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Fighting to Stay in our Communities: Organizing strategies in housing

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Old First Reformed United Church of Christ

151 North 4th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Join with neighbors, community members and other activists as we discuss and share strategies of how communities around Philadelphia are working to stay strong in the face of rampant development and gentrification. Facilitated by Michaela Pommells, we will have neighborhood organizations participate in an interactive panel discussion about ways that they are organizing to keep people in their homes and how going forward we can continue to keep our city vibrant and diverse.

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CCORD - Center City Organized for Responsible Development, comprised of communities of faith and conscience in center city, is a Recognized Community Organization (RCO). CCORD engages concerned citizens and other organizations to advocate for "people oriented development" with special emphasis on good jobs and affordable housing.

Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities- PCAC is a growing coalition of 60 community, disability, faith, labor, and urban agriculture organizations fighting for city-level policy that will expand resources to the Housing Trust Fund and keep people in the communities they call home.

Philadelphia Tenant's Union- is a tenant-led organization dedicated to winning safe, decent, and affordable housing for every renter in Philly.

Stadium Stompers- We are a movement of North Philly community members, students, and workers coming together to stop Temple's proposed football stadium and build power.

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout the Mantua, West Powelton, Saunders Park, Belmont, and Mill Creek neighborhoods of West Philadelphia. Over the past 25 years PEC’s community development corporation has transformed over 142 vacant properties and lots into 263 units of affordable housing.

About the facilitator:

Michaela Pommells has over a decade of experience working on issues related to social justice from an intersectional and multi-issue perspective. Her work includes political education development, racial identity development and facilitating capacity building workshops for achieving gender and racial justice. She has presented at numerous interdisciplinary conferences and community lectures focusing on intersectional feminism and restorative justice practices. In 2011 she co-founded Corajus (Coalition for Racial Justice) where her work mostly focuses on facilitating political education programming around gentrification and displacement in Philadelphia.

About the Venue:

"Old First" is a fully accessible/ADA compliant venu in Old City Philadelphia. Parking is limited, please contact the office directly if you have any specific parking needs.

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3 blocks from the 5th and Market stop of the Market Frankford Line

Near the #57 bus line.

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