PhillyNow Calendar: This week in civic events, Feb. 11-15

You may have noticed in recent weeks that we’ve revamped and expanded PW’s weekly event calendar. Traditionally, our event-preview coverage has spotlighted entertainment and cultural happenings, but now we’re taking it another step farther: Every Monday, PhillyNow will clue you in to a upcoming political, community and civic-related events going on around town, too. Get involved with the news before it happens!

(And if you’re involved with an organization that holds civic events open to the public — community interest groups, political protests, neighborhood associations, etc. — hit us up with your details as far in advance as possible with an email to

Monday, Feb 11

City Council: Council will debate a resolution calling for the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety to hold hearings on the status of the City’s surveillance camera program. 12pm. City Hall, Room 400. 1 Penn Square.

Tuesday, Feb 12

City Council: A resolution will be introduced calling on the City Council Committee on Education to hold hearings concerning the much-talked-about planned closure of approximately forty public schools and the impact that said closures will have on students, parents, teachers, principals and members of all school district unions. 11am. City Hall, Room 400. 1 Penn Square. And: Local community groups like Fight for Philly will be putting together speakers, testifying in front of Council and plan on packing the hall. 11am. City Hall, Room 400. 1 Penn Square.

Health care lobby day at the Capitol: The Pennsylvania Health Access Network will take concerned citizens on a bus trip to Harrisburg to protest Gov. Corbett’s rejection of federal Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. Participants will receive a special briefing, then visit their respective legislators. 7am. Bus departs from Philly at 15th and JFK; event takes place at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Immigration demonstration: Immigrants-rights group Juntos will hold a demonstration in Bella Vista, at the Aqui y Alla mural, to protest breaking up families via deportation. They will also voice support for comprehensive immigration reform, currently being debated in Washington. 5:30pm. 1515 S. 6th St.

Wednesday, Feb 13

City Council: Council will debate an ordinance amending Title 10 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Regulation of Individual Conduct and Activity,” to provide for the licensing of certain horses, to provide for requirements with respect to keeping certain horses, and to further provide for penalties and enforcement, all under certain terms and conditions — a must-attend for all equestrian enthusiasts. 10am. City Hall, Room 400. 1 Penn Square.

The Future of Crime Writing: A lunch talk by George Anastasia: Per Kelly Writers House: “George Anastasia, a veteran reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, is the grandson of Sicilian immigrants who settled in South Philadelphia. He is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Blood and Honor, which Jimmy Breslin called the ‘best gangster book ever written.’ He has won many awards for investigative journalism and magazine writing.” 12pm. Arts Café at Kelly Writers House. 3805 Locust Walk.

Thursday, Feb. 14

School reform demonstration: “Don’t break our hearts,” say members of the community organizing group Action United, who plan to visit School Reform Commission members at their workplaces and urge them to meet regarding Philadelphia school closings. Details TBA.

Friday, Feb. 15

Job hunting: Participants will receive help preparing their resumes and searching for jobs online. 10am. Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library. 68 West Chelten Ave. 215-685-2150.

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