Crowdfund Your Run for Office
November 29, 5:30-8:00pm
Pipeline Philadelphia (30 South 15th St.)
Ever considered running for office? The biggest challenge any candidate faces is raising money. But what if you could launch your campaign with instant momentum, zero startup costs and a network of supporters that can help crowdfund your way to victory? Join Seventy, Crowdpac and Philadelphia 3.0 for a free training on running for office and political fundraising in the digital age. We'll provide refreshments and a panel of experts who will share how the latest in campaign technology can help you run for office and win! Register online.
City Controller Forum on Facebook LIVE
November 2, 12:00-1:00pm
Committee of Seventy office
123 S. Broad St., Suite 1800
Seventy's Chris Satullo will interview Controller candidates Rebecca Rhynhart (D) and Mike Tomlinson (R) separately, then moderate a discussion of campaign issues. The entire forum will be streamed live on Seventy's Facebook page. A limited number of seats are available to attend in person. Reserve your seat today.
Pennsylvania Appellate Court Forums
October 18, 7pm: Commonwealth Court
October 25, 12:30pm: Supreme Court
October 31, 12:30pm: Superior Court
Candidate forums for all three appellate levels of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System are taking place at Widener Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg and will be telecast on PCN. Learn more about the state’s judiciary and review the candidates in Seventy’s 2017 Election Guide.
La Salle University District Attorney Debate on October 19
District Attorney candidates Larry Krasner and Beth Grossman will meet at a debate hosted by La Salle University on October 19 at the new Founders' Hall facility at 723 N. Wister Street. The event will be moderated by Pennsylvania League of Women Voters President Susan Carty and a member of the student body. This event is open to the public. Register online.
NExT Philadelphia Presents: How Local is Your Politics on October 18
Join NExT Philadelphia, Temple University's Public Policy program and Seventy for a discussion of effective political engagement---in and out of elective office. Temple University representatives will also be on hand to talk about how their MPP program can be a good option for young professionals. This event is part of Young Involved Philadelphia's State of Young Philly, a weeklong series of events for millennials to increase their civic engagement in the city. Tickets are FREE.
Slay the Gerrymander Happy Hour on October 17
Help us "Slay the Gerrymander" at a happy hour on Tuesday, October 17th! In partnership with Fair Districts PA and Young Involved Philadelphia, Seventy is hosting a State of Young Philly event with a night of bar games to fix American democracy, and bring laughter and fun to the serious topic of redistricting. Compete in the online hit "Redistricting Game." Challenge others in PA government quizzo. Try to put the Commonwealth's congressional puzzle together. Tickets are $5!
The Pennsylvania Conference to End Gerrymandering on
The nonpartisan Fair Districts PA coalition is convening a one-day redistricting conference in Harrisburg for volunteers, supporters, academics, press and legislators. Expect round-table lunches and breakout sessions on redistricting issues of interest. Highlights include discussion of: Committee of Seventy's citizen-mapping project Draw the Lines; an update on current redistricting lawsuits by Thomas Wolf from the Brennan Center for Justice; and the application of math to achieve fair districts lead by the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group. Register online.
State of Young Philly 2017 Civic Engagement Fair on October 12
Meet and greet folks from Philadelphia's most innovative non-profit, government and advocacy groups at the kickoff event of Young Involved Philadelphia's eighth annual State of Young Philly! Participating organizations will have representatives present to introduce you to their organization's mission, tell you about upcoming events, and recruit new volunteers and committee members - all over drinks. Register here.
Citizen Power: Making Change Happen on September 17
Join Citizen University CEO Eric Liu for a conversation about civic engagement and his new book: You're More Powerful than You Think. Mr. Liu is the founder of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He served as an aide for President Bill Clinton and is a regular columnist for CNN. and a correspondent for TheAtlantic. Register online.
Each attendee will recieve a copy of his book: "You're More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen".
This program is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, hosted by the Pan-Asian American Community House, with co-sponsors Committee of Seventy, Young Involved Philadelphia and civic engagement partners SEAMAAC, Philly Set Go, Huddle Up Philly and Fair Districts PA who will be sharing opportunities to get engaged!
Future of Philly Politics Discussion on August 10
What will the Philadelphia political scene look like in 20 years? Join the nonpartisan Committee of Seventy, the Free Library of Philadelphia and Philadelphia 3.0 for a panel discussion about the future of city politics with veteran political reporter Dave Davies on August 10. Davies will sit down with Mara Kunin, campaign manager for Rebecca Rhynhart and former Obama deputy field director, Dan Pearson, a young Philly GOP board member and former staffer for City Commissioner Al Schmidt, Representative Jared Solomon (PA House District 202), and Omar Woodard, Greenlight Fund Executive Director and former Policy Director for State Senator Anthony Williams. Register online.
Democratic City Controller Candidate Debate on May 9
Democratic City Controller candidates Alan Butkovitz and Rebecca Rhynhart will square off in a debate on Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Industrious Philadelphia. The event will open with former Inquirer editor and WHYYNewsWorks vice president Chris Satullo interviewing each candidate, followed by 30 minutes of one-on-one debate and a final segment of audience question-and-answer. The Committee of Seventy and The Philadelphia Citizen are hosting the debate with the Crosstown Coalition, and Philadelphia chapter of the League of Women Voters. A live feed will be streamed on Facebook. Registration is FREE, but space is limited.
District Attorney Candidates’ Forum & Convention: Criminal Justice Reform in Philadelphia on April 25
Young Involved Philadelphia – in partnership with the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Seventy, and Temple University’s Master of Public Policy Program – is hosting a Candidates’ Forum and Convention on Criminal Justice Reform for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s race.
Reserve your tickets for the April 25 forum at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.
Civic Engagement Launchpad: March 24-25 and April 25
Join Code for Philly for #CELaunchpad: a month-long, project-launching event focused on civic engagement with local government and democratic systems. Engage local government with your skills, knowledge, ideas---no permission needed.
The kickoff weekend March 24-25 will consist of brainstorming, project design, and hacking with a strong focus on identifying ideas that will meet real needs in our city. Teams will then have a month to develop their projects before demo night on April 25.
Reserve your spot at codeforphilly.org. Space is limited!