Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
This fall, Philadelphia officials traveled all the way to Denmark alongside the Knight Foundation, and came back with lessons on how to create an accessible, connected city for all ages right here in the City of Brotherly Love. Join Councilmember Helen Gym, Deputy Managing Director Michael Carroll, Waffiyyah Murray of Better Bike Share, Sarah Clark Stuart of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and Knight’s Patrick Morgan to learn and discuss what they saw, what they learned, and what it means for Philly. Monday, December 4, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm, Free, Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th Street.
Photo: skeeze via Pixabay (CCO)
What does it mean to be an ally? What does it mean to be in solidarity with an individual, a group, or a cause? At this event, the Civic House at Penn aims to define allyship and solidarity, and understand their meanings as they are used in the mainstream. The event facilitators will also attempt to deconstruct the so-called “Ally Industrial Complex”, and end the conversation with suggestions on how individuals can support marginalized groups and eradicate systematic oppression. Tuesday, December 5th, 6 pm-7:15 pm, Free, Civic House, 3914 Locust Walk.
Photo: Sgt. Debbie Lockhart
Every Christmas, Puerto Ricans all over the island and the world throw “parrandas”: To welcome the holidays, they show up to the homes of their loved ones to carol at strange times…AKA, 3 am. The unexpected parranda victims then join the group as they go to the next house. This year, Taller Puertorriqueño is hosting a parranda/party in honor of the hurricane victims on the island and to fundraise for them. The Noche de Paz (Silent Night) will also serve as a space of communion and healing for Puerto Ricans, who have been going through a difficult time because of Maria and Irma. Come join Philly Ricans in solidarity, donate your time and money, and get some great Boricua food while you are at it! Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30 pm-8 pm, Free, 2600 N. 5th Street.
The trans community often faces challenges when it comes to receiving comprehensive, positive healthcare. On Thursday, Naiymah Sanchez, the Transgender Advocacy Coordinator at ACLU Pennsylvania and Arissa Brown of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates will discuss ways in which we can take action to improve the healthcare situation of the Philly trans community. In addition, they’ll highlight ways people can help eradicate the barriers they face when accessing health services, jobs, housing, and other important resources. Thursday, December 7th, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Free, Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.
The United States represents 5 percent of the world’s population, but it holds 21 percent of the world’s incarcerated. The Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CABDI) has put together an event to discuss House Bill 135 and Senate Bill 942, two bills that aim to create reform to eliminate life without parole and death by incarceration in Pennsylvania. Discuss CABDI’s efforts with juvenile lifers, clergy, individuals who have lost loved ones to violence, State Senator Sharif Street, and State Representative Jason Dawkins. Friday, December 8, 6:15 pm-8:15 pm, Free, Kingsessing Recreation Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave.
Photo: Philadelphia Assembled
Philadelphia Assembled is an organization and art movement dedicated to telling the stories of the many “Philadelphias” that each of us carry within us. Through radical community building and active resistance, the organization is trying to collect the narratives of the city. Alongside the Philadelphia Museum of Art and affiliated individuals and groups, the project is organizing a series of events and methodologies to create a coherence and connections between the many perspectives and ideas in Philly. This weekend, Philadelphia Assembled will create a new color coding system for marginalized neighborhoods in the area, those “profiled by banks and developers and forgotten by city government.” Saturday, December 9, 10 am-12 pm, Free, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Photo: Ahimsa House
Creating community is an important tool for Philadelphians to use in order to create change in their neighborhoods and across the city. Join Maryam April from Philly Printworks, Timmy from A-Space, Meg from Ahimsa House Philly, Church of the Advocate, and Jess Marino from Space 2033 in a discussion about the ways in which Philly-based activists and community leaders create shared spaces. Vegetarian food will be provided, but feel free to bring a veggie-based dish or two. Sunday, December 10, 6:30 pm-8 pm, Free, Ahimsa House, 5007 Cedar Ave.