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Livestream: Black Lives Matter/Fight for $15: A New Social Movement (10/19)

With: Jelani Cobb | Kendall Fells | Alicia Garza | Francis Fox Piven

This event is currently at capacity. To watch the conversation, check back here on 10/19 from 8:30 AM to 10:15 AM (EDT). Livestream will appear below.


Black Lives Matter and Fight for $15 are linked, growing social movements. As these two movements converge, how are they influencing each other? What are the chances their convergence might sow the seeds for a broader social and economic justice movement? What obstacles remain?


  • Jelani Cobb, journalist, historian, Director of the Africana Studies Institute, UConn, Hillman Judge
  • Kendall Fells, Fast Food Forward- SEIU/Fight4$15
  • Alicia Garza, National Domestic Workers Alliance, #SayHerName, #BlackLivesMatter

Introductory remarks by Francis Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor, CUNY, Consortial Faculty, Murphy Institute

This event is being co-sponsored by:

Photo by Paul Silva via flickr (CC-BY).

Event: Women Leading the Global Labor Rights Movement (9/25)

Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St., 18th Floor (Room 18A/B)

Registration link

In the past 20 years neo-liberal globalization has forced de-regulation of labour markets, increased the power and movement of capital and resulted in lower real wages, higher profits, increased inequality and diminished labor power. In Asia this has resulted in the highest gender pay gap in the world, and the majority of women work in employment that lacks basic security, benefits, and safe working conditions. Women workers comprise the majority in the garment industry and domestic work is the most common occupation for women in Asia, accounting for one-third of all waged female employment. It remains to be among the lowest paid, least valued, and least organized sector.

Come hear and meet with three labor rights leaders from Bangladesh and Indonesia share their work organizing domestic workers and garment workers. Hear their stories and the importance of women’s leadership in the fight for labor rights in the context of a global economy geared towards profits for multinational companies. Inequality is now so high that a woman garment worker in Bangladesh earns less in a year than the Walton family earns every second. Within this development model, women face additional barriers to organizing as they often do majority of the household work. We will also show a documentary short on garment worker organizing in Bangladesh.

  • Moderator: Chaumtoli Huq, Editor & Attorney, Law@theMargins
  • Nazma Akter, Bangladesh, President, Awaj Foundation
  • Eni Lestari, Indonesia/Hong Kong, Chairperson, International Migrants
    Alliance (IMA)
  • Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

For more information, please contact Chaumtoli Huq at (347) 445-1867.

NYC Organizers Share Lessons from Spanish Anti-Austerity Movements at Murphy

This article was originally featured on The Indypendent.

By Janaki Chadha

After Greece, Spain has been one of the European countries hardest hit by the economic crisis that began in 2008. Unemployment stands at almost 25% and for young people it is twice that high. Spanish voters registered their desire for change in municipal elections on May 24 that brought leftist to power in Madrid, Barcelona and a half dozen other cities.

NYC to Spain, a diverse group of 20 mostly New York City-based activists, was on hand to witness and learn from Spain’s democratic uprising. On Tuesday evening, they gathered at the Murphy Institute to share their experiences and observations on Spain’s vibrant social movements. A crowd of about 100 people was on hand.

“We all know that the context is really different, but there are still commonalities,” said Lucas Shapiro, one of the organizers of the delegation. “Part of the importance of global solidarity is to be able to learn from other movements.” Continue reading NYC Organizers Share Lessons from Spanish Anti-Austerity Movements at Murphy

Creative Arts Night at Murphy, June 12th

Join the Murphy Institute for our first Creative Arts Night, to be held on the 18th Floor of the Murphy Institute, located at 24 W. 43rd St., on June 12th from 6-8pm.

Hosted by Murphy Institute Blog Arts & Culture Editors, the event will feature panelists Randal Horton and Matt Sedillo, whose work was recently featured on this blog — plus art installations, an open mic and more.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Affordable Care Act: How Is It Working for Working People?

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world. 

Watch Barbara Caress, former Director, Strategic Planning and Policy, SEIU Local 32BJ, discuss the impact of the ACA on working people.


Taking It to the Streets! Street Vendors in the New Labor Economy

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world. 

Watch Javier Valdez, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York and Diana Robinson, Campaign & Education Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance discuss the prospects and challenges of organizing food vendors.