Despite doubts that Philadelphia’s activists could sustain the momentum of constant planning, organizing and demonstrating, they’re still organizing near-daily events throughout the city in response to Trump administration policies.
In February, Facebook event pages rallied protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Betsy DeVos’s appointment as Secretary of Education. Many gatherings took place often just to reaffirm frustration with the new administration. Even as we approach the third month of Trump’s presidency, Philly Socialists, Tuesdays with Toomey, Black Lives Matter and other groups are still creating opportunities for people to voice their concerns.
Here’s a running list of demonstrations, workshops and other political events planned for March.
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Wednesday, March 1
The Tuesdays with Toomey crew has a special event planned to welcome the U.S. senator to his new location in Old City. Constituents will greet him at 200 Chestnut St. from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, then resume their regular Tuesday events. The organizers encourage anyone interested in attending to bring signs and welcome gifts. They say they hear his office could use some more phones.
Thursday, March 2
From 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Smokin’ Betty’s and the Young Advocates of Philly are raising money for Planned Parenthood. A draft list and raffle prizes will be announced on the Facebook event page.
Mijente, a national Latinx and Chicanx organization; and Juntos, a Philadelphia based Latino immigrant community, are inviting people to rally at City Hall Thursday afternoon to defend Philly’s status as a sanctuary city.
The Jewish Federation of Philadelphia will host this public gathering at noon on Independence Mall in light of recent anti-semitic acts, including the toppling of hundreds of headstones in a Northeast Philadelphia Jewish cemetery.
Friday, March 3
Rising Tide Philly, a grassroots environments group, will march from Thomas Paine Plaza to the buildings of banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. The march is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mayor Jim Kenney and other city officials will join LGBTQ advocate groups at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall to talk about what President Donald Trump’s new policies mean for transgender students, and how parents and students can get involved.
Sunday, March 5
Musicians and poets will perform for an all-ages show at the University City Arts League to raise money for the Nationalities Service Center, which provides resources to immigrants and refugees. The event is donation-based and starts at 12:30 p.m.
Irish musicians and singers will play at Fergie’s from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. as part of a national event series to support the ACLU.
Monday, March 6
At 6:30 p.m. at WHYY, StateImpact Pennsylvania will hold a discussion on the fate of water quality under the Trump administration, focusing particularly on the Waters of the U.S. Rule covering federally protected waterways.
Tuesday, March 7
Join the Workers World Party as women and transgender people gather to support women’s rights and equality at Calvary Church on Baltimore Avenue at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays with Toomey gathers weekly at 12:20 p.m. outside U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office at the United States Custom House at Second and Chestnut streets.
Wednesday, March 8
As a followup to the women’s marches that took place in Washington, D.C. and around the world, International Women’s Strike USA calls on women around the world for a day of action “not just against Trump and his misogynistic policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.” Here, Philly Socialists is organizing an event to remember the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union strike of 1908 and “everything that has followed since then.” Philly Socialists will update the Facebook event page with more information for the event.
Defend Our Future Pennsylvania will hold a panel on the economic, environmental and social intricacies of the controversial pipelines at 6 p.m. at Beury Hall on Temple University’s campus.
Thursday, March 9
Chhya, a South Philly cafe, is offering food and blank postcards in exchange for citizens exercising their First Amendment rights by writing to the president and their representatives. The event is BYOB and BYOS (bring your own stamp), and Chhya asks for a small donation to help cover the cost of the postcards. The event is at 6 p.m.
Temple University FMLA, Bridge TU and Defend Our Future Pennsylvania will sponsor a rally a the bell tower in the center of Temple University’s main campus to celebrate intersectionality and inclusion while voicing various concerns over the Trump administration. The rally is planned for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 10
The Standing Rock Sioux and other grassroots native groups are organizing and leading a march on Washington DC to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Philly with Standing Rock is making sure area allies are able to get there and back. Tickets for a seat range from $30 to $45, but Philly with Standing Rock will work with anyone who can’t afford to pay for a seat but would still like to march. Catch the bus at 3105 JFK Blvd. at 6:30 a.m.
The Philadelphia Tenants Union discussion will cover the HUD’s responsibilities, Ben Carson’s positions, HUD funding, and how to successfully advocate for HUD. 3 p.m. at University Square.
Saturday, March 11
The Solidarity Forum has convened several organizations for this 1 p.m. event at Arch Street United Methodist Church. Attend to meet your match and get involved.
Councilwoman Helen Gym will discuss how to effectively influence local officials and representatives, and local progressive organizations will share information on their work and any upcoming events.
Register for the 4:30 p.m. livestream viewing of ACLU’s launch of People Power. Learn about your rights and how to resist Trump’s policies.
Sunday, March 12
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf will attend Sunday’s event with Indivisible Northwest Philly, a local organization aimed at resisting Trump’s agenda and focusing on defensive congressional advocacy. The event will take place at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Germantown.
