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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
No official meeting spot yet
April 1, 2017 at 10:00 am to March 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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.
New Century Trust at 1307 Locust St
April 1, 2017 at 10:30 am to March 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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.
Space 1026 at 1026 Arch Street
April 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm to March 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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.
United States Custom House at 200 Chestnut Street
April 4, 2017 at 12:20 am to March 29, 2017 at 1:20 am
Matthew Lyons, a Philadelphia writer and archivist, will discuss his work analyzing the origins of the Alt-Right movement, focusing particularly on its relationship with the Trump administration. He’ll also delve into the importance of sexism and misogyny to the Alt-Right’s platform.
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.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' Historic Landmark Building at 118 North Broad Street
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.
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.
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.
2300 Arena at 2300 S Swanson Street
April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to April 8, 2017 at 2:00 am
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.
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?
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.
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.
Philadelphia City Hall at 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard