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Weekly Newsletter, Issue 122


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The Inquirer Editorial Board supports our efforts to reform SEPTA Regional Rail

In their editorial Rethinking SEPTA’s Regional Rail could benefit Philly’s neighborhoods they write, "The 5th Square proposal could greatly improve the value of the system, and deserves serious consideration."


SEPTA can quickly increase its capacity to serve working Philadelphians by opening its vast and underutilized Regional Rail network during an unprecedented time.

These changes would give Philadelphia transit riders the room to socially distance while also rebuilding ridership on otherwise nearly-empty Regional Rail trains. These changes would also break down long-standing barriers between transit and regional rail -- finally enabling riders to use SEPTA as an integrated network.

Sign our petition asking SEPTA to enact these changes today for the benefit of all working Philadelphians!



In yet another sign of utter dysfunction at the federal level, Congress can't agree to pass their next coronavirus relief package. The versions that Republicans have been proposing included NO MONEY for public transit systems across America.

This is unacceptable!  We are asking all our readers to tell Congress, especially Sen. Toomey to support our cities and support public transit .

Text RIDER to 52886 or visit

Want to talk to a human? Call Toomey's Philly office at (215) 241-1090

Quick Talking Points:

  • Public transit revenue has cratered during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • This shortfall will mean fare hikes, service cuts, and shutdowns.
  • Congress needs to invest $32 billion to address the projected shortfall.
  • Public transit is the engine that drives the US economy.
  • Without a fully operational transit system that people can rely on to get to work, school, dining, shopping, and health care, there is no economic recovery.



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Philly's major sanitation delays caused by staffing shortages have gotten press nationally, with an Associated Press piece picked up by news outlets nationwide. The article quotes two of our lead organizers, James Gitto and Kara Kneidl, who speak about the problem this creates for small business owners and non-car owners.

(Associated Press)

5th Square supports our city's sanitation workers and you should too!  Buy a shirt from Yafavtrashman to help purchase PPE for them. Here is a recent article about this hard-working advocate for sanitation workers.



Philadelphia Navy Yard Connected Community Plan

The Navy Yard is excited for the next chapter in it's development and wants your input in shaping this future. The project will work closely with tenants and community members to identify how the Navy Yard can enhance the experience of businesses, employees, visitors, and future residents. This effort will help define how the Navy Yard will evolve over the coming years to support new development and become more connected and resilient.








The Champions Institute

Smart Growth America (SGA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity are now accepting applications for the Champions Institute, a new initiative for elected officials focused on safe streets and healthy communities. The Champions Institute will serve to prepare mayors, city council people, tribal representatives, and other local elected-officials to act as champions supporting plans, policies, and funding that promote activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, as part of the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative. (DUE 9/10)

Art is Essential Projects

From the pandemic to systemic racism and inequality, the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation is asking artists to explore our present reality.
100 artists’ proposals will be awarded $1,000 each for community-based art projects. Learn more at

2021 New Leaders Council Institute

New Leaders Council is a 501c3 and is the leading training program for a rising generation of progressive leaders. Anchored by its six-month training program, the NLC Institute, NLC equips our leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start-ups and networks of thought leaders. The 2021 NLC Institute begins in January 2021 and applications are due by September 3rd, 2020.

Multimodal Transportation Fund

Multimodal Transportation Fund grants up to $3,000,000 are available for projects with a total cost of $100,000 or more. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. Submissions are due September 30, 2020.

Philly Counts | Summer of Census Program

Philly Counts is launching their Summer of Census program, the final and urgent push for Census participation in Philly. They are seeking volunteers in our district (Mantua, Walnut Hill, and Garden Court) to distribute door hangers and information. We hope to support Philly Counts' work to get a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census, which will ensure Philadelphia gets the resources we are owed. This volunteer opportunity will not require face-to-face interaction. Sign up at



Resolve Philly | Executive Assistant

Bicycle Transit Systems | Project Manager, Field Operations Manager

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia | Senior Director, Business Attraction and Expansion

The Philadelphia Housing Authority | CHOICE Program Coordinator, CHOICE Program Manager

Phoenixville Community Health Foundation | Program Officer

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) | Programs Assistant

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) | Program Associate, Manager - Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners

Econsult Solutions Inc. | Director, Associate Director, Marketing Assistant (Internship)

The Office of Councilmember Helen Gym | Legislative Aide

The City of Philadelphia | The Office of Director of Finance | COVID 19 Recovery and Grants Management Coordinator

The Education Law Center | Policy Director


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