Petition: Save Philly's Block Party Program! No Police Power Grab!

(Fishtown Block Party | Image: Jon Geeting)

Philadelphia is known as the Block Party capital of the East Coast, closing more streets for community celebrations than any other big city. 

But the Kenney administration just threw a big wrench into the gears of Philly block party culture by requiring communities to get pre-approved by the local Police District first before they can submit a petition to Streets.

This is totally unnecessary red tape that's just going to make it harder for neighbors to organize block parties, and weaken this important part of Philadelphia's culture.

Sign and share this petition to SAY NO to this Block Party Power Grab by the Police Department!

One of the biggest reasons why Philadelphia has such a strong block party culture—which is most popular in majority black neighborhoods in North, West, and western South Philly—is because of how cheap and easy it is to get a permit.

A block party permit costs only $25, and requires signatures from 75% of households on the block (or 90% on a weeknight or non-holiday). As of a few years ago, you can also apply for a block party permit online, thanks to Tim Wisniewski during the Nutter administration, who put the permitting process online in an effort to streamline block party organizing.

Now Mayor Kenney is going in the exact opposite direction, creating an annoying two-step process that's going to be much less clear and straightforward for residents. And by leaving it up to individual Police Districts all over the city, there's going to be too much personal discretion from individual police officers to decide who gets to have a party or not.

That's unfair, and is the opposite of the direction we need to be going in, with even more lax permission requirements to use streets as public space.

The Streets Department is framing this in Orwellian terms, talking about why Police pre-approval will improve "customer service" or the "efficiency and integrity" of the program, but that only makes sense if you consider the Police and City service providers as the customers to be served—not the residents organizing the block parties.

For the real customers, it's going to mean more of your block party applications getting vetoed by the Police for unclear reasons. Maybe police officers just prefer to drive on your block and don't want the hassle of going around—DENIED! There's also the additional hassle and delay of getting a permit reviewed by two separate departments—a burden that should be on the City to coordinate, not the block party organizer.

This policy already went into effect on August 1st and was just announced with no advance warning, so we need to get the Kenney administration to reverse this new rule.

Take Action: Sign and share this petition to help raise awareness of the block party power grab. Then, call your City Councilmembers and ask them to call on Mayor Kenney to support Philly's block party program, and oppose pre-approval by Police.

District Members

District 1: Mark Squilla: mark.squilla@phila.gov, (215) 686-3458, (215) 686-3459

District 2: Kenyatta Johnson: kenyatta.johnson@phila.gov, (215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413

District 3: Jannie Blackwell: jannie.blackwell@phila.gov, (215) 686-3418, (215) 686-3419

District 4: Curtis Jones, Jr.: curtis.jones@phila.gov, (215) 686-3416, (215) 686-3417

District 5: Darrell Clarke (Council President): darrell.clarke@phila.gov, (215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3443

District 6: Bobby Henon (Majority Leader): bobby@bobbyhenon.com, (215) 686-3444, (215) 686-3445

District 7: Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez: maria.q.sanchez@phila.gov, (215) 686-3448, (215) 686-3449

District 8: Cindy Bass: cindy.bass@phila.gov, (215) 686-3424, (215) 686-3425

District 9: Cherelle Parker: cherelle.parker@phila.gov, 215) 686-3454, (215) 686-3455

District 10: Brian O'Neill: brian.o'neill@phila.gov, (215) 686-3422, (215) 686-3423

 

At-Large Members

Blondell Reynolds-Brown: blondell.r.brown@phila.gov, (215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439

