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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  • 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.
  • Addie Johnston
    signed 2021-06-30 20:22:45 -0400
  • William Hogg Jr
    signed 2021-04-23 08:28:51 -0400
  • A block captain Active
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  • A block captain Active
    signed 2021-04-07 05:45:58 -0400
    Block captains do not get paid to at times put themselves at risk. To possible get hurt. It is a volunteer positions. Do your part pick up a broom and help. Call 311 many hands make light work. I agree with the street department. Call your clean block officer. They can help you contact your block captain Signed Active block captain.
  • Priscilla Fuentes
    signed 2021-02-24 17:04:50 -0500
  • Sylvia Conner
    signed 2021-02-13 17:21:12 -0500
    We should be able to know who represents our blocks as Block Captains, so we can work together on issues. Maybe that’s why we don’t hear from them because they need assistance.
  • Barry Reese
    signed 2020-12-18 14:04:46 -0500
  • Michael Mylett
    signed 2020-11-28 19:14:16 -0500
  • Jackson Jacqueline
    signed 2020-11-20 21:29:55 -0500
  • Jackie Pearson
    signed 2020-11-09 09:59:29 -0500
    Who is the Block Captain
  • Bruce Mazur
    signed 2020-09-30 12:03:38 -0400