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Pivedite’s Call to Action for Philadelphia

By David Sherwin, President at Pivedite

INTRO

This post highlights news articles from February. Review our Question/Action section within the blog to how think about how you can take bold action.


HOMELESSNESS

“United Healthcare tackles homelessness as a root cause of poor health, and Philly is a test bed”. Philadelphia Inquirer article published on February 21, 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
Should other health care companies create similar programs? What other businesses could create housing programs for the homeless?

  • PROBLEM: Approx. 5700 people were homeless in 2018.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: End homelessness in your community.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: End homelessness for 1 person

HUNGER

“3 Cheers: Maria Nieves Gives Helpings Of Hope”. CBS Philly article published on February 27, 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
Are you able to get involved at a local food pantry? Does her story inspire you to take action?

  • PROBLEM: Approx. 302,685 residents were food insecure from 2015-2017.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: End hunger in your community.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: End hunger for 1 person.

HEALTH

“As a West Philadelphia hospital expects to end services, City Council wants to find solutions”. The Philadelphia Tribune article published on February 13, 2020.


QUESTION/ACTION:
The City of Philadelphia is going to hold public meetings and they want input from the community. Can you contribute to a solution? What can the City of Philadelphia do to ensure hospitals don’t close?

  • PROBLEM: 12% of adults were uninsured and approximately 1 in 6 adults reported not having a primary care provider in 2018.
  • Click for Source: (go to pg. 3) 
  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Ensure everyone in your community has access to quality health care.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: Help 1 person get quality health care.

EDUCATION  

“Call for Proposals – Present at the 2020 Technology & Adult Ed Conference”. City of Philadelphia Office of Adult Education article published on February 18, 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
Do you or someone you know have an idea for a proposal? Can you spread the word about this event?

  • PROBLEM: Approx. 550,000 adults did not have adequate literacy skills in 2018.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Ensure everyone in your community has adequate literacy skills.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: Ensure 1 adult you know improves their literacy skills.

UNEMPLOYMENT

“New Philly work program offers alternative to panhandling”. WHYY article published on February 7, 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
Do you know someone who could benefit from this? How can we expand these kinds of programs? Do people need to be paid more than $50 per day?

  • PROBLEM: Approx. 35,000 people were unemployed in December 2018.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: End unemployment in your community.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: End unemployment for 1 person.

LIVING WAGE  

“Guest Opinion: Moderate minimum wage hikes don’t impact employment”. Bucks County Courier Times article published on February 26, 2020.  

QUESTION/ACTION:
Can you reach out to your local State Senator or Representative to say you support raising the state’s minimum wage? What other ways can you get involved in this fight?

  • PROBLEM: The minimum wage is $7.25 per hour but the wage needed for basic living is $12.64.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Make sure everyone in your community or workplace has a living wage.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: Help 1 person increase their wage to a living wage.

RENEWABLE ENERGY  

“Welcome to Philly Earth Day! – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by exploring tons of eco-events around the city”. Philly Earth Day.com events for April 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
Can you attend any of these events? Could any of these events inspire you to take action?

  • PROBLEM: Philadelphia does not use 100% renewable energy but has committed to 100% renewable by 2035.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Ensure everyone in your community uses 100% renewable energy.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: Stop using non-renewable energy.

VIOLENCE  

“South Philly residents rally against Philly crime”. Metro article published on February 11, 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
Do we need more rallies all over the city? Do leaders respond to these kinds of rallies? Are there ways to make rallies more effective?

DISCRIMINATION

“Local organizations collaborate to create LGBTQ housing program”. Philadelphia Gay News article published on February 13, 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
Do you know someone who could benefit from this service? Does the City of Philadelphia need to do more to promote these kinds of programs?

  • PROBLEM: 45% of African Americans, 18% of Asian Americans, nearly 1 in 5 Latinos, 34% of LGBTQ Americans, and 41% overall say they have been discriminated against in 2017.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: End discrimination in your community.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: Stop 1 act of discrimination.

VOTING

“Millions of people can vote but don’t, even in swing states like Pennsylvania. Here’s why.” Philadelphia Inquirer article published on February 19, 2020.

QUESTION/ACTION:
How can you convince people in your community to vote? What other organizations can help to convince people it is important to vote?

  • PROBLEM: 51% of registered voters voted in 2018.
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  • SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Get all eligible voters in your community to vote in every election.
  • INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: Vote in every election or get 1 person you know who doesn’t vote to vote in every election.

Pivedite Team

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