, games, and raffles at North Bowl retro bowling alley. The night will culminate with a special performance from local rock band Canyon Ride. Fathers get free admission, so bring your family for a night of rock, recreation, and raising money for rescue animals. Click here to make your $30 donation and gain admission to the event. Monday, June 25, 6 pm-9 pm, $30, North Bowl, 909 N 2nd Street.

Celebrate Writers Who Resist

Celebrate the release of Who Will Speak for America?, a collection of literary protest and writings on contemporary American politics and society, with an array of celebrated writers. Nancy Hightower, Ken Kalfus, Bassey Ikpi, and more will be reading from the multi-faceted compilation of poetry, fiction, essays, and art, giving the audience an immersive way to first experience the sensational and necessary reaction to the volatile state of the nation. Hosts suggest bringing a $5 donation to benefit St. Francis Inn, an organization which aids people experiencing homelessness in Kensington, or buying a copy of the newly-released book to benefit the Southern Poverty Law CenterTuesday, June 26, 7 pm-10 pm, $5 donation suggested, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th Street.

Defend Your Right to Clean Air

Join Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown in advocating for environmental protections. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is placing industry standards for vehicles under review, and may lift environmentally-friendly regulations under President Donald Trump’s encouragement. Moms Clean Air Force and PennEnvironment are holding a public forum to archive Philadelphians’ ideas and opinions regarding these potential changes in regulations and sending them directly to the EPA. Don’t miss the chance to speak up for clean air in Philadelphia before it’s too late. Click here to register prior to the event. Wednesday, June 27, 5 pm-7 pm, Free, Philadelphia City Council Chambers (Room 400), 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Learn About The US in Guantanamo Bay

Debi Cornwall’s exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center joins activism and art in her documentation of American power following 9/11. While her exhibition will last through August 25th, this Thursday, she will personally be joined by Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi, activist Emily Abendroth, and moderator Fred Ritchin for a discussion of the relevancy of her work in holding the United States accountable for its actions. Register here to experience Cornwall’s skillful range of satire to empathy in her revolutionary work. Thursday, June 28, 6 pm-8 pm, Free, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N American Street Suite 103.

Show Your Support for Muslim Philadelphians

Following a hateful protest outside Masjid Al-Jamia in February 2018 and a general rise in Islamophobic sentiments throughout the nation, the Kol Tzedek Synagogue and the West Philly Coalition Against Islamophobia have organized in front of the mosque weekly during Friday prayers to demonstrate their support for their Muslim neighbors. Come equipped with supportive signs and sentiments and join both organizations in their final gathering this Friday. Friday, June 29, 1 pm-2 pm, Free, Masjid Al-Jamia of Philadelphia, 4228 Walnut Street.

Support Athletes with Disabilities

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Watch the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals and support a good cause. Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast will be raising money for their programs by hosting a tailgate party with music, food, and games. Later, join the group to watch the game and the last night of fireworks for the summer. Call (215) 463-5000 and give them the code AWDN to purchase your fantastic seats in section 235-237. Go Phillies! Saturday, June 30, 12 pm-10 pm, $43, Citizen’s Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.

BYO Pup for a Good Cause

Give your dog (and yourself) a brunch-y treat at Square 1682 this weekend. The restaurant is offering patio seating for human and canine guests, and for every dish or cocktail you purchase, $1 will be donated to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Sunday, July 1, 8 am – 2:30 pm, Square 1682 Restaurant, 121 S 17th Street.

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