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Philadelphia, PA
May 22-23

23rd St. Armory
22 South 23rd St.
Philadelphia, PA

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May 22

11:00 am–9:00 pm

Doors Open. All Are Welcome.
Interactive exhibits, family-friendly activities, local vendors, and more.

11:00 am–9:00 pm

People’s Paper Co-op Art Exhibit

Art and activism supporting re-entry.

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Drag Queen Story Time

This exciting and energetic program will celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and kindness. With Philadelphia drag queen Brittany Lynn.

12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Maha Yoga: Peace and Justice Yoga Session

Join us as we take part in a group yoga class. All are welcome. Bring a mat!

2:30 pm–3:30 pm

Know Your Rights at a Protest

With ACLU-PA Deputy Legal Director Mary Catherine Roper and Marianne Bessey.

3:30 pm–4:30 pm

Q & A with the ACLU of Pennsylvania

Learn about the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s work on immigrants’ rights and criminal justice reform.

5:30 pm–9:00 pm

2019 Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Gathering

Featuring the 2019 Torchbearer Award, presented to The Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration.

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Cocktail Hour

Please join us for the 2019 Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Gathering. Explore ACLU100 and hear the Patrick Hwang Jazz Trio play during the cocktail hour. Free food and beverages will be served. ALL are welcome.

6:30 pm–6:45 pm

Batalá Philadelphia & Victor Jackson

Samba Reggae percussion group, Batalá, will perform, followed by spoken word artist Victor Jackson.

6:45 pm–8:15 pm

Annual Meeting

Hear from our chapter leadership, ACLU-PA Executive Director Reggie Shuford, and Deputy Director of ACLU’s Racial Justice Program Nusrat Choudhury. All are welcome!

May 23

11:00 am–8:00 pm

Doors Open. All Are Welcome.
Interactive exhibits, family-friendly activities, local vendors, and more.

11:00 am–8:00 pm

People’s Paper Co-op Art Exhibit

Art and activism supporting re-entry.

11:45 am–12:45 pm

A Performance by Victory Boyd

Listen to singer, songwriter, and producer Victory Boyd perform songs from her new album The Broken Instrument.

12:45 pm–1:45 pm

Broken Instrument Panel

Following Victory’s performance, hear from an activist panel (featuring Bobby Harris, Stephanie D. Keene, LaTonya “T” Myers, and Selina Carrera) discussing the urgent need for criminal justice reform.

3:30 pm–4:30 pm

Q & A with the ACLU of Pennsylvania

Learn about the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s work on immigrants’ rights and criminal justice reform.

4:30 pm–5:15 pm

Volunteer Tabling Training

Come train to be on our volunteer team!

5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour

Mingle with ACLU of Pennsylvania staff as we toast all of the contributions made by our wonderful volunteers.

5:00 pm–6:15 pm

Emmanuel Nsingani & Momo

African jazz musician and Congolese refugee Emmanuel Nsingani performs live.

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Young Leadership Outreach Team of Philadelphia Happy Hour

Join the Philadelphia Young Leadership Outreach Team for a drink, light snacks, and a meeting to talk about goals for the upcoming year.

6:30 pm–6:40 pm

Nadine B

A spoken word performance.

6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Live Podcast: Speaking Freely with the ACLU-PA

Director of Communications Andy Hoover, Senior Staff Attorney Molly Tack-Hooper, and others.

Highlights

Broken Instrument Performance & Panel
May 23, 11:45am

Singer, songwriter, and producer Victory Boyd will perform songs from her new album The Broken Instrument.

In an interview with Fader Magazine, Victory Boyd explained that the inspiration behind “Broken Instrument” came from discovering a beautiful guitar in a Brooklyn trash can. To her, the guitar was exceptionally valuable. So much craftsmanship and time went into creating the instrument — yet, someone threw it away.

This metaphor will be the focus of the panel discussion. Both the justice system, as well as society, are too quick to lock people away and are unwilling to foster opportunities for returning citizens to rebuild their lives and reclaim their liberty.

Panelists:
Bobby Harris – A social justice advocate and community organizer for JLUSA’s “Close The Creek” campaign in Philadelphia.
Stephanie D. Keene – Philadelphia-based writer and creative. She owns Incense, Trap, & Yoga, an apparel line that promotes a culture of justice.
Selina Carrera – Afro-Latinx scholar, organizer, singer-songwriter, and artist.
LaTonya “T” Myers – community advocate with People’s Paper Co-op.

Drag Queen Story Time with Brittany Lynn
May 22, 11:15am

This exciting and energetic program will celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and kindness. Drag Queen Story Time brings all types of families together: single parents, same-gender parents, and straight parents who just love the idea of a Drag Queen Story time!

Maha Yoga: Peace & Justice Yoga Session
May 22, 12:30pm

Maha Yoga will be providing an all-levels “Peace & Justice” yoga class open to all guests. Justicia DeClue will teach a class focused on the need to create a safe, inclusive, and welcoming society. Maha Yoga is proud to support the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s work fighting for the rights of all. It’s free to attend and all are welcome! Just bring your own mat!

Batalá
May 22, 6:30pm

Come to the 2019 Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Gathering and hear the Samba Reggae percussion sounds of Batalá! Batalá’s mission is to enrich and inspire by providing an Afro-Brazillian musical and cultural experience through arts education and live performances. Their distinct form of musical expression and cultural heritage from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, is open to all individuals regardless of race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or background.

Emmanuel Nsingani & Momo 
May 23, 5:00pm

African jazz musician and Congolese refugee Emmanuel Nsingani is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for his jazz bass playing. Nsingani has been playing music all his life, immersing himself in the world of jazz, gospel and, of course, Congolese rumba/soukous. Join us as he performs live.

Parking Information

Parkway – 23rd & Market Lot
2234 Market St
Open 24 hours

21st & Sansom Streets
2107 Sansom St
Open 24 hours

Patriot Parking Inc
2102 Sansom St
Open 24 hours

Park America
2027 Sansom St

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Philadelphia, PA
 |  May 22-23

23rd St. Armory
22 South 23rd St.
Philadelphia, PA