Despair is Not a Political Strategy

General Programming

April 20, 2017 Thursday, 4:00pm–6:00pm EDT Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia University
  • Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies Council
  • Mailman School of Public Health
  • Sociomedical Sciences
  • Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought
  • Division of Humanities, Arts & Sciences
  • Division of Social Science, Arts & Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics
  • Columbia University Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

Leading Advocates Discuss Current Policy Campaigns to Protect New York's Most Vulnerable

All eyes have been on the chaos in Washington, and on the ways that the changing federal policy scene has affected or might affect immigrants, refugees, LGBT people, racial and ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable groups in the United States. In this panel, leading community organizers will describe current policy advocacy work in New York, focusing on specific legislative targets that could buffer the impact of the new administration’s agenda. At the conclusion of the formal panel, there will be time for discussion as well as opportunities for those in attendance to sign up to get involved with the work that these organizers are doing.


KATHARINE BODDE, Policy Counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union

CHARLENE GOSSETT NAVARRO, Regional Outreach Manager at the New York Immigration Coalition

YUL SAN LIEM, Co-Director of The Justice Committee, a Voting Member Organization of the Communities United for Police Reform (CUPR)

JOSE SCHIFFINO, Long Island Popular Education Coordinator at the Rural & Migrant Ministry

PETE SIKORA, New York Communities for Change