In an effort to provide an opportunity for West Philly residents and businesses to protest the decisions by the current administration and to show solidarity with the general strike that is taking place across the country, a West Philadelphia Community Strike and Rally is being planned for Friday, Feb. 17.
Neighbors and businesses in West Philly will be gathering for a rally in Clark Park from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. the rally that will include interactive work by Theater of the Oppressed, puppets from Spiral Q, and a speaker from local activist organization West Philly Forward Together. Participating local businesses will be closing their doors from 12 – 2:00 p.m., if not for the entire day, according to event organizers, local activists Thomas Morello and Jessica St. Jacobs.
“Another aspect of this event’s purpose is in the location, as travel to Center City presents a barrier to some members of our community and does not highlight and empower our specific neighborhood as such,” Morello wrote in an e-mail.
“…this location for the general strike aims to welcome more fully those of us that have not historically been included in the political sphere. There will be space to express feelings about the current administration and celebrate the diversity in our community.”
Morello and St. Jacobs, along with activists Josh Zolten, Stephanie Barrele, and Ian Cohen, have done some canvassing on foot in the neighborhood to inform and invite local businesses to participate in the strike. They have also done outreach via online networks, as well as local radio.
The event has a Facebook page, so go there for more information and updates.
So far the following businesses have confirmed their participation and will be closed on Friday:
Vix Emporium (12-2 p.m.)
Snapdragon Flowers and Gifts
Zed’s Last Minute Gift Shop
The Satellite Cafe
The Nesting House
Honest Tom’s Taco Shop