There are in life very few times when spending ten minutes a day, every day, can make the kind of difference that will change the course of history, echo down the generations. If the ultimate community in Philadelphia spends the next few months remaining on the sideline, Council-Person Curtis Jones and his people will get the support he needs to build a football stadium on Edgely. It will be the end of our way of life. Yet we have a chance to make our voices heard in a way that cannot be discounted, not by Curtis Jones, and not by his fellow council members. All politicians count contacts on important issues.
The goal, starting now, is to make 1,000 contacts with Council Person Jones and Mayor Kenney every week, from now until this thing is over. The strongest call will always be to Curtis Jones if you live in his district, however , even if you live in another district, even if you live outside of Philadelphia entirely, your membership in PADA gives you the right and opportunity to call. The ringing phone, and the voice proudly proclaiming that you are a PADA member, spend time and money in Jones’ district, and care deeply about this issue, will resonate, and your voice will be heard.
Below is a script, and also a list of key talking points. When you call, feel free to discuss whichever talking points call to you. If you have another point to make, send it, we are gathering key points to discuss. If you live in Jones’ district, make that your first point, let them know you are his constituent. Then hit whatever point you want, and then email me to let me know, we are tracking our activities.
Pick up the phone and give his office a ring. You'll either get an answering machine or an aid who will take a message. They'll never argue with you or press you for details.
215-686-3416 or (215) 686-3417
Now call Mayor Kenney's office. You'll either get an answering machine or an aid who will take a message.
Use this as your guide, but make it come from the heart. Talk about what resonates most with you. See more talking points farther down for more ideas. Be polite and courteous, even if you're angry.
"Hi my name is _______ and (if you live in ones district give your address and name) I’m calling to express my strong disapproval with the plan being spearheaded by councilman Jones to turn Edgely field into a turf football stadium.
*Insert a small personal attachment to Edgely/PADA Ex:*
(As a member of PADA (Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance) for the past 8 years, I see Edgely as my home. In fact, Edgely Field is the number one reason I moved to the Philadelphia area, right along District 4.)
You can end the call here. But if you feel like elaborating, pick an additional talking point below, or simply add:
Our community is devastated by the plan to build a stadium on top of our home. There are so many places in the vicinity that need rebuilding, that need the care and attention we have shown Edgely. If you want to build a football stadium and track, build it in one of the other identified locations that do not cast out the thousands of current users. I urge [Councilman Jones / Mayor Kenney] to use Rebuild funds to fix something that is broken which will create new spaces for people, rather than replacing our many fields with one, and destroying our community in the process.
Pick a talking point that resonates with you.
We'll be celebrating the community we've built at Edgely with a day filled with ultimate scrimmages, refreshments, and PADA's annual Hall of Fame Ceremony. 1-3:30: Pick up games & Preserve Edgely updates 3:30: Hall of fame induction 4:00: Barbecue.
The Preserve Edgely committee has been hard at work and wants to keep you up to date with their efforts. Please join us for an update meeting on Wednesday October 27, 6PM. The meeting will start with updates and divide out into breakout discussions. To RSVP, please register in advance.
There are in life very few times when spending ten minutes a day, every day, can make the kind of difference that will change the course of history, echo down the generations. The goal, starting now, is to make 1,000 contacts with city council members every week,