Within the first week, our Make it Right PHL group grew to over 1,300 members. Beyond sharing events, articles, and resources, some amazing projects started emerging from the connections folks made! Below, you'll find just some examples of those - including a monthly Book Club and suggested reading list that was born of a discussion in the group; a public art project at the City Hall subway station; and information on our Giving Tuesday campaign. Check back frequently, as this page will be updated as projects naturally emerge in our community.
Make it Right PHL Book Club
Inspired by a suggestion and an article shared by Make it Right PHL member Christy Santoro - and after a wonderful discussion thread leading to our own suggested reading list - MIRPHL member Jessica Main took it upon herself to organize a monthly book club, intended to provide a safe and constructive space to read texts that help participants better understand the perspective, needs, and views of those who voted for Trump, in the hopes that this will be a first step towards meaningful dialogue and collaboration. Jessica already has the Free Library of Philadelphia and a variety of nonprofits on board to host the monthly gathering - way to go organizing, Jessica! Please check out our Events Page and FB group for updates on future meetings, as they will vary with time/location monthly.
November 29, 2016 was Giving Tuesday - a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Justine Haemmerli, Make It Right PHL's founder, set a goal of $1,000 to be collectively donated by the MIRPHL Facebook group. She also encouraged those who donated to inspire others to participate by sharing with the group the names of the organizations to whom they generously gave.
With a resounding collaborative effort, the $1,000 goal was exceeded before noon and the giving continued throughout the day. The final total? $13,100 donated to 127 different organizations!
Inspired by Jessica Main's book club (see above for details), Make It Right PHL member, Julie Lenard offered to create a writing evening for those trying to continuously process and own their stories post-election. Julie believes that writing can help by uncovering thoughts, feelings, and ideas which have yet to be uncovered and can assist in the process of trying to move forward and take action.