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Iron Sharpens Iron is a podcast where veteran community organizers Leon Robinson and De'Wayne Drummond interview Philadelphians organizing for change in their neighborhoods. Iron Sharpens Iron is produced by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.

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Iron Sharpens Iron is a podcast where veteran community organizers Leon Robinson and De'Wayne Drummond interview Philadelphians organizing for change in their neighborhoods. Iron Sharpens Iron is produced by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.

    Rule #1: You Will See Them Again with Cynthia Barnes

    Rule #1: You Will See Them Again with Cynthia Barnes

    Leon and De’Wayne dive deep into Cynthia Barnes’ 30 plus years of community organizing in Nicetown-Tioga. Cynthia shares how she became an accidental organizer while her children were in preschool, what it’s like to do community engagement during COVID, and why she believes that anger is not met with understanding. Cynthia also gives a crash course on negotiating community benefits agreements and what she’s learned about collaboration in the process.
    Cynthia Barnes has been a resident leader in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood for more than thirty years. As Chair of the Nicetown-Tioga Improvement Team (NTIT), Cynthia has ensured that development projects are responsive to community needs. She also convenes monthly meetings essential to neighborhood planning and building social capital among residents, businesses, and community organizations. Cynthia represents NTIT on the Broad-Germantown-Erie Collaborative, a coalition of community groups in North Philadelphia that has negotiated community benefits agreements for several, large-scale developments in the area. Among other achievements, Cynthia helped transform a vacant half-block property into the 11th street playground and spearheaded partnerships to create vibrant green spaces in Nicetown-Tioga.  Cynthia works for the Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service and received PACDC’s 2021 Community Leader Award.
    Episode Transcript Available Here: https://pacdc.org/2017/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Cynthia-A-Barnes_Iron-Sharpens-Iron_-Season-2_-Episode-1-Transcript.pdf
    Producer: Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Sound Editor: Andrew Heppard, Cover Art: Jennifer Selpa, Music: Needed You by Will Ellsworth

    • 41 min
    Equitable Development Conference Special Episode!

    Equitable Development Conference Special Episode!

    Cass Green of New Kensington CDC and Somaly Osteen of SEAMAAC are joining Leon and De'Wayne for a very frank conversation on race and community organizing. This conversation took place as part of PACDC's Forward Equitable Development Conference. 

    Cass Green is currently Project Manager for New Kensington CDC, HACE and Impact Services' DOJ-Community-Based Crime Reduction Grant (CBCR) in the Kensington and Fairhill neighborhoods. She previously served as People’s Emergency Center CDC’s Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships. Cass’s career includes 27 years at the University of Pennsylvania, including serving as the Senior Business and Building Administrator for the Institute of Contemporary Art-ICA for 17 years. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and producer of the “Mill Creek Past, Present and Future” documentary. Cass co-founded the Mill Creek Community Partnership (MCCP) in 2004 and serves as its president along with having established the Fine Arts Through Our Eyes Community Arts Initiative in 2005.

    Somaly Osteen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Tourism Management. She has more than ten years of experience working for multiple local and international non-profit organizations. Somaly’s career started in the country of Cambodia while taking part as a community advocate, community engagement, and development. Somaly currently serves as a Community Development Specialist/Corridor Manager with SEAMAAC, Inc. She works with a diverse community filled with immigrants and refugees located in South Philadelphia to build a strong local economy while helping community to be a better place for everyone. The focus with the community has been to partner with different resources to strategically cater to the community’s needs and issues. Somaly believes that sustainable development starts with each individual while sustainable change comes through unity.

    Episode Transcript Available Here: https://pacdc.org/2017/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Cass-Green-and-Somaly-Osteen.pdf

    Producer: Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Sound Editor: Andrew Heppard, Cover Art: Jennifer Selpa, Music: Needed You by Will Ellsworth

    • 59 min
    Doing Good, Being Kind, and Spreading Love with Terrill Haigler aka YaFavTrashman

    Doing Good, Being Kind, and Spreading Love with Terrill Haigler aka YaFavTrashman

    On this episode of Iron Sharpens Iron, Leon and De’Wayne talk trash, advocacy, and civic engagement with Terrill Haigler a.k.a. YaFavTrashman. Terrill shares why he launched the YaFavTrashman Instagram account last June, what it’s like to be a new community organizer, and why he’s so passionate about building relationships with people in positions of power. From fundraising for PPE to organizing block clean ups, Terrill is all about doing good, being kind, and spreading love!

    Episode Transcript Available Here: https://pacdc.org/2017/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Terrill-Haigler_-Episode-6.pdf

    Terrill Haigler is a Philadelphia sanitation worker who has become a Philly favorite during the pandemic. As trash piled up across our neighborhoods last spring and summer, Terrill took to Instagram to explain why trash was running late and what’s it like to be a trash man during COVID-19. Since then, Terrill has raised thousands of dollars to purchase PPE for sanitation workers, organized food drives, arranged neighborhood clean ups and more.

