PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, May 20-25

pwcalendarThere’s something I was supposed to do this week. Something important. It involves me going to a place and picking people to represent me. …Something… News flash: Election Day is Tuesday and you should give a shit. There’s a vacancy for the Judge of Superior Court, the City Controller, District Attorney, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Traffic Court, Judge of Elections and Inspector of Elections. Those are things. Click here for more information.

Other than that, there’s a ton of stuff this week for the civic-minded among us. Neighborhood association meetings, book readings and protests will take place all over the city, and beyond. With regard to the protests, they’ll be against everything from prisons to union contracts to genetically modified organisms in our food.

It’s all in here. As usual, send an email to if I forgot anything, be prepared for updates throughout the week, and make your voice heard.

Monday, May 20

D.C. Rally. Local residents and homeowners facing foreclosure are heading down to Washington, D.C. to rally ouside the U.S. Dept. of Justice and will attempt to demand A.G. Eric Holder hold Wall Street banks that destroyed us in 2008 accountable. The bus down there will leave early.
8:30am. 846 N. Broad St.

City Council. Philadelphia City Council will discuss ordinances regarding a number of real estate tax issues, especially those issues affecting the Actual Value Initiative.
10am. City Hall, Room 400, 1 S. Penn Square.

City Council. The Committee on Public Safety will hear a resolution authorizing itself to hold public hearings reviewing the Pennsylvania Board of Parole practices in Philadelphia.
1pm. City Hall, Room 400, 1 S. Penn Square.

Neighborhood and Business Coalition Meeting. The West Philadelphia Coalition of Neighborhood and Business will hold a meeting, at which the Philly 311 mobile squad will be presenting 311 information.
1pm. Business and Technology Center, 5070 Parkside Ave, 1st Floor.

General Meeting. The East Kensington Neighborhood Association will hold a general meeting.
6:30pm. Philadelphia Brewing Company, Martha and Hagert Streets.

Civic Association Meeting.
The Mayfair Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
7pm. Perzel Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St.

Tuesday, May 21

Election Day. It’s motherfucking Election Day. You should vote. The most talked-about election this year is the City Controller; Alan Butkovitz has received a more-than convincing challenge from Brett Mandel. Also: Three positions in Philadelphia’s scandal-plagued traffic court. The Committee of Seventy released a Top 5 list of the reasons you should vote. I find this one the most convincing: “You can send a signal to politicians that you will be paying close attention to what they say and do. Elected officials understand that the people who vote them into office can be expected to go to the polls to vote them out of office if they don’t live up to the voters’ expectations.”
Find your polling location here.

City Council. The Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities will hear a resolution authorizing itself to hold hearings to examine the Pennsylvania state budget’s impact on “transportation infrastructure, SEPTA and Philadelphia’s economy.”
10am. City Hall, Room 400, 1. S Penn Square.

Green Task Force Meeting. The Friends of Bainbridge will hold a “Green Task Force” meeting at the Old Pine Community center to discuss new “green” spaces on or near Bainbridge in Queen Village. According to the official invite, “Want a public square? or an herb garden? a water feature or just a place to relax and have coffee? Then come out and let your voice be heard!”
7:30pm. Old Pine Community Center, 4th and Lombard. 215.627.2493.

Clean and Green Meeting. The South of South Neighborhood Association will hold their monthly “Clean and Green” meeting to discuss ongoing projects, like street cleaning, potential open space and E-cycling events.
7pm. SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian St.

Police District Meeting. The 1st Police District PSA 1 will hold a community meeting to discuss crime prevention in the area between Oregon and Morris, Broad and the Schuylkill in South Philly.
6:30pm. 2301 S. 24th St.

Town Watch Integrated Services. The Town Watch in Southwest Philly will hold a meeting. The Philly 311 Mobile Squad will be in attendance to teach their new mobile app.
6pm. 12th District Police Dept, 65th and Woodland.

Book Party and Reading. The Philadelphia Poets will celebrate the publication of Philadelphia Poets 2013, Volume 19 with a reading.
6pm. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.

General Meeting. The Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association will hold a general meeting for the public.
7pm. NLNA Community Center, 700 N. 3rd St.

Protest in D.C. Community organizing group Fight for Philly will head to D.C. to stand with fast food workers as they walk off their job to demand better wages. Buses leave Philly early.
8am. 846 N. Broad St.

Jeremy Scahill Reading. The Nation writer and author of Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, Jeremy Scahill, will speak at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I interviewed him for this past week’s issue. You can read that here.
7:30pm. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St.

Civic Association Meeting. The Lawncrest Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
7pm. St. William’s Church, Devereaux and Rising Sun Aves.

Civic Association Meeting. The Northwood Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
7pm. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.

Wednesday, May 22

City Council. Philadelphia City Council will hear testimony regarding establishing new parking regulations all over the city.
10am. City Hall, Room 400, 1 S. Penn Square.

City Commissioners’ Meeting. Philadelphia’s City Commissioners, who run citywide elections, hold their weekly meeting every Wednesday, and they will be fresh off an election.
11am. City Hall, Room 130, 1 S. Penn Square.

School Reform Commission. The School Reform Commission will hold a meeting. If you want to address the SRC, you need to register by 4:30 Tuesday, May 21.
2pm. Auditorium of the School District Education Center, 440 N. Broad St, 2nd Floor.

U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mayor Michael Nutter will host a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting at the Westin Hotel to discuss technical innovation.
2pm. Westin Hotel, 17th and Chestnut.

Protest. Several groups will hold a rally outside the U.S. Conference meeting for public workers, services and contracts. According to a release on the subject: “join them as early as 2:00 if you can, but make sure to be at 17th and Chestnut at 3:00 so you can hear AFSCME International President Lee Saunders speak about the campaign for public services and fair contracts here in Philadelphia.”
2pm. Westin Hotel, 17th and Chestnut.

Civic Association Meeting. The Holme Circle Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
7pm. Jerome School Hall, Colfax and Stamford St.

Civic League Meeting. The Greater Bustleton Civic League will hold a general meeting.
7:30pm. Heritage Credit Union, 2060 Red Lion Rd.

Thursday, May 23

Police District Meeting. The 17th Police District PSA 1 will hold a meeting to discuss crime prevention in the area between Federal and Washington, Broad and the Schuylkill.
6pm. 1901 Christian St.

Friday, May 24

The upcoming weekend is three days long. There’s nothing going on today, as per usual.

Saturday, May 25

March Against Monsanto.
There will be a rally and march against food company Monsanto, in solidarity with several other protests around the country. The event here will feature speakers and entertainment.
12pm. Independence Mall, 6th and Market.

Decarcerate March.
DecarceratePA, an anti-imprisonment group based in the city, will begin a march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, stopping in towns and cities across the state. They are demanding Gov. Corbett’s budget invest in communities instead of prisons.
12pm. Love Park, 15th and JFK.

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