Organizing for Change – Newark Public Library

Organizing for Change

Thursday, November 19th | 8:00 PM
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Feeling overwhelmed or powerless? Organize in your community to build power and enact positive change. Join us for a virtual panel with local organizers with a diversity of backgrounds and skills who will answer questions about the everyday activities of activism and demystify the process of organizing with others to meet community needs.

Our guest speakers are:

  • Jonathan Alston, a teacher and debate coach who was born and raised in Newark, representing All Politics Are Local (APAL), a community-based radio show on Hip-Hop and Black political power, featuring discussions with elected officials, clergy members, musicians, educators, and community activists in Newark, NJ.
  • Thria Bernabe, a queer Filipinx artist and nurse, representing Ridgewood for Black Liberation (RW4BL), an abolitionist group of current and former Ridgewood residents and students committed to non-hierarchical, anti-racist organizing in Ridgewood, NJ.
  • Victor Gavilanes, is a Zulu King and lifelong Essex County Resident, representing Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), which works to build a stronger, healthier, and just community for all in which to grow, play and work.
  • Jorge Maldonado, an immigrant from Ecuador and lifelong labor organizer, representing North New Jersey Democratic Socialists of America (NNJ DSA), a political organization looking to build power for the multi-racial working class in order to achieve their demands and take leadership over their own lives.
  • Blessing Olaode, an EMT with a neuroscience degree, representing Brick City Mutual Aid (BCMA), a network of volunteers who came together in response to the COVID-19 crisis. BCMA delivers free groceries and supplies to families in Newark, distributes information, prepares and serves food in the community, and provides material support for striking workers, activists, and other neighbors.

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