Political Action Week 2012

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 Join Penn Political Coalition for Political Action Week 2013 — five days of speakers, film screenings, coffee chats, marches, and more! Nearly 20 political advocacy groups, plus student groups from across campus, are participating in Political Action Week this year and hosting over 15 events.

Come learn the facts, find out what issues matter to you, and how you can get involved!


Coffee Chat: What’s Wrong with the Media? Political Accuracy and the Viral Spiral with FactCheck.org Deputy Director Eugene Kiely

Eugene Kiely is a journalist who has covered government and politics for more than 20 years. Prior to joining FactCheck.org, Kiely was a Washington assignment editor at USA TODAY, leading a team of reporters who focused on Congress, politics and government accountability. Previously, he worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer, starting as a statehouse reporter in Trenton, N.J., and rising to become the Pennsylvania state editor. Mr. Kiely will be leading a discussion about media as a part of a series of events being held for Political Action Week. Cookies, coffee, and tea will be served!

Hosted by: Penn Political Review
When: 4:30 pm
Where: Sweeney Room, Fels Institute (3814 Walnut Street)

Political Internship Panel, featuring previous PIW participants

Wondering when to start applying for a summer internship in DC or even how many internships to apply to? If so, come to Penn in Washington’s DC Internship Application Workshop! The workshop will giive an in-depth look at the DC application process and give a list of do’s and don’ts essential to landing your dream internship!

Hosted by: Penn in Washington
When: 6:00 pm
Where: JMHH 270

The Catholic Case for Israel

In collaboration with PIPAC, two students will lead an informal seminar about Israel and the US-Israel relationship from a Catholic perspective. They will explain why they are ardent supporters of Israel and the US-Israel relationship, discuss various religious and historical aspects of Catholicism related to Israel (which should be quite pertinent for non-Catholics) and will introduce arguments that various Catholic groups may find appealing. This seminar is aimed at individuals of all creeds and faiths.

Hosted by: Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee (PIPAC)
When: 7:00 pm
Where: JMHH F92


Hot Chocolate on the Walk

Do you know how the failed War on Drugs affects you? Need a warm drink in between class? Stop by Student for Sensible Drug Policy’s table on Locust Walk 11 AM – 5 PM for some important information on drug policy reform, hot chocolate and sweet treats.

Hosted by: Students for Sensible Drug Policy
When: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Locust Walk

PAW Keynote Speaker Prof. John Dilulio: Student Involvement in American Politics: Can It Make a Difference?

The Penn Political Coalition is delighted to present Professor John Dilulio as its Keynote Speaker for Political Action Week.  Dr. Dilulio will be discussing the current state of political involvement among American students, providing a unique perspective on the past, present and future of one of the most pivotal segments of American society. Food will be provided!

Hosted by: Penn Political Coalition
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Fox Leadership Hall Conference Room

US Ambassador Don Beyer at Penn

Penn Democrats is pleased to welcome the Hon. Don Beyer to campus. Beyer served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Barack Obama from 2009-2013. Additionally, Beyer served as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990-1998. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from a leading diplomat, politician, and businessman.

Hosted by: Penn Democrats, co-sponsored by the Wharton Politics and Business Association & Alexander Hamilton Society
When: 7:00 pm
Where: JMHH 240

The Eviction of Palestinians: Law, Society, and the Everydayness of Suffering

Penn for Palestine, the Asian American Studies Program, the Penn English Department, the Middle East Center, and the Penn Political Science Department are honored to host eminent scholars Magid Shihade of Birzeit University and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Shihade and Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian will offer a incisive look at the political, social, and legal realities facing Palestinians living within Jerusalem and the 1948 borders of Israel. In their talk, these guests will discuss how emergency law, legal discrimination, and citizenship issues affect daily life in Jerusalem and beyond.

Hosted by: Penn for Palestine
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Claudia Cohen G17

Public Speaking Workshop

Hosted by: UPenn Women’s Political League
When: 8:00 pm
Where: Golkin Room, Houston Hall

PEG Political’s Anti-Fracking Campaign

As a part of Penn’s Political Action Week, PEG will be hosting a campaign aimed at targeting 2014 political candidates on the issue of natural gas drilling during the GBM on Tuesday, November 19. We will be writing letters and leaving phone messages to voice our concerns to our local government leaders. There will be helpful fact sheets and talking points to make exercising your political voice easy!

Hosted by: Penn Environmental Group
When: 8:30 pm
Where: Civic House


The Future of Monetary Policy: A Talk with Cardiff Garcia of The Financial Times

Hear Cardiff Garcia, writer for the FT Alphaville blog, talk about a Janet Yellen Fed and the end of Quantitative Easing. Cardiff will also discuss the new game of financial journalism, and how economic bloggers have shaped, and even defined, economic debate. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by: Undergraduate Economics Society
When: 6:30 pm
Where: JMHH F95


Youth Voter Mobilization and the Future of the GOP

Hosted By: College Republicans
When: 6:30 pm
Where: JMHH 270

Think About it: Food in Philly – Justice and Action

Panelists Jarret Stein (Urban Nutrition Initiative), Candace Young (The Food Trust), Benjamin Chrisinger (PennDesign) and Jill Bazelon (Investing in Ourselves) will discuss the current state of food access in Philadelphia and other urban areas. Join us for a multi-perspective panel discussion intended to foster open dialogue about the projected consequences in a lack food access.

Hosted by: Civic House Associates Coalition
When: 7:00 pm
Where: JMHH 340

Movie Screening: Miss Representation

Come watch everyone from teenagers to top political and cultural leaders discuss what it means to be a woman in a cultural environment that places more value on women’s youth, beauty, and sexuality than their intelligence and power. This movie is a must-see for everyone who cares about women and girls – and especially for anyone who thinks feminism is no longer relevant! Popcorn will be served. More information on the movie and the movement it created can be found at http://film.missrepresentation.org/.

Hosted by: UPenn Women’s Political League
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Penn Women’s Center

How to Prepare for Life Without the State with Jeffrey Tucker

Hosted by: Penn for Liberty
When: 8:00 pm
Where: JMHH F65

Poster Making for “I am a Human” March (see Friday’s event)

Come by the Harrison Mezzanine for Insomnia cookies and an opportunity to make a poster for Friday’s “I am a Human” demonstration. Please see Friday’s event for more details about the demonstration.

Hosted by: Penn for Immigrant Rights
When: 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Harrison Mezzanine


“I Am a Human” March

During the Civil Rights movement, several activists gathered to demonstrate against inequalities and injustices with posters that read “I am a Man.” Students from different backgrounds will gather to march with posters from Houston Hall to the button in front of Van Pelt. When the group reaches the Button, people will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about identity and have a discussion.The posters will follow the format of “I am _____ and I am Human” (e.g., “I am a Feminist and I am Human” or “I am Pro-Choice and I am Human”); people are also welcome to have a poster that states what change you want to see on campus or in the world.

Hosted by: Penn for Immigrant Rights
When: 12:00 pm
Where: Outside of Houston Hall

The War on Drugs in Music Videos

Join Students for Sensible Drug Policy for a viewing of a series of contemporary music videos that are reflective of the controversial and complex issues surrounding the War on Drugs. These videos will help give insight to the communities affected by the violence and injustice that is a by-product of counter-productive drug policies. Some topics we will explore are racial profiling and family relationships as relevant to drug use and prohibition. This event will be a platform for us to begin a dialogue on how these issues affect our campus, Philadelphia, and the rest of the country. Food will be served.

Hosted by: Students for Sensible Drug Policy
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Golkin Room (2nd Floor, Houston Hall)