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Inequity in our Community: A four-part series

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Come learn with CURE in conversation with local experts about how we can build greater racial and social equity in our own community .

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CURE invites you to explore how we can take action together as one community to build greater racial and social equity where we live. Learn about the four topics we will discuss and how they impact us. Meet the experts who have a deep grasp on history, law, policy and who work tirelessly through their own organizations to make change. This online event is in partnership with LMC MEDIA.

Digital Equity and Child Well-being – September 15th, 7pm

Daily living is a battle for many of our children who face stresses related to immigration status, housing and/or food insecurity, domestic violence and abuse, all of which get amplified in times of stress and unemployment. Additionally, children and families with fewer resources struggle with remote learning. We’ll hear from Jirandy Martinez, Executive Director of the Community Resource Center, Meg Kaufer, President of the STEM Alliance, and Luisa Nahr, one of STEM’s virtual mentors/MHS class of 2021, about the urgency of these challenges and potential solutions that we can all take part in.

Affordable Housing – October 1, 7pm

Our community faces a housing crisis that disproportionately affects low-income residents. Learn from our panel about the size of the problem, why it should matter to all of us, and how we can fix it. Panelists include Blanca Lopez, Advisor on Fair and Affordable Housing to the Westchester County Executive; Tiffany Zezula, Deputy Director for the Land Use Law Center at Pace University School of Law; and Richard Nightingale, President and CEO of Westhab.

Immigration – November 12th, 7pm

The harsh impact of immigration policy cuts across all other issues in this series, restricting access not only to COVID-specific supports but many other needed resources for daily living. We’ll learn about overall immigration policy, the recent history of immigrants locally, and why immigrants continue to risk everything to come here. Our panelists are Vanessa Merton, Director of the Immigration Justice Center at Pace University School of Law, John Gitlitz, Board Member, Community Resource Center, and Bertha Rodriguez, immigration attorney for the Community Resource Center.

Employment - Date TBD

We depend on “essential but invisible” workers who take care of our children and our parents, clean our houses, cook and serve our food, and maintain our property so we can sustain our own comfortable lifestyles. We’ll learn how to support essential workers using racially just employment practices and hear about pending legislation to secure workers’ rights. Join us along with Carola Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link, and Maureen Hussein, Staff Attorney at Workers Justice Center of New York (additional panelists to be determined).

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