First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~ Welcome home!

A Call from Sister Mary Scullion to

Defeat the Sidewalk Behavior Amendment Bill

Sister Mary Scullion, RSM is a Philadelphia-based American Roman Catholic nun and activist,

ranked in 2009 as one of the"World's Most Influential People" by Time Magazine


Dear Friends,

We are writing you to ask your support in an urgent advocacy campaign.  Project H.O.M.E. is joining with many organizations throughout the city to oppose a bill introduced in Philadelphia City Council by Councilman Frank DiCicco (bill #110386) which would give police more power to issue citations to persons who are homeless on the streets.  This bill diverts us from the real work of continuing to develop effective solutions to meet the needs of men and women living on our streets.

Join this effort by sending a letter to Mayor Michael Nutter and all members of Philadelphia City Council, urging them to oppose this bill and instead keep the focus on real solutions. To sign that letter, click here.

There will be a press conference on Thursday, June 2, at 1:00 p.m. outside City Hall, just prior to the 2:00 Streets and Services hearing on the bill.  Councilwoman Blackwell and Sister Mary Scullion will be two of the main speakers.  We need a large presence at the press conference and at the hearing.  Please plan to join us.

For more information on this campaign and to read the official position paper, click here. To sign on your organization or if you want to get more involved, contact Will O'Brien at  You can also follow this campaign on Facebook.

Thanks for being part of this important effort!

Sister Mary Scullion, Executive Director

Project H.O.M.E.

Solutions Not Citations Campaign endorsers (as of May 27, 2011): ACHIEVEability * ACLU of Pennsylvania * ACTION United * Arch Street United Methodist Church * Back on My Feet * Bethesda Project  * Broad Street Ministry * The Campaign for Working Families * Circle of Hope * Cookman Community Church Initiative * Covenant House Pennsylvania * Depaul USA * Dignity Housing * Disabled in Action of PA * Homeless Advocacy Project * Hope Outreach Ministries United Church of Christ * Horizon House * Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania * Liberty Resources, Inc.* The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania * Neighborhood Interfaith Movement * Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network *  One Step Away * PathWays PA * Pathways to Housing – PA * The Pennsylvania Prison Society * Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations * The Philadelphia Center * Philadelphia Unemployment Project * Project H.O.M.E. * Public Health Management Corporation * Ready, Willing & Able * Resources for Human Development * RHD/Woodstock Family Center * Self Inc. * The Shalom Center * The Simple Way * Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic Justice Office * The Time Is Now To Make A Change * TURN – Tenant Union Representative Network * The Welcome Center * The Welcome Church * Women Against Abuse * Women’s Community Revitalization Project * Youth Service, Inc. (To sign on your organization or if you want to get more involved, contact Will O'Brien at


Project H.O.M.E. | 1515 Fairmount Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19130 | 215.232.7272

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