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.

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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.

Young Organized Philadelphia

Young Organized Philadelphia, the youth (40 and under) arm of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, will hold a fundraising event at Revolution House, 200 Market Street ( http://www.revolutionhouse.com/) in Philadelphia, from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM, on Monday, September 24. Sponsorship levels are Platinum at $1000.00, Gold at $500.00, and Silver at $250.00. Please send your RSVP to Jack O’Neill, President of Young Organized, at (215)280-6826, or joneill@ibew98.org. Please make checks out to Philadelphia AFL-CIO Young Organized.

Labor Day 2018 in Philadelphia

On Monday, September 3, I took part in the Philadelphia area’s Labor Day march and family celebration. The march began with a rally at the Sheet Metal Workers’ hall, 1301 South Columbus Boulevard, with Labor leaders and elected officials speaking:

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And, last but not least, the working men and women of Philadelphia, and their families.

Labor Day 2018

I will join other trade unionists in the 31st Annual Tri-State Labor Day Celebration, on Monday, September 3, 2018. we will assemble at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd (at Washington Avenue) in Philadelphia, hold a kick-off rally, them parade, towards Penn’s Landing for food, refreshments, and fun for the kids. Please take pride in being a workers-you made this economy and country-and join in the fun, you deserve it.

Rally for Immigrants at Penn’s Landing

Yesterday I attended a rally, at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, to support immigrants, particularly protesting the caging of immigrant children and forcibly, and cruelly, separating them from their families. It was sponsored by POWER (Philadelphian Organized to Witness, Empower, and Renew), the Granny Peace Brigade, along with several union organizations, such as Unite/Here, Electricians Local 98, 1199C (hospital and health care workers), IUPAT, UFCW Local 1776, and LIUNA

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Along the way, I passed by the Irish Monument, honoring the Irish immigrants who fled their homeland to escape the famine in the 1840s. This is fitting for the rally, reminding all of us that, except for the people who were here originally, we’re all descended from immigrants. DSC00583DSC00589

Here are representatives of one of my favorite organizations, the Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee. DSC00590

Protest Campout at City Hall

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On Saturday, July 7, I passed by City Hall in Philadelphia, and I took this picture of people camping out at the Northeast corner, protesting the draconian policies the regime is implementing against immigrants, including separating children from their parents.  Here is the true American spirit of fighting for freedom.

Swap Meet at Dirty Frank’s

I will take part in the swap meet at my favorite bar, Dirty Frank’s, on 13th and Pine streets, on Sunday, June 17. I will have copies of my books for sake there, and join small craftspeople who are selling such handmade products as jewelry, clothes, and soap. I hope to see you there.