Do Something: Join The Citizen’s Civic Heroes Mural Tour

Celebrate civic heroes with Citizen editor Larry Platt and MAP's Jane Golden. Also, learn about DACA, feed the hungry and other ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

Do Something: Join The Citizen’s Civic Heroes Mural Tour

Celebrate civic heroes with Citizen editor Larry Platt and MAP's Jane Golden. Also, learn about DACA, feed the hungry and other 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 in our handy Do Something guides.

Fight Hunger

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September is Hunger Action Month, with several chances to help feed the one in five Philadelphians who go to bed hungry each night. Hunger-fighting organization Philabundance urges you to take action—volunteer, donate or advocate to help feed our neighbors in need. For ideas of how to get started, download Philabundance’s calendar of daily events, from following the group on Facebook, to signing up to harvest leftover crops at a local farm, to emailing your elected officials to help protect SNAP benefits. Continues all month, and (unfortunately) into the foreseeable future.

Save a Life

In 2016, there were 907 opioid related deaths in Philadelphia—a number expected to climb this year. Drastic measures—like a possible safe injection site, currently being considered—are clearly needed. Also needed: More people with the skills and tools to prevent an overdose death. That’s why Prevention Point Philadelphia is hosting a detailed training on the administration of Narcan, a life-saving medication for opioid users experiencing an overdose. No RSVP or Narcan kit is required to attend—just a desire to be a Good Samaritan if called on. Monday September 18th, 6:30 p.m.,  free, Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 801 S. 48th Street .

Bike, Drive and Walk

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What does a city truly balanced for cars, bikes and walkers look like? Join Metropolis Magazine and architecture firm KieranTimberlake for Pedestrians, Bikes, and Cars: Designing a Balanced Multi-Modal 21st Century City. The think tank discussion on how to adapt historic Philadelphia to the transportation needs of all residents will feature 5th Square co-chair Dena Ferrara Driscoll; University City District’s Andrew Stober; Alan Greenberger, Drexel University Architecture Design and Urbanism professor; and Sarah Clark Stuart of the Bicycle Coalition. The event is part of a continuing education program Metropolis takes to urban architecture firms throughout the country, later publishing the results for others to learn from. Tuesday, September 19th, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., free, Kieran Timberlake, 841 North American Street.

Understand DACA

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Pres. Trump’s early September decision to repeal or renegotiate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) added confusion to an already confusing landscape for the 800,000 Dreamers and their supporters. To help wade through that confusion, International House is hosting DACA: A Dying Dream? to explore the history of DACA, the ramifications and next steps of the Presidential decree. Multidisciplinary panelists include Alicia Kerber, head of the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia; Sarah Paoletti, director of the Transnational Legal Clinic at Penn Law School; Adam Solow, immigration attorney; and Anel Medina, DACA recipient. Wednesday, September 20th, 5:15 p.m.-7 p.m., free, South America Room of International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

Join The Citizen's Mural Arts Tour

Photo: Jack Ramsdale

The Citizen and Mural Arts Philadelphia invite you to a rare experience: A trolley tour hosted by Citizen Editor Larry Platt and MAP Executive Director Jane Golden. The tour of civic heroes is a chance to do many things at once: Visit or revisit some of the public art for which Philly is known; learn the history of some of the city’s citizen heroes; and support The Citizen in its second anniversary month. Tour is followed by light refreshments at The Citizen’s office at Industrious. Tickets are free for members who are shareholders—become a member or upgrade your membership today. Or, just buy a ticket and join the fun! Saturday, September 23rd, 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., free for some members/$40 for non-members, meet at Industrious, 230 South Broad Street. Seating is limited and trolley will leave promptly at 10.

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