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Policing The Truth is a multi-faceted presentation and panel discussion that examines how editors, every-day people and media managers filter and forward information to the public. Policing The Truth explores the issues of the day and evaluates how consumers are influenced by seemingly infinite and often incongruent information. Policing The Truth puts media, corporations and communities under a critical microscope of consideration and analyzes how power creates content, how power curates content and how power corrupts content.
Addressing the idea of policing the truth is a panel of highly respected media representatives and social advocates, including Chester environmental activist Zulene Mayfield, WURD President & CEO Sara Lomax Reese and Host Eric ‘Brother Shomari’ Grimes, and Superintendent of Police at Upper Darby Police Dept. Mike Chitwood. Each panelist will have three minutes to elaborate on what policing the truth means for them in their line of work. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Marimow, our confirmed guest speaker, will open the program with a 10-minute talk about what policing the truth has meant in his career. Seasoned journalist and reconciliation expert Ulysses Slaughter, consultant for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, will moderate both the panel discussion and a 20-minute question and answer session.
At the conclusion of our discussion, it is our hope that the audience will be better informed about current events, policies that impact information dissemination and strategies to support community development and sustainability through information sharing.
Policing the Truth will be hosted by Chester Made and Pennsylvania Humanities Council. This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism and an informed citizenry.
We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
Rally for a Green Future will be a march from Media Borough Hall along State Street, ending at the Delaware County Courthouse, where we will hold a rally with speakers and music.
The event will be from 6 p.m., when we begin gathering at Borough Hall, until around 8 p.m., when our speakers finish. The Rally is currently sponsored by Sierra Club of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delco PA Indivisible. It will be (as much as is possible) a non-political celebration of our efforts toward creating a green future. We envision a family-friendly event. Participants are encouraged to wear T-shirts with environmental messages and something green (a hat, scarf, armband, etc.). Speakers include PA Sen. Tim Kearney, Jim Wylie of Sierra Club, Jess Cadorette of Penn Environment, Cathy Spahr of Take the Lorax to Washington, and representatives from Middletown Coalition for Community Safety and the Sunrise Movement (a national college-age environmental group). Many other environmental groups will be present, although not speaking. Music will be provided by the barbershop quartet The Trolley Stoppers.
There will be opportunities for each of the environmental groups to pass around petitions, sign-up sheets, and information.
On Sunday, April 27th, Providence Friends Meeting will host a spiritual memorial and historic celebration honoring courageous freedom seekers and the national and local abolitionists and free blacks who helped them.
This celebration of the human spirit will include a Harriet Tubman re-enactment, performances by the Lincoln University Choir and recording artist Dani Ocean, inspiration from local religious leaders, and personal recollections from Providence Meeting member Sam Lemon Ed.D. (https://goo.gl/Dja4FQ), whose maternal ancestors, Cornelius and Martha Jane Ridley, were among the freedom seekers sheltered by Providence Meeting. Local historian, Nancy Webster, will share information about the Underground Railroad in our area, Quaker Abolitionist Thomas Garrett and others who helped innumerable slaves escape to freedom. Finally, we will tell the stories of local Quakers and other abolitionists including Graceanna Lewis, Quaker abolitionist, suffragist, scientist, and conductor on Underground Railroad in the Kimberton, Pennsylvania area. She and her abolitionist family, the Fussells, are buried in the Providence Meeting graveyard behind the Meetinghouse.
Media Historical Society’s Thomas Minshall House, which is located across the street from Providence Meeting at 417 East Front Street, will be open for tours before and after the program (11 am – 1 pm, 4 – 5 pm).
When: Saturday April 27, 2019, 1 pm – 4 pm, Rain or Shine
Where: Providence Friends Meeting, 105 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. Limited on-site parking available.
Gather at 630PM for the 7PM screening and enjoy the panel of experts after the film.
Get the dirt on community gardening!
