On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, over 75 people—Giving Project members, their guests, North Star Fund staff, and organizers from across the city—came together to talk about the powerful organizing for justice happening in New York City.
First, our director, Jennifer Ching spoke briefly about why North Star Fund is committed to funding grassroots organizing. From there, we set it up “World Cafe” style, where participants could choose to be at one of four tables for conversations about mobilizing communities for justice around different issue areas. We hosted tables on:
- Just Policing: Joo-Hyun Kang, Communities United for Police Reform and Nikita Price, Picture the Homeless
- Housing Justice: Aga Trojniak, Flatbush Tenant Coalition and Delsenia Glover, Tenants and Neighbors
- Education Justice: Roberto Cabañas, Urban Youth Collaborative and Terrenze Rienton, Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change
- Workers Rights and Gender Justice: Ligia Guallpa, Workers Justice Project and Gonzalo Mercado, La Colmena
Everyone got to participate in two of the four roundtables over the course of the evening, in addition to enjoying food and beverages at the People’s Forum, a new meeting space for social justice in Manhattan. Check out these pictures from the evening:
These conversations were engaged and fruitful. One attendee said it was particularly powerful to hear about why we focus on organizing and how it has such a big impact, especially in this current political climate.
This is the latest event for the 2018 People Power Giving Project, where New Yorkers come together to raise money for local grassroots organizing. You can learn more about the Giving Project here. More news will come from the Giving Project members in 2019 as they connect more deeply with local movements for justice, then make grants to grassroots groups next spring.