ENJAN (End The New Jim Crow Action Network) Meeting

Every second and fourth Wed. of the month, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. MEETING OF ENJAN (End The New Jim Crow Action Network) in Poughkeepsie. ENJAN is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration (the “New Jim Crow”).

Contact ENJANHV@gmail.com for the Zoom link or join in person.

Common Council Special Meeting: Gun Violence/Homelessness (in person)

Common Council Chairperson Sarah Salem is calling a special meeting of the Common Council to convene community members, local officials, and subject matter experts to seek solutions to the growing issues of gun violence, homelessness, and crime in the City of Poughkeepsie.

These issues have been on the rise over the past year, with three City of Poughkeepsie teens being killed, numerous shooting incidents across the city, as well as a steep increase in the number of folks who are considered unhoused as the community has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

All are welcome to comment and provide feedback.

PKGO Pride Parade

The Dutchess County Pride Center invites you to join the PKGO Pride Parade! Click here to see all the events associated with Pride Month!

Telling the Stories of Immigrant New Yorkers

Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative is proud to present, “Telling the Stories of Immigrant New Yorkers,” a discussion with journalists that will highlight immigrants’ stories while focusing on the role journalism plays in telling them.

Immigrants have been the driving force of the American dream since the beginning. Regardless of where they came from or the manner in which they arrived, they have shaped the fabric of this nation and the lives of all who belong to it. Immigrants bring culture, diversity, and beauty to this country in the hopes of creating a better existence for themselves and future generations. The United States, and especially New York, is rooted in the principle of being a land made for all, and its destiny is to uphold that value so that immigrant communities can thrive for years to come.

Journalists play an important role in the telling of immigrants’ stories. Join us for a discussion spotlighting the impact their choices have on today’s immigration conversation. We hope this panel will inspire a thirst for knowledge about the impact immigrants have on our culture and our lives and will spark a desire to learn more about immigrant communities.

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César Chávez and the Future of Farmworker Organizing in New York State

Worker Justice Center of New York’s webinar, César Chávez & The Future of Farmworker Organizing in New York State, will discuss César Chávez’s legacy in the Workers’ Rights Movement and explore the future of farmworker organizing in New York, one year after the passage of the NY Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. The panel discussion will have English and Spanish interpretation.

RSVP here!

You won’t want to miss hearing from the following experts:

Crispin Hernandez is Mixteco from a corn growing region in southern Mexico. He worked in New York’s dairy industry for 3 years and is currently an organizer at the Workers‘ Center of Central New York.

Angelica Uribe worked harvesting fruit in Wayne County in her youth. Her parents are agricultural workers and immigrants. She is currently an organizer for the union UFCW One.

Carlos Orellana has been an organizer with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)  since 2008. He co-founded the Independent Farmworkers Center (CITA) in the early nineties during his years with the Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM). Currently, he is one of the organizers helping with the farmworkers campaign in NYS, collaborating with three of our local unions.

Librada Paz: came to the United States as a young girl in search of a better future. She came to this country and worked in the field, facing many abuses. She worked on the farm until she graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. After school she was invited to join Rural Migrant Ministry to fight against injustices that farmworkers were facing and are still facing. She continues to help workers speak out and fight for themselves for a better future.

Journeys Toward Justice – Climate Change in Boston: Social Determinants, Equity, and Action

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward. The goal is to connect students, partners, and communities with one another and help us all understand the local and historical contexts of universal social justice issues and the work communities are doing.

Climate Change in Boston: Social Determinants, Equity, and Action

Join us for a Climate Interactive Simulation that considers the social determinants of climate change, equity, and action options. Following the simulation, we’ll meet with Climate Ready Boston to consider who is most vulnerable to Climate Change in Boston, as well as learn about local organizations working toward equity and effective community preparation. We’ll also brainstorm personal methods of making a difference and point to efforts across MIT and beyond.

Hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

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Journeys Toward Justice – Change with The Trenton Circus Squad

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward. The goal is to connect students, partners, and communities with one another and help us all understand the local and historical contexts of universal social justice issues and the work communities are doing.

Change with The Trenton Circus Squad

The Trenton Circus Squad is a youth centered and led circus arts and community engagement organization founded and running in New Jersey’s capital city of Trenton. Trenton’s rich history and vibrant community is showcased through the youth who make up the Squad, the community they build, and neighbors they coach. During the summer of 2020, the Squad researched and created a show and community discussions called Change, inspired by social issues they care about like police brutality, COVID-19, and sexual harassment. Join us while we introduce you to Trenton, screen the show’s film, and discuss these issues and community based solutions.

Speakers: Members of the Trenton Circus Squad

Hosted by Princeton University’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement

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Journeys Toward Justice – Beyond the Dream

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward. The goal is to connect students, partners, and communities with one another and help us all understand the local and historical contexts of universal social justice issues and the work communities are doing.

Beyond the Dream

In this session, we will explore how activists of the past and conscientious rappers of today used their words to encourage action. Dr. King talked about his dream, Langston Hughes wrote about a dream deferred. What does that mean today? How do the lyrics of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar unite, encourage or motivate? Participants will consider how poetry and music can bring us together in conversations and help develop an action plan to address challenges in community.

Speakers:Sheryl Davis, Executive Director of the SF Human Rights Commission

Hosted by the University of San Francisco’s McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

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Journeys Toward Justice – History Revoiced: Opening the Classroom to Stories that Change Our World

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward. The goal is to connect students, partners, and communities with one another and help us all understand the local and historical contexts of universal social justice issues and the work communities are doing.

History Revoiced: Opening the Classroom to Stories that Change Our World

The genocide that happened to Native peoples in California has been conclusively documented. But we have barely begun to confront its cultural, historical, and emotional impact.The University of California, Berkeley, sits on indigenous land and still holds over 10,000 unrepatriated ancestors. In the wake of this unacknowledged genocide in which higher education has been complicit, how can university classrooms and students grapple with this legacy? Can classrooms truly partner with native communities and educators to imagine new institutional spaces and ways of learning? This multi-year partnership between a Berkeley class and Tribal leaders from the Eastern Sierra’s Payahuunadü (renamed the Owens Valley) asks these questions.

Speakers: Kathy Bancroft, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation and Cultural Resources Monitor for Owens Lake, Pat Steenland, Continuing Lecturer for the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley, and UC Berkeley students Sera Smith and Sage Alexander

Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Public Service Center

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Journeys Toward Justice – Public Art as a Form of Activism and Untold Narratives of BIPOC Voices

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward. The goal is to connect students, partners, and communities with one another and help us all understand the local and historical contexts of universal social justice issues and the work communities are doing.

Public Art as a Form of Activism and Untold Narratives of BIPOC Voices

Brandan “BMike” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist who, through exhibitions, public programs, and public art works, is engaged in a transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance. From film to murals to installations, Odums’ work encapsulates the political fervor of a generation of Black American activists who came of age amidst the tenure of the nation’s first Black president, the resurgence of popular interest in law enforcement violence, and the emergence of the self-care movement. Most often working with spray paint, Odums paints brightly-colored, wall-sized murals that depict historical figures, contemporary creatives, and everyday people. In his otherwise figurative work, Odums departs from realism to play with color – blending lavender to paint the skin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and robin’s egg blue for Harriet Tubman, for instance – suggesting an ethos of boldness that unites the subjects of his work and surpasses race, time, or any other aspect of physical reality. Join us for conversation with BMike and Fredrick “Wood” Delahoussaye, the Artistic Director at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center of New Orleans, as we explore the use of Public Art in all spaces.

Speakers: Brandan “BMike” Odums, Lead Artist & Curator and Studio BE, and Frederick “Wood” Delahoussaye, Artistic Director at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Hosted by Tulane University’s Center for Public Service

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