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Today, Facebook and Twitter are more than just a place to witness your uncle’s political rants or share a photo of your “epic salad from @saladland.” Now, we can use these social media platforms to connect with friends, strangers, civic groups, and more in order to ignite engagement in our communities and encourage people to get involved in our political process. To do this, Represent PAC, an organization that helps women get a seat at the table, will be running Social Media Advocacy 101 to help influencers and newbies alike learn the tools and skills to engage meaningfully via social media and elicit change locally and globally. Wednesday, October 25, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., $25, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.
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Philadelphia Water Department, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and United by Blue are joining together to do some trash talking. At the historic Fairmount Water Works, community members will gather to discuss how the city government, the school district, and nonprofits are moving toward a Zero Waste city. The panel includes Dave Brindley (Not in Philly), Michelle Feldman (Keep Philadelphia Beautiful), Megan Garner (The School District of Philadelphia) and Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. Visitors will learn about ways they can get involved and create a cleaner and greener Philadelphia by connecting with 10 different environmental organizations. Participants are encouraged to come with questions. Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $10, Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive.
Join the Regional Foundation Center, the nonprofit resource center at the Free Library, for the October nonprofit job fair. Meet with nonprofit employers and local support agencies to talk about potential job openings and the work of important nonprofits throughout the city. Then, attendees and employers are welcome to continue conversations in the Parkway Central’s Skyline Room and Terrace for complimentary food and drinks. The Regional Foundation Center also offers research appointments, free workshops, and a weekly list of nonprofit job openings. Thursday, October 26, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., rree, Regional Foundation Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street.
Realizing a need for media that accurately tells the compelling story of underserved communities, and media makers who can craft that powerful narrative, the staff of the Movement Media Program (MMP) will host the “Stories That Change Our Times” screening. Led by the Movement Media Fellows Program, which is a community-led initiative in partnership with No215Jail Coalition, UNITE HERE, Philly SUN, and Atlantic City Citizens Against the State Takeover. The staff teams up with community members to create, and achieve local goals and initiatives, through a hands-ons learning experience in the practice of media organizing centered around economic, racial and environmental equity. Consider empowering the stories of individuals and communities by enjoying a night of original short films and refreshments, followed by a short panel conversation to meet the artist-activists behind scenes, all while supporting Arts and Culture and community led-campaigns for justice. Friday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., sliding scale of $5-$20, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street.
Philadelphians, take to the streets! Join in on Philly Free Streets for miles and miles of car-free streets next weekend. Throughout the planned closed off route from 3rd to 5th streets from Old City to Fairhill, participants can enjoy a variety of different activities like yoga, visits from Mural Arts Philadelphia, bike repairs and tune-ups, Pokemon GO experiences, and more. This people-powered initiative temporarily keeps gas guzzlers off the streets and invites people to walk, bike, and play across Philadelphia. Learn about what makes Philly green by visiting the Green City Activity Zone on N. 3rd St. & Germantown Ave., and watch Mayor Jim Kenney kick off the whole event at 9am at 3rd & Chestnut Street. Saturday, October 28, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., free, 3rd & Chestnut, through 5th & Indiana streets.
Each year women from all over travel to Philly to attend the Original Million Woman March, for Justice for Women and Girls of African Descent. This year the Million Woman March Group, with chapters in 10 different states, celebrates its 20th reunion. The first Million Woman March was organized on October 25, 1997 on the Ben Franklin Parkway with an estimated attendance of 2.5 million attendees. The program will include motivational speeches, music, prayer, a pageant style event, and an anti-gentrification conference. Attendees will learn about the successes, challenges, opportunities and solutions to promote development and combat inequities for women of color. Sunday, October 29, all day, free, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, walk begins at City Hall, 15th and Market St.