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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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Organizing meeting for the People’s Climate Movement NY

From our friends at The People’s Climate Movement:

The People’s Climate Movement – the national coalition that came out of the organizing of the historic climate march two years ago – is calling for a massive mobilization in Washington, DC next April. This march will come at the end of a six month campaign which starts now!

While focusing on the urgent need for bold action on the climate crisis, this effort is grounded in our commitments to racial and economic justice. During the transition period between the election and the inauguration, and then during the first 100 days of the new presidency and new Congress, we will be calling for speedy government action…and we will be mobilizing people to bring the message directly to policy makers in Washington.
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Dispatch from Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, October 2016

Courtesy Cancillería del Ecuador
“Travel and meetings facilities, Habitat III” Courtesy Cancillería del Ecuador

For those unfamiliar with Habitat III (also known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development), you might be interested to know that this global gathering, bringing together many of the world’s most influential urbanists, took place only a couple of weeks ago in Quito, Ecuador.  Habitat III, so-called because it is the third in a very-occasional series of conferences on the theme (the last, Habitat II, was held in Istanbul in 1996), set forth what it calls The New Urban Agenda, meant to manage urban development for the next two decades.  How much of this agenda and the conversations surrounding it are able to nourish some of its more democratic aspirations remains to be seen.  Our colleague, Prof. Sophie Gonick of NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, shared this dispatch from her experience at the conference. Continue reading

Housing Research Helps Organizers Understand Williamsburg Issues

The summer research project of one of our 2016 GGFUP students, Tiffen McAlister, was profiled in the September 2016 issue of Williamsburg Now, a neighborhood publication by Southside United – Los Sures. Tiffen, “along with members of the Southside United – Los Sures organizing team combed the streets of the South Side to find residents with housing grievances and collected data to form a more comprehensive understanding of the community.” A scan of the full article, in both English and Spanish, is below (click the image to view full size).

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