Calling All Community Organizers

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia’s Garden Justice Legal Initiative is seeking a part time community organizer.

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One Major Step Closer to a Land Bank

City Council approved an amended version of the land bank bill today, meaning Council is set to vote on the bill at the final council meeting of the year on December 12th. We are ecstatic that Philadelphia is on its way to being the largest city in the country to have a land bank.

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Time is Running Out To Get the Land Bank We Need

Philadelphia needs a land bank bill that provides a simple, fair process for acquiring and using vacant land that is the same for everyone.

If we want a land bank, we have four days to get it done. City Council must amend the land bank bill by December 5th to get it passed on December 12, before winter break, and into budget discussions for 2014.

Time is running out to pass a streamlined, transparent land bank. The Land Bank Alliance has already raised concerns about the last round of amendments, which added additional layers of bureaucracy. Axis Philly and the Inquirer are reporting that Council President Clarke is floating additional amendments that may again jeopardize the effectiveness of the land bank.

Here are three reasons why we need a land bank now.

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Land Bank Update

Today, November 21st, City Council is in the first of the final three meetings of the full council before the end of 2013. The final two meetings of the whole will be held on December 5 and December 12. We need you to attend these meetings, call you district council person and show your support for a City Council vote on a transparent, streamlined land bank bill before the end of the year.

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Sayre Garden Guest Blog

By Reginaldo Winston and the Sayre Garden Crew

Sayre Garden is a space within Sayre High School (which is located on 58th and Walnut Street) regularly maintained by a group of 12 student interns.

Over the summer we participated in several workshops and events that prepared us to go out in our local and neighboring communities. We started off by learning and understanding the significance of gardening and how it can positively affect our lives in multiple regards. We were also taught public speaking skills which allowed us to properly interview community gardeners and members.

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Word on the Street - November 2013

Thanks for visiting Grounded in Philly! In this November edition of Word on the Street you'll find an update on the land bank bill, information on upcoming events and tools and resources. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends!

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Land Bank Bill Voted Out of Committee

On Monday, October 28th, 2013, Philadelphia came one step closer to a fair, transparent, accountable and equitable land management process. The City Council Committee on Public Property and Public Works heard testimony from advocates, realtors, residents, and others in front of a packed house of supporters and community members.

After hours of testimony, the committee voted to send the bill to the full council for consideration, with just one committee member, Councilwoman Blackwell, voting to keep the bill in committee longer.

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Join us at the Growing Healthy Communities event

Join us in celebrating and highlighting how communities in Philadelphia and beyond are collaborating and innovating to solve health disparities.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overbrook Environmental Education Center

6130 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Click here to RSVP

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Communities are creative, but our systems need work

Daily News Staff Writer Wendy Ruderman did a tremendous job with yesterday's article "To survive, you gotta have a hustle." Rather than giving us one more article about "vacant" lots in North Philly, Ruderman shows how community and enterprise exist on and around some of those spaces -- particularly a few managed as "part hobby, part food pantry for needy neighbors - and part cash crop" by Brewerytown's Miss Paula Mae Willis.

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