Wednesday, March 15
Mothers will gather at Big Blue Marble Bookstore at 3 p.m. to make cards to send to elected officials. This is a kid-friendly event and toys will be available.
Head to Big Blue Marble Bookstore at 7 p.m. to talk about the history of Mount Carmel Cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia, where 100 headstones were recently toppled in an apparent act of anti-Semitic vandalism.
Thursday, March 16
Civics on Tap is a monthly gathering at National Mechanics. This month’s discussion, at 6:30 p.m., is about the upcoming primary election with guest speakers from the Committee of Seventy. Learn about tho’s running for what in Philadelphia.
Celebrate femmes in the arts at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s feature a DJ and live music lineup full of women. The show will benefit Planned Parenthood and Girls Rock Philly, a volunteer organization that empowers girls, women, trans youth and adults through music.
Jen Moore Conrow, a founding member of the Abortion Care Network and Director of the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center, will be at Fergie’s to talk through new anti-abortion legislation and help pro-choice advocates determine where to focus their efforts.
Saturday, March 18
One Pennsylvania invites people interested in “building a powerful people’s organization” to come to it’s open campaign meeting from noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 19
Tattooed Mom will donate 20 percent of its bar proceeds to the ACLU during its Art Against Fascism event, which will feature Philadelphia artists in “a celebration of creativity and a blow against thuggery.” There is no cover, but books, posters and sign making materials will be for sale.
As part of a series of events teaching strategies for nonviolent direct action, Training for Change and Earth Quaker Action Team are inviting anyone high school aged and above who’s “ready for bold and grounded action for justice” to Friends Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. The next event, Grounding for Civil Disobedience, is on April 2.
Amalgam Comics hosts this Solidarity Sundays installment, a proposed monthly gathering of feminist activists who want to resist Trump’s policies.
Training for Change and Earth Quaker Action Team will help youth learn about direct action and how they can get involved. This session is designed for grades 2-8 and will take place at 2 p.m. at the Friends Center.
Monday, March 20
To support the March4Arts on Washington D.C., Philadelphians will march on Thomas Paine Plaza to defend funding for the arts under the Trump administration.
Tuesday, March 21
Hosted by Mural Arts Philadelphia, Streets Department and Young Involved Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s panel features artists and activists working through current political conditions, including Liza Goodell from Spiral Q and Councilwoman Helen Gym. Tickets are required for this event and only 150 seats are available.
Wednesday, March 22
Understand fascism, and learn about strategies for actions against it. More information TBA. 6 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will hold a roundtable discussion on how to sustain the momentum from the Women’s March and create lasting improvements to women’s rights. Diane Cornman-Levy, executive director of WOMEN’S WAY; Susan Carty, president of League of Women Voters PA; and Karen Bojar, former president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for women will help lead the talk in City Hall’s caucus room.
Hosted by Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple Law at Fleisher Art Memorial, “Documented” is an autobiographical film by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who in 2011 revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant. “Documented” tells his story from leaving the Philippines to living in the United States as an activist for immigration reform. Admission to the screening is free, and there is a Q&A afterwards.
Thursday, March 23
Hosted by One Pennsylvania and departing from Archdiocese of Philadelphia New Evangelization, participants will take a bus to Washington, D.C. to confront Paul Ryan over the proposed plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Registration is required to secure a seat on the bus.
Hosted by POWER at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, members who took part in a course on Whites Confronting Racism share some of their experiences of becoming more aware of their white privilege. The presentation is intended to educate people of all backgrounds on how to confront both institutional and everyday racism, but its focus is particularly on how to be an effective white ally.
Five panelists, including the founder of the Black Women’s Leadership Council and the founder of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, will be at Girls High to discuss feminist issues in the context of today’s “politically-charged era.” Admission is free.
Friday, March 24
Hosted by Mural Arts Association at the Kimmel Center, this is the first of three political sign-making workshops, featuring Signs of Solidarity artists Sheldon Abba and Bruno Guerriero.
Saturday, March 25
Philadelphia will respond to the number of MAGA rallies planned for March 25 by gathering in solidarity at 10:30 a.m. by Independence Hall.
The Experimental Farm Network invites Philip Rutter, who holds a PhD in Evolutionary Biology and founded both the Badgersett Research Corporation and the American Chestnut Foundation, to be the keynote speaker for this event, which will cover issues related to climate change and agriculture.
Wednesday, March 29
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will host the meeting for educators, parents and communities to discuss how to protect immigrant students. Workshop presenters TBA. 6:30 p.m. at 455 N. Fifth St.
Thursday, March 30
Up Against the Law Legal Collective Pussy Division are providing this free legal workshop to help people understand their rights when they encounter law enforcement on the street, and at rallies and protests. 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Church.