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Photo: Fred Hampton
Fred Hampton was many things: Controversial leader of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panthers, founder of a coalition of organizations that united African Americans, Puerto Ricans and whites together to fight oppression, a peacemaker among warring gang factions. He was, also, a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and the Chicago police, which killed him in a barrage of bullets in December, 1969, when he was just 21 years old. His fiance, eight months pregnant at the time and sleeping next to him, survived. To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton tells the story of this lesser-known Civil Rights martyr by imagining a stopped moment in time, using his own words to lay out his vision and analysis of America’s crisis of race—something strikingly relevant today. The play, part of the Iron Age Theatre’s Radical Thinkers series, runs through Sept. 28th. Opening night Wednesday September 6, 8 p.m., $20 at the door or through Fringe Box Office, Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square.
Photo: Via Flickr.
For Philadelphia progressives, one of the many disappointments of the November election has less to do with the new occupant of the White House, and more to do with a larger failure of politics: Getting enough people to the polls. That’s the impetus behind Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and NExT Philadelphia’s “Call to Action: Amplifying our Voice through the Ballot Box.” Part of the National Urban League Young Professionals #BounceBack initiative, the event intends to give attendees the tools to better encourage their friends to vote, educate them on the barriers to voting, and what they can do about that. Voting. It’s the only way forward. RSVP encouraged. Thursday, September 7, 6 – 8 p.m., free, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.
Photo: City of Philadelphia
Last spring’s primary election was not your last chance to vote this year. Your voice is still needed in November, when Philadelphians make their final choices for City Controller, District Attorney and judges. Your first chance to meet the candidates this fall comes on Saturday, at Mifflin Square Park, where Philly Set Go, Philadelphia 3.0, and Seamaac, Inc host a South Philly Voter Registration and Civics Event with DA candidates Larry Krasner and Beth Grossman; City Controller candidate Rebecca Rhynhart; and several judicial candidates. The event will also include a civics fair with various election-minded organizations, speeches from civic groups and individuals, including Cheri Honkala, and family-friendly snacks so you can bring the kids, too. It’s never too early to learn about voting! Saturday September 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free, 6th and Ritner streets.
Thinking about adopting a new pet, but not sure what kind, or where to find her? We have just the thing. Citizens For a No-Kill Philadelphia hosts its 8th annual With Love: Super Adoption Day, a festival of all things pet, featuring dozens of Philly-area animal rescues and vendors. Come for the cutes, leave with a cutie. Saturday, September 9, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 North 2nd Street.
Photo: Greenfest Philly
Philly will throw a block party for just about anything. And for the last 12 years, the Sunday after Labor Day has been devoted to one of the best: Greenfest Philly, the Clean Air Council’s annual celebration—and inculcation—of all things sustainable. The family-friendly part on Bainbridge Green features over 100 exhibits and vendors showcasing and selling eco products, organic eats, live music and kid activities—all for the purpose of making it easier for the upwards of 10,000 attendees to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Sunday September 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, Bainbridge Street between 3rd and 5th.