Annual Event in 1 Week -- Buy Tickets Today!


Our Annual Event, "Of the People, By the People, For the People," is just one week away! We can't wait to celebrate this core conviction of democracy and our honorees, Soil Generation, Nick Chimicles, and Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. You can purchase tickets here

Bleu Martini
New this year, we are hosting an after party featuring DJ Ayeboogie at Bleu Martini from 9 PM - Midnight. A $10 donation is suggested if you wish to attend the after party at 24 S. 2nd St.

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Annual Event Auction Open to All

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Our silent auction is now LIVE and available to ALL regardless of whether or not you can join us at the event. Place your bids on more than 25 items now, and remember, 100% of the proceeds benefit the Public Interest Law Center's work to help our region's most vulnerable people. The auction will be live until 8:15 p.m. on October 6. 

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PA Supreme Court Hears Fair Education Funding Lawsuit

Hundreds of parents, students, superintendents, and school board members, including advocates from as far away as Erie and Pittsburgh, crowded the halls of Philadelphia City Hall for oral argument in our fair education funding lawsuit. Those in attendance, as well as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices, heard powerful argument from Brad Elias, our pro bono partner from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Following the hearing, a large, spirited rally took place on the north side of City Hall. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision of the appeal sometime after the oral argument, although there is no specific deadline.

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Pa. Right to Know Law 101
12 - 1:30 p.m.
United Way Building

Join staff attorney Ben Geffen for a free training to learn how to use Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law to request documents from state and local government agencies, such as budgets, contracts, databases and policy information

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Urban Agriculture Hearing

Urban Ag
On September 22, Philadelphia City Council held its first hearing devoted entirely to urban agriculture. Soil Generation and community organizer Kirtrina Baxter were integral in organizing more than 100 farmers and advocates to attend the hearing. Kirtrina ( her tesitmony) and staff attorney Amy Laura Cahn ( her testimony) were among the more than 20 people that submitted testimony to City Council. Speaking with Metro, Amy Laura said, " We have upward of 470 community gardens in Philadelphia. The majority of them are land insecure. We should have a way to preserve spaces before they're at risk." For more on the hearings, check out articles at PlanPhilly and Metro
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Board of Directors Update

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Robert (left); Eric (right)
We are pleased to welcome Robert LaRocca of Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C. to our board of directors. Robert was voted onto the board at its September meeting. Also at that meeting,  Law Center board and staff recognized Eric Rothschild for his service. After 10 years on the board of directors, including five years as board chair, Eric is taking on a new challenge with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Vacant Land 215
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Northeast Regional Library, Philadelphia

Bring your own seeds, plant starts and plant cuttings for your favorite cooking greens, beans, grains, root vegetables and culinary herbs to share. Information on the practices, traditions and stories of seed saving will be available.  This free program is family-friendly and open to gardeners of all skill levels.  Space is limited; first come, first served.  Questions? Please email or call 215-686-5323.

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