Upcoming Events

9/21 (Peace Day), 7:00-8:30pm: Using A Moment to Fuel A Movement: Individual and Collective Action through Pandemics, Protests & Politics

What are the opportunities that we have and need to act upon during this unique time of Covid-19 and racial reckoning? What are challenges to follow through? How do we seize this moment to propel the movement for greater justice and peace forward? Hear three different perspectives on this extraordinary time and discuss hopes, ideas and actions toward a more just and peaceful world.

Register here: https://bit.ly/MomentToMovementPeaceDay  

Speakers: Rev. David Brown, Amadee Braxton and Patricia Pierce

To learn more about other PDP 2020 programs, go to: https://bit.ly/PDPPrograms

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Philadelphia FIGHT
Family Reunification Program – Feb 18
Posted on February 11, 2020
The Institute for Community Justice is beginning a pilot program for 
Family Reunification,
 and we are looking for families who would like to participate.
This program will provide a safe space for families to work through 
stressors related to incarceration. 
It will consist of free weekly family mediation sessions 
that last five weeks for people in re-entry and their chosen family
 (can be any important person that has been supportive or 
whom a participant wishes to communicate with better).
We will focus on using family therapy techniques to build two-way empathy
 and understanding of the challenges faced both by the person in re-entry
 and by that person’s family as a result of incarceration to help facilitate happier,
 healthier relationships.
Our pilot program will consist of 6-8 families 
and is open to any participant above 
the age of 18 who has been impacted by mass incarceration.
If you’re interested in referring clients to this program,
 please come to our information and registration session,
 or forward this to your clients who might like to participate with their families. 
We are hosting the information and registration session on 
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 11am to 12pm.
Thank you for your interest! Please email Marlon MacAllister at
 mmacallister@fight.org to confirm your attendance or
 if you have any questions.
Informational flyer: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A9092a094-fe07-4293-9b8a-e77f2af1e7b2

More Other Local Events and Workshops
DVCEE Educators of Color Recruitment Fair – Apr 22
Game Night & Book Drive Fundraiser – Apr 21
HigHER Lancaster – Apr 21

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We compile a weekly email with local events, resources, national conferences, calls for proposals, grant, volunteer and job opportunities in the higher education and nonprofit sectors.
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Table Talk On Mass Incarceration Thursday. October 17th 9am by Invitation

We will be discussing ending prison gerrymandering and ending long term solitary confinement in Pennsylvania jails and prisons as part of The Philadelphia Foundation On The Table Talk.

Confirmed guest
Fair District Pa Laura Richlin and Keith Forstyh with a possible four or five more attending but not yet confirmed. Mihkel Harrison State Director All On The Lines, Human Rights Coalition Jackson Kusiack and one other member. Alicia Dorsey Pa. Voter Court Watch, Host of conversation, Darrell Bell Hip Hop Congress

Senator Farnese has SB832 in our Pa. Senate to address ending long term solitary confinement and we would like to get an update? State Rep. JoAnn McClinton has HB940 in the house and we are looking to get an update.

Breakfast conversation around ending prison gerrymandering and long term solitary confinement in all Pennsylvania penal institutions, with concerned members of our society is the focus.

Our menu is pancakes, waffles, eggs, with seasonal muffins, coffee, tea and doughnuts all homemade.


Learn The Law With Attorney Karla Cruel

Educating our community about the law so they can leverage power through knowledge. It’s law school for the people without student loans. We can also help people who have been arrested navigate the court process.

Attend a training session on September 17

Be A Census Champion

The 2020 Census is quickly approaching and comes with new challenges, such as web-based response, no funding for community outreach, and distrust in the federal government. These are challenges we must work together to overcome.

Who is a Census Champion?A Census Champion is a trusted messenger who has the tools to educate their community about the census and its impact on our city.
Find a training near you and sign up!
Let’s spread the word. Share this information with your friends, family, and neighbors, because you count, #PhillyCounts! 

If you have questions about the Census Champion Training, Philly Counts or the 2020 Census contact our team at census@phila.gov or call 215-686-2146.

