Philly For Change, January 2, 2019

Tonight, I will attend the monthly meeting of Philly For Change, at Tattooed Mom, at 5th and South streets in Philadelphia (https://www.tattooedmomphilly.com/). Featured speakers tonight will be candidates for this years’s municipal elections:

Melissa Robbins, and Fernando Trevino, running for City Council;

Jen Devor, running for City Commissioners;

and judicial candidates Gregory Weyer, Kay Yu, and Henry Sias.

Please attend and ask questions.

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Honoring Sex Workers

Tomorrow, December 17, there will be a silent memorial service honoring sex workers who were killed while at their jobs, making money to earn a living live all other workers. In Philadelphia, it will take place at Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, from 12-4:00 PM. After this, there will be a discussion and presentation at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 531 N. 12th Street in Philadelphia, from 7-10:00 PM.   

Upcoming, December 1, 2018

Tomorrow, December 2, I will attend the show Traveling Wares, a market where craftspeople sell their hand-crafted products, like jewelry and soaps, from 2-7:00 PM, at Dirty Frank’s on 13th and Pine streets in Philadelphia. There I will have for sale copies of my anthology, All Of The Above, and the two poetry volumes Mutterings and Out Of The Box.

On Monday, December 3, I will read my poetry at the open mic program Community Drafts, held at Lucky 13 Pub, 1820 South 13th Street in South Philadelphia, starting at 8:00 PM.  I will have my books for sale there also, and others will perform stand-up comedy and music.

On Wednesday, December 5, I will be at Tattooed Mom, 5th and South streets in Philadelphia, for the meeting of the progressive group Philly for Change.

A New Bookstore Is Born

Today I attended the grand opening of a new bookstore in South Philadelphia, A Novel Idea On Passyunk, located at 1726 E. Passyunk Avenue. It’s part of a movement back to small independent bookstores, locally owned and operated, away from the big box chains and Amazon and the other online systems. This is more personal, more neighborhood oriented.

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Christina HR Schneider and Alexander Schneider, owners of the new store.

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Patrons enjoying the new bookstore, which will hold author events and will feature local authors and publishers.

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The outside of the store, at 1726 E Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia

Their e-mail is books@anovelideaphilly.com.

 

Pennsylvania Global War On Terror Memorial

The Philadelphia AFL-CIO is one of the many organizations sponsoring the Pennsylvania Global War On Terror Memorial, in honor of those who have fallen for this country in Afghanistan and Iraq. This memorial will e situated in Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, facing the Delaware River, near the memorials for those who served During Viet Nam and Korea.

For further information, and to contribute, Please contact:

PA GWOT Memorial

PO Box 14554

Philadelphia, PA 19115

On the web: https://www.gwotmemorial.org/ 

 

PHILAPOSH Awards Night

Last night I took part in the 34th Annual Awards Night of the Philadelphia Area Project for Occupational Safety and Health (PHILAPOSH), an organization dedicated to protecting the health and safety of workers on the job. Here are some photos I took of that wonderful event:

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Peggy Ellis, with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, winner of the Leadership In Health and Safety Award.

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My friend Pat Eiding, President of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, winner of the Tony Mazzocchi Award

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Nicole Fuller, the new Director of PHILAPSOH, following…

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…Barbara Rahke, the retiring Director

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Lewis Fitzgerald, the other winner of the Leadership In Health And Safety Award

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Christina Martinez, winner of the Crystal Eastman Award

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Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

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Wendy Ruterman (left), Dylan Purcell, and Barbara Laker, winners of the Karen Silkwood Award, for the reporting in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the health hazards of Philadelphia public schools.

We had also a commemoration for Cathy Brady, a tireless union activist who was instrumental in pushing for a memorial to Labor in South-West Philadelphia.

Sounds and Words

On Saturday, November 10, I attended Sounds and Words, a fundraiser for the Moonstone Arts Center, held at District Council 1199C, 1315 Locust Street in Philadelphia. Moonstone has been the platform for poets (like me) to publish and perform their works.

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Larry Robin, left, and founder of Moonstone, alongside of Elliot Levin, poets and saxophonist.

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The volumes of poetry published by Moonstone on display.

Resource Brunch

On Saturday, November 10, I attended a resource brunch, for committee peopel and block captains, sponsored by City Council-member Kenyatta Johnson, at Galdo’s catering, 20th Street and Moyamensing Avenue, in Philadelphia. Here are some photos I took of the event:

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The Philly Phanatic in the house!

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Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, which deals with civil rights problems.

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South Philly Food Co-Op, opening next year.

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Moravia Health, providing home-based health care.

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Philadelphia Department of Revenue, giving advice to people in paying their taxes.

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Philadelphia Job Corps, providing job training for young people.

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H & R Block.

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The office of State Representative Jordan Harris.

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Philadelphia Water Department.

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Women Organized Against Rape.

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Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspection.

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Susan G. Komen, fighting the fight against breast cancer.

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Victim Witness Services of South Philadelphia, which guides crime victims through the trial process and answers their questions about the system.

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Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which also deals with civil rights issues.

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Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, which runs the Block Captain program.

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Councilman Johnson working the room, with a few of my fellow committee-people. Johnson impressed upon us the importance of our work, as committee-people and block captains, about the role we play in our communities.

 

Upcoming, November 9, 2018

Tomorrow, November 10, I will attend a Resource Brunch, featuring Philadelphia city agencies and social service agencies, at Galdo’s Catering, on 20th Street and Moyamensing Avenue in Philadelphia; this event is sponsored by City Council-member Kenyatta Johnson.

Later that evening, I will attend the event, Sounds and Words, a fundraiser for the Moonstone Arts Center, one of the greatest promoters of new poetic talent in Philadelphia. It will take place at District Council 1199C,  1319 Locust Street in Philadelphia. There we will be entertained by the music of Bobby Zankel’s Wonderful Sound 4, with Sumi Tonooka, Richard Hall, and Elliot Levin; and poetry by Sonia Sanchez, Joe Roarty, Jamar Hall, Ryan Eches, Michelle Myers, Jeffery Ethan Lee, Bethlehem Robertson, Kirwyn Sutherland, Kimmika Williams Witherspoon, and Cityekai Afua Zankel.

Philly Labor Supports Our Veterans

The Labor movement in Philadelphia is proud of our military veterans, and honors their service with these programs:

On Saturday, November 17, at 2:30 PM, there will be a “fight night” the Sheet Metal Workers Local 13 Hall, 1301 South Columbus Boulevard, to raise funds for “A Lift For A Vet,” a program of Local 5 of the International Union of Elevator Constructors. I A Lift For A Vet’s purpose is to buy and install vertical transportation systems, such a home lifts, chair lifts, and elevators, into the homes of disabled military veterans. For further information about the boxing event of A Lift For A Vet, please contact Ed Loomis, IUEC Local 5, at (215)397-8706, or go on the web, www.iuec.com/lift_for_a_vet.

Philadelphia Labor is also taking part in raising funds for a memorial for those who have fallen in the Global War On Terror, in Afghanistan and Iraq. The organizers of the memorial need your help to build a monument for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in America’s longest war.   To see about donating to this effort, please visit the website, www.gwotmemorial.org.