PNN Newsletter: Earth Day Events, Election Kickoff, Rental Assistance, and More…
There’s a lot going on in the coming week, starting this weekend tabling for environmental justice. Then on Thursday, you can join a picket line to protest the SEPTA gas plant or join any of a number of Earth Day events. We’ll be kicking off our Election season the following Saturday with a Knock & Drop in your neighborhood. You can also apply for rental assistance, join an Action Committee or petition City leaders to tax the rich.
Join Our Election Kickoff, Saturday, April 24th
10AM-Noon, 5535 Lena Street
Join us next Saturday at the Art Studio at 5535 Lena Street starting at 10AM to collect your materials to knock doors and distribute flyers in your neighborhood.
Endorsed Common Please candidate Caroline Turner will be joining us to introduce herself and then go out to doors with us, so come over and say hello.
We know we’re still not out of the woods with the pandemic, so we’re going to do this easy lift – we’re going to put a flyer at every door to make sure that everyone has the information they need to vote in the primary. And we’ll provide them with our recommendations on the candidates and ballot measures. The flyer will also show them how they can join neighbors in one of our Action Committees to build power around issues they care about.
Knock & Drop Your Neighborhood: You can make a big impact in this low-turnout election by distributing a flyer to the doors of your neighbors in the few blocks around your home. If we all take an afternoon to do this work we can, together, turn out more votes than expected and win this election. Let’s not sit home while the other side organizes.
PNN Endorsements & Larry Krasner Answers Questions
In case you missed it, PNN released its Endorsements for the Primary Election – lots of good information on the candidates and ballot questions. Since Mail-In ballots are now being mailed, we urge you to read our recommendations before voting.
We had a great call with District Attorney Larry Krasner on Tuesday, but time limits constrained us from getting to all the questions posed by participants. So Larry took some time to answer questions we did not get to in the chat. Click the link to hear his answers.
Picket for Environmental Justice on Earth Day, April 22nd!
Thursday April 22nd, 5-7PM, Wissahickon and Roberts Avenues
PNN’s Environment Action Committee joins Neighbors Against the Gas Plants to invite you to a socially distanced, creative picket line along the fence of SEPTA’s Midvale property to say, “Restoring the Earth Starts Here!”
We’re going to tell SEPTA and the City to shut down this polluting gas plant, to instead plant thousands of trees, and to protect our green spaces, especially in our most impacted communities. If COVID is keeping you virtual, drive by and honk in support!. Banners, signs, puppets, speakers, open mic. All are welcome.
This Sat & Sun, We’re Tabling at the Libraries: Come spend a couple of hours at a table this weekend before Earth Day – Saturday and Sunday, 4/17 and 4/18, 10 am to 4 pm, talking to people about simple steps toward a climate-healthy and equitable world. Two table locations will be set up, in Roxborough and Germantown, both next to public libraries. We’ll have two people at each table for two-hour shifts, with interesting displays and handouts.
For more info & to volunteer for these events contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re looking for more, participate in one of the many Earth Day Events Here.
Rental Assistance Now Available
The Philadelphia Dept. of Planning and Development is moving into Phase 4 funding to assist residents with their rent and utilities. Funding was authorized by the federal government, and Philadelphia has about $97 million to spend on rental assistance and utility payments, which should help around 10,000-15,000 renters. Here are the top lines:
- Landlords and tenants can apply
- Applicants who received funds in Phases 1-3 are eligible to apply for Phase 4
- Assistance for both rent and utilities is available
Tell City Leaders, It’s Time to Tax the Rich!
Yesterday, Mayor Kenney introduced his proposed budget for the Fiscal Year that begins on July 1st. It is deeply disappointing in a variety of ways. Despite all the evidence that has emerged about the tragically flawed nature of the law enforcement system in Philly, the Mayor chose not to re-imagine the police, proposing instead to actually increase police spending. Instead of fully funding the social services side of the budget, he continued to hold it down to pre-pandemic levels, and used federal funding to reduce taxes on the rich and big business.
It doesn’t have to be this way, and a Coalition of Groups has formed under the banner of the Tax the Rich Campaign to contest the mayor’s policies. Among other measures, the Campaign would redirect major portions of the Police Dept. budget into programs that lift black and brown communities up, and progressively reform the City’s tax structure. It would also establish a Philadelphia Public Bank to get Philadelphia out from under the grip of Wall St. Philly Neighborhood Networks continues to play a major role in developing the Campaign and its demands, and we urge you to support them as well. Learn the details of the Campaign here, and sign a petition in support of this effort.
Join an Action Committee or Working Group
Committees meet to discuss the broad range of issues we should work on within a variety of categories, and our Working Groups develop specific campaigns to take on and develop plans. Take this opportunity to join any of our Action Committees and Working Groups as we begin to decide our work for the year.
Here are our scheduled meetings:
:: Energy Working Group Meeting, Sat, April 24th, 4PM
We’ll decide the action we’ll take on supporting the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), review the latest challenges to the fracking ban and the Governor’s new solar initiative. Get the Link
Or access by phone at 1-929- 205-6099, Meeting ID 819 5416 6731. If you can’t get through text 917 822 -9445 and include your email to receive the correct link or a direct invitation into the meeting.
:: Waste Working Group Meeting, Sun, April 25th, 4:30PM
Join the Waste Group if you are concerned with waste issues in Philadelphia. We will begin planning a waste-focused forum and a plastic packaging boycott. Get the Link
Isn’t it Time You Joined an Action Committee?
Join an Action Committee for Economic Justice, Education, the Environment, Healthcare, Housing and Electoral Politics. To get started, email Tim@phillynn.org
This Week in History
April 17, 1961 – Bay of Pigs. On this day, a CIA-trained group of Cuban refugees landed in Cuba and attempted to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro. It didn’t go well.
April 19, 1775 – Revolution Begins. “The shot heard round the world” is a phrase that refers to the opening anonymous shot that started the battles of Lexington and Concord on this day, starting the American War of Independence.
April 22, 1970 – Earth Day. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, a staunch environmentalist, hoped to create a movement “so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy.”
Thanks for your activism!
Tim Brown, Organizing Director