Q&A with Philly District Attorney Candidate Larry Krasner

With the Democratic Primary on Tuesday May 16, District Attorney Candidate Larry Krasner reached out to Philly Thrive to win the support of our membership. Krasner has been the only candidate to speak about the importance of prosecuting lawbreaking polluters.

Even though Thrive will not be endorsing a candidate this election, we recognize the material difference a progressive D.A. could make for our communities and the political climate under which we organize. For that reason, we canvassed for Kranser to invite residents who live near the refinery to a meet-and-greet with the candidate. The meeting was rained out, unfortunately, but Krasner did respond via email to the questions Thrive had prepared for the candidate...


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Introducing the Philly Thrive Review!

In the week before the Christmas holiday, Zalaka T.-B. and I walked through Wilson Park distributing the first-ever issue of the Philly Thrive Review. The print newsletter (now available as a PDF!) contains background information for Thrive and an update of the events Thrive hosted and participated in over the past six months. The newsletter distribution was an effort to spread awareness of Thrive in Wilson Park and surrounding neighborhoods, and to celebrate our recent accomplishments.

Click here to view the Winter 16/17 issue of the Philly Thrive Review!

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Our Victory


In the past year, Philly Thrive has striven for environmental success.  Everyone had worked together in live actions, demonstrations and meetings against the oil refinery and at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

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Movement Assembly - October 2016

On Tuesday, October 26, Philly Thrive held its monthly Movement Assembly. About 25 people came to hear about what action circles had been up to in the past month.

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Philly Thrive is Hiring!

Philly Thrive is hiring a part-time Fundraising Coordinator to help raise our campaign to the next level.

JOB POSTING: Fundraising Coordinator
Applications Due: Nov 11, 2016     Start Date: January 9, 2017

Philly Thrive is an emerging community organization committed to building a multi-racial, cross-class movement for environmental justice across Philadelphia. Our Right to Breathe campaign is shifting public support against toxic fossil fuel projects in the city, focused on the largest oil refinery on the east coast located in South Philly. We build power through neighborhood organizing and creative direct actions to achieve our three goals: health and safety over profit, no fossil fuel expansion, and a green economy for all.

Job Description:
The fundraising coordinator will be a part-time position (25 hrs/wk) responsible for expanding Philly Thrive’s fundraising team and overseeing our overall fundraising strategy.

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Standing Rock Solidarity March and Action

Zalaka speaking to assembled MarchOn Saturday, September 17, over 400 Philadelphians gathered at City Hall in a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota.  The protesters, holding signs echoing Standing Rock’s rallying cry of “You Can’t Drink Oil” and “Water is Life,” snaked through Center City in an epic display of grassroots mobilization.

The Standing Rock Sioux has captured the world’s attention in its display against corporate environmental injustices. As Transfer Energy Partner’s Dakota Access pipeline threatens to unearth the tribe’s sacred lands and pollute the Missouri River, over six thousand members of supporting tribes have gathered in North Dakota to protest the pipeline’s construction. It is the largest gathering of Native Americans in over one hundred and sixty years and calls attention to the silent expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the backyards of the disenfranchised.

Zalaka Thompson and Irene Quinn are two members of Philly Thrive who chose to participate in the Standing Rock Solidarity March and a parallel action at a Center City TD Bank location. Both women and their families have faced the negative effects of Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ oil and gas refinery in South Philadelphia. They both took important roles in the action on Saturday, showing at once that Philadelphians stand for the struggle of the Standing Rock tribe and that they deserve the Right to Breathe in their own homes and communities.

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DNC Toxic Tour

On July 26th, in the midst of the DNC, frontline leaders from Philly and around the world hosted a “Toxic Tour” of Philadelphia Energy Solution’s oil refinery and the toxic, extractive economy it embodies. PhillyThrive stood alongside Action United, LeftRoots, and Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, who organized the It Takes Roots Caravan that started at the RNC in Cleveland and ended at the DNC in Philly. The group mobilised after inviting Governor Wolf to the tour. When he didn’t show up, we knew we’d have to continue the fight that is always led by the people.

 GGJ Speaker from toxic tour action

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#RightToBreathe Mobilization


Planting the Roots of Resistance at the gates of the refinery.jpgOn May 7th, Philly Thrive and Action United organized the “Right to Breathe Mobilization.” 300 people from Philadelphia and beyond gathered at the gates of PES’s South Philly oil refinery to take a stand against the refinery’s expansion. Philly joined activists from around to world in "Break Free 2016," a wave of resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure across the US and in 11 countries worldwide.

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Rejecting Refinery Expansion: PES’s Choice

On March 22nd, over 30 Philly Thrive members took action at the headquarters of Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES). PES has recently put in a proposal to build an oil export terminal in a part of South Philly called Southport.


The port would increase how much oil the refinery can process. Further investment in fossil fuel infrastructure like this puts our health, climate, and economic future at risk. We’ve been demanding PES to stop poisoning us, but this expansion would do just the opposite. Thrivers --  including action circle members, Thrive supporters, and youth organizers from VietLEAD -- came with a clear message that PES must scrap this expansion plan.

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Philly's Oil Refinery Reality

The art action circle has just finished this beautiful graphic for the movement! It is all about the ways Philadelphia Energy Solutions poisons our city, and how dangerous expanding their refinery would be to Philly's future. One more example of how action circles are building the Right to Breathe movement!

Refinery Infographic