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Ethan Earle: “Trump Is Trying to Make NAFTA Even Worse. It’s Time to Throw Sand in the Gears.”

From friend of the UDL, Ethan Earle, at In These Times:

Trump Is Trying to Make NAFTA Even Worse. It’s Time to Throw Sand in the Gears.

Many on the Left have been deeply critical of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since before it was fast-tracked into law by former President Bill Clinton in 1994. Now, President Donald Trump’s current plan to renegotiate NAFTA is poised to make the massive trade deal even worse.

In late May, a loose coalition of civil society groups gathered in Mexico City to discuss this upcoming renegotiation. Participants included the AFL-CIO, Canadian Labour Congress and over one hundred other labor, environmental, and immigrant rights organizations from across Mexico, the United States and Canada.

The meeting produced a joint declaration opposing a Trump-led NAFTA renegotiation and marked the kickoff of the latest international campaign against free-trade deals that benefit corporations and political elites at the expense of workers, communities and our shared environment. . .

Read the rest of the article at In These Times.

Bronx Times on “Narrating Our Neighborhood: The Melrose Oral History Project”

Check out the Bronx Times for a recent story about “Narrating Our Neighborhood: The Melrose Oral History Project,” a collaboration between the Urban Democracy Lab and the Women’s House and Economic Development Corporation:

“This partnership (between WHEDco and NYU’s Gallatin School) helped our students build strong connections with the community – who had a lot of material to share with us,” said Dr. Rebecca Amato . . . “With this project, the students instantly fell in love with the (Melrose) neighborhood – and the residents who have lived here for decades.” . . .

“You could feel and understand the presence of history here – and this was a great opportunity for the students to acknowledge the residents’ previously unknown and untold stories,” she added. “You can also feel the residents’ commitment to their neighborhood and to each other – they are very proud of where they come from.”

Read the full article here.

Fight for the Living City: A Multigenerational Conversation

Fight for the City FlyerFrom our friends at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU:

Fight for the Living City: A Multigenerational Conversation
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
Tuesday May 16th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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How can New York City activists and organizers collaborate and learn from each other across generations and neighborhoods? What can we do to preserve our work and create living, breathing archives that empower our communities and extend our efforts? Fight for the Living City is a moderated conversation about the importance of utilizing the lessons of past organizing campaigns to inform our present and future practices.

Organized by the curators of the ongoing exhibition Lost Streets: Seward Park’s Fight for Housing Justice, this gathering will use the five-decade battle over the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area as a jumping off point to engage with issues of housing justice, cultural activism, police violence, worker’s rights, and what constitutes real “quality of life” in working class and immigrant communities across the city. Continue reading

Is New York’s Future Sustainable? Measuring the Historical Impact of Growth, and Planning for More

An upcoming event sponsored by our friends at the Gotham Center for New York City History at The Graduate Center of CUNY:

Wednesday, April 19th, 6:30 – 8 PM
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall (Ground Floor)
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Ted Steinberg, distinguished professor at Case Western Reserve, talks about Gotham Unbound, his award-winning environmental history of greater New York, and the limits of “sustainable” planning. ​
Michael Sorkin, recipient of the 2013 National Design Award, and president of Terreform, a non-profit dedicated to just and sustainable urbanism, shares his recommendations for a greener Big Apple.
Nilda Mesa, director of urban sustainability and equity planning at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, reflects on her experiences as NYC’s first Director of Sustainability, and the political challenges ahead.
Janet Babin, Economic Development Reporter for WNYC, moderates.

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Hope the Pitanga Cherries Grow: An ethnographic look at Luanda

Hope_The_Pitanga_Cherries_Grow_Tales_Of_Luanda0On November 7th, Angolan filmmaker, poet, and writer, Ondjaki, spoke to students of NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis about his documentary Hope the Pitanga Cherries Grow. Presenting a vivid portrait of Luanda, the capital city of Angola, and its many colorful inhabitants, Ondjaki explores a focus on the individual under the “weight” of a global city.

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