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Do Something: Make Your Next Protest Sign

Signs of Solidarity hosts its second protest-sign-making workshop. Plus, take a silent walking tour of a recycling plant, participate in Walk for Hunger and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week

Do Something: Make Your Next Protest Sign

Signs of Solidarity hosts its second protest-sign-making workshop. Plus, take a silent walking tour of a recycling plant, participate in Walk for Hunger and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week

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. And find more evergreen ways to get engaged—from helping local schools and fighting homelessness to greening up your neighborhood—in our Do Something guides.

Get Out and Walk—For Good and For Fun

  • Bright and early Tuesday morning, Global Citizen leads its 10th annual Bridge Walk for Peace across Ben Franklin Bridge to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Afterward, the group heads to Historic Saint George’s United Methodist Church for coffee and a discussion about the current state of race relations in the community. 6 a.m. (walk), 7:30-8 a.m. (meeting), free, meet on the Camden side of Ben Franklin Bridge. 
  • The Coalition Against Hunger‘s Walk Against Hunger takes place at Lincoln Financial Field this year, where participants will get to walk around the track surrounding the Eagles’ playing field. There’s still time to register for the event, which raises funds for more than 100 hunger-fighting organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Among those beneficiaries is The Food Trust, Philabundance and the SHARE Food Program. If you can’t actually get out to walk, you can do your part by donating to a team hereApril 8, 8-10:30 a.m., 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way. 

Spruce Up Our Neighborhoods

  • Neighbors in Northern Liberties are banding together to save a significant swath of unkempt green space on the 800 block of North Orkney Street. To have a say in what happens to the land—whether it becomes a park, a playground, a dog park or all three—show up at the Northern Liberties Community Center on Tuesday night where residents are gathering to brainstorm ideas about ways to best utilize the land. April 4, 7 p.m., free, Third and Fairmount streets. 
  • As part of its Conversations series, Moore College of Art and Design’s Planning for the Future: Place Breaking to Place Keeping discussion features a panel of experts talking about the benefits of combining community development with the arts. The panelists will provide updates on three projects currently taking place in communities across Philly where urban planners are working with artists and community members to create healthier, more thriving neighborhoods. April 6, 6:30-8 p.m., free, 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 
  • Grab a garbage bag and a pair of gloves to take part in the 10th annual Philly Spring Cleanup. It’s exactly like it sounds: You and some friends pick a spot in the city, whether it’s your block, a community park or a filthy street in Center City, and pick up all the trash you can find. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of it. April 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

See Art and Trash Co-Mingle

  • Mural Arts and Signs of Solidarity—the group that organized the hanging of all those love-promoting banners around Philadelphia on Inauguration Day—host their second event in a series of workshops that bring together activist types to create protest signs out of recycled materials. This go-round of Art of the Protest is hosted by artist Martha Rich, who will provide creative instruction as you build your next rally sign. Materials are provided by “creative reuse center” Resource Exchange. If you can’t make this one, Signs of Solidarity hosts another sign-making workshop on May 1 at the Kimmel Center. April 8, 2-4 p.m., free, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street. 
  • Join Philadelphia Contemporary and Headlong for a Silent Walking Tour of RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residence), a construction waste recycling facility in northeast Philadelphia. The plant processes 350 tons of demolition waste and recycling materials each day. With the great Delaware River in the background, “The Quiet Circus: River Charrette” participants stroll past sorting piles of waste and operation facilities, getting a unique, juxtaposed view of both the processed and natural environments that make up our city. An interactive performance dialogue with RAIR co-founder Billy Dufala operating a five-ton waste excavator. April 8, 4 p.m., free, 7333 Milnor Street. 

Brainstorm Solutions for Low-Income Philadelphians

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  • The Temple University Office of Sustainability hosts an open panel discussion about the issue of student food insecurity. A recent survey from the the College and University Food Bank Alliance found that 48 percent of survey respondents said they don’t have reliable access to sufficient amounts of affordable, nutritious food. This panel will explore student food banks as an option for providing adequate amounts of nutritious food to students in need, and features people who have organized food pantries at other nearby colleges like West Chester University, Rutgers and Stockton University. The topic also touches on a story we recently published about establishing “anonymous food pantries” to rid the stigma of searching for free food—a problem that keeps some people from utilizing these kinds of services available to them. Read more about that here. April 6, 5:30-7 p.m., free, The Rad Dish, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue. 
  • Worshipping place / community center First Unitarian Church teams up with around a dozen local organizations for a forum on ending the cash bail system in Philadelphia. The process, organizers say, is unconstitutional because it targets low-income individuals who often face job loss or even eviction because they can’t afford bail. Thursday’s discussion centers around a $3.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation that organizers of the event say should be used to revamp the city’s “current outmoded and unfair bail system.” April 6, 7-9 p.m., free, 2125 Chestnut Street.
Header photo by Signs of Solidarity

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