Believe it or not, Millennials and Baby Boomers have much in common, especially when it comes to the changing U.S. political economy. Join us for an intergenerational happy hour discussion unpacking the impact of America’s fractured social safety net across generations.
It’s no secret that today’s young adult generation faces unprecedented financial insecurity. Compared to when Baby Boomers were young, Millennials (born 1980 and after) have lower incomes, less savings, and lower net worth. They are also disproportionately likely to be uninsured, underemployed, or unemployed, and many are saddled with unprecedented levels of student debt. Continue reading Event: Building Bridges Across the Generation Gap (5/19)→
This all-day conference will assess the unfolding immigration crisis, highlighting the perspectives of labor unions, worker centers, community organizations, and local government. The Trump administration’s efforts to restrict immigration, expand deportations, thwart sanctuary cities, and intensify border enforcement mark dramatic shifts in immigration politics and policies. This event convenes a range of national and local experts and leaders to explore the implications of these national shifts, especially for local immigrant communities and the possibilities for resistance.
10:00am: Introductions and coffee
10:30am-12:00pm: Background and Context
Muzaffar Chishti – Migration Policy Institute, Director of MPI’s office at NYU School of Law
Mae Ngai – Columbia University, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies
Moderator: Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center & Murphy Institute
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch (Provided)
1:00-2:30pm: Labor Responses
Esther Lopez – United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, International Secretary-Treasurer
Eliseo Medina – Service Employees International Union, Former International Secretary-Treasurer
Gonzalo Mercado – National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), New York City Regional Coordinator, and Executive Director at La Colmena – Staten Island Community Job Center
Javaid Tariq – New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Co-Founder and Senior Staff
Modesta Toribio – Make the Road New York, Senior Organizer
Moderator: Ed Ott, Murphy Institute/CUNY, Distinguished Lecturer of Labor Studies
3:00-4:30pm: Community and Local Government Responses
Anu Joshi – NY State Immigrant Action Fund, Deputy Director
Abraham Paulos – Families for Freedom, former Executive Director
Donna Schaper – Judson Memorial Church, Senior Minister
Monica Sibri – CUNY DREAMers, Founder, and New York Fellow at IGNITE National
Moderator: Els de Graauw, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baruch College-CUNY
The Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies, CUNY, is bringing together academics, labor leaders, activists, students, and policy makers to pose crucial questions concerning the criminal justice system and the labor movement’s place and responsibility within it. Our two-day conference, Confronting the Tragedy: Law Enforcement, Unionism, and Communities of Color, is the culmination of a conversation we began last fall at a forum of the same name (videos here). These events are designed to examine the complex and interlocking dynamics of race, class, law enforcement and unionism, and thus to support the work of social justice activists, trade unionists, and policy makers to create a more just system of law enforcement.
Organizing 2.0 is an annual training event held in New York City. It is a volunteer run event offering training in online organizing, digital strategy and use of online tools.
Organizing 2.0 is a collective of communicators and online organizers working for unions and social justice activists. We run events, trainings, consult and promote uncommon interactions within and between our communities. We cross boundaries between labor, progressives, nonprofits, tech firms, faith communities and techies of all stripes.
Friday, April 14th | 6:30pm Murphy Institute 25 W. 43 Street, 18th Floor New York, NY
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CUNY’s Murphy Institute is pleased to host a presentation by Dilma Rousseff, former President of Brazil, co-organized with the Committee Defend Democracy in Brazil/New York.
Brazil’s former president, Rousseff − impeached in August 2016 in what many have called a “soft coup” based on what analysts almost universally have described as minor and highly irregular charges − will discuss the attack on, and current efforts to defend, democracy, labor rights, and social and economic justice in Brazil.
Brazil, whose young democracy was re-established in 1985 after 21 years of violent military rule, has achieved huge growth in the recent years, lifting 45 million people out of extreme poverty. Under the democratic leadership of the Workers’ Party, led initially by President Lula da Silva and subsequently by President Rousseff, Brazil saw dramatic changes towards a more equal society. Advancements under the Workers Party have included an enormous expansion of the middle class, steady increases in life expectancy, and the country’s removal in 2014 from the UN Map of Hunger. Rousseff is currently undertaking an international tour to discuss with concerned people throughout the world what is at stake: Brazilian democracy, and the historic gains in the rights of workers, women, minorities, the LGBTQ community, communities of color and of the poor.
This event will also feature a photo exhibition highlighting important moments of the struggle from activist groups around the world.
Thursday, March 23 | 6pm-8pm Murphy Institute 25 W. 43 Street, 18th Floor New York, NY
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Across the country, people are organizing in growing numbers. Who is participating? What kind of organizing is happening? Is this resistance different than what the world has seen before? What are the prospects of sustained resistance?
Join us for a discussion on the resistance with internationally renowned social scientist, scholar, and activist, Frances Fox Piven. She is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate School, and Distinguished Lecturer in Labor Studies at the Murphy Institute, author and co-author of more than 200 articles published in academic journals, books, popular publications and journals of opinion since 1965. Her most recent book is Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate. Read more.
A conversation about workers, communities and social justice