PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today announced ‘Philly Civic Action,’ a community engagement initiative asking Philadelphians to answer the question “What would you like the legacy of the Democratic National Convention to be on civic engagement in Philadelphia?” The purpose of this program is to enable Philadelphians from across the city to use the occasion of the Convention to voice their thoughts on what it means to be an engaged citizen and how Philadelphia can benefit from increased civic engagement. The Host Committee is partnering with Young Involved Philadelphia and the Urban Affairs Coalition to bring this activation to life in several Philadelphia neighborhoods over the next week leading up to the start of the Convention on Monday, July 25th.
“Part of the Host Committee’s commitment to making this the most diverse, inclusive, and forward-looking convention yet is to engage Philadelphians from across the city and empower them to affect change,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. “We invite Philadelphians to proudly build on the forward-thinking legacy that our nation’s founders drafted here, via a modern civic dialogue that can enable community members to express themselves and drive change for years to come.”
Starting July 16th at Philadelphia Runner in West Philadelphia and later that day in Fairmount outside of the Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary, which is holding its planned events specially in honor of freedom and unity following the tragedy in Nice, France, residents will be invited to pen their ideas about what civic engagement means to them and how it can help the city move forward. The project will bring citizens together and cultivate a city-wide conversation on sticker prompts. These stickers will be collected and applied to a replica LOVE statue, creating a living wall of memories, ideas, and dialogue. The completed installation will stand 5’ tall and will be displayed inside Philadelphia’s City Hall after the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The statue was produced and donated to the Host Committee by PoliticalFest event partner LeapStarr Productions. Additional donated services were provided by Minuteman Press and local graphic designer, Mo Manklang.
Follow the Host Committee on social media to find out which neighborhoods will host upcoming Philly Civic Action engagement opportunities as well as to see some of the content Philadelphians are contributing in real time.
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The Democratic National Convention will take place July 25-28, 2016 in Philadelphia.