Navigating the City/State Divide: What’s Next for Progressive Elected Officials?

New York City City Hall, a panorama of The City Council Chamber, viewed from the Observation mezzanine
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place
New York, NY , USA
Wednesday, January 30, 6:30pm8:00pm

The Urban Democracy Lab and Metropolitics, an online journal of public scholarship about cities and urban politics, invite you to a discussion on how, in the context of more cautious, less activist state governments, progressive urban leaders can pursue inclusive, social equity-oriented public policies. What is the potential of local progressivism, and what are the challenges to implementing it? How can elected officials and their social movement allies collaborate at the city and state levels to organize governing coalitions that more consistently act on progressive values?

Panelists include:

Jumaane Williams,City Councilmember, District 45 Brooklyn, and recent candidate for NYC Public Advocate

Zephyr Teachout,  Fordham University professor and recent candidate for New York State Attorney General

Carlos Menchaca,New York City Councilmember, District 38 Brooklyn

Zellnor Myrie, New York State Senator, 20th Senate District Brooklyn


Moderated by Richard SchraggerPerre Bowen Professor of Law & Joseph C. Carter, Jr. Research Professor of Law. University of Virginia and author of City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age (OUP, 2016)

This discussion grew out of Metropoliticsseries on Progressive Mayors and Urban Social Movements, which explores the structural and political challenges to implementing progressive urban agendas, within the contexts of growing metropolitan inequality, political and cultural divides, and social movements arising in response to these changes.



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