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Rally for social justice with these 9 events in Philly

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Donald Trump’s inauguration is fast approaching, leaving many in Philadelphia feeling unsafeangry and ready to take action.

Social justice and civic engagement organizations in the city are stepping up with these events meant to educate, unify and mobilize.

Born to Run: Building Your Base — Thursday, Jan. 12

Think you could do better than our current politicians? Young Involved Philadelphia sold out of its first “Born to Run” event — and the fact that it was held shortly after the election helped). Part II will focus on how to build community support for your election campaign. Panelists are Jasmine Sessoms of She Can Win, local committeeperson Jen Devor, Jeff Hornstein of Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition and Jon Geeting of Philadelphia 3.0.

Collective Action art auction — Saturday, Jan. 14

All proceeds from this fundraiser go to local and national nonprofits doing work that could be affected by a Trump presidency, including the Mazzoni Center, Planned Parenthood and Al Aqsa Islamic Academy. As our sister site Technical.ly Philly reported, the event grew to 10 times its original size thanks to social media.

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Writers Resist: Philadelphia United for Liberty — Sunday, Jan. 15

As part of a national campaign to “defend free expression and first amendment rights,” this public meetup at the National Museum of American Jewish History will feature local writers and artists including BlackStar Film Festival founder Maori Karmael Holmes, social entrepreneur and author Nic Esposito and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock.

Inauguration Day Civic Engagement Fair — Friday, Jan. 20

The Parkway Central Library will be filled with local and national organizations that offer social services and want to chat with you about how you can get involved.

Black Lives Matter Week of Action — Monday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 27

This school week, Philly educators are asked to wear #BlackLivesMatter shirts and buttons to show their support for students of color and to protest structural racism. Further events and actions will be posted on the Caucus of Working Educators website closer to the week.

Immigrant Student Town Hall — Tuesday, Jan. 24

A number of school- and immigrant-facing organizations are gathering to “discuss the needs of immigrant students as well as budget priorities to support these communities.” Councilmembers Helen Gym, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Jannie Blackwell will be there to represent Philadelphia City Council.

Academy Town Square featuring Sen. Bob Casey — Thursday, Jan. 26

Pennsylvania’s Democratic senator and a handful of health official are visiting the Academy of Natural Sciences to discuss climate change, clean energy and the like.

Inclusive Leadership Conference — Saturday, Feb. 11

The theme of this year’s student conference, coproduced by Campus Philly and Temple University, is “Find Your Voice: Advocating for Inclusion and Respect.” The keynote speaker will be entrepreneur Shinjini Das, an expert in millennial entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment and STEM education, and youth impact and diversity.

2017 PHENND Conference — Friday, Feb. 24

This year’s conference for “practitioners of campus-community partnership” is focused on immigration.

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