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SEPTA’s bus system redesign is getting close to completion, so it’s vital to decide whether and how we want to be involved in it.

GM UPDATES: RSVP for our July 16 General Meeting here! We’ll be in person at the First Unitarian Church with a virtual option


SEPTA’s bus system redesign is getting close to completion, so it’s vital to decide whether and how we want to be involved in it. They have released two network options for public comment, promising that the final plan will be influenced by the public’s response to the strengths and weaknesses of these options

But after several years of planning, public awareness of an upcoming change in the bus system remains distressingly low. A coalition of local organizations including Transit Forward Philadelphia, Philly DSA, 5th Square, and Reclaim Philadelphia has been meeting to strategize and plan a response. 

There are a few ways you can get involved. Organizing around the SEPTA redesign is part of our Green New Deal Commission's ongoing work, and you can come to our next meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30. 

In the meantime, the coalition is encouraging individuals to fill out SEPTA’s survey and share it within their networks, including community organizations. Contacts in North Philadelphia are especially needed. Contact Walter at [email protected] for more information or to get involved with our Green New Deal Commission. 

On the calendar
Unless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom. 

Phonebank for the UC Townhomes, tonight at 6pm
Phonebank for the upcoming UC Townhomes Save the Block Party.

Ben Fletcher Campaign Meeting, tonight at 7pm
Join the campaign to a install a mural commemorating Ben Fletcher and the legacy of interracial labor organizing in Philadelphia.

Leadership Development Program Session 1, July 9 at 11am
This program will cover topics including organizing conversations, campaign strategy, facilitating accessible meetings and public speaking.

Labor Branch Monthly Member Meeting, July 10 at 12pm
Join the Labor Branch for our monthly meeting, where you'll hear about ongoing efforts to support workplace organizing in the city.

Green New Deal for Philly Public Schools Meeting, July 11 at 6:30pm
Get plugged in to the campaign working to create a safe and modern school in every Philly neighborhood.

Housing Committee Meeting, July 11 at 6:30pm
Tune in for the monthly meeting of our Housing Committee.

Structured Organizing Training, July 12 at 7pm
The Housing Committee hosts the final session of its summer training on organizing techniques, including mapping and campaign escalation.

Capital Vol. 1 Reading Group (Session 2), July 14 at 7pm
Whether you’re curious about socialism or a long time reader of Marx, join us to explore the nature of capitalism and its alternatives. This event is in-person; location provided upon RSVP.

Bylaws Commission Listening Session, July 31 at 2pm
Discuss the proposed new bylaws with the Bylaws Commission. Share your feedback or just participate in the discussion.

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Updates from the branches

Bucks Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition, July 7 at 7pm
Join the coalition to end school lunch debt in PA.

BuxMont In Person Social, July 8 at 7pm
Hang out with your BuxMont DSA comrades in person! All are welcome at our in-person socials.

Delco DSA Reading Group Meeting, July 13 at 7:30pm
Discuss the second chapter of “The End of Policing,” entitled “The Police Are Not Here to Protect You.”

View all BuxMont events or all Delco events

This week in unions

  • Up with the mighty mighty workers! Teamsters at UPenn have defeated two-tier pay. Read more here.
  • Workers with Unite Here Local 54 have new tentative agreements and averted a potential strike at several casinos in Atlantic City. Read more here.
  • On Tuesday, we supported workers at Good Karma Cafe who have been facing union busting. There will be more ways to support, so stay tuned! 

To get involved: If you’re interested in organizing your workplace or supporting workers and unions taking collective action, email [email protected].

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