Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.
Talk Democracy Now!
Author and social change activist Amy Goodman comes to the Free Library with her new book, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, which celebrates people who have inspired change over the past two decades. Her indie news program Democracy Now! is a favorite among those craving a deeper look at issues that are underreported in the media. She is also the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, which honors those who have impacted social transformation. Should be a powerful afternoon of discussion about our favorite topic—civic engagement. Monday, May 23, noon, free, Central Branch of the Free Library, 1901 Vine Street.
Be a Man
Men Can is a new public awareness initiative that encourages guys to take a stand in the fight against domestic violence. The creator of the project, Lutheran Settlement House, is looking to expand the program’s steering committee, so this week they’re hosting an open house to recruit new members who can help guide programming and come up with ways to reach more men in Philadelphia. It’s an innovative, excellent cause that will earn you serious brownie points from any lady in your life. Learn more and RSVP here. Can’t make it that night? Contact organizer Beth Stelson at [email protected] or by calling 267-761-2240. Wednesday, May 25, 6-7:30 p.m., free, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.
Try All the Guacamoles
Few things are more delicious than a big ol’ bowl of guacamole—unless, of course, it’s nearly a dozen bowls of guacamole. This Thursday, 11 local restaurants will bring their best versions of the creamy treat to Morgan’s Pier for MANNA’s annual Guac Off. The competition benefits the nonprofit’s mission to deliver nourishing meals to people in the Philadelphia area who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses like cancer and HIV. Your $35 ticket gets you unlimited tastings of chips and guac, and the chance to booze it up on the Delaware for a good cause. Thursday, May 26, 6-9 p.m., $35, Morgan’s Pier, 221 North Columbus Boulevard.
Fight Pet Cancer
Love walking or running for charity, but get a little creeped out in big crowds? Morris Animal Foundation has a compromise for you. The nonprofit is hosting a “virtual walk” throughout the week that gives you a chance to walk, run or do cartwheels wherever you want to raise funds to fight pet cancer. All you do is register to walk solo or with a team, put out a call to friends to donate and then you decide where you accomplish your stroll. Every single dollar you raise will be matched up to $50,000. Don’t have time to walk? You can donate to the cause right here. A local group, Z Dog: Philly’s Pet Care, is walking on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. Give to them here.
Stitch a Line for Reproductive Rights
Sometimes the most subtle approaches to pushing for change can have the greatest impact. Think of the AIDS Quilt and how it helped people visualize the gross number of lives that were lost to the disease in the ’80s and ’90s. In that same vein, Brooklyn artist Chi Nguyen is creating her own quilt, in response to the June 2nd Supreme Court decision that could shut down all abortion care providers in Texas. Called the 5.4 Million and Counting project, her quilt is covered in tally marks that represent every woman whose right to a safe and legal abortion is at risk. To complete the quilt, she’s holding stitch-ins across the country to collect swatches for a larger quilt that will be displayed at a Supreme Court rally the day case is heard. Philly’s stitch-in is Sunday, at the adorable Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop in Northern Liberties. If you can’t make it and still want to take part, go here to learn how to stitch and contribute your swatch from home. Sunday, May 29, 4-7 p.m., The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, 713 North 4th Street.
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