Ready to Run, Philadelphia
Sun., Feb. 4, 8 am-5 pm
Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus
Ready to Run Pennsylvania provides nonpartisan training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. This day-long program is for women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political experts and officeholders. Ready to Run is part of the National Training Network of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Register.
Philadelphia Citizen's Job Interviews with Mayoral Candidates
Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
Fitler Club Ballroom, 1 S. 24th St., Philadelphia
Join the Philadelphia Citizen for a series of public events where a panel of questioners with expertise in hiring—along with audience members—will interview the 2023 mayoral candidates using a job description created by the people of Philadelphia. Next up on Feb. 7: Allan Domb and Rebecca Rhynhart. Helen Gym and Cherelle Parker are scheduled for Feb. 21. RSVP.
How Harrisburg Works: Special Elections
Thurs., Feb. 9, 6 pm
Spotlight PA presents an online forum explaining special elections—how they work and why they matter—two days after the Allegheny County PA House special elections that are expected to give Democrats control of the body. The event will feature Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Phila) and Spotlight PA journalist Stephen Caruso. Rabb has proposed legislation to reform special elections. RSVP.
Democracy from the Ground Up: The Power of People-Centered Advocacy
Fri., Feb. 10, 9 am-5 pm
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
3501 Sansom St., Philadelphia
Penn Carey Law School’s daylong 42nd annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium will examine the fragile state of our democracy. Through interdisciplinary conversations with experts, activists and scholars from across the country, we will investigate alternative modes of organizing and how the power of the collective can protect our democracy from fracturing. The symposium will take the form of moderated panels on voting rights, state and local elections, labor organizing, and the future of organizing and legal strategy. Register.
Trusting the Vote Count: Post-Election Audits in PA
Tues., Feb. 14, 12 noon-1 pm
Join C70 in partnership with Verified Voting for a member-exclusive conversation with Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary for Elections and Commissions Jonathan Marks, and Verified Voting experts Pamela Smith and Mark Lindeman about risk-limiting audits and how RLAs can give PA voters confidence in the final election results. Sign up for C70's membership program to attend this and other important events on PA politics and elections.
Lunch With Lawmakers: Making Elections Work Better in PA
Fri., Feb. 17, 12-12:30 pm
Business for America Pennsylvania kicks off its 2023 “Lunch with Lawmakers” series—discussions featuring legislators with different perspectives at the intersection of business and politics—with State Reps. Jared Solomon (D - Philadelphia) and Jesse Topper (R - Bedford/Fulton), who’ll discuss voter ID, pre-canvassing of mail-in ballots, election-worker protection, standardizing election procedures among PA’s 67 counties, clarifying the rules concerning mail-in ballots, and ensuring election integrity. RSVP.
Knight Media Forum, 2023
Wed., Feb. 22, 9 am-5:30 pm
Thurs., Feb. 23, 9 am-2:15 pm
Join us at the 16th annual Knight Media Forum, the premier annual event for leaders in philanthropy, journalism and technology focusing on ways to overcome the financial and credibility challenges facing independent journalism, as reporters and editors provide citizens with accurate information and hold the powerful accountable. Together, we’ll learn from leading thinkers and practitioners, and foster efforts to strengthen, scale and sustain informed and engaged communities. Register.