Anyone who lives or works in Philadelphia probably sees the monumental City Hall on a daily basis. You may pass it during your commute to work, on your way to grab a bite to eat at Reading Terminal Market, or even catch a glimpse of William Penn from miles away where he is still visible. City Hall is an integral landmark in Philadelphia, but have you ever wondered what really goes on inside of this great building?
For me, walking past this building every day causes me to stop for a moment to reflect on what I already know about politics within our city, but to also wonder about the unknown and how I can become more informed and even personally involved. I discussed some of my thoughts about government and politics with peers and co-workers over the past few weeks and received a myriad of responses that really forced me to believe that there is a demand and need for more political involvement among young professionals in Philadelphia.
Some of the most common things I heard were these: “Philadelphia politics are corrupt”, “We are the future politicians and people of America, so it is important to keep up with politics”, or “I try to follow politics but it’s so hard to know what is truth and what is a lie”. When I asked people whether or not they would personally want to become involved in our own local government, most people were very intimidated by the idea, but several others said that they would if they knew how to do this as a professional in a different field.
On March 27th, Young Involved Philadelphia will be hosting the first event of a bi-annual series called Philly Politics 101/102. This is an opportunity to learn, discuss, debate, and share knowledge regarding politics within our own city, as well as on a state and national level. It is a chance to grow in our knowledge, to encourage personal involvement in government, and to inspire curiosity in the political front amidst young people in Philadelphia. We want this to be accomplished in a vibrant and social manner; as a result, Philly Politics 101 will be hosted at the local Triumph Brewery in Old City Philadelphia, complete with appetizers and drink specials for all.
Why is this important to us? Whether we like it or not, politics and government are a strong governing factor in our lives. They have the power to change our policies, mindset, economy, and society on local and national levels. It is our present and our future. As young people in Philadelphia and America who want to have an impact, it is our responsibility to be active and knowledgeable in this vital part of our society. It is our hope that by encouraging interest in politics, promoting intelligent discussion, and allowing the opportunity to learn from individuals in the field that we may make more informed political decisions and have the ability to help better mold our city and country in the future.
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Location: Triumph Brewery, located at 2nd and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia
Complimentary appetizers will be available, as well as drink specials
($3 select drafts, $4 house wine and $5 well drinks)