Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Making Roads V: Rasheedah Phillips / Raquel Salas-Rivera

Please join us on Tuesday, November 20th for the fifth iteration of Making Roads, a prose reading series and salon for Philadelphia-area and visiting writers. Making Roads invites writers to read casually from longer works and works in progress and engage in open discussion with guests. THIS EVENT WILL BE A BENEFIT FOR RECLAIM PHILADELPHIA'S MASS LIBERATION CAMPAIGN AND THE PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY BAIL FUND. Guests will be asked for a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Reading at this event will be:

Rasheedah Phillips

Rasheedah Phillips is the Managing Attorney of the Landlord-Tenant Housing Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Rasheedah’s writing has appeared in Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Sturggle, Temple University Political and Civil Rights Journal, Villanova Law Review, Organize Your Own Catalogue, and many other publications. Rasheedah is the founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, Black Quantum Futurism Collective, a founding member of Metropolarity Queer Scifi Collective, and a self-published speculative fiction author of multiple books. She is also the co-creator of the award-winning Community Futures Lab project, a socially engaged art project utilizing themes of communal temporality, futurism, and preservation of memory and history in an area undergoing redevelopment, gentrification, and mass displacement.

Raquel Salas-Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera es la poeta laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19. Sus poemas han aparecido en revistas tales como la Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, PEN Poetry
Series y McSweeney’s.

Del 2016-2018 fue co-editora de la revista literaria The Wanderer y co-editora de Puerto Rico en mi corazón, una colección bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos. Durante el
verano del 2018 trabajó junto con Raena Shirali, Kirwyn Sutherland y Ashley Davis, organizando un festival llamado We (Too) Are Philly e inspirado por el poema “I, Too” de Langston Hughes.

Es la primera recipiente del Ambroggio Prize de la Academia de Poetas Americanos (Academy of American Poets) por su libro en español con traducciones al inglés, x/ex/exis. Cuenta con la
publicación de seis plaquetas y cuatro poemarios. Su último libro, lo terciario/the tertiary, enfrenta la ley PROMESA, fue semifinalista para el Premio Nacional del Libro del 2018 (2018 National Book
Award) y fue seleccionado por Publishers Weekly como uno de los mejores poemarios del 2018. En el 2019, Birds, LLC publicará su quinto libro while they sleep (under the bed is another country) junto con imágenes realizadas por la artista puertorriqueña Mariana Ramos Ortiz.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. Their work has appeared in journals such as the the Journal of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (Revista del Instituto de Cultura
Puertorriqueña), Apogee, PEN Poetry Series and McSweeney’s.

From 2016-2018, they were co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. This summer, they spent
countless hours alongside Raena Shirali, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Ashley Davis organizing a festival called We (Too) Are Philly, inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, “I, Too.”

They are the first recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their dual-language book x/ex/exis. They have authored six chapbooks as well as four full-length poetry
books. Their latest book, lo terciario/the tertiary, confronts the PROMESA bill, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist, and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best poetry
books of 2018. In 2019, Birds, LLC will publish their fifth book while they sleep (under the bed is another country), which will include images created by the Puerto Rican artist Mariana Ramos Ortiz.

About Reclaim Philadelphia's Mass Liberation Campaign:

Reclaim Philadelphia’s Mass Liberation Campaign (MLC) mobilizes formerly incarcerated citizens and those directly affected by incarceration to be leaders in the fight to end mass incarceration, with a vision of building issue-based campaigns that target unjust policing and carceral practices in Philadelphia. MLC believes that in order to fight mass incarceration, power must be returned to the people who have been stripped of it by systematic racism and violence. This base will not only develop into leaders within the movement but recruit, empower, and educate others to join the fight in ending the exploitation, oppression, and disenfranchisement of black and brown Philadelphians.

About the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund:

The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund posts bail for residents of Philadelphia who cannot afford to pay bail and works to bring to light to the inequities of the use of cash bail in Philadelphia and to advocate for the abolition of bail and pretrial detention in our city.

We know that Philly jails are filled with people who spend weeks, months, or even years incarcerated while waiting for court, simply because they do not have the money to pay for their own freedom. Pre-trial detention leads to higher rates of conviction, the pressure to accept guilty pleas, longer sentences, and traumatic disruption of lives including loss of jobs, housing, mental health supports, and devastated families

By paying bail, our fund supports individuals in remaining at home with their families and communities while fighting their cases.

The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund (also known as that Philly Bail Out Jawn) is run by a collective of volunteer grassroots organizers and active members of the community, and we are committed to organizing with and for the people most directly impacted by the racist system of mass incarceration, criminalization and policing. We use a non-judgmental approach and do not consider a person’s charges to respect an individual’s constitutional right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

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Copy of Copy of Participatory Defense Hub
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Copy of Copy of Participatory Defense Hub

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Participatory Defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Community members meet weekly to support each other, share firsthand knowledge about the legal system, and create a narrative of humanity around the person on trial. Meetings are every Thursday 6pm-8pm at Kingsessing Rec Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave.

If you know anyone currently facing charges that could use community support, please refer them to our hub!

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Copy of Participatory Defense Hub
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Copy of Participatory Defense Hub

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Participatory Defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Community members meet weekly to support each other, share firsthand knowledge about the legal system, and create a narrative of humanity around the person on trial. Meetings are every Thursday 6pm-8pm at Kingsessing Rec Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave.

If you know anyone currently facing charges that could use community support, please refer them to our hub!

