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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #37

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

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PENNSYLVANIA RANKS #4 AMONG STATES FOR GREEN JOBS:  “Where the Green Jobs Are–Atlantic Monthly 3/26/12

LEAGUE OF YOUNG VOTERS: GREEN JOBS

SAVE TO WIN: the lottery everybody wins

BOOK REVIEW: WHY DON’T AMERICAN CITIES BURN? by Professor Michael B. Katz
—Philadelphia hosts 350,000 unemployed, 250,000 uninsured, 60,000 hungry children, 40,000 vacant lots, 42% dropout rate, the United States’ highest urban poverty rate and the world’s highest incarceration rate.  Therefore the proven greed, incompetence and brutality of Philadelphia’s managers would justifiably spark rebellion.
—Professor Katz describes why quiet suffering rules here.  First, some of the traditionally poor have been brought into the middle class, diluting calls for racial and economic justice.  Second, generous funding of police has forced frustrated people to attack one another rather than those who control them.  As well, the Poverty Industry has saturated the inner city with social services that substitute power for dependence.
—The author does not offer solutions.  Find these in Green Jobs Philly News and books by this newsletter’s editor: “How to Take Power,” “Health Democracy,” “Hometown Money,” “Green Jobs Philly,” “Los Angeles: A History of the Future.”

PHILADELPHIA: THE STATE OF THE CITY 2012 Report by Pew Charitable Trusts shows GENERAL DECLINE of most formal indicators.
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GETTING IT BACK TOGETHER

PHRESH PHILADELPHIA grassroots economic development and empowerment

RISING SONS raise capable young men

PHILADELPHIA BIRTHS SECOND INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT “We the People can direct our Congress by selecting America’s laws online and supporting candidates for Congress who commit to vote the way registered citizens vote on a secure online forum.  DIRECT CONGRESS is America’s first post-partisan online voting party. Direct Congress.  Direct Congress.

PHILLY SIDE ARTS Helping artists find and keep customers Sign up, create a profile, and start promoting your arts and crafts.

GREEN JOBS PHILLY LISTSERVE invites you to meet your fellow job seekers.

UNIONS AND CO-OPS UNITE to form worker-owned “union co-ops.”

CAMPAIGN TO BANK LIKE APPALACHIA MATTERS, Green Your Money invites individuals, faith communities, and other organizations to close their bank accounts with PNC, unless the bank commits to end all financing of mountaintop removal coal mining by May 31, 2012.
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EATING WRITE

FOODS FOR THOUGHT is  a commercial scale, indoor, closed-loop, mostly aeroponic farm. “We expect to be in production by the end of 2012 in a warehouse in Philadelphia. We have developed the warehouse farm as a prototype for local green food production and distribution as well as family sustaining employment. The profits of the farm will fund college scholarships. We are now securing investments to establish the farm.”

GROWING ORANGES IN PHILADELPHIA: our city has gone from a plant hardiness zone of 7a (average minimum winter temp 0-5°F) to 7b (average minimum winter temp 5-10°F) See Plant Hardiness Zone Map

THE EDIBLE FACTORY Chicago show how to restore abandoned factories as food engines.

FOOD TRUST SEEKS FARMERS FOR MARKETS All types of growers welcome, especially those growing a large variety of produce and specialty producers. Contact mkawinzi@thefoodtrust.org for an application.

SEVEN ACRES OF FREE FOOD IN SEATTLE: Massive Edible Forest

TREEPHILLY OFFERS FREE TREES
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EVENTS

CORZO CENTER FOR CREATIVE ECONOMY EVENTS CALENDAR

4/14 BARTRAM’S ORCHARD PLANTING, Up to 60 additional new fruit and nut trees will go in the ground to expand the the largest in Philadelphia.  We’ll also be planting a small edible wetland garden.  A partnership between POP, Bartram’s, UNI, PHS, and Parks & Rec. 10am, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.  RAINDATE: Sunday, 4/15 @ 1pm.

4/17 SOUTH PHILLY TEEN ORCHARD PLANTING,:330pm, 2015 S. 8th St, South.  RAINDATE: 4/24 @ 3:30pm.

4/20 PEPPER ORCHARD PLANTING, 12:30pm, South Side of Pepper Middle School, 2901 S. 84th St.  “Work with students from Pepper Middle School in planting new fruit trees & berry bushes and mulching their orchard. Planting will be proceeded by a short Intro to Permaculture workshop.

Everybody learns skills and gets fed.

Everybody learns skills and gets fed, while planting an orchard.

4/21 CAROUSEL ORCHARD PLANTING, 10am , Carousel House, Ave of the Republic & Belmont Ave, West Fairmount Park   “We’ll be spreading mulch and planting fruit trees, berry bushes, and a pollinator garden!’

4/26-28 PUBLIC BANKING CONFERENCE taking control of our own money again.

4/28 PUT PEOPLE FIRST Townhall gathering and speakout, by Media Mobilizing Project  7pm, Songhai City Cultural Center, 3117 Master St.

4/28 VERTICAL GARDENING USING PALLETS “This is a great way to garden in small urban spaces and upcycle an old pallet .” Register:

4/28 OVERBROOK ORCHARD PLANTING, 10am, Overbrook Environmental Education Center, 6401 Lancaster Ave.  “See what this dynamic neighborhood organization is doing with formerly vacant land and buildings!  RAINDATE: Sunday, 4/29 @ 1pm.

5/5 SPRING CRAFT BAZAAR • 9–5pm at Greensgrow

5/5-6 DEEP ROOTS at Elkins Park Farm teaches “how local urban residents can convert to a sustainable place. Replacing the front and back lawn area of the house into vegetable and fruit garden. Adding free range chicken for eggs and keeping bees for honey and more!”

5/9-11  REINVENTING OLDER COMMUNITIES: BUILDING RESILIENT CITIES, Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

5/12 EARTH’S KEEPERS ORCHARD PLANTING, 10am, 51st & Kingsessing Ave,   “Help expand the new orchard at Earth’s Keepers Farm, which operates a Youth Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program at the Kingsessing Rec Center.  RAINDATE: Sunday, 5/13 @ 1pm.

5/12-18 DE LA SEMBRA A LA COSECHA (From Plant to Harvest) en Norris Square: “Garden events taking place during the week will include a networking cocktail hour, movie night, volunteer workday, youth talent showcase, and workshops. “

5/19 HUNTING PARK ORCHARD PLANTING, Hunting Park Community Garden, East of Hunting Park Ave & W. Bristol St.  “We’ll be planting berry bushes, fruiting vines, and pollinator gardens as the first phase of the proposed orchard adjoining the new Hunting Park Community Garden.  RAINDATE: Sunday, 5/20 @ 1pm.

6/9  STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL at WOODFORD ORCHARD, NW of 33rd & Dauphin, East Fairmount Park.  RAINDATE: Sunday, 6/10.

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