Allan Domb: allan.domb@phila.gov, (215) 686-3414, (215) 686-3415

Derek Green: derek.green@phila.gov, (215) 686-3450, (215) 686-3451

Bill Greenlee: bill.greenlee@phila.gov, (215) 686-3446, (215) 686-3447

Helen Gym: helen.gym@phila.gov, (215) 686-3420, (215) 686-3421

David Oh (R): david.oh@phila.gov, (215) 686-3452, (215) 686-3453

Al Taubenberger: (R): al.taubenberger@phila.gov, (215) 686-3440, (215) 686-3441

Who's signing

Kayla Serrano
Sassyton Kennedy
Louisa Engle
evan mcintosh
Lauren Ancona
Martin Alexion
Michael Conway
Ali Kronley
Daniel LaRossa
Diana Henze
Elizabeth-Ann Tierney
John Arnold
Rashida Jabbar
Marni Snyder
Adia Hagans-paige
Rowena Still-Russell
Charles Mugi
Mwlimu Waset
Maxwell Blankenship
Aaron Davis
Renee Drezner
Kelsey Whalen
Andrew Carroll
Alaina Pell
Aaron Pond
Sabrina Jacot
Leah Dirkse
Chris DiBiase
513 signatures

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  • Kayla Serrano
    signed via 2018-08-20 18:13:46 -0400
    Kayla M Serrano
  • Sassyton Kennedy
    signed via 2018-08-20 16:52:17 -0400
  • Louisa Engle
    signed 2018-08-19 12:11:30 -0400
  • evan mcintosh
    signed 2018-08-19 11:33:09 -0400
    let the people run their own communities! all power 2 the ppl of philly
  • Lauren Ancona
    signed via 2018-08-17 12:39:16 -0400
  • Martin Alexion
    signed 2018-08-16 13:24:45 -0400
  • Michael Conway
    signed 2018-08-15 18:37:28 -0400
  • Ali Kronley
    signed 2018-08-14 09:22:01 -0400
  • Daniel LaRossa
    signed 2018-08-13 10:47:50 -0400
  • Diana Henze
    signed 2018-08-13 10:42:02 -0400
  • Elizabeth-Ann Tierney
    signed 2018-08-12 14:58:07 -0400
  • ¡Muerte al Imperialismo!🚩
    @OneAngryFist tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-11 03:20:11 -0400
    Petition: Save Philly's Block Party Program! No Police Power Grab! http://www.phila3-0.org/save_the_block_parties?recruiter_id=52304
  • John Arnold
    signed 2018-08-11 03:19:57 -0400
  • Rashida Jabbar
    signed 2018-08-10 23:40:48 -0400
  • Marni Snyder
    signed 2018-08-09 23:25:11 -0400
  • Adia Hagans-paige
    signed 2018-08-09 17:05:38 -0400
  • Rowena Still-Russell
    signed 2018-08-09 16:54:19 -0400
  • Charles Mugi
    signed 2018-08-09 16:53:32 -0400
  • Mwlimu Waset
    signed 2018-08-09 16:02:12 -0400
    SHUT that nonsense down👊🏿👊🏿
  • Maxwell Blankenship
    signed 2018-08-09 12:26:38 -0400
    Shoutout Dan Edwards for bringing me here
  • Aaron Davis
    signed 2018-08-09 12:10:21 -0400
  • Renee Drezner
    signed 2018-08-09 09:26:01 -0400
  • Kelsey Whalen
    signed 2018-08-08 17:34:27 -0400
  • Andrew Carroll
    signed 2018-08-08 15:16:12 -0400
    Let our communities celebrate each other
  • Alaina Pell
    signed 2018-08-08 13:42:43 -0400
  • Aaron Pond
    signed 2018-08-07 22:11:51 -0400
  • Sabrina Jacot
    signed 2018-08-07 21:21:48 -0400
  • Leah Dirkse
    signed 2018-08-07 21:15:24 -0400
  • Chris DiBiase
    @ChrisDiBiaseRE tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-07 18:10:06 -0400
    Petition: Save Philly's Block Party Program! No Police Power Grab! http://www.phila3-0.org/save_the_block_parties?recruiter_id=49691
  • Chris DiBiase
    signed 2018-08-07 18:09:53 -0400