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Mass Liberation Campaign Planning
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Mass Liberation Campaign Planning

  • 4134 Lancaster Ave Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map)
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Looking to get involved with Reclaim Philadelphia Mass Liberation Campaign? 

Come to the MLC planning meeting!

We will be discussing issues on: 
- Pushing city officials to introduce a house version of the Dignity Act- which would give female prisoners feminine hygiene products and job training and mental health services. The last two are currently only available to male prisons.
-Resources for returning citizens 
-And more!

If you, a loved one or your community has been impacted by incarceration this is your way to get support and be involved in our mass liberation movement!

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Voting Day Health and Wellness Event
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Voting Day Health and Wellness Event

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As polls close, come recuperate from the stress of the election cycle. 

Reclaim Philadelphia and Wellness Action Project are offering a place to gather and decompress on November 6th. Studio 34 has opened their space for canvassers (There are still shifts- Sign-up today), organizers, poll workers and voters. Trade your “I Voted” sticker in for free reiki and massage sessions. A communal space will offer the chance to color, drop-in to chair yoga and contribute to a community art piece. 

Event Details: 
- 15 minute sessions of Reiki or massage
- Community space for relaxing, coloring, rejuvenating and envisioning the future we want to create together
- Group, drop in activities in the community space including seated yoga

We understand that being involved and remaining informed has an impact on mental and emotional health. Together, we hope to empower individuals to care for themselves and value their own contribution to the advancement of our communities. We believe in expanding self-care into community-care. 

Arrive when you can, leave when you’re ready, engage how you’re willing.

About Wellness Action Project: WAP creates spaces that facilitate healing and rejuvenation for activists, organizers, and caretakers in service of justice work. We collaborate with local organizations to host events where we offer Reiki and other holistic healing modalities. We engage at the intersection of healing and justice to foster a culture of kindness, emotional awareness and sensitivity.

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MLC Benefit! w/ Sammus, Pinkwash, Soul Glo, Ada Group
Oct
26
to Oct 27

MLC Benefit! w/ Sammus, Pinkwash, Soul Glo, Ada Group

  • Everybody Hits Philadelphia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Reclaim Philadelphia’s Mass Liberation Campaign (MLC) mobilizes formerly incarcerated citizens and those directly affected by incarceration to be leaders in the fight to end mass incarceration, with a vision of building issue-based campaigns that target unjust policing and carceral practices in Philadelphia. MLC believes that in order to fight mass incarceration, power must be returned to the people who have been stripped of it by systematic racism and violence. This base will not only develop into leaders within the movement but recruit, empower, and educate others to join the fight in ending the exploitation, oppression, and disenfranchisement of black and brown Philadelphians.

The MLC currently has the capacity to fund only one part-time formerly-incarcerated organizer. This benefit aims to raise funds for hiring additional paid MLC organizers, leadership training for MLC leaders, space for monthly meetings and regular trainings, public transportation and meeting refreshments, and materials for MLC campaigns.

////// ft. Special Guests: ///////

Sammus
https://sammusmusic.bandcamp.com/album/pieces-in-space

PINKWASH
https://pinkwash.bandcamp.com/

SOUL GLO
https://soulglophl.bandcamp.com/

ADA GROUP
https://adababar.bandcamp.com/releases

$10 advance
$12 day of show

sponsored by Dottie's Donuts ♥

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Participatory Defense Hub
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Participatory Defense Hub

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Participatory Defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Community members meet weekly to support each other, share firsthand knowledge about the legal system, and create a narrative of humanity around the person on trial. Meetings are every Thursday 6pm-8pm at Kingsessing Rec Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave.

If you know anyone currently facing charges that could use community support, please refer them to our hub!

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Flip the Northeast
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Flip the Northeast

SIGN-UP HERE: 
https://actionnetwork.org/forms/flip-the-northeast

Two of Reclaim Philadelphia's endorsed candidates in the Northeast are running heavily contested races against Republican incumbents. If you’re interested in canvassing to flip a district, these are two districts that you can canvass to make an impact and flip a district within Philadelphia! 

Join us on October 20th and 21st to canvass for Mike Doyle in the 170th district and Joe Hohenstein in the 177th.

Shifts on Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st

Mike Doyle campaign - Sunday october 21st 12:30-3:30pm

Joe Hohenstein campaign - Saturday October 20th 12-4pm and 4-7pm, Sunday October 21st 12-4pm and 4-7pm

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Participatory Defense Hub
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Participatory Defense Hub

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Participatory Defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Community members meet weekly to support each other, share firsthand knowledge about the legal system, and create a narrative of humanity around the person on trial. Meetings are every Thursday 6pm-8pm at Kingsessing Rec Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave.

If you know anyone currently facing charges that could use community support, please refer them to our hub!

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Participatory Defense Hub
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Participatory Defense Hub

paticipatorydefense_fbevent.png

Participatory Defense is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and their communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. Community members meet weekly to support each other, share firsthand knowledge about the legal system, and create a narrative of humanity around the person on trial. Meetings are every Thursday 6pm-8pm at Kingsessing Rec Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave.

If you know anyone currently facing charges that could use community support, please refer them to our hub!

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Race, Class and the Left Today
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Race, Class and the Left Today

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Join Verso and Haymarket Books for a conversation between Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Asad Haider on race, class and the left today. This event is free and will be recorded.
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, and the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. She is assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Asad Haider is a founding Editor of Viewpoint Magazine, an investigative journal of contemporary politics. He is a PhD candidate in the History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz and a member of UAW-2865, the Student-Workers Union at the University of California.

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