As the income gap widens, the fight for urban justice becomes even more vital. The Right to the City Alliance launched its national campaign, Homes For All, more than two years ago and it has achieved many notable victories recently. Continue reading
From our friends at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt: Continue reading
From our friends in NYU’s Art History Department:
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Progressive-Era Public Schools of Charles B. J. Snyder
Jean Arrington, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 pm
New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 301
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)
This talk examines one of the major contributors to the New York City public-school system, Charles B. J. Snyder. As architect for the Board of Education, Snyder revolutionized the city’s schools during his thirty-year career, which coincided with the span of the Progressive Era. He used innovative construction techniques for health and safety. By providing amenities such as gymnasiums, auditoriums, and science laboratories, he transformed the simple 19th-century
Sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter and the New York University Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies
Link to flyer for event: https://nyu.box.com/s/
–Free and open to the public–
Housing is a human right according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an internationally recognized standard implemented by the United Nations. If that is so, then why do we have such a pervasive housing problem in the United States? Continue reading
We at the Urban Democracy Lab are thrilled to welcome aboard two talented NYU undergraduates, Abiral Chitrakar Phnuyal and Kai Bauer, who will be sharing the duties of Blog Manager this year. Expect more content covering a greater variety of topics, deeper analysis, regular updates on our activities, and the fresh perspectives that come from young social justice activists such as these. You can read more about Kai and Abiral below. If you are interested in contributing to the blog in the future, please contact us at email@example.com
Abiral Chitrakar Phnuyal
Originally from Nepal, I’m a third-year student of the Humanities at NYU Shanghai. Strongly interested in the different forms and strategies of participatory movements, especially in a social justice context. Academic interests include world history, philosophy, and literature. Other interests include theatre, films, and hummus.
I’m a Charleston native currently attending the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. I haven’t created a concentration yet so my interests seem to evolve daily, but I am currently interested in Western involvement in global activism, the intersection of economic and sustainable justice, and humanitarian law. I am very excited to work with UDL and to create engaging, educational content for our readers!
“’Eugenics’”, writes Thomas Leonard in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, “is a dirty word in contemporary discourse.” Yet, for a number of speakers and activists who participated in a cross-disciplinary conference on the subject on the 25th and 26th of September at New York University, it remains an important concept for understanding the systematic exclusion and marginalization of communities in the United States today. Organized by the Asian / Pacific / American Institute at NYU and co-sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab (amongst others), the conference, entitled America & Its Unfit: Eugenics Then & Now, brought together scholars, artists, and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to highlight the role of the eugenics movement in American history and its continued effects in the present day, and to “collaboratively reimagine a more progressive future”. Continue reading
Cities, to many, are synonymous with performance. Their landmark theaters loom large as civic architectures, while their role in incubating artistic communities is well recognized. But the greatest concentration of performers and their work has long taken place outside the proscenium arch — on the streets, sidewalks, plazas, piers, parks, esplanades, transit, and atria that make up the public realm. Continue reading
From our friends at Right to the City:
Communities of color are fighting back, facing record displacement and exorbitant, ever rising rents. Housing victories have been won in San Diego, Santa Fe, Richmond CA, New York and beyond! They include: Rent Control, Renters Bill of Rights, Just Cause Eviction, Historic Rent Freeze and Code Enforcement.
Growing Our Movement
The time is ripe to build on our momentum, expand our organizing to new cities and keep winning. Right to the City’s Homes For All campaign is in 26 cities, 18 states, and all regions of the country. Homes For All partners led or participated in each of these victories. Continue reading
Our friend, Asher Novek, New York Field Director for Democracy 2.1, has the following volunteer opportunity available. Please be in touch with him if you are interested:
“This past Spring, Democracy 2.1 (D21) worked on bringing digital ballots to Participatory Budgeting in NYC. I’m reaching out now with another volunteer opportunity for another D21/PB venture this Fall.
“D21 is working with the City Council staff to bring our tool to the early idea collection and assessment stage of PB throughout the City. We will be attending the community assemblies and the delegate committee meetings, and are seeking volunteers to help be the D21 staff at those meetings, working hands on with the Council staff and the community to use the D21 platform as a polling tool to engage constituents in the process of getting projects on the ballot, not just the vote itself. Our aim is to provide the community a way to engage in the process earlier on and be involved in the deliberation so that the engagement continues through the vote itself. Continue reading
An interview with Professor Tchen about his project, Haunted Files and early 20th century progressives’ role in the American eugenics movement… Continue reading
if a song could be freedom… Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibits the crucial role of music in movement building and participatory democracy… Continue reading
Any forward thinker is bound to ask the question – what will the world be like in ten years? Twenty? What about fifty years? In his new book, Diversity Explosion (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), demographer and senior Brookings Institution fellow William Frey attempts to answer these questions with regard to America’s rapidly changing demographics. Continue reading