In late 2016, many Philadelphians reached out to us asking how they could become more engaged with their local government and elected officials. City Council believes that all citizens should have the ability to connect with their elected officials and stay informed about what this legislative body is doing.
So if being more politically engaged is one of your resolutions for 2017, here are some ways to keep it:
Get to know your District Council Member and your At Large Members. Enter your address into the toolbar on our homepage to find out which of the 10 District members represents your area. Philadelphia City Council also has seven At Large members who represent the entire city. It’s very much worth your time to get to know them as well.
Tip: Be sure to check the Standing Committees section of our website to learn which committees your members serve or lead. This is important information to know when reaching out to Council on particular issues or legislative goals.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Both the Philadelphia City Council Facebook and Twitter main accounts provide regular updates on the legislative issues being debated in Council and what individual actions Council members have taken in their communities. To follow individual Council members, visit their profile pages for links to all of their social accounts.
Tip: Twitter users looking to save time can simply subscribe to this Philadelphia City Council list to follow all 17 members with one click.
Follow @PHLCouncil on Twitter
Like Philadelphia City Council on Facebook
Keep track of City Council Hearings and Stated Meetings. The full schedule of City Council’s 2017 Stated Meetings is now available on our website. Unless otherwise noted, all Stated Meetings take place in City Hall, Room 400 starting at approximately 10 am. A schedule of City Council Committee Hearings and their agendas, when available, can be found in our Legislative Center. The Legislative Center is also the best place to track developments on individual bills and resolutions.
During the City Budget process, we also post a schedule of Budget Hearings on our website. Like all City Council Stated Meetings and hearings, budget hearings are also open to the public. All hearings are also broadcast live on Comcast Channel 64/Fios Channel 40 and stream live at http://bit.ly/WatchPHLCouncil.
Tip: If you’ve never attended a City Council Hearing or Stated Meeting in person, we’ve created a area on our website to let you know how to get here, what to bring (and what not to bring) and what to expect. We’ve even included a lesson plan for teachers to use to explain to their students what each branch of Philadelphia’s City Government does for its citizens.
Listen to City Council Stated Meetings Live on 900 AM WURD: Every Thursday morning, when Council is in session, 900 AM WURD, Philadelphia broadcasts the proceedings from City Council Chambers live from 10 am to 1 pm. WURD will broadcast past 1 pm if necessary if Council is still in session. Time permitting, host Vincent Thompson also interviews a “Council Person of the Week” about the week’s legislation after the meeting has adjourned.
Listen to a livestream of the station at: http://bit.ly/900AMWURD-LS
Tip: If you miss the live broadcast of Council on 900 AM WURD, the station rebroadcasts that day’s Stated Meeting on Thursday evenings from 10 pm to 1 am.
Subscribe to the City Council YouTube Channel. Can’t watch or listen to City Council live? You should know that all Philadelphia City Council hearings and meetings are archived on our YouTube Channel. You’ll also find Council member press conferences, public service announcements and coverage of other events there as well. Subscribe to the channel to receive an email notification whenever new videos are added.
Tip: Videos on the Philadelphia City Council YouTube Channel are organized into playlists for easier searching. Each Standing Committee has its own playlist of recent hearings. There are also playlists containing videos of all FY2017 Budget Hearings and 2016 Stated Meetings.