Philly JwJ is growing! In the past few months alone, we have doubled the number of our monthly sustainers and launched the Good Neighbors Campaign, our first JwJ-led campaign in three years. Thanks to our increased capacity, we able to play a key role in in both the school funding and paid sick days campaigns, and our May Solidarity Awards turned out to be our most successful fundraiser ever. Our student chapter at UPenn, Penn SLAP, helped win campus workers union recognition, and our student base is bigger than ever.
But we've got a lot to do. Our public schools are still desperately underfunded, the folks who provide some of our most essential services have gone years without a contract, and private sector workers are still fighting back against corporate greed. Our workers and our communities are under attack.
So this summer, we're continuing our ambitious project of building our capacity and our power. We're: working with faith leaders and congregations to build our September Labor in the Pulpit/Bimah/Minaret Program, a coordinated program incorporating worker justice into faith services on or around Labor Day. Seasoned Penn SLAPista and JwJ summer intern Penny Jennewein is coordinating our first-ever Philly Area SLAP Council, which will bring together student activists from Penn, Swarthmore, and Temple. This August, we'll convene our Mobilization Committee, tasked with building our mobilization capacity. In September, we'll be hosting our fourth annual sustainer soiree (we're hoping to hit 100 sustainers!), and our second annual Taproot Training.
And next week, we kick off a monthly JwJ happy hour, a chance for JwJers to meet and socialize informally, and for newer folks to find out what we're up to. If you've never attended a JwJ event before, don't be shy--come out and join us Monday! We're hoping new folks will see it as a fun opportunity to meet the staff and find out more about our work.
So stay excited, and save these dates:
Bastille Day Happy Hour
Monday, July 15th, 6-7pm @ The Bards Irish Bar, 2013 Walnut Street
Bastille Day marks the teardown of a 1% fortress-prison by the 99%--what better day to kick off JwJ's new series of monthly happy hours? Drop in, grab a drink, talk to staff, and help us build the JwJ community! (click here to RSVP on Facebook)
4th Annual Sustainer Soiree
Saturday, September 7th, 7-11 pm @ The Drake, 1512 Spruce Street
Join us in our annual celebration of our monthly donors--the sustainers that help keep us grassroots and locally accountable! We suggest a $50 donation at the door for non-sustainers (sustainers enter free!). We're working hard to hit 100 sustainers by the soiree (right now we're at 75). Are you a sustainer yet? Help us reach our goal by signing up here!
2013 Taproot Training
September 20th, 21st, and 22nd (Location TBA)
Carefully honed and developed by and through the national Jobs with Justice network, this training program provides leaders with insight into value-based organizing's key concepts and skills.
For more information about meals, costs, and registration, please click here.
It's an exciting time to be part of Jobs with Justice--we hope you'll be able to make it to some (or all!) of our upcoming events.