Roots Town Hall: Challenging Displacement and Environmental Devastation

Thursday, February 25. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friends Center

Roots Town Hall: Challenging Displacement and Environmental Devastation brought together over 160 Philadelphia activists and community members.  At the town hall, we heard from people directly impacted by unethical development practices. We also heard from community organizers working to fight back and support strong and healthy communities.

What is sacred to you? Family, friends, neighbors, community, culture, history – home?  The Philadelphia region is changing but development often comes with a cost.  People are priced out of their homes and businesses to make way for wealthier residents. Dirty industries are polluting our neighborhoods’ water, air, and soil.

Change may be inevitable, butcommunities all over the region are demanding to be part of the conversation about how change happens; what’s lost, what’s preserved, what is made stronger, and who decides.  Do you want to be part of this vision for change?

At the town hall you will hear stories from those most affected, connect the dots between our history and what’s happening today, and learn about how you can get involved.

 Free & open to the public. Food, childcare, ASL interpreter provided.

*Community Partners: Alie Vidich – Invisible River, Andrew Huggins – Table Spread/Soil Generation, Angela Vogel – Food & Water Watch, Antoine Haywood – PhillyCam, Cheri Honkala – Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Chris Bolden-Newsome – INSERT ORG HERE, Christi Clark – Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, Diana Talyansky – Lighthouse Technology Associates, Emmy Morse – Bread & Roses Community Fund, Erica Mines – Philadelphia Coalition for R.E.A.L. Justice, Irit Reinheimer – Leeway Foundation, Khalik James – Lighthouse Technology Associates, Kitrina Baxter – Soil Generation, Laura Deutch – PhillyCam, Lisa Nelson-Haynes – Redline Project, Megan Forman – Civic House, Mitch Chanin – 350 Philly,  Ron Whyte – LAVA Space/IGreen Justice Philly, Terry Williams – Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition, Tracy Broyles – Spiral Q

Feeling Pumped after the Roots Town Hall?  Looking for ways to get involved in ending displacement and environmental devastation?  Here’s information from some of our partners.

Name of Group About this Group Upcoming Event Date Contact /More information
Philly Coalition for REAL Justice Philadelphia based #BlackLivesMatter activists. Walkout for Black Community Control of the Police: Justice for Freddie Gray and Gynnya McMillen Tuesday April 19 @ 1pm
Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is building a movement that unites the poor across color lines. March for Our Lives at Democratic National Convention July 25 @ 3pm
Public Interest Law Center- Garden Justice Legal Initiative We provide tools to advocate for the right to use and build on community land in their neighborhoods. Vacant Land 215 April 18th 5:30-8pmat PHS 100 N. 20th St Kirtrina Baxter –
Soil Generation We support equity and social justice for community-managed green space, gardens, and farms How to Preserve Your Garden” book launching April (TBD) Kirtrina Baxter –
Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities organizing to expand resources for affordable, accessible housing and green space in Philadelphia TBA Clark,, 215-627-5550 x218
Eastwick Friends and Neighbor’s Coalition to ensure the optimal environmental, ecological quality of life for the Eastwick community. There There are some plans to review gentrification issues in SW Phila. No dates as of yet. Terry Williams
PhillyCAM brings together the people of Philadelphia to make and share media that promotes creative expression, democratic values and civic participation PhillyCAM Voices.If you have a story, campaign or event that might be a good local news story, please let us know
INVISIBLE RIVER Unique creative experiences that foster awareness and connection to the water. River Arts Day Saturday, July 16th and River Performance Project – Fri 7/15 & Sat 7/16 Sharon Rice, Company Manager – or 215-279-7717