Community College of Philadelphia

Civics Education: So, you think you know your government? 9/16/19 – 12/9/19

How much do you know about your own government? As part of a democracy, civics education is the ultimate tool on the path to becoming a more informed and active member in society.

In this noncredit, ten-week program, you will gain firsthand knowledge from members of the judicial branch about our constitution, the court system, immigration, criminal and civil cases, and many more aspects of our government that every citizen should know. Designed by Federal Judges Marjorie O. “Midge” Rendell and Cynthia M. Rufe, co-chairs of the Third Circuit Courts and Community Committee, a rotation of judges will lead the weekly classes and highlight a specialized field of the government. Not for those who want a straight lecture, this curriculum will present information about the government through a highly accessible, engaging and interactive forum. After successfully finishing the course, students will receive a certificate of completion.

How to Register

Register online. Hurry, registration is limited to 100 participants. There is a $50 fee for the entire 10-week program. Please note that you may not use financial aid as payment for this program.


Community College of Philadelphia
Center for Business and Industry
18th and Callowhill streets, Room C2-28
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Class Schedule 

Classes will take place every Monday from 6 to 6:50 p.m.

Date Class Curriculum
September 16 Introduction: Judge Marjorie O. “Midge” RendellGain an overview of the government’s framework. This introduction will include discussion about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, branches of the government and separation of powers.
September 23Courts: Judge Cheryl Krause and Judge Susan Gantman.What is the difference between state and federal courts? Explore their varying levels and roles, judicial independence, stare decisis or precedent, and rule of law.
September 30Holiday: No Class
October 7Civil CaseJudge Gene E. K. Pratter and an attorney of her choiceGain an understanding of how, why and when citizens file lawsuits against one another through a discrimination case study.
October 14Holiday: No Class
October 21Criminal Law: Judge Theodore McKee and Judge Theresa SarminaWhen can the government bring a case up against a defendant? Learn about criminal law through a comprehensive look at key cases and principles as well as the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments.
October 28      ImmigrationJudge RestrepoImmigration has consistently been a hot-button issue in this country. In this unit, learn about the history of immigration, examine case studies and discover the paths to citizenship.
November 4    Voting: Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith and Judge Michael BaylsonVoting is one of our fundamental rights as citizens of the United States of America. Take a deep dive into the parameters of voting rights, the Electoral College and gerrymandering.
November 11    Holiday: No Class
November 18  Administrative and Lower Courts: Chief Magistrate Judge Caracappa, Magistrate Judge Wells and Magistrate Judge LloretLearn about administrative law and cases dealing with the exercise of public power. In addition, examine the roles and responsibilities of the lower courts and how cases move through the upper tier courts.
November 25Civil DiscourseJudge Cynthia M. Rufe and Judge Lawrence Stengel (ret.)How do we engage in conversation with others about the state of our country? Learn about the practice of respectful dialogue to enhance the understanding of an issue.
December 2    Civil RightsJudge Gerald McHughRatified in 1868, the 14th amendment prohibits a state to “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” In this section, you will review laws prohibitingdiscrimination as a way to understand what due process and equal protection means within our legal system. 
December 9Conclusion: Judge Marjorie O. “Midge” Rendell and Judge Cynthia M. RufeWrapping up the last class, we will go over the topics and themes discussed throughout the course. Through this recapitulation, you will glean new insights and formulate ideas about our country and its systems.

Rendell Center Event

Symposium on the Fair & Impartial Judiciary, Oct. 26

Posted on October 8, 2019

The fair and impartial judiciary is a pillar of the American constitutional system. Yet Americans increasingly view the judiciary as an extension of the political system. How can we educate the public and restore its trust? Join Justice Anthony Kennedy, American Law Institute President David Levi, journalist Linda Greenhouse, and other thought leaders in an interactive, daylong session on the  American Judiciary. 

The Fair & Impartial Judiciary Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Seating is limited and will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis, so please respond soon. There is an Event Registration Fee of $75, payable to the Rendell Center for Civics & Civic Engagement. To learn more about the Symposium, click here for the event summary and here for the detailed Symposium agenda.

This program has been approved for 7.0 (3.5 substantive and 3.5 ethics) total CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $280.00 ($70.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

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