This group was created as a way to connect like-minded activists related to our mutual support of the Black Lives Matter movement or other minority groups (such as the LGBTQIA+ community), legalized cannabis, animal welfare, women's rights, mental health awareness, and more.
The Philadelphia / South Jersey / Delaware Activism Network (PhillyMetroAct for short) was formed with the intention of turning someone’s passion into action. We provide a safe space where there can be a free flow of ideas, event/fundraising planning, and support for a variety of causes, with most of our members generally leaning towards more of a socialist or anarchist mindset.
The reality is a lot of people can have this kind of mindset and still, through no fault of their own, be shackled by the very constraints of the society they disagree with. Our organizers recognize this and formed with two real goals in mind. The first was to create a place where people can create, plan, and support a multitude of causes and truly make a difference in a variety of ways – whether they have a lot of free time or no free time. The second was to create a network of like-minded individuals that was large enough to allow for smaller individual contributions that add up to a sizable group impact on the community.
We’ve not only achieved both goals with a wonderfully diverse management team, but continue to exceed even our own expectations on a daily basis with our heavy involvement all over South Jersey. The sense of community and comradery has extended beyond a screen and resulted in many new lifelong friendships. We are excited and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for PhillyMetroAct.
Allison (she/her) has been involved in some level of activism or volunteer work for over 25-years, including a number of grassroots community outreach projects and campaigning for the legalization of marijuana.
The idea for PhillyMetroAct came when she wanted to have more involvement in local activism and volunteering, and found difficulty locating the various networks. Armed with an idea of a network where activists could link up with each other, Philadelphia / South Jersey / Delaware Activism Network was born.
Thomas (he/him) is a proud Queer individual who is involved with volunteer work focusing on the LGBTQIA+ communities; leading him most recently into furthering his activism where he has begun to flourish and find new ways to bring people of all communities together.
“When we work together in strengthening our communities understanding of each other through education, love, kindness, and respect for one another as equals will we then succeed in creating a society truly for all.” -Tom
Tim (he/him) found a love for helping people early in his life while working for 12 years with individuals living with mental disabilities. He is the CEO and founder of his own company where he sponsors community service events. His biggest event to date provided supplies to Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
He has made it his life goal to give back to his community by filling a need wherever he sees one, specifically in the Black community - and that includes one day becoming mayor of the city he was born and raised in, Camden, New Jersey.
Emily (she/her) is a small business owner, animal lover and mental health advocate. She works to improve animals’ quality of life both through her business and by volunteering for a South Jersey non-profit animal rescue. Emily also works with NAMI Gloucester County as a Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator with the aim of supporting others, like herself, who live with mental illness.
Charlotte 'Charlie' (she/her) has been involved in activism her entire life through community outreach, volunteering, and protesting. She serves on the board of a non-profit animal rescue based in South Jersey and is a member of the League of Women Voters. She mainly focuses her time on community outreach for women’s rights, animal welfare, eco-sustainability, and voter registration.
Ferit (they/them) has been an activist for a long time, specifically focusing on social justice, anti-discrimination, and working to implement changes of laws and regulations that govern our country.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. " - James Baldwin
One of the ways we affect change is by giving back to the community. Through volunteering, organizing toy and food drives, and working on behalf of the community, we are committed to providing services to those that might not have access.
With a diverse group of leaders, connections to other groups, and resources available, we work to make the community better informed of the issues surrounding us today.
We believe that demonstrations, protesting, and petitioning are a vital form of affecting change. We offer our support and network to those interested in planning an event for a cause that we believe in.
We work to use our network to advocate for and influence the introduction, enactment, or modification of legislation for issues we agree with.
We understand the difficulty of fundraising and can work with you to raise money for your cause.