16th Annual CURT Anti-Bias / Anti-Violence Summit

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Port Richmond High School

85 Saint Josephs Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10302

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1619-2019: 400 Years of African-American History - How Far Are We From Racial Equity?

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Keynote address by Deputy Commissioner Brittny Saunders, NYC Commission on Human Rights

Brittny Saunders is Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, managing key inter-agency partnerships and special projects, including data-driven discrimination and racial justice. She has presented on topics ranging from government efforts to combat anti-Black racism, gender-based harassment, and the human rights implications of emerging technologies. Before joining the Commission, Brittny worked for the Office of the Mayor, most recently as Acting Counsel to the Mayor. Prior to that, as Deputy Counsel, Brittny played a central role in the Office's efforts to ensure affordable access to high-speed internet for all NYC residents. Brittny also helped craft legislation barring employment discrimination on the basis of credit and criminal history, codifying the Commission on Gender Equity, and addressing other challenges facing the city. Before joining local government, Brittny was Supervising Attorney for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Popular Democracy and Senior Advocate at the Center for Social Inclusion (now RaceForward). Brittny was a 2010 Fellow in Media, Information & Communications Policy with the Rockwood Leadership Institute and a 2018 Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

"The Drum Major Instinct," a dramatization by Theater of War Productions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, featuring Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, followed by an audience discussion

Workshops:

Title: How Structural Racism Drives Hunger – and How Workplace and Labor Market Policies Can Help

Presenter: Amy Traub, Associate Director of Policy and Research, DEMOS

Description: Structural racism impacts the labor market and workplaces across the country, creating income insecurity and food insecurity. This workshop will explore discriminatory barriers to getting and holding onto a job, as well as the low pay, erratic schedules, and lack of key benefits in many of the nation’s fastest growing occupations. Participants will learn about policies at the city, state and federal level that combat racial discrimination in the labor market and make jobs better and more accessible for everyone.

Title: Housing Discrimination: The Struggle Continues

Presenters: Fred Freiberg, Executive Director and Craig Waletzko, Community Engagement Director FAIR HOUSING JUSTICE CENTER

Description: For most of 20th Century, the intentional policies and practices of the housing industry and government were aimed at creating racial segregation in our metropolitan regions. That was all supposed to end with the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. But, 51 years later, much of the country is more segregated than it was in 1900 and illegal housing discrimination persists. In this workshop, the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) will discuss the history of housing discrimination, contemporary forms of housing discrimination, and how everyone can get involved in efforts to create more open, inclusive, and accessible communities.

Title: Confronting White Womanhood: Unpacking Safety in Whiteness From Emancipation to the Present

Presenter: Heather Marie Scholl, CONFRONT WHITE WOMANHOOD

Description: In this session we will examine the ways white women's safety has been a tool for racial violence. Grounded in a historical understanding, from emancipation to the present, we explore the relationship between white women and law enforcement that has led to mass incarceration of People of Color, Black men in particular. We will conclude with guided discussions on how racialized fears present in our daily lives.

Title: Know Our Past, Know Ourselves: A Brief History of Staten Island’s Racial Past

Presenter: Debbie-Ann Paige, Public Historian and Professional Genealogist

Without a full understanding of the role that African Americans have played in Staten Island’s historical past, the result is often distrust, contempt or dishonest conversations examining false narratives. This workshop intends to stimulate discussion, and hold an honest conversation about the legacy of race, racism and racial justice that aims to unpack and examine the complicated truths of our community. We hope to rewrite the current “whitewashed” history into a “colorful” narrative that will reshape the island’s historical perspective as an interesting complex community.

Title: A New Reality in a Different Paradigm: The Power of Unconditional Love

Presenter: Victor Haim Benedava

Description: How spirituality, faith and unconditional love awaken resilience in the face of the unfaceable and how letting go of the past allows you to live in the present.

Title: Bridging Wellness and Health Equity to Support Students

Facilitators: D'Arcy Hearn, MSW, Youth Empowerment Coordinator, STATEN ISLAND PARTNERSHIP FOR COMMUNITY WELLNESS and the PORT RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WELLNESS COUNCIL

Description: This workshop will examine health disparities and factors that students identify as having a negative impact on their health and provide tips for students, and adult allies interested in supporting student wellness, to take concrete action to promote health and wellbeing.

FREE TO ALL! FREE DINNER FOLLOWING THE WORKSHOPS!

STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS/CREDIT GIVEN

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