Annual Town Hall

5th Annual Town Hall 

Title: The Fire THIS Time: Community organizing then and now.*

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Dinner and refreshments will be served)

Where: Taller Puertorriqueño – 2600 N 5th Street –

Other details: Food and refreshments provided, ASL interpreter will be provided, wheel chair accessible and childcare will be provided.

Contact Eddie: // 215.731.1107 x208


  • To commemorate and learn from 40 years of community organizing in Philadelphia
  • To expand our understanding of community organizing
  • To provide an opportunity for Bread & Roses’ supporters to strengthen their historical and present knowledge of organizing in the region
  • To convene donors, seasoned/novice organizers & allies to discuss current state of community organizing in Philadelphia

Driving questions: What has community organizing in Philadelphia looked like over the past 40 years? What can it look like over the next 4 to 40 years?

Target audience:

  • Donors (Existing and potential).
  • Seasoned Organizers – Organizing in Philadelphia for longer than 5 years.
  • Novice Organizers – Organizing in Philadelphia for less than 5 years.
  • Youth Organizers – Organizers under 18 years old
  • Social justice supporters/Allies who may or may not identify as an activist or organizer.



  • Opportunity to network with individuals using different organizing frameworks
  • Expand definition of organizing
  • Opportunity to support Bread & Roses and grantees


  • Opportunity to grow local donor base and network
  • Opportunity to discuss historical context of organizing in Philadelphia
  • Opportunity to highlight current organizing campaigns (theory and practice)
  • Build connections and come to a bigger analysis of building strategic, collective and long term power

*The Town Hall title was inspired by The Fire Next Time, a 1963 book by James Baldwin. The book’s title comes from the couplet, “God gave Noah the rainbow sign / No more water but fire next time” in Mary Don’t You Weep, a Negro spiritual. Town Hall planning committee members chose The fire THIS time to reflect the emotions and actions arising in both seasoned and novice organizers/activists as a result of this past presidential election. In addition, committee members chose Community organizing then and now, to acknowledge the imperfections of past presidential administrations, at the same time, recognize the difference in how community organizers will need to organize now, versus then.


In 2015, Bread & Roses worked with Leeway Foundation and many community partners and artists to put together the Release townhall and program series exploring the intersections of gender justice and mass incarceration.  Many people told us how great it was to have the opportunity to come together across issues and grapple with tough questions.  People also recognized the importance of having artists engaged in planning the series.  In 2016 we will again partner with Leeway to create a townhall and series that breaks down silos and pulls communities together for real dialogue, creative expression, and connection. Stay tuned for more information.

Roots Town Hall: Challenging Displacement and Environmental Devastation (2016)

RELEASE Town Hall: Gender Justice and Mass Incarceration (2015)

Beyond the Headlines: a Community Forum on Public Education (2014)