    Producer: Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Sound Editor: Andrew Heppard, Cover Art: Jennifer Selpa, Music: Needed You by Will Ellsworth

    • 38 min
    Digital Organizing and the Power of Influence with Rasheed Ajamu aka PhreedomJawn

    Digital Organizing and the Power of Influence with Rasheed Ajamu aka PhreedomJawn

    On this episode of Iron Sharpens Iron, Leon and De’Wayne are joined by Rasheed Ajamu aka PhreedomJawn on Instagram and Twitter! Rasheed talks about what it is like to have over 40,000 followers across platforms, and how to mobilize Philadelphians to certain actions, while also making time for rest and self care. Together, they discuss what the next generation of community organizing can and does look like with the power of social media.

    Episode Transcript Here: https://pacdc.org/2017/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Episode-5_-Rasheed-Ajamu.pdf

    Rasheed Ajamu is the person behind Philly’s favorite Instagram account Phreedom Jawn. This account calls people to action, promotes mutual aids, keeps the city informed with news and resources, and educates the city on the intersections of Blackness. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rasheed has a passion for seeing our city move forward. After volunteering with a Germantown Soup Kitchen at the age of 11, Rasheed attended Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice to explore community service. A La Salle University graduate, Rasheed currently works at a community development organization to connect residents with housing resources. 

    Producer: Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Sound Editor: Andrew Heppard, Cover Art: Jennifer Selpa, Music: Needed You by Will Ellsworth

    • 24 min
    Let’s Circle Up: Relationship Building, Empowerment, and Fatherhood with Derrick Pratt

    Let’s Circle Up: Relationship Building, Empowerment, and Fatherhood with Derrick Pratt

    On this episode of Iron Sharpens Iron, Leon and De’Wayne catch up with Derrick Pratt. During his interview, Derrick describes his childhood down the Bottom and how he followed in his mother and grandmothers’ footsteps as a community organizer. Across all of his experiences - Community Connectors Manager at People’s Emergency Center, Owner at PCRADIOLIVE.COM, Co-Founder of We Embrace Fatherhood - Derrick knows the power of bringing like minded people together to bring out the best in their communities.

    Episode Transcript Available Here: https://pacdc.org/2017/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Derrick-PlattFC-1.pdf

    Derrick Pratt is Owner and Program Director at PCRADIOLIVE.COM and a lifelong resident, property owner, and business owner in the Mantua section of Philadelphia. He has long embraced his civic responsibilities. He is a Co-Founder of WeEmbraceFatherhood.org. As a community leader and role model, he prides himself in his ability to give a resounding voice to those individuals who at times feel voiceless. Over the years, he has facilitated countless education and life skills workshops, criminal record expungement clinics, roundtable discussions, and a host of health, fitness, and sports clinics. Derrick's motto is, "Why should you be content being a product of your environment, when it’s so much more fulfilling to be productive in your environment?”

    Producer: Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Sound Editor: Andrew Heppard, Cover Art: Jennifer Selpa, Music: Needed You by Will Ellsworth

    • 31 min
    She Wears Many Hats: Block Leadership and Civic Engagement with Jen Devor

    She Wears Many Hats: Block Leadership and Civic Engagement with Jen Devor

    On this episode of “Iron Sharpens Iron,” Leon and De’Wayne sit down with South Philly block captain and civic enthusiast, Jen Devor. During their conversation, Jen shares what it’s like to be an active Philadelphian in what she calls an owner-operated city. From her work on the island of Point Breeze all the way to her citywide campaign for public office in 2019, Jen believes that being a good listener and making people feel heard are the secrets to building authentic relationships that stand the test of time… and neighborhood feuds.

    Episode Transcript Here: https://pacdc.org/2017/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Episode-2_-Jen-Devor.pdf

    Jen Devor is a South Philly block captain, committeeperson, public school advocate, voting enthusiast, and a published author on civic engagement. She recently co-founded the nonpartisan nonprofit Better Civics. Prior to launching Better Civics, Jen was a 2019 candidate for City Commissioner, the office that oversees election activity in Philadelphia. A Philly resident since 2002, she has held leadership positions at Campus Philly, Diversified Community Services, Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary, and Committee of Seventy among others. Currently, Jen serves on the Community Advisory Boards of WHYY, DiSilvestro Recreation Center and Vote16USA, a national nonpartisan effort to lower the voting age. She lives in Point Breeze with her husband, Tivoni Devor and together they have a daughter who has been canvassing with her mom since she was a newborn.

    Producer: Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Sound Editor: Andrew Heppard, Cover Art: Jennifer Selpa, Music: Needed You by Will Ellsworth

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Jselpizzzle ,

Awesome debut!

Loved listening to these first four episodes! Leon and De’Wayne facilitate great conversations with great guests. Can’t wait to listen to next episodes!

LN215 ,

Terrific work!!

I’m really enjoying these first episodes of Iron Sharpens Iron and looking forward to hearing more! This podcast provides an important platform for community leaders in neighborhoods all across Philly to come together to share experiences and insight with one another. Thank you Leon and De’Wayne for making it happen!

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