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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  • 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
  • Joyce Brooks
    signed 2021-04-10 08:17:17 -0400
    The only time we use or hear from our block captains when we could have the street closed of for clean up and she would have her family reunion and the neighbors wouldn’t come out. Now you don’t hear from her at all. I’m trying to get some of the young people on my block to sign up.

    We do have about three to five house’s on my block that will help with the clean up . I’m the Vice-President of the Block Captain Committee of Nicetown. What we do is have monthly meetings now by Zoom, and try to keep the community informed with what’s going on in our city. We have our City, State and Government Police Officials, on our Zoom Monthly Meetings. Also others who will help us with our community.

    Ms. Joyce Brooks


    Block Captains Committee Of Nicetown


  • A block captain Active
    followed this page 2021-04-07 05:47:11 -0400
  • 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
  • Gail Pryor
    signed 2020-09-25 11:05:36 -0400
  • Akil Marsh
    signed 2020-08-22 00:29:04 -0400
  • Danielle Mancinelli
    signed 2020-08-22 00:29:03 -0400
  • Staysea Hutchings-McCutcheon
    signed 2020-08-11 04:05:35 -0400
  • Patricia Emore
    signed 2020-07-27 17:04:07 -0400
    I’d like to know the block captain on the 7100 block of Oakley since I live on the corner of Tyson and Oakley. Thank you.
  • Tony Valence
    signed 2020-07-25 12:43:37 -0400
  • Ariel Wiley
    signed 2020-06-06 12:56:11 -0400
    we need to find out who has the lock to the alley way and no one seems to know
  • H Victoria Hargro Atketson
    signed 2020-05-27 21:54:17 -0400
  • Brian Dunn
    signed 2020-03-10 17:08:54 -0400
    We have a woman on our block

    who claims to be the block captain.

    She solicits bribes on a regular basis

    Saying she is a agent of the city.

    She’s not listed any where but needs to be. Release the list.
  • Massey
    signed via 2020-03-05 11:38:36 -0500
    The 6600 Ross, 100 block if Sharpnack is horrible. Drug dealers are taking over, shootings is happening more and more. Warm weather bring them out. Police drive. and look the other way
  • Kwazee Yamro aka Shawn Williams
    @ShawnKwazee tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-21 07:22:14 -0400
    Sign the petition: Jim Kenney: Release the Block Captain List! http://www.phila3-0.org/block_captains?recruiter_id=57822
  • Alexander Casper
    signed 2019-09-22 14:51:21 -0400
  • Catarina Kissinger
    signed 2019-08-15 08:29:18 -0400
  • Anna Harding
    signed 2019-07-16 08:32:11 -0400
  • Patricia Wray
    signed 2019-07-09 10:26:11 -0400
  • Oren Pollak
    signed 2019-05-15 13:33:56 -0400
  • Gerald Barrow
    signed 2019-05-06 20:12:45 -0400