Robyn Mello, Founder, Mercy Edible Park, Philadelphia, Permaculturalist with Philadelphia Horticulture Society
Faith Zerbe, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Watershed biologist, passionate advocate for lawns-to-gardens
Brian Titus, Manager, Arborganic Acres, Commercial Composting, Recycling food scraps to compost, Rodale graduate
Police Officers and People in Communities of Color share their personal stories. Free and open to the public (registration requested). This event will NOT be live streamed; registration is for individual seating in the Barn only.
Produced by Police Inspector Altovise Love-Craighead and created and directed by Artistic Director Teya Sepinuck, the film of the Theater of Witness performance of Walk in My Shoes explores societal wounds and shares the true life stories of four police officers and three community members of color.
Theater of Witness brings people together across divides of difference to bear witness to the beauty of meaningful engagement, cultivate empathy, and truly listen to the stories of people we’ve never heard before. Without shying away from the painful wounds of our society, Theater of Witness offers a new story — one that taps into the spirit of love and connection between us all.
Join with Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.
After five years of action by Earth Quaker Action Team, PNC announced today a shift in its policy that will effectively cease its financing of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.
Together we have shifted the policy of the seventh largest U.S. bank! This marks a major turnaround for PNC, who for years refused to budge on this issue. After more than 125 actions, their desire to continue business as usual proved no match for EQAT and our allies.
As more and more banks stop financing mountaintop removal, we expect it to become increasingly difficult over the next few years for mountaintop removal coal companies to secure financing for their destructive operations. So, join us in thanking the people of Appalachia who continue to inspire us and take bold action.
Celebrate and share this news widely. Together we have shown that strategic nonviolent direct action makes a difference. EQAT will continue to keep an eye on PNC to be sure that it follows through with this policy change. We will be looking forward to the next campaign.
Paul Shapiro, best selling author of Clean Meat will keynote a special Makers Meetup on the subject of the “Future of Food” which will take place as part of Philly Tech Week.
We expect this free event to quickly sell-out the seating capacity of the Venture Cafe Quorum, so RSVP right away to save your space.
Please join us, starting at 4:00pm on May 9th 2019, for our Makers Meetup in partnership with Philly Tech Week.
The subject for this event – perhaps the most significant of the year – is the Future of Food. More specifically, how to create meat from plants and even animal cells, rather than from animal slaughter. Our keynote speaker will be Paul Shapiro, best-selling author of Clean Meat. https://cleanmeat.com/
Other presenters will include CEO’s Shannon Falconer (Because Animals) and Benjamina Bollag (Higher Steaks), venture capitalists Jay Karandikar (New Crop Capital) and Peter Bodenheimer (SOSV Food-X) and celebrity chef Richard Landau (VEDGE).
We’ll learn how no-kill meat (from plants as well as cell-based) is no longer science fiction, but rather a revolution which is on the cusp of delivering a huge win for animal welfare, human health and the planet. Not to mention – according to leading investors (including Bill Gates) – a potentially trillion-dollar business opportunity. A chance to do well while having an immensely positive social impact!
And an opportunity for which Philly’s biotech-rich ecosystem is well suited for success.
Are you already engaged in organizing for social justice? Do you value the importance of interconnection, community, and spiritual practices to sustain you in your work? Radical Faithfulness in Action may be for you.
Join experienced organizer-facilitators and committed people of different faiths to strengthen your capacity for effective community action for peace and justice. The experiential curriculum will help you:
- Gain knowledge and skills in effective social action organizing;
- Give and receive support in your ongoing social justice work outside the course; and
- Deepen spiritual practices that will build resilience in carrying on the work.
An online, on-campus program in grassroots organizing and radical faithfulness, with three campus residencies on three weekends: May 9-12; July 18-21; and August 22-25, 2019 (Thursday evening to Sunday noon).
$1350/commuter rate (includes lunch and dinner but no room).
Fee covers program and food and lodging during residencies.
$100 early-bird discount for people who register before March 10, 2019. The final deadline for applying is April 7, 2019.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This program is capped at 14 participants and we recommend that those interested apply early to avoid disappointment.
Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly. Thank you for your interest.