Jim Kenney: Release the Block Captain List!


Imagine if Philly held thousands of elections for hyper-local seats like committeepeople or board of elections, but then refused to let anybody know who won.

This is exactly the problem with Philadelphia's block captain program. 

While they aren't on the ballot on Election Day, block captains are elected by their neighbors (via petition) to coordinate block clean-ups, and sometimes other activities and initiatives depending on how active they want to be.

If you have a really motivated self-starter for a block captain, chances are you know who this person is. But if you don't, then you're totally out of luck because the Streets Department refuses to release the list of block captains.

That needs to change.

Sign the petition to tell Jim Kenney to stop frustrating local community organizing, and release the block captain list to local civics.

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  • Maryalice collins
    signed 2023-03-21 13:53:02 -0400
    we had a block captain for years no one knows her she did not come to my end of block with petation to become block captain
  • Stephon Fletcher
    signed 2023-03-05 17:59:01 -0500
  • Debra Koita
    signed 2023-03-02 23:17:32 -0500
  • Sallie Buckner
    signed 2023-03-02 21:31:27 -0500
  • Maria della Porta
    signed 2023-03-02 15:00:54 -0500
  • Wasiyma Young
    signed 2023-03-02 08:15:36 -0500
    Has the registry been made? We need our block captains.
  • Rita Varley
    signed 2023-02-18 13:43:27 -0500
    I want to know if I have block captain. And it would be great to know if there are block captains for other blocks near me.
  • Ann Martin
    signed 2023-01-20 16:19:08 -0500
  • Sonia Placeres
    signed 2023-01-11 14:28:39 -0500
  • Darlene Olsen
    signed 2023-01-09 19:17:15 -0500
    Block captains should have character references and no arrests….and they should have a term limit….there are ghost block captains who do nothing and that prevents others to jump in and….it doesn’t work the way it’s done….maybe combine it with neighborhood watch group…make or more than sweeping …how much does it cost to hand out a few brooms to these phantoms….and their names and address or block and contact info should be shared….that way groups of block captains can work together for neighborhood
  • Tom LaPorta
    signed 2022-12-18 10:27:47 -0500
  • Sheikh Khurshan
    signed 2022-10-29 21:46:26 -0400
    Great opportunity, to make beautiful Philadelphia
  • Marie Germain
    signed 2022-10-20 11:45:18 -0400
  • Michael Stewart
    signed 2022-10-13 21:18:27 -0400
  • Jacqueline Arnold
    signed 2022-08-25 11:56:32 -0400
  • Thomas Quinn
    signed 2022-08-20 15:49:22 -0400
  • Scott Krzywonos
    signed 2022-07-05 22:32:38 -0400
  • Melissa Scherkoske
    signed 2022-06-30 09:26:09 -0400
  • Jonathan Pezold
    signed 2022-06-28 09:34:45 -0400
  • Tiffany Buturla
    signed 2022-06-27 00:27:02 -0400
  • Margaret Adkins
    signed 2022-06-24 20:20:19 -0400
    Need someone to contact me please thanks
  • Amanda Collett
    signed 2022-05-16 19:11:09 -0400
  • Tangie Allen
    signed 2022-05-04 20:52:46 -0400
  • Tamla M. Tinsley
    signed 2022-05-03 18:12:55 -0400
    I am a block captain in 40 Ward/13 Division of Southwest Philadelphia and I don’t know who are my fellow captain’s in or around the area.
  • Joyce Brooks
    signed 2022-02-08 12:02:13 -0500
    I’m in agreement that Block Captains are to be voted in and put on the ballet. Also a lot of neighbors are discussed with the ones they have because they do nothing, they don’t attend meetings. I’m the Vice President of : Block Captains Committee Of Nicetown Ms. Joyce Brooks


    We have been hosting meeting for years and most of them don’t even atten. Now that we’re on Zoom they still don’t attend after giving us their email address and phone numbers. Yes the Block Captains structure needs a overhaul like years ago.. WHAT✅
  • Elizabeth Rogers
    signed 2021-12-21 22:59:48 -0500
  • Anna Latshaw
    signed 2021-12-21 21:34:17 -0500
  • Madeleine Heimer
    signed 2021-12-21 21:24:45 -0500
  • Kristina Dugan
    signed 2021-12-21 21:18:00 -0500
  • cathrine evans
    signed 2021-10-18 15:42:02 -0400
    Are block captains in their positions for life? How are elections held if more than one person has a petition full of signatures? What happens when a single address has signed more than one petition? This system is wonky and perhaps a patronage system, At least post the rules and regulations.