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Saturday, July 28 • 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Freedom Cities

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A City Based Campaign to Redefine Safety by Demanding Reparations & Investments

In 2016 a group of multiracial immigrants came together to discuss the major issues facing low wage communities in New York City. Folks lifted up the need to redefine safety in the midst of police/ ICE brutality and displacement of communities. People wanted to demand that NYC divest from institutions like the police that are causing harm to our community, and demand reparations and reinvestment in our communities. The result was the creation of Freedom Cities in NYC, and since then cities around the country have joined the movement.

This session will introduce participants to the emerging Freedom Cities movement. We will dive into the framework approach that local organizers have been using that includes popular education, direct action, and campaigning. We will also feature an interactive session from the Freedom Cities curriculum for folks to see firsthand. In following with the framework, the session will be interactive and a peer-to-peer space for folks to share movement building and political education approaches to their work.

  • Cindy Martinez, she/her, 
  • Daniel Carrillo, they/their, Twitter: @DanielXicana
  • Pear Bhatnagar, she/her

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Pear Bhatnagar

National Freedom Cities Coordinator
Pearl is the National Freedom Cities Coordinator. She was born and raised in Queens, New York. In the past, she has co-created a political home for Asian-Pacific Islander organizing, redistributed resources towards community-based alternatives, and has also led campaigns to hold institutions... Read More →
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Daniel Carrillo

Daniel is a queer xicana with over a decade of experience organizing in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, and Internationally. They have organized workers, negotiated contracts, researched and led campaigns for AFSCME, SEIU, and CWA. Daniel has worked in their community... Read More →
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Cindy Martinez

Lead Organizer, Enlace
Cindy was born and raised in New York City and comes from a large mix-status Mexican family. As a student at Hunter CUNY she became involved with organizing for immigration rights and mobilizing immigrant communities. When deportations hit home she began fighting against deportations... Read More →

Saturday July 28, 2018 4:00pm - 5:50pm
4th Floor Seminar Room 20 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003, USA

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