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Do Something: Support All Philadelphians

This week, we wrap up Women's History Month with panel discussions about women in leadership, celebrate trans week of visibility, and support Philly's muslim community!

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 and Empower the Black Working Class

The Uhuru Movement has launched a 12 city tour to start the conversation around The Black Power Blueprint, a campaign focused on building economic development programs for the black community in St. Louis. Come listen to Tiffany Murphy of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund and Jesse Nevel of the Uhuru movement in a conversation about how white folks can support the empowerment and self-determination of the black working class and the work that is already being done to support these communities. Monday, March 26, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Free, 838 N Broad St.

"New Congressional Map, Who Dis?"

What does PA’s new Congressional district map mean for local and national elections? Come find out in a conversation with Congressman Brendan Boyle, a Democrat who has previously represented PA’s 13th District. The conversation will encompass a variety of subjects, including: how the map impacts pivotal races across the state, what the implications of the PA Supreme Court decision that redrew the map mean, and how individuals can help democrats win congressional seats in the coming elections. Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, U-BAHN, 1320 Chestnut St.

Celebrate Philly’s Trans Community

The Mazzoni Center is organizing a Trans Week of Visibility to shine a light on Philadelphia’s vibrant trans community. Events include a trans leadership panel, self-care workshops, dinners, and more. On Wednesday, a panel of prominent Philly trans individuals will discuss ways to be and live more authentically to one’s true self. Check out the Mazzoni Center’s page for more details on the great lineup of events it has planned. March 26-March 31, N/A, Free, Various Locations.

Support Women’s Leadership

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Though feminist movements have fought and created access for femme identifying folks in the workplace, much still needs to be done to include women from all identities. Join the Penn Women’s Center, the Women of Fels, and Penn Democrats in an exciting conversation on women’s leadership in the public sector and how leadership must be intentionally intersectional. Panelists will include Philadelphia Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez,  Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission for Women Jovida Hill, Sr. Regional Field Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Association Danitra Sherman, Executive Director of Emerge PA Anne Wakabayashi, and Executive Director of She Can Win, Jasmine Sessoms. Thursday, March 29, 5:30 pm-7 pm, Free, Arch Building, 3601 Locust Walk

Support West Philly’s Muslim Community

In early February 2018, a small Islamophobic protest took place at the 43rd and Walnut mosque during Friday prayers. In response, join Kol Tzedek Synagogue and the West Philly Coalition Against Islamophobia to show solidarity for West Philly’s Muslim neighbors. Every Friday, the initiative will gather for a supportive counter presence in case anyone else shows up to cause problems. Can’t make it this Friday? This show of support and love is happening every Friday in the near future. BYO Signs with encouraging and positive messages. Friday, March 30, 1 pm-2 pm, Free, Masjid Al Jamia of Philadelphia, 4228 Walnut St.

Learn about Civil Rights Era Powerhouse

To close out Women’s History Month, the African American Museum is hosting scholar, author, and professor Gary L. Ford, Jr., whose work has focused on the life of Constance Baker Motley. Baker Motley was an African American woman and key litigator and legal strategist for landmark civil rights cases, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Birmingham Movement, the desegregation of the Universities of Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama, and more. She also represented Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., freedom riders, and sit-in protesters who were arrested and jailed. During the event, a documentary on her life will be screened. Saturday, March 31st, 1 pm, $7 General Admission and $5 Students, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.

Give an Animal in Need a Safe Home

Adopting an animal can be a big commitment, but it can also save the life of a pup or cat looking for a forever home. For Easter this year, ACCT Philly is organizing an adoption event for folks looking to add a furry family member to their packs. ACCT Philly has plenty of animals in need, so take the plunge and find your next pet this Sunday. Sunday, April 1, 10 am, Free, ACCT Philly, 111 W Hunting Park Ave.

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