The big list of Philly’s political rallies, protests and events for April (so far)

Resistance-themed events aren’t going away any time soon.

Philadelphia Women's March in January 2017

Philadelphia Women's March in January 2017

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We’re heading into the third month of Donald Trump’s presidency, and there’s no sign of slowing down for many resistance-themed events and protests in Philly. In March, large groups continuted to show up for events like the International Women’s Day Protest and recurring Tuesdays with Toomey events. We also saw groups focusing their events on how to best organize, share a message and how to make change happen.

April likely won’t be any different. We’re starting our very, very long list of events that we’ll be updating throughout the month. If you see any others, let us know at news@billypenn.com.

Art Build for The People’s Climate Mobilization

Climate group 350 Philly is hosting an art-making event for the People’s Climate Mobilization, which will be held in Washington, D.C. April 29. The group is providing some materials to aide in the puppet-making, but asks that participants bring their own bagged lunches.

Where: City CoHo at 2401 Walnut Street Suite 102

When: April 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

How much: Free


Philling Our Streets With Love at Hate Street Bus Tour

The National Organization for Marriage is driving an orange bus covered in images of stick figures that hosts anti-transgender messages like “Boys are boys... and always will be. Girls are girls... and always will be. You can't change sex. Respect all." The NOM is driving the bus through Philly on Saturday, where it will be met by a protest lead by the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs and other LGBTQ-positive organizations.

Where: No official meeting spot yet

When: April 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to March 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Redistricting: Drawing The Lines

The Philly Up Election’s Committee is hosting a discussion on Gerrymandering, particularly as it relates to the outcomes of the 2016 presidential election. Philly Up’s “resident districting guru” will address what gerrymandering is and how to combat it.

Where: New Century Trust at 1307 Locust St

When: April 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. to March 29, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

How much: free


Artists for the Resistance!

Hosted by Melanie Beck, Some local artists are teaming up with artists across the country for a resistance-themed gallery and silent auction from 2-6. The profit from pieces sold will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Where: Space 1026 at 1026 Arch Street

When: April 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to March 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

How much: Free to attend, silent auction bidding


Rally for Racial Justice!

On the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Philadelphians will gather at Thomas Paine Plaza to honor labor and human rights as well as racial and economic justice.

Where: Thomas Paine Plaza at 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd

When: April 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to March 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Tuesdays with Toomey

For its first event of the month, the Tuesdays with Toomey crew will urge Senator Toomey to vote against “any attempt to pull funding from Medicaid and other crucial health care programs” providing services for those suffering from substance addictions or mental illness.

Where: United States Custom House at 200 Chestnut Street

When: April 4, 2017 at 12:20 a.m. to March 29, 2017 at 1:20 a.m.

How much: Free


Community Briefing on Federal Arts Funding Cuts

The Academy of the Fine Arts' Historic Landmark Building encourages anyone who cares about arts, culture or history to attend its Community Briefing on Federal Arts Funding Cuts. Learn more about the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's response to the cuts on its website.

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' Historic Landmark Building at 118 North Broad Street

When: April 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

How much: Free


Lobby Day to #DumpWells: Philly Get Your Money!

215 People’s Alliance and Philly with Standing Rock are marching on City Hall to urging Philadelphia to end its relationship with Wells Fargo and other banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Where: Northeast corner of City Hall (the visitor's entrance) at 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd

When: April 6, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: free


ACLU-PA Philadelphia Chapter Annual Meeting #Resist

The ACLU Pennsylvania's Philadelphia Chapter's annual meeting will feature the director of the ACLU National Security Project Hina Shamsi and Malcolm Jennings of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jennings will be presented with the Torchbearer Award for his advocacy for criminal justice reform.

Where: The Arden Theater Company at 40 North 2nd Street

When: April 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much: Free


ACLU of PA Benefit – United We Dance

Brazilian funk band, Philly Bloco and DJ Ravi Jackson will perform at World Cafe Live for a “celebration of diversity and activism.” The event will also host a silent auction with prizes from Philly-area businesses with proceeds and ticket sales going to Pennsylvania’s American Civil Liberties Union.

Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St

When: April 6, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: $15 tickets in advance, $20 at the door


RAGE for REPRO Rights!

This musical benefit aims to raise awareness for women’s access to reproductive rights as well as raise money for the Women’s Medical Fund, which works to increase access to abortion through service and education. The show features primarily socially conscious and local musicians.

Where: 2300 Arena at 2300 S Swanson Street

When: April 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to April 8, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $10 cover


Sign-Making Workshop 2: The Art of the Protest

The second workshop in the “Art of the Protest series” will allow participants time to make their own protest signs and other visual messages, while learning about “powerful and creative statements.”

Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at 300 South Broad Street

When: April 8, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free. Registration is suggested but not required.


Medicare for All Teach-In

Join PASNAP Politics, Health Care for All Philadelphia and Put People First - PA to discuss options for a teach-in on finding a solution for our "fragmented" health care system.

Where: Friends Center at 1501 Cherry Street

When: April 8, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How much: Free


Solidarity Sunday Mt. Airy/Germantown- ACT UP Teach-In

Solitary Sundays is series of nationwide feminist activist groups predominantly focused on resisting the current presidential administration. The events are on the second Sunday of every month. For April, they'll cover how to take advantage of town halls to get across a political message, including strategies for getting called on and getting the crowd on your side.

Where: Summit Presbyterian Church at 6757 Greene Street

When: April 9, 2017 from 1:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

How much: Free


Action Collective: Refugee Town Hall- Debunking Alternative Facts

Action Collective's seminar will debunk myths surrounding the refugee crisis, focusing particularly on the questions: Who are the refugees, what is refugee resettlement and why is it necessary, what is the United States' refugee resettlement program and how has the current administration's policies impacted refugees here and abroad?

Where: WeWork Walnut Street at 1430 Walnut Street

When: April 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Immigration Enforcement Under Trump with the ACLU of PA

Join the ACLU of PA and the Philadelphia ALCU Young Leadership Outreach Team for happy hour and a discussion on the Trump administration's immigration policies, including sanctuary cities and the travel ban. A portion of the funds from the happy hour will be donated to the ACLU of PA.

Where: Field House at 1150 Filbert Street

When: April 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free. RSVP encouraged but not mandatory.


Direct Action Gets the Goods

Learn how to elevate the anti-Trump agenda through direct action and nonviolent disobedience in what may become a series of workshops.

Where: The Maas Building at 1325 North Randolph Street

When: April 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


March for Science in Philadelphia

This Earth Day is Philadelphia's March for Science, which starts at City Hall and ends at Penn's Landing. Speakers and local band The Really Cooks will provide entertainment.

Where: Penn's Landing at 101 South Columbus Boulevard

When: April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Nationwide Nurse-In 2017 Philadelphia

Non-nurses are welcome to the third annual Nationwide Nurse-In, which will highlight how repealing the Affordable Care Act would harm working mothers who, without the protection of the ACA, would rely on state laws to provide them with the assurance of time and accommodations for workplace breast pumping.

Where: Philadelphia City Hall at 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard

When: April 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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