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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  • Chris Cumbo
    signed 2019-03-26 03:06:08 -0400
  • Leonard Rhett
    signed 2019-03-23 08:20:04 -0400
    Here is why releasing the list of block captains does not matter. I am one of those block captains that you think the city should know about but what you don’t know about are the residents on my block who refuse to come out for Block cleanups, to properly put their trash out, and clean up in front of their homes regularly. The problem that we have is that the block captains are not law enforcement and no matter how many times you ask people to do things the correct way, because they know that there are no consequences that can come from the Block captain, they refuse to do things the right way. Calling the police does not help because we can barely get the police to come out for situations that warrant a police presence/response. What I want is a code enforcement officer to start handing out these $300 litter tickets and also go after these homeowners who don’t make sure that their properties are properly maintained and cleaned up on the outside. So you see you can get the list and you can find out who the block captains are but if you’re on the Block with people who do not want to be involved the list serves you absolutely no purpose
  • Lawrence Battle
    signed 2019-02-28 13:32:43 -0500
    If you are a block captain/leader in 19132 or 19121, please call me ASAP. 2152357505
  • Daniel Donovan
    signed 2019-02-19 13:23:06 -0500
  • Senia Lopez
    signed 2019-01-08 10:25:23 -0500
  • Rebecca Bush Oleary
    signed 2019-01-08 09:45:17 -0500
  • Gab Bonghi
    signed 2019-01-08 09:36:15 -0500
  • Jose Figueiredo
    signed 2019-01-02 20:55:58 -0500
  • Edna Latham
    signed 2018-11-11 21:07:45 -0500
    We need a change.
  • andrew miele
    signed 2018-11-07 09:01:49 -0500
  • Lynda White
    signed 2018-10-24 09:35:27 -0400
    Lynda W. White
  • Xinhe Liu
    signed 2018-10-10 15:24:52 -0400
  • Karenina Wolff
    signed 2018-09-30 10:21:13 -0400
  • Ligiane DeCarvalho Anza
    signed 2018-09-28 09:55:16 -0400
  • Robert Carr
    signed 2018-09-19 16:45:52 -0400
  • Aaron Heintz
    signed 2018-09-19 09:54:17 -0400
  • Anne Marie DiAntonio
    signed 2018-09-07 09:31:58 -0400
  • J. Sandom
    signed 2018-08-21 07:18:30 -0400
    If the list is not released soon, I intend to file a freedom of information act lawsuit against the city.
  • Dorothy Roy
    signed 2018-08-07 19:25:36 -0400
  • Daniel Knapp
    signed 2018-07-14 19:34:47 -0400
  • sandra kasali
    signed 2018-06-05 11:43:07 -0400
    we need the block captions’ list.
  • Patricia Haley
    signed 2018-05-15 11:51:44 -0400
  • Wydia Smalls
    signed 2018-05-09 08:55:36 -0400
    Wydia Smalls Yes this list should be released
  • Janet Reitano
    signed 2018-03-26 15:36:52 -0400
    Many thanks for this excellent website !
  • Bradley Schiro
    signed 2018-03-15 11:42:51 -0400
    I understand that Block Captain is a volunteer position, but transparency is essential for coordination of activities. A Block Captain should never be the only one invested in the area.
  • Andrew Chomentowski
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-28 16:33:50 -0400
    Sign the petition: Jim Kenney: Release the Block Captain List!
  • Andrew Chomentowski
    signed 2017-10-28 16:33:07 -0400
  • Daniel Anderson
    signed 2017-10-27 14:06:03 -0400
  • margaret riser
    signed 2017-09-12 12:05:27 -0400
    our block use to have a block captain but no longer and want to make sure she is not recieving cleaning supplies and not giving them out to the residents. We also want to get a block captain due to the trash problems on our block. Thank you.
  • Judith Palmer
    signed 2017-08-11 17:40:44 -0400
    Judith Max