Come join Dare to Run for our first panel of the year. In honor of International Women's Day, let us recognize the importance of women's leadership and the call to public service by hearing from women who have successful campaigns for public office in the New York Area. Panelists will include Jennifer Maertz, former candidate for New York State Senate, and Kat Brezler who has just finished running for New York State Senate.
Moderator: Spring Brooks, Dare to Run Board Member
Jennifer Maertz, Former Candidate for NYS Senate
Katherine Brezler, Former Candidate for NYS Senate
Helen Rosenthal, Councilwoman for District 6 in NYC
Adrienne Adams, Councilwoman for District 28 in NYC
Jenifer Rajkumar, Executive Chamber of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo
This event is being co-sponsored by:
Be A Sister 2 A Sister
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Brooklyn Young Democrats
Emerge New York
Run for Office
Women of Color for Progress
The Sierra Club
The League of Women Voters
Women of color make up only 7 percent of Congress, with similar or worse representation in state-level offices. With a political system designed for those on the "inside", women of color tend to face hurdles on the road to elected office that other democraphics do not. Those hurdles are often what keep women of color from running in the first place.
Our panel hopes to discuss the hurdles women of color face when running for office, the resources they wish they had, and provide potential solutions to change the system and ensure more women of color are represented in elected office. Because waiting our turn, and playing by the rules are no longer an option. Afterall, why abide by rules that were not written for us?
Adrienne Adams is chairwoman of Community Board 12, the borough’s second largest, encompassing Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, South Ozone Park and Springfield Gardens. She has played a pivotal role in shaping the district's priorities for city budget funding, advocated passionately for constituents seeking improved public services and skillfully guided reviews of development and zoning proposals. Before becoming chairwoman, Adams headed the board’s Education Committee for approximately four years and demanded that the position of schools chancellor be filled by someone with nothing but the highest of qualifications. She was also appointed cochair of the Jamaica Now Leadership council, which promotes economic development in the neighborhood.
Samelys Lopez is a Project Manager at Common Ground’s Housing Development department. Her work is focused in the construction of affordable apartments in the Bronx. She co-founded a group called Velo City that uses cycling to introduce Bronx teens to issues in urban design, planning, and civic engagement. She was a member of her local Community Board and the Bronx Transportation Alternatives Committee.
Just last year Samelys ran for the position of Democratic Female District Leader for the 78th Assembly District, an area that covers Bedford Park, Kingsbridge Heights, Fordham and a portion of Belmont. She unfortunately didn't win but she did accomplish to receive 30% of the vote which is no small feat for a first time candidate running a purely independent, grassroots campaign driven solely by volunteers.
Athena Moore most recently ran a campaign to fill the vacancy of District 9's City Council seat. She has served as Director of the Northern Manhattan Office for Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Director of Public Policy at the National Black Leadership Commission on HIV/AIDS, and a budget & policy analyst for former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer. But her true work has been as an advocate for Harlem supporting families and empowering individuals to build a better community.
Athena was Associate Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter and a consultant at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. She served as Executive Director of Black Equity Alliance at the United Way of New York City and as a senior manager for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. She worked with over 240 nonprofits, multiservice centers and settlement house across New York City. Athena is an advocate for social services that empower individuals to better support their families and strengthen the community.
MODERATED BY:Aliya AllenCo-Founder, Women of Color for Progress
This is a donation based event with proceeds going to Women of Color for Progress and New Women Space.
Please join us! RSVP here - https://goo.gl/kxv23h
The next Speaker of the New York City Council has an essential role to play, particularly in this political moment, in ensuring that New York City women and non-binary New Yorkers—particularly those of color—thrive. As Speaker Mark-Viverito’s tenure draws to a close, we invite you to join us to learn more about how Speaker candidates will continue moving a policy agenda forward that lifts up our communities while building on the legacy of leadership before them.
Partnering Organizations (list in formation): Girls for Gender Equity, Women of Color for Progress, Brooklyn Movement Center, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, PowHer NY, Planned Parenthood of New York City, National Organization for Women—NYC Chapter, New Leaders Council, National Institute for Reproductive Health, Brotherhood SisterSol, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Citizen’s Committee for Children, Eleanor’s Legacy, National Association of Social Workers—NYC Chapter.
Hosted by Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
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This event is free and wheelchair accessible. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to https://goo.gl/kxv23h.
JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF SELF CARE - FREE TAROT READINGS, VISION BOARD MAKING, RELAXATION EXERCISES, REIKI AND MORE!
Many of us have felt the devastation and utter defeat from recent events, including the crises following hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and especially Maria. Five out of the ten founders of Women of Color for Progress have family back on the island, and we are truly devastated to see how politics have unfolded, and how our communities have been put further at risk because of it. We are also seeing devastation following the wildfires in California, the earthquake in Mexico, dealing with the NFL, wrapping our brains around Dove trying to wash the "dirtiness" out of brown and black skin, DeVos changing Title IX, birth control no longer being covered, and yet another man with power revealing himself to be a sexual predator. It would make any activist feel like they don't know where to begin, or what to focus on.
Join us to help clear our minds and feed our souls! We hope to create a safe space where we can come together, share thoughts and ideas, and recharge before taking on the battles before us. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
This month, we will be discussing the effects of health disparities among women of color. The evening will include a presentation of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and a panel discussion featuring women of color health experts. In particular, we’ll be highlighting local organizations that are culturally responsive and have a track record of providing health supports to marginalized communities including women of color, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.
Everything is falling apart and we're looking for people to blame. It can't all be the President's fault (unfortunately), and calling Schumer isn't the only answer.
During our May General Meeting we will get you acquainted with the elected positions in New York, what their responsibilities are, and how you can reach out to people when everything goes to sh*t.
We will talk about positions big and small, from county committee to the governor, and have attendees team up for a fun game of "Who Can I Blame for This?" Teams will be given a common scenario New Yorkers face and will have to guess which elected official they can blame for that issue. We will also provide you with useful tips on how to reach out to those elected officials and lobby for change.
And hey, maybe this will inspire some of you to become one of those people who get blamed for things!
We are going to be having our very first general meeting on Thursday April 20. We will be discussing:
* About our group
* WCP's goals
* Resources we're going to be providing, including the toolkits
* Special discussion on Electoral Reform
* How women of color are the ones most impacted by voter suppression
* What we can do to lobby in favor of reform
* Ending with a meditation
We are throwing a party in honor of our launch. We invite women of color and allies alike to join the festivities. You'll get to meet the founders, hear why it's important to have equal representation, and have the opportunity to win some dope swag.
Partners for the event include:
• Cookies for a Cause
• Homegirl Box
• A Gilded Leaf
• GRL TRBL